Curried Chicken With Dried Cherries

Curried Chicken and Dried Cherries - over head viewHave you ever heard of the Curry Tree? It is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the rue family, which also includes the citrus. The tree is native to India and Sri Lanka.

Curry Leaf Tree

curry leaves in a skillet with olive oil

Curry Leaves In A Skillet With Olive Oil

The leaves of the curry tree are used in many Indian dishes. The “sweet neem leaves” are often used in curries, as they (the leaves) are highly valued as a seasoning in southern and west-coast Indian cooking, as well as Sri Lankan cooking .

The leaves when used in curry dishes are add with the chopped onion in the first stage of the preparation of the curry dish.

potted curry leaf tree

Image Credit: Garden Amateur

The tree can be home-raised as a potted plant as it is easily grown in warmer areas of the world, or in containers where the climate is not supportive outdoors. In this image is a potted Curry tree in the yard of an Australian gardener.

Our featured dish is  – Curried Chicken With Dried Cherries – and here is what you will need, and no you will not need to hunt down some curry leaves. Unless you have a tree and want to add some leaves to the dish we are featuring.

3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks 

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon avocado oil

1 small red or purple onion, thinly sliced

2 ribs celery, sliced

1/2 cup fresh water or chicken broth

1/3 cup chopped dried cherries

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

1/2 to 1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt (optional)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/3 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons flour

cooking chicken meatIn a large ceramic coated skillet or cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of avocado oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stir occasionally until meat is oblique colored and just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate, and set aside.

cooking onions and celeryTo the same pan add the 1 teaspoon of avocado oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sliced celery and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.

adding curry and dried cherriesNext add the cherries and 1/2 cup water and bring to a light boil. Next stir in the curry powder, salt and pepper.

Next, pour in the cream and mix in. You can also use coconut milk, which is used in traditional Indian dishes. When making this dish, we didn’t have any coconut milk, but we did have some heavy cream.

adding in chicken meat to curry mixNext add the cooked chicken along with any juices and mix in.

Curried Chicken and Dried CherriesServe over rice, couscous or eat as is.

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Roasted Chicken With Chipotle Cinnamon Orange GlazeĀ 

Roasted Chicken With Chipotle Cinnamon Orange GlazeĀ The Scovilla scale is the measurement of how hot or spicy a chilli pepper is. The scale was first used in 1912 and named after its inventor Wilbur Scovilla.

According to the scale chipotles are between 3,000 to 10,000 SHU (Scovilla heat units), and that means a hot chili.

The word chipotle is derived from chilpoctli an Aztec word, and is a smoked red dried jalapeƱo chili from Mexico.

The chili is used in Mexican prepared foods as well as Mexican-American, Tex-Mex, and prepared dishes of the southwestern parts of the US, like New Mexico (Link Here for more information about Mexican vs. Tex-Mex: What Is The Difference?).

Chipotle Cinnamon Orange GlazeĀ Our featured recipe is an inspiration as it uses the chili to glaze the chicken. We found the recipe in Novembers issue (2014) of “Good Housekeeping.” The glaze is prepared to use while roasting a turkey.

We thought why not test it on some chicken breasts and see if our palate could endure the spice while eating the roasted poultry, and if so, it would be used to roast a turkey.

Our featured recipe is Baked Chicken With Chipotle Cinnamon Orange Glaze, and here is what you will need.

Chipotle Cinnamon Orange Glaze

1 teaspoon chipotle in adobe
Juice from 1/2 anĀ orange
1 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Blend together in a blender until smooth.

This recipe was reduced down to accommodate four (4) chicken breasts. For the full recipe to roast a turkey link here: Good Housekeeping.

Now let’s glaze some chicken with thatĀ Chipotle Cinnamon Orange Glaze.

preparing chicken breastsUsing a fork or knife, poke holes all over each chicken breast. You can use breast’s with the skin on, but as you can see we have some with the skin removed.

raw chicken breast wih Chipotle Cinnamon Orange GlazeĀ Next, spoon on some sauce or glaze and spread out over the meat. Set aside for about 30 to 40 minutes and allow the flavor of the spices to absorb in.

putting chicken breasts with Chipotle Cinnamon Orange GlazeĀ in oven to roastPlace chicken into a 350 degree preheated oven for for 40 minutes or until internal chicken temperature is 165 degrees.

Roasted Chicken With Chipotle Cinnamon Orange GlazeĀ on a platterPlace the roasted chicken breasts on a platter and serve with an appropriate side dish. Link Here for some suggestions.

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Italian Five Cheese Chicken Roll Ups

Italian Five Cheese Chicken Roll UpsWith little more than your favorite spaghetti sauce (we used a sauce made with cream and vodka – from the Whole Foods Market), cream cheese and a shredded Italian cheese blend, you can have yourself some chicken roll-ups. They are super easy to prepare.

Here is what you will need:

2 oz. of cream cheese softened

Ā¼ cup bell pepper; diced (red, yellow, orange, green, use all colors, or your choice ā€“ we buy tri-colored frozen bell peppers)

Ā¼ tsp. garlic powder

4 chicken breasts; boneless skinless

1 cup Italian 5-cheese blend, finely shredded

Ā½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1 cup spaghetti sauce (your favorite)

salt to taste, optional

Heat oven to 400Ā°

ingredients for Italian Five Cheese Chicken Roll Ups

 

mix ingredients  togetherIn a medium bowl mix cream cheese, Ā½ cup of cheese, bell pepper, oregano, garlic and salt to taste.

When we salt in our recipes, it is always use Himalayan salt.

After you mix up the ingredients, set aside.

slicing chicken breast and flatting it with a robber mallet

Cut chicken long ways across breast. Place each cut chicken piece one at a time in a large plastic bag, seal it and with a rubber mallet or rolling pin flatten chicken to Ā¼-inch thicknesses.

preparing chicken roll ups

At one end of chicken strip roll up with cheese mixture, tucking in ends around filling to completely enclose the filling.

Place seam sides down in 13 x 19 inch baking dish coated with olive oil. Pour spaghetti sauce evenly over chicken, and cover with aluminum foil.

chicken roll ups out of the ovenPlace in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove foil, sprinkle chicken with remaining Ā½ cup shredded cheese. Bake an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

 

 

Italian Five Cheese Chicken Roll UpsPlate and enjoy yourĀ Italian Five Cheese Chicken Roll Ups with a salad or your favorite vegetable.

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Green Curry Chicken

Green Curry Chicken

Most curry dishes use a curry paste which is aĀ pureed blend of beautiful smelling or aromatic spices, herbs, and vegetables. It is widely used as an ingredient in the cuisines of many cultures to make curries, stews, and other dishes. Most of the time though, Indian food comes to mind when you talk about curry.Ā There are many different types of curry pastes, and each countryā€™s blend has a distinct flavor.

The common spices used are cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, coriander, cardamon, cumin, fenugreek, fennel, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and onion. The base ingredient to start a curry paste is turmeric, which makes a yellow curry. Red pepper is added to make a red curry, and cilantro is added to make a green curry paste.

Using all of these ingredients makes for a healthy meal. To learn more about the healthy side of these culinary spices link here – Spice and Herbs Benefits -.

Our featured recipe uses green curry, and here is what you will need.

1 lb. rice noodles, cooked

1 pound (1-inch) cubed chicken breast tenders

Ā½ lb. cut green beans, steamed

2 cups tricolor pre-chopped bell pepper mix

Oils to Use for Healthy Cooking - avocado oil or coconut oil2 to 3 teaspoons green curry paste

1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk, divided

Cooking oil, avocado oil or coconut oil ————->

Steam green beans first, about 5 minutes, then remove steaming basket and use boiling water to cook rice noodles according to package directions. Set both aside when done. Rinse rice noodles when cooked.

 

Chicken cooking in coconut oil and green curry sauce - Green Curry ChickenHeat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking oil. Add chicken to pan and sautƩ 4 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Stir in curry paste and cook 1 minute more, stirring frequently.

Meat and Vegetable Mix for Green curry Chicken

Stir in 1 cup coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring occasionally.

Stir in bell pepper mix, and remaining coconut milk. Cook 3 minutes or until peppers are tender. Add steamed green beans and mix in. Add Ā½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt (optional).

showing the details of the Meat and Vegetable Mix for Green curry ChickenThere are 3 rules to a good meal. Besides flavor and smell, can you SEE what else makes a good meal appealing? Leave a comment below to let us know if you can guess the third rule of a good meal.

Green Curry ChickenPlate the rice noodles and top with Green Curry Chicken. If you wish top that with cilantro or with fresh basil as we did here. If you find the rice noodles to sticky, just take a plate one serving at a time and run warm water over it. Shake it dry and plate it. Enjoy!!

 

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Spanish Chicken Salad

Spanish Chicken Salad

Paprika is used to garnish many foods we prepare. Like soups and deviled eggs, also for flavoring potato and pasta salads. It is also used in BBQ. Most of the prepared seasonings that are store bought for marinating meats have paprika in it.

The paprika we are accustomed to using is the sweet Hungarian paprika. Paprika comes from the pods of Capsicum annuum peppers that are dried and crushed to form the powdery spice.

The sweet red chili peppers are originally native to North and South America. But today, most paprika comes from Spain, South America, California and Hungary.

Besides the sweet Hungarian paprika that is commonly used , there is the Spanish Hot paprika or smoked paprika. Dose it make a difference in your recipe the use of paprika (the classic sweet) to smoked paprika?

Yes it does matter. Most recipes use the sweet paprika that we reach for in our spice cabinet. It is derived from the sweet red chili peppers and labeled ā€œpaprikaā€. But smoked Spanish paprika requires the peppers be smoked, usually with oak wood, prior to processing.

Smoked paprika has a distinct flavor after being smoked. As an example smoked paprika is essential for Mexican chorizo sausage. If you used regular paprika, the chorizo would not taste the same.

Paprika as for any spice has a two fold purpose when we use them. One side is the flavor spices give to our recipe and the other side is for health reasons. Any spice including paprika when consumed stimulates enzymes in our digestive system to fight off inflammation as will as bad bacteria, just to name a few good healthy reasons.

If you are interested in making your own home-made Smoked Paprika click here to find out how: How to Make Smoked Paprika.

Now for the featured recipe Spanish Chicken Salad and here is what you will need:

ingredients-for-Spanish-Chicken-Salad1/4 cup olive oil + 2 tsps.

3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. paprika, Spanish smoked

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp. mayonnaise

16 oz. mix lettuce greens

4 cups cooked chicken

2 roasted bell pepper slices, cut into smaller slices

toasting-slivered-almonds-for-Spanish-Chicken-SaladIn a frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 teaspoons of oil. Add the almonds and toast, stirring until they are crisp and golden. This should take about 5 to 7 minutes. When you start to smell them toasting, remove the pan from the burner. If you continue to toast them, they will burn.

plating toasted almonds - putting aside - Spanish Chicken SaladWhen you remove them from the burner, transfer them to a plate and set aside.

preparing-chicken-breast-for-the-Spanish-Chicken-SaladTo prepare the chicken breast, pour one cup of chicken broth and one cup of water into a medium stock pot. Place 4 chicken breasts into stock pot and cook on medium heat until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 to 170 degrees.

Remove from pot, set aside and let cool. Once cooled chopped chicken into 1 inch chunks.

whisking-in-oil-gradually.jpgIn a large bowl, whisk together the garlic, smoked paprika,vinegar, mayonnaise and option 1/2 tsp. salt, pinch of pepper. Gradually whisk in the 1/4 cup of oil and mix up until well incorporated.

slicing-roasted-red-bell-peppers.jpgSlice the roasted red bell pepper and set aside.

Mixing-the-coated-chicken-toasted-almonds-with-the-greens-to-make-Spanish-Chicken-SaladIn the bowl with the vinaigrette add the chicken, and roasted bell peppers and stir to coat evenly.

Spanish Chicken SaladPlate and serve.

You can plate to the side some shredded Jack cheese and sliced roasted bell pepper, for extra toppings.

Read more about spices at the Health News Library: SpicesĀ – Useful for More Than Just Culinary

Sources:

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Peach Mango Salsa

 

Peach Mango Salsa

 

Are you excited about salsas like we are here at Splendid Recipes and More? If you don’t like tomatoes, this salsa’s for you.

If you’ve never made such a salsa, Peach Mango Salsa, then your in for a treat. But maybe your thinking, “This looks good, but I’ll stick with my favorite store bought Peach Mango Salsa.” OK will you do that, but look what’s in that store bought salsa:

Tomatoes, Mango, Water Filtered, Peppers, Chilies and Peppers, Onions, Cane Juice Evaporated, Tomatoes Puree, Peaches, Cilantro, Vinegar Red Wine, Salt, Lemon Juice, Spices, Citric Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Erythorbate, Xanthan Gum.

Did you notice I high-lighted the last four ingredients? Will that’s not in our Peach Mango Salsa.

Here is what you will need:

2 medium peaches, peeled, de-seed, chopped

1 large mango, peeled, de-seed, chopped

Ā½ cup green onions, diced (about 3 scallions)

Ā½ red bell pepper, diced

1 Serrano pepper, de-seed, minced

Ā½ cup cilantro, chopped

Ā½ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. lime juice or Ā¼ of a lime

If your not sure on how to cut a mango, we added this video from – Special Fork Videos – to show you how.

Prepare the peaches and mango and place them into a medium mixing bowl along with the diced onion and bell pepper. Do not mix. Next add the Serrano pepper and chopped cilantro, again do not mix.

Together add salt, sugar and lime juice. Now stir the mixture until well incorporated.

Let mixture set for 15 minutes at room temperature for flavors to infuse, or refrigerate until ready to eat.

This salsa keeps in a mason jar, for 4-5 days in the fridge, or can be frozen for later use. If you use plastic to store the salsa, it will be fresh for just about 2 days.

Serve the salsa with white or yellow corn chips, grilled chicken, grilled fish or any Mexican meal (Link here for some ideas from our blog).

 

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Amazing Ways Food Is Used In Thai Recipes

Amazing Ways Food is used in Thai RecipesThai cuisine uses ingredients that are commonly known in the Western world.

Knowing how Thai recipes prepare these foods can give us more of an appreciation for Thai cuisine.

Bamboo Shoots

The use of Bamboo Shoots in many Thai recipes requires them to be peeled to get to the white inner stalks and then boil them for 30 canned bamboo shootsminutes in water. If using canned bamboo shoots they only need to be boiled for 10 minutes. There is no need for boiling them if they are part or if they are part of a soup or curry dish.

Basil

There are three varieties of basil used in Thai recipes. They are Sweet, Holy, and Lemon Basil.

If you use basil in your cooking, it is most likely sweet basil as that is the most commonly sold in the local markets.

Basil typesHoly basil has a spicier flavor and has slightly purple leaves.

Lemon basil as you might have guessed, has a lemony flavor and also has a distinct lemony scent.

If you canā€™t find Lemon basil at your local market, you can use sweet basil and add some lemon rind.

Bergamot

Bergamot is a small tree with long, oval green leaves and white flowers. The small tree originates in Asia but can be found in Italy, Morocco and the Ivory Coast.

The tree bears small round fruit that is yellow when ripe. The preparation of some Thai dishes use the rind or zest of the fruit.

It is hard to find this small fruit in local U.S. markets (possibly in an Asian market). Therefore, grated lime zest can be used, though it can be a poor substitute.

Chili Paste

Lots of Thai recipes use Chili paste, which is used for adding spice and flavor to the dish.

A popular version by Thai cooks is burnt mild chili paste. You can buy the chili paste in bottles or tubes at almost any market in the Asian food section.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk can be bought in cans almost anywhere. If the recipe calls for coconut cream scoop, that would be the harder white substance that has formed at the top of the can.

If it is coconut milk that the recipe calls for, than just stir the can thoroughly before using.

Curry Paste

While some people prefer to prepare their own curry pastes, many bottled curries are available at the supermarket. Most recipes use red, green or yellow curry.

Fish sauce

Fish sauce is made from collecting the liquid off of fermenting salted fish, this pale, watery brown sauce is sometimes used to replace all the salt in recipes.

It is very flavorful and compliments all Thai food. Fish sauce is a very versatile sauce.

Galangal

Galangal is used in many curries and soups. It is similar to ginger. Galangal is hard to find fresh, but can be purchased dried. You will need soaked dried galangal in water for 1 hour before using.

Garlic

Thai garlic is a must when preparing a dish. Thai garlic should be available in Asian markets, but if not then the common garlic we see can also be used.

When using Thai garlic the smaller, tighter cloves are the best to use because they are more flavorful and will not be over powered by other herbs and spices used in the dish.

Ginger

Ginger is used quite often. in modern cooking is easy to find, and ginger is extremely healthy and flavorful.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is one of the most commonly used ingredients in Thai cooking. It looks much like a small leek. The hard outer portion is removed, and the lower bulbous part is used.

The lemongrass is sliced into pieces and added to the food while cooking, and then removed before serving the dish, or it can be blended in a food processor before adding to the cooking process and then consumed with the dish giving it more flavor.

Palm Sugar

Palm sugar is used in some Thai recipes. If not available, dark brown sugar or real maple syrup can be used.

Rice

Rice is a main staple for the Thai people and they prefer long-grain white Jasmine rice which is flavorful and aromatic rice that cools and compliments spicy Thai dishes.

Rice paper is used to make fresh Thai spring rolls, which are prepared with vegetables and meat if desired.

Sesame oil is the preferred oil to use in Thai cuisine. Itā€™s a very flavorful oil and works well with Thai cooking.

Preparation and Cooking Techniques

The vegetables used in Thai cooking should be cut as finely as possible.

The idea behind the thin cut vegetable is that the smaller they are chopped, the less time they will need to be cooked, which retains most of the nutrients as possible.

Most of us have cooked a stir-fry before. This method requires a wok and oil. The vegetables cook fast when the oil and wok are hot and stirred constantly.

The vegetables should only be stir-fried for a couple of seconds so they remain crisp and brightly colored.

stone mortar usewd in Thai cookingMortar and Pestles are used in making sauces, and curry pastes.

Anyone who loves Thai food and is animate about cooking it needs a mortar and pestle in their kitchen.

The mortar should be preferably made out of clay or wood.

 

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