Category Archives: Chicken

Chicken and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

I’ve been thinking a lot about Cheap & Friendly Family Meals lately.  So many households need quick and inexpensive meal ideas; may I humbly suggest this one?

Auntie Doni’s Chicken and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

serves 4

3 B/S Chicken Thighs, diced

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

8 oz. package Fresh Snow Peas

2 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced

3 Green Onion, chopped and divided

1/2 Tbsp. fresh Ginger, grated fine

1/4 tsp. White Pepper

1/4 C. Low Sodium Soy Sauce (you know we like Aloha Shoyu best!)

1/4 C. Chicken Broth

1/2 Tbsp. Corn Starch

1/2 tsp. Sesame Oil

 

In a large fry pan over medium-high, heat the Oil just til you see wisps of smoke. Sauté the Chicken until it get a little brown.  Now goes in the Snow Peas, Garlic, Ginger, half of the Green Onions and White Pepper, toss them with the Chicken and add maybe 2 tablespoons of water and cover.  Steam the veg to crisp-tender, this should take like 1-2 minutes, tops.

Combine the Shoyu, Broth and Corn Starch in a small bowl or measuring cup; pour over the Chicken and Veg and stir to combine.  The sauce will thicken and coat everything nicely.

Remove the pan from the heat and drizzle the Sesame Oil and sprinkle the remaining Green Onions over your finished dish.

Serve with Steamed Rice, Noodles or just by itself.

Here’s the break down of this dish:

Chicken $2.00 + Snow Peas $2.98 + everything else $1.50 = $6.48/4 servings = $1.64

WOW!!   😮

As always, a recipe is simply some else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.  Change out the protein and/or the veg, like Shrimp and Asparagus or Beef and Broccoli, the sky’s the limit.

 

**Cook’s note: if you like a saucier dish, double the Soy Sauce, Broth and Corn Starch.

One-Pan Herb de Provence Chicken & Veg Supper

I keep hearing about Herb de Provence Roasted Chicken and wanted to try this for myself, but on a smaller scale, and with vegetables.

DONE!

Geez, I really should write this down, that was really tasty AND I got a big thumbs up from DH.

 

Auntie Doni’s One-Pan Herb de Provence Chicken & Veg Supper

Serves 2+

3 B/S Chicken Thighs

1 C. New Potatoes, halved

1 C. Baby Carrots

1/2 C. Onions, chopped

2 Tbsp. White Wine

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

2 tsp. Herb de Provence

1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350⁰

Line a sheet pan with Tin Foil

In a small bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients

In a large bowl add the Chicken & Veg, pour the Wine and Oil over everything, coat everything well

Sprinkle in the Spice mixture and evenly distribute over the Chicken and Veggies

Spread into the prepared sheet pan in a single layer

Roast for about 45 minutes, turning everything half way through

Cooking until the Chicken registers 165⁰; the Vegetables should be done at this point too

MMM!

Remember that a recipe is just someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own

ENJOY!

Chicken Cacciatore, Another Sunday Supper

I’m pretty sure that I’ve made mention previously that I really like to make some sort of Italian-Inspired meal on Sundays, hence, Sunday Suppers. 

One of the dishes that I enjoy is Chicken Cacciatore, MMM!  It’s a pretty simple main course and can be multiplied, made ahead, and any leftovers freeze beautifully.  My version is a bit different than what you’ll find in other kitchens.

 

Auntie Doni’s Chicken Cacciatore

2+ servings

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil, divided

2 boneless-skinless Chicken thighs, diced bite-sized

½ C. Onions, chopped

1 C. Mushrooms, diced (I prefer Crimini)

1 C. Sweet Bell Peppers, diced

¼ C. Wine (optional)

1-2 C. prepared Marinara (I buy Trader Joe’s jarred sauce, tastes just like mine homemade)

 

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat.  Sauté the Mushrooms until they’re golden and next add in the Onions and Peppers; sauté until the veggies are crisp-tender, transfer to a plate and set aside.

Heat the remaining oil and sauté the Chicken until brown and a little crispy around the edges.  Deglaze the pan with the Wine (or a bit of Stock or even water is fine), add back in the veggies-mixture and your preferred amount of Marinara, make it as saucy as your family likes.  Stir well; lower the heat to a bare simmer and cover.

Here’s where you can start your sides, like homemade Fettuccini, or any other pasta, potato, rice, noodle, what have you, to serve with you Cacciatore.

When ready to serve, check your sauce, you may need to add some water if it’s gotten too thick.

As always, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.

Kara`age Chicken Made With My Newest Kitchen Toy

This is my newest kitchen toy, a T-Fal Snacking Fryer that I found at Tuesday Morning for only $19.99!  The MSRP on this baby is over $40 and I’ve had my eye on this fryer for some time now.  I like it because it has a nice vented lid that keeps all of the popping oil contained AND with an electric thermometer built in, the heat remains consistent, which makes for non-greasy fried foods, every time!

For my maiden voyage with my new deep fryer, I decided on making a local-plate-lunch-style meal of Kara`age Chicken (aka Japanese-Style Fried Chicken), YUM!!

I followed the directions on the box of Kikkoman Kara`age Seasoning Mix, set the coated pieces of boneless-skinless Chicken Thigh meat on a wire rack as the fryer came up to temperature (just watch for the light red light on the front panel to go out).

MMM!

I then cooked the Chicken in batches to a deep golden delicious crispy brown and drained it all on paper towels.

I had already made a batch of My Quick Cucumber Kim Chee and a fresh pot of steamed Rice to round out the plate-lunch-style supper for us two.

MAN! That was ONO!!!

Next time around, we need to make some of my CopyCat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad too, oh yeah!

Hawaiian-Chinese Style Chicken Noodle Soup

I know that I’ve talked about this soup in the past, but it’s been a while and seeing as it’s still kinda cold here, let’s make soup!  This is a super easy, old favorite of mine from Hawaii.

 

Chicken Long Rice

1 boneless-skinless Chicken thigh

2 C. Chicken Broth (I tried Swanson’s Cooking Stock, I really liked it)

2 C. Water

1 Garlic clove, peeled and smashed

½ inch piece of fresh Ginger Root, cut into matchsticks (I used more like an inch)

A pinch of Sea Salt (taste before adding, you may not need it)

1/3 of a package of SaiFun or Bean Threads (Long Rice)

3 Green Onions, cut into 1 inch pieces

In a medium-sized pot, add the water, broth, chicken, ginger and garlic; cook until the chicken is very tender.  Remove the chicken to a bowl and allow to cool slightly.  Shred the meat and return it to the pot.  While the chicken is cooking, place the bean threads into a large bowl of hot tap water to soak for 30 minutes.  Strain the long rice and place into the soup; simmer partially covered for about 30 minutes, until the long rice is also tender.  Add the salt, if needed,  and the greens onions just before serving.

This is my favorite brand of Long Rice

YUM! Chicken Long Rice

This recipe will make 2 very large bowls or 4 small servings.  The dish also freezes very well.  Go ahead and eat those little bits of fresh ginger, this is really good for you, especially when you’re not feeling well, oh and the garlic too.   A trick I learned a long time ago was to take your kitchen shears and cut up the Long Rice in the pot, they are very long.

There are other variations to this recipe, such as adding Black Mushrooms or Hot Chili Peppers.  Some folks do not care for the garlic, others the green onions.  You take this recipe and make it your own, but do try it and let me know what you thought.

Hawaiian comfort food, Chicken Long Rice

Comfort food

My most recent batch of Chicken Long Rice

Aaahhh!

New Mexico-Style Chicken Green Chile Stew

I belong to a wonderful Food Forum online and one of the gals was talking about a New Mexico dish that she makes her own way… it sounded fabulous!  In New Mexico, Chile Verde is big, but it’s made with Tomatillos, which neither my husband nor I care for.  Her riff on this lovely stew was to use her homemade Green Chile Sauce instead.

I adore Green Chile Sauce, but don’t make my own, rather I use Hatch® Brand Green Chile Enchilada Sauce,  mild please, as well as their canned Chiles.

💡

How about we try our own version of New Mexico-style Chicken Green Chile Stew …

 

Auntie Doni’s New Mexico-Style Chicken Green Chile Stew

Serves 4

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

½  C. each: Chopped Onions, Carrots & Celery

1 C. Corn Kernels, frozen, canned or fresh

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 Tbsp. Cilantro, minced

1 tsp. dried Oregano

½ Tbsp. ground Coriander *

½ tsp. ground Cumin

1/8 tsp. Smoked Paprika

2  Hatch® Brand Whole Green Chiles (about ½ C.), canned or fresh roasted, chopped

1 15 oz. can Diced Tomatoes

2 C. cooked & shredded Chicken Meat **

1 C. Hatch®  Brand Green Chile Sauce (aka Enchilada Sauce)

3 C. Chicken Stock or Broth **

1 small can (approx. 8oz.) Creamed Corn

2 C. New Potato, cooked & diced, canned or fresh

S&P to taste

 

In a Dutch Oven, heat the Oil over medium-high.

Add the 1st four ingredients and sauté until the vegetables are crisp-tender.

Add in the next 6 ingredients and stir until fragrant.

Next goes in the following 6 ingredients and bring to a boil.

Lastly, add in the Potatoes, reduce to a simmer and cover partially.

Cook for 20 minutes and adjust your seasonings with Salt and Pepper to taste.

I made a small-ish batch this first go-around, but I did freeze half of it, and it re-heated beautifully.  I’ll be making another batch to freeze and have on hand for a quick meal.

YUM!

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.  I used Hatch® Brand, that’s what we like, you use what your family likes.

*Cook’s Note: I think I may lessen the amount of Coriander next time, it was a bit over-powering a taste, IMHO

** Cook’s Second Note: I poached about 4 bone-in/skin-on Chicken Thighs in some leftover Onion, Carrot and Celery discards that I save in the freezer; cooled and pulled the meat and saved the cooking liquid (aka stock or broth if you use b/s Chicken) for this recipe, as I do for many others… saves money 😉

Hawaiian-Style Guava Chicken and Fried Rice

I haven’t made Guava Chicken in for-ever !!

Mostly because, I couldn’t get the frozen Guava Juice Concentrate any longer.

WELL!

On our last trip through Las Vegas I found the International Market, YAY!!

So let’s go!

 

Wow, I had to think about this one.  I did not know that there was such a thing as Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice and  I have yet to find Guava Chicken anywhere but Hawaii.

I don’t have a recipe, really, I just MAKE IT.

Guava Chicken is something I learned from my SIL (DH’s sister). Every time that we all went to the beach for the day, she would bring Guava Chicken and Fried Rice. My BIL would grill the meat on his little hibachi and there’d be other goodies to nibble on after Body Surfing for the afternoon (I shouldn’t go there, it makes me homesick). To me, that’s Beach Food.

So years later, here we are In The Middle Of The Desert and I NEED  to have little pieces of home every so often.

Guava Chicken

Hawaiian-Style Guava Chicken

1 12oz. can Guava Nectar Concentrate

(if you can find the brands from Hawaii, that’s best, but Goya will do)

1 Garlic clove, crushed

1/2 C. Oyster Sauce

1/2 C. lightly packed Brown Sugar

1/2 C. Soy Sauce (I prefer low sodium Aloha Brand)

1/2 C. Ketchup

1/4 tsp. Chinese Five Spice

5 lbs. Chicken thighs (we buy boneless-skinless)

Combine all ingredients and allow to marinade for at least 24 hours, the longer the better. Grill (or bake or broil, I like the charred bits, it’s more like going to the beach) until the meat is completely done, an internal temperature of 165º on an insta-read thermometer

Fried Rice

Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice

this ain’t rocket science! it’s all just leftovers…

start off with steamed White Rice that’s leftover for maybe 2-3 days in the `fridge to dry out

add whatever ‘Goodies’  you like:

scrambled Eggs or that Omelet you didn’t finish

Breakfast Meat (we use Linguica or Portuguese sausage), chopped**

Spam, yup, that’s right Hawaii’s favorite meat!**

Green onions

White onions

IF you must, frozen Peas and Carrots

Soy Sauce (we prefer Aloha Brand)

Sesame Oil

Toasted Sesame Seeds to make it all pretty at the end

 

Preheat a large fry pan, or Wok if you have it, with some neutral oil like canola.

Once you see wisps of smoke coming off the pan, you gotta move fast

Throw in the rice, stir it around until it’s hot

Add in your Goodies, stir again

Pour in enough Soy Sauce to just color the rice, barely

Stir; cover and cook for a few minutes

Dish it up with a drizzle of Sesame Oil and some Sesame Seeds, maybe some more

chopped Green Onions too

Hawaiian Guava Chicken and Fried Rice

**Tip – the Spam and the Linguica really make it, or some Teriyaki Chicken, SIL uses Turkey Hotdogs and Bacon**

ALOHA

 

A Copycat Zippy’s Restaurant Meal In The Middle Of The Desert

If you’re a regular here at My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert, you already know that I am a simple local gal from Kaneohe Oahu Hawaii; one of my past times in ten years or so since leaving my birthplace, is to try to re-create dishes of my youth.

You may also know that I have conquered my quest to copycat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad, a local staple.

ON THE MONEY!

So…

In my last post, I was telling you about Zippy’s Fried Chicken.  We had what we thought was the best supper yet, but wait!

I had some chicken leftover, imagine that … so I expanded on that … I made some Mac Salad, a fresh pot of Rice, some warmed-up-from-frozen-Zippy’s Chili that I brought back from Hawaii this past May, and the rest as they say is legend!

 

ALOHA!

It’s Been Awhile, Hasn’t it?

First, let me apologize for being absent for so long, but, we’ve been awfully busy.  To start with, we spent the month of May on Oahu Hawaii to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary… we had the best time!  I mean, who wouldn’t?

I brought back a 50 pound suitcase FULL of goodies that can only be found in Hawaii.  One of the items  was from Zippy’s Restaurant, Fried Chicken Mix.  Yeah, so what you’re probably saying to yourself… oh no my friends.  Zippy’s Fried Chicken is some the best both DH and I have ever had.

I guess about December of last year, Zippy’s came out with Fried Chicken Mix, as well as Mochiko Chicken Mix, Pancake Mix and their own blend of Coffee.  WELL!  As soon as we got ourselves going in Honolulu, we had lunch at Zippy’s, and what do you think I bought?  That’s right… two packages of their Fried Chicken Mix.

For dinner tonight, I made us what some might call a Zippy’s Mini Fried Chicken Plate

Oh my gravy all over my two scoop rice (that’s OMG! in my world)!! That was just like having dinner at Zippy’s, and I’m not kidding you!

This was a test run to see if I could replicate this meal that we love from back home and I hit this one out of the park!  So … next time we’ll make a Chicken and Chili Plate !!!

Lunch at Zippy’s, back in May 2018

STOP! Wait, Please Watch The Maiden Voyage Of My New Weber Rotisserie

[This is from my You Tube Channel, please enjoy]

Oh my gravy all over my two scoop rice (that’s OMG! in my world if you haven’t been here before).

I finally took the plunge and got myself a Weber Rotisserie for my ‘big girl’ grill.  I’ve wanted one of these for the longest time, really!

I racked my brain for a while as to what I would make for my maiden voyage on the spit… WELL!  It just had to be a Hawaiian Style Huli Huli Chicken, of course.  Huli, means to turn in Hawaiian, thus making Huli Chicken seemed the natural choice on my new electric rotisserie.

I had a bottle of Hawaii’s Famous Huli Huli Sauce in the pantry; I went out and bought a fresh, whole yardbird (unbrined, that sauce is soy based and could be salty) … so we’re good to go!

I should probably point out here that Huli Chicken as we call it back home, can be found on most weekends in just about any neighborhood as fundraisers, or just because.  Let your nose be the guide, you’ll know when you’ve found it … the smell is like no other.  Keawe Wood (which is in the same family as Mesquite) smoke is in the air and cars are flocking around a particular parking lot.  Large rectangular open grills are set-up with the coolest home-rigged rotisseries you’ve ever seen.  You pull your car up to ‘the lady’ who asks you how many Huli Chickens you would like, quarter, halves or a whole one and hands it off to you in a brown paper bag, piping hot of the grill, MMM!!

Let’s grill some bird.

I marinaded the chicken for 24 hours in the sauce and then trussed and skewered that birdie for the grill.

As the grill was preheating, I trussed the chicken and attached it to the main rotisserie rod and impaled the two forks through the flesh.  My grill was all ready, as instructed on the “how to” video seen on Weber.com.  I was a bit anxious, but I got through it.

The smells that came wafting along were so heady, I sat outside with an adult beverage, even though it’s still Winter and freezing cold and windy out, just to enjoy that smell of HOME!

An hour and fifteen minutes later, it was all over with…

MAN!

Earlier in the day, I had made Zippy’s Macaroni Salad, Quick Cucumber Kim Chee and a fresh pot of steamed White Rice … or as we would say in Hawaii, we had one Huli Chicken Plate with one scoop mac and one scoop rice (vegetables are always optional 😉 ).

This chicken was so moist and flavorful.  The soy sauce in the marinade acts as your salt, no need to add anything else, I’m not kidding, just remember to keep turning it while in the `fridge.

MMM!

I’m very happy.

*Cook’s note: Also, please take a peck at my You Tube channel 😀