Category Archives: chicken

Homemade chicken pot pie with biscuit topping

Usually when I think of a pot pie I think of the frozen grocery store kind in the red box.  I am not a microwave meal kind of girl.  We didn’t grow up on it, so it’s hard for me to do much more than heat up my lunch/leftover pizza in it.  With this pot pie, you can use leftover rotisserie chicken, or slow cook some in the crockpot, with seasonings of your choice.  Top with two ingredient quick biscuits, and you have yourself a dinner that is sure to warm you up and taste great the next day in the office microwave.

 

3 sliced carrots warmed until tender (hot water on stove 5 minutes)

2 T butter

½ sweet onion, chopped

1 cup fresh or canned green beans chopped into bite-size pieces

3 T flour

1 tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp black pepper

1 ½ cups chicken broth (more if it seems too thick)

2 cups shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken (6 hours low in crockpot with poultry seasoning, chicken broth, salt and pepper)

 

Biscuit topping

1 cup self rising flour

½ cup heavy whipping cream

 

 

Preheat oven to 375

 

Melt butter in saucepan and add onions stirring until soft, about 2 minutes

Add carrots and green beans to onions, stirring for 2 additional minutes

Stir in flour, salt and pepper until thickened and smooth, about a minute

Add broth, cooking on medium high heat until simmering 8-10 minutes

Add chicken

 

Mix biscuit topping ingredients together, knead into dough and cut out biscuits

 

Place chicken mixture into ovenproof bowls, top with biscuit (add melted butter to tops if you want a golden brown color)

Cook for 30 minutes or until biscuits are brown

 

Serve warm or keep leftovers for up to a week

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Asian sesame chicken and being you

Sometimes we feel as if we have to be something that might not be so true to our real selves.  Depending on the situation, you might have to alter sometime to “fit” in. It can be annoying. Now I am not saying cuss like a sailor in front of company, older church ladies or nuns, but it can be hard to put on the happy, polite face when you might be feeling like punching someone in the throat (all of us have those moments, let’s not pretend we don’t. just don’t do it) 

So when you find those few people you can just be you in front of-embrace it! Be the dork, prep, hipster, vegan, snob, whatever it is and do you! Feeling secure and yourself in front of someone is the rarest of gifts, and it’s a gift I like to give others. I am cranky, happy, sad, funny, silly, serious, in need of a chill pill-come sit and have some lemonade with me. Or this chicken. Asian sesame chicken-it’s a quick way to use up chicken on a school night, busy Friday, or any day of the week. Serve with some roasted potatoes, a quick salad, or some rice.  LIfe and food doesn’t have to be as difficult as we make, or if it is, just have a simple dinner to end the craziness with. 

Asian sesame chicken

8-10 drumsticks or any chicken pieces you want

bottle of Kraft asian toasted sesame lite anything dressing

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp poultry seasoning (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Spray an oven safe casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside 

Dry off chicken pieces and place in a bowl

Marinate chicken in about 1 cup of dressing or until coated

Transfer chicken to casserole dish, laying each piece side by side, with a little room in between. If a small dish, you might need two

Sprinkle salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning on top of chicken

Use remaining marinade from bowl on top of the drumsticks

Cook for about 30-40 minutes, until internal temp is 165 degrees

Serve immediately or let cool to room temp and store for up to a week in the fridge

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Roasted chicken

Roasted chicken is a simple, comfort food type of dish. And to lots of people it’s easy, and to some it’s not so easy. But I think that simple, rustic dishes are the best kind. I made this dish for company last night, and they loved it. I usually use a whole chicken, but because it was just a two person dinner, I just used chicken pieces. But this recipe will work on a whole chicken, boneless chicken breasts, or pieces. I made mashed potatoes and fresh green beans to go with it. 

 

Roasted Chicken

Whole chicken or chicken pieces

3 tablespoons butter

1-2 rosemary twigs or a tablespoon of dried rosemary

1-2 lemons

vegetables of your choice (i used carrots, just cut up)

3 cloves of garlic

1 onion

 

Preheat oven to 425

Wipe down chicken and set aside

In a dutch oven or roasting pan, combine vegetables, cloves of garlic, and rough chopped onion. Put chicken on top of vegetables and rub with butter. Slice lemons and squeeze juice onto chicken and add lemons to pot. Rub the chicken with butter, then add rosemary and salt and pepper (i like kosher salt for this recipe) 

Roast for 1.5 hours for chicken pieces and up to 2.5 hours for a whole chicken, or until either come to 165 degrees. Let rest for 10-15 mins and serve. If using dutch oven, roast with lid off. 

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