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Vietnamese-Style Baked Chicken

Hello, fellow bloggers and cooks, Sorry that I haven’t been writing much on my blog within the past few days. Last Wednesday I went with my Grandma to Waco, Texas. We stayed there for a few days to visit with Family members and for my cousin’s birthday party. While I was there I got to do some baking and I cooked my favorite classic Million Dollar Spaghetti for my family. Everyone loved it! We all had an excellent time!

Now onto to the recipe!

When I got home from my trip I did not feel like cooking so chose to take the day off from my normal cooking day (Monday). I resumed it the next day to prepare this Vietnamese-style baked chicken; the Chicken thighs (or breasts) is marinated in a mixture of fish sauce, brown sugar, herbs and lime juice and then oven-baked to create a dish inspired with delicious flavors and browned to perfection. 

The side dish was: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

VIETNAMESE-STYLE BAKED CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or breasts
¼ C soy sauce or Bragg
¼ C Asian fish sauce
¼ C dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tsp hot chili-garlic paste (I used Wasabi Sauce)
1½ Tbsp fresh juice from 1 lime
1 tsp finely grated zest from 1 lime
3 medium cloves garlic, minced or grated (about 2 tsp)
2 Tbsp fresh or dried cilantro
2 Tbsp Olive oil
Sliced limes and cilantro leaves, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

Set your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking with foil and lightly grease it with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Place chicken in a large zipper-lock bag. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, ginger, wasabi sauce, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, cilantro, and oil. Pour marinade into bag over chicken, seal bag, and toss to coat well. Let chicken marinate for at least thirty minutes or overnight.

2. Then remove the chicken from bag, allowing marinade to drip off, and set it on the previously prepared baking sheet making sure to leave space between thighs/breasts. Pour the leftover marinade over the chicken and place it in the oven. Bake until thighs register 155 to 160°F on an instant-read thermometer, about thirty five-forty minutes. (Be sure to measure temperature in the center of the thickest part of the thighs, but not directly against the bone.)

3. If chicken skin is not brown and crisp enough by the time the thighs are cooked through, turn on oven broiler and broil until browned and crisp, about one minute, being careful not to burn the skin. Transfer chicken to a platter and let rest for five minutes. Garnish with lime slices and cilantro, then serve.

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Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. lemon pepper
Grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

To prepare right away: In a medium bowl combine the oil, lemon juice, and lemon pepper. Place the chicken onto the greased baking sheet and pour the marinade all over the chicken. Sprinkle with grated parmesan, then bake for forty-five minutes

OR TO FREEZE… Combine in a gallon freezer bag: chicken, oil, lemon juice, and lemon pepper. Seal tightly. Place the bag/container with everything inside into your freezer. Then to prepare, thaw overnight in the fridge, then top with parmesan, and bake in the oven for forty-five minutes at 350F.

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Throw in, Turn on, leave and yum!

Yesterday I had somewhat of a busy day and was not home for the majority of the time. However, I thankfully was up early to prepare this Mexican Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken. Here’s what my day consisted of after I threw all of the ingredients into my Crockpot. I spent the mid-morning and afternoon with my sister (Caylee). She and I went to get coffee at Starbucks and then we shopped at the mall for a few hours. We too had to stop by HEB because I had to purchase a few ingredients for this dish. It was a lot of fun!

Then later that evening I volunteered for the special needs ministry at my church. Volunteering for the special needs ministry is my biggest highlight of my week because I not only enjoy playing with the kiddos but I too love seeing the smiles on their faces. They are adorable!

Now onto the recipe!

This recipe would make an excellent companion for any crazy busy person!

Seriously.

You toss everything into your Crock-Pot in the morning and when you come home you shred the chicken, add the cream cheese and serve it on tortillas or over rice. Of course, that’s accurate of several slow cooker recipes. But the excellent thing about this one, and what separates it from many others, is that everyone will LOVE it. My favorite thing about this dish is that it’s extremely creamy and full of flavor.

Mexican Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients

4 Chicken Breast Halves, Boneless and Skinless
1 (15 Ounce) Can Black Beans Goya
1 (10 Ounce) Can Rotel
1 (6 Ounces) Can Black Olives
1 Small Yellow Onion, Chopped
1 Envelope Taco Seasoning Mccormick
8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Cubed

Directions

Add all ingredients to your crockpot except for the cream cheese. Cook on high for four-six hours or low for eight hours or until chicken is extremely tender. Remove the chicken and shred. Place the chicken back into the crockpot. Add cream cheese, cover and continue to cook on high for thirty minutes. Stir well and serve with tortillas or over rice

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For the love of chicken

I am going to tell you as I said earlier today how to make chicken parmesan. Now I want to let you know that the dish might be a little difficult for some of you beginner cooks and maybe need more practice which is entirely fine with me but don’t let your limitations get the better of you. If you feel like you should go slow making this one, then I totally encourage you to do it. Please do not feel guilty for having to work turtle-speed when you are cooking. I have to admit one of the things I always need to remind myself when cooking is not to go super fast because if I do, I’ll accidentally skip something in a recipe.

This recipe has all of the delicious flavors of a pasta dish, except there’s no pasta in it. Which makes it a lot healthier. I made this dish for my Grandparent’s they even loved it! They gave it a 9.5-star rating.

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

4 slices whole-wheat bread (1-ounce each)
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 egg whites (Approximately 2 large eggs)
1/2 C. skim milk
1/2 C all-purpose flour
4 (6 ounces) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
Olive oil cooking spray
2 jars marinara sauce (about 3 1/2 cups)
3/4 C. (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp (1/2-ounce) shredded Parmesan

Preparing the chicken breasts

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter.
Rinse each breast with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet. Next, place the chicken onto a cutting board and pound them with your meat mallet. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. While the oven is warming up, place the slices of bread in the bowl of a food processor and process until fine crumbs are formed, about twenty-five to thirty seconds. Put the crumbs on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake for twelve minutes, until golden. (You will wind up with about 1 1/3 cups toasted crumbs.)

3. In a medium shallow bowl, toss the crumbs with oregano, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and teaspoon pepper. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites and milk together. In a third shallow bowl stir together the flour, and a pinch of salt and black pepper, if desired. Dip each piece of chicken, one piece at a time, in flour, shaking off excess, then egg, then breadcrumbs, shaking off excess.

4. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. Place breaded breasts in a glass baking dish lined with foil and spray on each side with non-stick cooking spray, about five seconds total per side. Bake chicken breasts for forty-five minutes to an hour or until cooked through and crumbs are browned. Then about half way through cooking cover chicken with marinara sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan and return to oven for an additional ten to fifteen minutes, until cheese is bubbling.

Court’s Cooking Notes:

My hope and prayer is that my blog will help you feel more confident cooking with an oven. I know it might sound ridiculous but one of the things I used to do and occasionally still do whenever I get nervous using it is I like talking to the oven lol. One of my most-liked phrases I say in a stern tone is “Alrighty oven I am the BOSS and am in control of you today and will not let you mess with my brain.” Believe it or not, it actually works. I won and still am winning every single battle when I play this trick. Lol, if you require some humor while you cook then I recommend you giving your oven a small chat.

Making tomorrow’s dish will be easy as pie. I promise! 🙂

Thank you very much for reading.

 

 

 

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Chicken Dish Fave

Hello, everyone!

Sorry that I haven’t been posting anything lately. I took a break last week. It was really nice! I have new ideas/plans for my blog for the remaining of 2017 and for the new year. I’m very excited! But I am now finally back to what I do best and love!

Before I tell you about today’s recipe I want to share with you some exciting news in regards to my blog.

On Sunday evening I found an organization’s site on Instagram called yoocan – do anything. They empower people with special needs with a variety of stuff such as art, music, acting and more. After I read their about page I immediately felt inspired to contact them.

They emailed me the next day saying not only they would be happy to help me promote my blog but they also said that they loved my work and what I am doing. They personally asked me to write my story on what inspired me to cook while having physical challenges myself and how I want to encourage others with special needs that they CAN cook too.

This is getting to be pretty awesome! It’s funny how you can come across something like this on the internet. I seriously can’t wait to see how many people are going to be encouraged by seeing my story and blog. I have included two website links at the end of this post. One will lead you to my story. Two is my ten cooking tips.

Now onto the recipe!

I cooked this Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken Breast in the spring of last year. It has become one of my favorite chicken recipes ever since. They were delicious and looked great! I love it because it has a sweet and tangy taste. And it’s incredibly easy to make and clean up was easy as 1-2-3.

Here’s the recipe:

Honey Dijon Chicken Breast

Ingredients

1 lb large boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each

3 Tbsps of butter

Six cloves minced garlic, It’s approximately a teaspoon

1/4 tsp salt & pepper                                                                                                                  1/3 C honey

2 Tbsps of Dijon mustard

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 425F degrees. Line an 8×8 or 9×13 inch baking dish with aluminum foil and grease it with non-sticking cooking spray before you cook your chicken.

1. Be sure that your baking dish is big enough to have a half inch of space on each chicken breast but no more. Using too big of a baking dish can cause the glaze to be too shallow in the dish and burn quickly. Place the empty pan in a 425-degree oven to heat up while you make the sauce.

2. To prepare the sauce: Melt the butter in a small saute pan. Add the garlic and cook for only thirty-sixty seconds to soften it. Do not brown the garlic. Add the honey, Dijon mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well to blend and simmer over medium heat for one or two minutes begin to reduce the sauce. Lightly season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

3. Carefully remove the hot dish from the oven and place the chicken breasts an equal distance apart in the dish. Pour the warm glaze evenly over the chicken. Return the pan to the 425 degrees F oven and bake for fifteen minutes. Remove from oven and season the breasts with the sauce on the bottom of the pan. Return to the oven for additional fifteen-twenty minutes or until an accurate thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest part of the breast reads 170 degrees F. Allow the chicken to rest for five minutes before serving.

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