Posts Tagged ‘Chicken’

Baked Maple Chicken Wings – In One Word: Addictive

Home Made Cooking

I’ve been away for a while I know. Not really away, because really I was here but I haven’t had the muse or the inspiration to sit down on my butt and write a post. I’m sure you know this doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking or baking – because I have been, non stop. I just wasn’t in the mood.

Maybe it’s because after coming back home from visiting my family it kinda felt like something was missing. Maybe it’s the weather and the never ending winter or maybe it’s just life, I’m not really sure.

I’ve continued exploring the amazing world of food of course, reading blogs, watching cooking shows, reading books and experimenting in the kitchen, and lately I found out that I’m fed up with junk. Yes – some people might call that junk food or dessert or a treat, but I have to just come out and say it: People – frosting? is not good for you, those cheese loaded (seriously loaded) – are not good for you, food colorings? – don’t even get me started, and there’s so much more. I’m no saint, I admit it, I’ll eat something cheesy once in a while, but I mostly do my very best to eat healthier and maintain a balanced diet, and when I see online websites, blogs and Facebook posts that are ONLY frosting, fat, cheese, colors etc. it makes me both mad and sad. Mad because I don’t get how so many people are not aware or just don’t care, and sad because there are so many of them.

But hey, I finally post something and it’s a rant, come on! let’s discuss food – like these delicious super easy amazing wings; AND they’re baked! so good! My son and I just set down and devoured a whole bowl together, minus the beer for him – he’ll have grape juice thank you very much.

Baked Maple Chicken Wings

Baked Maple Chicken Wings

Baked Maple Chicken Wings - In One Word: Addictive
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Recipe type: Chicken
Cuisine: Chicken, BBQ, Appetizer
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These wings are so good! and amazingly enough all you need to do is mix everything together and bake - that's it!
Ingredients
  • 600gr/ 1.5lbs. Chicken Wings
  • 1 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Maple
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F (220C) and prepare a baking sheet layered with parchment paper.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix everything together (using your hands will work best and make sure the wings are fully covered).
  3. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Baked Maple Chicken Wings

Baked Maple Chicken Wings

Baked Maple Chicken Wings

I’ve been away for a while I know. Not really away, because really I was here but I haven’t had the muse or the inspiration to sit down on my butt and write a post. I’m sure you know this doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking or baking – because I have been, non stop. […]

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Mini Chicken Steaks with Fresh Herbs

Home Made Cooking

It’s another cold, white day here in Halifax. Gosh I miss the sun! Just imagining myself lying on a nice warm sandy beach makes my heart warm.

Yeah, snow is beautiful I’ll give you that, but time after time after time, it gets kind of boring and annoying. All the layers, the places you can’t go because it’s too cold, the days you have to take off because the schools are cancelled. I feel so bad complaining about it because I know that it’s like a first world problem but hey, I’m a person too.

So yeah, there was a blizzard warning issued last week and it snowed a lot, the roads were packed with snow, visibility was poor and it was cold, but you know what? there was a silver lining, I got to stay home with the kids and the hubby and if that’s not enough, it was FRIDAY; which meant I had extra time to prepare our Friday dinner.

Now all I had to do is figure out what to make but that’s easy, because the kids just want their chicken and mashed potatoes for Friday.

I decided to make chicken thighs mini steaks packed with fresh herbs. It’s a little bit of work chopping all the ingredients but it’s so worth it! It’s full of flavor, the kids love it and it tastes amazing even the day after (in case you have leftovers). The chicken thighs make this dish so soft and juicy I wouldn’t trade it with just a plain chicken steak, no – this IS my favorite chicken steak.

Mini Chicken Steak with Fresh Herbs

Mini Chicken Steak with Fresh Herbs

Mini Chicken Steaks with Fresh Herbs
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Recipe type: Chicken
 
Juicy, tender and full of flavor. These mini steaks are definitely a new favorite.
Ingredients
  • 600gr Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (About 6 pieces)
  • ⅓ Cup Cilantro - Finely Diced
  • ⅓ Cup Parsley - Finely Diced
  • 1 Green Onion - Finely Diced
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 Tbsp Bread Crumbs
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil - For Frying
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken thighs into tiny cubes (the smaller the better) and place in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add the diced cilantro, parsley and green onion and mix all together.
  3. Add in the cornstarch and mix until everything is fully covered.
  4. Add in the soy sauce and egg and mix all together until fully combined.
  5. Add in the bread crumbs and mix well.
  6. Place the 4 Tbsp oil in a frying pan (I used a 12 inch pan) and preheat over medium heat.
  7. Scoop 1 tablespoon at a time and place in the oil; Flatten each steak a bit using the back of a tablespoon (too thick will mean longer cooking time and too thin will mean burning fast).
  8. Let fry for about 5-6 minutes on each side (until brown) and then flip to the other side for another 5-6 minutes to brown.
Notes
** Cooking time may vary depending on how small you diced the chicken thighs and how thick was the steak itself, so it’ll be best to cut the first prepared piece in two and make sure that it’s ready on the inside **

Mini Chicken Steak with Fresh Herbs

Mini Chicken Steak with Fresh Herbs

Mini Chicken Steak with Fresh Herbs

It’s another cold, white day here in Halifax. Gosh I miss the sun! Just imagining myself lying on a nice warm sandy beach makes my heart warm. Yeah, snow is beautiful I’ll give you that, but time after time after time, it gets kind of boring and annoying. All the layers, the places you can’t […]

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Chicken Drumsticks and Olives – Kids’ New Favorite

Home Made Cooking

Sometimes roasted or grilled chicken drumsticks simply do not do the trick with my kids. What, Drumsticks again? Mommy, can you peel the skin off? I don’t feel like eating this, and much more creative versions of this is what I’ll be getting If I keep making drumsticks the easiest and most obvious way. Well then, I had to find another easy and fast way to prepare drumsticks. My kids like a good gimmick, an interesting addition, so I figured that if I add their favorite pizza extra topping (olives) they’ll be happy with it. Apparently I was right. So I made the chicken drumsticks with olives, cooked in a super fast sauce. The thing I liked most is the fact that after only a few minutes of preparation I could leave it to cook and come back after 45 minutes to simply serve. The chicken is tender and the olives add their natural saltiness the kids like so much. It also reminded me of a Moroccan dish I used to eat and loved it, so as far as this dish goes I think I did a pretty good job. Kids loved it and mommy was once again the “Kitchen Hero”.

Chicken Drumsticks and Olives

 

Chicken Drumsticks and Olives - Kids' New Favorite
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Recipe type: Entree, Main
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Serves: 5 People
 
Chicken Drumsticks in yummy tomato sauce and olives. The chicken tenderness and the Olives' saltiness dance well together.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ Onion (medium) - Chopped
  • 8 Chicken Drumsticks (I removed the skin)
  • 4 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Cup Green Pitted Olives
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pot, heat up the oil over medium heat and add the chopped onion. Saute for about 2 minutes while stirring.
  2. Add the drumsticks and stir for about 4 minutes until they begin changing color (white layer)
  3. In a small bowl, mix the water and tomato paste well and add mix into the drumsticks
  4. Add in the garlic powder, paprika, cumin and olives and stir
  5. Add the salt and pepper and stir
  6. Lower to medium-low heat and cover with lid. Let cook for 45 minutes.

 

Chicken Drumsticks and Olives

Chicken Drumsticks and Olives

Sometimes roasted or grilled chicken drumsticks simply do not do the trick with my kids. What, Drumsticks again? Mommy, can you peel the skin off? I don’t feel like eating this, and much more creative versions of this is what I’ll be getting If I keep making drumsticks the easiest and most obvious way. Well […]

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Tbit – Iraqi Slow Cooked Chicken and Rice

Home Made Cooking

If you’ve been reading my posts lately you probably know that I am now getting ready (and super excited about it) to fly out Toronto bound to participate in the FBC13 conference. Not only that the conference is going to be amazing thanks to all of the speakers and sponsors, but conference participants also get gifts, yep! How cool is that?
So I got my gift/swag from Nordic Ware 2 days ago and by getting their wonderful products can also join a prize draw where I can win products worth over $900!! All I need to do is cook something amazing using Nordic Ware products, post about it and link to their page. Sounds pretty easy and straight forward considering the amazing products I have to work with. In my gift package I received 3 products. 2 pots (Nordic Ware Pro Cast Traditions Aluminum 3 qt Dutch Oven  and the Nordic Ware Pro Cast Traditions Aluminum Traditions Braiser) and 1 Nordic Ware 365 Chicken Leg and Jalapeno Griller.
Now, other than the fact that they are just beautiful (I just LOVE red kitchenware) they are also light weighted (Cast Aluminum) and come in a very convenient size. I decided to use the smaller pot (The Dutch Oven) to make a dish that is basically a version of a traditional dish originated in Iraq. This dish is called “Tbit” and it’s basically a very slow cooked chicken with rice cooked in a great spice mix. Why do I say very slow? Because this dish is cooked overnight and honestly, that’s the part I like about it. I prepared everything yesterday, put it in the oven on very low heat until this morning and now I have supper ready for today without even having to stand and cook. The overnight cooking was made possible because these Nordic Ware pots are cast aluminum, they are covered with non-stick layer and even their lid is aluminum so you can actually use them for everyday cooking or in the oven. Also, they have air-cushion bottoms which provide increased air circulation and thus improved heat distribution so really, it was perfect for cooking in the oven.

How did the “Tbit” turn out you ask? PERFECT I say! The spices and raisins just took it to a whole different level. The chicken is nice and tender and I am one happy momma because today, I don’t need to cook after work 🙂 thanks Nordic Ware.

Tbit - Iraqi Chicken and Rice

 

Tbit - Iraqi Slow Cooked Chicken and Rice
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Recipe type: Entree, Main
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Serves: 2-4
 
Iraqi style dish. Chicken with rice and the goodness of spices! Just perfectly comforting and yummy.
Ingredients
  • 500gr Chicken Thighs/ Drumsticks washed and dried
  • ½ Onion – Chopped
  • ½ Tomato – Chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove – Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ¾ Cup White Rice (I used Jasmine)
  • 1½ Cup Hot Boiling Water
  • 1 tsp Tomato Paste
  • Handful of Raisins
  • ⅛ tsp Ground Clove
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ – ½ tsp Salt
  • Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 210F/ 100C
  2. In a cast iron/ cast aluminum (oven safe) pot, preheat the oil over medium-high heat and add the chopped onion. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until translucent.
  3. Add in the chopped tomato and garlic and stir for another minute.
  4. Add the chicken and let cook while stirring and turning occasionally until chicken is cooked on all sides. Cook and stir for about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add in the rice, water, spices, tomato paste and raisins and mix together. Let cook and boil for about 7-10 minutes and remove from heat.
  6. Place in the preheated oven and let cook overnight (8-10 hours)

Tbit- Chicken and Rice

 

 

If you’ve been reading my posts lately you probably know that I am now getting ready (and super excited about it) to fly out Toronto bound to participate in the FBC13 conference. Not only that the conference is going to be amazing thanks to all of the speakers and sponsors, but conference participants also get […]

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Thai Curry Chicken “Summer Fresh” Style

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I love going to Thai restaurants. They are the kind of restaurants that use great spices in their food, something I miss dearly here in Halifax 🙂

I like it when the food is just a little bit spicy. Not too spicy to make your mouth burn but just spicy enough to make you crave for another bite. This is exactly how I would describe this next recipe. After “Summer Fresh” sent me their whole new line up of cooking sauces to try out and come up with recipes, and after posting 4 out of 5 recipes, this is the final post with “Summer Fresh” sauces. The “Thai Curry” sauce was the last one left in the fridge and I was lucky enough to enjoy it all by myself 🙂 why by myself? Well, my husband is vegetarian and since this sauce has fish sauce in its ingredients it did not meet the criteria of a vegetarian man, as for the kids, it was just too spicy for them but hey, lucky me, it was just in the right level of spicy-ness for me so guess who got delicious food for dinner and enjoyed the leftovers the next day at work? Yup! Me! 🙂

I made Thai Curry Chicken with this last sauce and let me tell you, it tasted as if I went to a Thai restaurant. I enjoyed it so much! And it only took me about 10 minutes to have it ready in my plate which means win-win for me and Douze Points for “Summer Fresh

Thai Curry Chicken

 

Thai Curry Chicken "Summer Fresh" Style
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Recipe type: Main
 
Thai Curry Chicken on a bed of white rice, don't you just love it? Summer Fresh made it possible for me to have a restaurant level dish at my dining table. Awesome!
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 5 Boneless Chicken Thighs – Cut into strips or cubes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Sliced)
  • ½ Onion – Chopped
  • Pinch of Celery Seeds (Optional)
  • 4 full tbsp Thai Curry Sauce by “Summer Fresh”
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan or Wok, preheat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add in the onion, celery seeds and garlic and stir for about 1 minute
  3. Add in the chicken and stir for about 5-7 minutes until pieces are well done and white
  4. Stir in the Thai Curry Sauce and mix for about 2 minutes, allowing the sauce to heat and then remove from heat and serve over a bed of rice or noodles

 

Thai Curry Chicken

I love going to Thai restaurants. They are the kind of restaurants that use great spices in their food, something I miss dearly here in Halifax 🙂 I like it when the food is just a little bit spicy. Not too spicy to make your mouth burn but just spicy enough to make you crave […]

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Chicken in Cranberry Sauce by “Summer Fresh”

Home Made Cooking

When “Summer Fresh” sent me their complete new line up of cooking sauces I didn’t think it’ll make my life so easy when it comes to quick dinners for the kids.

This time I had thawed chicken thighs in the fridge, and I didn’t really want to work hard or fry them like I would usually do, so I just opened the fridge hoping to find something that will make this weekday dinner task easier and faster. Luckily I found this great “Cranberry Madeira” sauce and the minute the kids saw it as well that’s all they wanted, I mean, what kid wouldn’t love to have dinner with cranberries? 🙂

I added some blackberries I had and it was a hit! Chicken with berries – perfect.

This was so easy to make too, because all I had to do is cut the chicken, add the sauce and place in the oven. I like it when while the food is being prepared I can utilize the time to complete other things I have on the go. “Summer Fresh” made it easy once again and needless to say that this wasn’t only quick but had a great combination of flavors.

This sauce is definitely a keeper.

Chicken in Cranberry Sauce

 

Chicken in Cranberry Sauce by "Summer Fresh"
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Recipe type: Entree, Main
 
Chicken in Cranberry Sauce. Another hit with the help of one of the "Summer Fresh" Sauces.
Ingredients
  • 5 Boneless Chicken Thighs – Cubed
  • 5 tbsp “Cranberry Madeira” sauce by “Summer Fresh”
  • ¼ cup Whipping Cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Mix Cranberry sauce with whipping cream, salt and pepper
  3. Place chicken cubes in Pyrex and cover with sauce mix
  4. Cover with foil and let cook for 50 minutes
Notes
**Optional - You can add some blackberries or blueberries to the sauce mix**

 

Chicken in Cranberry Sauce

When “Summer Fresh” sent me their complete new line up of cooking sauces I didn’t think it’ll make my life so easy when it comes to quick dinners for the kids. This time I had thawed chicken thighs in the fridge, and I didn’t really want to work hard or fry them like I would […]

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Sweet And Sour Chicken Strips

Home Made Cooking

Every Friday the kids like to eat chicken, preferably breaded and fried, but I admit that it’s too much work for me sometimes, especially after a long day at work. I wish the kitchen was my only work but it’s not so I have to make changes sometimes to ease myself and make food faster yet tasty. This Friday I decided to take the chicken breast I had and make strips in sauce to serve with the potatoes I was roasting. This is a great recipe and kids’ favorite because it’s semi sweet. It’s easy to make and can be served with anything – bonus points for that.

Sweet And Sour Chicken Strips
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Recipe type: Main
 
Great dish for adults and kids. Easy to make and only a few ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Boneless and Skinless) – Cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion – Sliced
  • ¾ Can (100gr) Tomato Paste
  • ½ Lemon – Juiced
  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1½ tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium heat and add the sliced onion. Sauté onion until soft while stirring.
  2. Add the tomato paste and mix, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well until combined. Let boil.
  3. Add in the chicken strips and stir. Cover pot with lid and let cook over medium heat for 25 minutes while stirring occasionally.

 

Every Friday the kids like to eat chicken, preferably breaded and fried, but I admit that it’s too much work for me sometimes, especially after a long day at work. I wish the kitchen was my only work but it’s not so I have to make changes sometimes to ease myself and make food faster […]

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumstick – Kids’ Favorite

Home Made Cooking

Whenever we go out for some Chinese food, the kids always have the same thing – Sweet and Sour Chicken; and to be honest I like it too, but I never thought I can make sweet and sour chicken at home, well apparently I can. The only thing is that I didn’t have chicken breast or any other part of chicken I can cut into cubes. The only thing I had was chicken drumsticks, so I improvised and made sweet and sour drumsticks. The kids liked the idea and the chicken; it was gone before I even noticed. I can’t believe I didn’t make this all these years; this is definitely staying with us.

 

Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumstick - Kids' Favorite
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6 Drumsticks
 
Sweet and Sour Chicken is everyone's favorite I believe. How about sweet and sour drumsticks?
Ingredients
For the Pre-frying:
  • 6 Chicken Drumsticks
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 egg
For the Sauce:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tbsp soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
  2. Preheat the ¼ cup oil in a skillet over medium heat
  3. In one bowl, beat the egg and in a separate bowl have the corn starch ready
  4. Dip each drumstick in the corn starch and then in the beaten egg and place on preheated skillet with oil
  5. Fry the chicken until it is starting to look golden brown but not fully fried. Fry about 4 minutes and set aside.
  6. In a medium bowl mix all the sauce ingredient together until fully combined
  7. Arrange the partially fried chicken drumsticks in a small baking pan (preferably deep or a Pyrex) and pour the sauce batter over it. Make sure everything is coated with the sauce.
  8. Cover with foil and place in preheated oven for 45 minutes
  9. After 45 minutes, remove foil and return into oven for additional 10-15 minutes uncovered
Notes
* This can also be prepared with cubed chicken breast

 

Whenever we go out for some Chinese food, the kids always have the same thing – Sweet and Sour Chicken; and to be honest I like it too, but I never thought I can make sweet and sour chicken at home, well apparently I can. The only thing is that I didn’t have chicken breast or any […]

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