Patrick and I are trying to eat whole farm fresh foods, but sometimes you really get those cravings for something cheesy and comforting. When you make these dishes at home you can really control what is going into them. These Pollo Asado Street Corn Nachos were perfect for our date night at home! We both love fresh grilled corn so I wanted to make that the star of the dish. It was a fresh sweet crunch that really lightened up a typically heavy dish.
I am not a huge fan of cotija cheese which is usually paired with street corn. I knew I was going to use queso blanco which is a processed cheese so I wanted to make sure every other ingredient was fresh and organic. I started with organic restaurant style tortilla chips. I found some by Mission Tortillas at the grocery store that were thin and only made with a few ingredients. I lightened up the queso by heating it up with a little milk and drizzled over the chips. Then a little chopped fresh poblano peppers. A very generous sprinkle of the grilled corn topped with some grilled pollo asado. Then another generous sprinkle of grilled corn followed by black beans. I topped everything off with a squeeze of lime and some fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
My favorite place to pick up my ingredients is a farmers market or a grocery store marketed as an organic food chain. We love Sprouts market. They always have very fresh ingredients and I have never been disappointed in the quality. One of our go to proteins is their marinated chicken thighs. Rubbed in spices then marinated in olive oil, red onion, and cilantro these thighs always taste amazing off the grill. You can definitely marinate the chicken yourself, but sometimes its nice finding a pre-marinated protein that you can trust.
Are you ready for one of my favorite FAST week night dinners? Best part? It is Whole 30 approved and delicious. This red curry chicken turned me into a curry believer.
Before I had zero desire to ever have curry. The first time I ever tried curry it was in a to go box with soggy veggies and a very unappealing greenish yellow sauce. Since then I have stayed far away.
This curry however has made me want to try a true authentic curry. The chicken was simmered in coconut milk with red curry paste, garlic, and tons of cayenne pepper. I folded in some steamed broccoli for texture and served over crisp roasted potatoes since I am skipping the rice.
I love the little bit of lime zest on time to really cut through the heat and bring some bright flavor to the dish. We have already made this recipe again and tried swapping the chicken for shrimp.
I know when I diet or try to eat clean I get stuck in these ruts throughout the week and we end up with a roasted chicken breast and roasted veggie most of the time. I think this recipe was a nice break that helped open us to different versions of our roasted classic.
If you aren’t a huge fan of coconut milk I would still advise you to try this dish. Since we are using an unsweet coconut milk it does not stand out as the main ingredient to me. I think everything did a great job of coming together and delivering a very tasty medley of flavors.
Happy Thursday everyone! We made this dish a few weeks ago after going to the mall. You know when you are trying to zoom through the food court so you don’t get suckered into buying a slice of pizza, a philly cheesesteak, and a pile of orange chicken to go? We almost made it to the door and we were stopped by a man handing out teriyaki chicken samples. Noooooooo. It took everything inside me not to turn around and order a plate full of that chicken. So tender and sweet with perfect browned bits on each piece.
I used chicken thighs to make sure the chicken would soak up all the flavors and not dry out. You can easily swap the jasmine rice out for more broccoli or zucchini slices. The recipe does contain soy sauce and brown sugar, but I think both ingredients are crucial to get that really smooth sweet glaze.
After trying this chicken I promise it will be so much easier to walk past the food court! It only takes about 30 minutes and I think it is just as delicious! Did I mention this dish is also kid approved?
Ok I admit it. I AM obsessed with harissa spices. I love having a spice mixture that slowly builds up heat. You can use a little for a mild spice or a lot for a spicy flavor that slowly warms your palate. Baked harissa chicken was definitely at the top of my to do list. I wanted to try something that would work with the Whole 30 plan or just if you need something fast and healthy! This chicken and shrimp is baked with lots of harissa seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper!
I needed something that could be thrown together fast after a long day at work. I dropped a little coconut oil on a sheet pan and spread out some chicken breast, cauliflower, and halved potatoes. After liberally seasoning everything I baked for 20 minutes. You are going to see the chicken start to have this gorgeous deep red crust and the cauliflower will start to brown. Flip everything over and season again. Add shrimp and season with a little salt and pepper.
One thing you are going to want to do is add a little moisture to the sheet around the half way point. I completely forgot to do this and a few of my chicken pieces dried out. You can drizzle on a little chicken stock, olive oil, coconut oil, even water just make sure you add it to the chicken before your first flip.
Baked harissa chicken and shrimp with lots of veggies.
½ pound of chicken breast, cubed
½ pound of large raw shrimp, shells removed
2 tbsp of coconut oil
2 tbsp of harissa seasoning
1 tbsp of paprika
salt and pepper
¼ cup of chicken stock or water
1 lemon halved
2 cups of cauliflower
2 small potatoes
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Grease the a large sheet pan with coconut oil.
Spread out the chicken cubes and cauliflower.
Season with half of the harissa and paprika.
Salt and pepper.
Halve the 2 potatoes and place them flat side down on the sheet.*
Bake for 20 minutes.
Drizzle water or stock over the chicken pieces.
Flip everything over and season with remaining harissa and paprika.
Salt and pepper.
Now add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper.
Bake for another 10-15 minutes. Or until chicken reaches 160 degrees.
Once everything rests your chicken should come up to 165 degrees.
Sprinkle with lemon halves.
* I Microwaved my potatoes for 5 minutes before cutting in half to make the cook time a little faster.
This is definitely one of my new favorite meals. I started with a bowl of mixed greens and added my chicken, shrimp, and veggies then squeezed a little more lemon on top. Sriracha is also a delicious topper!
Are you trying to eat healthier this year? If so what are some of your favorite recipes???
We are talking wings today. Superbowl is around the corner and these would be a perfect appetizer! BUT for me this is a way to have my favorite meal lightened up. They are so crispy with a burst of juice and all that spice from the sauce. These are one of my new favorite meals for sure! I served some salt and olive oil baked fries on the side. Our ranch was 1 cup of light sour cream, 1 tbsp of milk, 1 tsp of dill weed, 1 tsp of garlic powder, and 2 tsp of ground pepper. If you are doing Whole 30 or eating Paleo you can easily swap this out for approved ranch with homemade mayo.
Now I want to talk about this sauce. One of my favorite things to cook in the kitchen is chopped garlic. I love the smell of garlic heating up in olive oil or butter. Patrick always comes in the kitchen and asks what I’m doing when I drop that garlic into the skillet. You can use olive oil, butter, ghee, coconut oil – whatever you have on hand. I used 2 tbsp of salted butter then added 2 heaping tablespoons of chopped garlic. Then I sauteed for a few minutes over medium heat. Do not let the garlic brown. All you do after that is pour in a cup of your favorite hot sauce and finish with fresh ground pepper. Delicious!
Usually baked wings have a bad reputation because it is SO HARD to replicate that beautiful fried wing. The trick to getting that crispy skin is to boil the wings for 3-5 minutes before baking. You are going to render a lot of that fat which will help it crisp up fast!
I know I know. Another FRIED CHICKEN RECIPE!? I promise this is different. You can swap the chicken out for white fish or shrimp, but we just happened to have chicken on hand. Did I mention that once a month I load up on every cut of chicken and beef I can find and freeze them all? It makes it easy to come up with different ways to cook when I have options. I usually buy my produce every few days and fish once a week, but the rest I buy in bulk for the freezer.
When I left for work I thought I was going to be making chicken pasta so I sat some chicken out to defrost. By the time I got home I was craaaaaving a po boy. We love ordering from Red Crawfish. They make these enormous po boys filled with fresh fish, sauteed peppers and onions, and lots of yum yum sauce. I still had a bag of spicy fish fry left so I cut the chicken into strips and dipped them into a mix of flour and fish fry.
I want to start making my sub rolls from scratch, but until then I will continue to buy from the Kroger bakery. These rolls are just under 6 inches and have a beautiful crust with soft pillow-y interiors. They are perfect for these po boy sandwiches. I hollowed out the inside so I could pack in the filling without too much bread in the way.
I personally have never been to Nashville. It is definitely one of those trips on my bucket list. I always see the most amazing creations on instagram and other forms of social media. They typically stem from Nashville. This recipe is my version of hot fried chicken. Juicy bonless chicken thighs with a very thin salty crust made of panko crumbs and cornstarch. They are then tossed lightly in this amazing peppery hot sauce. I am pretending these are healthy since I removed the fat and skin…
I know what you are thinking. How many times do we eat fried chicken a week since I have at least 5 different fried chicken recipes. I promise we really only eat fried chicken maybe once a month. It is just really hard for me to make something the same way every time. There are so many variations in the food world, I feel obligated to try them all!
The biggest secret to what makes this recipe so great is the sauce. Instead of using butter and hot sauce which is my typical go to I tried something a little different. I started with some Louisiana hot sauce, added lots and lots of fresh cracked pepper and garlic powder. Then two spoonfuls of the chicken grease. This made the sauce a lot thinner and it was able to coat each piece of the chicken really well.
These chicken thighs are the easiest Monday night recipe! This dish comes together in 30 minutes or less. No more Monday moody blues! Now you have this dish to look forward to! No one will ever know how fast you threw this meal together once they taste this sauce. The prosciutto and olives add a saltiness to this lemon cream sauce that mimics sauces that simmer for hours.
On Mondays I work a very late shift. Patrick always waits for me to eat so I have to get creative with our dinners. I need something that I can cook very quickly, but still has that great comfort food vibe. Usually I will save our pasta night for Monday since you can boil noodles in under 15 minutes.
You start out with boneless skinless chicken thighs tossed lightly in corn starch. In a saute pan I heat up a little olive oil and brown the chicken thighs. I cook them to about 95 % done. Then remove from the pan. Then all the remaining ingredients are tossed in the pan and cooked down before adding the chicken back in. I used angel hair because I think this cut of pasta soaks up the sauce a little better then some other cuts. This dish really is all about the sauce!
Crispy chicken thighs over angel hair pasta, smothered in a salty lemon cream sauce with olives and prosciutto.
1 pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs
½ cup of corn starch
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp smoked paprika
½ cup of marinated olives (or your favorite olive)
5 slices of prosciutto
¼ cup of cream
1 cup of chicken stock
salt and pepper
4 servings of cooked pasta
Prepare pasta and strain.
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
Toss chicken in the corn starch.
Tap off excess.
Brown the chicken in the sauce pan.
Cover to cook through. ( Takes about 10 minutes depending on how thick they are)
Remove the chicken.
Brown the prosciutto and garlic.
Add ½ cup of the chicken stock to the pan and turn up the heat.
Whisk or scrap the bottom to get everything up from the bottom of the pan.
Add the olives and lemon juice.
(If the chicken stock reduces down too quickly just add the remaining ½ cup)*
Lower the heat to medium low and add in the cream and stir.
Season with the paprika, salt and pepper.
Add the chicken back into the pan and cook until no longer pink.
Serve over pasta.
* I used 1 full cup of stock. I started with half a cup then after the stock cooked down and I scrapped all those beautiful brown bits up I felt like it was reducing too quick and added more. It is honestly your preference to how much sauce you want over the pasta.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m going to go recreate this again now. These pictures brought back too many memories :p
I might have had chicken in every meal for the past 7 days straight. I can’t help myself. Chicken has been on sale at the local grocery store all month and my freezer is packed full of different cuts. Thighs with skin, boneless thighs without skin, breast, tenders, thin cutlets… the list goes on. I am proud to say that I haven’t been bored yet. Some how each dinner gets more creative than the last.
1 russet potato cut into wedges or thin even sticks
3 cups of canola oil for frying
monterey jack cheese
1 cup of ranch dressing
1 cup of hot sauce
1 tsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp of butter
1 cup of lettuce chopped
small flour tortillas
In a large bag add in the flour, panko, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika
Toss in the chicken and coat evenly
In a bowl mix the eggs and milk
Add in the chicken
Move the chicken back into the bag of flour mix
Toss again to coat evenly
Fry in the canola oil until cooked to 165 degrees
drain on a paper towel
In a sautee pan heat the hot sauce, garlic, and butter
Toss the chicken in the sauce
Cook the potatoes in the oil until golden brown
Season with salt and let rest on paper towel
To assemble start with the tortillas
Sprinkle the cheese over the tortillas
Add chicken and fries
Top with lettuce and ranch
These buffalo chicken tacos are so cheesy and spicy. Layers of monterey jack, crispy fried chicken, garlicy buffalo sauce, hand cut fries, ranch, and lettuce all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. It is definitely one of my new favorite combos. I am pretty sure I am obsessed with fries stuffed into any taco or burrito.
Obviously you can customize these fries to your liking, but I like mine fully cooked and slightly soggy. I know that sounds crazy, but it just makes it so easy for them to soak up the hot sauce.
Tacos are so versatile. You can change up almost any ingredients and just wrap up in a tortilla. Buffalo chicken just happens to be one of my personal favorite fillings!
I have been dying to make a chimichurri sauce ever since my mom send me a new food processor. Seriously, the most handy device in the kitchen. Most of the sauces chimichurri sauces I love are amazing straight from the processor. This sauce I brushed onto the kabobs as they grilled. The result was perfectly juicy chicken and veggies with crispy edges. This meal can be prepared in around 20 minutes! It is so fast and flavorful!
Side note- Patrick and I found this tiny restaurant tucked away on a back road Sunday. The menu was a mix of Korean flavors with a Mexican twist. Korean BBQ tacos with freshly pickled jalapenos and cabbage slaw tossed in a light vinaigrette. They served a side of double fried french fries seasoned with sesame oil and lemon pepper. Such a great find! Last Friday we took the kids to the food truck friday event down town and shared some of the most amazing treats. My favorite indulgence was a homemade biscuit topped with buttermilk fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, bacon jam and fresh pimento cheese. I cannot even describe how amazing each bite was. Fluffy buttery biscuit with crunchy tomato and juicy chicken. I see many more food truck visits in my future!
20 Minute Tuesdays : Chicken Kabobs With Fresh Jalapeno Chimichurri
Recipe type: Chicken, Kabobs
Juicy chicken kabobs brushed with fresh jalapeno chimichurri.
1 pound of chicken breast
1 red bell pepper
½ of a white onion
1 bunch of fresh parsley
1 sprig of fresh oregano
2 tbsp of olive oil
½ stick of melted butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
pinch of crushed red pepper
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 fresh jalapeno
1 bag of mini red potatoes
I use a charcoal grill, but preheat any grill you have available.
Quick tip for cooking potatoes fast- dump potatoes in a tupperware. Poke a few holes in each. Set the lid on top, but do not seal the entire way. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes. Set to the side to cool slightly.
Cut chicken, onion and pepper into even chunks. Slide onto a kabob skewer. I prefer metal.
On a separate skewer add all the potatoes.
In a food processor blend herbs, spices olive oil, jalapeno and butter.
Lay the skewers on the grill and brush the chimichurri onto the meat and veggies.
Cook on each side for 10 minutes.
Brushing extra chimichurri as you flip.
Cook until chicken temp reaches 165 degrees.
If you want something a little extra smash all the potatoes with a fork when you remove them from the grill. Top with garlic powder, cracked pepper and cheddar cheese.
I am pretty sure I will make this meal a few times a week. It was so amazing. Light and healthy, yet filling!