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Cooking 101: Herb Roasted Chicken

I love roasted chicken and make this simple recipe at least a few times a month. It is super easy and delicious. Herb Roasted Chicken

Ingredients
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon coconut oil, grape-seed oil or any other oil you prefer
4 pieces of chicken breasts or 8 pieces of thighs, it can be skinless or boneless. If you are using skinless and boneless, it takes less time to cook and check on the meat 10-12 minutes earlier.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Pat the meat with a paper towel to make sure it is dry and all moisture is removed.

Combine together the seasonings, oil and butter.

Pour over the chicken and rub it into the meat and place in a baking dish. If you use a metal dish, the cooking time will be decreased by 5-10 minutes.

Bake the skinless, boneless chicken breasts for 30-40 minutes
Bake the  bone-in chicken breasts for 40-50 minutes
Bake the skinless, boneless chicken thighs for 40-50 minutes
Bake the bone-in chicken thighs for 50-60 minutes

This is great on salads, in sandwiches or just the way it is.

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To Brine or Not To Brine: ALWAYS BRINE!

Brining is the process of soaking anything in or saturate with salty water. This does not make the meat, vegetables or whatever you brine (I am not really sure what else you would want to brine) salty, it actually allows the water and flavor to flood every cell in the meat. It also takes any cut of meat that may be tough and tenderizes it. This easy technique can be used on ay cut of meat.
The Perfect Grilled Citrus Chicken

For all of the brines, immerse the meat in water and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of an hour, overnight or leave in the freezer labeled (cause it is very hard to tell what it is, duh!) Before you cook the meat, allow it to sit on the counter for 15 minutes out of the brine, pat dry. By patting the meat dry, you are removing the excess liquid which will allow the meat to brown.

You can watch my YouTube video on the topic here.

Thanksgiving/Christmas Brine
1 1/4 cup no-iodine added salt (2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 gallon vegetable stock
4 sprigs rosemary
4 sage leaves
1/2 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon allspice berries
1/2 tablespoon candied ginger
1 gallon ice water

Chicken Wings Brine
6 cups cold water
1/3 cup no-iodine added salt (1/2 cup kosher or coarse salt)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons hot sauce of your choice
2-3 pounds chicken wings

Poultry or Pork Apple  Brine
1/2 gallon cold water
2 quarts apple juice
2 cup no-iodine added salt (3 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
10 whole cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Spicy Turkey Brine
2 quarts vegetable stock
1/2 cup no-iodine added salt (3/4 cup Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 cinnamon stick
2 quarts cold water

Apple Cider Poultry or Pork Brine
2 gallons water
4 cups apple cider
3 oranges, cut into quarters with peels
1 lemon, cut into quarters with peel
2 cups no-iodine added salt (or 3 1/2-cup Kosher salt or coarse salt)
2 cups packed brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
2 tablespoons dried rosemary
5 cloves garlic, smashed
3 tablespoons peppercorns
6 whole bay leaves
2 apples, cut into quarters
1 tablespoon whole allspice, coarsely crushed
1 inch of ginger, peeled and sliced

Poultry or Pork Maple Brine
4 quarts water
2 cups dark brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup no-iodine added salt (1/2 cup kosher or coarse salt)
8-10  cloves garlic, smashed
6-8 whole bay leaves
3 large sprigs of thyme
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns

Simple Fish Brine
1 gallon water
2 cups no-iodine added salt (or 3 1/2-cup Kosher salt or coarse salt)
2/3 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
2 lemons, quartered with peel on

Beer Fish Brine
4 cups light ale
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1/4 cup pickling spice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon old bay seasoning

Steak Brine
6 cups water
1/4 cup sea salt
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
4-6 cloves garlic, smashed

Sweet Poultry/Pork Brine
2 quarts chicken broth
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups no-iodine added table salt (non-iodine)
2 cups honey or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
2 tablespoons whole cloves
8-10  cloves garlic, smashed

Smokey Poultry/Pork/Steak Brine
4 quarts water
2/3 cup sea salt
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
4-6 cloves garlic, smashed
1 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon liquid smoke

Hawaiian Poultry/Pork Brine
4 quarts pineapple juice
2 oranges, quartered with peel
1 lime, quartered with peel
2 cups brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 1/3 cups soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup no-iodine added salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
6 cloves garlic, cut into halves
4-6 whole bay leaves
2 tablespoons red pepper, crushed

Cornedbeef/Pastrami Brine
4 quarts water
1 cup kosher salt
10-12 cloves garlic, smashed
3 tablespoons pickling spices
1/4 teaspoons juniper berries
8 bay leaves

Italian Brine for Pork/Beef/Steak
6 cups water
¼ cup kosher salt
¼ cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
6 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Butter Chicken

I am a huge fan of butter! My friends make fun of me because I buy butter from Costco 2014-06-12 20.23.13and I usually buy 8lbs of it to last me a month. I live alone so this delicious butter is not shared with anyone else, it is just for me!

I am a firm believer in buying grass-fed organic butter. Why? Let me list the reasons.

1.) Grass-fed butter contains lauric acid.

2.) Butter is filled with antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin E (another antioxidant that helps protect our heart), vitamin K (helps our body with blood clotting), vitamin D(strengthens immune system and proper absorption of calcium), Activator X, aka.Vitamin K2 (bone strength and calcium distribution), selenium (an antioxidant that shows some evidence of reducing the odds of prostate cancer), and one of the best sources of vitamin A (promotes the health of our thyroid, adrenals, organs, and aids in the absorption of calcium).

3.) It tastes so much better, the rich color is an indicator that it is filled with nutrients.

4.) Butter helps fat-soluble vitamins be absorbed by the body which means that you actually benefit from the great healthy foods that you eat!

5.) Butter contains short and medium chain fatty acids, studies show that these acids help the great battle against cancer and benefits our immune system.

6.) Grass-fed butter has the highest levels  of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which keeps you skinny (no, really- studies show that it helps with weight loss and weight management, and if that wasn’t enough- it fights against carcinogens.)

7.) Children are growing faster due to the hormones found in milk, when feeding your children organic milk and butter, you are keeping them from ingesting harmful chemicals and hormones that they do not need.

Yeah, and did I mention that it tastes amazing???

Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter
1 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 chicken breasts or 6-8 chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
3/4 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2  teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2  teaspoons turmeric
1 1/2  teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2  teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
4  tablespoons tomato paste

Directions
Saute onion and garlic in butter in medium-low heat. Add the chicken and allow it to brown on all sides, this should take about 10 minutes.

Add the spices to the chicken and stir in the tomato paste.

Cover the pot and allow it to cook in the spices for 10 minutes.

Stir in the cream and lower the heat to low and allow it to simmer for another 10 minutes.

Serve over rice, cauliflower, with naan or just the way it is.

Drunken Whiskey Chicken

Drunken Whiskey ChickenI find myself in a food rut all of the time, I make dishes that are easy and do this consistently because I am lazy. It feels good to get that off of my chest! I made this dish the other night and it was amazing. It has a nice kick of sweetness from the grapefruit juice (you can use pineapple juice if you want) and there is an amazing combination of flavors that includes the sweetness from the juice, intense flavors from the bourbon and heat from the hot sauce. You won’t be disappointed!!

Ingredients
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
4 chicken breasts or 2lbs of chicken thighs
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup sugar-free grapefruit juice (if you choose not to use this, use a few drops of stevia with water)
4 tablespoons bourbon whiskey
1/8 teaspoon black ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar substitute
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce(optional)

Directions
Saute the onions in a large skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown then add the chicken and allow it to brown on both sides.
Combine the remaining ingredients together and whisk until well blended.

Pour the mixture over the chicken and allow it to come up to a simmer and the chicken should be cooked thoroughly this will take 15-20 minutes. Please make sure it is fully cooked before serving and keep an eye to ensure it does not burn.

Serve over rice, cauliflower or just dive in with a fork!!

TIP: You can also marinate the chicken in these ingredients for at least an hour or overnight and then grill for the most delicious meal you have had in a while!

Cooking 101: Stovetop Parmesan Herb Chicken

I love recipes that can be made in a single pot, that means less cleaning for me. It also means that I can store the food in the same pot that I made it in. Yeah, I really am that lazy!Cooking 101: Stovetop Parmesan Herb Chicken

The touch of fresh herbs and Parmesan Cheese really adds flavor and depth to this simple chicken dish. I love this because you can change the flavor around by just adding different herbs, once you get the basic idea down, try incorporating whatever you like into the recipe.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
1 family pack of chicken breast or chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1/4 tablespoon fresh chives
1/4 tablespoon thyme
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tablespoon chives

Directions
Melt the butter in a large pan, I like to use a dutch oven.

Add the chicken and sprinkle half of the salt, garlic powder and pepper.

Brown the chicken on one side for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.

Sprinkle the salt, garlic powder and pepper on the second side and cook until golden brown for 4-5 minutes.

Add the fresh rosemary, chives and thyme to the chicken and allow it to cook for another 30-40 minutes. Take and cut a piece towards the outside of the pan in the center to ensure it is fully cooked.

Sprinkle the chicken with the Parmesan cheese and the remaining chives.

Serve with some delicious vegetable sides.