Saturday, October 27, 2012

Chicken with Artichokes

Chicken with artichokes and tomatoes in creamy sauce.I saw this recipe on Dinner: A Love Story food blog back in March. I cooked it ones before, and again today. It is easy and delicious.

The recipe was taken down from the webpage, so my guess is that it was included in the book which Jenny Rosenstrach has recently published. I am actually thinking about getting the book, since a few recipes that I’ve used from DALS blog turned out to be nice.

I’ll just write my recollection of this chicken meal here. I know that in another half year I probably won’t remember it well, and I want to keep it in my repertoire. So I used:
  • 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 0.5 large sweet onion
  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen artichoke hearts
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 glass water (or white wine)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 glass half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt, pepper

Season chicken and fry it in a few tablespoons of oil, a couple of minutes on each side. Take chicken from the pan, put aside. Add chopped onion to the pan, fry for a few minutes. Add tomatoes and artichokes (I ran them under cold water for 2-3 minutes to defrost), fry for another few minutes. Add chicken, water or wine, lemon zest, salt and pepper to taste. Wait until water starts to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Mix mustard and half-and-half, add to the pan. When it starts boiling, turn down the heat. Voila!

P.S. I think original recipe had double the mustard, but on account of Arosha I’ve decided to be on a conservative side. Danya added some hot sause to his chicken to make it spicier.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chicken with Black Beans

Chicken with Black BeansThe idea for this dinner actually came from Danya. He was checking some photography blog and this meal looked good to him, so he forwarded me the recipe. I cooked it the next day, and it turned out very nice. We did not take any good pictures right away, but I asked Danya to take a snapshot with his new iPhone when we were finishing leftovers for lunch today, so at least we’ll have something for the post.

I’ll write down the original recipe here for the future reference.

BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Burritos


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3⁄4 pound skinless, boneless organic chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium barbeque sauce
  • 15 ounces of low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1⁄2 cup (2 ounces) organic reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain tortillas
  • 1⁄4 cup organic nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, and garlic; cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring constantly.

2. Stir in barbeque sauce and beans. Sprinkle with cheese; cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Warm tortillas in skillet until lightly brown. Spoon about 1⁄2 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla; top each with 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt, and roll up.

I used a bit more chicken, garlic and barbeque sauce, but mostly followed the recipe. There were no fancy tortillas in our local supermarket, so I bought the plain regular kind. They were pretty small, so we served them on the side instead of making actual burritos. I also boiled some rice (spicy Spanish rice for us and plain white for Aroshka) and made an avocado-tomato-lime juice salad.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lazy Nachos

Lazy nachos.I got this recipe on one of the blogs that I stumbled upon by accident, but keep coming back to. Here is the original post by Kara.

I’ve made a few minor changes due to the ingredients that I had on hand, so here is my version of this simple and for the most part healthy meal. Continue Reading
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mango Chicken Brased in Wine

Mango chicken braised in white wine.So what do you do when you have a pack of frozen chicken thighs, a few random things in your refrigerator (such as ridiculously unripened mango and a tablespoon of leftover mandarin preserves) and a very limited time to spend by the stove due to a very active 8.5 month old who recently learned how to crawl? You throw all the stuff together in a pan, add some spices and give it a fancy name! At least, that’s what I did, and Danya asked for seconds!

To be more precise, I used:
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs (thawed them first)
  • 1 mango (it was super sour)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of white cooking wine
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Sweet Potatoes Stew

Sweet Potatoes Stew.Last night I cooked African Potato Stew with Red Beans. The idea for this easy and quite delicious meal came from Jen Loves Kev blog. The funny thing is that I was drooling over Aroshka’s baked yams puree for a few days now, but did not know any good adult sweet potato recipes which both Danya and I can enjoy. ) So when I saw this stew, I jumped on it right away. )

Since neither one of us is vegetarian, I’ve added a chicken breast to the stew. I also added some cilantro which I think gave it a nice touch. I forgot to buy peanuts, so I skipped them.

Danya liked this stew too — I was afraid that he would not, since he is not a fan of sweet potatoes. I also offered some to d. Borya, who said it was not terrible, but probably not something he would want to eat again. ) To each his own I guess. Continue Reading
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Chicken with Rice and Beans

Chicken with Rice & Beans.I stumbled upon this recipe on “What To Expect — August 2010″ forums. It sounded easy enough, so I’ve put it on my “to cook” list. It came out pretty well, especially considering the amount of effort invested.

So you’ll need 3 pieces of chicken breast, 1 pound of brown rice (uncooked), 1 can of black beans, 1 can of pinto beans, 1 can of stewed tomatoes and 1 small jar of salsa. Rub some salt and ground cumin on the chicken and put it on the bottom of the crockpot. Then add the rest of the ingredients (together with the liquid from the cans), and cook on high for 4 hours (or for 8 hours on low). Easy peasy.

I served it with shredded cheddar cheese, guacamole-like salad and sour cream. Will cook again! )
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad.I think I’ve noticed this particular application while watching some TV commercial, but I am not 100% sure about this (memory could be tricky, you know). ) It does not really matter how or when, but the fact is that this weekend Danya finally installed Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals on my iPone. I love the design of the application, and there are some recipes which seem to be worth trying (although I wish there were more recipes altogether — the selection on his site is quite a bit more impressive).

Anyhow, I’ve decided to put the app to good use on Monday, and made Chicken Caesar Salad. The recipe closely resembles this one, even though he simplified the process a bit for a better time management. It did not take me quite 20 minutes though, but not too much longer than that. I liked the end result, and so did Danya! )
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican lasagna.Rachel Ray came to the rescue with this easy and filling recipe which is perfect for a work day dinner. Danya liked it, and so did I. ) The meat of choice was ground chicken combined with ground turkey.
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts

Parmesan crusted chicken breast.I felt like eating chicken with potatoes last night, but for obvious reasons did not want to spend more than 45-60 minutes in the kitchen, and also kinda wanted to boldly cook that I have not cooked before. )

Raychel Ray’s Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts with Tomato and Basil and Potatoes with Peppers and Onions came in very handy. The dinner came out nice, just as I hoped it would. ) I followed the recipe almost to the letter — my only deviations were increased cooking time for both potatoes and chicken, and I also dipped chicken breasts in a beaten egg before rolling them in Parmesan.
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Chicken Soup with Lemon and Rice

Chicken soup with lemon and rice.Этот супчик я готовила где-то пару месяцев назад, и всё никак не доходили руки поставить рецепт на блог. Готовится он легко, на вкус тоже вполне ничего — вобщем, хорошая альтернатива обычному куриному супчику с макаронами.

Рецепт я вычитала в NY Times. Естественно, готового бульона у меня не было, поэтому всё процедура выглядела примерно так. Continue Reading
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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Apple Stuffed Chicken Breast

Apple Stuffed Chicken.This recipe is easy and delicious, so I thought that it would be a good idea to post it here for the future reference.

The original recipe is here. I modified it slightly and here is what I did.

Pound 2 chicken breasts, rub with a bit of black pepper and stuff with the following mix: Continue Reading
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Fruity Chicken Salad

Fruity chicken salad.Tonight we had an easy-to-cook chicken salad for dinner, which is based on the Fruited Curry Chicken Salad recipe from allrecipes.com. It came out not bad, and I want to post it here for the future reference.

I used:
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 celery stocks
  • 2 green onions stocks (leeks)
  • 1.5 cup of seedless grapes
  • 1/4 cup of roasted pecans
  • 1/4 lb of Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 of an apple
  • 3.5 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 3.5 tablespoons of plain yogurt + 2 tbs for brushing the chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chicken Soup

Chicket Soup.Вариантов куриного супа очень много, но мне полюбился именно этот. Понадобится:

  • 2 кусочка куриной грудки с костями и кожицей (каждый где-то с ладошку величиной)
  • 1 большая луковица
  • 3 морковки
  • 3 стебля сельдерея
  • 1 пучок свежей петрушки
  • 3 средней величины картофелины
  • 2 горсти тонкой яичной вермишели
  • 2.5 – 3 литра воды
  • соль, черный перец, лавровый лист

В кастрюльку с водой положить курицу, посолить. Когда вода закипит, снять пену, добавить в кастрюлю целую луковицу (очищенную естественно), 2 морковки (тоже целиком), сельдерей и пол пучка петрушки. Уменьшить огонь и Continue Reading
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Lemon Chicken in Caper Cream SauceIn the light of my husband’s newly found appreciation of chicken, I was very excited to cook a Lemon Chicken in Caper Cream Sauce last night.

Similar chicken, called Lemon Chicken Scallopini, was once my favorite meal in TGI Friday’s, but to my utter frustration it was taken off the menu a number of years ago.

When we were driving home from Boston on Memorial Day, we dined at the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant, located in Foxwoods hotel and casino. Danya ordered Chicken Picatta, which tasted — surprise! surprise! — just like the Lemon Chicken from TGIF.

So, since Danya liked the meal a lot, my mission was to reproduce it at home. I googled “lemon chicken capers”, and the third recipe that came out looked just right. After reading some reviews, I modified it slightly, so here is how I cooked it last night: Continue Reading
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Chicken Kiev

Chicken KievThis recipe was also provided by one of the very talented housewives of kuking.net – Иша. I tried a couple of her other recipes, but this one is probably my favorite from her repertoire.

Chicken Kiev Continue Reading
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