Roasted Za’atar Chicken Thighs (Cuisinart steam oven)

Roasted Za’atar Chicken Thighs (Cuisinart steam oven)
Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice that is a combination of different herbs and spices which gives a unique Mediterranean flavor to any dish. Baking the thighs with onions, carrots, or any root vegetable (or a mixture) and you have a full meal. Using the steam bake feature ensures a moist and tender chicken.
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Serves: 2-3
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Ingredients
  • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Za’atar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Onion, quartet
  • Add Any other root Vegetable (See note**)
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions
  1. Cover the baking pan with foil (easier cleaning)
  2. In a medium bowl add the onions and cut up root vegetable(s) and add 2 teaspoon oil. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Mix until vegetables until coated. Place the veggies on the foil covered baking pan.
  3. Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel and in the same bowl add the chicken thighs, 3 tsp. Of olive oil, lemon juice, Za’atar, sesame seeds, and sea salt. Mix, so the chicken thighs are coated evenly with the spices.
  4. Add the Chicken thighs to the baking pan with the vegetables. You may have to tuck in the vegetables around the thighs to fit.
  5. Place the baking pan in the oven and turn oven to bake & steam, 450 F, 20-25 minutes.
Notes
No Za’atar you can use thyme, oregano, and rosemary
Replace the olive oil with sesame oil for an Asian-inspired recipe and rich, nutty flavor
Although Za’atar already tends to be a little smoky and zesty, you can try adding some crushed red pepper flakes to kick things up


Root vegetables**Root vegetables[/b] Beet,Carrot,Celeriac (a.k.a. Celery Root),Onion,Parsnip,Potato,Radish,Rutabaga,Sweet Potato,Turnip

 

 

 

Heather’s Harissa Mango Chicken Stir-Fry

Heather’s Harissa Mango Chicken Stir-Fry
A one pot meal that is very tasty with the bonus of being oh so healthy. Omit the chicken, and you have a great side dish. : A friend gave me this recipe, and I added a couple of ingredients. The first time I made it I forgot to add the chicken and honestly, I didn’t miss the chicken at all. The photo is also hers and what a delicious looking photo it is
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Recipe type: Stir Fry Side Dish Main Dish
Serves: 5-6 servings
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Ingredients
  • The veggie mix Makes about 6 cups
  • ½ Red Pepper roughly chopped
  • ½ Yellow pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 Carrot medium sliced
  • 1 Broccoli stem broken into small bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ small head of Cauliflower cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 120-gram bag Snow peas, de-stringed
  • 180 gm mushrooms sliced
  • 1 small red onion roughly chopped
  • For stir fry
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ inch piece of ginger peeled and minced for each cup of veggie mix
  • 1 clove of garlic for each 1 cup of veggie mix
  • Mango peeled and chopped
  • 2 oz chicken cooked and cut into bite-size pieces (optional) for each cup of mixed veggies
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • ¼ cup peanuts or other nuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp Harissa
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Mix the veggies. Microwave the veggies you wish to use for about 1 minute per cup. Just to soften the vegetables.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan until simmering add butter when butter is melted add garlic and ginger sauté 30 seconds and then add the veggies and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add the chicken to the veggies. Heat chicken through for about 2 minutes. Add the mangoes, cranberries & nuts. Sprinkle the mixture with Harissa to taste. Add salt and pepper. Mix and heat. Serve immediately.

 

Cabbage & Chicken Soup

Cabbage & Chicken Soup
The broth is flavorful and tasty. The Soup filling and that it is very low in calories a bonus. One of those meals that are great for those chilly cooler days.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 chicken breast cooked and chopped
  • ½ head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ inch ginger minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • few shakes of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
Directions
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add, onions, bell peppers, and carrots.
  3. Sauté until slightly tender.
  4. Stir in garlic & ginger.
  5. Pour in chicken broth & water.
  6. Stir in cabbage.
  7. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
  8. Cook until cabbage is almost tender.
  9. Add the cooked chicken
  10. Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt
  11. Continue cooking until cabbage is tender
  12. Add the fish sauce
  13. Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed
Notes
To save time I use white meat from a rotisserie chicken pulled into pieces which you can pick up at any grocery store

 

Harissa one pan Roasted Chicken (Cuisinart Convection Steam Oven)

Harissa one pan Roasted Chicken (Cuisinart Convection Steam Oven)
This Pan-Roasted Chicken with Harissa (which is a Mediterranean type spice) is quick and so easy to make. Did I mention it is also very very tasty. Instructions on how to bake in a standard oven are in the notes section of this recipe.
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Serves: 1 to 2 servings
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Ingredients
  • 1 small red onion quartered then quarters halved
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon Harissa paste ( if you only have the dry spice just mix with a little oil to make a paste)
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large chicken thighs with bone and skin (the thigh slashed about 2 times to the bone)
Directions
  1. In the Cuisinart, roasting pan place the bell pepper and onion. Sprinkle with oil add salt and pepper to taste.Mix. Add about ½ of the Harissa paste to the veggies and mix well. Sprinkle with the vinegar. Rub the rest of the Harissa Paste on the chicken thighs and place on pan.
  2. Put on the middle rack of the Cuisinart Convection Steam oven; dial to bake steam; Temp: 450 F; and time: 25 minutes.
  3. When done check to ensure chicken’s internal temp is 165 F if not just bake another few minutes at same temp but use the convection bake setting.
  4. Serve with rice or couscous
Notes
To Bake in a standard oven. Preheat the oven to 350 F and bake 50 to 60 minutes.

 

Chicken Broccoli Mushroom Stir Fry

Chicken Broccoli Mushroom Stir Fry
Quick and delicious every time
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1-pound chicken breast or cooked chicken,
  • cubed
  • Salt, to taste & Pepper, to taste
  • 1-pound broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces’ mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons oil for frying
  • For the sauce:
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ⅓ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup flour
Directions
  1. If using cooked chicken skip this step. In a large pan, on medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is hot, add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until cooked through and browned.
  2. Remove cooked chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add mushrooms. When the mushrooms start to soften, add broccoli florets and stir-fry until the broccoli is tender. Remove cooked mushrooms and broccoli from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and sauté garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and stir until smooth.
  5. Return the chicken and vegetables to the saucepan; stir until heated
Notes
Serve with hot rice or noodles.



I buy a rotisserie chicken which will provide lots of extra chicken for these types of meals also can be used to make a great quick Bok Choy Chicken soup in less than 30 minutes by using the cooked rather than raw chicken to make this soup.

 

Honey-Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Veggies for Two

Honey-Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Veggies for 2
This one-pan meal of chicken and roasted vegetables is low-cal and packed with flavor. A delicious healthy meal-in-one
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Recipe type: main dish
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • Marinade
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoons olive oil,
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • Veggies
  • 10 baby potatoes, quartered
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup carrots, sliced in half long, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 4 oz. mushrooms sliced
  • ½ red onion chopped in large chunks
  • ½ sweet red pepper sliced
  • 10 Brussel sprouts halved
  • Chicken
  • 4 chicken legs (4), trimmed thigh leg separated
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, a tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir well to mix.
  3. Place the chicken pieces in a re-sealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over the top. Seal and toss the chicken to evenly coat. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight
  4. While the chicken marinates, place the potatoes and Brussel sprouts, carrots onion, mushroom on Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, a tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir well to mix.
  6. Place the chicken pieces in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over the top. Seal and toss the chicken to evenly coat. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight
  7. While the chicken marinates, place the potatoes and Brussel sprouts, carrots onion, mushroom on a sheet pan. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and stir to coat. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove the sheet pan from the oven.
  9. Remove the marinated chicken from the plastic bag, reserving the remaining marinade in the bag. Place the marinated chicken, evenly spaced and beside the vegetables (chicken should not touch or be put on top of the veggies). Pour the marinade from the bag over the top of the chicken and vegetables.
  10. Return the sheet pan to the oven. Bake for 25-35 minutes, periodically basting the chicken with the pan juices, until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius).
  11. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 to ¬10 minutes. Spoon the pan juices over the top of each chicken piece before serving.
Notes
The vegetables should not touch the chicken or it will steam instead of roast.
Line the pan with foil for easy cleanup. Chicken breasts could also be used.

 

ASIAN CHICKEN WITH PEACHES

ASIAN CHICKEN WITH PEACHES
So many flavors, so little time! You can get this easy supper on your table 30 minutes.
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Recipe type: main dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 lb)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 peaches pitted and sliced
  • 2 green onions, whites, and greens separated, sliced on the bias
  • 1 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons soy sauce
  • Lime wedges
Directions
  1. Heat oven to . In ovenproof skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Rub chicken breasts with salt; add to skillet. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until browned on the first side. Turn; cook 3 to 4 minutes longer or until browned on the second side. Transfer to plate; cover to keep warm.
  2. Add peaches and green onion whites to skillet; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until beginning to brown. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar and the water; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until caramelized. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, mix remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar, the rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce and soy sauce. Place chicken on top of peaches in skillet; brush rice vinegar mixture over breasts. Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear (when center of thickest part is cut at least ). Top with green onion greens. Serve with lime wedges and rice.
Notes
You can use a 398 ml can of sliced peaches in water or pear juice or even frozen (thaw first). This is especially good served with Dirty Rice

 

Lettuce, Chicken, and Cherry Salad with Horseradish Dressing

Lettuce, Chicken, and Cherry Salad with Horseradish Dressing
This completely cravable summer dinner salad hits all the right spots of creamy, crunchy, sweet, and spicy.
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Recipe type: main dish, salad
Serves: 2 servings
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Ingredients
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 4 cups green lettuce leaves
  • 1 cups cherries (about ), pitted, halved
  • 2 figs (sliced if fresh chopped if dried)
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh chives
Directions
  1. Make the dressing:
  2. Purée mayonnaise, lime juice, horseradish, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Make the salad:
  4. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high. Add panko and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 4–5 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne and transfer to paper towels; let cool.
  5. Combine chicken, lettuce, cherries, radishes, figs, half of the panko, and half of the chives in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing and gently toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining breadcrumbs and chives.
Notes
The dressing can be made and chilled for up to 2 days.

 

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Delicious and bursting with flavor and low carb what could be better. A copycat recipe of PF Chang’s Lettuce Chicken wraps that you can easily make right at home in just 20 minutes. And it tastes a million times better too.
Recipe type: main dish, appetizer, snack
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 1 () can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Notes
To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style

Note if you leave out the water chestnuts calorie count down to 320 for 407 for a 4 oz serving
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 oz Calories: 407 Fat: 13 g Carbohydrates: 34.7 g Sugar: 6.7 g Sodium: 831 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 36.1 g Cholesterol: 101 mg

 

Spicy Honey Mustard Chicken

Spicy Honey Mustard Chicken
A super quick marinade with a delicious heat. Say goodbye to boring chicken breasts!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup spicy brown mustard
  • ½ tsp. Paprika
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Cayenne
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • optional garnish: chopped Italian parsley
Directions
  1. Prepare the marinade by combining all the ingredients but the chicken in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Cover the chicken breasts with the marinade. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours, or up to overnight.
  3. Cook on medium-high in 1 tbsp. Olive oil, occasionally flipping, until cooked throughout and golden brown on all sides.
Notes
Feel free to use chicken thighs or legs instead of the breasts all equally tasty

How to make this Dish

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