CHICKEN in OREGANO CREAM SAUCE

CHICKEN IN OREGANO CREAM SAUCE
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon dried oregano
FRESH oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced and divided
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, reserving a bit for garnish
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2+ 2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons avocado oil

  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon avocado oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sear chicken breasts 2-4 minutes per side until golden and ALMOST cooked through. DO NOT WIPE OUT SKILLET.
  • Transfer chicken to baking sheet and top with half the Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake 5-8 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.

 

  • Add 1 tablespoon avocado oil to hot skillet.
  • Add tomatoes, cooking 2-4 minutes.
  • Add a sprig of oregano, half the garlic and cook another minute until fragrant, garlic is golden and tomatoes are blistered.
  • Season with half of the dried oregano salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove to platter.

 

  • Add remaining butter to pan.
  • When butter is melted add remaining garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add cream, broth, tomato paste, remaining Parmesan cheese and remaining oregano, stirring frequently and cooking until desired consistency and starting to bubble, 2-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in last 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Season to taste.
  • Plate chicken, tomatoes and top with sauce.

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BROWN GRAVY MEATBALLS

This recipe is great all by itself, but I like to make it along with the CHEESY CORN BREAD PUDDING for two reasons. The first reason being that I use the bacon grease to brown the meatballs in and the second being that the brown gravy is absolutely delicious over the corn bread pudding. These two recipes compliment each other PERFECTLY 😀 the CORN BREAD PUDDING will post in a couple days.
BROWN GRAVY MEATBALLS makes 30 golf ball sized Meatballs and 3 cups of gravy
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup grated onion
1/4 cup half and half
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 egg
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil
4 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon Better than Bouillon beef base
3 tablespoons WONDRA
1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet (optional – mainly for color)

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Spray baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • Whisk together the onion, half and half, cornstarch, egg, salt, nutmeg, allspice and pepper.
  • Add beef and pork, mixing to combine.
  • Portion into 30 meatballs, roll and set aside.
  • In a large skillet melt butter and avocado oil over medium high heat.
  • Add meatballs and gently brown all over, but do NOT cook all the way through. Transfer meatballs to baking dish.
  • Add 3 1/2 cups broth to pan and deglaze scraping up all the bits from the pan.
  • Stir in beef base and bring to a simmer.
  • Whisk together the WONDRA with remaining broth and kitchen bouquet if using. Add to gravy stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Season to taste with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Pour gravy over meatballs, cover and transfer to oven for 35 minutes or until cooked through.

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OMG CHICKEN

OMG CHICKEN serves 4
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 cup Caesar dressing **
1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese ***
1-2 tablespoons FRESH chopped oregano

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • Generously season chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange chicken breast in a single layer.
  • Bake 20 minutes.
  • Top chicken with dressing and back 5 minutes more.
  • Top with cheese crumbles and oregano.
  • Serve immediately.

NOTES:

  • **Also works well with Italian dressing or a combination of Ranch and balsamic dressing.
  • ***Mozzarella also works well for a flavor combo.

CELERY ROOT CHICKEN MEDLEY

CELERY ROOT CHICKEN VEGGIE MEDLEY – serves 4
4 boneless, chicken breasts
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
flour for dredging
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups baby carrots
1 medium red bell pepper, sliced thin
1/2 pound celery root, peeled and grated
1/4 cup chopped Italian Parsley
Juice of 1 LARGE Lemon
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon creamy horseradish
1/2 teaspoon Frank’s original hot sauce
1/2 cup shredded Colby cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Flatten chicken breasts to 1/2 inch even sizes.
  • Wash and dry chicken pieces.
  • Generously season with fresh ground salt and pepper.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in flour.
  • Heat butter and avocado oil over medium high heat.
  • Sear chicken pieces quickly on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Arrange onions, bell pepper slices, carrots and celery root.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice, hot sauce, creamy horseradish, heavy cream and parsley.
  • Arrange half of sauce over vegetables.
  • Arrange chicken pieces on top of sauce and pour remains sauce over chicken pieces.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Cover with foil using toothpicks if necessary to keep foil from touching the cheese.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese is golden.
  • Serve immediately.

DRUNKEN CHICKEN & TOMATOES

DRUNKEN CHICKEN & TOMATOES
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons avocado oil
8 ounces beech mushrooms
2 -3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Marsala wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, divided

  • Butterfly each chicken breast.
  • Cut chicken breasts into eight 1/2 inch pieces each of equal size.
  • Combine flour, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a large Ziploc bag.
  • Add chicken pieces and coat well with flour.
  • In a large skillet heat oil over medium high heat.
  • Shake excess flour from each piece and add chicken pieces to hot oil.
  • Saute’ chicken pieces about 3 minutes on each side until golden. Cook in batches if necessary DO NOT CROWD PAN.
  • Remove chicken pieces and set aside to drain.
  • Add mushrooms and garlic, cooking until garlic is fragrant and mushrooms are beginning to caramelize.
  • Add Marsala wine to pan, stirring often and cooking about 5 minutes until liquid is reduced by half.
  • Whisk together the water and cornstarch. Add to pan and stir until well blended.
  • Return chicken pieces to pan and top with tomato pieces and half the parsley.
  • Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until well coated and sauce begins to thicken.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes of prepared egg noodles.
  • Garnish with remaining parsley.

CHICKEN DUMPLING STEW

This recipe is rich tasting, but is actually light and delicate. It makes a WONDERFUL dish for serving to company.  Tastes like your worked on it ALL day. I used to make this stew from my great grandmother’s ALL day recipe, but have streamlined it for a quick meal.  I also added the dumplings to replace the noodles she would use.

CHICKEN DUMPLING STEW
4 strips bacon, diced small
1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, cut into fourths
4 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced fairly thin or diced
1 small Vidalia onion, halved and sliced
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons Wondra flour
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped parsley

  • In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp.
  • Remove bacon with a slotted spoon.
  • Generously season chicken tenders with salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken pieces to bacon drippings and saute until cooked through.
  • Remove chicken pieces with slotted spoon.
  • Add veggies and saute until starting to soften.
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat, add chicken pieces back into broth and simmer 20-30 minutes until veggies are tender.
  • Melt butter, whisk in flour and then add to stew. Cook another few minutes until thickens.
  • Stir in bacon pieces and adjust seasoning to taste,
  • While stew is simmering prepare dumplings.

BISCUITS
1 cup baking mix
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon milk
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Mix the baking mix and milk together to form a soft dough.
  • Drop dough by mounds into stew during the last 15 minutes.
  • The dumplings are ready when a toothpick comes out clean.

HONEY GLAZED PORK CHOPS

These can be done inside, but are best when done on the grill!


HONEY GLAZED PORK CHOPS
2 boneless pork chops, at least 1″ thick
2-4 tablespoons pork chop rub (see recipe below)
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons creamed honey (you can get this at Trader Joes)

  • Season all sides of the chops with the Pork Chop Rub
  • Heat grill 350-375°.
  • Grill the chops on the first side for 2 minutes.
  • Flip and grill the second side for 2 minutes.
  • Whisk together the molasses and creamed honey.
  • Flip back to the first side and grill for 2 more minutes (6 minutes total). At the very end of those two minutes, glaze some of the creamed honey on both chops.
  • Flip, glaze again, and let finish cooking for 2 minutes (8 minutes total at this point).
  • Let rest 10 minutes under a foil tent.
  • These are crispy and a little sticky on the outside and juicy & tender on the inside!

NOTES:

  • When selecting pork chops, look for ones that deeper red in color as opposed to pale – you want chops with the MOST color.
  • If you can’t find creamed honey locally, just use a good local honey.

PORK CHOP RUB ala NIBBLE ME THIS based on Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book (makes 1 cup and will keep 6 months in an airtight container)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 cup smoked paprika
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoons black pepper, smoked
1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoons allspice
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

ROCHESTER CHICKEN ala ITALY

Chicken Francese is an Italian recipe that was originally made with veal and while delicious, I don’t cook with veal by choice and substitute chicken in any veal recipe. I recently read that because of the cost and availability or lack there of, immigrants substituted chicken for veal when they came to the U.S., specifically to Rochester New York. So, I call my version Rochester Chicken ala Italy.

ROCHESTER CHICKEN ala ITALY
1/2 cup all purpose flour
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 LARGE eggs
1/2 cup Panko crumbs
1/4 cup FRESH chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons UNSALTED butter
2/3 cup chicken broth
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
1 lemon. sliced into wheels
Prepared egg noodles

  • Set up a dredging station with the flour, salt and pepper in dish one. In dish two beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water and in the third dish combine the Panko crumbs with the paprika and parsley.
  • Pound chicken breasts to 1/3 inch thickness between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.
  • Dip each chicken piece into the flour and press to coat well, followed by the egg dip and then the Panko crumbs. RESERVE 2 tablespoons of the  flour mixture.
  • Set aside on a platter. When you have them all coated, chill the platter 30-60 minutes.

 

  • In a large skillet (preferably cast iron) heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium high heat until sizzling.
  • Saute each breast about 4 minutes per side until golden.
  • Transfer to a warm platter.
  • Add the remaining butter to the pan.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved flour mixture and whisk until combined and golden.
  • Add the broth and lemon juice, stirring constantly until reduced and thickened into sauce.
  • Adjust seasoning to desired flavor.
  • Return chicken to pan and turn to coat.
  • Serve over prepared egg noodles.
  • Top with sauce and garnish with lemon wheels and parsley.

WHISKEY MOLASSES SHREDDED BEEF with APPLE CARROT SLAW

WHISKEY MOLASSES SHREDDED BEEF ala SLOW COOKER with APPLE CARROT SLAW
2 1/2-3 pound Beef Bottom Round Roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup whiskey (I like Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
6 ounces tomato paste
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup molasse1/4 cup PURE maple syrup
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

  • Place roast in 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Combine whiskey, 1/4 cup vinegar, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, honey, salt and pepper; pour over roast.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH 4 to 6 hours or on LOW 8 to 10 hours, or until beef is, fork-tender.
  • Remove roast from slow cooker; shred with 2 forks.
  • Skim fat from sauce as needed.
  • Return beef to slow cooker.
  • Serve beef with slaw.

ALTERNATE COOKING METHOD This recipe can also be made in a pressure cooker.

  • Place beef Bottom Round Roast in pressure cooker; add 1/2 cup beef broth.
  • Close and lock pressure cooker lid. Use beef, stew or high-pressure setting on pressure cooker; program 60 minutes on pressure cooker timer.
  • Use quick-release feature to release pressure; carefully remove lid.
  • Shred beef; return to pressure cooker.
  • Combine cooking liquid, whiskey, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, molasses, salt and pepper in small saucepan and simmer 20 to 25 minutes until desired consistency is reached.
  • Combine sauce and shredded beef.

APPLE CARROT SLAW

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups diced granny smith apple
1/4 cup golden raisins

  • Whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, mayonnaise and remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar in large bowl.
  • Add carrots, apples and golden raisins; toss until well coated.
  • Season with salt and black pepper, as desired.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

PAN SEARED CHICKEN with HERB WINE SAUCE

PAN SEARED CHICKEN with HERB WINE SAUCE
4 skinless, boneless THIN chicken breast steaks
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon Avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon FRESH chopped thyme
1/4 teaspoon FRESH chopped tarragon
1/2 teaspoon FRESH chopped chives
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon UNSALTED butter
prepared egg noodles

  • Heat cast iron pan over medium heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon butter.
  • When butter has coated the pan add the generously seasoned chicken breasts and cook unsdisturbed for 2 minutes on each side until golden.
  • Transfer chicken to platter and keep warm.
  • Add avocado oil to pan and heat through.
  • Add shallots and cook until translucent.
  • Add wine and deglaze pan being sure to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes until reduced by half.
  • Add chicken broth and simmer a minute or two more.
  • Stir in thyme, tarragon and any juices from the chicken on the platter as well as the lemon juice. Cook 2-3 minutes more until starting to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and stir in unsalted butter, swirling until creamy and thick.
  • Plate chicken pieces over noodles.
  • Spoon sauce over top and garnish with chives.

CARAMELIZED FRENCH ONION CHICKEN

FRENCH ONION SMOTHERED CHICKEN adapted from the Chunky Chef serves 4

1 Vidalia onions peeled, cut in half, and sliced into half-moon shaped slices
1 shallot cut in half, and sliced into half-moon shaped slices
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 1/4 cups chicken stock
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 1 – 1 ½ inches thick
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
½ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
2 ½ tablespoons WONDRA flour
4 slices provolone cheese
1 cup shredded Swiss or gruyere cheese
fresh thyme sprigs

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Melt butter and avocado oil in a large cast iron or other oven safe skillet, over MED-HIGH heat.
  • Add sliced onions and shallots, saute’ 3-5 minutes, until soft.
  • Add garlic and saute’ another minute until fragrant.
  • Add 1/4 cup chicken stock and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 12-15 minutes, until onions are extremely tender and golden brown.

Whisk together the salt, pepper, dried thyme and garlic powder.
  • As onions are sautéing, season both sides of pork chops with seasoning mix.
  • Transfer onions to a plate, do not wipe out skillet.
Reduce heat to medium, add a drizzle of avocado oil to the skillet if needed, and cook pork chops, about 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown.
  • Transfer chicken to plate.
  • Return cooked onions to pan and sprinkle with flour.
  • Stir to coat and cook about a minute.
  • Add remaining 1 cup chicken stock and stir often until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Nestle chicken breasts back into the pan, spooning some of the chicken stock over the tops of the chops.
  • Top with a slices of provolone cheese and a 1/4 cup mound of the shredded gruyere on top each chop.
  • Add a few sprigs of fresh thyme to the skillet.
  • Place skillet in oven and bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and gooey and chicken is cooked through.
  • Before serving, spoon some of the chicken stock and onion mixture over the top of the cheese.
  • Garnish with some additional black pepper if desired.

PORK CHOPS with PEPPER JELLY SAUCE

PORK CHOPS with PEPPER JELLY SAUCE adapted from Nibble Me This who adapted it from Southern Living – serves 4

4 boneless pork chops, 1″ thick
1 teaspoon FRESH ground salt
3/4 teaspoon FRESH ground pepper
3 tablespoons butter, divided
3 tablespoons avocado oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 shallot, sliced
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup red pepper jelly
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Season pork chops with salt and pepper.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter with the boil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add pork chops, and sear 4 minutes; turn and sear 4 more minutes.
  • Remove from skillet and add pork chops to baking sheet in oven and bake 5-8 minutes.
  • Add shallots and bell pepper to skillet, sautéing until slightly soft.
  • Sprinkle with flour, stirring constantly 1 to 2 minutes or until flour is golden brown.
  • Deglaze skillet with wine and cook another minute or two.
  • Add chicken broth, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.
  • Whisk in pepper jelly until melted and smooth.
  • Add red pepper flakes.
  • Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Season to taste with freshly ground salt and pepper.
  • Return pork to skillet; turning to coat.
  • Serve pork with sauce.