Category Archives: Poultry

Lighter French Cassoulet

Cassoulet, the name of the earthenware dish in which it is served, is an aromatic, hearty bean and meat stew with some aromatic herbs and spices, the flavor is subtle and delicate, and really comforting.
The key to a perfect cassoulet is the slow cooking process that tenderizes the meat and the beans and infuses the stew with its rich flavor. Your house will be filled with an incredible aroma that will get anyones stomach rumbling as soon as they walk thru the door.
There are many varieties of Cassoulet depending on your meat choices. My personal preference is smoked sausage, bacon, pork and chicken. You could go for Duck confit, but I find it too heavy so I have opted for the chicken instead.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

• 2 fresh small ham hocks
• 5 oz. diced smoked Bacon
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1 pounds dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight
• 2 small carrots, thinly sliced
• 1 medium onions, diced
• 1 celery stalk, sliced
• 2 Bay leaves
• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
• 1 head of garlic, unpeeled, plus 2 small garlic cloves, peeled
• 1 glass of dry white wine
• 1 can chopped tomatoes
• 1/4 tsp. All spice
• 1 quart / 1 liter, chicken broth
• 4 parsley sprigs, 2 thyme sprigs and 2 bay leaf
• 4 chicken legs
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 4 pork sausages, your favourite kind
• 1 smoked kielbasa or other smoked sausage, or 2 small ones

METHOD:

• In a bowl, cover the beans with 3 inches of water and soak overnight.
• Add the bacon and ham hocks to a very large frying pan or pot and brown them all over.
• Remove and set aside.
• Add the carrots, onions and celery and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden, about 7 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and bay leaves.
• Add the all spice.
• Add the glass of wine.
• Add the head of garlic and the tomatoes and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the broth and the herbs and bring to a boil.
• Add the beans to the pan and simmer until the beans are just tender, about 2 hours.
• Pick out the ham hocks. Cut the meats into bite-size pieces; discard the bones, skin and gristle. Pick out the head of garlic and reserve.
• Put the meat back in with the beans.
• Transfer the beans and liquid to a casserole dish
• Preheat the oven to 180 ° C / 350° F
• Heat the vegetable oil in a medium skillet.
• Season the chicken legs with salt and pepper.
• Add the sausages and chicken legs to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned all over.
• Nestle the sausages, the chicken and the kielbasa into the cassoulet.
• Put the garlic bulb in the middle.
• Bake the cassoulet for 1 hour longer, until it is richly browned on the surface. Transfer to a rack and let rest for at least 20 minutes before serving.
• Serve with plenty of crusty french bread.

Enjoy!

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Kebabs, Coconut brown rice and roast Broccoli

Jamaican Jerk kebabs are so delicious and easy!

The great thing with this recipe is that you just blitz the marinade in the blender, pour it over the cubed chicken and let the magic begin. They end up being so juicy and tender and flavourful, that I honestly don’t know why I don’t make every week.
As for the coconut rice……mmmmmh. I love brown rice because of the bite it has but if you prefer white rice go right ahead, adjust the cooking time accordingly because this brown rice I have from my health food store takes about 40 minutes because it is completely raw and hasn’t been pre cooked. So check the package before you start with whichever rice you choose, you don’t want to end up with rice pudding. You may have to adjust the cooking liquid accordingly.
The roast Broccoli is actually one of my favourite cooking methods for cauliflower and broccoli and I rarely eat it any other way. I always make twice as much for my Buddha Bowl or salad the next day. I pre steam the Broccoli in the microwave for two to three minutes with just the water that’s attached from rinsing. Then throw it into a hot frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil and salt. Simple can be soooo good.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

For the Jamaican Jerk kebabs:
• 1 lb. Chicken breast, cubed
• 4 spring onions
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 red chili
• 1 piece of fresh ginger, peeled
• 1 tsp. Cumin
• 1 tsp. Smoked paprika
• 1 tsp. dry thyme
• Juice of one orange
• 2 tbsp. honey
• 1 tsp. allspice
• 3/4 tsp. Salt
• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
• freshly ground pepper

For the Broccoli:
• 1 lb. Broccoli florets
• 2 -3 tsp. Olive oil
• Salt to taste
For the Coconut rice:
• 1 1/2 C. brown or whole grain rice rinsed
• 2 C. Coconut milk
• 2 – 3 C. water
• 1 small onion chopped fine
• 1 clove garlic peeled and grated
• 1/2 tsp. Salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

For the coconut rice:
1. Put the coconut milk and 2 cups of water in a large pot with the onion garlic and salt.
2. Bring to a simmer.
3. Wash the rice thoroughly until water runs clear.
4. Add to the pot.
5. Bring to a simmer again and cook for about 40 minutes depending on which rice you use.
6. Add more water if necessary.
7. When the rice is done, drain.
8. Turn off the heat, but leave the pot on the burner, covered. Allow the rice to sit for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until you’re ready to eat. Your coconut rice will stay warm this way.
9. Fluff the rice with a fork, and serve

For the chicken:
1. Place all the ingredients for the marinade in a food processor.
2. Blend until it is pureed.
3. Place the chicken cubes in a glass bowl and pour over the marinade.
4. Leave to marinate for a few hours or overnight.
5. Take out of the marinade and pat dry the chicken dry with kitchen paper.
6. Thread on to wooden skewers.
7. Heat griddle pan to medium.
8. Brush kebabs with a little oil.
9. Cook for about 5 – 7 minutes depending on size, turning frequently.
For the Broccoli :
1. Rinse the Broccoli florets thoroughly.
2. Place in a microwave safe bowl and cover partially or use a special steamer.
3. Microwave for 3 minutes.
4. Remove from microwave and let the steam evaporate.
5. Heat a large frying pan and add the oil.
6. Add the Broccoli and fry until golden and crispy on medium high heat. About 5 minutes.
To put the bowl together:
Place some rice in a bowl, Add the roast broccoli. Place the Jamaican Jerk Chicken kebabs on top and serve with mango, radishes, lime wedges and mango chutney.

Enjoy!
Myra. XO

Rosemary Garlic Roast Chicken with Honey and Grapes

You really can’t beat a one skillet chicken dinner!

This seriously delicious chicken one pan dish is everything you want, juicy, tender, fall off the bone and crispy on the outside with a hearty finger licking gravy. Serve with lots of french baguette to mop up those juices.

Easy, healthy, comfort food. I mean, you can’t go wrong with Chicken.
I roast this chicken in my cast iron pan, because the crispiness and browning on the chicken is unsurpassable, and because the pan goes from the stove to the oven, which obviously is a major plus.

If you don’t have a cast iron pan don’t worry, any other frying pan will work too, but you will have to transfer the chicken to a baking dish when it goes into the oven.

I start by browning the chicken on the stove to get a nice browning on the chicken and to seal the meat, then I finish it off in the oven for another 20 minutes or so which gives you enough time to get your sides dishes ready and set the table.
It’s seasoned with thyme, rosemary and garlic, and then I added some honey and grapes to make it the perfect comfort dish. I also added a splash of white wine for the gravy. Which by the way is an amazing gravy, full of flavour.
I don’t pour gravy over the chicken because I want to keep the chicken crispy.


 Prep time : 15 minutes

 Cooking time : 20 – 30 minutes

 Serves : 4

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 2 lbs. chicken, legs and  thighs (I used legs and boneless thighs)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 Cup red seedless grapes
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. fresh Thyme leafs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. Poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 8 rashers smoked bacon or pancetta
  • flour for drenching plus 2 teaspoons for gravy
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 large glass dry white wine

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat oven to 190°C / 375° F

Take out a piece of parchment paper and lay it out on a board. This makes cleaning easier and seasoning too.

Place chicken pieces on top and season with salt pepper, poultry seasoning and paprika. Toss about by lifting the sides of the paper.

Add a few tablespoons of flour to the chicken and toss the chicken around again to coat all over.

Put a (cast iron) skillet on the heat. Add the olive oil when hot and start frying the chicken on both sides.

Meanwhile cut the bacon into small pieces and set aside. Peel the garlic and chop roughly.

When the chicken is browned, lower the heat and add the bacon, garlic and herbs to the pan. Stir around a bit to mix all the flavours and add the wine. Drizzle over the honey and add the grapes,   now transfer to the oven placing the baking dish on a rack in the middle of the oven and cook for 20 to 30 minutes until nice and crispy on top and cooked through.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, transfer to an oven safe dish that has been pre heated in the oven.

Serve with crusty bread.

Enjoy!

Myra

Buffalo Pulled Chicken Enchiladas

The creamiest Enchiladas you will ever make, slightly spicy and so delicious.  Perfect comfort food, for any time of year and any left overs freeze well.
I served it with a salad and it was more than enough for four people since they’re quite filling.
You could also feed six people from this recipe and serve with a side of  rice and beans,  a salad or some corn.

Serves: 4 – 6
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INGREDIENTS:
• Buffalo enchilada sauce
• 3 small chicken breasts or two large
• salt and pepper for the chicken breasts
• 1/2 C. cream cheese, softened and at room temperature
• 2 cups mozzarella
• 1 sliced avocado to serve
• some pomegranate seeds for decorating (optional)
• 8 medium Tortillas, soft
• 1/4 C. sour cream to serve

BUFFALO ENCHILADA SAUCE:
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 tbsp. flour
• 1 tbsp. taco seasoning
• 1 can chopped tomatoes
• 1 can water (from the tomatoes )
• 1 tsp. dried oregano
• a dash of cinnamon
• 1 tsp. coconut sugar
• 1 tsp. honey
• 1/2 tsp Buffalo Hot sauce like Frank’s (or more), taste as you go!!

METHOD:
Add oil to a pan and add the flour. Cook for two minutes on medium high and add the seasoning and give it a stir.
Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for about five minutes.
Blend the sauce at this point with a hand held blender for a smooth result.
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
Place the chicken breast in the sauce, bring to a simmer and cover partially. Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
Remove the chicken breast form the sauce and place on a large plate, shred with two forks.
Mix the sauce with the cream cheese.
Place one cup of the sauce mixture over the shredded chicken together with 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella. Mix with a spoon.
Cover the tortillas with a damp cloth or kitchen towel and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave to soften.


Divide the chicken mixture over the tortillas and roll them up.
Get out a baking dish and cover the bottom with a thin layer of sauce.
Place the filled tortillas on top with the seam down.
Lightly spray the tortillas with cooking spray. This will help the tortillas turn golden in the oven. Place baking dish in the oven, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until the tortillas begin to turn golden.
Remove the baking dish from the oven. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle remaining cheese over the sauce.Lightly cover baking dish with aluminum foil and place into the oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil after 20 minutes and bake, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden. Remove from oven.
Pour over the sour cream and place sliced avocado on top. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
Note: if kids are eating it might be an idea to omit the hot sauce all together and put the bottle on the table for the adults to add.
Enjoy!
Myra XO

Spiced Roast Chicken

This is our go-to roast chicken recipe. It’s one of my favourite recipes, and I use it again and again because it always turns out great without too much effort. Pretty much fool proof.
It’s a combination of Mexican flavours, but also Smokey Bbq.
The spice mix is easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your spice cabinet and it’s great on all sorts of things like burgers, chicken tenders fried up in a pan or even just oven-fries.
The Chicken gets a beautiful deep golden crust, the flavor is smokey, spicy, salty and sweet all at the same time.


Cooking time : 2 1/2 hrs.

Prep time : 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

SPICE RUB:

• 3 tsp smoked paprika
• 1 ½ tsp salt
• 2 teaspoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
• ½ teaspoons crushed dried chili flakes
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• ½ tsp. Onion powder
• 1/4 teaspoon cumin
• A pinch of cinnamon
• 3 tablespoons olive oil

CHICKEN:

• 3 pound chicken
• 2 heads of garlic separated into cloves
• Thyme, rosemary, bay leaf

ADDITIONAL:

• Potatoes, peeled and quartered

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 160 C / 320 F
Wash the chicken with cold water and pat dry with kitchen towel. Sit on a board.
In a bowl mix the ingredients for the spice rub and add the oil to form a thick-ish paste.
Hold the chicken with one hand and with the other loosen the skin by inserting a finger between the skin and the breast forming a pocket. You can also do this by using the back of a wooden spoon. But be gentle as not to break the skin.
Put a few teaspoons of the past under the skin and spread out, repeat with the other breast.
Rub the remaining paste all over the chicken and inside the cavity.
Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
In the cavity insert the herbs and one head of garlic separated into cloves.
Place the chicken in a roasting tin that has been lined with baking paper (easier to wash up) .
Cover (only the chicken and not the entire tin) very loosely with a piece of tin foil that is the same size as the chicken.
Place in the middle of the oven and bake for two and a half hours. Basting twice during cooking, by pouring the juices from the baking tray over the chicken.
After one hour add the potatoes and toss thru the juices and fat in the tin.
After an hour and a half, remove the tin foil.
Bake until golden and crispy.
Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes, loosely covered with foil.

Enjoy!

Myra XO