Posted tagged ‘Chicken’

Chicken Marsala

February 26, 2018

2018-02-25 19.35.55This is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken. Very easy to do. It takes about 5 minutes of prep and 20 minutes of cooking.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 or 4 chicken breast fillets
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms (typically, mushrooms are sold in 8 oz. packages)
  • 1 c Marsala cooking wine

Here are the directions:

  1. Mix the flour and spices in a large bowl and stir.
  2. Pound the chicken fillets with a chef’s mallet so that they are about 1/2″ thick.
  3. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture
  4. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan (pref non-stick)
  5. Saute the chicken pieces for 2-3 minutes per side (until chicken is nicely browned)
  6. Add the mushrooms to the pan
  7. Add the Marsala wine to the pan
  8. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Serve with the mushroom gravy on top of each fillet. There, that was easy. Tastes great.


Joe’s Chicken Soup

July 2, 2016

What does one do with the leftover carcass of a chicken? Last Tuesday we did a roasted chicken for our weekly family dinner. So we had a leftover chicken carcass. So I decided to do a chicken soup for dinner tonight.

Here’s how you do it. Put the carcus into a stew pot and cover with water. Boil/simmer for 3-3.5 hours. After the three hours take all of the chicken out of the pot and put into a sieve. Usually the carcass falls apart pretty much. Take all of the meat out of the pot and put into a sieve. Remove any of the chicken bones that you can find. Warning, the bones and cartilage pieces will be small. In our case we also had some leftover chicken in the refrigerator. That got thrown in as well. The concept is to clean out our refrigerator of leftovers before our family dinner next Tuesday.

This also works quite well for turkey. And if you are not ready to make the soup right away then freeze the carcas. It’ll keep. I first learned about this idea from an article about Michael Dukakis (former governor of Mass.)

Return the chicken to the pot. Add 1c of carrots and 1 c of celery to the pot. I like to add noodles to the mix. I cook 8 oz. of noodles for about 10 minutes. Drain and add to the pot. Add whatever vegetables you like. Perhaps, peas, maybe corn. Some folks prefer rice to noodles.  In that case add about 1 cup of uncooked rice to the pot. 

Also, this time I used a packet of chicken gravy mix. Cook according to the directions on the package, then add to the pot. It makes the soup a little bit thicker.

Cook over very low heat for another two hours. Serve with fresh bread. Very tasty.

General Tso’s Chicken

February 23, 2015

So, inquiring minds want to know. Who was General Tso and why did he have a chicken dish named after him? I was having a conversation with my daughter-in-law Theresa about Chinese food (of the American variety) in general and General Tso’s chicken in particular.

According to Wikipedia, General Tso probably refers to Tso Tsung-t’ang who was a Chinese statesman and military leader in the late Qing Dynasty. He was born in 1812 and died in 1885.

He served in China’s northwestern regions, quelling the Dungan revolt and various other disturbances. There doesn’t seem to be any particular connection to him. The roots of the dish seem to lie in the post-1949 exodus of Chinese chefs to America. So the answer is no, the General did not actually eat this excellent dish.

Here’s the full Wikipedia entry on General Tso’s Chicken.

Now for some of the recipes. There are tons of recipes to be found. Here are just a few. (Click on the hyperlink).




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