Basil Pesto Chicken with garlic tomato pasta

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I can NOT wait until we can start planting our garden this year. We have such a short growing season here that you really need to appreciate that couple of months you get to grow your own food. There is something so special about it! My tomatoes last year were UNREAL. I had 5 tomato plants in pots (yes I have all my garden goodies in pots, and they’ve been doing better and better each year) and I got an unreal amount of tomatoes. I had batches on batches of salsa, stewed tomatoes and sauces. This year, I’m going to try doing passata as well!

Anyways, this dish is inspired by my excitement for my tomato season and basil season, and obviously my all time ever lasting love for pasta. Here is a delicious supper full of tomato, basil pesto and perfectly seasoned chicken. If you want this to be vegan, use kabocha squash or chickpeas in place of chicken. this will change your cooking process.

 

Ingredients: (serves 2)

  • 2 TBSP EVOO
  • 2 chicken breasts, pounded so they’re even for cooking
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5c grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2c veggie or chicken stock
  • 1/2c or more of smoked mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4c basil pesto homemade or store bought (I always make this one)
  • linguini, fettuccine or spaghetti work well for this dish.

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2. Add EVOO to a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil. Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken. let it brown on one side for a couple minutes then flip it over and brown it on the other side. this might take anywhere from 4-6 minutes per side depending on the size of your breasts. if your chicken is a nice golden brown then it’s safe to flip it over.
  4. Remove the chicken from the skillet to a plate.
  5. Turn your heat down to medium. Toss your tomatoes, onions and garlic into the skillet. De-glaze with your veggie stock, and stir often until your tomatoes start to burst. if they’re not bursting fast enough for your liking, use a potato masher and do it yourself. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  6. Add your chicken back to the skillet and cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160F. add your pesto on to the chicken breasts and sprinkle them with cheese. Put a large lid over your pan and let the cheese melt for a minute.
  7. Remove the chicken to dinner plates. Toss your cooked pasta with the tomato mixture and serve! Sprinkling more cheese on top is also never a bad idea.

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Thai coconut shrimp

I have this little tiny thai cookbook straight from Thailand from my dear mother in law. Unfortunately it is still packed away in the basement with the rest of my books that NEED a home up stairs… I had a hankering for Thai and this is the closest and most authentic I can get without the PRO’S. By the by, it was friggen AHMAZING.

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This recipe perfectly serves 2, with a bit of left over rice for lunch the next day, or it can be pureed in to baby food for your little one!

Ingredients:

Rice:

-1.5c jasmine rice

-3c chicken stock, or water

Shrimp marinade:

-16-20 shrimps, shelled, deveined, tails removed (or you can leave them on.)

-3 tbsp soy sauce

-1 tsp chili flakes + 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Sauce:

-1 tbsp sesame oil

-2″ knob ginger, minced

-5 cloves garlic, minced

-1/2 large white onion, diced

-1/2 large red bell pepper, diced

-2 chili peppers, sliced. (remove the seeds and ribs for less heat.)

-1/4c tamari or soya sauce

-1 can (398 ML) coconut milk

-Juice of 2 small limes

-1 tbsp brown or white sugar

-1 heaping tbsp smooth peanut butter

-2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

 

Directions:

-The absolute best way to have a super quick and stress free dinner is to PREP before you start cooking. This way, everything is ready to just toss in the pan when you need to.

-First, marinate your shrimp. This only takes 10 minutes to 30 minutes depending on your time. it isn’t a huge deal if you can’t marinate it. So combine shrimp, soya sauce and chili flakes in a bowl, put in fridge and marinate.

-Second, cook your rice. Get that started first, as it takes the longest.

-Next, in a large pan or wok add your sesame oil. Put heat on medium. once the pan is hot, add your shrimp. Cook until they are pink. Once they are pretty pink, remove them from the heat, place on a paper towel.

-Next, add more oil if need be. Let the oil heat up for a minute. Add your onion and red pepper and chili peppers. Cook until the onions start to brown and the peppers get a little soft. Add your ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute or two or until fragrant.

-Now add in your tamari, your brown sugar, peanut butter and coconut milk. Stir to combine, and cook until slightly thickened. After about 5 minutes, you can add your lime juice and add your shrimp back to the pan. Heat the shrimp through, and remove the pan from heat immediately.

-Serve over your rice and garnish with your cilantro or parsley.

 

 


Oven Fried Asian Chicken Drumsticks

I don’t normally eat meat off the bone (Not a huge fan for some reason..) but these were too good to pass up. A nice oven fried crispy outer shell and a juicy tender inside flavoured to perfection… Excuse me, I’m drooling…

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Ingredients:

-10 chicken drum sticks

-1/4c EVOO

-1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided (some for garnish)

-3 tbsp hoisin paste

-1″ nub of ginger, peeled and minced (1-1.5 tbsp)

-3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

-1 tbsp dark soy sauce

-2 tbsp soy sauce

-1 tsp-1 tbsp sriracha hot sauce (to your desired spice level)

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp fennel seeds

-2 cups panko crumbs

-1/4c butter cut into small squares and rolled in flour

Directions:

preheat your oven to 425 fahrenheit.

Mix the scallions, garlic, ginger, hoisin, dark soy sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, cinnamon, fennel seeds and EVOO in a large plastic freezer bag. add chicken drums and marinate in the fridge for 5 hours or over night.

Take the chicken out of the fridge. bring to room temperature. add the panko to a large bowl. Individually bread each piece of chicken and place on a greased slotted baking dish (to make sure the juices drip to the bottom of the pan so the chicken stays nice and crisp.) Place in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes is up, pull the baking pan out, flip the chicken over and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Place the marinade ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, add the flour coated butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Let simmer until chicken is finished. (about 10-15 mins.)

once chicken is done, pour a little sauce over the chicken drums, sprinkle the remaining chopped scallions over top and serve. I served with corn and rice mixed in with the chicken sauce. mmmmmmmmmm!!