Tuesday, October 27, 2009

RECIPE: Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Bake

I hate buying any process food .. in a can or a box. So I avoid the typical casserole with cream of chicken or mushroom soup .. because the thought of it makes my tummy turn. So when I came across this homemade "bake" (aka casserole), I was very excited to try it! Ok .. excited to try a new recipe? Can you tell I don't get out much? :)

Anyhoo... this is fabulous .. my toddlers ate just as fast as we did! The key with them was to make sure to "chop" the broccoli v.s. leaving it as florets. You could also chop or slice the chicken before adding it into the oven safe dish to avoid cutting on your plate.

ENJOY .. simple stuff.. all natural - nothing from a can! YUM YUM !

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Serves 4

Serve over rice or egg noodles.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (I used olive oile)
1 onion , chopped fine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream (I used 1/2 and 1/2)
1/2 cup dry sherry (I used rice wine vinegar!)
1 1/2 pounds broccoli , florets chopped, stems peeled and sliced thin
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat broiler. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to plate.

2. Add remaining butter and onion to empty skillet and cook until onion is beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in broth, cream, and sherry and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes. Return chicken to skillet, reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to broiler-safe baking dish.

3. Meanwhile, microwave broccoli on high power, covered, in large bowl until bright green and slightly softened, 2 to 4 minutes. Add broccoli and 1 cup cheese to skillet, stirring to combine. Season with salt and pepper and pour broccoli mixture over chicken. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top and broil until browned and bubbly, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

RECIPES: Boneless Buffalo Ckn & Upside Down Apple Cake

Quite the combo of recipes huh? Well we had a few friends over for football yesterday, and my appetizer recipes are a bit pathetic so hunting I went! Wings are a favorite, but with no wings in site I made the most of it with the boneless skinless I had. The Apple Cake happened to join the party because I got over a 100lbs of apples to make applesauce! I had to serve something with them!

Boneless Buffalo Chicken
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YUMMMY! Ok, I wouldn't share it if it wasn't! Our game day was planned rather last minute, and we did not have any wings on hand - so my search began for the perfect replacement - and this one is a winner! The recipe calls out using a dutch oven with vege oil - I could see a Fry Daddy doing a good job too. Since we were making this recipe x4 we pulled out the Turkey Fryer with peanut oil and it did a quick bang up job!

Upside Down Apple Cake
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Divine! Scott thought this cake tasted similar to an upside down pineapple cake - I would guess because of the caramelized process to the fruit. It was pretty darn simple to make - using butter to grease the pan released the cake w/o any problems. This cake is a big winner in my book ... but with 100lbs + of apples that I have to process, I'm guessing there will be many other recipes to follow soon!
This morning I had a piece for breakfast, so I can testify it is more delicious when slightly warm :)