One Skillet Taco Chicken & Rice

One Skillet Taco Chicken & Rice

Filled with spice-rubbed chicken breast and brown rice, this hearty casserole casserole is a healthier take on Tex-Mex. Meal planning? Leftovers taste just as good the next day!

 

YIELDS: SERVINGS        PREP TIME: HOURS MINS         TOTAL TIME: HOURS 20 MINS

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 c. brown rice

1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 tbsp. smoked paprika

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. chopped garlic

1/3 c. chopped onion

diced green bell pepper

(7.5-oz) can no-salt black beans, drained

large beefsteak tomato, diced (OR 1 can diced tomatoes)

2 c. red enchilada sauce

1 c. water

3/4 c. shredded cheese (such as Mexican cheese: blend of cheddar, Monterey Jack, and asadero)

Sea salt & pepper, to taste

Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Avocado, sliced, for garnish

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook rice according to instructions and set aside to cool.
  2. Season chicken breast with smoked paprika, cumin, and dried oregano.
  3. Set a deep (nonstick) skillet on medium heat, and once hot, add olive oil, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the outside of the onion has slightly browned.
  4. Add chicken breast and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Fold in the cooked brown rice, then stir in the black beans, tomato, enchilada sauce, and water.  Mix everything together and bring to a light simmer.   Reduce the heat to low-medium, then cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the top, stir up the chicken and rice and season to taste with sea salt & pepper.  Sprinkle on some cheese (if desired), then bake for 5 to 7 minutes to melt the cheese.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and avocado, then enjoy!
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Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

Asian restaurants specializing in Korean Fried Chicken seem to be popular these days.  Bonchon Chicken, a franchise from South Korea has opened over 100 restaurants around the country.

So what is Korean Fried Chicken and how does it differ from other fried chicken?  Korean Fried Chicken or KFC as it’s known to some is chicken that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  But what sets it apart is that sticky sweet and spicy sauce it’s dipped in.  It really is delicious!

If one were to travel to South Korea you’d find many fast food joints dedicated to this dish; each one touting their own special sauce.  But traveling to South Korea, or just about anywhere right now, doesn’t seem to be a realistic option for many of us.  So as I’ve been sharing some of my favorite foods from all over the world.  In short bringing home the flavors and memories of my travels.  Today I’ll share a recipe for Korean Fried Chicken, my family says it tastes just like the real stuff!

This recipe takes a bit more effort to make and probably a trip to the Asian Market for a couple of the ingredients, but believe me it’s well worth the effort.  In an absolute pinch if you can’t find Goochujang Paste, the Korean Chili Paste, you can substitute Sriracha chili sauce or a Thai Chili Paste, it will be close but not the same.

The recipe is divided in 4 stages; the marinade, the coating, the sauce, and the garnish.  You can make the sauce ahead of time and reheat just before serving.  To maintain the crispiness chicken should be served as soon as it’s fried, it looses the crispness as it cools.  I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but boneless skinless breasts can be used as well.

Korean Fried Chicken

Ingredients:
The Marinade:

6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs cut into bite size chunks

1 Cup Buttermilk

1 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. White Pepper

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

The Coating:

1 1/2 Cup flour

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Black Pepper

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Smoked Paprika

1 Tsp. Chili Flakes

Oil for frying

The Sauce:

2 Tbs. Gochujang Paste

2 Tbs. Honey

4 Tbs. Brown Sugar

4 Tbs. Soy Sauce

1 Tbs. Minced Garlic

2 Tsp. Minced Giner

1 Tbs. Vegetable Oil

1 Tbs. Sesame Oil

Garnish:

1/4 Cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 Tbs. White Sesame Seeds

1 Tbs. Black Sesame Seeds

1/2 Small onion thinly sliced

Directions:

Mix Marinade ingredients together and pour into a Ziplock bag.

Add chicken and coat with the marinade.

Place in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour.

Heat a large pan of vegetable oil, make sure you have about 2 inches of oil in the pan.

Mix the coating in a bowl.

Lift pieces of chicken from the marinade and let the excess drip off.

Drop into the hot oil until it’s cooked.  Coating should be deep golden brown and if you cut a piece of chicken in half the meat should not be pink.

Drain cooked pieces of chicken on paper towels and keep warm until all the chicken has been fried and the sauce is done.

Place all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and stir.

Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

Place cooked chicken into a large bowl, pour sauce over it and gently tossed until all chicken pieces are coated with sauce.

Move to serving dish and garnish with cilantro, onions, and sesame seeds.

Served with steamed white rice and Stir Fried Baby Bok Choi this dish is amazing!

 

 

 

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Cajun Butter Shrimp & Sausage Skewers

Cajun Butter Shrimp & Sausage Skewers

We love these skewers for many reasons: they’re FULL of flavor, they’re hearty, and most of all, they provide the PERFECT bite. Sausage + shrimp = a match made in Cajun heaven. It’s like Jamalaya on a stick! If you dig this, you gotta add cajun butter pasta to your list—another sure-fire winner.

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

YIELDS: 6 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 35 MINS

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 andouille sausages, sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
1/4 c. melted butter
1 tbsp. lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tbsp. freshly chopped thyme
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. Soak wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes. When ready to cook, drain and dry skewers.

2. Thread top of shrimp, then sausage, then tail of shrimp onto skewers. Repeat until all shrimp and sausage is used.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, and spices. Season with salt and pepper, then brush all over skewers.

4. Heat grill or grill pan to medium. Add skewers and cook until shrimp is opaque and sausage is warmed through, about 3 minutes per side. Garnish with parsley and serve.


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Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas is a favorite Spanish Tapa.  Tapas of course are small portions of Spanish food that’s usually served with cocktails at bars or as appetizers.  Or several types of Tapas can be cobbled together to make a meal.  I love Tapas!  It’s a great way to sample different types of Spanish food in one sitting.

Patatas Bravas is one of my favorites.  It’s a simple dish of fried or baked potato wedges or cubes in a spicy sauce.  I always order it when we’re in Barcelona or any other Spanish town or city.  But traveling may prove to be difficult this year and we won’t be going on our usual Med Cruise or other European vacations.  That’s why I’ve been making some of our favorite foods at home.  After all eating local foods is a big part of traveling!

Lately I’ve been on a Spanish food kick and Patatas Bravas has been on top of my to make list.  Everyone in my house loves it that it’s now become a family favorite.  I serve it as an appetizer and as a side dish, either way it’s delicious!

Most places serve it with a mayonnaise based Garlic Aioli, but I like it without.  You can make a simple Aioli by mixing together mayo, garlic powder, and lemon juice.  Salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fresh chopped chives.

Patatas Bravas

Ingredients:

6-8 Yukon Gold Potatoes – peeled and cut into wedges

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Tsp. Minced Garlic

2 Tbs. Smoked Paprika

2 Tsp. Chili Powder

2 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1/4 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1/2 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper flakes

Directions:

Place potato wedges in a large pot and cover with water.

Bring water to boil and reduce heat.

Cook uncovered for about 8-10 minutes or until just tender. (you don’t want them too soft, they will fall apart)

Drain and pat potatoes dry with paper towel.

Place in bowl.

Toss potatoes in Olive Oil and Garlic until evenly coated.

In a small bowl combine the rest of the spices and sprinkle over potatoes.

Toss potatoes in spice mix until evenly coated.

Place potatoes on a baking sheet, spread out in a single layer.

Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until crispy.  Stir potatoes about half way thru baking time.

Serve warm with or with out Aioli.

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Balsamic-Glazed Fig & Pork Tenderloin

Balsamic-Glazed Fig & Pork Tenderloin

I have a huge fig tree that produces an abundance of figs. One year I tried drying some and developed this sweet and smoky recipe as a result. Now it’s a regular at family gatherings. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas

Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 3/4 pound each), trimmed and silver skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

 

 

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 12 dried figs, halved
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

 

Directions

 

  • Cut pork into 1-in. cubes. Combine next seven ingredients; rub over pork. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to grill. Meanwhile, make a glaze by whisking vinegar, honey, mustard and oil. Set aside.

 

  • On water-soaked wooden skewers, thread pork cubes and fig halves. Grill, covered, on a greased rack over medium-high direct heat, turning occasionally, until a thermometer reads 145°, 8-10 minutes. During last half of grilling, brush cooked surfaces frequently with glaze.

 

  • Let skewers stand for 5 minutes; add a tomato to each. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle lightly with blue cheese and basil.
Nutrition Facts

1 kabob: 139 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.


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