Garlic Chicken with Mediterranean Couscous

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Last weekend I was watching a show on The Food Network and saw this recipe. I made a few changes to it and you can find my recipe along with step by step pictures at the end of the post.

This recipe takes a bit of time with all the preparation and marinating times but the finished product is well worth the effort.

First you need to roast the garlic and make the paste to marinate the chicken. You do this by placing the garlic bulbs in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 F. Then you add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender. You then rub the paste on the chicken and let it marinate for 2-4 hours.

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When making the couscous you first partially cook the grain then hold it to the side. In a pan you brown the chicken then use the pan to finish cooking the couscous.

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For the final step you transfer the couscous to an oven safe dish and add the chicken. You then bake covered for 20-25 minutes then uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Enjoy!

Garlic Chicken with Mediterranean Couscous

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Ancho Chicken Tacos with Avocado Cream

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These chicken tacos offer a smokey change from the usual ground beef hard shell tacos. The spice rub for the chicken is smokey with a slight heat and compliments very well with the avocado cream. The fresh coleslaw gives a great crunchy texture to this taco. You can also top it with salsa or your favorite hot sauce. This recipe is quick to make for an easy dinner. Enjoy!

Ancho Chicken Tacos with Avocado Cream

Jerk Chicken

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With all the warm weather we have been having recently, and with my cousin’s Jamaica wedding coming up in two weeks I decided to make Jerk Chicken. The recipe is very simple but for best results does require it to marinate overnight. The Jerk rub is quite spicy but not overpoweringly so. You can use boneless chicken breasts or a full chicken depending on what you feel like using. Enjoy!

Jerk Chicken

Chicken with Spicy Ginger Soy Reduction

Asian chicken

I recently experimented with creating an Asian inspired sauce for chicken. I was surprised at how this sauce turned out, reducing the soy sauce brings develops a very savory flavor in this sauce and the addition of the garlic chili sauce lends a nice heat. The only downside to this sauce is that it is a bit thin, to fix this you need to add some flour to bring it to your desired consistency. You can serve this dish with Spicy Ginger Noodles and snow or snap peas.

Chicken with Spicy Ginger Soy Reduction

Spicy Ginger Noodles

Canada Trip Recap Part 1: Anchor Bar

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Last weekend my friends and I took a road trip to Toronto Canada. On the drive up we stopped at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, birthplace of Buffalo wings. The atmosphere of the bar is incredible. The bar is decorated with old license plates and other Americana that gives the bar a home town feel. The waitstaff was very friendly and the service was great. Because buffalo wings were invented here we ordered a bucket of their classic hot wings. The wings were delicious. They were cooked perfectly and the sauce had great flavor and just the right amount of heat. I have wanted to go to this place for a while now and was glad we went out of our way to stop at the Anchor Bar, the birthplace of Buffalo Wings

Anchor Bar

Pan Cooked Chicken in Pale Ale Bacon Reduction Sauce

Pale Ale chicken

Tonight I continued my series in cooking with beer. The beer featured in this recipe is the Blue Heron pale ale from the Mendocino Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, NY. I chose their pale ale because I thought its flavor would work better with chicken. Their beer is also great for drinking. The pale ale very good but my favorite beer the have is the red tail ale.

The recipe for the sauce has the same proportions for many of the other pan sauces I have made. You can get creative and switch out different ingredients to build new flavors.  Their pale ale and the bacon in this sauce worked great with each other and built a very complex flavor into the sauce. You can also use this sauce with beef or pork. However if you are making it for beef substitute beef broth for the chicken broth. You can find the recipe below as well as a link to the Mendocino Brewing Company’s website.

Pan Cooked Chicken in Pale Ale Bacon Reduction Sauce

Mendocino Brewing Company

Pan Cooked Chicken in a Lager Reduction Sauce

Lager chicken

My dad is in a beer of the month club, and yes it’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. I used the Fordham Brewing Company’s Helles Lager as the base for a pan sauce to serve over chicken. To cook the chicken I seasoned it with salt and pepper, then cooked it until done in a pan. After the chicken was finished I sauteed shallots and garlic then deglazed the pan with the beer. I reduced it down by half then added the home made chicken stock. after reducing the mixture down to 3/4 I added whole grain mustard and heavy cream. The sauce was delicious and matched up well with the chicken. Aside from being great to cook with, the beers from Fordham brewing company are also great for drinking. You can find a link to their site below.

Fordham Brewing Company

Recipe Updates

I went back and updated two of the recipes. I just wanted to improve a few things from the first time I made them. Most of the improvements are small but make a big difference in the finished product. Enjoy!

Chicken Stock

Sichuan Boiled Beef

Chicken Stock

Chicken stock

Continuing on with my homework assignment from the cooking classes, I took the chicken carcass from the other night and made a chicken stock. The recipe is very simple, the only difficult part of the recipe is that it takes 4-5 hours to make. You can use the stock as a soup or you can use it in sauces or other dishes you decide to cook. If you have the time I would recommend trying to make your own chicken stock.

Chicken Stock

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken

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After practicing breaking down the chicken I decided to make a spicy honey brushed chicken. This dish is very simple and can be prepared in a few different ways. First you can either only use chicken thighs, or you can mix it up with various chicken pieces. Then when it comes to cooking the chicken you can either use the grill, broiler, or oven. Whatever way you choose to cook it you can’t go wrong. Right before the chicken is finished cooking you brush it with a honey sauce that glazes over the chicken giving it a sweet taste that is then complimented by the slight spiciness of the rub. I hope you give this dish a try!

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken