Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash

Yum! This one is a winner! It is very similar in taste to my chicken with creamy mushroom wine sauce, which can be found here.

Serves 4
  • 1lb. sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into bite-size wedges (about 2 large ones)
  • 2 tbsp butter, plus more for toast
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into bite-size slices
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 8 oz. cooked whole chicken, shredded (about 2 cups) **see below
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 to 6 slices whole-wheat bread, toasted (or your choice of bread)-optional
  • cranberry sauce-optional
What you do:
  1.   Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; simmer until just tender, about 7 minutes. Drain and set aside. 
  2. Add the butter, onion and celery to skillet; cook until slightly softened, 9 to 10 minutes. 
  3. Add the wine and cook until the liquid has almost evaporated. 
  4. Add the chicken, potatoes, cream and stock, simmer until the sauce is creamy and the vegetables are tender, about 12 minutes. 
  5. Season with sage, salt, and pepper. Spoon mix onto buttered toast and drizzle with sauce. (I added cranberry sauce to the toast and skipped placing the hash on the toast.)
** How to cook a whole chicken to perfection: (this is for shredded chicken)
 Cook the whole chicken in a big pot of water with celery, carrot, onion, peppercorn, sea salt, parsley, tarragon, and bay leaf.  Cook until the meat starts falling off the bone.  Strain the chicken and the broth.  You can save the broth, and chop up the veggies for soup or as stock for later.  Shred chicken with a fork.   

Monday, January 25, 2010

Spinach Bisque

Another good one from Tastespotting!  Very filling! I prefer my broccoli and potato soup, but Mark prefers this.

Servings: 6 servings
  • 5 oz (140 g) fresh spinach, julienned
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cup half and half
  • pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 cup cheese, your choice
What you do:
  1. In a large stock pot over medium heat melt butter and olive oil.  Add onions and saute until soft, about 5-7 minutes.  
  2. Whisk in cornstarch- the mixture should turn into a paste.  
  3. Add 3 cups chicken broth and spinach into pot and simmer until spinach is tender.  
  4. Add half and half, cheese, and salt/pepper.  
  5. Continue to let Bisque simmer, never bringing to boil.  If soup is too thick, add the remaining cup of chicken broth.  Let simmer for about 20 minutes.  
  6. Serve with sprinkle of Parmesan. Bisque is better and slightly thicker the second day.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry

Here is my latest creation!  It's quick and easy, and of course tasty!
  • 2 cubed large chicken breast pieces
  • salt & pepper
  • ~ 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • Oyster sauce (recipe below, if you don't have store-bought) 
  • butter
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 eggs 
  • chopped up veggies: 1 small broccoli head, 2 small zucchinis, 1/2 medium onion, sugar snap peas, 2 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce  
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
What you do:
  1.   Cube 2 uncooked chicken breast into little pieces and seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and a tablespoon of oyster sauce. Heat up butter with sesame oil, then add minced garlic with the chicken. In a wok or cast-iron skillet, cook the meat until it is no longer pink (about 5-8 minutes).
  2. Add scrambled eggs to the meat. Cook for 3-4 minutes
  3. Add veggies and some soy sauce and sauté until cooked through
  4. I mix in 2 cups brown rice.  Add the rest of the oyster sauce and stir fry until light golden brown.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Enjoy! 
Homemade "Oyster" Sauce (w/o oysters)
adapted from various sources

2 overflowing Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp water
a few shakes of ground ginger

Add all the ingredients together, and stir them well. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds.