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Sticky Sesame Chicken

Sticky Sesame Chicken

Sticky Sesame Chicken

 

1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs

2 T. olive oil

2 tsp. tapioca flour

2 T. sesame seeds

1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro

4 lime wedges

 

1/4 C. coconut aminos

1 tsp. erythritol brown sugar replacement

1 T. minced fresh garlic

1 T. minced fresh gingerroot

2 tsp. sesame oil

3 T. rice wine vinegar

 

Pat the chicken dry. Dice into 1/2-inch pieces and season it with salt and pepper to taste. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, erythritol brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate.  Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan. Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing the excess to drip away. Reserve the marinade. Place the chicken in the hot pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add the tapioca flour to the marinade and whisk to combine. Add the marinade to the pan with the chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Evenly divide among 4 bowls and serve the chicken garnished with sesame seeds, cilantro, and lime wedges. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, this dish is good for 3 to 4 days.

 

4 servings, 331 calories, 18g fat, 1g fiber

Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

 

2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped

2 C. shredded red cabbage

1 C. shredded carrots

2 C. shredded cooked chicken breast

¼ C. crushed peanuts

¼ C. scallions, sliced

 

For the dressing

¼ C. unsweetened natural peanut butter

¼ C. full-fat coconut milk

2 T. gluten-free tamari

2 T. rice vinegar

2 T. lime juice

1 tsp. sesame oil

 

Place the romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, chicken, peanuts, and scallions in a large bowl. Whisk together the peanut butter, coconut milk, tamari, rice vinegar, lime juice, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss, and divide equally into 4 smaller bowls. If you are preparing this dish in advance, store the dressing and salad separately in airtight containers and toss them together when you are ready to serve.

 

4 servings, 359, 20g Fat, 9g Fiber

Sweet-Tart Duck Breasts with Fresh Cherry Sauce

Sweet-Tart Duck Breasts with Fresh Cherry Sauce

Sweet-Tart Duck Breasts with Fresh Cherry Sauce

 

2 5- to 6-ounce duck breasts

Coarse sea salt, such as Maldon

2 tsp. olive oil

1 small shallot, finely diced

1/2 C. dry red wine

1/4 C. low-sodium chicken stock

7 ounces Bing cherries, pitted, stemmed, and halved

1 T. balsamic vinegar

10 twists on the black pepper mill

1 tsp. honey, preferably orange flower

1/2 T. very cold unsalted butter

 

Take the duck out of the fridge 15 minutes before you want to use it. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Score the fat on top of the duck in a crosshatch fashion, carefully to score only the fat and not the flesh beneath it. Season the duck on all sides with salt. Preheat a small nonstick skillet on medium heat. Place the duck, skin-side-down, in the hot pan and leave it alone for 10 to 12 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and the fat has rendered. Take the pan off the heat and turn the duck breasts over so the bottom of the breasts are coated in the rendered duck fat. Pour the excess fat into a heat-proof container and keep for frying potatoes. Put the duck, skin-side-up in its original sauté pan, in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. The internal temperature will be about 135°F. Let the duck breasts rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing. To make the cherry sauce, heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil and the shallots. Sauté for 1 minute, just to soften the shallots. Add the wine, stock, and cherries. Bring the mixture to a boil. Add the balsamic vinegar, salt to taste, and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove a 1/4 C. combination of liquid and cherries and purée in a mini food processor. Return the puréed mixture to the pan with the rest of the sauce and stir in the honey and the cold butter. Slice the duck. Pour the sauce onto a serving plate and arrange the slices of duck on top. Season with a bit of salt and pepper for garnish.

Sheet Pan Sumac Spiced Chicken with Plums

Sheet Pan Sumac Spiced Chicken with Plums

Sheet Pan Sumac Spiced Chicken with Plums

 

1 lemon zested

½ tsp. brown sugar (optional for caramelization)

1 T. ground sumac

2 tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. allspice

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, grated or minced

6-8 chickens thighs skin on bone in

1 small bunch thyme, more for garnish

 

8-10 small-Med size plums, halved or quartered if large (any variety)

2 shallots, sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds

1 T. honey

1 T. extra-virgin olive oil

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. allspice

1 bay leaf, torn in half

 

Place the lemon zest in a small bowl (Set aside the zested lemon) Stir in the sumac, salt, pepper, sugar if using, cinnamon, and allspice into the lemon zest. Stir in the olive oil and the garlic. Rub it all over the chicken and allow to marinate for 1 hour to overnight / remove from fridge and allow to come to room temp while oven is preheating.  Preheat oven to 400°F.  Toss together plums, shallots, honey, oil, salt, cinnamon, allspice, bay leaf and 2 T. water. Spread out ½ the plum mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan. Then scatter the thyme over them and Place chicken over the plums in the pan. Roast for 30 minutes. Then remove and REDUCE oven temp to 350 degrees F baste the chicken with pan juices and squeeze the juice of the lemon over the chicken and scatter remaining plums onto the pan then continue to roast until the chicken is  golden-skinned and cooked through, 10-15 minutes. Once done serve with the plums and more thyme and lemon wedges for garnish. Serve with rice, couscous or some crusty bread to enjoy the pan juices with.

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Roasted Plums and Onions

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Roasted Plums and Onions

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Roasted Plums and Onions

 

2 tsp. fennel seeds

2 T. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. grated lemon or orange zest

4 garlic cloves, finely grated

2 tsp. honey

¼ tsp. ground allspice

Large pinch red-pepper flakes, or to taste

1 chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), cut into parts

Kosher salt and black pepper

2 C. ripe, soft plums, pitted and cut into 3/4-inch thick slices

6 fresh thyme sprigs

1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced from root to stem in 1/2-inch wedges

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

â…” C. torn mint, basil or cilantro leaves (or a combination)

Flaky sea salt, for serving

 

Toast the fennel seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Pour seeds into a mortar and pound with a pestle until coarsely crushed (or lay seeds on a cutting board and pound them with a can or jar). Put the seeds into a large bowl and stir in lemon juice, zest, garlic, honey, allspice and red-pepper flakes. Season chicken generously all over with salt and pepper and add to the bowl, turning the pieces to coat them with marinade. Mix in plums and thyme sprigs. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. When ready to cook, heat the oven to 425 degrees. Put the chicken pieces, plums, and thyme sprigs on a rimmed baking pan. Add onions, spreading them out around the chicken and plums. Season plums and onions lightly with salt. Drizzle everything with olive oil. Roast until chicken is golden and cooked through, 30 to 45 minutes, removing the white meat if it’s done before the dark meat. Transfer chicken pieces as they are done to a platter. Spoon the plums and onions around the chicken. Drizzle a little of the pan drippings over the chicken and serve, garnished with the herbs and flaky salt.

Warm Duck and Grilled Apple Salad

Warm Duck and Grilled Apple Salad

Warm Duck and Grilled Apple Salad

 

1 duck leg

2 granny smith apples

1/2 sweet onion

1/4 C. calvados

1/4 C. apple cider

4 sage leaves

2 T. olive oil

salt and pepper

1/4 C. pistachios

2 C. mustard greens (try to get smaller younger ones – the 2 C. is after you have washed them and cut them into ribbons – sans stems)

2 T. unsalted butter

reduced balsamic vinegar to drizzle.

 

Heat the oven to 250. Heat the olive oil in a skillet, and generously salt and pepper the duck leg. Brown the leg on both sides and then remove it to a baking dish. Cut the onion into wedges, and half of one of the apples. Add those to the baking dish. Pour the duck fat from the pan over everything then add the cider and calvados. Lay the sage leaves on top and cover it all tightly with foil, and into the oven. You have probably completely destroyed your stove with fat splatters, you have some time if you’d like to clean up a bit. The duck needs to be in the oven for about 3 hours. You can also toast your pistachios in a dry pan and set them aside while you wait. Also wash your mustard greens and chop them into wide ribbons. When the duck is completely fall apart tender – you can tell when you peek, give it a little poke with a fork – remove it from the oven. Heat the butter in a griddle pan. Cut the other apple into 8 wedges, remove the seeds, then griddle them on both sides until they are just brown but not mushy – you want to keep some texture. Assembly: Lay the greens on a platter. Take the skin off the duck and then use fork to pull the meat away from the bone – avoid the tricky little bones that want to go along. Arrange the duck and apples on top of the greens. Add the onions from the duck pan, then drizzle with a couple of T. of pan drippings and balsamic vinegar and sprinkle the pistachios on top.

Chicken Salmoriglio

Chicken Salmoriglio

Chicken Salmoriglio

 

1 T. grated lemon zest, plus 2 lemons halved crosswise

2 medium cloves garlic, finely grated

1 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

5 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 T. honey

3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed and patted dry

1 bunch watercress, trimmed, or 1 (5-ounce) container baby arugula

1 T. finely chopped fresh oregano

 

Heat the oven to 475 F with a rack in the lower-middle position. Grate 1 T. zest from the lemons, then halve the lemons and trim off the pointed ends so the halves sit stably with cut sides facing up; set the lemon halves aside. .In a small bowl, stir together the zest, garlic, dried oregano, 1½ tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Measure 1 T. of the lemon-garlic mixture into a large bowl. Stir 4 T. of oil into the remaining mixture; set aside. To the large bowl, add the remaining 1 T. oil, the honey, 2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper, then stir to combine. Using a sharp knife, cut parallel slashes about 1 inch apart all the way to the bone on both sides of each chicken thigh. Add the thighs to the bowl and turn to coat on all sides, rubbing the seasoning mixture into the slashes. Arrange the chicken, skin-side up, and the lemon halves, cut-sides up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until the chicken is beginning to brown and the thickest part reaches 165-170 F, about 20 minutes. Leaving the chicken in the oven, turn on the broiler. Continue to cook until the chicken is deep golden-brown and the thickest part reaches about 175 F, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Place the watercress on a serving platter, creating a bed for the chicken. Using tongs, place the chicken on top of the watercress. Squeeze 3 T. juice from 1 or 2 of the lemon halves, then stir the juice along with the fresh oregano into the lemon-garlic oil to make the salmoriglio. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken and serve with the remaining lemon halves for squeezing.

Sheet Pan Greek Chicken and Potatoes

Sheet Pan Greek Chicken and Potatoes

Sheet Pan Greek Chicken and Potatoes

Don’t use extra-large bone-in chicken breasts if you can help it; 12-ounce pieces work best. If unavoidable, keep in mind that bone-in breasts weighing about 1 pound each require 40 to 50 minutes of roasting.

 

1 tsp. dried oregano

¼ to ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Four 12-ounce bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts or 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed and patted dry

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1½ pounds medium Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch-thick wedges

2 lemons, halved crosswise

8 medium garlic cloves, peeled

½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped

2 T. drained capers

3 T. roughly chopped fresh dill, divided

 

Heat the oven to 475°F with a rack in the middle position. In a large bowl, stir together the oregano, pepper flakes, 2 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. black pepper. Sprinkle 2 tsp. of the mix onto all sides of the chicken. To the remaining seasoning mix in the bowl, add the oil, potatoes, lemon halves and garlic, then toss to coat.  Place the garlic in the center of a rimmed baking sheet, then arrange the chicken, skin side up, around the garlic; this placement helps prevent the garlic from scorching during roasting. Arrange the lemons, cut sides up, and the potatoes in an even layer around the chicken. Roast until the thickest part of the breasts (if using) reaches 160°F and the thickest part of the thighs (if using) reaches 175°F, about 30 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the chicken and lemon halves to a serving platter. Push the potatoes to the edge of the baking sheet, leaving the garlic in the center. Using a fork, mash the garlic to a rough paste. Add the olives, capers and 2 T. of the dill to the baking sheet, then, using a wide metal spatula, stir and toss the ingredients, scraping up any browned bits. Transfer the potato mixture to the platter, placing it around the chicken. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 T. dill.

Lombardy-Style Rice with Chicken

Lombardy-Style Rice with Chicken

Lombardy-Style Rice with Chicken

This humble dish from the Lombardy region of northern Italy is known as riso alla pitocca. With familiar flavors and a creamy consistency from the starchiness of Arborio rice, it’s pure comfort food, Italian style. Riso alla pitocca is in some ways similar to risotto, but is simpler to cook because there’s no need to add liquid in multiple additions, nor for careful or continuous stirring. We do, however, stir the rice vigorously at the end, after the grains are tender, to help create a richer, thicker, more velvety consistency. Don’t use chicken breasts, which are too lean and easily overcook. Chicken thighs are more flavorful, as well as more resistant to overcooking.

 

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

2 ½ C. low-sodium chicken broth

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

2 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced

½ cup dry white wine

1 cup Arborio rice

¼ cup chopped fresh chives

2 T. salted butter, cut into 4 pieces

2 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated (1 cup)

 

Season the chicken with 1 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. In a 1-quart liquid measuring cup or medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the broth, covered, until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes; set aside, covered. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion, carrots and ½ tsp. salt, then cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the wine has mostly evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes.  Stir in the hot broth, the rice and chicken. Bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce to low and cook until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and quickly stir, then re-cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the chives, butter and about three-fourths of the cheese, then stir vigorously until the butter is melted and the rice is creamy. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

Duck Tart with Cherry Jam and Goat Cheese

Duck Tart with Cherry Jam and Goat Cheese

Duck Tart with Cherry Jam and Goat Cheese

12 oz Flour

6 1/2 oz Shortening

2 1/2 oz Water (cold)

1/2 tsp. Salt

 

1/2 oz Sugar

1 T. Shallots, sliced

1 cup Dried Cherries

1 3/4 cups Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 cup Sugar

1 1/2 T. Honey

 

1 Boneless Duck Breast

1/4 cup Shallots, sliced

1 T. Olive Oil

3 T. Balsamic Vinegar

Salt & Pepper, to taste

1/4 cup Goat Cheese

2 T. Parsley, fried

 

Mix shortening into flour until fine. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined. More flour may be added if mixture is too sticky. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Roll dough to 1/8″ think. Grease a small 4-inch tart or pie pan with non-stick coating. Gently press dough into pan and cut away any excess. Using a fork, poke holes in the dough and cover with parchment paper. Pour dried beans or pie weights in dish. Bake tart crust in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. When cooled, remove crust from dish and set aside. Cherry Jam: Combine the first five ingredients together in saucepan. Reduce over medium heat until almost dry. Place ingredients in food processor, add honey and puree for 5 minutes. Duck Filling:  Heat olive oil in a skillet over moderate heat, Season duck breast with salt and pepper. Sear duck breast, skin side down until a crispy golden brown. Turn duck over and continue to cook until medium. Remove from pan and let cool. Add onions to skillet and sauté until slightly caramelized. Add balsamic vinegar and reduce until almost dry. Remove from heat and let cool. Thinly slice duck breast and add to the cooled onion mixture. Toss until combined. Assembly:  Spread 1 tablespoon of cherry jam into each tart shell. Crumble 1/3 of the goat cheese into the tart shell. Add duck mixture to the tart and top with remaining cheese. Melt cheese in 300 degree oven. Remove from oven, garnish with cherry jam and fried parsley.

Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

 

Chicken Breasts

Italian Seasoning

Salt/Pepper

Stuffing Ingredients

 

Cream of Chicken Soup (or healthier homemade version)

Sour Cream

Stuffing Mix- Such as Stove Top

Low Sodium Chicken Broth

Green Beans- Fresh or Frozen

 

Optional Stuffing Additions:

 

Onions

Celery

Dried Cranberries

Rosemary

 

Season the chicken. Place on the bottom of a lightly greased Crock Pot.  Combine the stuffing ingredients and place over or next to the chicken Add the vegetables.  Heat on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-7. See below for tips on regulating the consistency of the stuffing according to your preference. Uncooked stuffing, green beans, and chicken breasts in a crock pot.

 

For Firmer Stuffing:  If you like your breadcrumbs still very much intact and firm, use more stuffing, up to 12 ounces. If your stuffing is too moist:  Leave the lid off for the last 30-40 minutes of cooking to let some of that moisture escape. You can also pop the stuffing in a 400º oven for 10-15 minutes to brown up the top.

Sheet Pan Paprika Chicken with Zucchini & Onions

Sheet Pan Paprika Chicken with Zucchini & Onions

Sheet Pan Paprika Chicken with Zucchini & Onions

 

3 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 large red onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 T. extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 T. sweet paprika

1½ tsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. ground coriander

½ tsp. ground allspice

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)

 

Preheat the oven to 450°F.  In a large bowl, combine the zucchini, onion, and garlic. Add 2 T. of the olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. In a large bowl, combine the remaining 2 T. olive oil, the paprika, brown sugar, coriander, and allspice and stir to form a paste. Season each chicken thigh with salt and pepper on both sides. Add the chicken to the spice paste and rub the paste into each piece to coat on all sides. Place the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet and nestle the zucchini and onion around the pieces. Bake for 30 to 3 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a serving platter and serve hot.

Quick Chicken Dinner

Quick Chicken Dinner

 

1 lb. Chicken Tenders

1 T. parsley flakes

1 T. chopped fresh parsley

1 oz. dry dessert wine

1 T. Lemon juice

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 clove garlic, pressed

 

Marinate chicken in a mixture of the remaining ingredients for 5 minutes. Place chicken in marinade in broiler pan 4″ from the heat for 5 minutes. Turn chicken, broil 5 minutes. Serving Suggestion: Serve with a side dish of your favorite vegetables.

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Lemon Zucchini Skillet

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Lemon Zucchini Skillet

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Lemon Zucchini Skillet

4 chicken thighs bone-in, skinless

2 T. Paprika Spice Blend (see below)

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 T. oil

2 T. butter or oil divided

2 large zucchini, cut into wedges

3 cloves garlic, minced

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/4 C. chicken stock

2 T. chopped parsley, for garnish

1 tsp. red chili pepper flakes, for garnish

 

4 T. Smoked Paprika

3 T. Garlic Powder

1 T. Onion Powder

3 T. Ground Black Pepper

1 tsp.  Cayenne Pepper

 

To make the paprika chicken thighs: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the paprika spice blend and mix with a spoon until well combined. Arrange chicken thighs in a shallow plate and generously season with 2 T. of this seasoning mix. Toss the chicken meat to coat well with spices. Melt 1 T. butter and 1 T. oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Lay the seasoned chicken thighs in one layer in the skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes then flip and cook another 5-6 minutes, until cooked through and a cooking thermometer displays 165°F (75°C). If chicken browns too quickly, lower the heat. Adjust timing depending on the thickness. Transfer cooked chicken thighs to a plate and set aside. In the same skillet, lower the heat and melt the remaining T. butter. Add zucchini and minced garlic and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until cooked to your liking. Add lemon juice and chicken stock and reduce the sauce for a couple of minutes, until slightly thickened. Add cooked paprika chicken thighs back to the pan with zucchini and reheat quickly. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and serve the paprika chicken thighs and zucchini immediately, garnished with crushed chili pepper, fresh parsley, and a slice of lemon if you like. Enjoy!

Chicken with Baked Rhubarb

Chicken with Baked Rhubarb

Chicken with Baked Rhubarb

 

1 organic or free-range chicken, cut into 8 pieces

Salt and freshly ground pepper

11 oz rhubarb

1/4 C. raw organic sugar

 

Preheat the oven to 400F. Put the chicken pieces in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cut the rhubarb into pieces and mix it with the sugar in a bowl. Take the chicken out of the oven, place the rhubarb under the chicken, put it back in the oven, and roast for 15 minutes more.

Pan-Fried Lemongrass Chicken

Pan-Fried Lemongrass Chicken

Pan-Fried Lemongrass Chicken

 

5 pieces of chicken thighs, boneless

2 stalks lemongrass, finely chopped (approximately 1 cup)

5 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

chopped cilantro (optional, for garnish)

 

In a ziploc bag, combine chicken, chopped lemongrass, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and pepper. [Note: To make things easy, I chopped up the lemongrass in a food processor.] Add cayenne pepper if you want this to be spicy. Seal and shake ziploc bag to evenly disperse marinade with the chicken. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but preferably for 2 hours. Heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Place chicken on the pan and cook for 7 minutes per side, or until each side is nicely browned and the internal temperature of the thighs is 165ËšF (75ËšC). Slice into strips and serve over a bowl of steamed white rice sprinkled with sesame seeds. Garnish with chopped cilantro.  Notes: Make sure to marinate the chicken. The key to this recipe, and the key to achieving tender, juicy chicken thighs every single time is the lemongrass marinade. You need to make sure that the chicken sits in the marinade for at least 1 hour (personally, I prefer 2 hours). So yes, although this is the perfect weeknight meal because it takes less than 25 minutes to prep and cook, you do need to think ahead about the time you need to allow the chicken to marinate.  When preparing lemongrass, only use the middle part of the stalk where the flavor is (the green part). Discard about 1 inch from the bottom and two inches from the top (there’s no flavor in these parts).

Coconut Curry Ramen

Coconut Curry Ramen

Coconut Curry Ramen

1 package ramen noodles

11/2 C. chicken or vegetable stock

1/2 C. coconut milk or cream

1-1 1/2 tsp. red or green Thai curry paste

Optional: 1/2 C. shredded or cubed chicken

 

Pour the chicken stock and coconut milk into a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add the curry paste and stir to dissolve and combine. Add the ramen noodles and cook until al dente (about 5 minutes). Pour the ramen noodles and liquid into a large bowl. Top with the chicken and enjoy.

Game Day Crock Pot Sweet & Spicy Garlic Wings

Game Day Crock Pot Sweet & Spicy Garlic Wings

Game Day Crock Pot Sweet & Spicy Garlic Wings

3 lb. chicken wings

 

1 C. soy sauce

1/2 C. minced garlic

1/2 C. brown sugar

2 T. honey

2 T. Sriracha

 

Place wings single layer on a foil lined pan. Broil for 12 minutes, 4-5 inches from the heat source. Flip once. They should be slightly browned Drain fat Put in crock pot. Mix sauce ingredients Pour sauce over wings. Toss wings around. Cover with lid, and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high 2.5- 3 hours

Sheet Pan Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sheet Pan Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sheet Pan Sweet and Sour Chicken

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes

1/3 C. corn starch

1/8 tsp. each: salt & pepper

 

4 bell peppers cut into 1 inch pieces (use a variety of colors, red, green, yellow, and orange)

20- ounces pineapple chunks drained

1/2 C. red onion cut into 1 inch pieces

1 C. sugar snap peas

chopped green onions for garnish

 

½ C. ketchup

2 T. apple cider vinegar

¼ C. brown sugar

¼ C. pineapple juice

2 T. soy sauce

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 ½ tsp. fresh ginger minced, or ¼ tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken to a large zip lock bag along with 1/3 C. corn starch, seal and shake to coat. Place diced chicken, on a cooking sheet, and spray with an olive oil cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip. Meanwhile, combine all sauce ingredients and whisk to combine. Add peppers, pineapple, and onions to the baking sheet. Pour sauce over the top and stir to combine. Place in oven on middle rack and bake for 30 minutes Add sugar snap peas and stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes, to let sauce set up, and snap peas to become tender. Optional: Broil for 3-5 minutes to crisp up veggies and caramelize sauce. Garnish with green onions. Serve over white rice and enjoy!

Copycat Sizzler Malibu Chicken II

Copycat Sizzler Malibu Chicken II

Copycat Sizzler Malibu Chicken II

3 egg yolks

2 cloves garlic minced

4 chicken breast halves boneless & skinless

6 T. butter

1 c. Panko bread crumbs Japanese bread crumbs

1 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1 T. dried parsley

1 T. garlic powder

½ T. salt

1 T. ground black pepper

4 slices black forest ham

4 slices Swiss cheese

 

2 T. Grey Poupon Dijon mustard

3 T. mayonnaise

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon honey

 

Mix together the creole mustard sauce ingredients and refrigerate. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks with garlic. Place chicken and egg mixture in a large Ziploc bag, squeeze out all the air and seal tightly. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight if possible. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter and pour into bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Mix together the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Dip marinated chicken in crumb mixture. Place coated chicken in baking dish, and pour remaining egg mixture over the top. Bake for 15 min on each side or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Top each piece of chicken with ham and slice of Swiss cheese. Place back in the oven for about 5 min or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and serve with Creole Mustard Sauce.

Tacos Dorados (Fried Tacos)

Tacos Dorados (Fried Tacos)

Tacos Dorados (Fried Tacos)

2 chicken breasts or 1 rotisserie chicken

1/2 C. sour cream

16 small corn tortillas

1 sliced avocado

1 1/2 C. shredded pepper jack cheese

2 T. olive oil

1 small package toothpicks

Toppings

1 C. refried beans

1/2 C. salsa

3/4 C. shredded lettuce

 

Cook chicken breasts (Grill or boil), until cooked through and tender. Or use a rotisserie chicken.

Shred chicken carefully. Heat tortillas in the microwave until they are easy to fold without breaking. Cover with a hand towel. Fill the tortillas with a little bit of chicken and cheese, and toll it up. Pin it with a toothpick. Heat olive oil in the bottom of a large pan, over medium heat. Place tacos into pan, and fry them 4 or 5 at a time

Crispy Garlicky Fried Chicken

Crispy Garlicky Fried Chicken

Crispy Garlicky Fried Chicken

 

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. paprika

1/2 C. seasoned bread crumbs

1 C. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. milk

1 egg

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 C. oil for frying, or as needed

 

In a shallow dish, add the egg and milk and beat well.  In another shallow dish mix together the flour, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, paprika, salt and black pepper.  Get your oil, in a skillet to 350 degrees F.  Dip the chicken breast halves in the egg mixture and then roll in the flour mixture evenly.  Fry the chicken breast halves for about 10 minutes, flipping once halfway.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Bundles

Sweet and Sour Chicken Bundles

Sweet and Sour Chicken Bundles

1/3 C. low-sodium chicken broth

2 T. rice vinegar

2 T. ketchup

1 T. low-sodium soy sauce

2 tsp. sesame oil

1 T. sugar

2 tsp. cornstarch

1 T. plus 2 tsp. canola oil

1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced into 1/2-inch cubes

1 small green bell pepper, chopped

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

2 scallions, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. minced ginger

1 C. chopped pineapple

12 egg roll wrappers

 

In a small bowl, whisk together the first seven ingredients. Set the sauce aside. Heat 1 T. of the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until it’s no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the peppers, scallions, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring often, until the peppers are slightly tender, about 3 minutes. Pour in the sauce and bring the mixture to a boil. Continue to cook the mixture until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 1 minute. Stir in the chopped pineapple, then remove the pan from the heat. Heat the oven to 375° and coat a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Center and press an egg roll wrapper into each well of the tin to form a cup. Fill each one with the chicken mixture. Fold in three corners of each wrapper, then lightly brush the inside of the remaining corner with water and press it in place on top of the others. Brush the tops of the bundles with the remaining oil. Bake them until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. Let them cool for 5 minutes before unmolding them.

Garlic Chicken Spring Rolls with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

Garlic Chicken Spring Rolls with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

Garlic Chicken Spring Rolls with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

1 T. olive oil

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1 C. cooked quinoa (optional)

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

6 leaves fresh iceberg lettuce

6 rice spring roll papers

 

1 avocado, pitted and peeled

1/2 C. plain greek yogurt

1 C. unsweetened almond milk

1 cilantro bunch

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 T. lime juice

 

For the Garlic Chicken Spring Rolls: Cook the chicken in olive oil over medium-high heat and season with sea salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder. Once fully cooked, remove from heat, allow to cool, and dice. Dip one sheet of rice paper in warm water for about 3-4 seconds or hold under running water, until the paper becomes fully moistened with water. Then, lay the wrapper onto your work surface which should be clean and flat.  Near the bottom of your prepped spring roll wrapper and in the center, lay out the cucumber, iceberg lettuce, and diced chicken (and optional quinoa).   Fold the bottom over the chicken, then fold the uncovered sides inward, then tightly roll the wrapper all the way, as tightly wrapped as possible. Then repeat with the remaining ingredients. For the Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce: In a food processor or blender, combine avocado, Greek yogurt, almond milk, cilantro, garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Blend together until smooth. You can add a little more almond milk if it’s too thick.

 

Serving Size: 1 Roll w/ sauce

Calories: 202

Fat: 9.3g

Fiber:3.4g

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes

7-10 store bought, prepared crepes (or you can make your own)

2 C. cooked chicken, chopped

1/2 C. chopped (cooked) ham

1 C. shredded Swiss cheese

2 T. butter

2 T. flour

1 chicken bouillon cube, mashed into powder

1 1/2 C. warm milk

1/3 C. shredded Swiss cheese

For Garnish: chopped Parsley, optional

 

Assemble crepes: On each crepe, pile some chicken, some ham and Swiss cheese. Roll up or fold in quarters and place in a greased casserole dish (9×13).  Make sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add in flour and mashed bouillon cube. Stir and let cook for 1 minute to cook out the raw flour taste. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring this to a boil but watch so it doesn’t burn. Continue to stir and cook for a few minutes until it thickens. Remove from heat and add in 1/3 C. Swiss cheese. Stir until it melts. Pour 3/4 C. of sauce on top of the crepes. Bake 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley, if using. Heat remaining sauce and serve with crepes.  I made the crepes the day before and kept them in the fridge between sheets of wax paper.

Pantry Friendly Chicken with Lemon Basil Sauce

Pantry Friendly Chicken with Lemon Basil Sauce

Pantry Friendly Chicken with Lemon Basil Sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

1/4 (.4 oz) packet ranch dressing mix (optional)

pasta, cooked al dente

2 (12.5-ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 cup low-salt chicken broth

1 cup spinach (canned, fresh, or dehydrated)

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil

salt

pepper

 

In a small bowl, make a sauce for the pasta by whisking together 1 tablespoon of the oil, the vinegar, and the ranch dressing mix (if using). Add to the cooked pasta and stir to combine. Set aside. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a wide, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sauté until browned. Add the chicken to the bowl of pasta. Leave the juices in the pan. n same skillet, reduce heat to medium, add the garlic to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until well blended. Add the chicken broth and spinach; simmer until reduced to sauce consistency, about 8 minutes. Stir in the basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Spoon the warm sauce over the chicken and pasta and serve.

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup chopped celery

1/3 cup chopped carrot

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1 heaping cup shredded cooked chicken meat

1 large egg

1 tablespoon water

 

In a food processor, add butter, cream cheese and cream – process until smooth and combined. Add flour and salt – pulse mixture just until combined. Scoop mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to finishing bringing the dough together. Evenly divide dough into 2 pieces, then flatten each into a disk – cover both with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Stir in onion, celery and carrots – season with salt, then cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken broth – cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Stir in cooked chicken and Parmesan cheese – remove from the heat and scoop mixture into a bowl. Place into the refrigerator to quickly cool down. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece to a large circle. Using a bowl, about 5″ across, cut out as many circles as you can. Gather all dough scraps, reroll and cut out as many circles as you can once more. Remove chilled filling from the refrigerator and place roughly 1/4 cup of the filling on one side of a dough circle. Lightly wet the edges of the dough with the water, then fold the unfilled side over to form a half circle – seal the edges together with a fork. Repeat process until all the filling and dough circles have been used. Place the assembled pies onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place into the refrigerator and chill for 10 to 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash. Remove pan from the refrigerator and prick the top of each pie twice with a fork. Brush the egg wash over each individual pie. Place pan into the oven and bake until golden brown, about 18 to 25 minutes. Remove and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

White Chili with Spicy Oregano

White Chili with Spicy Oregano

White Chili with Spicy Oregano

4 chicken breast halves (about 1 ½ pounds)

2 tsp. cumin

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 T. olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ C. diced red bell pepper

2 C. chicken broth

2 (14-ounce) cans great Northern beans, drained

1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained

2 T. canned, chopped jalapeno pepper

3 T. coarsely chopped hot and spicy oregano

1 tsp. sugar

Hot and spicy oregano sprigs

 

Cut chicken into ¾ inch cubes; toss with cumin and black pepper and set aside. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth, beans, and jalapeno peppers, stirring well. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low and cook 15 minutes. Add oregano and sugar, stirring well. Cook 5 additional minutes. Ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with oregano sprigs.

Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs

Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs

Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs

2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (4 to 6 thighs)

Olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 medium lemon, thinly sliced

5 to 6 fresh (lemon) thyme sprigs

 

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400°F. Drizzle the chicken thighs with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Place the thighs skin-side down in a single layer in a large, cold cast iron skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat. and cook undisturbed for 14 to 15 minutes. When a lot of the fat has rendered out and the skin is crispy and brown, flip the thighs so they are skin-side up. Scatter the lemon slices and thyme sprigs over the chicken. Roast in the oven until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, 13 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately. NOTES: Batch cooking: Depending on the size of your cast iron skillet, you might want to brown the chicken in batches so as not to crowd the pan. If you do this, reduce the time on the second batch, as the pan will already be hot. Then you can transfer the thighs to a baking dish to finish in the oven.

Rice & Chicken Casserole

Rice & Chicken Casserole

Rice & Chicken Casserole

 

2 whole chicken breasts, split in half about 2 lbs. total weight (4 pcs.)

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

2 T. butter

1/2 C. finely chopped onion

1tsp. chopped garlic

1/3 pound fresh mushrooms, left whole if very small, otherwise sliced or quartered, depending on size

1 bay leaf

1/2 C. dry white wine

1/2 C. raw rice

1 C. chicken broth

 

Do not skin or bone the chicken breasts. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat the butter in a skillet and add the chicken pieces, skin side down. Brown about 5 minutes and turn. Scatter the onion and garlic between the chicken pieces and add the mushrooms and bay leaf. Cook about 5 minutes. Add the wine and cook until it is almost all evaporated. Add the rice and broth, taking care that the rice does not rest on top of the chicken pieces. Cover closely and cook about 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

LTS Scalloped Chicken and Corn

LTS Scalloped Chicken and Corn

LTS Scalloped Chicken and Corn

 

6 oz. Macaroni

1 can Chicken Broth

¼ C. dried Onion

½ C. dried Celery

1 can Chicken

1 can Creamed Corn

1/3 C. Cream of Anything Mix + ½ C. Water (or a can of cream of chicken soup)

8oz. Velveeta (or similar processed shelf stable “cheese”), cubed

1 tsp. Parsley Flakes

1/8 tsp. Pepper

Dash Worcestershire Sauce

 

Simmer noodles in broth until almost done.  Drain off most broth, leaving enough to rehydrate the onion and celery. Add in the dried vegetables and let them sit a minute or two to absorb the warm liquid.  Strain in chicken juice, add water and cream of chicken soup mix and stir until combined.  Add all other ingredients, including strained chicken.  Spread in greased 8 x 12 casserole dish and bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

Caprese Chicken with Bacon

Caprese Chicken with Bacon

It’s still too early for herbs and tomatoes from my garden, but I don’t think Covid-19 is going anywhere fast, so hanging onto this recipe for later this season

Caprese Chicken with Bacon

8 bacon strips

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 plum tomatoes, sliced

6 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese

 

Place bacon in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Place chicken in an ungreased 13×9-in. baking pan; brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with tomatoes and basil. Wrap each in two bacon strips, arranging bacon in a crisscross. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°. Top with cheese; bake 1 minute longer or until melted.

Canning  Chicken (Raw Pack Method)

Canning  Chicken (Raw Pack Method)

Canning  Chicken (Raw Pack Method)

4 whole roasting chickens or 35 assorted chicken pieces

8 whole bay leaves

8 teaspoons lemon juice

8 teaspoons salt (optional)

8 teaspoons dried parsley or 8 teaspoons dried cilantro

 

Remove fat and skin from chicken pieces. Have sterilized hot quart canning jars ready. Have damp hot cloth ready to wipe rim of jars. Seals should be hot in water. Lay out the chicken pieces in groups for each jar. Pack each jar half full. Add to each jar, 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp parsley or cilantro. Fill the jar with hot water. Leave at least 1 1/2 inch head room. Wipe jar rim with damp clean cloth. Place seal and ring and tighten. Have the pressure cooker ready, fill the jars in the rack, lower the rack. Please the lid on the pressure cooker. Pressure cook 15 lb. pressure for 90 minutes.

 

DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN. You must adjust the heat to stabilize the pressure and maintain the 15 lb pressure. This is not hard to do. When 90 minutes have passed. Turn off the heat, take off the burner or leave on, let it cool naturally. Do not remove the pettcock, the pressure gauge. Let the steam go out naturally. Take the jars out, place on a towel, out of drafts. Let seal.

LTS Chicken Basil

LTS Chicken Basil

LTS Chicken Basil

 

6 oz. Pasta

1 can Chicken Broth

1 can Chicken, undrained

1 can Carrots, drained

1 can mushrooms, undrained, optional

1 jar alfredo sauce (or follow make it from scratch LTS)

½ C. dried Broccoli

1 T. Basil

Simmer pasta in broth until softened, stirring occasionally.  Add remaining ingredients and heat through.  If fresh broccoli is available, steam one cup separately and add at the end after the soup is heated, stir gently.

 

Alfredo Sauce from Scratch:

 

1 T. all-purpose flour

1 C. water

3 T. Milk Powder (not instant non-fat)

1/2 C. evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

 

Combine 3 T. milk powder with 1 C. water until dissolved.  Stir the flour into the milk until it is completely dissolved. Put a T. of olive oil in the skillet and heat over a medium-high heat. Add the minced clove of garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the flour-milk mixture and cook until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the evaporated milk, salt, and cheese and cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Season with additional salt to taste. 

LTS African Chicken

LTS African Chicken

LTS African Chicken

 

2 cans Chicken Broth

½ C. Crunchy Peanut Butter

1 can Chicken, undrained

¼ C. dried Celery

1 C. dried Onion

½ C. dried Bell Pepper

1 C. quick-cooking Rice

Dash Hot Pepper Sauce, optional

 

Start with one can broth in a large pot and mix with peanut butter until dissolved.  Add remaining ingredients, except for rice, and bring to a boil.  Stir in rice, turn heat to low, and let sit 10 minutes, or until rice is done, stirring once.  Serve with Black-Eyed Peas. 100-Day Pantry

LTS BBQ Chicken with Fruit

LTS BBQ Chicken with Fruit

LTS BBQ Chicken with Fruit

 

1 ¼ C. Rice

1 Can Chicken Broth

1 Can Chicken

1 can Pineapple Tidbits

1 can Mandarin Oranges

1 16oz. Bottle BBQ Sauce

¼ C. dried Bell Pepper

¼ C. dried Onion

 

Cook rice in broth in separate pan.  Combine remaining ingredients, without draining first, and heat through.  Serve over rice.  Serve with cornbread.  (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Brunswick Stew

LTS Brunswick Stew

LTS Brunswick Stew

 

Originally Brunswick Stew was made with rabbit or squirrel, but now is most often made with chicken.  If available, this stew benefits by first sautéing an onion from the root cellar.

 

1 can Chicken

1 can Potatoes

1 can Tomato Soup

1 can Stewed Tomatoes (fire roasted for extra flavor)

1 can Corn

1 can Lima Beans

3 T. Onion Flakes

1 Bay Leaf

½ tsp. Garlic Powder

½ tsp. Worcestershire

Shake or two of BBQ Sauce or a little Brown Sugar

Salt & Pepper

 

Do not drain cans.  Combine all and heat through.  Remove bay leaf before serving.  (100-Day Pantry)

 

One Pan Dump and Bake Summer Pasta with Corn, Zucchini, Tomato & Chicken

One Pan Dump and Bake Summer Pasta with Corn, Zucchini, Tomato & Chicken

One Pan Dump and Bake Summer Pasta with Corn, Zucchini, Tomato & Chicken

2 cups diced, cooked chicken

1 cup halved grape tomatoes (can substitute with a can of undrained diced tomatoes)

1 small zucchini (about 1 cup), diced

½ cup corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen is fine)

12 ounces (about 3 cups) uncooked uncooked penne pasta

3 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

8 ounces about 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

½ cup chopped or torn fresh basil leaves, divided

2 teaspoons minced garlic

½ teaspoon salt

 

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  In the prepared dish (or in a separate bowl), stir together cooked chicken, tomatoes, zucchini, corn, uncooked pasta, chicken broth, 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese, about half of the basil leaves, minced garlic, and salt. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover; stir. At this point you should check the pasta to make sure that it is al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). If it’s still too hard, cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is al dente. Then move on to the next step.  Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of mozzarella over the top. Bake uncovered for 5-10 more minutes (or until cheese is melted and pasta is tender). Garnish with remaining basil leaves just before serving.

LTS Chicken a la King

LTS Chicken a la King

LTS Chicken a la King

 

1 ¼ C. Rice

1 can Chicken Broth

1 can Mushrooms

1 can Chicken

2 can Cream of Chicken Soup (OR use the Cream of Anything Mix from the Basics section)

2 oz. Jar Pimiento, drained

½ C. Sour Cream Powder

¼ C. dried Onion

¼ C. dried Celery

¼ C. dried Bell Pepper

 

Cook rice in broth in separate pan.  Drain juice from mushrooms and chicken into a pot.  Whisk in sour cream powder, then add dried vegetables.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  Simmer for 10 minutes; serve over rice.  (100-Day Pantry)

LTS Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

LTS Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

LTS Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

 

1 T. all-purpose flour

1 C. water

3 T. Milk Powder (not instant non-fat)

1/2 C. evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

 

1 can Chicken

1 can Chicken Broth

1 can Mushrooms

8 oz. Linguine

½ C. dried Broccoli

Salt and Pepper

 

Combine 3 T. milk powder with 1 C. water until dissolved.  Stir the flour into the milk until it is completely dissolved. Put a T. of olive oil in the skillet and heat over a medium-high heat. Add the minced clove of garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the flour-milk mixture and cook until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the evaporated milk, salt, and cheese and cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Season with additional salt to taste.

 

You can choose to replace the first 6 ingredients and the steps above with a jar of prepared alfredo sauce.  I don’t care for the chemical flavor, so I like to take the extra steps.  Add remaining ingredients to the sauce, and simmer until pasta is done, stirring occasionally.  Continue to heat on low until liquid has reduced to the texture that you like.