Monday, June 15, 2009

Bourbon Chicken

I kept hearing rave reviews for this recipe, and finally buckled down and tried it... it's my lunch for the week, and boy is it yummy!!!!

Bourbon Chicken
2 lbs chicken (I used boneless skinless chicken thighs)
1 TBL Olive Oil
1 garlic clove
1/4 tsp ginger (ground)
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup light brown sugar (I used Splenda brown sugar)
2 TBL ketchup
1 TBL cider vinegar (I forgot to add - oops)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce

Heat oil in large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Remove chicken. Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well mixed and dissolved. (This didn't take long for me) Add chicken back in and bring to a hard boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over hot brown rice or other grain.

The chicken just fell apart and was very tasty!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Chicken Pot No Pie

I made this recipe this week. It is basically the inside of chicken pot pie without the bread topping... I liked it, but would likely add some garlic... Oh, and I would probably save it for winter or at least cooler weather to make it again as it felt like cool weather comfort food...

1 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
2 starchy potatoes, skin left on and diced (recommended: Idaho)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ribs celery with leafy green tops, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
Salt and pepper
1 tsp poultry seasoning
3 TBS all-purpose flour (85 calories, 0.7 g fiber, 0 g fat)
1 cup dry white wine (194 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g fiber) OR 1 cup chicken stock (I used chicken stock)
5 cups chicken stock
1.5 lb chicken tenders, chopped
1 small bunch pencil asparagus, trimmed of woody ends and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup frozen peas, a couple of handfuls
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, 4 to 5 sprigs, chopped, OR 1 TBS dried tarragon

Serve with crusty whole-grain bread - a lot easier than making pastry! (I didn't use bread in mine...)

Heat a large, deep skillet or a medium soup pot over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil. Add the potatoes and allow them too cook for a few minutes. Then add the onions, celery and carrots, adding them to the pot as you chop them. Add bay leaf and season veggies with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning, cook 5 to 6 minutes to soften them a bit. Add flour and cook another minute then whisk in wine and cook off a minute more. Add remaining stock and put a lid on the pan or pot and raise heat to bring to a quick boil. Slide in chicken and cook 5 minutes. Stir in asparagus and cook 3 minutes more. Turn off heat and add the peas and tarragon. Stir to combine and adjust salt and pepper, to your taste. Ladle into bowls and serve with crusty bread for mopping - if you are using.

Serves 4-6

- adapted from Rachael Ray,