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Tasty chicken recipes for lunch and dinner.

Arroz con Pollo with Cilantro and Jalapenos

For the past two years, I’ve hosted a little Oscar viewing party, complete with themed foods and a comfy-clothes-only policy…it’s a very exclusive shin-dig 😉

I try to serve foods themed around the Best Picture nominees, and for the amazing film, Moonlight, I decided to create my own version of Kevin’s (Andre Holland) chef special, Chicken and Rice.

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Served with fresh cilantro and black beans, this Arroz con Pollo recipe is a light and refreshing dish that has a bright burst of citrus flavor.  You can use brown or white rice (make sure to cook it ahead of time!) and you can add a deeper chicken flavor to this dish by using chicken thighs and legs instead of breasts.

A spicy and tasty dinner that’s big enough to feed 6-8 hungry mouths, this Arroz con Pollo recipe is a great one to have in your back pocket for last-minute dinner parties or gatherings.

Arroz con Pollo with Cilantro and Jalapenos

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, skinless
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • 1 white or sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 bag frozen corn (or canned corn)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken into 1 in. cubes.  Heat oil in pan and cook chicken on all sides until lightly browned.
  2. Add onion and garlic; stir until fragrant and onions have softened.  Add chopped jalapeno, chicken broth, chopped cilantro, lemon zest and juice of lemons, and lime zest and juice of limes.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Add cooked rice; mix to combine.  Add corn and beans.  Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Serve in pot or transfer to casserole dish.  Garnish with additional chopped cilantro and sliced jalapeno.

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10 Delicious Chicken Recipes

Whether you’re just getting started in the kitchen or you’ve been cooking for several years now, I think we can all agree that one of the greatest canvases for experimenting with flavors is the good ol’ fashioned chicken.

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If you get your chicken from a local farm or market, a little salt and pepper is really all you need to season your meat. However, not all of us have that luxury…at least not at all times of the year…so we’re stuck with buying flavorless bland chicken that begs to be seasoned, brined, and fried. But not all hope is lost!

If you’re on the hunt for recipes to help liven up your dinner line-up, here are 10 of my favorite chicken recipes. Packed with flavor, texture, and amazing color, these easy dinner recipes are great for weeknight meals for two, four, or ten!

Pinterest Top 10:  Delicious Chicken Recipes

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Coconut Curry Chicken

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Coconut Lime Skillet Chicken

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Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken

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Baked Paprika Parmesan Chicken

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Cranberry and Rosemary Chicken

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Copycat KFC Chicken

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Crispy Coconut Chicken Bites

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Nashville Hot Chicken

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Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

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Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken

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Check out more of my favorite chicken and dinner recipes on my Pinterest board, Favorite Recipes!

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Chicken Pita Pockets

Looking for fun ways to jazz up your chicken tonight?  Well, you’ve come to the right place!

This simple yet delicious meal was a cooking experiment that turned into something amazing.  With chicken, pitas, red bell pepper, and goat cheese, you can have an easy and quick dinner any day of the week!

(Thanks to my awesome man-friend for submitting this recipe…and making me dinner on countless occasions.  You’re the best!)

Chicken Pita Pockets:

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 chicken breasts, thawed and butterflied
  • Course sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • Paprika to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 1-2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced into quarters
  • Goat cheese to taste
  • 4-8 pita halves

Instructions:

  1. Place chicken on a cutting board.  Mix salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder in a small bowl.  Once combined, sprinkle over chicken on both sides.
  2. Using an indoor grill, an outdoor grill, a Foreman grill, or just a skillet, cook the chicken until juices run clear (cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breast.  Butterflied chicken usually cooks much quicker, so be sure to watch it carefully so as to not overcook).
  3. Once chicken is fully cooked, set it aside to rest for 5-10 minutes.  Then slice into bite-sized strips.
  4. Place red bell peppers on the grill and top each slice with a teaspoon or so of goat cheese.  Cook on the grill until cheese begins to melt.
  5. When you’re ready to eat, heat up your pitas in the microwave for about 10 seconds.  Fill with chicken and cheesy peppers.  Serve with rice or salad.

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Roasted Chicken and Veggies

This is a great springtime recipe…even though we seemed to have skipped over spring this year… 😉

Roasted Chicken with veggies

ROASTED CHICKEN AND VEGGIES

4 chicken quarters (bone in, thawed and rinsed clean)

Salt and pepper to taste

8 Yukon gold potatoes

1 bunch of scallions

2-3 handfuls baby carrots

1/4 cup chopped thyme

3-4 tablespoons olive oil

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place cleaned chicken in a roasting pan and season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 20 minutes.

2.  While your chicken is cooking, chop potatoes and scallions and mix with carrots, salt and pepper, and olive oil.  Remove chicken from oven and add veggies to the roasting pan.  Let chicken and veggies cook an additional 20 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and veggies are tender to the touch (the meat might be done before the veggies…if so simply remove the chicken).

3.  Sprinkle with chopped thyme and enjoy!

Mmmm…

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Lemon Chicken with Asparagus and Lemon-Infused Rice

I love lemons!  And this dish has is jam-packed of lemon goodness!

Love of the Lemon Meal

LEMON CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND LEMON INFUSED RICE

Lemon Chicken
Juice of 2 limes
Juice of 2 lemons
6 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons honey
6 garlic cloves, minced
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken; seal and marinate in refrigerator 3 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove the chicken from bag; discard marinade.
Grill, bake, or cook in George Forman grill.

Lemon Asparagus
10-12 stalks of fresh asparagus
2 TB olive oil
1 TB water
½ lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pan, on high heat, add asparagus, olive oil, and water.  Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  Remove from pan and sprinkle with fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Lemon Rice
1 1/3 cup water
½ cup rice
Juice of ½ lemon
Zest of 1 lemon

Place water in a pot and bring to a rapid boil.  Add rice, cover pot, and turn heat to low.  Let cook for 20 minutes.  When fully cooked, remove lid and fluff rice with wooden spoon or fork.  Add lemon juice and zest right before serving.  This rice is VERY lemony…so if it’s too strong, try using less zest, since that’s where the strongest flavor comes from.

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Crock Pot Chicken Chili

Well nothing says Super Bowl like a big bowl of chili and cornbread.  Honestly, I have been looking forward to making this chili all week!  The great thing about it is that you can fine tune it to your tastes…plus cooking it in the slow cooker will ensure that your house smells absolutely amazing by game time!

Slow Cooker Chili with Brown Rice

Crock Pot Chicken Chili

½ red onion, chopped

1 can black beans

1 can kidney beans

1 8-oz can tomato sauce

1 package frozen corn kernels

1 can diced tomatoes (with chilies or jalapeños)

1 packet chili seasoning

1 TBSP cumin

1 TBSP chili powder

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

¼ cup fresh cilantro

Place everything (except chicken and cilantro) in a slow cooker.  Place chicken on top and cover.  Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.  Half hour before serving (or when chicken is fully cooked), remove the chicken and shred it.  Return chicken to the cooker and stir it in.  Add cilantro right before serving.  Top with cheese in honor of the new 2011 Super Bowl Champs!!

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Chicken Sandwich with Pesto and Bacon

So the other day while I was browsing FoodPornDaily.com, I came across the most delicious looking sandwich of my life.  They don’t include recipes on that site, but it looked like it included pesto, chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves.  Heaven.

I decided to experiment this weekend and here was the result:

Pesto chicken with basil, bacon, and cheese

And here’s how you can indulge in the most delicious sandwich EVER!

1 chicken breast

2 teaspoons store bought pesto

3 slices of bacon, cooked

2-3 sun-dried tomatoes

8-10 fresh basil leaves

4 thin slices of fresh mozzarella

2 slices hearty whole grain bread

1.  Place your chicken breast in a ziplock bag.  Add the pesto and let your chicken marinate in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.  When it’s done, cook it however you’d like (I threw mine on the Foreman grill).

2.  Lay out your bread and start stacking your sandwich.  Cheese, basil, bacon, tomatoes, chicken.  Butter the top slice of your bread and put it butter side down into a hot skillet.  While that side is heating, butter the other slice of bread.  Flip the sandwich (like grilled cheese) so both sides are nice and crispy.

3.  Cut in half and indulge.

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