Main Course - Poultry

by Chef John

This is not Mexican food. It's a 100% American invention. They are not deep fried; they are pan-fried in a little oil. I like to serve with dollops of guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. Moist chicken and earthy mushrooms combine with fresh green chiles and pepperjack cheese encased in a crispy tortilla.

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 4
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced poblano peppers
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle
  • 1 pinch dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed
  • 4 ounces shredded pepperjack cheese
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup guacamole
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion, poblano peppers, and mushrooms in the hot oil, sprinkling with salt, until they soften and release their juices, about 5 minutes. Continue to cook until vegetables begin to brown, 5 to 10 minutes.

Move vegetables to the edges of the skillet, leaving a space in the center. Drizzle 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil into the center. Add chicken breast pieces to the center of the skillet and sprinkle with salt, cumin, ground chipotle, and dried Mexican oregano. Cook and stir until chicken pieces are browned, about 5 minutes.

Stir chicken and vegetable mixture together in skillet; remove from heat. Drizzle water over chicken mixture and scrape the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside to cool to a warm temperature.

Mix pepperjack cheese into chicken mixture; stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Place a heavy skillet over medium heat. When pan is hot, heat a tortilla in the skillet until warmed and flexible, about 30 seconds per side.

Place tortilla onto a work surface and spoon 1/4 the filling into the center of the tortilla. Fold bottom of tortilla just over filling. Brush top and the exposed parts of the inside of the tortilla with egg white. Fold right and left sides towards the center like an envelope, enclosing the filling. Roll tortilla over to fully enclose filling in a rectangular packet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.

Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in heavy skillet over medium heat. Brown chimichangas on both sides in the hot oil until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until puffed up, golden brown, and the outside is crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Spoon 1 tablespoon guacamole, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon salsa, and 1 tablespoon cilantro onto each chimichanga.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced on diagonal
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (or coconut milk... SSP)
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • Cooked basmati rice, for serving

Directions

Heat oil in large skillet and stir in butter to melt. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Cook thighs skin side down until golden brown. Flip chicken and continue to cook until golden brown. Remove chicken to a plate.

Stir in onions and cook until tender. Stir in curry, cayenne, cinnamon and cumin and cook until aromas are released. Stir in carrots and toss to coat. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Place chicken thighs back into skillet and stir in broccoli. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes to cook chicken. Stir in cream and peas. Season to taste. Serve with basmati rice.

From Food Network. Original recipe link

Prep: 30 m
Cook: 30 m
Ready In: 1 h 30 m
Recipe By:Debbie Donham
"This is a quick and easy recipe. Good for quick suppers."

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pint sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar taco sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium, non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook chicken until no longer pink and juices run clear. Drain excess fat. Cube the chicken and return it to the skillet. Add the onion, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, parsley, oregano and ground black pepper. Heat until cheese melts. Stir in salt, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, green pepper and garlic.

Roll even amounts of the mixture in the tortillas. Arrange in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover with taco sauce and 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

This recipe for moo shu chicken is a quick and easy dinner option that tastes so much better than take out!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories 349 kcal

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound chicken cut into thin slices.
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil divided use
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of shiitake mushroom caps thinly sliced
  • 3 cups of bagged shredded cabbage such as a coleslaw mix
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • salt to taste
For serving: flour tortillas or mandarin pancakes sliced green onions, hoisin sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, undisturbed, until a flat omelet forms, about 3-4 minutes. Carefully flip the eggs and cook on the other side until done, 1-2 minutes more.

Remove the eggs from the pan and cut into strips. Cover to keep warm.

Wipe out the pan with a paper towel.

Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in the pan.

Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is browned and cooked through, 4-5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a plate; cover to keep warm.

Add the cabbage, ginger and mushrooms to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and cabbage is wilted.

Return the chicken and eggs to the pan.

In a small bowl whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, honey and 1 tablespoon of water. Whisk in the cornstarch until smooth.

Add the sauce to the pan and turn the heat to high; bring to a boil. Boil for 30 seconds or just until sauce starts to thicken.

Serve immediately with tortillas, extra hoisin sauce and green onions.

NUTRITION

Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 809mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thick carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds red or Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 three- to four-pound chicken
  • Salt
  • Black pepper, ground fresh from the mill
  • 2 small lemons

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Remove giblets. Wash chicken thoroughly in cold water, both inside and out. Remove all the bits of fat hanging loose. Let the bird sit for about 10 minutes on a slightly tilted plate to let all the water drain out of it. Pat it thoroughly dry all over with cloth or paper towels.

Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and black pepper on the chicken, rubbing it with your fingers over all its body and into its cavity.

Wash the lemons in cold water and dry them with a towel. Soften each lemon by placing it on a counter and rolling it back and forth as you put firm downward pressure on it with the palm of your hand. Puncture the lemons in at least 20 places each, using a sturdy round toothpick, a trussing needle, a sharp-pointed fork, or similar implement.

Place both lemons in the birds cavity. Close up the opening with toothpicks or with trussing needle and string. Close it well, but dont make an absolutely airtight job of it because the chicken may burst. Run kitchen string from one leg to the other, tying it at both knuckle ends. Leave the legs in their natural position without pulling them tight. If the skin is unbroken, the chicken will puff up as it cooks, and the string serves only to keep the thighs from spreading apart and splitting the skin.

Put the chicken into a roasting pan, breast facing down. Arrange the carrots and potatoes around it. Do not add cooking fat of any kind. This bird is self-basting, so you need not fear it will stick to the pan. Place it in the upper third of the preheated oven. After 30 minutes, stir the carrots and potatoes and turn the chicken over to have the breast face up. When turning it, try not to puncture the skin. If kept intact, the chicken will swell like a balloon, which makes for an arresting presentation at the table later. Do not worry too much about it, however, because even if it fails to swell, the flavor will not be affected.

Cook for 30 to 35 minutes more, then turn the oven thermostat up to 400°F. Stir the potatoes and carrots again, ensuring they are covered with the chicken juice, and cook for 20 minutes more. Calculate between 20 and 25 minutes total cooking time for each pound. There is no need to turn the chicken again.

Whether your bird has puffed up or not, bring it to the table whole and leave the lemons inside until it is carved and opened. The juices that run out are perfectly delicious. Be sure to spoon them over the chicken slices. The lemons will have shriveled up, but they still contain some juice; do not squeeze them, they may squirt.

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