A Comfort Dinner:  SHEPHERD’S PIE WITH CHICKEN STRIPS – GREEN PEAS – SHREDDED CARROTS – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – SLICED RED ONION – MINCED GARLIC – THYME – WORCESTERSHIRE – TOMATO SAUCE – BONE BROTH ATOP MASHED POTATOES

For 4:

–6 chicken breast strips

–potatoes (red, 3 one-inch, quartered)

–milk (dairy or almond, not soy; one-third cup)

–green peas (half a package)

–shredded carrots (1 handful)

–baby bella mushrooms (quartered, 2)

–sliced red onion (also called purple, one-quarter, large)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–thyme (bottled, 1 teaspoon, divided)

–Worcestershire sauce (1 tablespoon)

–tomato sauce (I used Ragu garden pasta sauce, 2 tablespoons, bottled)

–bone broth (I used organic chicken, one-half cup, packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the quartered potatoes in a covered baking dish with one-third cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil, all to taste.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, drain, and place in a food processor.  Place the milk in a microwaveable measuring cup, and microwave for 1 minute.  In the food processor, slowly add the warm milk while pulsing.  When finished, set aside.

2 – Place the bone broth, Worcestershire, and tomato sauce in a covered baking dish, and stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes. 

3 – When finished, place the green peas, shredded carrots, mushrooms, onion, and half the thyme in the sauce.  Stir.  Add the chicken on top.  Season with salt, pepper, and the remainder of the thyme.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

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

5 – Reheat the mashed potatoes by placing in a baking dish and microwaving for 1 minute.

6 – Serve the chicken and vegetables, hot, atop the mashed potatoes.

–recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

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A Simple Dinner:  BAKED CHICKEN STRIPS WITH ROSEMARY – MINCED GARLIC – LEMON – FRESH ITALIAN PARSLEY IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken breast strips

–rosemary (1 tablespoon, dried, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–lemon (bottled, 3 squirts)

–fresh Italian parsley (1 handful, chopped)

–red wine (use the real stuff; one-quarter cup)

1 – Place the chicken strips in a covered baking dish.  Place on top salt and pepper to taste, rosemary, minced garlic, lemon juice, and fresh Italian parsley. 

2 – Microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Strips are usually narrow, and cook rapidly.  Check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

CHICKEN WITH BASIL – PARSLEY – NUTMEG – PURPLE ONION SPRINKLED WITH SHREDDED PARMESAN & BREADCRUMBS AND IN A MILK & WHITE WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–basil (1 teaspoon, divided, bottled)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–nutmeg (bottled, divided, one-quarter teaspoon)

–purple onion (one-half, medium, sliced)

–shredded Parmesan (one-quarter cup, packaged)

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

–milk (one-eighth cup, dairy or almond, not soy)

–white wine (one-eighth cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the sliced purple onion in a covered baking dish.  Add the milk and white wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and half the basil and nutmeg.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken in the sauce.  Season with basil, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs and Parmesan, in this order, atop the chicken.  Drop chopped parsley over.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave the chicken 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.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

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.

COMFORT ONE-DISH CHICKEN DINNER WITH POTATOES & VIDALIA ONION SEASONED BY ROSEMARY – BAY LEAVES – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE – BROTH SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–potatoes (2, medium, cut into 1-inch pieces)

–Vidalia onion (medium, 1, sliced)

–rosemary (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–bay leaves (2, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

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

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes and onion in a large baking dish.  Add the white wine and chicken broth.  Season with rosemary, bay leaves, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Gently stir the vegetables.  Microwave on high for 6 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken atop the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

3 – Serve the chicken and vegetables hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

CHICKEN ROSEMARY – TARRAGON WITH POTATOES – ONION – CELERY – MINCED GARLIC IN WHITE WINE SAUCE WITH A SIDE OF RED BELL PEPPER SLICES & FRESH TOMATO SEASONED WITH ROSEMARY & MINCED GARLIC

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary, tarragon (dried, 1 teaspoon each, divided)

–potatoes (4 small, cut into bite-sized pieces)

–onion (1 small, cut in large chunks)

–celery (fresh, 2 stalks, chopped)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–white wine (one-quarter cup)

–red bell pepper (sliced, 1, fresh)

–tomato (fresh, quartered)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the potatoes, onion, celery, and minced garlic in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, tarragon, and olive oil.  Add the wine.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

2 – Place the red bell pepper and the tomato in a covered baking dish.  Add one-eighth cup of water.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, minced garlic, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  When finished, keep covered to preserve warmth.

3 – Place the chicken amid the vegetables.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, tarragon, and olive oil.  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 vegetables hot, with the red pepper and tomato as a side.

–menu designed by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.

A Comfort Entrée:  CHICKEN ROSEMARY – BASIL WITH SAUCE OF FRESH TOMATO – BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – SLICED ONION – RED BELL PEPPER – CHICKEN BROTH & WITH A SIDE OF CREAM PEAS

Note:  To make a fancier recipe, substitute white wine for the chicken broth.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–basil (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–fresh tomato (medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (fresh, 4 or 5, quartered)

–sliced onion (one-half, medium)

–red bell pepper (one-half, sliced)

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

–cream peas (1 package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Bac’n pieces (1 tablespoon, bottled)

1 – Place the cream peas in a slow cooker.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.

2 – Place the tomato, onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and chicken broth in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with basil, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  (The tomato will disintegrate, making for a sauce, and this is why you don’t need more than one-eighth cup of chicken broth.)

3 – Nestle the chicken with the vegetables and sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, and olive oil.  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.

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

CHICKEN & GREEN PEAS ROSEMARY TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & WITH SMOKED TURKEY – MUSHROOMS – MINCED GARLIC – PARSLEY IN RED WINE SAUCE

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–green peas (frozen, one-half cup)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

–smoked turkey (sandwich meat, 1 slice, chopped)

–mushrooms (baby bellas, 4 or 5, quartered)

–minced garlic (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful, chopped)

–red wine (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the green peas, smoked turkey, mushrooms, minced garlic, and parsley in a covered baking dish.  Add red wine.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Stir gently.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Nestle the chicken amid the peas.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Top with green onions.  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.

3 – Serve the chicken and peas hot.

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

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.

A Company Dinner:  CHICKEN TENDERS ROSEMARY TOPPED WITH GREEN ONIONS & MINCED GARLIC ATOP WHEAT BREAD AND DRENCHED IN CRÈME SHERRY

Note:  This is fancy enough for a small dinner party, microwavable because the small amount of sherry will not bubble up in the microwave.  Do NOT try to double the recipe to serve more than four people.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–wheat bread (enough slices or open-faced English muffins to cover the bottom of your dish)

–crème sherry (use the real stuff)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped)

1 – Place the wheat bread in the bottom of a covered baking dish.  Drop enough sherry to soak the bread.  Place the chicken tenders atop the bread.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil.  Sprinkle with finely chopped green onions.

2 – Pour one-eighth cup of crème sherry on top of the chicken.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  When finished, cut into a center piece to test for doneness.  If not cooked, replace in the microwave for 1 minute more.

3 – Serve the chicken hot, atop the wheat bread.

–chicken inspired by Edward Giobbi’s Pleasures of the Good Earth.