Posts tagged chicken
Posts tagged chicken
A submission from my sister of a meal she made this past weekend: chicken and red and green peppers with coconut milk and khaldin (an Indian curry sauce) served alongside coconut curry rice with raisins and zucchini. Looked delicious, sis!
Chicken fiesta soup redux
I’ve made this soup before (see here); it is part of my regular dinner rotation, something that I make quite often. It is a true quick weeknight dinner if you do your proper prep ahead of time, usually the night before. Cook the chicken, chop the vegetables, etc.
I recently decided to change up the recipe a little bit by swapping out some of the chicken broth for red wine, adding a few teaspoons of blended chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (for a big smoky, spicy kick), adding chopped steamed green beans, and adding a heaping teaspoon of smoked paprika. Wow! I really liked the addition of the red wine; it really changed the flavour in a good way. You can see the colour of the soup is quite different than in my previous post, I think it is due to how much red wine I added! The chipotle peppers really kicked up the heat as well, which was a nice change.
Weeknight dinner: chicken schnitzel on a bun
Growing up, one of my Mom’s staple quick dinners was pork or chicken schnitzel from a favourite local butcher. It came pre-cooked, and it was incredibly fresh and delicious. I loved to eat my schnitzel on a fresh, soft roll, slathered in French’s yellow mustard.
The husband and I have made schnitzel on a bun one of our own quick weeknight dinners. Our favourite local grocery store, Farm Boy, sells fresh chicken schnitzel that is ready to pop in the oven at a moment’s notice. We serve ours on top of fresh toasted buns, and I’ve graduated from a little mustard to lettuce and tomato for my toppings. We made a batch of his (russet potatoes) and hers (sweet potato) baked oven fries to accompany our sandwiches.
The dinners that my Mom came up with so long ago were so simple at the time, but it is funny and heartwarming that it is those memories that are what fuel my own sense of creation when it comes to making dinner as an adult.
Slow cooker chicken cacciatore, round 2
The husband and I have decided that we really like the way that boneless, skinless chicken breasts come out when cooked in the slow cooker. The meat is incredibly tender and juicy, and just falling apart with deliciousness.
I have made a chicken cacciatore in the slow cooker once before (see here; it turned out alright). We declared there was a bit too much liquid in that recipe, but the flavour was good. So when a friend at work mentioned making slow cooker chicken cacciatore successfully, I asked her to pass along the recipe, which is from the Kraft Canada website (click on my photo to link to the recipe).
Right away, I was actually a little bit nervous that there would not be enough liquid, as all that is called for is 1/4 cup of chicken broth (and two cans of tomato paste if you consider that to be a liquid). I chose to use 1/4 cup of merlot instead of the broth, and away I went. Well, it turned out deliciously! Indeed there was plenty of liquid, but not too much when it was all said and done. We served our cacciatore over Wildroots Pearl Harvest Couscous (see here), which turned out great, but I think you could pair it with any starch of your choosing, or a veggie (like spinach!), or serve it all on its own.
I’d definitely make this again, and I wouldn’t hesitate to play around with the herbs and other things used to flavour the dish.
Dinner at the Brew Table (Round 2)
While out running errands one recent evening, the fiancé and I decided to stop and treat ourselves to another meal at the Brew Table. We loved our first dining experience there so much we couldn’t wait to return.
Before we even set foot in the restaurant, I knew what I would be ordering. The first time we were there, I had it narrowed down to two choices and so this time I went with my second choice item, and I was not disappointed! I ordered the braised beef ravioli, which, in a ridiculous celebration of carbohydrates, comes served atop a pile of mashed potatoes, surrounded by red wine jus, gorgonzola cream sauce, all topped off with “frizzled” onions (basically little baby strips of fried onion). The beef inside the ravioli was tender and juicy, and the mixture of all of the flavours on the plate combined was like fireworks in my mouth! This dish is unlike anything I’ve ever tried; who knew ravioli served on top of mashed potatoes could be so good!?
The fiancé stuck with his tried and true choice of a salad and a sandwich, choosing to have the caesar salad again (which he thoroughly enjoyed last time) but trying another of their sandwiches, this time the flame-seared chicken sandwich with bacon, roasted red pepper mayonnaise and havarti cheese all on a ciabatta bun. Both were very tasty but he said he’d go back to their club, which he enjoyed the first time. He’s a sucker for a good club sandwich!
Overall, our second experience was just as great as our first, and there are other menu items we would love to try, so we’ll definitely be stopping at the Brew Table from time to time again in the future!
A very special dinner celebration
The fiance and I had the very special pleasure of attending an engagement party for my sister and her fiance one recent weekend. Hosted by my sister’s future mother-in-law, our two families gathered to celebrate the joyous occasion of their engagement (he popped the question this past January).
My sister and her boyfriend have been together for a very long time now, so this dinner was not a meeting of the two families. Over the years, I’ve heard many stories about her fiance’s Mom’s cooking, so, naturally, I was totally excited to see what we would be eating!
Well, the stories were true: the food was amazing! The huge buffet of home made goodness included chicken cordon bleu, scalloped potatoes, lasagna, roasted pork, baked beans, grilled pineapple, and caesar salad. I can’t say I’ve ever had home made chicken cordon bleu, so this was an incredible treat (and it is also one of my sister’s fiance’s favourite dishes, which is why his Mom made it!) It was a fantastic engagement celebration, one that we will not soon forget!
Lunch at Thyme and Again: lemon chicken soup. Served along side some felted friends!
Weeknight dinner: slow cooker mexican chicken chili
I never tire of eating chili in the winter time, which is why I’ve made so many different versions of it over the last few months. Admittedly, this is the first time I’ve ever made chili with boneless skinless chicken, and I loved it!
This recipe popped up in my Google reader on the lovely Baked by Rachel blog, and, in the spirit of keeping my slow cooker in regular rotation, I gave it a whirl! I followed the recipe exactly except for one addition: a few teaspoons of pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to crank up the heat!
We both really liked this recipe. Heaped with my favourite chili toppings (sour cream, chopped avocado, cilantro and a little grated jalapeno havarti), I will be making this again very soon!
Baby Shower Brunch
This is the fantastic spread that my sister, Mum and I rolled out for the guests of the baby shower we hosted for my brother’s girlfriend. Among the goodies were mini chicken salad sandwiches, tuna wraps, beet salad, tomato and bocconcini skewers, and fresh veggies served with my Mum’s home made blue cheese dip. The shower was a great success!
Fast Flavours: apple chicken with rosemary vanilla chutney
This has been one of my favourite Fast Flavours recipes by far. Chef Michael Smith took the most simple and delicious ingredients and combined them to make magic!
I have learned to love the combination of apple and either pork or chicken; apples complement the meats so well. I must admit that when I first read through this recipe and saw vanilla as one of the ingredients, I was a little bit tentative. But I got over it pretty quickly!
I have a few recommendations for sides to serve with this dish: the first night, the fiance and I ate it with a side of fresh steamed broccoli to soak up all the delicious juices. In its leftover form, I made some quinoa to go with it, which was also amazing and absorbed the delicious juices just as nicely as the broccoli. Serve it with your favourite starchy side!
Apple chicken with rosemary vanilla chutney, from Fast Flavours by Chef Michael Smith
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 apples, (unpeeled) cored and chopped, your choice (I used Gala)
- 1/2 cup of apple cider or juice
- 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp grainy mustard
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce (I used sriracha)
- Heat a skillet (with a matching lid) over medium high heat. Add oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pan). Once the pan is hot, add the chicken breasts. Cook until first side is golden brown, about 4 or 5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side the same as the first.
- Remove chicken breasts and turn down the heat to medium. Don’t worry if the chicken is not cooked all the way though, it will finish cooking in the liquid during the next step.
- Add a splash more oil and the onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the apples, cider/juice, vinegar, mustard, rosemary, salt, vanilla and hot sauce. Adjust the heat to bring to a steady simmer. Return the chicken to the same pan, and nestle them in the liquid. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or so, turning the chicken breasts once during that time. Serve and enjoy!
Dinner at Devlin’s Country Bistro
While visiting my family over the Christmas holidays, my parents took the fiance and I out for a lovely dinner to celebrate our engagement. They chose one of their favourite local spots, Devlin’s Country Bistro, a place they have frequented over the years for many different occasions.
I have been to the bistro before but not for many, many years, so I was curious about their menu. They have an extensive appetizer list; in fact, one of my parent’s favourite ways to dine at the bistro is to share a few of their amazing starters! Due to their amazing selection, we all began with an app of our choice, and I couldn’t resist trying the foie gras slider, served with red onion marmalade. It was quite the experience! I don’t think I’ve ever had foie gras in its full form (I’ve had a foie gras butter-type sauce) so to taste its earthy, rich flavour served up slider-style was incredible! The fiance had his classic appetizer choice, a caesar salad, and my Dad had his favourite Devlin’s main dish but served appetizer size, which was the seafood linguine. I had a few good spoonfuls of my Dad’s seafood linguine and it was so fresh, flavourful and stuffed with seafood!
For my main, I chose the Chilean sea bass served in a lemongrass and ginger broth with noodles, vegetables and edamame. The fish was perfectly seasoned and cooked, and the flavours were delicious. The fiance opted for the chicken breast stuffed with apple and cheddar, served with a cinnamon sauce and mashed sweet potatoes and vegetables. The cinnamon sauce was extremely unique and we all thought it was really nicely done. But the dish that intrigued me the most was my Mom’s choice, the sweet potato gnocchi with roasted pecans, sage, and brown butter cream sauce. Can you say rich? This is probably one of the most decadent pasta dishes I have ever tasted (and extremely enjoyed!). The sauce was so creamy and the flavours were amazing. I loved the little fried sage leaves that were placed atop the dish; they added lovely colour and little pops of flavour.
Sadly, we were all way too stuffed for dessert! But I would have loved to try their bread pudding.
This is one amazing meal that I will never forget, not only because it was to celebrate the milestone of our engagement but because of the delicious and excellent food! Thanks Mom and Dad! Xo
Weeknight dinner: slow cooker chicken cacciatore
I had not used my slow cooker in a while so I decided to go through my recipe collection and see what I could try. I forgot that I had printed off a recipe for chicken cacciatore from the Prevention magazine website a while back so it made my decision easy!
This recipe is another great pantry staple (I used dried herbs instead of fresh); I had all of the required ingredients on hand, all I needed was some fresh skinless, boneless chicken breasts.
The result was good; I think it needs a bit of tweaking for next time. Perhaps for the next go around I will make the effort for the fresh herbs. What impressed me most was how the chicken came out: incredibly moist and tender. We served ours on a bed of jasmine rice but I think it could be eaten by itself or over your favourite starch!
Click here to link to the recipe!
Fast Flavours: Oatmeal meatloaf muffins
Continuing on my quest to try one recipe a week from Chef Michael Smith’s newest cookbook, Fast Flavours, I made these oatmeal meatloaf muffins one recent evening.
Chef Smith’s recipe calls for medium ground beef, but I used ground chicken instead. As well, his topping for the loaves indicates horseradish as one of the ingredients, but I’m not a fan so I omitted it.
These mini meatloaves were very easy to put together and pop in the oven, and I really liked how quickly they cooked versus loaf-style meatloaf, which usually has to cook for at least an hour or more. The result? Delicious, moist mini loaves, full of flavour and texture. These are definitely on my easy weeknight dinners list! We served our mini loaves with steamed green beans (and roasted acorn squash for me).
Click on the photo for a link to the recipe.
Dinner at Los Tacos de Mauro
Have you ever been in a situation that starts off so wrong, but ends up being so right? Well that pretty much sums up our experience at Los Tacos de Mauro. The boyfriend had noticed the restaurant’s modest sign during a quick trip downtown in the summer but could not remember the name of it. After trying but failing miserably at Googling for information, we resolved to give it a try next time we were downtown and feeling hungry! We knew where it was, but didn’t know exactly what it was!
Well the opportunity finally came not too long ago, and off we went. The entrance to the restaurant is very interesting: it is simply a doorway to stairwell going up. Luckily, there was a small sign and glass case containing the menu that was posted just outside the door, so we could at least have a small idea of what we were getting ourselves into.
As we reached the top of the tall staircase, we were a little bit confused and wondering if we were in the right place. You see, we had entered what seemed to be a nightclub, complete with a dance floor, a DJ booth and disco lights. Also, since it was a little on the early side of the supper hour, the place was completely empty. The only clue that there was any sort of a Mexican restaurant inhabiting the place were the few tables set up on the dance floor. Despite all of this, we were very warmly greeted by the owner and shown to a table near the window, looking down over the street below.
Well, what a lovely dinner it was! We ordered one of the appetizers, which was a chorizo and queso dip with bell pepper, served with in-house made blue corn tortillas. It was so delicious! The spices in the chorizo were complex and the fresh tortillas were delightful. For our mains, the boyfriend ordered the chicken mole, which was folded flour tortillas topped with shredded chicken and mole sauce, served with rice, salad and black beans. For my main, I chose the tacos dorados de pollo, which were tortillas filled with chicken, fried, and topped with guacamole and feta cheese, and also served with the same sides as the boyfriend.
We loved this place! Like I said, what started off as a slightfly confusing adventure ended with a memorable meal and a plan to return as soon as we can. The owner (who was also the server) was so genuine and accomodating, and you could really tell that there is much love put into these meals. He asked us how we had heard about his restaurant and we simply replied that we had seen the sign and had been curious!
Once I got home and was able to properly research Los Tacos de Mauro, I was especially shocked to find the how much the reviews and opinions on this place varied to such extremes. Some people think it is amazingly authentic (http://www.ottawamagazine.com/restaurants/weekly-lunch-pick/2011/12/19/weekly-lunch-pick-authentic-tacos-los-tacos-de-mauro-takes-the-taco-up-a-level/) and others do not (http://foodsearchottawa.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/los-tacos-de-mauro/). And I finally understood the nightclub atmosphere!!! (http://www.capitaldining.ca/restaurant-review/los-tacos-de-mauro/).
Weekend supper - homemade chicken burgers
Truly any homemade burger (and by homemade I mean by purchasing the ground meat of your choice, seasoning it to your liking and shaping it into patties) is quite easy to make; it just takes a tiny bit of time and some thought.
I’ve been making these chicken burgers quite often as the boyfriend loves them. Each time, I’ve been playing with different seasoning combinations within the meat mixture to try different flavours. I’ve kept it quite simple most times, adding a dollop of President’s Choice maple mustard, finely chopped green onion, smoked paprika, fresh chopped garlic and whatever else I feel like mixing in.
Above, I’ve topped my burger with romaine lettuce and a generous spoonful of President’s Choice zucchini relish and served it with a grilled zucchini. We’re going to have to get brave and face our Ottawa winter if we want to continue to bbq!
Do you bbq in the winter?