Arroz Con Pollo – Cinco De Mayo Day

Last night Don made the greatest meal. It was so yummy! I am sharing it now because we were too busy enjoying it last night. Sorry!

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 chicken breasts, cut up
  • 3 chicken thighs, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • touch of paprika
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 3 cups (approximately) chicken stock
  • 1 heaping tbsp. tomato paste
  • pinch of oregano
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 can of Juanita’s Foods Mole

Heat the oil in a large skillet and dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Dust the excess off and cook in the skillet to brown. Cook only enough on each side to brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the uncooked rice to the skillet and stir to coat with the oil.  Add more oil if necessary. Don’t stir too hard or it won’t brown. When starting to brown, gently stir so more of the rice will brown.

Add the onion and garlic, cooking for about 4-5 minutes so the onion softens.

Now place the chicken pieces on top of the rice. Add the stock, paste, salt and oregano and pour over the chicken.

Cover the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 25-30 minutes, depending on the type of rice. Fluff the rice with a fork.

Heat the mole in a saucepan and after each portion set out, spoon the sauce over the top. This is so yummy.

If you feel so inclined, make a Mexican cocktail or pour a glass of wine and simply enjoy. thanks Don.

 

*Picture will follow when we serve some leftovers. As I said, it is YUMMY.

Chicken With Mushroom Soup and Rice Casserole

Don’t let the name fool you. It is a super, duper meal to prepare and consume. Don made this last night and OMG! It blew us away. Give it a go. It is easy to make and much easier to consume. Add a crisp green salad and you are a genius.

  • 3 king size chicken breasts, skin removed,  cut in 3, lengthwise each one
  • 2 cups long grain rice (long grain is the only rice that works with this)
  • two cans condensed mushroom soup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. dry onion soup mix
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Now mix together the rice, soup, water, broth and soup mix until there are no lumps.

Pour this into a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish.

Place the chicken pieces on top making sure to cover them so they don’t burn with the rice mixture. Cover with foil and cook for 65 minutes until rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle the cheese on top. Simply let the casserole contents melt the cheese before serving.

OMG! Salad? Yes, please. Oh, would you like a glass of white wine? Of course, thank you.

Chicken Tikka Masala

This sounds daunting but it is simply chicken that is marinated in yogurt and has a tomato cream sauce.

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, skinless and cut in bite size pieces
  • long wooden skewers (soaked in water)

Tomato Cream Sauce

  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can pure tomato sauce (8 oz.)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • chopped cilantro for garnish

In a large bowl combine the yogurt, lemon juice, and all spices. Stir in the chicken and set in refrigerator, covered, for 1 hour.

Preheat grill to a high heat and lightly oil the grill grate.

Thread the chicken on the skewers and discard the marinade. Grill only until the juices run clear. This should take about 5 minutes each side.

Now to the sauce.

Melt the butter in a large heavy skillet over a medium heat. Saute the garlic for about a minute and add the seasonings. Stir in the tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on a low heat until it thickens (20 minutes approximately).

Add the grilled chicken pieces and continue simmering for another 10 minutes.

Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the cilantro (if using). Add a crisp green salad, dinner rolls and, of course, a glass of chilled wine wine.

Oh my! YUM!

 

Chicken Stuffed With Vegetables

This is a great dish to eat. If you wish to be really special, make the Mediterranean Salad at the same time.

  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. chopped Rosemary leaves
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 zucchini, halved, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Japanese eggplant, sliced in thin rounds
  • 1 medium Roma Tomato, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese

Place the chicken on a cutting board and make 5 crosswise slits in each breast. Be careful not to cut straight through. Transfer these to a baking sheet that has parchment paper on the bottom.

Drizzle the Rosemary mixture over the chicken, making sure it gets into the slits. Stuff each slit with a slice of zucchini, eggplant and tomato, Sprinkle Feta on top and bake in the 400 temperature oven for about 25 minutes (make sure chicken is cooked through.

Serve warm on top of the salad,  also have warm brioche buns and a glass of chilled white wine.

Now what could be better?

Turkey With Roasted Garlic Gravy

Well, it won’t be long before Easter and this might be a new way for the bird to taste, especially with you making the turkey broth first. Give this a read.

  • 6-7 kg turkey, thawed (or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup garlic butter, softened
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic heads, cut horizontally
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 3 cups No Salt turkey broth **
  • 1/4 cup flour

Making the Broth

  • 1 turkey neck
  • 1 onion, cut in quarters
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ends/stems of celery, onion,

Cover the neck, onion, bay leaves and vegetable scraps in a saucepan. Bring to a boil with 4 cups of water in a large saucepan.  then simmer for 30 minutes. Strain well, discard the scraps, reserve the broth.

 

Now Back to Tom, the Turkey

Place oven rack to lowest level and preheat to 400 degrees. In a large roasting pan, place a rack as well. This makes for easier removal.

With paper towels, pat the turkey all over to absorb any moisture inside and out. In a bowl combine the butter, salt and paper and then rub the turkey all over. Tuck in the legs and tie the wings to keep close.

Rub the garlic halves with oil and wrap with tin foil  and place in the oven. Make sure it is well sealed. Bake garlic and turkey for one hour.

Reduce heat to 300 degrees. Remove the garlic from the oven and pour the reserved broth into the roasting pan. Continue baking for another hour and 40 minutes. Check to make sure the thermometer registers 170 degrees.

Transfer to a cutting board, loosely tent with tin foil and let stand for 30 minutes. While it is resting, skim the fat from the pan, and reserve, then pour the liquid into a measuring cup.

Squeeze the garlic pulp from the head and mash with a fork. Place the roasting pan on two burners and 2 tbsp. of the reserved fat and whisk the flour and garlic until smooth. When the flour starts to turn a light golden colour, gradually pour in the pan juice. This must be whisked continually until it thickens, 10-15 minutes. Serve with the sliced turkey and all the trimmings to the oohs and ahhs  of your guests.

Chicken Vol Au Vent

I always have a package of these shells in the freezer and this is a wonderful way to use them and enjoy a great light lunch or dinner before going out for the evening.

  • 1 cup chicken stock (homemade is best)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 minced large shallot
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup chopped white mushrooms, trimmed and cleaned
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 2-3 tbsp. good white wine
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, skin removed
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 Vol au Vent shells, baked as per instructions on package

In a saucepan, put in the stock and bay leaf and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat.

Melt the butter in a fry pan and cook the onions for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and cook a further minute.

Add the mushrooms and cook until tender and golden in colour.

Sprinkle the flour  over and, stirring constantly, cook for a minute. Add the wine and continue cooking until it has all evaporated. Pour this into the stock and add the chicken breasts. Cook this for about 3-4 minutes, until thickened.

Stir in the remaining ingredients. Carefully spoon into the baked shells. If you wish, pour a glass of chilled white wine and Voila! a perfect meal.

Enjoy.

Grilled Chicken Salad With A Twist

The days are finally in summer temperature mode and I thought this would help out for making a light supper to be enjoyed on the deck.

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. fig balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. dried dill
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • pinch of pepper and crushed oregano
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • spring salad mix (about 7-8 cups)
  • 1/3 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachios, chopped coarsely

Mix the first 6 ingredients in a jar with lid and shake well. Let stand for 1 -1  1/2 hours to allow them to mellow out.

Cook the chicken over the grill, uncovered for about 15 minutes, until tender and no longer pink. Cool slightly.

On 4 plates, arrange the salad greens, topping with the grapes, goat cheese and nuts. Slice each breast and arrange 1 per plate. Shake the dressing and drizzle over all.

Add a glass of your favourite chilled white wine and simply enjoy.

Bell Peppers Stuffed With Turkey

In the past, I have never warmed up to stuffed peppers. Maybe it was the texture or the flavors, I don’t know BUT I do know this recipe put my head in a spin. All the while it was baking in the oven, I could swear the neighborhood was lining up at the front door. It is beyond fabulous. Give it a go!

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 grated onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cooked rice (1/3 cup raw)
  • 4 large peppers, cut in half, seeded

Cook the rice (1/3 cup rice and 2/3 cup water) and salt until done.

Spray a medium size roaster with non-stick spray and set aside.

Prepare the peppers by cutting half, removing the stems and all the seeds. Shave off the pointy top part so they sit better. Arrange in the roaster and set aside.

In a large bowl mix the turkey, seasonings, onion, sour cream and rice by hand and then fill the peppers equally.

Sauce

  • 1 can condensed Campbell’s tomato soup
  • 1 can chicken broth (could use beef)
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the sauce over the peppers and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 75-90 minutes. When ready to take to the table, spoon all the sauce over the peppers. OMG! These are sooooo delicious.

  • Even if you don’t care for bell peppers, you will love this recipe.

 

Chicken Breasts With Egg Noodles

Here is a quick and easy dinner to make when the schedules make time a premium in your household or you want to impress company.

  • 4 chicken breasts, boned
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. grated onion
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/4 cup Pinot Grigio wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Pinot Grigio wine
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1/2 of 340g pkg. extra broad egg noodles
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, cleaned and steamed

Melt the butter in a large frying pan and add the grated onion, garlic and brown the chicken breasts.

Place the chicken in a casserole dish, skin side up, and add the wine, onion and garlic. Cover and cook for 350 degrees in the oven for 30 minutes.

Remove the cover and cook a further 15 minutes.

In a small saucepan, add the remaining wine and sour cream, whisking together until smooth,. Heat through but do not boil.

Clean the asparagus and steam until done to your liking.

Distribute the cooked noodles equally on 4 plates, and top each one with a chicken breast. Cover each with lots of the delicious sauce and place a few spears of asparagus along side.

Watch your guests devour this up.

YUM!

 

 

Turkey and Rice Casserole For Buffets

With the festive season fast approaching, here is a recipe to help with the Buffet. It is made with leftover turkey (this makes it a great Boxing Day or New Year’s Eve treat) and rice.

  • 1 cup rice
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked turkey, diced
  • 3 cups white mushrooms, cleaned and sliced, sauted in 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 pint of whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of turkey stock OR chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp. grated onion
  • 2 tbsp. diced pimento
  • pinch each of salt and pepper
  • 3-4 tbsp. grated Tex Mex cheese (or more)
  • 1 tbsp. butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the rice until tender. Drain the rice, if needed and put in a large bowl.

Toss in the turkey and mushrooms. Add the whipping cream and stock, onion, pimento and salt and pepper, Mix this up and put into a buttered  baking dish and bake for approx. 1 hour.

YUM!

Chicken With Mushrooms

This really is a tasty dish. Looks ‘rich’ but isn’t and is a great dish when served with rice or pasta.

 

  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp. good olive oil
  • 16 oz. mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth (better flavour here)
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

In a skillet on medium heat, add the oil and chicken, cooking until seared and browned, flipping over and searing the under side. Place this now in a slow cooker.

In the same skillet, add the onion cooking until tender. Add to the slow cooker.

Place the garlic and mushrooms in an even layer over the chicken. Pour in the beef broth, pinch of salt and pepper and cook on low for 4 – 4 1/2 hours.

Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, add the cornstarch to the juices and mushrooms. Add the sour cream and whisk until smooth. Return the chicken to the slow cooker and cook another 20 minutes until the gravy is thick.

Serve this delectable dish over rice or a pasta of your choice. I guarantee you will be licking the plate clean. Okay, have a dinner roll handy to pick every trace of the gravy.

 

*Note

We found the beef broth gave a much better flavour than a chicken broth would. Truly.

Fig Balsamic Chicken Thighs

This recipe is quick, easy and you only need a few items from  your pantry. Yes, I think your kids could even make this or at least help. It only takes your barbecue.

 

  • 1/4 cup fig balsamic vinegar (love this stuff)
  • 1  1/2 tbsp. grainy mustard
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 8 bone in chicken thighs, skin removed

Now, whisk together the vinegar and mustard until well incorporated. Add the salt and pepper and mix.

In a mixing bowl, add the chicken thighs and pour about half of the liquid over and toss to ensure you have coated them all.

On a prepared grill, place the chicken on a 350 temperature. Simply close the lid and grill for about 6 -7 minutes. Turn them over and brush the remaining sauce over. Grill a further 5-6 minutes. The chicken is done when you pierce them with a fork and the juices are clear.

Serve with rice, or noodles. These are so yummy.