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Chicken Fried Rice

21 Feb
Fried Rice

Fried Rice (Photo credit: chooyutshing)

Fried Rice is best made with left over rice

 

2 boneless skinless chicken breast, diced

1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided

2 large eggs

1/2 large red bell pepper, diced

1/2 large sweet onion, diced

1/2 cup frozen sweet green peas, thawed

3 cups cooked white or brown rice

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tsp chili-garlic sauce

4 green onions, sliced

 

Heat 3 TBSP oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, cook until browned and well done on the inside. Remove from skillet and set aside. In a small skillet, heat 1 TBSP oil over medium high heat. Add eggs; cook 1 minute on each side. Remove from skillet; chop and set aside. In the same skillet the chicken was cooked in, add 2 TBSP oil and heat over medium-high. Add bell pepper and onions; stir constantly for 5 minutes. Add peas, and next 3 ingredients; stir-fry 4 minutes or until heated through out. Stir in eggs and sprinkle with green onions.

 

Serves 4

 

True Southern Fried Chicken

9 Feb
English: Several pieces of fried chicken.

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3 quarts water

2 TBSP salt

8 pieces frying chicken

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Garlic powder to taste

1 cup flour

2 cups vegetable oil

1/4 cup bacon grease

 

Combine water and 2 TBSP salt in a large bowl. Add chicken; cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. Drain chicken; rinse with cold water and pat dry. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. In a one gallon zip loc bag, add flour, 1 TBSP salt, 1 tsp black pepper; shake to mix well. Add 2 pieces of chicken and shake to coat. Repeat with two pieces of chicken at a time until all have been coated. Combine vegetable oil and bacon grease in a large deep skillet over medium high heat or in an electric skillet set to 360 degrees. Add chicken skin side down three pieces at a time. Cook 3 minutes then add three more pieces, cooking for 3 minutes, then add remaining pieces. Cover and cook 6 minutes; uncover and cook 9 minutes; turn chicken pieces during the last three minutes for even browning. Drain on paper towels.

 

Serves 4

 

 

Grilled Chicken Salad

30 Jan

Marinate the chicken in the seasoned lemon juice, soy sauce, and garlic mixture for 2 hours; for flavorful, tender chicken.

 

5 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice

3 TBSP reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/8 tsp black pepper

1 tsp dried basil

8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 large red onion, cut into 1/8 inch slices

Light vegetable cooking spray

6 cups chopped lettuce

1 TBSp crumbled blue cheese

1 medium tomato, cored and diced

 

Dressing:

4 TBSP fresh lemon juice

4 TBSP balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic

2 tsp dried basil

 

Whisk together lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, black pepper and basil in a bowl and set aside. Place chicken on a piece of plastic wrap and pound flat. Place chicken into marinade bowl and cover. Marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Preheat grill or broiler of oven. Place onion slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and spray lightly with vegetable oil; turn onions over and spray to coat. Remove chicken from marinade and place alongside the onions. Grill or broil for 5 minutes per side. Let chicken cool enough to handle the slice thinly. Spread lettuce on 4 plates, scatter  the onions and chicken on top. Sprinkle 3/4 tsp over each. Sprinkle tomatoes over cheese.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a blender and mix at low-speed until garlic is finely chopped. Serve with salad

 

Serves 4

 

176 calories per serving

3.2 grams fat

 

Black Bean and Smoked Chicken Soup

30 Jan
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1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

Light vegetable cooking spray

1/2 cup peeled and chopped broccoli stems

1/2 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced celery

1 cup diced onion

1 TBSP dried thyme

1 TBSP dried basil

1/2 cup sweet white wine

8 ounces  boneless, skinless chicken breast

4 TBSP  low-calorie barbecue sauce (no oil variety)

1 cup low-fat chicken broth

12 ounces evaporated skim milk

2 cups broccoli florets

1 TBSP cornstarch, dissolved in 2 TBSP cold water

1 TBSP liquid smoke

1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp Tabasco sauce

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

 

In a medium saucepan add 2 cups water and the black beans; add bay leaf. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes. Drain beans and discard bay leaf. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a heavy Dutch oven over medium heat; heat for 1 minute, then spray twice with cooking spray. Add broccoli stems, carrots, celery, and onion. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Stir in thyme, basil, and wine. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until wine has reduced by half.

In the meantime, coat chicken thoroughly with barbecue sauce and bake 10 minutes on the top shelf of oven, Remove from oven and cool long enough to handle. Cut the chicken into small cubes. Add chicken, broth, and beans to the pot. Cook over low heat for 3 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk and broccoli florets. Cook 5 minutes, stirring to keep soup from coming to a boil. Add corn starch mixture and cook for 2 minutes , stirring constantly. Stir in liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco sauce. Garnish with cilantro.

Serves 4

 

368 calories per serving

3.6 grams fat

Chicken Corn Chowder

19 Jan

2 TBSP vegetable oil

1 large onion, finely minced

2 cups chicken broth

2-1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced

2 cups whole kernel corn

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups cooked chicken, diced

Salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy skillet over medium heat, add oil. Saute onions until translucent. Place in a Dutch, add chicken broth and potatoes. Cook 8 minutes and add corn. Cook for 6 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Add heavy cream; reduce heat to simmer; add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until heated well, add chicken. Stir well. Serve hot.

Chicken Pasta Skillet

7 Jan

This is a great week night dinner. Keep frozen chicken breast tenderloins on hand to whip this up in a hurry.

12 oz uncooked linguine

2 pounds Chicken breast strips

1 TBSP Cajun seasoning

1 -1/4 tsp salt, divided

1/4 cup butter

1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 small green bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 (8 oz) carton fresh mushrooms, sliced

2 green onions, light green and white part only, sliced

1 -1/2 cups half and half

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Sprinkle chicken evenly with Cajun seasoning and 1 tsp salt. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken, and saute 5 to 6 minutes or until done. Remove from pan and add bell peppers, mushrooms, and green onions to skillet, and saute 9 to 10 minutes or until tender and liquid evaporates.

Return chicken to skillet; stir  in half and half and next 3 ingredients, add 1/4 tsp salt. Cook stirring often, over medium-low heat 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add pasta; toss to coat.

Szechunan Noodles with Chicken

6 Jan

12 ounces linguine

1 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons lite soy sauce

2 boneless skinless chicken breast, diced

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

6 scallions, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces

1 large carrot, shredded

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced ginger root

3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Cook linguine according to package directions. In a measuring cup stir together chicken broth and soy sauce. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; add vegetable oil, when hot cook diced chicken breast until browned. Add scallions, carrot, ginger and garlic. Cook 3 minutes. Stir broth mixture and peanut butter into skillet. Cook until peanut butter is melted. Reserve 1 cup pasta water. Add drained pasta to skillet and toss to thoroughly coat. Add in some pasta water if needed to keep pasta creamy. Serve hot

Serves 4

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