Posts Tagged ‘chicken recipes’

Dinner Rush! One-Pot Chicken + Spring Rice

Spring is here. Those are three words we’ve all hoped to hear over months of frozen nights (and a cripplingly catchy Frozen song). As markets grow packed with loads of tasty new vernal treats (and in honor of Earth Day), this Dinner Rush is all about going green.

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Comfort Fest: Giada’s Top Chicken Dinners

If yet another snowstorm has you staying indoors this week, Giada’s Italian-inspired recipes are a comfort food solution for dinner tonight.

1. Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs (pictured above)

Get a kid-friendly dinner on the table in just 30 minutes with Giada’s easy-to-do meatball dish. Toss homemade chicken meatballs with pasta, mozzarella cheese and basil for a meal the whole family will enjoy.

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Dinner Rush! “Everything” Chicken with Cream Cheese-Parsnip Puree

Cool thing #247 about working on a TV show: craft services.

In the world of TV production, long days on set means little time for meal breaks, so the crew is fed from what the biz calls craft services. It’s usually simple stuff like yogurts, trail mix, fresh fruit, gum, yesterday’s craft services. When I was working with Rachael Ray, the crown jewel of crafty — the thing that kicked the day off right — was the ever-elusive everything bagel.

The whirling dervish of a New York City morning comes to a stop, just for a second, as thick, tangy cream cheese is spackled onto every toasted and exposed surface of an everything bagel. It’s a perfect combination of savory flavors that, admittedly, will leave you in a carb-coma with garlic breath all morning. But that’s the price you pay for glory.  And tactical advantage. You see, when a crew is, say, 50 people, and the daily standing order only includes, say, five everything bagels, then may the odds, my friend, be ever in your favor. Most are leaving that table void of an everything.

While I’m not on set as much these days, I still miss craft services. It’s the proverbial dinner table for the entire crew. We gather; we pour coffee; we share stories; we tell jokes.  And we would push each other down the stairs in a second for that last everything bagel.

“Everything” Chicken with Cream Cheese-Parsnip Puree

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Dinner Rush! Tandoori Spiced Chicken With Tahini Carrots

I do hope you’re sitting down for this one, because this post is so loaded with delicious, time-saving “do-ahead” ideas that it’ll make you weak in the knees (please, hold your applause). I know that a cursory glance at this post may incline one to believe there’s a lot of work ahead just to get a simple chicken dinner on the table. Be not deceived — read on with empowered optimism.

One of my favorite spice blends available at my local market is billed simply as tandoori powder. Borrowing inspiration from the famous Indian chicken dish bearing the name tandoori, this creation is bright, aromatic, pleasantly spicy and seriously amazing on everything from meat to fish to tofu to vegetables. If your market doesn’t have this available (or if you’re one of these awesome people who’d rather get all DIY on it), make some of your own and keep it close by — you’ll want to put it on everything. In a small bowl stir together 3 tablespoons ground coriander, 3 tablespoons ground cumin, 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon ground turmeric, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon kosher salt and 2 teaspoons garam masala or curry powder. Store the mixture in an airtight container at room temperature (makes about 3/4 cup; you won’t need all of it for this recipe).

What pantry of sound being is complete without a staple salad dressing, too, right? I love having a hearty tahini dressing on hand to toss with shredded kale, grilled romaine or — in this case — a raw carrot salad. In a medium bowl whisk together 3 tablespoons tahini, juice of 1 lemon, 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 finely grated clove garlic, salt and pepper and 3 to 4 tablespoons warm water. Adjust the dressing’s consistency with more or less water and store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (makes about 3/4 cup).

See, not so tough, right? Plus you’re two steps ahead of the game for dinner the rest of the week! Alright, enough do-aheads — let’s make this into a meal!

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Sifted: Brunch Inspiration, Healthy Dinner Options + More

Whiskey Maple Syrup from Life as a Strawberry
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Life’s a Strawberry’s whiskey maple syrup corrupts sweet, fluffy pancakes in a deliciously good way.
  2. Add Crepes of Wrath’s spicy baked eggs to this weekend’s brunch menu. The combination of the zesty roasted red pepper sauce, sweet potatoes and runny yolk is perfect.
  3. One look at Damn Delicious’ brown butter cinnamon sugar pull apart bread and you’ll be daydreaming about it all day.
  4. Get your health on with Greek style quinoa patties from The Iron You. The tzatiki sauce on the side makes them extra awesome.
  5. Skip the takeout and make Pinch of Yum’s healthier General Tso’s chicken.

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Comfort Feast: Top 3 Chicken Stews

If you’re feeling under the weather or just can’t imagine another trip to the grocery store in a snowstorm, it’s stew to the rescue. These hearty stew recipes can be made ahead of time and are also easy to freeze. So stock up, make extra portions and you’ll be set with comfort food for dinner all week long.

1. Bobby Deen’s Mediterranean Chicken Stew (pictured above)

Hearty doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. Bobby Deen’s recipe calls for skinless boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of all fat. Ingredients like basil, lemon, garlic and a touch of white wine make the dish pack a ton of flavor with fewer calories.

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Comfort Feast: Fried Chicken, 5 Ways

Fried Chicken

Winter doldrums got you feeling down? Solution: fried chicken. It may be a year-round comfort food favorite but when winter’s in full swing, nothing can uplift your mood more than a crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside piece of fried chicken. Of course, you might already have your own secret spice mix, favorite dipping sauce or method for frying, but one look at these fried chicken photos below and you just might testing out a new recipe tonight.

1. Fried Chicken (pictured above)
Chuck Hughes rubs chicken drumsticks with a spice mix of salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and dry mustard powder. He also adds the spice mix to the flour batter so you get even more flavor. Cook the chicken in oil until the pieces are crispy and brown.

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Dinner Rush! Skillet-Roasted Chicken & Potatoes

Congratulations, digital world — we all made it!  We survived the End of the World, championed the drunken Saturday thereafter (and its inevitable sister, hangover Sunday), managed to white knuckle our way through a flawless Christmas day and even shepherded in this millennium’s first lucky number 13.

With all that going on, who’s got time to think about dinner?  Moreover, who’s got the stomach for even more leftovers?  Take this week off and whip up a meal that is truly a “one dish” wonder.

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Dinner Rush! Chunky Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

#FirstSnow That’s how I started one day this last week, watching pillowy white flurries dust my backyard. It’s of course too early in the season for any of it to stick for any length of time, but the magic of that moment had already taken effect. Only one thing seemed a fitting commemoration of a day I look forward to all year. It was to be a chicken pot pie kind of day.

I figure if I’m gonna do fatty comfort food, it’s got to be done right, which means making a rock-solid filling. I avoid using a nonstick skillet here because I want to develop fond (or as chefs call it, “flavor gold”). Fond is all that amazing business that builds up on the bottom of a pan when you’re sautéing something. As long as it stays nutty brown (blackened fond = “flavor kryptonite”), you’re primed to then deglaze the pan, which releases all that business and emulsifies it into your sauce. That fond-ation is what makes a sauce that’s been cooking for 15 minutes taste like a day-long affair.

Which is perfect for me, because I’ve got some snow watching to do.

Chunky Chicken Pot Pie

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Dinner Rush! Sticky Maple Bourbon Chicken

Easy Maple Bourbon Chicken Recipe

I often joke with people that, in my house, bourbon is a food group. Thing is, I’m not really joking. Aside from the standard cache of artisan cocktails I keep flowing in regular rotation, I do my best to work bourbon into as many other edible applications as possible.

This recipe is a match made in heaven with bourbon, fresh thyme and maple syrup. It’s also a really cool method that is universal for preparing almost anything.

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