A Comfort Dish:  BAKED HERB CHICKEN TENDERS WITH CHOPPED ONION & CARROT PENNIES SEASONED BY TARRAGON – THYME – ROSEMARY – PARSLEY IN LEMON – BROTH SAUCE

You might add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder for even more flavor. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins

–chopped onion (one-third cup)

–carrot pennies (half a can, drained)

–tarragon, thyme, rosemary, parsley (1 teaspoon each, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–chicken broth (one-quarter cup, packaged; non-fat, low sodium)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the chicken broth, all the herbs, onion, lemon juice, and carrots in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stir. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders atop the vegetables and sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Spoon sauce over the chicken.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.  When finished, test the center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

–comfort chicken recipe inspired by a vintage Real Simple magazine.

CHILLED COD SALAD TARRAGON WITH BUTTON MUSHROOMS – ENGLISH PEAS – SHREDDED CARROTS – CHOPPED ONIONS – MAYO

I chose all ingredients that meld together well on the palate. . .

–cod fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–tarragon (to taste, 1 to 2 tablespoons, dried, bottled)

–button mushrooms (one-third cup, bottled)

–English peas (green peas, one-half cup, frozen)

–shredded carrots (fresh, one-half cup)

–chopped onions (one-quarter cup)

–mayonnaise (to taste, do not overdo)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and extra virgin olive oil; do NOT add water or other liquid.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, break apart while in the baking dish.  This will be your serving dish.

2 – Place peas and onions in a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, tarragon, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  When finished, add to the cod.

3 – Add shredded carrots to the cod and vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper.

4 – Gently fold 1 heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise into the cod and vegetables.  Finish with a sprinkling of tarragon on top.

5 – Chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.  Serve the cod salad cold.

–recipe original.

A Side Dish in the Slow Cooker:  BACON – FLAVORED PINTO BEANS WITH MUSHROOMS – CARROTS – GARLIC – ONION – ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – BONE BROTH – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Flavorful, and variation on plain ole beans. . .

–pinto beans (1 and one-half cups before soaking, dried, soak overnight)

–Bac’n pieces (soy bacon, 2 tablespoons, bottled)

–mushrooms (one-quarter cup, canned, drain)

–carrots (shredded, 1 handful)

–garlic (minced, bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–onion (chopped, one-quarter cup, packaged)

–rosemary (2 tablespoons, dried, bottled)

–bay leaves (3, dried, bottled)

–bone broth (chicken bone broth, fill to top of beans in the slow cooker)

–salt and pepper (to taste)

–extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons, bottled)

1 – After soaking the beans overnight (they will double in size), place in a slow cooker.  Add all ingredients in the order given above, and then stir well.  Cook on low heat for 5 hours, more by 30 minutes if softer beans are desired.

2 – Serve the pinto beans hot.

–recipe inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

SPICY GARLIC – PEPPER CHICKEN WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – RED ONIONS – WHITE MUSHROOMS – CAYENNE IN A BLENDED CHICKEN BROTH – SOY SAUCE

Thai meets the Mediterranean. . .

For 2:

–3 chicken tenderloins (organic)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 1 handful)

–red onions (one-half, chopped, medium)

–white mushrooms (4 or 5, quartered, fresh)

–cayenne pepper (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup, nonfat, low sodium)

–soy sauce (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–pepper (no salt)

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the shredded carrots and chopped onions in a covered baking dish.  Add chicken broth and soy sauce.  Season with extra virgin olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken tenders in the sauce.  Place minced garlic and quartered white mushrooms on top.  Season with cayenne pepper and black pepper (the latter generously).   Finish with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.  When finished, cut into the center piece to check for doneness.  If not cooked, return to the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–inspired by the garlic – pepper chicken recipe at Pick Thai, Oxford, Mississippi.

CHINESE – STYLE OVEN FRIED SESAME CHICKEN WITH BROCCOLI – CARROTS – GREEN ONIONS IN ORANGE SAUCE / WHITE RICE

Reposted from 2015.   At the time it was the most popular post from this blog—more views and more “likes” than any other. . .

For 4:

–4 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–orange sauce (I used Panda Express bottled sauce)

–broccoli (one-half stalk, florets only)

–miniature carrots (a dozen)

–green onions (2 stalks)

–plain breadcrumbs (boxed)

–toasted sesame seeds (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white rice (instant, boxed)

 

1 – Place chicken in a plastic bag, adding olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Coat.  Add one-third cup of breadcrumbs to the chicken.  Shake well.  Place the chicken in a covered baking dish.  Pour orange sauce over the whole.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Set aside.

2 – Measure 1 cup of white rice into a large, wide-mouthed, covered baking dish.  Add 1 cup of water.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.

3 – Cut florets from the broccoli, in bite-sized pieces.  Slice the green onions in one-half inch pieces.  Add broccoli, green onions, and carrots (uncut) to a covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour a generous amount of orange sauce over the whole.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes. 

4 – Microwave the chicken for 5 minutes.  When finished, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Add the chicken to the vegetables, and stir well.  Add more sesame seeds on top.

5 – Serve the dinner hot.

–recipes original.

GARLIC – HERB BREADED CHICKEN TENDERS ON A BED OF SMALL RED POTATOES – SLICED ONION – FRESH CHOPPED TOMATO – CHOPPED CELERY STALKS – SHREDDED CARROTS – MINCED GARLIC – NUTMEG IN MARINARA – RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins

–small red potatoes (1-inch in size, with jackets, 5 or 6)

–sliced onion (one-half)

–fresh chopped tomato (medium, fresh)

–chopped celery stalks (2, fresh)

–shredded carrots (fresh, 1 handful)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–nutmeg (one-half teaspoon, bottled)

–marinara sauce (I used Ragu “Mama’s” garden variety, 3 tablespoons)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil (bottled)

1 – Place the potatoes, onion, tomato, celery, carrots, garlic in a large, covered baking dish.  Sprinkle with nutmeg.  Add marinara sauce and red wine.  Stir well.  Finish with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Add olive oil.  Pour in garlic – herb breadcrumbs to coat.  Shake well.

3 – When the vegetables have cooked for 5 minutes, place the breaded chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken hot atop the vegetables.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

COD THYME ROLLED IN BREADCRUMBS – TOPPED BY FRESH CHOPPED TOMATO & SLICED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – SLICED RED ONION – CHOPPED CELERY IN WHITE WINE SAUCE ATOP GARLIC WHEAT BREAD

For 4:

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–thyme (1 tablespoon, divided)

–breadcrumbs (boxed, plain, one-third cup)

–tomato (fresh, medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (3 or 4, chopped in small pieces, fresh)

–shredded carrots (fresh, 1 handful)

–red onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–celery (3 stalks, fresh, chopped fine)

–white wine (one-half cup)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–olive oil

–wheat bread (4 slices, each the size of the palm of a hand)

–salt and pepper

1 – Place the shredded carrots, red onion, and celery in a covered baking dish.  Add white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and a portion of the thyme.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

2 – Microwave the vegetables for 3 minutes on high.

3 – Place the cod in a large plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and thyme.  Add olive oil to cover.  Pour in breadcrumbs, and shake well.  After the vegetables have cooked for 3 minutes, place the cod on top. 

4 – Chop the tomato, slice the mushrooms, and then season with salt, pepper, and thyme.  Then add chopped tomato and sliced mushrooms on top of the cod.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

5 – Microwave on high for 9 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

6 – While cod is cooking, break apart the wheat bread, season with the minced garlic, and then sprinkle with olive oil.  Place the wheat bread in a bowl for each person.  The cod and vegetables are then placed, for serving, atop the wheat bread, with a small portion of wine for each serving.  (This is not a soup.)

7 – Serve the cod and vegetables hot.

–cod inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Eat Right, Eat Well—the Italian Way.

CHICKEN TENDERS WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – SLICED VIDALIA ONION – CELERY SEASONED WITH BAY LEAVES AND ACCOMPANIED BY HOMEMADE – PUREED – CHILLED TOMATO PESTO WITH FRESH TOMATOES – PINE NUTS – CILANTRO – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – MINCED GARLIC – GREEN ONIONS

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–shredded carrots (fresh, packaged, 1 handful)

–Vidalia onion (one-half, large, sliced)

–celery (fresh, 2 stalks, chopped)

–bay leaves (2, dried)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

Tomato pesto:

–tomatoes (2, fresh, medium, chopped)

–pine nuts (4 tablespoons)

–cilantro (1 tablespoon, dried)

–extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–green onions (2 stalks, chopped)

–salt to taste

1 – Add chopped tomatoes, pine nuts, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, green onions, with salt to taste in a food processor.  Puree until smooth.  Refrigerate until time for dinner.

2 – Place the shredded carrots, celery, and onion, with 2 bay leaves, in a covered baking dish.  Add one-quarter cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

3 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes and 30 seconds.  When finished, test a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot, with the tomato pesto on the side.

–chicken and tomato pesto adapted from Edward Giobbi and Eugenia Giobbi Bone’s Italian Family Dining.

PARSLEYED CHICKEN MARJORAM WITH SHREDDED CARROTS – CELERY – MINCED GARLIC – BAY LEAVES – GREEN ONIONS IN WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–marjoram (dried, 1 tablespoon)

–shredded carrots (fresh, 1 handful)

–celery (fresh, 4 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–bay leaves (dried, bottled, 3)

–green onions (3 stalks, fresh, chopped)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

1 – Place the carrots and celery in a covered baking dish.  Add the wine.  Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and minced garlic.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, bay leaves, and olive oil.  Sprinkle marjoram on top.  Then also add green onions and parsley.

3 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and veggies hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

WARM CHICKEN & POTATO SALAD SEASONED BY MINT WITH GREEN ONIONS & SHREDDED CARROTS IN A SAUCE OF OLIVE OIL – DIJON – LEMON JUICE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–potatoes (3, medium, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–mint (dried, 2 tablespoons)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–shredded carrots (packaged, 2 handfuls)

–olive oil

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon juice (2 tablespoons)

1 – Place potatoes, chopped into bite-sized pieces, in one-half cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place chicken in a covered baking dish, with one-quarter cup of cold water (to prevent toughening the chicken).  Season with salt, pepper, mint, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into bite-sized pieces.

3 – Place drained and cut-up potatoes and chicken in a mixing bowl.  Add green onions, shredded carrots, olive oil (to taste), Dijon mustard, and lemon juice.  Fold together, gently.

4 – Serve the chicken and potato salad at room temperature.

–adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth