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Chicken Salad

Because I always jump when Harmon asks me to, here is a very good, very basic chicken salad recipe. This is the one that Emily thought was so good she ate it out of the cooler the morning after Pat Benatar… after all the ice had melted. It’s 90+ degrees in Memphis in July if you’ll recall, so it must have been pretty darn good for her to risk her health and self-respect just to have a second helping.

4 cups shredded chicken* (rotisserie from the grocery works great for this)
1 stalk celery, sliced very thin
4 green onions, sliced very thin
1.5 tsp fresh tarragon or dill, finely chopped
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
1 cup mayo (gotta be Duke’s!)
2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

  1. Toss together chicken, celery, green onions, and herbs.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together mayo, lemon juice, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add to the chicken and mix until well-combined.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve. This is even better the day after served on freshly-baked rolls with lettuce and tomato. Just ask Emily.

*You’ll need to cook the chicken before shredding it. Beth and Cat learned that the hard way, right A Dub?

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Roasted Chicken with Za’atar Stuffing

More chicken recipes…this one is INCREDIBLE! It also looks and sounds real fancy when in fact it is just a roast chicken with leftover bread and spices. You may have to trek it out to your local ethnic pet store for the spice. However, Chef John can attest that za’atar is good on EVERYTHING. You will be so happy once this spice is incorporated to your recipe repertoire. My older sister and I are not fans of turkey (even for Thanksgiving), so I made this for her this past Thanksgiving. It was quite the show stopper! I exclusively use Ina’s Roast Chicken recipe as a basic method to my chicken regardless of additions. However, this is the exception as this recipe comes from Eric Ripert. I wouldn’t dare mess with perfection; I follow all of his steps. –ts

1 chicken (approximately 4 pounds)
½ baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 1½ cups)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon minced garlic, plus 1 head of garlic, cloves separated, divided 2 teaspoons za’atar (plus a little extra)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the bread, parsley, minced garlic, za’atar and lemon zest and toss with ¼ cup of the olive oil to coat evenly. Season the stuffing with salt and pepper. Season the cavity of the chicken with salt and pepper and fill with the stuffing. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Season the bird on the outside with salt and pepper and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350° and add the garlic cloves to the pan. Continue roasting for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the juices run clear when the leg is pierced. Transfer the chicken to a platter and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.
  4. Place 2 slices each of breast and leg meat on each plate and spoon some of the stuffing alongside. Spoon some of the pan drippings over the chicken and serve immediately.

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Curry Chicken Salad

Continuing chicken week…my curry chicken salad recipe is all by taste, but here are a few guidelines and steps. Feel free to change up the measurements. I roast a whole chicken for this recipe. I have made this on several occasions, and every time I get rave reviews. They are served in mini croissants or with crackers as a dip. I tend to have this on hand when guests stay over as a snack . -ts

1 roasted whole chicken (or you can cook 3 chicken breasts skin on, bone in)
Olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups mayo (to taste)
1/3 cup dry white wine (to taste)
curry powder (to taste) generous amount
1 cup medium-diced celery (2 large stalks)
1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (2 scallions) ½+ lemon juice
almonds (optional)

  1. Remove cooked chicken meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred chicken. I just use my hands.
  2. For the dressing, combine the mayonnaise, curry powder, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl and whisk together.  
  3. Combine the chicken with enough dressing to moisten well. Add wine for moisture. I say add no matter what! Add the celery, scallions, and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Combine with nuts before serving.

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Ina’s Roast Chicken

I am currently skiing out in Utah this week for vacation.  I decided there should be some sort of related theme to my postings while I am out.  I decided it will be chicken (comfort foods) and après ski (mainly drinks).  Enjoy!
Everyone should have a basic roast chicken recipe.  There is nothing easier or better than a whole roasted chicken.  That is a FACT!  Most recipes are similar, but Ina’s roast chicken recipe is so easy and turns out perfect every time.  There are dozens of varieties you can add to this; I encourage you to explore.   I use this recipe to cook the chicken in my Curry Chicken Salad. -ts

1 (3 1/2 lb) roasting chicken (4 to 5 lbs roast for 1hr 15min)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons
1 whole head garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise
Good olive oil
2 Spanish onions, peeled and thickly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine (good)
1/2 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Remove and discard the chicken giblets. Pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Cut the lemons in quarters, place 2 quarters in the chicken along with the garlic and reserve the rest of the lemons. Brush the outside of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the chicken in a small (11 by 14-inch) roasting pan. (If the pan is too large, the onions will burn.) Place the reserved lemons and the sliced onions in a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Pour the mixture around the chicken in the pan.
  3. Roast the chicken for about 1 hour, until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and a thigh. Remove the chicken to a platter, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the sauce, leaving the lemons and onions in the pan.
  4. Place the pan on top of the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the wine and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits. Add the stock and sprinkle on the flour, stirring constantly for a minute, until the sauce thickens. Add any juices that collect under the chicken. Carve the chicken onto a platter and serve with the lemons, onions, and warm sauce.

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Mexican Chicken Casserole

This stuff is fresh, filling…and healthy! I got this one from Cooking Light (a staple in our house) and it is awesome. While it does require some hands-on time – it is nothing complicated. I am typically one that will pull a Sandra Lee every now and then and go with the store bought version of a certain ingredient (e.g. salsa) vs making it homemade (she calls this “Semi-Homemade”). Anyway, in this recipe, you will make homemade salsa to place in your Mexican “lasagna” – and it is SO worth it. And, if you’re like me and like your food a lil on the spicy side…I’d recommend some additional jalepenos, Cayenne pepper, or…my favorite, Louisiana hot sauce! Enjoy – Morg

The Recipe
Hands on time: 25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 10 mins (I think this is a lie or I’m not that good)

Salsa:
8 plum tomatoes, halved and seeded
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed (I use the kind out of the jar to make my life a little easier)
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 seeded jalepeno pepper, quartered (again, I’d use extra and…if you like lots of heat, you can skip the seeding process)
Cooking spray
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Casserole:
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 cup diced zucchini
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (I’d make this 4 cups, especially if you’re cooking for a man; Anthony’s big complaint was that there wasn’t enough “meat”)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (10 ounce) can green chili enchilada sauce
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 cup (4 ounces) shredding Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. To prepare salsa, combine first 4 ingredients on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 20 minutes or until charred, stirring once. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Place tomato mixture in a food processor; add cilantro, lime juice, and pepper. Process until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (where is the degrees sign on a computer?)
  4. To prepare casserole,  heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion, corn, zucchini, and bell pepperr; saute 6 minutes or until tender. Add chicken and next 5 ingredients (through green chiles); saute 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat.
  5. Spread 1/2 cup of salsa over the bottom of a 13X9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half of tortillas over salsa. Spoon 2 cups chicken mixture evenly over toritllas. Top with 3/4 cup salsa. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of each cheese. Repeat layers, start with remaining tortillas and ending with remaining cheeses. Bake at 250 degrees for 25 minutes until bubbly.

Yields: 8 servings. (330 calories per serving – but who’s counting?)

Note: the longer the salsa is allowed to sit, the more the flavors will meld. Make extra and use to enhance other dishes – or just serve with some warm tortilla chips!

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Runyan’s Green Posole

Proving every day that she is a woman after my own heart, Runyan informs me she too thinks soup is the cat’s pajamas. This is her fave.

From Runyan: A requisite of my current recipe repertoire is that I eat whatever-dish-it-is at least three times a week. Living alone, being poor, and ultimately being too lazy to go to the grocery store more than once every 10 days makes this a necessity. While this is not authentic posole, it’s tasty nonetheless. Here yar:

2-3 poblano peppers
5-6 tomatillos (both of these items depend on size, aim for medium I suppose)
5 cloves garlic
2 medium onions (one cut into large pieces, one chopped into smaller pieces)
1 carrot
2 chicken breasts (I prefer on the bone)
1 large can hominy (Could definitely find this in that mexican market you mentioned in your post but I find it at Whole Foods)
1-2 of those boxes of stock (Wish I made my own but alas…)
bunch of cilantro
cumin
cayenne or other chili
radishes
avocado
tortilla chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Coat the chicken with some olive oil, LOTS of salt and pepper and put in the oven to roast for roughly 20 minutes.  (You can also just buy one of those rotisserie chickens if you’re feeling lazy.)
  3. When cooked, shred up chicken and set aside.
  4. Crank up the oven to 450.  Do the same olive oil, S&P routine with the poblanos, tomatillos (after removing  papery skin, natch), garlic, and onion.  Put on a sheet pan and put in the oven to roast until the veggies start getting a little brown. Once brown remove them, let them cool, and blend them up in a blender.  Set aside.
  5. Heat some oil in your soup pot, add other onion, sliced carrot, cumin, cayenne (or actual chili) and cook for 10-15 mins over medium high heat.
  6. Add the blended, roasted veggies and cook an additional 10-15 minutes.
  7. Add stock (at least 1.5 boxes, maybe more).  Add drained, rinsed posole.  Bring to simmer/low boil.  Add chicken and simmer until warm.
  8. Garnish with cilantro, thinly slided radish, sliced avocado and/or tortilla chips.  (To me, cheese gets in the way here but knock yourself out.)

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Chicken Tikka Masala

I know the Chef is the expert in Indian Food, and I cannot wait for him to share more recipes.  However, this recipe is incredible.  I have made it about 3 or 4 times, and every time I am amazed at how tasty it is.  This recipe comes from Grace Parisi, and the spicy tomato creamy sauce is addictive.  The more cayenne pepper the better!  The chicken needs to marinate overnight, so plan accordingly. -ts

MASALA MARINADE
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Salt and freshly ground pepper

CHICKEN
2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala (any ethinic grocery will have this)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure chile powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
One 35-ounce can peeled tomatoes, finely chopped, juices reserved
Pinch of sugar
1 cup heavy cream

  1. MAKE THE MASALA MARINADE: In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cayenne and turmeric. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. PREPARE THE CHICKEN: Using a sharp knife, make a few shallow slashes in each piece of chicken. Add the chicken to the marinade, turn to coat and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat the broiler and position a rack about 8 inches from the heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade; scrape off as much of the marinade as possible. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and spread the pieces on a baking sheet. Broil the chicken, turning once or twice, until just cooked through and browned in spots, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut it into 2-inch pieces.
  4. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat  2 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garam masala, chile powder and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juices and the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cover partially and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Add the cream and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes longer. Stir in the chicken; simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, and serve.
  5. Serve With steamed basmati rice, rice pilaf or warm nan.

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