Submitted by: Don Malbius
If you’re anything like me, then time can be an issue especially when it comes to spending time in the kitchen. Another issue is making sure that you’re time in the kitchen isn’t wasted by creating something so unpalatable that even the dog won’t eat it. Here are a few of my quick and easy recipes for chicken that even the kids will enjoy.
Easy One Pot Chicken & Rice
2 halved boneless/skinless chicken breasts (cut into small pieces)
2 stalks celery (finely sliced)
1 small onion (finely chopped)
1 carrot (finely sliced)
1 cup frozen peas
1 chicken stock cube
2 cups long-grain rice
2 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.) Place olive oil in a non-stick pot and warm over medium heat until the oil has begun to shimmer. Place the cut chicken pieces in the pot and brown for approximately 4 minutes.
2.) Add celery, onion, carrots and sauté on low heat for another 2 minutes.
3.) Add rice and stir the mixture to coat the rice evenly. Then add water, peas, ketchup, and stock cube and bring to a boil.
4.) Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook on low for approximately 20 minutes or until rice and chicken are tender and cooked through.
Extra Tip: For a creamier rice, add 1/2 cup cream once rice is cooked and stir until heated throughout.
Honey Chicken Finger Recipe
4 halved boneless/skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips)
1 cup natural bread crumbs
1 cup corn flakes (finely crushed)
1 cup honey
Preheat the oven to 375F. Place corn flakes in a plastic bag and crush finely. Combine bread crumbs and crushed corn flakes in shallow bowl and set aside. Coat each finger lightly in honey, then dip into bread crumb mixture. Coat evenly. Place chicken strips on lightly greased baking tray. Bake at 375F for approximately 20 minutes, or until chicken strips are golden and cooked through.
Baked Chicken Parcels
4 chicken breasts
1 cup mushrooms (finely sliced)
2 cups potatoes (finely sliced )
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon parsley (finely chopped)
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper (optional)
1.) Preheat oven to 375F. Take each chicken breast and make three slits on each (top side of breast). Place all ingredients in a large bowl or pot and combine fully (using hands or large wooden spoon).
2.) Cut four sheets of aluminum foil (large enough to make four parcels). Place one chicken breast and a handful of additional ingredients on each sheet of aluminum foil. Close around edges to make a square parcel shape (make sure each parcel is completely sealed and juices don’t leak). Make four separate parcels.
3.) Place chicken parcels on baking tray. Bake he parcels for approximately 20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. Serve with side salad.