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Friday, November 22, 2013

Peanut Butter Chicken on the Grill

The recipe title Peanut Butter Chicken intrigued me as did the list of ingredients.  What a unique combination of flavors and one I'd certainly never put together, really quite delicious.
I've tried it all sorts of ways, but my favorite is grilled on the bar-b-que.
In a small saucepan combine the following ingredients:
1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1/2 C water
1/4 C soy sauce
2 tsp. minced garlic
3 T lemon juice
2 T brown sugar
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
Cook and stir over medium to high heat for 5 minutes or until smooth.  Set half of the sauce aside.
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Option #1:
Slice chicken into strips about 1" wide and as long as the breast.  Place onto skewers which have been soaked in water for at least 20 minutes.
Option #2:
Leave breasts whole.
Brush chicken with sauce often while grilling.  Skewers will take 4-6 minutes to cook.  Whole breasts, of course, will take longer.
Serve chicken with reserved sauce and sprinkled with sliced green onion tops (optional).  However, no onions in my family.  :(
Something to consider:  This is one recipe I wish I'd never had my kids help me prepare.  The ingredients have scared a few away from eating it. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cold and Rainy Calls for Crock-Pot Creamy Chicken

There is nothing like coming home to warm meal ready to serve or to smelling it cook all day at home either.  Today I went out-of-order on my menu calendar to choose a dish that would slow-cook all day warming the kitchen and my senses.  The choice was Crock-Pot Creamy Chicken.

Put 4-6 large boneless, skinless chicken breast in the crock pot.

Mix together and pour over the chicken:
1 package of dry onion soup mix
2 C sour cream
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

Set to cook for 8 hours.

Serving options: over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.  This will be determined by my time at the end of the day.  :)

To prepare ahead, simply freeze the portion of chicken in a Ziploc-style bag and label.  Save the soup and soup mix in your pantry or cupboards with the word "save" written on the outside so it doesn't get used before you cook this meal.  You can do the same with the sour cream in the fridge.

This is one cook looking forward to a warm, comforting meal at the day's end.