Instant Pot Chicken Pho

Instant Pot Chicken Pho

Lyn and Maria (Niece that is living with us) are on an anti-inflammatory kick so being their chief cook and bottle washer I made them this chicken Pho soup from woman’s Day which Ly used to gently hint what she wanted for dinner. It was Thursday which is chicken dinner day after all. Personally I can’t stand the smell of fish sauce, but it does add great flavor. Don’t tell them I held my nose and only used half of what it called for while putting it in.

Ingredients

  • 4 whole star anise
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick smashed  Steve Note: they were all the same size how the heck do I in know if it was small 😊
  • 1 tsp coriander seed crushed
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • A 2” piece of ginger quartered then smashed
  • ½ red onion, coarsely chopped
  • ½ Fuji apple Steve Note: I only had honey crisp
  • 1 ½ lbs bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed and discarded
  • 2 TBS fish sauce divided into 1TBS
  • 3 oz instant rice noodles
  • 5 cups of water
  • Bean sprouts, sliced red chili and red onion, mint or cilantro and lime wedges for serving.

How

  • Press Sauté on instant Pot and add spices and cook stirring occasionally, until fragrant 3-4 minutes
  • Add ginger and chopped onions and cook stirring occasionally 4 minutes
  • Add apple, chicken, 5 cups of water. And 1 TBS of fish sauce cover and cook on high pressure for 22 minutes.
  • Let release naturally, then release any remaining pressure and open lid
  • Transfer chicken to plate. Strain broth discarding and remaining solids.
  • Return the broth to the pot and add noodles and let sit until tender 3-4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile shred chicken discarding bones return to pot and stir in remaining Tbsp of fish sauce.
  • Serve with desired toppings.
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Garlic Chicken Thighs with Olives & Potatoes

Garlic Chicken Thighs with Olives & Potatoes

From Eating Well

Lyn and Maria wanted to go on a Anti-Inflammatory so they threw a book and different websites in front of me as a hint and ideas. It looks like much like Mediterranean diet so grazing through the web site Lyn gave me I saw this and it looked good. I had to make a few substitutions because I did not have some items which I’ll note below. We loved the nice red pepper flake heat in this recipe.

Bright-green Castelvetrano olives hail from Sicily and have a buttery flavor and meaty texture that pair perfectly with the Italian seasoning and salty capers in this one-skillet chicken dinner. Look for them on your supermarket olive bar or in jars with Italian ingredients.

Active: 25 mins

Total: 45 mins

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided Steve Note: into 1/4 TSP
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skin removed Steve Note: only had 3
  • 1 pound yellow potatoes, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced Steve Note: only used 2
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved Steve Note: only had about a cup
  • ½ cup dry white wine Steve Note: We finished our last bottle of white wine the other day so I used white cooking wine.
  • ¼ cup Castelvetrano olives, quartered Steve Note: used half a small can of sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish Steve Note: whoops forgot to grab some from the deck but it’s only for garnish

How

  • Step 1 Mash garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt with a fork to form a paste. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon oil, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper.
  • Step 2 Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate and top with the garlic mixture.
  • Step 3 Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the pan over medium heat. Add potatoes and carrots and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown and stick to the pan, 6 to 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, wine, olives and capers; cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, for 1 minute. Nestle the chicken into the pan, cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part without touching the bone registers 165 degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 

1 chicken thigh & 1 cup vegetables

Per Serving:

511 calories; protein 29.8g; carbohydrates 35g; dietary fiber 4.9g; sugars 4.9g; fat 27g; saturated fat 4.8g; cholesterol 92.1mg; vitamin a iu 10852IU; vitamin c 20mg; folate 35.7mcg; calcium 67.7mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 59.5mg; potassium 900.8mg; sodium 689.8mg.

Exchanges: 

3 1/2 fat, 3 1/2 lean protein, 2 1/2 vegetable, 1 1/2 starch

EatingWell – Skillet Chicken Breast & Broccoli with Mustard-Rosemary Pan Sauce

EatingWell – Skillet Chicken Breast & Broccoli with Mustard-Rosemary Pan Sauce

The one-two punch of searing and roasting results in this perfectly browned, moist, and tender skillet chicken recipe.

Ingredients

2 ½ cups broccoli florets (1 1/4-inch pieces) and sliced peeled stem (1 large head)

1 small red onion, diced (1 cup)

1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

⅛ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or thyme, or 1/2 tsp. dried

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey (Optional)

8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 teaspoons canola oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon unsalted butter

Directions

Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine broccoli, onion, olive oil, 1/8 tsp. pepper, and salt in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Mix together whole-grain mustard, Dijon mustard, rosemary (or thyme), and maple syrup (or honey), if using, in a small bowl.

Step 2 Pat chicken dry and season with the remaining 1/8 tsp. pepper. Heat canola oil in a 10-inch cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until the underside is nicely browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Turn the chicken over and brush the mustard mixture over the top. Scatter the broccoli mixture around the chicken. Transfer the pan to the oven (see Tip).

Step 3 Roast the chicken and vegetables, stirring the vegetables once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F and the broccoli is tender and browned in spots, about 15 minutes. If either the chicken or vegetables are done before the other, remove them. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and let rest for a few minutes. Transfer the broccoli mixture to a small bowl; keep warm.

Step 4 Meanwhile, place the skillet over medium-high heat and add vinegar and water. Bring to a simmer, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat. Add butter and whisk until melted.

Step 5 To serve: Slice the chicken 1/2 inch thick and divide between 2 plates, along with the vegetables. Drizzle the pan sauce over the chicken and vegetables.

Tips

Equipment: 10-inch ovenproof skillet Steve Note: I used cast iron

Tips

Tip: If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, transfer the chicken and vegetables to a rimmed baking sheet before roasting.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 

3 oz. chicken + 3/4 cup vegetables + 1 Tbsp. pan sauce

Per Serving:

338 calories; protein 28g; carbohydrates 16g; dietary fiber 4g; sugars 8g; fat 17g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 88mg; potassium 726mg; sodium 370mg.

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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Got some ground turkey from a ButcherBox super sale and decide to use some and try a Shepherd’s Pie for the first time. Lyn usually made this using Lamb. I suppose you could use any ground meat. I had made a huge batch of mashed potatoes yesterday and used leftover for this. When very young my son insisted that everything be separate on the plate he had some rule about mixing foods. he also hated fat but loved pepperoni and Asian style ribs you known the red ones, which could be very fatty. Anyway I found a recipe and it had one of those handy how many you’re cooking for scalers so this is for TWO. I made some turkey burger patties for lunch today.

Ingredients for 2 servings

Meat Filling:

  • 0.67 tablespoons olive oil
  • 0.33 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 0.33 lb. 90% lean ground turkey, beef or ground lamb
  • 0.67 teaspoons dried parsley leaves
  • 0.33 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 0.33 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 0.17 teaspoon salt
  • 0.17 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 0.33 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 0.67 garlic cloves -minced
  • 0.67 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 0.67 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 0.33 cup beef broth
  • 0.33 cup frozen mixed peas & carrots Note: Did not have frozen carrots so I saluted with the onions
  • 0.17 cup frozen corn kernels

Potato Topping:

  • *Note: I used 2% milk and added the cheese
  • 0.5 – 0.67 lb. russet potatoes -about 2 large potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2.67 tablespoons unsalted butter -1 stick
  • 0.11 cup half & half *
  • 0.17 teaspoon garlic powder Note: I usually add 1-2 cloves when boiling potatoes so left powder out.
  • 0.17 teaspoon salt
  • 0.08 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 0.08 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

Make the Meat Filling.

  • Add the oil to a large skillet and place it over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the onions. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground turkey to the skillet and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Add the parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt, and and pepper. Stir well. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the meat is browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the flour and tomato paste. Stir until well incorporated and no clumps of tomato paste remain.
  • Add the broth, frozen peas and carrots, and frozen corn. Bring the liquid to a boil then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Set the meat mixture aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Make the potato topping.

  • Place the potatoes in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with water. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander. Return the potatoes to the hot pot. Let the potatoes rest in the hot pot for 1 minute to evaporate any remaining liquid.
  • Add butter, half & half, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mash the potatoes and stir until all the ingredients are mixed together.
  • Add the parmesan cheese to the potatoes. Stir until well combined.

Assemble the casserole.

  • Pour the meat mixture into a 9×9 (or 7×11) inch baking dish. Spread it out into an even layer. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the meat. Carefully spread into an even layer.
  • If the baking dish looks very full, place it on a rimmed baking sheet so that the filling doesn’t bubble over into your oven. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes.** Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Snowy Day Turkey Chili

Snowy Day Turkey Chili

I usually make Halftime White Turkey Chili and today the day after a 65 degree day I had to go out and snow plow the 8 inches. Got to love new England. I had just received a Buthcer Box shipment

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Anyway I did not have everything so I kind of adlibbed.

Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds ground turkey breast — mine was frozen so I cut it in chuncks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 jar of salsa
  • Lyn had some left over diced tomatoes maybe 1 1/2 cups
  • maybe 1/8 cup hot sauce
  • 2-3 TBS of low fod taco season
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked Great Northern beans, drained

How

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add turkey and cook, stirring often, until browned. Transfer to a bowl and return pot to heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, bell pepper and onion and cook until softened and golden brown. Return turkey to pot and add coriander, cumin, oregano and salt. Stir well to combine. Add bay leaf, tomatoes mixed and broth, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 45 to 50 minutes. Gently stir in beans and cook for 30 minutes more.

Came out pretty good but I feel the turkey would have been more tender if was fully defrosted.

Hey Lyn how was the Chili? She said very good.

Made the corn muffins earlier at Lyn’s request that’s what inspired me.
Low Fodmap Chicken Tikka

Low Fodmap Chicken Tikka

Low Fodmap Chicken Tikka – succulent pieces of chicken marinated in lactose-free yogurt and spices and cooked to perfection. i did not do the skews but here is a picture from the book.

Ingredients

  • 2.5lbs. chicken thighs cubed
  • 3/4 cup lactose-free yogurt
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 TBS garam masala Note: I did not have this we just cleaned out our older spices so I asked google for substitute it was mix 1 part cumin with ¼ part allspice.
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/8 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the marinade.
  2. Add the cubed chicken and mix well. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 4 hours.
  1. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the marinade.
  2. Add the cubed chicken and mix well. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 4 hours.
  3. Make 2 skewers and bake in a pre-heated broiler 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
    1. Again I did not make skewers I just laid on on baking pan
  4. Serve hot with some Low Fodmap Garlic Naan and Low Fodmap Indian Yogurt Dip.

Makes a great salad topper the next day.

Chicken with Pineapple

Chicken with Pineapple

Thought it was time to put one of our old time favorites up the book The Complete Asian Cookbook from 1976 is falling apart.

Ingredients

• Half a small ripe pineapple or one 15 oz can unsweetened in juice
• 8 oz chicken breast – boneless
• 1 TBS corn starch
• ½ tsp salt
• ½ tsp ground Szechuan pepper or black pepper
• 1 TBS light soy sauce
• 2 Tsp sesame oil
• 1 Clove garlic crushed
• 1 TBS peanut oil
• 6 Spring onions, sliced
• Fresh coriander leaves to garnish

Sauce
• 2 tsp corn starch
• ½ cup pineapple juice
• 1 TBS light soy sauce

How
Skin the pineapple, cut into triangular wedges. trim away the core, then cut across the slices. If using canned just chunk it.
Slice the chicken thinly (I find partial freeze makes it easy to slice)
Place chicken into mixture of salt, pepper, and corn starch
Add soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic to chicken and mix well
Heat peanut oil in wok, add chicken and fry until the color changes.
Add pineapple, reduce heat cover and simmer for 3 minutes.
Sauce: Add Pineapple juice gradually to the corn starch, mixing until smooth. Stir in soy sauce.
Add sauce mixture, stir until thickened, toss in spring onions and mix thoroughly.
Serve with Rice or noodles

Boneless Turkey Breast

Boneless Turkey Breast

We were just in Wholefoods for one thing but just like the Lays commercial you just can’t eat one chip you can’t go to the grocery store and get just one thing. We walked past the meats on sale and they had boneless turkey breast just sitting there saying take me home. I planned on smoking it on the grill but mother nature had other ideas and dumped almost 2 feet of snow so…….

Ingredients

  • boneless turkey breast
  • 1 large onion – coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks – coarsely chopped
  • 1 large carrot – peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 tsp, kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. butter – sliced
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Brine: in large plastic bag 1 cup of buttermilk big pinch of dried rosemary or 4-5 springs of chopped fresh and maybe 1-2 TBS kosher salt. I keep the powdered buttermilk in the frig so always have on hand.

How

  • Brine the Turkey in buttermilk, salt and crushed rosemary or chopped if fresh for at least 2 hours mine was over night.
  • Use large foil 10*12″ roasting pan or wrap your roasting pan with foil for easy clean-up.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160C).
  • Place turkey breast on cutting board and pat dry and Sprinkle seasonings over entire roast and rub it in. Now put in center of pan with skin side up (no rack).
  • Toss chopped vegetables around the breast, top with butter and olive oil. Then pour orange juice around the breast.
  • Transfer it to the center rack in the oven.
  • Roast, uncovered, for approximately 15 to 20 minutes per pound,. The breast should be golden, brown. If the skin begins to become too dark, you may tent with foil during roasting.
  • Remove from oven and cover with foil. This will keep the roast warm, and moist before slicing.
  • Allow the breast to rest, covered, and for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs and Green Beans Skillet

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs and Green Beans Skillet

I got this from one of my goggle news feeds but had to search the internet to find the recipe from eatwell, I did not have green beans so I used Italian Green beans. I also added a little cornstarch and water to thicken the sauce I prefer a thicker sauce

Ingredients list for the Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs and Green Beans Skillet

Directions

1. To make the lemon garlic butter chicken thighs recipe with green beans: In a small bowl, combine onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Season chicken thighs generously with the spice mixture. Set aside while you prepare green beans.

2. Arrange green beans in a microwave-safe dish with 1/2 cup (125ml) water. Cook in the microwave for 8-10 minutes, until almost done but still crisp.

3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Lay the seasoned chicken thighs in one layer in the skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes then flip and cook another 5-6 minutes, until cooked through and a cooking thermometer displays 165°F (75°C). If chicken browns too quickly, lower the heat. Adjust timing depending on the thickness. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

4. In the same skillet, lower the heat and melt the remaining tablespoon of butter. Add chopped parsley, garlic, hot sauce, red crushed chili pepper flakes, and pre-cooked green beans and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until cooked to your liking. Add lemon juice and chicken stock and reduce the sauce for a couple of minutes, until slightly thickened.

5. Push green beans to the side and add cooked chicken thighs back to the pan and reheat quickly. Adjust seasoning with pepper and serve the lemon garlic butter chicken thighs immediately, garnished with more crushed chili pepper, fresh parsley, and a slice of lemon if you like. Enjoy!

Tips for the chicken thighs recipe

  • Remove chicken thighs from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before cooking to bring them close to room temperature.
  • We use boneless and skinless chicken thighs because they render less fat and cook quicker than bone-in. Plus, it is easier to rub the spice mixture deep into the chicken meat.
  • Season chicken thighs just before cooking to prevent drawing out moisture and drying out the meat. If you want to let it sit longer, omit the salt from the spice mixture, and add it 10 minutes before cooking.
  • You can add crispy bacon to the green beans for a nice flavor.