Tag Archives: Chicken

Harvest Vegetable Quinoa Soup

19 Mar

Harvest quinoa soup-001Harvest soup in March?  March is known for madness, so why not?  Add cooked cubed chicken–or not.  Quinoa is a complete protein so makes this tasty dish a complete meal without meat.  And it’s gluten free. This soup fits the bill for just about everyone!

Ingredients

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup diced baby carrots
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups torn kale
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2/3 cup quinoa
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed (optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan, plus extra for topping

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy pot or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add celery, carrots, and onion and season with salt and pepper.  Cook for ten minutes, or until tender.  Add the kale and garlic plus more salt and pepper and saute for three minutes.
  2. Add 7 cups of broth, thyme, parsley, and bay leaf and bring to a boil.  Add potatoes and quinoa.  Lower heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and quinoa is cooked.
  3. Add in chicken, if desired, and heat through.  Turn off heat and stir in parmesan.  If necessary, add more salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe inspired by Iowa Girl Eats.

Photo by me, mylittlefoodspot.

Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken

15 Apr
Maple dijon glazed chicken
This dish is so easy to throw together and then immediately bake or freeze for another day.  It’s one of the eight meals from Six Sisters Stuff that I prepared in a two hour sitting frantic rush, just a few nights before our youngest was born.  The six sisters claim you can do it in one hour, but I was still pleased to completely prepare eight meals in such a short time.  They make it really easy for you, too, by providing a combined shopping list for all eight meals.  You can’t go wrong with that!  And while the slow cooker is an easy way to go, I prefer my food baked.  So bake it as described below, or slow cook it on low for 8 hours (on high for 4 hours).
Ingredients:
  • 1 (1.5 lb) pkg. chicken breasts or thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbl. rice wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • Fresh or dried rosemary

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.  Mix together Dijon mustard, maple syrup and rice wine vinegar.  Put the whole package of chicken thighs into an oven-proof baking dish (I lined mine with aluminum foil for easy clean up).  Salt and pepper the thighs.  Pour your maple mustard mixture over them, turning the thighs in the mixture so they are fully coated.  Put the chicken thighs in the oven, and let them bake for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F.  Baste the tops of the chicken with more sauce halfway through.  Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.  Sprinkle with fresh rosemary.
Photo by me, mylittlefoodspot

Chicken Fajitas

26 Feb

chicken fajitas I remember, growing up, that chicken fajitas were a big deal.  Not only were they a welcome break from the Hamburger Helper lasagna, meatloaf, and grilled chicken (all of which I love, by the way), but when mom made chicken fajitas, we felt like royalty.  Now that I’m (sort of) all grown up, I enjoy this sizzling entree at restaurants from time to time, but every once in a while you gotta MAKE something that just says, “WOW!  We are special.”

Serve with spicy cheesy refried beans and a garden salad.

Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
    • Salt
    • 2 T canola, safflower, peanut or grapeseed oil (a high smoke point oil)
    • 1 large onion, sliced lengthwise (root to tip) into 1/4-inch strips
    • 3 bell peppers of various colors, sliced into 1/4-inch strips

Marinade

    • 2 T lime juice
    • 3 T olive oil
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Extras

    • 8-12 flour tortillas
    • Taco sauce
    • Sliced avocado
    • Sour cream
    • Shredded cheese
    • Thinly sliced iceberg lettuce dressed lightly with salt and cider vinegar

Combine the marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Add the chicken, shake well to cover, and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.  This can be prepared in advance and marinated in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours, but allow to sit at room temperature for an hour before cooking.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and wipe off excess marinade.  Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt.

Heat a large cast iron frying pan on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add a tablespoon of canola oil to the pan and, once the oil begins to smoke, carefully add the chicken breast pieces.  Work in batches, if necessary.  Allow the chicken to sear for 2-3 minutes then turn the pieces over and allow the second side to sear for another 2-3 minutes.

Stack seared chicken on a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil to retain heat and finish cooking as you saute the peppers and onions.

Add another tablespoon of canola oil to the pan and, once the oil begins to smoke, carefully add the onions and peppers to the pan.  Using a metal spatula scrape up the leftover browned bits from the chicken and stir to coat the onions and peppers with the oil and brown bits.  Evenly spread the onions and peppers in the pan.  Leave them to sear undisturbed for 2 minutes, allowing them to blacken a bit.  Stir and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

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If chicken is not quite cooked through, place it back in the pan for a minute or two.  Slice the chicken against the grain into strips and serve at once with the peppers and onions, some warm tortillas, and your favorite toppings.  I opt for diced tomatoes or a good pico de gallo, guacamole and shredded cheese.

Recipe inspired by simplyrecipes.com

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Skillet Chicken Ole

17 Jan

skillet chicken ole 2I broke out my favorite cookbook recently, Southern Living’s Easy Weeknight Favorites.  We tried some new recipes and relived some old favorites.  This one is a definite tried and true treasure.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 10 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 oz. can green chiles, undrained
  • 10 oz. frozen whole kernel corn
  • 2 1/4 oz. can sliced black olives
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • Hot cooked rice
Cook chicken, garlic, and onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat for five minutes, stirring frequently.  Add tomatoes, green chiles, corn, olives, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.  Uncover and simmer 10 more minutes.
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Sprinkle with cheese and serve over rice.
Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Chicken with Wild Mushroom and Balsamic Cream Sauce

3 Oct

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 6 ounces
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, a couple of sprigs, chopped or 1 tsp. dried
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, eyeball it
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or half-and-half, a couple turns of the pan
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, a generous handful, or 1 tsp. dried

Heat a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and add orzo pasta. Cook to al dente.

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet. Cook the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan and cover with foil to keep warm.

Return the skillet to the heat, turn heat back a bit, and add the butter. Once the butter melts add the mushrooms and brown stirring occasionally for about 4 to 5 minutes. Once the mushrooms are brown season with salt and pepper then add the garlic, thyme and shallots. Cook stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes or until the shallots are wilted. Sprinkle the flour into the pan and cook 2 minutes more. Whisk in the stock, balsamic vinegar and the cream. Turn the heat up to high and simmer for about 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice the chicken on an angle. Add the parsley and the chicken back to the skillet to heat up, about 1 minute.

To serve, pile orzo on dinner plates and top with the sliced chicken and sauce.

Recipe inspired by Rachael Ray

Photo by me, My Little Food Spot

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

6 Sep

I transferred this recipe from our old website, knorrbuzz.  It’s old school Knorr fare.  I introduced my grandmother to it and she makes it a couple of times a month and takes it to many family reunions, where it always seems to be a hit.  I enjoy all the flavors, as well as the different textures;  the chewiness of the wild rice and the crunch of the water chestnuts.  I very often make it without the wild rice, using just basmati.  It’s good that way but we prefer it with the wild rice; it provides a depth of flavor.  My grandma suffers from celiac disease so she makes hers compatible with a gluten free diet.  The only change needed is substituting a gluten-free creamed soup for the cream of celery.

Ingredients:

  • 28 oz can green beans, drained
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 onion, diced and sauteed
  • 8 oz can chopped water chestnuts, drained
  • 4 oz jar pimientos
  • 10 3/4 oz can cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup long-grain rice, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup wild rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • pinch salt

Preparation:

Cook rices according to package directions.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Recipe inspired by Paula Deen.

Photo by me, My Little Food Spot

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

27 Jul

In the dead heat of summer I found a recipe on foodnetwork.com for a broiled chicken cordon bleu sandwich.  It’s essentially chicken cordon bleu without all the work of pounding and stuffing and breading.  There was only one problem: it utilized the oven.  When we are having 100+ degree temps for seemingly weeks on end, I don’t bake anything unless I absolutely have to.  So I took the recipe from the broiler to the grill and altered some ingredients to use what I had on hand; provolone instead of mozzarella and Sam’s spring mix instead of watercress and arugula.  The result: a delicious, easy summer meal that doesn’t turn my house into a furnace.

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • EVOO
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 slices Black Forest ham
  • 4 slices provolone or mozzarella
  • 1 baguette
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 bunch arugula or other baby lettuce, tough stems removed

Preheat the grill.  Brush the chicken with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill chicken until cooked through.

While the chicken grills, slice baguette length-wise and cross-cut it into two sections; brush each piece with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add bread, face down on grill.  Top each piece of chicken with 1 slice ham and 1 slice provolone.  Grill until cheese melts and bread is lightly toasted.  Season chicken with salt and drizzle with olive oil.

Spread the top halves of baguette with mustard. Toss the arugula with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Sandwich chicken and arugula between baguette halves.

Recipe inspired by foodnetwork.com

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot