Saturday, May 26, 2018

Indian Chicken with Coconut Lime Rice

I was looking for a recipe that was a bit different from my usual thing.  This one looked pretty good, not too difficult and so I made a few changes and really liked it. My husband said he really liked it and he rarely does that unless it is a fab recipe.


Indian Chicken with Coconut Lime Rice

1 cup jasmine rice
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, plus a bit more for garnish
2 limes
2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided use
4 chicken cutlets or 2 split chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons curry, or to taste
1/2 cup shredded coconut, lightly toasted
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups baby spinach, optional


I chopped and toasted everything first.  The rice and chicken both cook pretty quickly, so I wanted everything in place before I started.


The shredded coconut goes from not quite toasty to burnt within a minute, so watch it closely.  I toasted them in a toaster oven at 300º for 3 to 5 minutes.  The first batch burned.  Coarsely chop the peanuts.  Coarsely chop the cilantro.


Zest one lime and the squeeze out the juice.  Slice the other lime into wedges.


If you have a rice cooker, place the rice, coconut milk and cilantro and cook until it beeps.  I don't have one, so I put the rice, coconut milk and cilantro in a sauce pan and heated it until it just started to bubble on the sides, stirring frequently.


Lower the heat, cover and cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice absorbs all the milk, but it is still moist.


Remove from heat and add the lime juice and zest and fluff with a fork.


While the rice is cooking, sprinkle salt and pepper and the curry on the cutlets.  Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a large fry pan.  Add the cutlets and sear on both sides.  It will take about 3 minutes on each side.


Remove the chicken and set aside.  If you choose to have the spinach, heat the second Tablespoon of olive oil in the same pan and then add the spinach.    Saute the  spinach until wilted.  It will only take a few minutes.


You can chop the cooked spinach and add it to the rice. I chose to serve it on the side.


Serve the cutlets on or next the rice with the spinach.  Sprinkle the toasted coconut and chopped peanuts on top. Sprinkle the reserved cilantro over it all.

This meal looks exotic and difficult, but it really isn't.  It was delicious and not the usual thing, so I was thrilled.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Smothered Chicken With Bacon

I like a recipe that cooks up in a Crock-Pot.  I like to use one even when I am home and could actually cook over a hot stove.  Actually this recipe starts with a hot stove and then switches to a Crock-Pot, so you get the best of both worlds.


Smothered Chicken with Bacon

8 slices center cut bacon
2 onions
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
1.5-2 pounds chicken breasts
1 tub (8 oz.) Philadelphia cream cheese
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 cups uncooked rice


Cut the bacon into 1 inch slices.


Cook and stir the bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Remove and drain on a paper towel.  Remove all the bacon drippings except 2 Tablespoons.


Dice the two onions and cook them in reserved drippings.


When the onions are golden brown, add the flour and pepper.  Stir for about a minute to cook the flour, then add the broth and half of the bacon pieces.


Keep stirring the onion mixture until thickened.


Cut the chicken breasts into about 1 inch cubes.  Place them in the Crock-Pot.


Pour the onion mixture over the chicken and cook on LOW for 4 1/2 hours.

After 4 1/2 hours, start cooking the rice according to the directions.


Remove the chunks of chicken from the slow cooker.  Add the cream cheese, milk and garlic powder to the onion mixture, cover and cook 5 more minutes.  Stir until blended.  Return the chicken and allow it to re-heat while the rice finishes cooking.


Serve the chicken mixture over the rice.  Sprinkle with the reserved bacon.


Serve with a salad or a vegetable.  I sautéed zucchini and onions as a side dish.

This dish was truly delicious.  It was creamy and the chicken was so tender.  I highly recommend.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Potato Crust Quiche

I spend way too much time cruising around Facebook. One of the sites I really like is Tasty.  It has a lot of recipes that look....well....tasty!  I recently found a quiche recipe that works for breakfast OR dinner.  It has thinly sliced potato slices instead of a crust.  As usual, I made a few minor changes to suit me.


Potato Crust Quiche

1 pound Russet potatoes, I used two medium
olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 1/2 Tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese  I had a three cheese blend that I used
5 eggs
1 cup milk
1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced. about 1/4 cup
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled.  I used the pre-cooked bacon
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded


Heat the oven to 400º.  Spray a pie plate with Pam.


Wash and peel the potatoes.  Thinly slice them.  This would be a good time to use a mandoline slicer, but I was too lazy to put it together and then clean it.  So I tried to cut the potatoes very thin and uniformly.


Place the slices in a large bowl and drizzle them with a olive oil, about 3 Tablespoons.  Add 1 teaspoon of the garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the ground pepper, and the shredded Parmesan.  Mix gently so that the potato slices are covered.


Put one slice in the middle of the prepared pie plate.  Then work your way around in a spiral with the slices overlapping.  Overlap slices all around the edge of the pie plate.


Bake for 15 minutes.  The potatoes should be cooked, but not browned.  Remove from the oven.

While the potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon, whip the eggs and milk. I used the same bowl that had held the potatoes.  I did give it a quick wipe with a paper towel.


Add the rest of the garlic salt , pepper, green onion slices, diced tomatoes and the cheddar cheese to the egg mixture.  Crumble the bacon and add that.  Carefully pour the egg mixture into the pie plate. If the potato slices try to float to the top, push them back down.


Bake for 25 minutes or until the eggs are set and the edges of the potatoes start to brown.


Remove and let sit for a few minutes. Then slice and serve warm.  I served it with orange slices.


I like quiche and I like to have different recipes to try. This one has Cheddar cheese and it was very good.  I may try it with Swiss cheese the next time.