Journey toward happiness

August 31, 2009

Yum Yum Chicken

Filed under: North Carolina, recipes — Tags: , , , , — Tara @ 8:16 pm

This recipe was an inspiration after checking out a recipe for a curry chicken. I have never been a fan of curry, so I used the cooking method with my own spices. It turned out great.

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You will need big honking chunks of chicken. Split breasts, quarters or regular breasts will be fine. Potatoes, onions, garlic and carrots round out this one pot wonder. I used a Chicken Grilling Seasoning but feel free to use your favorite chicken spices. This grilling seasoning is organic and can be found at any natural food store.

Drizzle olive oil all over the chicken then sprinkle liberally with spices. Seer the chicken on both sides. This is a very important step. It will give the chicken a beautiful color and add lots of flavor.

Remove the chicken from the pan and add cubed potatoes, baby carrots, garlic and onions. I used pearl onions in the pictures, but any onion will work. Then add about 3/4 cup of chicken broth. Return the chicken to the top of the mix and let simmer for about 30 minutes or until the veggies are fork tender. I always check my meat with a meat thermometer. I would suggest getting one if you do not already have one. They are fairly cheap and can be found at most grocery stores.misc 005

That is about it. Easy peasy and all in one pot. Who could ask for more?

 The following recipe serves two. Adjust accordingly.

 

Yum Yum Chicken

2 large split chicken breasts
olive oil
2 large potatoes
3/4 cup baby carrots
3/4 cup onion
2 large garlic cloves
3/4 cup chicken broth
chicken grill seasoning

1. Heat a large pan to med-high. Add about 1 tsp. olive oil.

2. Drizzle olive oil over chicken and sprinkle liberally with seasoning.

3. Sear chicken on both sides. About 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.

4. Remove chicken from pan and add potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic.

5. Add chicken broth and lower temperature to med.

6. Add chicken back into pot and simmer with lid on for approximately 30 minutes or until chicken and veggies are cooked through.

7. Serve and enjoy!

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 Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Tara

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August 19, 2008

The bounties of summer

Filed under: recipes — Tags: , , , , — Tara @ 1:20 am

I just LOVE fresh garden veggies in the summer. A huge zucchini came my way at work and at the same time our summer squash was ripening. The recipe just came to me. It is simple, colorful and delicious. Feel free to use any veggies that you like, but make sure you try it this way. Yum!

Summer’s Bounty

1 clove of fresh garlic

Zucchini

Summer squash

black pepper to taste

Mediterranean sea salt to taste

Mozzarella, Parmesan, or any other Italian cheese

1. In a large skillet, mix 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. butter, and chopped garlic clove.

2. Cook over med-low heat for about 2 minutes.

3. Throw in chopped zucchini and summer squash.

4. Salt and pepper well.

5. Saute for 10-15 minutes until soft. Do not over cook.

6. Cover with cheese and serve.

 

Simple, healthy, and mouth-watering.

Enjoy your summer,

Tara

June 16, 2008

Great Garlic Greens Beans Batman!

Filed under: recipes — Tags: , , , , , , — Tara @ 7:53 pm

This may possibly be the only way fresh green beans should ever be cooked. It is another recipe from PioneerWoman. Man, she is great! PW calls this recipe “Fresh Green Beans, One Way”. Of course I have made a few changes. I am only cooking for two. Feel free to look up PW’s recipe if you have a whole mess of beans.

 

 

Great Garlic Green Beans

1/2 lbs. fresh green beans(cleaned and snapped)
1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion
1/2 cup red bell pepper
1 lrg. garlic clove(smashed and diced finely)
1 heaping tbsp of bacon grease
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 to 1 cup of chicken broth
 
1.  Start snapping the stringy ends off of the beans. Leave the beans long if you wish. I prefer more of a bite sized bean.
2.  Melt bacon grease in a deep skillet over medium heat.
3.  Add the garlic and stir for just a minute. Don’t let that garlic burn!
4.  Throw in the onions, beans, and peppers. Stir for a couple of minutes. This step is just adding a little color and allowing the garlic to cook.
5.  Dump in the chicken broth with a pinch of salt and lots of pepper.
6.  Cover and allow to cook for about 20 minutes or until broth has been absorbed by the beans.
7.  Once broth is gone, allow mixture to caramelize for a few minutes.
8.  Serve only after having a few bites for yourself. You worked hard, you deserve it.
 

Now serve these delicious beans on the side of something grilled. I served them with chicken/bacon/BBQ/pineapple kabobs(see directions below), BBQ chicken legs, and fresh buttered corn. What a healthy meal! Well, besides the bacon grease and bacon and butter. Yeah, yeah I know. Just eat salad for lunch tomorrow to make up for it. This is a meal you have to eat!

 

 

BBQ Chicken/Bacon/Pineapple Kabobs

Uncooked bacon slices
Chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
pineapple chunks
BBQ sauce of your choice(I use Stubb’s)
 
Wrap each chicken cube with 1/2 – 1 slice of bacon and skewer. Then a piece of pineapple. Then another bacon and chicken cube. Then..well you get the idea. Throw the kabobs on the grill and let ’em start doing their thing. After you flip them, paint on the sauce. Make sure the pineapple get plenty of sauce too!
Once chicken is cooked completely. Removed from grill and try not to burn yourself as you scarf these down. Serve with Great Garlic Green Beans, if there are any left by the time you get to the table.
 

Many garlicky good wishes to you!

Tara

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