Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken

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My whole life I have enjoyed cooking. I think I get type-cast as just a sweets, baking type. Or I slip comfortably into the that role and let my husband hold the savory side down.

But I do love cooking, I always have.

I remember growing up, I liked to be in the kitchen. I recall one time, being in the kitchen, making something with mushroom, pretending I had my own cooking show. My father yelling, “who are you talking to?” And then whispering the rest of my broadcast.

Growing up, family meals were essentially. We sat down for meals together. It wasn’t very often that we ate out. We ate at home. And my father is a bomb cook.

So cooking is essential to me.

It is important for Zach and I to eat together. It is rare that we eat out as well. With him being a chef and me a baker, it is a no-brainer that we love home-cooked meals.

I have been slacking slightly on the meal front, in that I will generally eat the same things. Cabbage. Hash. Sweet potato fries. Zach and I will rotate the same things.

It seems the last few years, that my creative energy all pours into my baking.

This past week I got back to my savory roots. First with this honey garlic chicken and mashed cauliflower. Then tortilla soup. Then pulled pork.Then some creamy spinach stuffed chicken. It felt great to being back in the kitchen, making some new dishes.

And this dish?

The flavor was on point. It was spicy, but the honey was just what it needed. And pork rinds are my favorite for breading chicken.

So good.

And gouda mashed cauliflower on the side? Perfection. I will have that recipe next week. Also this made plenty of chicken and we had left-overs.

Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken: 

  • 3 chicken breasts, cleaned and cut into strips
  • 2 cups pork rinds, ground finely
  • 4 tsp pepper
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup raw, local honey

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Chicken Shawarma

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This adventure into pita bread began with chicken shawarma.

When Zach and I were living in Champaign they had a lot of diverse restaurants, it was definitely a nice food town.

One of our favorite spots was a Middle Eastern restaurant. The first time we went, the menu was out of my know. Zach insisted on shawarma, so I got the chicken with him.

SOOOOO DELICIOUS!

It did come with a side of pita. Naturally I give all my bread sides to Zach, so he was stacked up.

I reserved in my mind to one day make my own shawarma. And to make my own pita for the side.

This had so much flavor, and we had plenty of left-overs the next day. The pita was a good boat for eating the chicken, but also for sopping up the tasty sauce left on the plate.

I also tried to make a yogurt sauce, but I used a coconut milk one (dairy generally upsets Zach’s stomach), but I think the coconut threw us both off. Maybe some day I will try it again with another yogurt.  Continue reading “Chicken Shawarma”

Parmesan Chicken Thighs

20170819_121941I am on a role posting things we actually eat lately! Don’t worry, though, I am hoping to post a baked good soon!

This I whipped up on Saturday for lunch. I have to say I really enjoy taking care of my husband. If he’s had a busy day, I like to prepare on our meals. Plus he is a chef and is constantly cooking for other people, I like him to come home to a nice meal and stay out of the kitchen.

And Saturday he was being awesome (like usual). He had woken up early to meet someone to change our car breaks. Then he had went out to do some street ministry. He is so bold and so fully of love.

I wanted to have a nice meal for him when he came home.

And the truth is, we enjoy taking care of each other. If I had a long day of work, you better believe the roles would be reversed and he would make me a delicious meal or do the house work. We’re a team. We look out for each other.

These were easy to make and very flavorful. And very filling.

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Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders

20170816_213427.jpgOne of my favorite chicken recipes ever, were the Buffalo Crispy Chicken I did earlier this year (oh and butter chicken, that may be the best ever).

The trick is to use pork rinds for the coating. I think I took this idea from my father years and years ago (he is a bomb cook).

I like to mix up our eating at home sometimes, because, even though Zach and I both work in the kitchen (he as a private chef and me a a baker), we eat pretty plainly at home.

And he is such a sport of eating with me. I know if he lived by himself he would eat a lot differently. So I sometimes I really strive to make things he’ll enjoy. Granted I should work on my Italian cuisine more, but he lit up when I said I was making chicken tenders.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders

  • 1/2 lbs. chicken, sliced into tenders
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cups pork rinds, ground
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil for cooking

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A Polifroni Dinner: Apple Chicken, Collard Greens & Sweet Potato/Parsnip Hash

IMAG4294.jpgI will confess, I love baking. It fuels my creativity. It’s my art. Food is one of the ways I express myself. And I enjoy thinking of new recipes and baking/making delicious new things.

However, this isn’t very representative of real life. I like to post options for treats and desserts (and to make them for the market), but it’s not something I eat or make at home very often. I typically will make bake goods for blogs and give them away or I make them for my husband.

Why?

Because the everyday foods I eat are not nearly as pretty as my baked goods. They are less awe-inspiring. A little less pizzazz. They seem so simple. They’re not as sexy. But they are delicious. They’re what I enjoy eating.

In real life I could eat cabbage everyday. It doesn’t smell good. It doesn’t necessarily look good either. But I love the taste.

I wanted to start this week off with something that my husband and I typically eat for dinner.

It has flavor. This dish had color. It has variety. And it is filling.

It’s not complicated. It’s super easy to make. And it doesn’t take long to make.

Polifroni Dinner Night

(this served 3 people, plus leftovers)

Apple Chicken

  • 1 lbs. chicken breast
  • 1 apple
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • sea salt and pepper

Collard Greens

  • 1/2 bunch collard greens
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp bacon fat, ghee, or coconut oil

Sweet Potato & Parsnip Hash

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 parsnip
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp bacon fat, ghee, or coconut oil

Let’s Make it Happen:

Peel the sweet potato and parsnip. Dice into cubes (I usually like to cube mine pretty small). Heat your fat in a skillet with the garlic on a medium heat. Add the sweet potato and parsnip. Season to taste. Allow them to cook, keep stirring them as prepare the other food. Cook them until they are tender (soft and a fork goes through the center, we put ours in a baking pan to keep warm while we made the other sides and so we could use the skillet).

Cut chicken into strips. Season with sea salt, pepper, and basil. Cook in a skillet on medium heat in another skillet. While it is cooking, dice the apples (we left the skin on). When it is almost done cooking (no longer pink in the center), drain it, and add the apples. Drizzle honey over the top. Turn to low, until the collard greens are done.

For the collard greens, remove the veins. Roll up the leaves. Thinly slice. Dice the onion. Saute the onion in a skillet with the fat until translucent. Add the collard greens. Salt. Cook until soft.

Serve it all up on a plate (props to my husband for plating this beautifully for me), eat and enjoy!

Crispy Coconut Chicken with Cilantro Lime Jicama Rice

IMAG3936.jpgI love coconut.

I think I have started each post this week with a food that I love (or have loved previously, as with potatoes). But I really do love coconut, which I have found in my years of baking, is a hit or miss. Often people love it or they hate it.

But I do a pretty good job of using different coconut products with turning people off. Because I bake with a lot of different coconut products: coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut sugar, coconut cream, and shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut. Usually the flaked and shredded are the ones I get the most feedback for, although I do with coconut flour sometimes. But I’ll confess I like the nutritional value of coconut flour more than almond flour, but it is tricky to work with. It can get chalky or dense. I have found it lends itself well towards cakes.

This last year I have done a decent amount of coating chicken in different flavors. I’ve made chicken tenders. Parmesan chicken. And my personal favorite, buffalo chicken strips.

So why not make a coconut chicken?

What pairs better with coconut than lime?

I’ve been wanting to play with making some jicama rice for awhile now. Why not now? Why not add some lime zest and juice? Maybe a little cilantro…..

Granted I ate this one solo, my husband is a trooper in my recipe experiments (I can’t tell you all the ways I am blessed to have such a man by my side), but there are certain things he doesn’t like. Coconut is one, he’s not a big fan. So I can respect that. Buffalo for him, coconut for me.

This was AWESOME. I loved the flavor combination. The crispiness of the coconut. It was pretty easy to make. And it was filling.

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Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan

IMAG3124My husband makes chicken parmesan for his body quite often, so it has been on my radar to make, especially since I made the crispy buffalo chicken (click for the recipe) with pork rinds and they were wildly successful.

This was super easy to make. My biggest dilemma was what to serve with it. Zach said usually you serve it with pasta. However I frankly didn’t want to mess with a spaghetti squash and I am holding out on making pasta until I can use my grannies pasta Kitchen Aid attachment. He said when worked at Paesano’s (an amazing Italian restaurant in Ann Arbor), they would serve it with spinach for those not wanting pasta.

Bingo! I had just made butter chicken (one of the best dishes EVER, click the link), which had some phenomenal spinach. Perfect timing!

Chicken Parmesan

  • 1 chicken breast cut in half
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup pork rinds
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Basil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked spinach to serve it on top of

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