If there’s one thing I can trust Chef Brian with wholeheartedly, it’s putting together a badass marinade for some chicken.
He set the bar high with a garlicky, herbaceous marinade for Week 1: Chicken and apples, and then he managed to blow my taste buds away with the spice mix on for the tandoori chicken tacos we did for Fusion Taco Week.
He managed to do it again with the smoky punch of chermoula, the paprika and herb-filled marinade of Morocco. Here’s Week 13, Meal 3: Grilled chermoula-marinated chicken over stewed chickpea and tomato. Continue reading Week 13, Meal 3: Grilled chermoula-marinated chicken over stewed chickpea and tomato
We were supposed to have Week 11, Meal 1: Penne with pistachio pesto on the blog today, but I’m a dummy and left those pictures at home.
Not being one to show up to the party without a gift, I was quick enough to reshuffle and present to you Week 11, Meal 2: Linguine with Italian salsa verde, grilled chicken, roasted cherry tomatoe and fresh mozzarella.
The herb “salsa” bursts with freshness, the roasted tomatoes develop a deep flavor as they cook in their own sugar and the fresh cheese adds just enough creaminess to round out this delicious dish. Continue reading Week 11, Meal 2: Linguine with Italian salsa verde, grilled chicken, roasted cherry tomato and fresh mozzarella
Week 5, Meal 1: Honey-lime chicken lettuce wraps with rice, mango, cucumber and creamy ginger soy dressing is by far the healthiest thing I’ve eaten in months. Probably the closest thing to a salad you”ll ever see me eat on this blog.
It wasn’t all bad though. I like cucumber. And mango too. Plus, you can’t go wrong with chicken, ginger or lime.
Alright, I’ll stop fronting. For a bunch of dressed up fruits and veggies, this one was pretty darn tasty.
You know, if fruits and veggies are your thing, or whatever. Continue reading Week 5, Meal 1: Honey-lime chicken lettuce wraps with brown rice, mango, cucumber and creamy soy dressing
Counting this morning, I’ve had pesto four days in a row with lunch and dinner (and breakfast today).
I’m not tired of it one bit. Not because it has plenty of salty Parmesan in there, but because the bright basil adds so much freshness to each dish.
For Week 3, Meal 3 Chef Brian succeeds with simplicity with a flavorful grilled chicken caprese panini. Continue reading Week 3, Meal 3: Grilled chicken caprese panini
The last meal of Week 1 was a gentle end to the chicken-and-apple series as it struck the balance between the hard work I put into our first night’s sweet potato/kale/chicken dish versus the relative ease of making night two’s chicken/apple/onion panini.
It was also my first encounter with wild rice which I’ve learned 1) is not rice, but grass; 2) takes about an hour to cook; 3) is nutty, delicious and filling.
Keep reading for the recipe and directions to make Week 1, Meal 3: Grilled herb chicken with sauteed spinach over wild rice and chicken sausage stuffing. Continue reading Week 1, Meal 3: Grilled herb chicken with sauteed spinach over wild rice and chicken sausage stuffing
I went through a phase where all I ate were paninis.
Bacon and egg paninis for breakfast. Turkey and salami paninis for lunch. Media noches for dinner.
So, needless to say (but I’ll say it anyways), I was quite excited to put together this week’s second meal: Grilled herb chicken panini with apple butter, caramelized onion and Gruyere.
Sounds good doesn’t it? IT WAS. And easy too!
Keep going for the recipe (good for two portions) and directions. Continue reading Week 1, Meal 2: Grilled herb chicken panini with apple butter, caramelized onion and gruyere
Behold! Grilled herb chicken with quick-braised kale over caramelized apple and sweet potato puree with sweet and sour apple reduction.
It took me nearly four hours, mostly because I’m in a small kitchen and because I was watching football and talking to my dad during some of the time. One the plus side, Wifey Nadia and I got to spend a lot of time together.
And then she fell asleep, halfway into dinner, just after 10:10 p.m.
I didn’t have the timing down for making dishes, ran into some problems with equipment and ruined more than one component, but I’m okay with that. This is a learning process and Brian chose to start me with the final exam.
Keep reading for the recipe and directions. Remember, this recipe makes two portions. I doubled mine for leftovers. Continue reading Week 1, Meal 1: Grilled herb chicken with quick-braised kale over caramelized apple and sweet potato puree with sweet and sour apple reduction
Update: Grab some extra chicken stock.
Chef Brian thought he’d kick off the festivities with recipes that celebrate fall flavors.
I’m a fan of Thanksgiving so I was all ears until he informed me that “pumpkin pie” isn’t a flavor.
His first menu features lots of apples paired with rosemary-and-thyme-marinated chicken breast.
It’s not pumpkin pie, but it’ll do:
Meal 1: Grilled herb chicken with quick-braised kale over caramelized apple and sweet potato puree with sweet and sour apple reduction
Meal 2: Grilled herb chicken panini with apple butter, caramelized onions and Gruyere
Meal 3: Grilled herb chicken with sauteed spinach over wild rice and chicken sausage stuffing
Our list is good for two portions of each meal. I doubled mine so I always have leftovers for the next day.
The shopping list is after the jump. Continue reading Week 1: Chicken and apples