Chicken Cutlets on Spaghettini with Toasted Pine Nuts and Raisins

Chicken Cutlets on Spaghettini with Toasted Pine Nuts and Raisins

Lyn found this in the Boston Globe the only change we would make is add sundried tomatoes and add when the raisins are added.

The key to a romantic dinner at home is to keep it simple. Something quick can be just as impressive and elegant as a restaurant meal. For this dish, take thinly sliced chicken breasts and serve them with a white wine sauce made with pine nuts and raisins. If you can’t find ready-sliced skinless, boneless chicken cutlets, ring the butcher’s bell and ask the butcher to slice some or slice your own at home; one pound of chicken yields about four cutlets. Coat the chicken cutlets lightly with seasoned flour and pan-fry them. Take them out of the pan and start the sauce. Toast pine nuts first with a touch of garlic (hey, if you’re both eating it at the same time, nothing to worry about). Add raisins, rosemary, and white wine, simmer the sauce, reheat the chicken in it, and swirl in butter off the heat. Serve the cutlets on spaghettini; you can boil it while you cook the chicken. You’ve got the rest of the bottle of wine that didn’t go into the pot, a nice dish, and a quiet table away from the craze of a crowded restaurant.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut up
  • ¼ pound spaghettini (This is #3 spaghetti)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

How

1. In a shallow bowl, mix the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge each cutlet in the flour and shake lightly to remove the excess.

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the chicken and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until golden. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

3. Add the pine nuts to the pan, and toast for 3 minutes, or until they are aromatic and just beginning to brown. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.

4. Add the raisins, rosemary, and wine. Bring to a simmer and return the chicken to the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the butter. Swirl the pan gently until the butter is incorporated.

5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghettini and cook, stirring occasionally, for 9 to 10 minutes, or until it is tender but still has some bite. Drain without rinsing and divide between two plates. Spoon chicken cutlets and sauce on each and sprinkle with parsley.

Pan fry 3-5 minutes until golden and remove to plate
Toast pine nuts then add wine, raisins, rosemary bring to boil and then bring to simmer
Swirl in butter add chicken back in and simmer for 5-9 minutes
place chicken on top of bed of spaghettini and top with sauce
Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve. we served with a slow rise olive bread from Nashoba Brook Bakery

What the heck is slow rise and what are some Benefits of Slow Rise Breads?

Crispy Fired chicken via Instant Pot and Airfryer

Crispy Fired chicken via Instant Pot and Airfryer

Ingredients

  • Chicken thighs
  • Garlic cloves
  • Onion
  • Rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Crispy Breading

Coating

  • Gluten Free Panko breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil
  • Unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt to taste

Egg Wash part all in shallow bowl or plate

All-purpose gluten free flour or corn starch

Extra large eggs

Panko bread crumbs

How

  1. Pressure Cook the Chicken Thighs: Add onion, garlic, and rosemary to the bottom of the pressure cooker. Pour in 1 cup of cold running water and place a steamer basket into the pressure cooker. Place chicken thighs in the basket. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes (small thighs) to 9 minutes (large thighs). Turn off the heat and Full Natural Release (roughly 10 minutes). Open the lid carefully.
  • Prepare the Crispy Breading: While the chicken thighs are pressure cooking, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 – 1½ cup of panko breadcrumbs to the skillet. Toast the breadcrumbs until golden brown. Taste and add a small amount of kosher salt for seasoning.
  • Check with a food thermometer to ensure the chicken thighs have reached an internal temperature of at least 165°F on the thickest part without touching the bone. Remove the chicken thighs from the pressure cooker.
  • Meanwhile preheat oven: Preheat Air Fryer to 400°F while the pressure cooker is natural releasing. I suppose if you have one of the new ones or and adapter for the instant pot you will have to wait.  I have found that preheating the air fryer helps with the crispiness of whatever I’m cooking.
  • Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towel. Lightly season with salt and ground black pepper.
  • Lightly coat the chicken thighs with flour, dip them into the beaten eggs, and cover them with toasted buttery breadcrumbs. Very light spray of cooking oil on tray then place the chicken thighs in the Air Fryer quick another quick spray. I mean quick does not need much, and for roughly 5 to 10 minutes until the toasted breadcrumbs stick onto the chicken.

Note: I suppose you could make a gravy from the drippings in the instant pot but I prefer my fried chicken naked so to speak.

Now enjoy. This was gluten free from my wife, but I can’t wait to try with a traditional southern fried chicken coating anyone have suggestions.

Tried another batch this time I marinaded the thighs in buttermilk overnight and used italian breadcrumbs. Getting there but not quite up to southern fried chicken

EASY CHICKEN STIR FRY

EASY CHICKEN STIR FRY

I’m not sure where Lyn was but she must have had other plans because I will generally whip something like this up if cooking for myself. This is a cook from the gut and largely depends on what in the frig.  I like the addition of honey gave it a sweeter taste. Sorry my picture did not come out that great, probably did not have my glasses on, but the taste made up for it.  Remember cooking is a lot of tweaking to your tastes as well as what you have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Optional:  flour or cornstarch
    • Coat or dredge chicken pieces
    • Cornstarch is for gluten free
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs olive oil divided (1 Tbs)
  • 1 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cups asparagus
  • 1/2 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
    • I only had red bell pepper but would be nice with yellow and green mix.
  • Handful of raw or roasted cashews
  • Handful of sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • Optional depends on what you have in frig for veggies, i.e. carrots, broccoli florets etc.
  • Note: remember you want everything to be bite size

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

How

Stir Fry Sauce

In a medium size bowl, whisk together corn starch and water. Add remaining ingredients (chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, and toasted sesame oil, red pepper flakes) and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Chicken

Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet or wok and heat over medium high heat.

Add chicken floured or not (in batches if necessary) and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from skillet.

Reduce heat to medium and add remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet.

Add broccoli, bell pepper, and asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, just until crisp tender. Add ginger and garlic and cook for an additional minute or until you smell the garlic.

Add chicken back into the skillet and stir to combine.

Whisk stir fry sauce and pour over chicken and vegetables and stir gently to combine.

Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, stir in cashew and let boil for one minute or thickness you like.

When done top with sesame seeds.

Serve with rice if desired.

Lyn just forwarded this link to me and I happen I have an bunch of left over chicken which I was going to make soup but this sounds interesting. 

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018861-pressure-cooker-bone-broth-or-chicken-stock?utm_source=sharetools&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=website®i=1&join_cooking_newsletter=false&login=facebook#_=_

Buttermilk-Marinated Roast Chicken Recipe

Buttermilk-Marinated Roast Chicken Recipe

I saw this recipe and the placement of the pan in the oven caught my attention, I like to marinate my birds in buttermilk, so I tried something close to this. Thanks Samin Nosrat for the inspiration to try the cooking placement of pan method was well worth it, Lyn acutally brought it up again when Wholefoods had whole chickens on sale.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole 4-pound chicken, cleaned (organs removed) and patted very dry
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 quart buttermilk, well shaken- I use the powered just add water kind, always have it handy love how this tenderizes chicken etc.
  • 1 onion and 1 lemon quarters
  • 1 or 2 bay leaf

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How

  1. 24 hours before you want to eat this chicken, salt inside and out with at least a few tablespoons, if not more. The reason is that much of the salt will get washed off by the buttermilk, so here you’re helping the inside of the chicken get seasoned. I wrapped in plastic wrap and placed in frig overnight.
  2. Place the chicken in a re-sealable plastic bag and fill the bag with the buttermilk.
  3. Seal it, squish the buttermilk all around the chicken, place on a rimmed plate, and refrigerate. Over the next 8-24 hours you can turn the bag so each part of the chicken gets marinated, but that’s not essential.
  4. When you’re ready to roast, preheat the oven to 475 degrees.

Note: Next time I’ll place my cast iron or chefs’ pan in there so it gets piping hot. You hear the sizzle when you place the chicken on the pan.

  1. Remove the chicken from the plastic bag and scrape off as much buttermilk as you can without being obsessive. You can lightly rinse it if you want.
  2. Place the bay leaves, onion and lemon in the chicken’s cavity.
  3. Truss the chicken by placing a 12-inch length of butcher’s twine with its center in the small of the chicken’s back. Tie the twine around each wing tightly and then flip the chicken over and use the remaining twine to tie the legs together as tight as you can.
  4. Drizzle with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper or alternative salt seasoning and place the chicken in the pan carefully to make sure the legs will fit as below described and the handle is towards you.
  5. Place the pan in the oven with the legs pointing toward the back left corner and close the door. You should hear the chicken sizzling pretty quickly.
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  7. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes. When the chicken starts to brown, lower the heat to 425 degrees and continue roasting for 30 minutes and then move the pan so the legs are facing the back right corner of the oven.
  8. Continue cooking for another 30 minutes or so, until the chicken is brown all over and the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. If it starts to get to brown for your taste you can always make a loose tent with tin foil.
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  10. When the chicken’s done, remove it to a platter and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving it
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Cooking from the gut Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Cooking from the gut Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

Got home and saw the pineapple that needed to be cored and sliced, did that.

Opened the frig and looked…… grabbed a boneless chicken breast, red pepper, coconut soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, a teaspoon of corn starch and  some fresh chives from the deck and peanuts love me my peanuts.

Mixed the soy sauce, vinegar and cornstarch to add when everything was done for a sauce was between 1/4 and 1/2 cup.

mixed some pepper to about a 1/4 cup of flour in a bag and added chicken shake to coat.

Shake off excess flour and put on plate until oil is heated in fry pan.

I used a fry pan is better with the electric stove than a wok get that evenly distributed heat.

Stir fried the chicken till almost done, added the pineapple, red pepper for a few minutes, peanuts, chives.

Stir sauce and add to pan, mix to thicken and cover.

If I had some asparagus that would have been nice.

Anyway came out pretty good.

Yes the chives were flowering added some nice color don’t you think.

Unofficial start of Summer, Butter Milk Brined Smoked BBQ Turkey Breast

Unofficial start of Summer, Butter Milk Brined Smoked BBQ Turkey Breast

My days of living on Cape Cod you always heard the phrase the unofficial start of  summer on memorial day weekend. Most think of the cape with hot lazy days on the beach or sailing across the bay for some ice cream in West Falmouth. Most forget that Memorial Day can be kind of cold and I always suggest sweatshirts. Well today is not disappointing here in Milford it is a raw 51 degree and they are forecasting rain. The Milford Facebook page for Milford community is a buzz with does anyone know it the parade is rain or shine? We moved into Yale Drive many moons ago and this was our welcome to Milford event even ran into the past owners of the house. Now I work down town and get a birds eye view of most Milford parades and fondly remember walking along side the band with water bottle in hand ready to rescue a thirsty member. Anyway before I get to nostalgic or totally drawn into the sound of the waves on the beach, back to my point. Lyn had a hankering for some turkey and we found a bone in breast at the store so I decided to BBQ it and welcome summer to our deck.

Grabbed the Apple wood chips my basic brown sugar, paprika rub, made up  a quick brine

We had a 9 pound bone in full turkey breast.

Brine – can be any mixture this is what I did

  • 1 cup kosher salt
    1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar.
    Small handful of aromatics (2-3 garlic cloves, whole peppercorns, bay leaves, whole all spice)
  • 1 quart of water
  • Bring the water  salt and other spices to boil until salt is
  • 2 quarts of butter milk – I always have powdered on hand great for chicken marinade makes so moist.
  • Add 4 cups or so of ice cubes to bring to room temperature.
  • Mix the buttermilk and brine together

In mean time open bag and place in a larger stock pot – 1 jumbo zip lock bag

  • Place the turkey in bag – extra pair of hands works great
  • pour the buttermilk brine over turkey and squeeze out as much air as you can.
  • Place in refrigerator for 24 hours – HINT clear a space before so you don’t get surprised and start to use choice works while balancing a 15  pound pot. This is from past experience.

Rinse the turkey and dry with paper towel and let come to room temperature.

 

I always have a basic brown sugar paprika rub on hand  since I tend to make a bib batch. You can use your favorite home made or store bought.

I like to place a little butter under the skin.

Rub turkey with olive oil and then rub the whole turkey with your rub.

I have already started the grill first by taking a good couple of handfuls of the wood chips and putting in a loosely sealed  aluminium foil pouch. I did not turn the heat on the side with the wood chips until I placed the turkey in.

Right, the turkey has been put on a rack in pan with water at ready to put in once on grill.  Place the turkey on the non  heat side and put water in the pan. At this point I have turned the far side to high and the middle and right side to no flame. I also have place a meat thermometer in to watch the temp. I’m going to use indirect heat method.

Close the lid, watch the temp so it does not go to high, mine stayed around 250-300. I waited an hour by this time the chips were long smoked out and then turned  so the other side is facing the heat.

Cooked until 165 or there about. I usually don’t like to use those plastic pop up guides but it was there and what the heck. it popped before the temp said 165 but I grabbed my instant thermometer and it agreed to time for a new battery for the old one.

At one point Lyn said no more smoking it makes me too hungry

There are only 2 of us so take out the food saver and open the freezer door.

This is a turkey weekend so last night I made and old favorite of ours

Bahn Mi-Style Turkey Burger

 

OK GOOGLE stop the sounds of the ocean time to go to Wrentham Outlet Mall.