Poultry

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients:
1 ½ lb potatoes, peeled (optional) and cut into large chunks
3 garlic cloves, peeled and bruised (mashed, but still in one piece)
¼ cup half & half creamer
¾ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons real butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 ½ lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small chunks
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup frozen peas
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
In a saucepan of boiling water, cook potatoes and garlic cloves until tender; drain.  With a potato masher, mash potatoes, garlic, cream and ½ teaspoon of the salt until smooth; set aside.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large frying pan, melt butter over low heat.  Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 7 minutes, or until soft.  Add carrots and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until tender.  Add chicken and sauté for 4 minutes, or until no longer pink.
Sprinkle flour over chicken mixture and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute, or until no streaks of flour remain.  Gradually add stock and remaining salt – bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened.  Stir in peas and parsley.
Spoon mixture into a deep dish pie dish (9 inch).  Spoon or pipe the mashed potatoes over the top.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until potato topping is golden brown and crusty.  Serve hot.
Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cooking/baking time 1 hour

Chicken Garden Medley

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup butter, divided
1 small yellow squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
½ cup julienned red pepper
½ cup julienned green pepper
¼ cup thinly sliced onion
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¾ cup chicken broth
½ cup half & half creamer
8 oz angel hair pasta, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:
In a skillet, sauté chicken and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter until juices run clear, 10-12 minutes.  Add vegetables.  Cook until crisp-tender; remove.  In same skillet, melt remaining butter.  Stir in flour, salt and pepper to form a paste.  Gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; stir until thickened, 2 minutes.  Stir in cream and heat through.  Add chicken and vegetables; stir until well mixed.
Place pasta in a greased 2 quart baking dish.  Pour chicken mixture over top.  Sprinkle with cheese.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes; uncover and bake 5 minutes longer.
Serves 4
Prep time 25 minutes
Bake time 20 minutes

Easy Southern Fried Chicken

Easy Southern Fried Chicken
Ingredients:
1 ½ cups buttermilk
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon  ground black pepper
4 fresh bone-in/skin-on drumsticks and 4 thighs or your preferred chicken parts
1 cup plain flour
½ cup vegetable oil

Directions:
In a large bowl, stir together buttermilk, pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt.  Add chicken pieces and mix them around to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours, or at least 30 minutes.
In a large shallow bowl, mix together flour and another ¼ teaspoon of the salt.  Lift chicken from marinade and dip into the flour, patting it onto the chicken.  Place chicken on a plate and refrigerate, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours, for the coating to set.
Divide oil among two large, deep frying pans and heat over medium-low heat.  The oil is ready for frying when a piece of bread sizzles as it hits the surface.
Add chicken and cook, carefully turning pieces as they color, for 30 minutes, or until richly browned and cooked through.
Transfer chicken to paper towels to drain.  Sprinkle remaining salt over chicken and serve.
Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes plus at least 30 minutes marinating time and 30 minutes chilling time
Cooking time 30 minutes

Marinated Chicken Breast (or other chicken)

Ingredients:
Marinade:
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup balsamic vinegar or other vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1/8 cup lemon juice
¾ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
2 tablespoons Dijon or Spicy Brown mustard
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder

6 chicken breasts or 3.5 pounds other chicken

Directions:
Whisk together all ingredients except the chicken.
Remove half cup of marinade and reserve for basting the chicken later.
Place chicken in a large resealable bag and pour marinade over the top.  Close securely and turn the bag a couple of times to cover.
Marinade for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours, turning the bag periodically.
Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Lightly oil the grill grates to prevent sticking.
Grill chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through.  Baste the chicken occasionally with the reserved marinade.
Remove chicken from grill and tent with foil.  Let chicken rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
• Optional – if you bring the reserved marinade up to a boil, let simmer until slightly reduced – it makes a wonderful sauce to go on top of the chicken when served.
Serves 6 to 8
Prep time 45 minutes; Cook Time 10 to 18 minutes
Marinade time 4 hours to 24 hours

Grilled Asian Bone-In Chicken Thighs

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 teaspon Dijon style mustard
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 bone-in chicken thighs

Directions:
Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Mix all ingredients except chicken; brush over chicken.
Cover and grill chicken, bone side down 15 to 20 minutes; turn.  Cover and grill until done, turning 2 or 3 times.  Internal chicken should be 165 degrees – ensure thermometer does not touch the bone.
Serves 4
From prep to table 1 hour

Asparagus Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:
1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3 inch pieces
1 ½ cups sour cream
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons prepared mustard
½ teaspoon salt
8 oz sliced grilled chicken breast
4 English muffins, split & toasted
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
paprika (optional)

Directions:
In a large saucepan, bring ½ inch of water to a boil.  Add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes.  Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water.  Drain & pat dry.
In the same pan, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, mustard and salt; cook on low until heated through.  Remove from the heat.
If grilled chicken is cold, warm in microwave for 30 to 40 seconds.
Place two English muffin halves on each serving plate.  Top with the chicken, tomatoes, asparagus and sauce.  Sprinkle with paprika if desired.
Serves 4

Chicken Francese

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup dry bread crumbs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
LEMON SAUCE
1 cup water
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 chicken bouillon cubes
lemon slices

Directions:
Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to ¼ inch thickness; slice into cutlets 1 ½ inch wide. Place beaten eggs in a shallow bowl; in a separate shallow bowl, combine the next six ingredients. Dip chicken in egg, then in crumb mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken in batches, adding oil as needed, until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove; drain on paper towels.
For lemon sauce, add water, lemon juice and bouillon to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until liquid is reduced by half, 8-10 minutes. Return chicken to pan; toss to coat. Cook until heated through, 4-6 minutes. Serve with lemon slices.
Serves 4
From prep to table 40 minutes

Golden Chicken Potpie

Ingredients:
4 cups cubed cooked chicken
4 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 pkg (16 oz) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can condensed cream of onion soup, undiluted
1 cup whole milk
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 packaged (14.1 oz) refrigerated pie pastry

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Combine all ingredients except the pie pastry.  Divide between to 9 inch deep-dish pie plates.
Roll out pastry sheets to fit the top of each pie.  Place sheets over filling; trim, seal and flute edges.  Cut slits in top.  Bake until golden brown 35-40 minutes.
If desired, you may do a top and bottom crust – increase the 1 pkg of refrigerated pie pastry to two packages.
Makes two pot pies – One pot pie serves six
Prep time 20 minutes
Bake time 35 minutes

Cranberry Turkey Burgers with Arugula Salad

Ingredients:
¾  lb ground turkey
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup soft bread crumbs
3 green onions, finely chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
2 tablespoons pepper jelly
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg yolk
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Arugula Salad:
4 cups fresh arugula
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or olive oil
1 tablespoon honey

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine all turkey burger ingredients, mixing lightly but thoroughly.  Shape into four ½ inch thick patties; transfer to a greased baking sheet.  Bake until no longer pink, 10-12 minutes.  Heat broiler; broil until a thermometer inserted in burgers reads 165 degrees F, about 5 minutes.
Arugula salad: toss arugula with oil.  Drizzle with honey; toss to combine.  Top salad with turkey burgers.
Goes great with smoky cauliflower bites:
¼ cup olive oil
¾ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Mix everything but cauliflower, then add florets; toss to coat.  Transfer to a baking pan.  Roast until tender, 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway.
Serves 4

11/10/17 Turkey Brine

3 cups apple juice or apple cider
2 gallons cold water
4 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ cup Kosher salt
2 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons peppercorns
5 whole bay leaves
Peel of 3 large oranges
Choice of other items for the cavity of the turkey such as roughly cut celery, oranges, other fruits, and chopped herbs.
Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Stir until salt and sugar dissolve.  Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and cover.  Allow to cool completely.
Ensure that  the giblet bag and extra fat or organs are cleaned out of the neck and the cavity.  Fill the bird’s cavity with the roughly chopped oranges, celery and herbs from the brine.  You can also inject the bird with the brine liquid – that will add moisture to the meat, especially the breast.
Place the turkey in a large plastic bag, put the bag into a tub and pour the cooled brining solution into the bag.  Seal the bag and put the tub with the bag/turkey into refrigeration for 16-24 hours.
When ready to roast the turkey, remove it from the brine.  Submerge turkey in a pot or sink of fresh, cold water.  Allow to sit in clean water for 15 minutes to remove excess salt from the outside.  Discard the brine.   Remove turkey from clean water, pat dry, and cook according to your normal roasting method.

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