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A great use for leftover chicken, this salad is full of celery, carrots, cranberries, almonds, green onions, chicken, and wild rice. I added a spoonful of guava jam to the dressing since I didn't have any fig vinegar.

Dressing:
1/4  cup  fig vinegar or white wine vinegar
2  teaspoons  sugar
1  teaspoon  Dijon mustard
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1  garlic clove, minced
2  tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tsp. jam (optional)
Remaining ingredients:
2  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2  cups  uncooked wild rice
1  tablespoon  butter
Cooking spray
1  pound  skinless, boneless chicken breast
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
1  cup  chopped celery
1/2  cup  shredded carrots
1/3  cup  dried cranberries
1/4  cup sliced green onion
1/4  cup  chopped almonds, toasted
2  tablespoons  minced red onion

To prepare dressing, combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Cover and chill.

Combine broth, rice, and butter in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove rice mixture from heat; cool.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 8 minutes on each side or until done. Cool; cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

Combine cooked rice, chicken, celery, carrots, cranberries, almonds, and red onion in a large bowl. Add dressing; toss gently to coat. Cover and chill.

6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)
Calories: 352
Fat: 10.3g (sat 2g,mono 5g,poly 2.5g)

Original recipe
Creamy chicken and rice soup made easy with boxed wild rice mix and precooked chicken. Garnish with fresh parsley and herbs.

1 (6-ounce) box long-grain and wild rice mix (such as Uncle Ben's)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped red onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (8-ounce) package mushrooms, halved
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups water
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 (15.75-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (12-ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
3 cups shredded roasted skinless chicken
Prepare rice according to package directions; set aside.

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and next 4 ingredients (onion through mushrooms), and sauté for 6 minutes or until onion is tender. Lightly spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Stir the flour, tarragon, and thyme into the onion mixture, and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add 2 cups water, sherry, broth, and evaporated milk; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until slightly thick. Stir in cooked rice and chicken; cook for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Nutritional Information
Calories: 246 (22% from fat)
Fat: 6g (sat 1.9g,mono 2.6g,poly 0.9g)

Original recipe

spicyroast_sm.jpgMy favorite meal growing up, easy to make in the crock pot or on the stove (measurements approximate).

3 lb. roast (approx. 2-3" thick)
1 lb. baby carrots
5 med potatoes, cut in half
2 sweet onions, sliced
2/3 c. ketchup
2 tbs. molasses
2 tbs. brown mustard
2 tbs. teriyaki
2 tbs. soy
1 tbs. Worchester
¼ c. lime juice (1 whole lime)
Crockpot prep:
Brown roast in skillet.
Spray crockpot with cooking spray.
Add baby carrots, potatoes, and ½ onion in bottom of crockpot, (crockpot should be ~1/2 full).
Place roast over vegetables, add remaining onions.
Mix remaining ingredients for sauce, pour over meat.
Cook on high for 7 hours.

OR
Stove-top prep (with potatoes on the side):
Cut roast into 1" cubes. Heat a little oil in a large pot or skillet over medium high heat until shimmering. Add meat, saute until browned. Remove the meat and set aside. Wipe out the pot, heat another tsp. or so of olive oil, add onion. Cook until soft and just translucent, add baby carrots, meat, and sauce. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to simmer. Cook for 1-2 hours on low or until meat is tender. Optional: if sauce is too sweet add tomato sauce or diced tomatoes.

Dewberry family recipe

Surprisingly savory with the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and red wine, this stew is nice when you want something unusual.

2 pounds boneless lamb stew meat (such as as shoulder), cubed
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced thin
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
1 cup wine
1 bay leaf
a few sprigs of parsley
Place the lamb in a glass bowl or baking dish and toss with cinnamon, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cover and place in refrigerator for up to 24 hours, or cook immediately.

In a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, sauté the pieces of lamb in the oil over medium heat. You may have to work in batches. Meat should be browned on all sides. When all of the meat is browned, add the garlic, carrots, celery and onion, and cook for about five minutes, stirring, until vegetables start to soften . Add tomatoes, wine and bay leaf. When mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and cover.

Cook for 2 hours, or until meat falls apart when squeezed.

Serve over couscous or rice and garnish with chopped parsley.

Original recipe
Stewed chicken, marinated and braised in red wine with bacon and prunes. Amazing flavor, but takes forever (plus the 24 hrs marinating).

2+ cups red wine
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (8-ounce) chicken breast halves, skinned
2 (4-ounce) chicken thighs, skinned
2 (4-ounce) chicken drumsticks, skinned
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
3 bacon slices, chopped
1/2 cup pitted dried plums, quartered
2 bay leaves
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Combine first 10 ingredients in a large bowl; cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

Remove the chicken from marinade, reserving marinade, and pat chicken dry. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in flour; set aside.

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan; set bacon aside. Add half of chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken.

Remove onion and carrot from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving marinade. Add onion and carrot to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in marinade, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add chicken, bacon, dried plums, and bay leaves; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and for 20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaves. Garnish with parsley, if desired

Nutritional Information (for about 3/4 cup sauce and 1 breast half or 1 thigh and 1 drumstick)
Calories: 353 (29% from fat)
Fat: 11.2g (sat 3.5g,mono 4.4g,poly 1.7g)

Original recipe

Daniel's best ad-libbed recipe

~1.5 lbs chicken breast
2 bunches green onions
3-4 carrots
1 package snow peas
1/3 c. orange juice
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 Tb. Mirin
2 Tb. brown sugar
1-2 oranges
1/2 Tb. cornstarch
Cut chicken into thin, short strips. Cut green onions into 1" strips. Julienne the carrots. Zest the orange.

For the sauce: combine soy sauce and next 4 ingredients.

Saute chicken in wok over med-high heat in 1/2 Tb. oil. Add 1/3 c. orange juice near end of cooking. When chicken is cooked through, transfer (with juice) to bowl.

Heat 1 Tb. oil in wok on high heat. Add vegetables and saute until seared (~1 minute). Re-add chicken & juice, turn heat down to med-hi. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add sauce, heat through.

from: Daniel
This heavily spiced chicken soup is sweet from the apples and mango chutney, but has quite a bit of heat from the jalapeno and crushed red pepper. You can make the chutney ahead of time or use store bought. Serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt on top to cut the heat and fresh naan (Indian flatbread) on the side.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup chopped peeled Gala or Braeburn apple
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 c. white wine
1/3 cup mango chutney* Recipe Follows
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 c. frozen peas
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and sauté 3 minutes. Remove from pan; set aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add apple and next 4 ingredients (apple through bell pepper); sauté 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through salt); cook 1 minute. Stir in broth, chutney, wine and tomato paste; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes. Return chicken to pan, add peas.Cook 2 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups
Calories:236
Fat: 4.8g (sat 0.8g,mono 1.1g,poly 2.3g)
Original Recipe (Cooking Light)


Mango Chutney

1 1/2 cups cubed peeled ripe mango (about 1 medium)
1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon diced jalapeño pepper
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat 30 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; mash with a potato masher until desired consistency. Cool completely. Store chutney in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield: 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
Calories: 35
Original recipe (Cooking Light)

chickencobbler.jpg

A cross between chicken and dumplings and chicken pot pie, made earthier with the addition of mushrooms. Personally, I find traditional chicken pot pie to be a little bland, so I really liked the stronger flavors of this dish. However, it did come out a little dry, so next time I'd up the amount of broth. Also maybe halve the amount of biscuit topping so it's less bread heavy.

1 leek, well washed and chopped
Salt and black pepper
2 cups quartered button mushrooms
2 cups chicken stock
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 medium carrots, cut into coins
2 boneless chicken thighs, diced
1 cup peas, frozen or fresh
2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
1/2 cup buttermilk (see note)
1 egg.

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Put oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, add the leek, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until liquid has released and evaporated, about 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Add stock and rosemary; bring to a boil, and let bubble for a minute or two, then add carrots and chicken and reduce heat so the liquid simmers. Cook until carrots are almost tender and chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Add peas and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are brightly colored and just tender, another minute or so; fish out rosemary stem and discard.

3. Whisk cornstarch with a few tablespoons of broth to make a slurry. Add slurry to pot and stir until liquid thickens slightly. Transfer everything to an ovenproof dish and set aside.

4. Put flour in a food processor with baking powder, soda and salt. Add butter and process until mixture resembles small peas, no more than 30 seconds. (You can also do this by hand, using two knives, a fork, your fingers, or a pastry cutter). Transfer mixture to a bowl and mix in buttermilk and egg until it just comes together; it should be sticky.

5. Drop spoonfuls of batter on top of vegetables and chicken and smooth with a knife, covering as much surface area as possible but leaving a few gaps for steam to escape. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until golden on top and bubbly underneath. Scoop into bowls and serve immediately.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

Note: If you don't have buttermilk, gently warm milk until it's about 100 degrees; stir in a couple of teaspoons of vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes. Or use 3 parts plain yogurt to 1 part milk.


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