2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried Greek oregano
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
For dish: ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ stick unsalted butter 1 medium onion, small dice 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 cups long grain rice (I use Basmati rice but Mahatma works fine too) 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3 cups low sodium chicken broth 1-2 tablespoons capers (drained) ½ cup pitted green olives (drained) ½ cup roasted red pepper strips (freshly roasted is great but you can save a lot of time by purchasing them in a jar too. They are just as good in this recipe).
Optional garnish: chopped cilantro or parsley leaves
Put chicken thighs in a medium sized bowl and season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Add the olive oil, red wine vinegar and oregano. Let marinate while you’re organizing the rest of your ingredients, no more than half an hour.
2. Melt butter with olive oil in a Dutch oven (5 qt) or large lid pot then sauté onion over medium heat until it begins to soften. Add the garlic and cook just until you can smell its characteristic aroma and it turns opaque. Add the rice and stir well so the grains are coated with the fat. Let it sauté for a minute. Add the tomato paste and the broth. Stir well to mix. Add the remaining condiments. Taste the liquid. It should have a piquancy from the capers and olives. Add salt now if you think you need it.
3. Nestle the chicken thighs into the rice, adding any reserved marinade or juices. Bring the liquid to a simmer, cover the pot and cook either on top of the stove over low heat or in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until rice has absorbed all the liquid and chicken is cooked through. Taste for seasoning.
4. Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley leaves.
Psst! Leftovers are great but this is also an easy recipe to cut in half when it’s just the two of you.
Super Simple and Super yummy! This recipe mimics the traditional Thai curry but without so many hard to find ingredients. It’s so easy that it is perfect for a weekday meal.
10 oz. of Organic Jasmine Rice (found in a 3-pack in the freezer section of many grocery stores like Trader Joe’s)
13.5 oz. can coconut milk
1 Tbsp. curry powder
2 Tbsp. fish sauce
2 oz. butter or ghee
1 lb. skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized chunks
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus four sprigs
1-2 mini red peppers, sliced (optional for garnish)
Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add coconut milk and curry powder. Stir until combined, then add the fish sauce and butter. Stir until the butter is melted.
Add the chicken and bay leaves. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
After the chicken has simmered for 10 minutes, remove the lid and simmer for an additional 15 minutes until the liquid had reduced by 50% and the chicken is cooked through (no longer pink in the middle).
Stir in the fresh cilantro and remove pan from heat.
Pop the bag of rice in the microwave for 3 minutes or as directed on the package.
To assemble, add 3/4 cup of the cauliflower rice and 1/2 cup of the curry mixture to individual bowls and place a fresh cilantro sprig on top.
Growing up as a kid, the definition of chili was both a small pepper with a very hot flavor and a spicy stew of ground beef usually with beans too. Both meant yummy goodness. Now chili in our family seems to be synonymous with Monday Night Football. Our version is a chicken variety with savory mexican spices. It’s always a hit, even when our team doesn’t win.
Spicy Mexican White Chicken Chili
2-3 cups shredded chicken (I use rotisserie chicken from the deli section at Sprouts)
2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans navy beans
2 cups roasted corn (I use frozen from Trader Joe’s)
1-2 ounces taco seasoning mix (I use part of the envelope from Trader Joe’s)
1 (7 1/2 ounce) can of chopped green chilies (use less if you like a milder chili)
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (14 ounce) can low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
chopped green onion (optional)
Monterey jack cheese (optional)
Pour beans, corn and chicken in large pot.
In a medium bowl, combine taco seasoning, chiles, condensed soup, and chicken broth.
Pour over top of ingredients and stir together over medium heat.
Simmer for 15-30 minutes.
Serve topped with green onions, sour cream, and jack cheese, if desired.
I only recently discovered ras el hanout, the dynamic spice blend from Morocco. I found a jar of this flavorful blend at Williams-Sonoma. I seasoned the chicken with this and just a little salt and pepper…Oh so good! This recipe pairs the chicken with a yummy sauce of greek yogurt, shredded cucumber, lemon and garlic along with a simple but classic tabbouleh.
Ras El Hanout Chicken with Cherry Tomato & Cucumber Tabbouleh
Makes: 2 Servings
Calories: About 700 Per Serving
Cooking Time: 25 to 35 minutes
2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
½ Cup Plain Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
4 Ounces Cherry Tomatoes
1 Clove Garlic
1 Large Bunch Mint
1 T. Ras El Hanout (found at Williams-Sonoma)
1/4 cup quinoa
1 T. Pistachios (optional)
Cook the quinoa:
Add 1/4 cup salted water and the quinoa to a small pan and boil on high. Once boiling,reduce heat and cover and cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
Prepare the ingredients:
While the quinoa cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Quarter the tomatoes. Pick the mint leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Peel and finely mince the garlic or use a zester so it resembles paste. Use half of the cucumber for the tabbouleh and half for the yogurt sauce. For the tabbouleh, medium dice 1 half and for the yogurt sauce, grate the other half and squeeze if out to remove excess water and prevent yogurt sauce from being too runny. Quarter and deseed the lemon. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, grated cucumber (water removed), half the garlic paste and the juice of 2 lemon wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook the chicken:
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with the ras el hanout, salt and pepper on both sides. In a large pan, heat 1 T. of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken and cook, loosely covering the pan with aluminum foil, 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and set aside to cool slightly. Wipe out the pan.
Make the tabbouleh:
While the chicken cooks, to the pot of cooked quinoa, add the tomatoes, diced cucumber, half the mint (cut into small strips with scissors just before adding), remaining garlic paste and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Drizzle with olive oil (optional) and stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Finish and Plate your dish:When cool enough to handle, thinly slice the cooked chicken on an angle. Top with the remaining mint and pistahio pieces if desired. Serve with the tabbouleh and yogurt sauce on the side. Enjoy!
1/2 cup olive oil
2 zucchini, cut into ½ inch dice
2 onions, cut into ½ inch dice
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 large bell peppers, cored and cut into ¼ inch dice (I like to use one red and one yellow)
1 large can Italian plum tomatoes, w/ juice
1 ½ lbs. ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch dice
2 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
1 T dried basil
1 T dried oregano
2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fennel seeds
½ cup fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley, chopped
1 can canned dark red kidney beans, drained
1 can canned chick-peas (garbanzos), drained
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
2 T fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
4 scallions (green onions), white bulb & 3 inches green, sliced diagonally
1 rotiserie-roasted chicken, cooled and shredded (make ahead if desired, I buy from local market)
1 large can (28 ounces) medium red or green enchilada sauce. (I use La Palma)
3 cups shredded cheese (I use combination of monterey jack and mozzarella)
12-15 small flour tortillas
1 ½ cans refried beans
sliced green onions or cilantro (optional)