18 Jul Creole Chicken and Sausage

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 18 ounces chicken thighs
  • 12 ounces chicken sausage (chicken apple-cranberry sausage if available)
  • 2 cups green bell pepper, diced large
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, diced large
  • 1/2 cup Spanish onion, diced large
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 quart chicken broth, low sodium
  • 4 ounces okra, sliced (or fresh green peas)
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 ounces Worchestershire sauce
  • 3 ounces cheddar jack cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Brown sausage and chicken in non-stick pan
  2. Add peppers, celery, and onions and sweat until tender. Add all else except green onion.
  3. Let simmer until chicken is tender. You may have to add more broth for proper consistency. It should be like a stew.
  4. Garnish with green onions

You can serve this in a bowl if you have a lot of liquid, or over rice.

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13 Jun Awesome Chicken

From the Women of Saint Michael’s Pass The Plate Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf, broken into thirds
  • 6 chicken quarters

Basting Mixture

  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions:

  1. Combine lemon juice, wine, oil, rosemary, parsley, lemon rind, salt, pepper, and bay leaf and mix well
  2. Place 6 chicken quarters in plastic bag with mixture. Marinate for 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Grill chicken over medium indirect heat and baste with reserved marinade
  4. Mix dijon and honey together. Baste chicken with honey/dijon mixture during the last few minutes of indirect grilling.
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11 May Cold Curried Chicken Salad

From the Dallas Junior League Cookbook. Serves 12-14.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 1 cup raw cauliflower buds, chopped in 1/4″ pieces
  • 8 ounces bottled creamy French dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder, or more
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6-7 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped

 

Directions:

  1. Toss chilled rice, cauliflower, and French Dressing. Chill in refrigerator.
  2. Mix mayonnaise, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Slowly mix in milk, then chicken. Refrigerate.
  3. Next day, combine rice and chicken mixtures with green pepper, celery, and onion.
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27 Apr Whole Chicken Cooked in a Romertopf Cooker

A Romertopf Cooker is a clay cooker (2 pieces) and is often oval-shaped. This cooking process enables the flavors to be retained and the food cooked to be extra moist and flavorful.

The cooker must be soaked in water for 30 minutes prior to use. Then, after the food is added, it is put in a cold oven (not pre-heated). Once in the oven, turn the temperature to 400 degrees and cook for 1 hour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken, washed and dried
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Bouquet Garni (or any number of dried herbs you like)
  • Any leftover wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Put the chicken in the cooker, breast up.
  2. Salt and pepper the chicken.
  3. Cut up the vegetables in large chunks and place inside and around the chicken.
  4. Sprinkle with dried herbs and pour in any leftover wine you have.
  5. Place lid on cooker, and place in a cold oven.
  6. Cook for 1 hour at 400 degrees F.
  7. Remove from oven and place cooker on a tea towel on counter so it won’t break from cold contact with anything. Remove lid. Remove chicken and cut up.
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23 Jul Baked Chicken with Peaches

Ingredients:

  • 8 skinless, boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Fresh Peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2.  Place chicken in the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Place peach slices over chicken, then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, ginger, cloves, and lemon juice.

3.  Bake for about 30 minutes in the preheated oven, basting often with juices, until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.  8 servings

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14 May Chicken with Squash and Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds Butternut Squash, halved, seeded, and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 Tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • 4, 6-ounce Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 2 tablespoons Chopped Fresh Oregano

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the Squash, Tomatoes, and Garlic with 2 tablespoons of the Oil, ½ teaspoon Salt, and ¼ teaspoon Pepper.
  3. Roast the Vegetables until the Squash is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of Oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Season the Chicken with the Coriander, ½ teaspoon Salt, and ¼ teaspoon Pepper. Cook until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes per side.
  6. Serve the Chicken with the Squash and Tomatoes and sprinkle with the Oregano.

Makes 4 Servings. Per Serving: 361 Calories, 15g Fat, 3g Sat. Fat

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29 Oct Perfect Roast Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
  • Olive oil

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2.  Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

3.  Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

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23 Oct Honey-Butter Baked Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3 to 3 1/2-pound) whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange a rack inside a large roasting pan and set aside.

2.  Season the chicken both inside and out with the kosher salt and black pepper.

3.  In a small bowl, combine the honey, lemon zest and juice and butter. Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan breast side up and roast until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Using a pastry brush, brush half of the honey mixture over the chicken, as well as sprinkling half the thyme over the chicken and return the chicken to the oven.

4.  Continue to cook another 30 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 180 degrees F. Remove the chicken from the oven and brush the remaining honey blend and sprinkle the remainder of the thyme over the chicken.

5.  Remove the chicken from the oven and transfer to a platter or cutting board to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

6.  To serve, spoon the sweet potatoes into the center of 4 large plates and arrange the chicken on top. Drizzle the chicken with any remaining pan juices and serve immediately.

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11 Sep Mahogany Broiled Chicken with Smoky Lime Sweet Potatoes and Cilantro Chimichurri

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons bottled hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped canned chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from canned chipotle)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • Cilantro sprigs, for garnish

Directions:

1.  In a small bowl, mix together chopped cilantro, olive oil, minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper; set aside.

2.  In medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, mustard, hoisin sauce and vinegar. Reserve 2/3 of this mixture. To remainder, add 1/2 cup lime juice and stir in chicken; cover and refrigerate.

3.  Place sweet potatoes in a heavy saucepan and cover with boiling water. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid, then drain potatoes in colander. Return potatoes to reserved cooking water and add butter, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice, cumin, lime zest, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Mash potatoes.

4.  Preheat the broiler. Thread chicken on 8 bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water for 30 minutes. Broil about 6 inches from heat, basting with reserved mahogany sauce until done, about 8 minutes. To serve, divide potatoes among 4 plates; top each with 2 skewers of chicken and drizzle with cilantro chimichurri sauce. Garnish with cilantro sprigs. 4 Servings

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26 Aug Tips for Grilling Chicken

Close the top: If your grill has a cover, always cook your chicken with the cover down. It will make your grill more oven-like, and your food will cook more evenly. Also, because the cover cuts off some of the oxygen, you’ll have fewer flare-ups.

Be patient: Resist the urge to continuously move the chicken around while it cooks.  Use long-handled tongs-Poking chicken with a fork will cause precious juices to escape.

Test for doneness: Make a small cut into the thickest part so you can be positive that it’s no longer pink inside. You can also use a meat thermometer to check if your meat has reached a safe internal temperature: 180 degrees F. for whole chicken, and 170 degrees F. for breasts.

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