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In need of an extremely easy, staples-only ingredients, 30 minutes from cutting board to plate type of meal? Try this! So easy and the flavour in this version was just like homemade chicken soup.
And it's versatile. Very versatile. Tonight's version included: 1 chicken breast, 4 potatoes, 1 onion, and some handfuls of frozen peas and corn. Yes, that's pretty much it. Oh, wait, I added a random parsnip and 2 small celeriac, as well. Needed to use those suckers up! This is a great meal for those types of nights.
The seasoning for tonight's version was really on the fly and could be adjusted if you wanted something spicier, or sweeter. This combo came out tasting hearty and chicken-soupy. Which is just what I was going for. Made up for the fact that I was stretching 1 poor old chicken breast between us! And it made enough for lunch tomorrow!
Total time: 30 minutes
1 chicken breast, sliced into strips/nugget sized pieces
1/4 cup corn starch (this is optional)
olive oil for pan
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 potatoes, chopped small
other firm veggies: 1-2 parsnip, peeled and chopped, 1-2 small celeriac, peeled and chopped
as many handfuls as you like of frozen corn and peas
1/2-3/4 cup chicken broth
tsp of each: basil, oregano, summer savoury
dash(es) sea salt/pepper to taste
1 tbsp. Earth Balance Butter (or butter, I suppose, if you're good with dairy!)
What to do:
1) Boil potatoes (and other firm veggies) until they are half cooked to cut down on frying time. Start with this so that they are ready when you are for them!
2) Heat oil in frying pan. *Optional step: coat chicken pieces in corn starch. This provides them with a crispy coating and keeps the chicken moist on the inside. Totally up to you if you want to do this. If not, just add chicken straight to heated oil in pan. Saute chicken until no longer pink.
3) Add onion and garlic. Saute for a few minutes, then add half-cooked potatoes/firm veggies. Stir.
4) Add broth and spices. Stir to coat and get flavours from pan coating the chicken & veggies.
5) Add corn and peas. Keep stirring. Add more broth if it is cooked off. It shouldn't be much, just enough moisture to coat each vegetable and provide a 'sauce'.
6) Turn heat to low. Add butter, stir to melt in. Remove from heat and serve!! Careful, it's hot!!
Yes, it's clean, I swear. And so, so amazing. We made this for New Year's Eve in an attempt to makeover our Chinese Food Takeout favourites: Sweet n' sour chicken, spicy rice noodles, and spring rolls with a sweet plum-like sauce.
This was a new recipe and it turned out great! So easy, we made it again last night!
Here it is, enjoy!
Total time: 4-5 hours in slow cooker
1 onion, sliced
2 slices of fresh pineapple, chopped
2 thawed chicken breasts, chopped
Sauce: 2 tbsp honey, 1/4 cup coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you can eat it!), 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp cilantro, 1 tsp chilli pepper flakes, and a dash of chilli powder and paprika
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1 tbsp water & corn starch (optional)
What to do:
1) Add onion, pineapple and chicken to the slow cooker.
2) Whisk sauce ingredients in a separate bowl. Then, add to slow cooker. Stir together.
3) Cook on high for 4 hours or so. Stir a few times if you're around.
4) After chicken is cooked through and onions are super super soft, add peppers and water/corn starch mix. Stir together with the sauce and replace lid. The cornstarch/water mix should help the sauce thicken up. You can skip the cornstarch/water mix if you're not eating corn starch. Your sauce just won't be thick, still yummy, just not thick. I add the peppers at this stage because I don't like super soggy peppers. :)
5) After about another 20-30 minutes, your sauce should be thickened and ready to serve! Yummmmm over rice or noodles.
A great use for chicken breasts! I just took 2 out of the freezer earlier in the day and when it was time to prepare supper they were thawed enough to cut perfectly. Pair it with whatever root veggies you have on hand and, voila - you have a delicious remake of the go-to packaged stuff! Not hard to make. Seriously. And apparently entertaining enough to make that Hannah watched the whole process quietly without fussing. :)
Total Time: 35 minutes
2 chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1/2 cup flour (any kind I think would do - I used whole wheat)
1 egg, whisked
spices: sea salt, pepper, whatever else you like
Drizzle of olive oil
What to do:
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit.
2) Mix together flour with spices.
3) Grease baking sheet with oil.
4) Create dipping stations for the chicken - first one in egg, next one in flour mixture, then lay on baking sheet.
5) Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes, until cooked through. Flip once for crispiness on both sides.
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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