Coconut Lime Shredded Chicken Tacos

lime chicken tacos

I’ve been concentrating on desserts and appetizers but this is one entree that I couldn’t pass up sharing with.  Super easy to make and super delicious – its a great recipe to have in your repertoire.  This recipe is thanks to Traca at Eat.At.

There is so much to love about this chicken taco recipe. First – it’s a snap to make using a rotisserie chicken.  Second, thanks to the coconut, lime, cumin and cilantro it bursts with flavor (the coconut milk thickens as it heats). Third, they are delicious as leftovers if you are lucky enough to have any.

Maple Dijon Chicken

Simple Chicken Recipes

This is an incredibly simple chicken recipe that is full of flavor and sure to become a family favorite.  Fast enough for a weeknight dinner, yet so darn good and appealing it makes a great, delicious chicken recipe good enough for company.

With 3 ingredients, it comes together in less than 5 minutes.

Maple Dijon Chicken from Witty In The City

Cold Avocado Soup with Chicken and Roasted Corn

This recipe just may be my “2012 Summer Recipe”; meaning it’s the best darn recipe I tried this summer!  I’ve no doubt that I will be serving this easy cold avocado soup recipe to family and friends in the years to come.  It was beautiful to present and absolutely scrumptious!

This recipe comes from Cooking Light but I have, like I do to all their recipes, tinkered with it.  A few things to note in particular: 1) the recipe called for water as the ‘broth’ but I swapped it for more flavorful chicken broth.  The only negative from the swap  is that it softened the green color a tad but the increase in the soup’s flavor was well worth it.  I also 2) used the chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken, shaving a lot of time off the recipe. 3) I added another avocado because I wanted a thicker soup.

 

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Mango Salsa for Fish, Chicken…..Even Chips!

Mango Salsa Fish

I came across a mango salsa recipe soon after we married and it was my first ‘fancy meal’ for company! 17 years later I still make it when I want to impress.  It’s a very easy fruit salsa recipe that takes about 15 minutes to throw together.  Mango salsa is delicious on most fish, chicken and pork.

Feel free to add/change ingredients to this mango salsa.  And although the recipe above calls for cilantro, it is equally as good with parsley.

Red Curry Chicken & Shrimp

I had never made curry before, but thanks to an article in Fine Cooking magazine I had great success the very first time.  They teach, as I’ll show you below, how to make a flavorful curry base.  From there, simply add your choice of protein (meat, chicken, seafood or Tofu) and vegetables.  I chose chicken, shrimp, asparagus and mushrooms but it is really up to you as to what you want to use.

Let me also say upfront that I quickly gave the chicken, shrimp and vegetables a quick stir fry because I wanted them to develop more flavor (and browning does that) than just by cooking in the curry base but you definitely don’t need to do that.  If you choose not to, just add to the broth (I’ll tell you when in the recipe below) and simmer until cooked through (approximately 3- 5 minutes for the protein and vegetables).

Keys for success:  1)  Have all your ingredients prepped and chopped prior to any of the cooking.  This will make the entire cooking process much easier and organized. 2) If you are going to stir-fry your ingredients first, before adding to the curry base, make sure your pan is very hot.  You want to quickly brown them a bit – but not necessarily cooking 100% through – you can finish them off while simmering in the curry base.

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Amazing Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Best Chicken Pot Pie

My husband is still talking about this delicious chicken recipe!  For relatively little effort you will be rewarded with a large quantity of (and I feel confident stating this) the best chicken pot pie ever:)

The basis of the recipe is from the Epicurious website but I tweaked the heck out of it to simplify it.  Here are some highlights:

  • I used store bought, refrigerator pie crusts.  You could also use puff pastry sheets (from the dessert section of the supermarkets frozen aisles) with excellent results.
  • I used cut up chicken from a supermarket rotisserie chicken.
  • I used canned chicken stock (preferably low-sodium) instead of making my own.

It’s the filling of this chicken pot pie recipe that is the star:

 

 

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Buffalo Chicken Risotto – Soooooo good!

Let me confess that I’ve NEVER had buffalo chicken wings or chip.  Never really appealed to me.  But when I read over this recipe it seemed to scream at me to make it.  The appeal was the flavorful broth that the risotto cooked in, a combination of  hot sauce, chicken broth, lager beer, honey and a touch of Worcestershire.  And it did not disappointment.  In fact – this might belong up there in my top 10 favorite recipes – it’s that good.

The recipe is simple to make.  Like any risotto, it just takes a bit of time and a stir ever few minutes.  I doubled the amount of chicken that the original recipe called – I wanted this to be a hearty entree.  When serving, it’s delicious with the crumbled blue cheese or without.

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Thai Peanut Chicken

This spicy chicken with peanut sauce is easy to make and bursting with flavor.  Adapt from a recipe from Tasty Kitchen, we’ve added a sauce to it that is perfect when served over rice or noodles.  Leftovers are GREAT!

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High Heat Roast Chicken and Potatoes

I’m pretty sure this oven roast chicken recipe will fast become a favorite.  The skin is super crispy while the chicken remains deliciously moist.  And as an added treat, the potatoes explode with flavor because they are basted* in schmaltz (chicken fat) throughout the cooking time.  And after you make it the first time – it will become a snap to make!

I learned how to make this high heat chicken recipe from Cooks Illustrated magazine although I have adapted it (by skipping the brine)** to make it a quick meal to prepare.  The chicken is essentially ‘butterflied’ (laid-open flat) which enables it to cook much faster than normal.  The sliced potatoes lay below the chicken and are cooked in the juices that drip down as the chicken cooks.

Below I’ll give you step-by-step instructions for this outstanding yet easy roast chicken recipe:

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Asian Inspired Chicken Meatballs with Citrus Sauce

These meatballs absolutely burst with flavor!  I’m embarrassed to admit that the first time I made this chicken meatball recipe  I loved it so much that I ate 7 meatballs in one sitting (while my husband ate 3).  That’s how good these are.  Since then I’ve managed some restraint ONLY because I ended up being uncomfortably full.  And I usually reserve that feeling for just once a year (Thanksgiving).  But these Asian chicken meatballs are that good.

You can serve these as appetizers (you may want to make them a bit smaller) or as the main meal.  They are super easy to throw together; you can do so earlier in the day and just keep them refrigerated until your ready to cook (bring to room temperature before cooking).

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