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!



July 2, 2008

Taters and Hens

Filed under: recipes — Tags: , , , — Tara @ 10:55 pm

Ok. I know I should totally just redirect everyone to PioneerWoman’s site because I have yet another recipe from her. MMmmmm…the taters are so good. They are my fav right now. They are easy, delicious, and full of flavor. You gotta try them. The cornish hens are good too. I found the recipe somewhere on the internet. I can’t remember where. Sorry for not giving props to the correct person.


Crash Hot Potatoes

Small, round new potatoes (I use golden)
Olive oil
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Any Herb
1. Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender.
2. Drizzle olive oil on a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 450 degrees
3. Place potatoes on baking sheet and smash slightly with a potato masher(should resemble a cookie)
4. Brush tops with olive oil.
5. Salt and pepper generously.
6. Sprinkle herbs on top(I like to use rosemary)
7. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crispy.

Yummy, Juicy Cornish Hens

4 tbsp. Butter
3 tbsp. Honey
4 tsp. Chili Powder
1 tbsp. Orange Juice
2 Cornish Hens, halved
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt butter and stir in honey and chili powder, mix well.
3. Stir in orange juice, salt and pepper, remove from heat.
4. Cut hens into halves, rinse well and pat dry.
5. Place hens in baking dish, skin side down, place in oven for 6-8 minutes.
6. Turn hens over and baste with all of the mixture.
7. Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until well browned.

And Voila…A Delicious Meal for Two!

Try these recipes. I am sure you will love them just as much as we do!

Enjoy the feast,


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