Category Archives: Chicken

Sheet Pan Chicken

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I’m always trying to find a good chicken recipe that I can easily make. I like it when the outside is tasty and inside is moist.

Ingredients:

4 whole chicken leg quarters

2 T. olive oil

4 T. Dijon mustard

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 475. Stir together the olive oil and mustard. Season the chicken legs with salt and pepper. Brush the mustard sauce generously all over.

Lay the chicken, skin side up, in a foil lined baking pan. Roast for 20 minutes.

Reduce the temperature to 450. Roast until the chicken is done (165 in the thickest part of the leg) – about another 20 minutes or so.

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Chicken Cutlets Milanese

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This recipe brought me back to my childhood – this was one of my most favorite recipes. True comfort food!

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts, sliced very thin

1/4 c. capers, drained and patted dry

1/2 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2″ sections

1 large egg, beaten

1 c. fine breadcrumbs

1/2 c. finely grated Pecorino cheese

Garlic powder

1/4 c. chicken broth

1 T. Dijon mustard

Directions:

In a large fry pan, heat some olive oil. Place the capers and cook them until crisp (about 5 minutes). Remove the capers to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

In the same pan, add some more olive oil. Add the asparagus and cook until tender crisp. Mix the chicken broth and mustard together and add to the asparagus. Cook until the liquid is almost all absorbed. Remove the asparagus and set aside. Clean the inside of the pan.

Place the beaten egg in a shallow dish. Mix up the breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl and put it on a piece of wax paper. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Take each breast and pass it in the egg. Then pat it into the breadcrumb mixture.

In the same frying pan, heat some oil. Add the coated chicken breasts and cook until golden on both sides and cooked inside.

Plate them and top them with the crispy capers and asparagus.

 

 

Chicken Al Borgo

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This is very similar to Chicken Cacciatore – still just as delicious as ever.

Ingredients:

4 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on

4 chicken legs, skin on

1 onion, sliced very thin

1 small carrot, sliced thin

1 zucchini, sliced thin

2 roma tomatoes, cut into chunks

1 small can tomato sauce

1 bay leaf

A few rosemary sprigs

1 c. white wine

3 cloves garlic

1 c. chicken broth

Directions:

Heat some butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and brown.

Add the chicken and rosemary. Cook on high heat until the chicken is browned on all sides.

Add the white wine and carrots. Cook until the wine has evaporated – always turning the chicken. Add salt and pepper.

Add the tomato and tomato sauce, the bay leaf, zucchini and garlic. Add a ladle of chicken broth.

Cover and cook for about 40 minutes on low heat, turning the chicken occasionally and adding broth when needed.

 

Chicken Tacos

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These tacos were tasty and had a different taste with the roasted tomatoes.  These are 5 weight watcher points.

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

6 garlic cloves (4 minced, 2 smashed)

2 whole garlic cloves

2 tomatoes

1/2 c. chicken broth

2 t. cumin

2 onions, halved and sliced

2 avocadoes, sliced

Salsa

Mexican cheese

Directions:

Place chicken in a saucepan and add enough water to cover them. Add the smashed garlic, garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the water and cool. When cooled, shred the chicken breasts with 2 forks. Set aside.

In the meantime, roast the tomatoes in the broil until the skin is charred.

Place them in a blender, along with the chicken broth and cumin. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

Heat some oil in a pan. Saute the onions and minced garlic until fragrant and the onions are softened. Add the tomato mixture and the shredded chicken. Simmer, uncovered, until most of the liquid has cooked off. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on warm tortillas topped with cheese, salsa, and avocadoes.

 

Chicken Thighs with Asparagus

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This was delicious and probably something that would turn out great in the pizza oven. Also it’s 4 Weight Watcher points!

Ingredients:

8 chicken thighs, with skin and bone in

3 T. butter

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 T. chopped oregano

1 t. chopped rosemary

1 t. chopped thyme

1 lb. asparagus, trimmed

1/2 t. paprika

1/4 c. chicken broth

Directions:

Pat chicken dry very well. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Melt 2 T. butter in a pan. Add the garlic and herbs and quickly stir until fragrant, being careful not to burn.

Lay the chicken, skin side down, in the skillet and cook until deeply browned on both sides. Inside temp should be 165. Reduce heat in case if too hot.

Remove the chicken to a dish and keep warm. Melt 1 T. butter in the same pan. Add the asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Saute them until they are tender. Deglaze with the chicken broth and cook for a bit longer until soft.

Remove them from pan. Return the chicken to the pan and coat with the pan juices.

Serve side by side.

Enchilada Bake (No Tortillas)

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This was good as a dip – I used Pita chips…very multicultural!

Ingredients:

1 rotisserie chicken, diced

2 large bell peppers, diced

1 large onion, diced

1 jar Enchilada Sauce

2 c. grated mixican cheese

1/4 c. chopped green onions

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Saute the onions and peppers in some olive oil until all the liquid has been absorbed and the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Layer the bottom of a casserole dish with the chicken.

Top with the cooked peppers and onions.

Pour enchilada sauce on top.

Top with cheese and green onions.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Serve.

Chicken Cacciatore

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cacci14top[1]This was excellent and would be great to cook in the pizza oven, too.
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken drumsticks and 2 chicken thighs, with bones and skinned
  • 8oz. mixed mushrooms, like crimini and shiitake
  • Dried porcini mushrooms, soaked and softened in water (reserve water)
  • 1 onion, diced medium
  • 1 small yellow and red pepper, diced medium
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, shaved
  • pitted kalamata olives, a large handful
  • 1 cup porcini mushroom water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • Assorted herbs, parsley, basil, oregano and thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and sprinkled oregano.
  2. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet, drizzled with olive oil.
  3. Place chicken skin side down and do not move it until it reaches a deep golden brown and it’s easy to turn, brown other side for a few minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Add vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, a few twigs of thyme, saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add wine and let it reduce.
  6. Add mushroom water and marinara sauce.
  7. Toss in 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and chopped fresh basil.
  8. Place the chicken back into the pan and sink into the juices.
  9. Simmer on low, stove top, for a couple of hours or until chicken falls off the bone. Uncovered.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  11. Serve with cooked pasta, polenta or warm crusty bread.