Anybody making anything yummy?
I'm making saucy salsa chicken in the crock pot today.
I have flank steak fajitas, chicken and sun dried tomato paella, crock pot sesame chicken on the menu for next week. Yum!!! I'll share the recipes soon and maybe some pics.
Results of the Yogurt Chicken Recipe:
Made Yogurt Chicken, noodles, and pan-seared* squash, zucchini, and red peppers.
Pros of the chicken recipe:
Chicken stayed moist
Coating was extremely flavorful and yummy
Breading is not crispy at all, even though I used panko - kind of mushy, and also slides off the chicken very easily.
I think maybe I used too much yogurt?
Overall, very tasty, I just need to figure out how to make it crispier.
*I feel silly calling vegetables "pan seared" because that seems like a meat thing, but I don't know what else to call them. I love to cut up a squash, a zucchini, and a red pepper into really thin slices, spray a pan with a little non-stick spray, toss the veggies with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and then basically "fry" until they are browned. Sooooo good!
Last edited by Alissa_Sal; 08-30-2012 at 10:30 PM.
Dang it! I totally forgot to take a pic of the salsa chicken last night! It was really good. I served it over white rice and a side of steamed broccoli. I have leftovers so I think I'll just make soft tacos tonight. Yum! The recipe was sooo freakin easy which means it's a keeper. I'm trying to really stock up on easy crock pot and freezer recipes.
Alissa, the yogurt chicken looks really good. I love the website you got the recipe from. I'm making crock pot sesame chicken next week and I got the recipe from that website. It's too bad that the breading got soggy. Maybe you need to cook it at a higher temp? Mmmm...your sides look yummy too. I love pan seared/sauted squash.
Oooh, Jina, your salsa chicken recipe sounds YUM! I may have to make that this weekend....Chicken soft tacos sounds amazing!
Jina, trying the saucy soft tacos tomorrow!!!
Oh yay! I hope you like it!
I made chicken and sundried tomatoes paella tonight and it was delish! I've made it before but it was better tonight. I served it with a side salad with Pomme D'Amour Tomato Dressing. I would also recommend some crusty baguette and manchego cheese. Yum!
chicken and sundried tomatoes paella
What you need:
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
3/4 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
24 oz skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in to chunks
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 medium onion chopped fine
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
4 tbsp dry sherry
1 cup of rice (try to use bomba rice!!)
4 cups of chicken broth
1/4 tsp saffron
1 tsp dried basil
What to do:
Soak the chopped sundried tomatoes in 3/4 cup of sherry for 30 minutes, then drain when ready to use.
Heat the olive oil in a paella pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and fry until browned on all sides.
Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan over low heat, cook the mushrooms, onion and garlic in 4 tbsp of sherry until the mushrooms are tender. Add this mixture to the paella pan and stir well. Mix in the sun dried tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Pour in the rice and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the broth, saffron and basil and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the rice and chicken are tender and the broth has been absorbed. Serve at once.
Pomme D'Amour Tomato Dressing
2 medium tomatoes, slice into quarter wedges
1/4 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked mixed pepper
1 teaspoon paprika, I like to use Hungarian paprika
Put all ingredients into the blender, except olive oil, and blend until mixed. While blender is still running slowly pour in olive oil, blend well. Serve immediately or store in a salad dressing bottle or container with a lid in the refrigerator. Keeps about 5 days. Shake or stir well before serving.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
I made Crock Pot Sesame Chicken last night and it was pretty good. I'm definitely keeping this recipe but I'm going to tweak it a bit for next time. I found the meat to be really tender and flavorful but there was way too much sauce and it was a bit too sweet. My Hubby liked it and I think little kids would devour it!
(my notes in red)
CROCK POT HONEY SESAME CHICKEN
What you need:
2.5 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thighs would be fine too) (I only used 2 lbs. maybe that was my problem with too much sauce?)
Salt and pepper
1 cup honey (I found the recipe to be way too sweet. Maybe cut the honey back to only 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 tablespoons diced onion
4 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoon canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
What to do:
Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 ? 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through. (I cooked it on low for 4 hours but next time I'm going to cook on low for 3 and high for one to get the sauce to boil before I add the cornstarch mixture)
Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce.
Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.
I was going to serve it with steamed broccoli on the side but since I had so much sauce I decided to add the broccoli directly to the crock pot about 15 minutes before serving and it helped soak up some of the sauce. It was also really GOOD. lol
That sounds so good! Definitely trying that this weekend.
Here are two recipes I plan to try this upcoming week:
Peanut Squash Soup and Easy Whole Wheat Biscuits
I'm liking that website, because the lady who writes it is a big advocate of making things from scratch and avoiding processed foods, but she also seems to be mindful of cost and time to make, which is really really important to me (especially the time factor.) If it takes longer than about 30 minutes for me to get something prepped and then either in the oven to bake, or in a pot to simmer, or whatever, it's probably not happening on a work night.