Avocado Chicken


This is so simple and yummy.  The avocado gets creamy and warm and blends so well with the melted cheese.  One of my favorites.

Avocado Chicken

Ingredients:

2                Chicken breasts, skinned

2 tbs.       Olive oil

1 med      Onion, chopped

2 cloves Garlic, chopped

½             Red pepper, chopped

Salt and pepper

4 tbs.      Pasta sauce

1               Avocado, sliced

6 slices  Mozzarella cheese slices

1 tbs.      Fresh chopped parsley

Directions:

In a large fry pan sauté onion, red pepper and garlic till soft. Remove from pan.  Add chicken breast seasoning with pepper and salt.  Brown the chicken on both sides.  Scoop half of the vegetable mixture on top of each chicken breast.  Cover each breast with 2tbs of the pasta sauce.  Place sliced avocado on top of each chicken breast and cover with cheese.  Put the chicken in a 375 preheated oven and cook till the cheese turns slightly brown.  Top with the chopped parsley.

Serves 4

Pepper Chicken with Guacamole


Pepper Chicken with Guacamole

This was one of my first posts I made this year.  It is also one of my favorite dishes.  The combination of chicken breast and spicy chicken sausage gives just enough spice to the dish.  Use as many combinations of pepper you have.  I do like a little heat so I use some chili peppers.  The guacamole calms down any heat that is present in the dish.  Please enjoy.

Ingredients:

¼ Red pepper sliced
½ Jalapeno sliced
¼ Banana pepper sliced
¼ Anaheim pepper sliced
½ Yellow onion sliced
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
½ tsp. Ground Pepper
½ tsp. Paprika sweet
½ tsp. Cumin
½ tsp. Chili Powder
1 Zucchini sliced
2 Chicken Breast, skinless, cut in chunks
2 Chicken Sausage sliced
5 Queen Green Olives chopped
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
Fresh Cilantro

Directions:

Put 1 tbsp. olive oil in hot skillet adding first five ingredients. Add ½ of garlic powder, ground pepper, paprika, cumin, and chili powder. Saute till al-dante. Add sliced zucchini and saute till tender. Remove from pan and set aside. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil to the hot pan and add the sausage and chicken. Season with the remaining garlic powder, ground pepper, sweet paprika, cumin, and chili powder. Saute till cooked through. Add back the vegetables to the pan with the chicken and sausage. Add the chopped olives and combine. Add chopped fresh cilantro.

Guacamole:
2 Avocados sliced
1 tbsp. Red onion chopped
1 Green onion chopped
¼ Jalapeno chopped
¼ tsp. Garlic powder
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Ground pepper
Juice from 1 Lime

Mash the avocado then add remaining ingredients except the lime juice. Mix till combined. Add juice of one lime, mix well. Refrigerate

Chicken Stir Fry with Tahini Sauce


Chicken Stir Fry with Tahini Sauce

This is a different twist on the sauce for your typical stir fry using a little tahini to thicken and flavor the sauce.  As with any stir fry this is a chance to clean out the refrigerator and that is just what I did.  For this version I did add some leftover chicken sausage as well.  Feel free to add everything you need to clean out and for sure try this sauce, it was delicious.

Ingredients:

Olive oil

½ Yellow onion, sliced

½ Red pepper, sliced

½ Jalapeno, seeded and sliced

Green beans

1 Zucchini, chopped

1 Yellow squash, chopped

1 tsp. Five spice powder

Salt and pepper

1 lb. Chicken tenders, cut in ½ inch pieces

Soy sauce

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. Tahini

Directions:

Heat oil in a wok or large skillet.  Add the onion, red pepper, and jalapeno and cook until the peppers begin to soften.  Add the green beans and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often.  Add the zucchini and squash and cook for about 2 minutes.  Season with five spice, salt and pepper.  Remove to a serving bowl.

Add olive oil and heat.  Add the chicken and cook until cooked through.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove to the serving bowl.

Pour soy sauce in the hot pan and scrape the bottom.  Use as much soy as you like.  Add the Worcestershire and the tahini.  Stir until it looks like peanut butter.  If it gets too thick add a little more soy.  Add everything back to the pan or wok and combine.  Serve

Salsa Chicken


Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:

3 Chicken breasts, skinless and boneless

1 Cup salsa

1tps. Cumin

1tsp. Paprika

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Mix salsa, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper in a large freezer bag.  Mix well.  Add the chicken and coat on all sides.  Let marinade at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Grill on a hot grill until the juice of the chicken runs clear.  Take the chicken off the grill and let rest for 5 minutes.

Slice the chicken and serve over Red Lentils with Vegetables.

Baked Chicken Tenders


Baked Chicken Tenders

I love chicken fingers but don’t love all the oil to fry them with.  I have come up with my version but baked in the oven.  Using paprika and Parmesan cheese with the bread crumbs really enhances the flavors.  I use an Italian seasoned bread crumbs, if you have home made all the better.

This is a very easy dish to put together and I served them over lentils with sauteed peppers.

Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken tenders

1 cup bread crumbs

1/8 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 tbsp. paprika

Salt and pepper

2 eggs

Directions:

Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper.   Place the bread crumbs, Parmesan, pepper, and paprika on a plate and mix well.

Beat the eggs in a bowl.

Place the chicken tenders in the egg, turning to coat all sides.  Remove the tenders allowing the excess egg to drip off.  Place the chicken tenders in the bread crumb mix and turn to make sure all sides are coated.  Place the chicken tenders on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil.  Bake the chicken tenders in a 370 oven for 20 minutes, turning half way.

Orange Roast Chicken


Orange Roast Chicken

The sweetness of the orange combines well with the heat from the red pepper flakes for great flavor.  This is just so simple to prepare and you could do this with any citrus not just oranges.

Ingredients:

1 Whole chicken

1 Orange

2 Pinches of red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Loosen the skin from the breast of the chicken.  Cut two slices from the middle of the orange and slide one under the skin of each breast.  Squeeze the juice from the orange over the chicken.  Put the squeezed orange inside the cavity of the chicken.  Season the inside and outside of the chicken with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle 1 pinch of red pepper flakes over the breast of the chicken and the other pinch goes into the cavity of the chicken.  Roast in a 350 oven for 60-70 minutes or until your oven thermometer shows you have reached the correct temperature.  Let the chicken rest before carving.

Chicken Burritos


Chicken Burritos

This is one of the simplest meals I make that is so good.  I cook the chicken in a crock-pot on low for 4-6 hours covered with red chili sauce, as hot as you like it.  When the chicken is done all you need to do is shred the chicken, heat up some beans, make some salsa and guacamole, and have a feast.

Ingredients:

Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

All-purpose spice rub

Wheat tortillas

Red chili sauce

Black beans, rinsed and heated

Shredded Cheese, your favorite, I use a Mexican blend

Salsa

Guacamole

Anything else you like inside your burritos.

Directions:

Place the chicken thighs in the crock pot, season with all-purpose spice rub, and cover with red chili sauce.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Remove chicken for the crock pot and shred.  Cover the chicken with some of the red chili sauce.

Steam your tortillas and create your burrito.  We like to add the cheese first, and then beans, then chicken and salsa followed by guacamole.  Do whatever way you like, this is a meal easily made yours, enjoy.

Photos will be posted early this evening after we go to the five year old birthday party at a park and it looks like rain in lovely Southern California, hope not.

You may notice, I am back to my original menu plan for today.  My menu took a beating this week, I hope I can somewhat follow it for next week.  I will post my new menu later today.  Happy creating.

Pepper Citrus Chicken


After a day from you know where, I was very glad to see this on my menu for tonignt.  This dish is easy and delicious, takes ten minutes to prepare and stick it in the oven then enjoy.

Pepper Citrus Chicken

Ingredient:

3 chicken breast, skinless and boneless

Salt and pepper

Juice of one lemon and one lime

3 slices of lemon and lime

2 Serrano peppers, chopped

Directions:

Heat the oven to 375.  Place chicken in the baking dish.  Pour lemon and lime juice over the chicken.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle the Serrano’s on top of the chicken.  Put a slice of lemon and lime on top of each breast.  Cook for 60-70 minutes.  To serve, let rest and slice in large pieces.

Chicken Stir Fry


Chicken Stir Fry

Cooking with a wok is a wonderful way to prepare food. The one thing you have to remember is to cut and chop everything in advance because once you start cooking you will not have time to cut and chop due to the speed of cooking with a wok. So do your cutting and chopping in advance and go for it. The other item to get prepared is the sauce you will use. Experiment with many ingredients to find your favorite sauce for your stir fry. I have included my favorite for you to try. If you do not have a wok you can use a large, deep skillet.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. Coconut oil

½ Yellow onion, chopped

2 Carrots, sliced thin

½ Red pepper, sliced thin

1 Zucchini, sliced thin

1 Yellow squash, sliced thin

10 Green beans, chopped

4 Brown mushrooms, sliced

½ lb. Egg noodles

2 Chicken breast, skinless and boneless, sliced thin

½ Chili, chopped (I like Serrano)

2 Green onions, chopped

The sauce:

5 tbsp. Soy sauce, less sodium

1 tsp. Sesame seed oil

1 tbsp. Deli mustard

¼ tsp. Red Curry paste

1 tsp. Cumin

½ tsp. Ginger

½ tsp. 5 Spice Powder

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Directions:

Cook the egg noodles in a large pot of salted water.

Heat 1Tbsp. coconut oil in a wok at medium high heat. Add the onions and carrots, stir fry until the onions begin to soften. Add the red pepper and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add the green beans and stir fry for one minute. Add the zucchini and yellow squash and stir fry for 30 seconds, season with salt and pepper. Remove the vegetables to a serving bowl.

Add 1 tbsp. coconut oil to the hot wok and add the chicken. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Stir fry the chicken until the chicken shows no pink flesh. Add the chili and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add the sauce and stir fry until the chicken is cooked through. Add the cooked egg noodles and toss in the sauce and chicken. Return the vegetables to the wok and combine with the chicken and sauce. Add the mushrooms and green onions and serve.

Serves 4

Vegetables Galore w/Roast Chicken


Today was the time to clean out the refrigerator and look what I made.  You can leave out the chicken to make this vegetarian.

Ingredients:

Left over Roast chicken

1 tbsp. Olive oil

1          Yellow onion, chopped

½         Red pepper, chopped

1          Sprig of rosemary

1 tsp.   Cumin

1 tsp.   Garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

2          Zucchini, chopped in large pieces

1          Yellow squash, chopped in large pieces

Bunch of Swiss chard

3          Green onions chopped

Directions

In a large stock pot over medium heat add olive oil.. Add onion and red pepper.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder and rosemary sprig.  Cook till onions are translucent.  Add zucchini and yellow squash.  Add Swiss chard; sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the Swiss chard.  Stir until Swiss chard wilts.  Remove the rosemary sprig.  Add green onions on top.  Serve with Rosemary Sea Salt Fougasse from Frugal Feeding.