We have just about been around the Globe together this week! Morocco, India, Asia, now France! This is my quick and easy version of a traditional Cordon Bleu. I wanted to show all my readers and my husband that chicken can be exciting and flavorful in ways he couldn’t imagine. How do you all think I am doing?
One good thing about this recipe is that there is no exact measuring. So the amounts can be as large or as small as you want depending on how many you are feeding!
skinless boneless chicken breast
turkey or streaky bacon ( I like the turkey bacon healthier)
salt and pepper
herbs d’ provence
blue cheese slices or crumbles.
Fry bacon in a skillet, slice chicken breast half way through the thickest part of the breast to make a pocket. Stuff with the blue cheese. Sprinkle the salt and pepper and herbs d’provence, wrap two slices of bacon around each breast and arrange in a shallow baking dish.
Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Bon Appetite! Serve with the Pomme Frite Crisps and a spring salad.
OK so believe me I know how pretentious that name sounds. We just recently moved to Kansas City from California and everything in the Bay area is Fusion this, Fusion that….. It is all over the food world when you don’t have a pigeon hole to stick something we call it Fusion. I could call this, it was at the end of paycheck and I did not have all the ingredients to make either Pad Thai or Chop Suey so I made this. Somehow I don’t think you would respond to that so well. Asian Fusion it is!! This is the latest installment on my World Tour of Chicken Dishes! If you like Pad Thai, and you like Chop Suey, or if you like one but not the other, I promise you will Love this!
For the Sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup chicken broth
3 tbs peanut butter
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs brown sugar ( I use the Splenda Blend)
2 tsp Asian chili sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 pound ground Chicken
1/4 red onion chopped
3 garlic cloves chopped
salt and pepper
1 tsp ginger powder
1/2 can water chestnuts chopped
1 bag of frozen chop suey vegetables or any other Asian vegetable blend
In a mixing bow combine all the sauce ingredients and cover and set aside. Do not chill. In a hot wok or skillet, heat 1 tbs canola oil add onion and garlic. Always add onion and cook for a few seconds before adding garlic. Garlic is tender and the pieces are small and will burn easy if you throw them in first. Cook for 1-2 min. Remove from pan and reserve. Season the ground chicken with salt and pepper and ginger power and cook in the hot wok till crumbled and cooked all the way through. Add the onions and the garlic back in and add the frozen vegetables. Pour the sauce mixture over all and mix till all is coated. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 7-10 min till vegetables are done, stirring occasionally.
Asian Fusion without the pretension served up on a platter!
In keeping with my global theme on chicken, I have a special delight for you tonight! This Moroccan inspired dish is healthy, fast, easy, and quite possibly the tastiest chicken you will ever eat!!!
3-4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup flour
olive oil to coat pan plus more
1 onion sliced
1 yellow pepper diced
2 garlic cloves minced
2 heavy dashes of cinnamon
1 short dash of cloves
1 heavy dash of nutmeg
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
juice of 1 lemon keep lemon halves
Cut the chicken into 1″ cubes and salt and pepper. Dredge in the flour and pan fry in the olive oil in a hot pan till golden brown. You may have to do this in small batches. Be sure not to over crowd the pan or you will end up steaming the meat and not getting a nice crunch to it. Remove chicken from pan.
Add a bit more olive oil to the pan and add the chopped yellow pepper and sliced onion. Cook for approx 10 minutes stirring occasionally, till they are golden and tender. Return the chicken and add the chicken stock, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Add the juice of the lemon and toss the rinds in to add more of a lemon flavor. If you have Sumac, (which I thought I had, but apparently not so much) you can keep the rinds out and just add 2 tsp.
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 5-7 min. Add the cilantro and stir. Serve with Risotto, or couscous. Tonight my dear husband made the Risotto, hence that is why it is not shown in the picture. But he did try and it was so sweet to have a sous chef in the kitchen.
So after a week of over indulgence in red meat it is back to my staple meat, CHICKEN!!! Now don’t let the idea of bland, white, boiled, tasteless white meat rule your thinking of chicken. I can make even the most mundane of proteins exciting for you!!! Just follow me on my global tour of chicken this week and I will make the most skeptical of you (my husband) see just how exciting and versatile this important healthy protein is!
For the Indian BBQ sauce
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup white wine
1 tbs brown sugar
1tbs chili powder
For the Grilled Chicken
4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
For the Peach Relish
4 Large peaches
1 red pepper
1 jalapeno seeds and veins removed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup orange juice
juice of one lime
1 tbs honey
Slice peaches, dice both peppers and combine in a mixing brown with cilantro, honey, and lime and orange juices.
To make the BBQ sauce combine the vinegar, wine, all the spices and brown sugar in a mixing bowl, cover and chill.
Brush the chicken with olive oil on both sides and salt and pepper each side. Grill over medium high direct heat 5-7 min each side. Making sure to baste the chicken multiple times each side with the BBQ sauce.
Plate the grilled chicken with the peach relish and serve with the extra BBQ Sauce. A taste of Mumbia in your family’s kitchen!! Just think you didn’t even have to travel the 10,000 miles!!!