Cajun Chicken

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This spicy chicken is delicious and easy to make with only 5 ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbs melted butter (optional)

Directions:

In a small bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, Cajun Seasoning, and salt. Dip each chicken breast in the melted butter (if using) and then coat it in the seasoned breadcrumbs. Place in a parchment lined 8″ by 11″ baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

From Blog of Joy

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Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

Salad:

  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 4 cups roughly chopped cabbage
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 cups shredded papaya
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 5 green onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, finely diced
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts

Dressing:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Combine the salad ingredients except for the chopped peanuts in a large bowl.Whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and serve fresh or chilled.

Adapted from www.pinchofyum.com

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Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili

1 onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
8 cups chopped peeled butternut  squash (one large squash)
6 cloves garlic
3 Tbs chili powder
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs salt (or 2 tsp if not using organic beans)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 (32 oz) container vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
2 (14 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

Combine all ingredients in a cock pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours; serve.

Adapted from www.theroastedroot.com

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Coconut-Crusted Chicken with Mango Salsa

  • 1/2 pound mango, chopped (about 1 1/2 C)
  • 1/2 C red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 C onion
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 C shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 pounds  boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 T coconut oil

In a small bowl, combine the the first six ingredients.

In a shallow bowl, beat the egg with 1 t water and 1/2 t salt. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut the chicken into strips and dip in the egg mix before placing in the skillet. Cook, turning once, until golden brown.  Transfer the chicken to a parchment lined jelly roll pan. Sprinkle coconut over the chicken and bake at 350 degrees until cooked through, about 12 minutes.  Serve over brown rice, and top with the mango sauce.

adapted from http://www.rachaelraymag.com

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Sweet Chicken Chilli

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 C finely chopped green pepper
  • 4 cans (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 T yellow mustard
  • 4 T chili powder
  • 2 T cumin
  • 2 t salt (use 1 T if using organic beans)

Heat oil in large pan.  Cook chicken, adding next three ingredients halfway through.  Drain after chicken is thoroughly cooked.  Return to pan and add the remaining ingredients.  Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, or add all ingredients to the slow cooker on low for the afternoon.

Excellent with tortilla chips and sour cream.  (The original recipe called for ground turkey.)

www.cozi.com

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Whole-Grain Chicken Soup with Rice


14 cups chicken broth (or water plus bouillon)
2 cups (uncooked) brown rice (or a brown/wild rice mixture)
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon)
1 large onion, diced
4 celery ribs, diced
6 carrots, diced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons salt (or more)*
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh)
4 cups cooked cubed chicken**

Instructions:
1. In a large stock pot, combine the broth, rice, butter, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, pepper, salt, rosemary, and thyme. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
2. When soup starts boiling, stir once and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for at least 45 minutes. Check to see how tender the rice is after 45 minutes (for brown rice), and cook 10-15 minutes longer if needed.
3. Add chicken meat, stirring gently. Heat on low for 10 minutes or until soup is heated through. Add salt to taste. Enjoy!

Additional Notes:
*You may need more salt, depending on how salty your chicken broth was. I used a low-sodium chicken broth and added a total of 5 teaspoons of salt for this recipe. Start with less, and salt “to taste”! 🙂
**If you wish to start with fresh chicken, use about a pound of meat, cut into cubes, and add with the veggies (step 1).

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Tortellini Salad with Pesto

  • 8 C tortellini, cooked and chilled (4 C dry)
  • 1 C pesto (on this site)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 C Marilyn’s French Dressing (on this site)
  • 14 C romaine (or other green leaf)
  • 2 C cooked chicken, diced – optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients (except cheese) in a mixing bowl.  Stir to blend all ingredients.  Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

from Sensational Summer Salads (www.urbanhomemaker.com)

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Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

  • 3/4 C almonds
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 T paprika
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t dry mustard
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t red pepper
  • 3 pounds chicken breasts cut in large strips
  • 1/2 C melted butter

Place almonds, flour, and spices in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.   Apply olive oil to wire racks and place inside a jelly roll pan.  Melt butter.  Dip chicken in butter and then into almond mixture; place chicken on rack.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour (until golden brown and crispy).

from www.eatingwell.com

Excellent served with Roasted Vegetables.

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Chicken Gravy and Biscuits

  • 12 C chicken broth (divided)
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 6 C frozen mixed vegetables
  • 6 C cooked, cubed chicken
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 t parsley
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 C milk

Biscuits Supreme

Pour 6 cups of broth in a large stock pot. Add onions and vegetables. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add chicken, seasonings, and 6 more cups of broth.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 more minutes.  In a bowl, whisk together the flour and milk, removing lumps.  Slowly pour into simmering mixture while bringing to a boil again, stirring constantly.  Boil for several minutes, until thickened into a gravy.  Serve over hot biscuits.  Serves 12

adapted from tammysrecipes.com

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Chicken Pasta Salad

Chicken Pasta Salad
  • 13 oz. spiral pasta, cooked
  • 1 C thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 C diced bell peppers – your choice of color
  • 1 C broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 16 oz. boneless chicken breast
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 4 oz. ranch salad dressing
  • 8 oz. Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 t salt

Cut chicken breast into small, bite-sized pieces.  Saute in olive oil until fully cooked.  Drain excess liquid and season with garlic powder and pepper.  In a large bowl, stir together the cooked pasta, vegetables, and cooked chicken.  Add ranch and Italian salad dressings and stir to coat.  Add salt to taste.  Chill until ready to serve.

This salad keeps well in the refrigerator. Perfect to prepare ahead for Sabbath.

From tammysrecipes.com

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