Chicken Recipes

Chicken Quesadilla With Charred Lime And Mango Salsa

Get festive with this homemade Mexican chicken quesadilla recipe! Made from the freshest of ingredients and brought together with the flavours and subtle heat of the Cholula hot sauce, this dish is a tasty addition to any dinner party.

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Ingredients

2 x chicken breasts (approx. 700g)

1 tbsp Cholula Original Hot Sauce

2 tbsp tomato paste

Juice of ½ a lime

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp roughly chopped, fresh coriander

¼ tsp salt and pepper

½ tsp ground cumin

8 medium tortillas

1 avocado, roughly mashed

2 tomatoes finely sliced

½ cup sour cream

2 cups grated cheese

Charred Lime and Mango Salsa

2 ripe mangoes, skin removed and flesh cut into 1cm cube

¼ red onion, finely diced

1 medium red capsicum, finely diced

¼ cup fresh mint, finely chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

2 limes, halved

Method

  1. Finely slice the chicken breasts into ½ cm thick slices.
  2. Into a bowl add the Cholula Original Hot Sauce, tomato paste, lime juice, garlic, fresh coriander, salt and pepper and cumin. Gently mix the marinade together to combine and then add the sliced chicken. Coat the chicken completely in the marinade. Place the bowl into the fridge to marinate for about an hour.
  3. Meanwhile in a small salad bowl add the cubed mango flesh, red onion, capsicum, mint and olive oil. Gently mix together to combine. Place into the fridge until ready to serve.
  4. Place a fry pan over a medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil to heat in the pan. Place the lime halves into the pan and cook until charred and caramelised. Remove and set aside to cool.
  5. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and add half of the marinated chicken pieces. Cook for 3-4 minutes until brown and slightly crispy and turn to cook the other side for a further 2-3 minutes. Transfer the cooked chicken to a bowl and cook the remaining chicken pieces.
  6. Heat a toasted sandwich maker or press. On one of the tortillas spread a tablespoon of avocado and sour cream, a few pieces of tomato, chicken slices, and a sprinkle of grated cheese. Place another tortilla on top and carefully transfer to the sandwich maker and press the lid down. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the tortilla is golden brown and the cheese is starting to melt out from the sides.
  7. Alternatively you can cook the quesadillas in a non-stick fry pan, flipping the tortilla to brown each side.
  8. Remove the quesadillas and place onto a cutting board. Cut into in half and then in quarters. Serve immediately with the Charred Lime halves and Mango Salsa.
August 6, 2015

Chicken, Lettuce Delight With Lup Cheong Recipe

If you’re looking for a meal that’s not too heavy but still tastes delicious, this chicken, lettuce delight by Adam D’Sylva will certainly do the trick. “Don’t let the exotic ingredients throw you off recreating this at home,” he says. And in case you’re wondering what lup cheong is, it’s a “delicious dried Chinese sausage” that works wonders in this dish.

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Serves 4

Ingredients 

4 iceberg lettuce leaves, trimmed to form cups

1 lup cheong sausage, diced

4 spring onions, sliced into rounds

2 shallots, diced

4 shitake mushrooms, diced

6 water chestnuts, diced

10 sprigs coriander, picked and washed

200g chicken meat, minced

15g corn flour

50ml water

Pinch of sea salt

1 organic egg

Cashew nuts fried crushed

Dressing

100ml light soy sauce

40ml shao sing cooking wine

25ml oyster sauce

5ml sesame oil

Method

  1. In a bowl, mix water, corn flour, salt and egg together then add quail mince and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine ingredients for dressing together and set aside.
  3. In a hot wok fry quail mixture until caramelised and fluffy.
  4. Add vegetables and continue cooking until onions are cooked through and aromatic. Remove from heat and season with dressing and coriander leaves.
  5. Divide evenly into lettuce cups, serve immediately.

Recipe Courtesy of Footscray Fresh Food Markets, Melbourne

May 26, 2015

Irish Chicken, Sweet Potato and Cherry Tomato Hot Pot Recipe

With the cold weather well and truly setting in as winter approaches, keep warm with Zoey Bingley-Pullin’s hearty Irish hot pot recipe. It’s great for anyone who’s pressed for time as it’s relatively simple to make, and containing only fresh and whole ingredients, it’s also perfect for those that are health conscious. Really, what more could you want?

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Serves 2

Ingredients

Hot Pot

300g chicken breasts

1 tbsp olive oil C

1 brown onion, finely sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 red chilli, seeds removed, finely diced

2-3 tsp smoked paprika

1 cups chicken stock

1/4 cup water

1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1.5cm cubes

200g cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup continental parsley, roughly chopped

To serve

1/4 cup continental parsley, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels, cut into 3cm pieces and season with salt.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large fry-pan (preferably non-stick) on medium-high heat. Brown chicken for 1-2 minutes each side (chicken doesn’t have to be cooked through), remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add a drizzle of oil to the pan and cook onion for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add garlic, chilli and paprika and cook for a further minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the chicken stock and water and bring to the boil. Add chicken and sweet potato and cook, covered, for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  5. Add the tomatoes and half the parsley and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  6. To serve, divide hot pot between plates and garnish with parsley.
May 14, 2015

Chicken, Quinoa Salad With Orange Vinaigerette Recipe

Just because the salad season has nearly passed, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an Autumn variation! Zoe Bingley-Pullin’s chicken quinoa salad recipe is the perfect solution to those post-summer blues, and is packed full of vegetables to ensure you meet those daily nutritional requirements.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

Quinoa Salad

1 cup tri-colour quinoa

2 cups water

1/4 tsp salt

175g green beans

1 bunch asparagus

Red capsicum

Orange Vinaigrette 

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley leaves

Zest and juice of orange

1 tsp runny honey

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Chicken

1 x 3 pack chicken breasts

1 tbsp olive oil

Method

  1. Bring a full kettle to the boil.
  2. Combine quinoa, water and salt in a small pot. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let steam, still covered, for a further 5 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the vinaigrette. Combine parsley, orange zest and juice, honey, olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Mix well, season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  4. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and slice into steaks. To do this, place your hand flat on top of the chicken breast and use a knife to slice through the middle horizontally to make 2 thin steaks. Heat oil in a large fry-pan on medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and fry in batches until cooked through, 2-3 minutes each side. Set aside to rest for a few minutes, then slice.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the remaining salad ingredients. Trim green beans and halve lengthways; trim asparagus ends and cut into 4cm pieces; cut capsicum into thin strips. Set capsicum aside. Place beans and asparagus into a small bowl, cover with boiling water, leave for 1-2 minutes, drain and refresh in cold water.
  6. Toss all quinoa salad ingredients with chicken and vinaigrette in a large bowl.
  7. Divide salad between plates and serve.

Recipe courtesy of My Food Bag

April 15, 2015

Healthy Chicken, Feta and Almond Salad Recipe

This chicken feta and almond salad is served with a raspberry vinaigrette, so it’s a great recipe to whip up in the warmer months. With a variety of fresh herbs and spices, it’s a healthy and versatile meal that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner.

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Ingredients

Chicken

5 peppercorns

1 cardamom pod

½ tsp fennel seed

1 tsp sea salt

Zest of 1 lemon

4 free range chicken breasts

Olive oil, for cooking

30g butter

100ml Minchinbury Blush (Rosé)

Dressing

⅓ punnet fresh raspberries

50 ml red wine vinegar

Pinch of sugar

150ml olive oil

Sea salt and cracked pepper, to taste

Salad

100g freekah (or cracked wheat), cooked

100g mixed greens

100g rocket leaves

½ bunch flat parsley, leaves picked

½ bunch fresh basil, leaves picked and torn

⅔ punnet fresh raspberries

150g persian feta

50g toasted almonds

Method

  1. In a small frying pan, lightly toast the peppercorns, cardamom and fennel until aromatic. Grind in a mortar and pestle with salt.
  2. Trim any excess fat from chicken breast. Pat skin dry and season well with spice mix and lemon zest.
  3. In a frying pan over medium heat, seal the chicken skin side down in a little olive oil and butter until golden. Flip over and finish cooking the chicken. When almost cooked add a splash of Minchinbury Blush to deglaze the pan juices. Rest the chicken.
  4. For the dressing, combine all ingredients into a glass jar, secure the lid and shake well to infuse.
  5. In a large bowl, add freekah, lettuce, rocket, herbs and raspberries. Add raspberry dressing and gently turn to coat the leaves. Arrange on a serving platter.
  6. Dice the cooked chicken and place onto the salad. Top with feta, almonds and a few more raspberries.
February 11, 2015

Chicken With Mushroom Quinoa Recipe

The Golden Door Health Retreat And Spa have been generous enough to provide us with some amazing recipes to pass on to our readers looking to add extra health and vitality to their to-do list for the end of 2014. Nutritious and delicious – what more could you want?

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Serves 4

Ingredients

100g (1/2cup) quinoa

4 125g (4 1/2 oz) chicken breast, skin removed

1/2 tsp salt and smoked paprika mix

1/4 tsp mustard seed oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 small onion, chopped

45g (1/2 cup) chopped mushrooms

125ml (1/2 cup) chicken stock

Juice of 4 apples (approx 375mls or 11/2 cups)

2 tsp of balsamic vinegar

2 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced

2 tsp chopped fresh parsley

zest and juice of 1 lemon

Method

  1. Wash the quinoa in plenty of cold water and drain. Put in a pan with 250ml (1 cup) of water. Bring to the boil and  then reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer for 10-12 minutes until all the water has been absorbed.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Sprinkle the chicken breast with paprika seasoning. Heat a non-stick frying pan and add the chicken to the dry pan. Cook for 2 minutes to sear, then turn over and sear the other side. Transfer the chicken to a paper-lined baking tray and bake for 12 minutes.
  3. Put the mustard seed oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add the mustard seeds. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes, until lightly golden. Add the mushrooms, stock and cook until the stock has reduced by half. Add the apple juice and cook for 15 minutes until reduced by half. Add the vinegar, season with salt and pepper and stir in quinoa.
  4. Toss together the tomatoes, parsley, lemon zest and juice. Serve the quinoa topped with the chicken and the tomato salad.

Nutrition per serve

  • Energy: 1347kj (322 cals)
  • Protein: 32g
  • Total fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrate: 27g
  • Fibre: 4g
  • Sodium: 95mg
November 12, 2014

Chicken And Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa is gluten-free, rich in protein and has a low GI. It also provides notable quantities of magnesium and potassium.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup frozen (thawed) or fresh corn

4 cups skinless cooked chicken, shredded

1/2 avocado, chopped

100g baby spinach leaves

1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, corn, chicken, avocado, spinach and mint. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Mix well.

Recipe via The Healthy Mummy

August 28, 2014

Coconut Crusted Chicken With Almond Satay Sauce

Here at the SHE‘SAID’ headquarters, we are taking part in the W8less 40-Day Challenge and feeling the amazing results – thanks to the unveiling of the ‘bricks’ and delicious meal plans. So we thought we’d share just one of the many fabulous, quick and easy dinner recipes for everyone to enjoy.

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 medium chicken breasts

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 tsp Chinese five spice

1 egg, beaten

Coconut oil

1 tbs red curry sauce

3 tbs almond butter

1/2 cup of coconut cream

Method

  1. Lightly pound chicken breasts with a rolling pin until they are a uniform thickness and then cut into strips.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients. Dip each chicken strip in the beaten egg and then coat in the coconut mix.
  3. Place coated chicken strips in fridge for 10 minutes (this helps the coating stick to the chicken).
  4. Heat pan and coconut oil. Cook chicken strips for 5-6 minutes on each side.
  5. Satay sauce: Stir together almond butter, red curry paste and coconut cream over a low heat until completely mixed.
  6. Serve with mixed green salad.

Recipe and image via W8less

June 13, 2014

Lime Grilled Chicken Recipe

This easy chicken recipe is full of vibrant flavors. If you don’t care for chicken thighs, use skin-on chicken breasts instead. Serve with an avocado and tomato salad or black beans and rice, and it might just become your new favourite meal.

Serves 6

Ingredients

8 chicken thighs, skin on

2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 7 limes)

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat, about 180° to 300° C. Season chicken generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Brush chicken lightly with 1 tablespoon oil and grill, with lid closed, about 5 minutes per side or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 75° C.
  2. While chicken cooks, heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. In a large glass baking dish, combine garlic mixture and lime juice; season with black pepper.
  3. Place cooked chicken thighs in glass dish, turning to coat chicken with lime mixture. Tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

From Southern My Way: Food & Family (Gena Knox Media) by Gena Knox.

May 17, 2014

Chicken and Coriander Empanada Recipe

These luscious chicken and coriander empanadas from the beautiful new cookbook Argentinian Street Food are great served as part of a picnic or buffet.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Resting Time (Optional): 24 hours. Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Makes: 20 empanadas

Ingredients:

1 quantity of puffed dough

Filling

500 g (1 lb 2 oz) chicken breast fillet
sunflower oil
1 onion, sliced
1 yellow capsicum (pepper), sliced
11⁄2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste (concentrated purée)
a little chicken stockor water
3 teaspoons ground cumin 3 teaspoons dried oregano
90 g (31/4 oz/1 bunch) coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped
salt, black pepper

For frying

1.5 litres (52 fl oz/6 cups) sunflower oil

Method

1. Cut the chicken into small pieces. Brown the chicken in a heavy-based saucepan with a little oil over medium heat. Add the onion, capsicum, ginger and garlic to the pan. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 10 minutes over low heat.Add a little stock if it starts to catch on the base of the pan.

2. Cool the filling and chop in a food processor. Add the cumin, oregano and coriander. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Let the filling rest for 24 hours in the refrigerator, if possible, for a more intense flavour.

4. Sprinkle a little flour on the work surface. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3 mm
(1⁄8 inch) and cut out circles with a 14 cm (51⁄2 inch) cutter. Using a 60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) ice-cream scoop or measuring cup, form small balls of filling and place one on each round of dough. Lightly moisten the edge of the dough with a little water and fold over into a half-moon shape. Seal the edges and give them the ‘pollo’ decoration (see page 26) or an edging of your choice. Set aside in the refrigerator if not cooking immediately.

5. In a saucepan or deep-fryer, heat the oil for frying to 180°C (350°F), or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown in 15 seconds. Add a few empanadas to the oil, and fry for 5 minutes, or until they brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat this process with the remaining empanadas. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Recipes and images from Argentinian Street Food by Gaston Stivelmaher & Enrique Zanoni, published by Murdoch Books, RRP $ 29.99, photographed by Akiko Ida.

March 29, 2014

Turkish Chicken With Apricots and Pistachio Recipe

Karen Martini’s Turkish-inspired chicken with apricots, ginger, saffron and pistachio nuts is one of our favourite easy dinner ideas that’s packed with incredible flavour.

Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients 
1.4-1.6kg free-range chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Salt flakes
100ml extra virgin olive oil
1 brown onion, finely diced
100g fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks
5 cloves garlic, bruised with the back of a knife
2 green chillies, split
2tsp ground cumin
1tsp chilli flakes
2tsp ground cinnamon
2tsp ground coriander seeds
1tsp freshly ground black pepper
1tsp ground turmeric
2 pinches of saffron threads
5 sprigs of thyme
200mls white wine
400g Goulburn Valley Apricot Halves, drained
50g dried apricots
1 lemon, juiced and zest finely grated
2tbsp honey
2 chicken stock cubes
400g Ardmona Rich & Thick Classic
2 handfuls of shelled pistachio nuts, plus extra to serve
Couscous to serve
Handful of mint leaves to serve
Plain yoghurt to serve

Method
1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces, season and brown on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.

2. Add the onions, ginger, garlic and chilli and all the spices to the pan and cook for 3 minutes, adding a little more oil, if necessary. Add the tomato paste, saffron threads, and thyme and cook for another minute. Add the wine and the drained and dried apricots and bring up to a simmer. Add the lemon juice and zest, honey, and stock cubes, stir and add back the browned chicken pieces. Tip the tomatoes over the chicken and add enough water to just cover.

3. Cover with a lid and simmer over a medium heat for 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer for 10–15 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through, and the sauce is slightly reduced, check the seasoning and then stir through the pistachio nuts. Garnish liberally with mint and pistachio nuts and serve with cous cous and plain yoghurt.

What’s your favourite easy chicken dinner recipe?

February 20, 2014

Chicken and Pea Korma Recipe

Forget takeaway, Callum Hann’s chicken curry recipe is now one of our weekly easy dinner ideas. Serve with rice, fluffy naan and his singly tzatziki for the ultimate curry night.

Korma is one of those please-all Indian curries. Everyone (except vegetarians), will pounce on a big bowl of this chicken one, and even then you could swap the chicken out for sweet potato or pumpkin (winter squash). Prepare for your kitchen to smell delicious. The green apple I’ve added to the tzatziki gives it a little extra zing.

Recipe and image from I’d Eat That by Callum Hann, photography by Alan Benson. Published by Murdoch Books, RRP $24.99.

Serves: 4

Ingredients
130 g (1⁄2 cup) thick Greek yoghurt
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
a thumb-sized
piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
a handful of coriander, stems finely chopped, leaves reserved
1 tablespoon garam masala
6 boneless, skinless free-range chicken thighs
cooked white rice or naan bread, to serve (optional)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 brown onion, halved and thinly sliced
1⁄2 a red capsicum, seeded and thinly sliced
1 1⁄2 tablespoons tomato paste (concentrated purée)
2 teaspoons curry powder
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 batch of simple but proper tzatziki
1 green apple (such as granny smith), coarsely grated, seeds removed
75 g (1⁄2 cup) frozen peas
25 g (1⁄4 cup) flaked almonds (optional)

Method
1. In a large bowl, stir together the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, coriander stems and 2 teaspoons of the garam masala.

2. Cut each chicken thigh into nine pieces then stir into the yoghurt mixture, cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or ideally for 1–3 hours, if you have time.

3. If you are making rice, start it just before you start cooking the korma.

4. Heat a large heavy-based saucepan over a high heat. Add the canola oil, then the onion and capsicum and stir for 3–5 minutes, or until the onion starts to turn golden brown.Add the tomato paste,curry powder, salt and the remaining garam masala, and cook for a further 2–3 minutes, stirring frequently, before adding the chicken and yoghurt mixture.

5. Cook for 8–13 minutes, stirring often, or until the yoghurt has started to brown and the chicken has just cooked through (piping hot flesh with no sign of pink in the juices).Turn the heat off.

6. Meanwhile, make the tzatziki (omitting the dill in the recipe). Roughly chop half the coriander leaves and stir them through the tzatziki with the grated apple.

7. Stir the frozen peas through the korma.The second they have warmed through in the korma, put the taztziki in the middle of the table with the rice or naan bread.

8. Scatter over the remaining coriander leaves and flaked almonds (if using) and serve.

What’s your favourite curry dish?

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February 7, 2014

Chicken Salad with Beans and Peas Recipe

Michelle Bridges shares an easy chicken breast recipe from her new cookbook Superfoods that doubles as one of your new go-to midweek dinner ideas. It’s healthy, full of incredible flavours and leftovers make a great next-day lunch.

Just the one superfood in this recipe, but so many other good things alongside it. The mixture of peas and beans gives heaps of fibre and iron, while the chicken gives a meaty texture without overloading the calorie count. Add the delicious dressing and you’ve got one hell of a tasty salad.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 10 minutes. Calories per serve: 380

Ingredients
250 g skinless chicken breast, trimmed
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil spray
100 g green beans, trimmed
100 g snow peas, trimmed
½ cup (60 g) frozen peas
¼ cup (70 g) no-fat Greek-style yoghurt
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ garlic clove
400 g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Method
1. Season the chicken with black pepper. Lightly spray a char-grill pan with olive oil and heat on medium–high. Cook the chicken for 4–5 minutes each side or until lightly charred and cooked through.

2. Meanwhile, cook the green beans in a medium saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes, adding the snow peas and frozen peas for the last 2 minutes. Drain and cool in iced water. Drain.

3. Process the yoghurt, mint and garlic together until smooth.

4. Thickly slice the chicken. Arrange the beans, peas and chicken on a serving plate. Drizzle with the dressing.

What’s your favourite chicken breast recipe?

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February 5, 2014

Chicken, Roast Vegetable and Macadamia Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for new dinner ideas using leftover roast chicken, you’ll love this easy chicken salad recipe from the OzHarvest Cookbook. Australia’s most celebrated chefs including Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Maggie Beer and George Calombaris share their favourite ‘food rescue’ recipes.

Celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi’s recipe makes a fantastic summer dinner and leftovers are delicious for lunch.

From the OzHarvest Cookbook, RRP $60

Serves 3-4 as a quick lunch or light dinner

Ingredients
100g macadamia nuts
1-2 cups leftover roast chicken meat
2 cups leftover roast vegetables
1 bunch rocket leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Leftover chicken skin, crisped in some hot oil (optional)
Crusty bread, to serve

Method
1. Toast the macadamia nuts in a dry pan over medium heat, moving them constantly with a wooden spoon until lightly coloured. Set aside to cool and then roughly chop.

2. Shred or slice the chicken meat into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Cut the roast vegetables into smaller pieces if need be and add to the bowl. Add the rocket and cooled nuts. Dress with the oil and vinegar and season with salt. Toss lightly and finish with a few grinds of cracked pepper. Add the crunchy chicken skin, if you’re using it. Serve with crusty bread.

What’s your favourite recipe using leftovers?

January 16, 2014

Neil Perry’s Claypot Chicken Rice Recipe

Celebrity chef Neil Perry shares one of our favourite easy dinner ideas that’s perfect for weekend entertaining. The rice takes on all the flavours of the chicken and your choice of add-ins, and it makes great leftovers too.

Recipe and image from Simply Good Food by Neil Perry, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99.

This is a cross between boiled and fried rice. The rice takes on great flavour and you can add any favourites to the dish such as dried shrimp, bacon, bamboo shoots or water chestnuts.

Serves 4, or 6-8 as part of a shared Asian banquet

Ingredients

400 g (2 cups) long-grain rice, washed
600 ml chicken stock
4 skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into small dice
1 Chinese sausage (lap cheong), sliced 6 dried black shiitake mushrooms, soaked, simmered until cooked, then quartered
4 cm piece fresh ginger, julienned
1 spring onion, green and white part, julienned

Marinade
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil
3 teaspoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
3 teaspoons dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon cornflour

Method

1. Soak a small clay pot in water for 24 hours before using for the first time. Put the rice and stock in the clay pot, cover and cook over low heat with a heat diffuser if you have one for 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, mix together all the marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken, mixing well.

3. Spread the marinated chicken, Chinese sausage, mushrooms and ginger on top of the rice. Cover and cook for a further 10 minutes. Mix everything through the rice, sprinkle with the spring onions and serve.

Note: I like to mix in a beaten egg when I’m folding all the ingredients through the rice at the end. It gives the dish a luscious texture that I adore.

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What’s your favourite easy chicken recipe?

January 14, 2014

Easy Chicken Pilau Recipe

Got leftover chicken and veg? Turn it into one of Susie O’Neill’s favourite summer recipes, which she’s sharing as part of the Together Counts initiative, an online resource encouraging Australian families to lead healthier, active lifestyles. This easy chicken rice dish will become one of your go-to after-work quick dinner ideas and a great way to use up chicken breasts.

This recipe is great if you’re after a quick, simple meal that is loaded with fresh vegetables. You can even team it up with some low-fat natural yoghurt and toasted almond slivers.

Preparation time: 15mins. Cooking time: 25mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 – 2 tablespoons mild Indian Curry Paste
1 skinless chicken breast fillet, cut into 1cm dice
1 1⁄2 cups basmati rice
1 cup water
1x 500g can creamy chicken soup
800g mixed diced vegetables such as capsicum, carrot, zucchini, celery etc. 1 cup peas

Method

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add curry paste and chicken breast. Cook for 2 minutes until beginning to brown.

2. Add rice and toss to coat. Add water, bring to the boil, stir then cover and cook over a very low heat for 6 minutes.

3. Stir in creamy chicken soup and vegetables and cook a further 8 minutes. 4. Remove from the heat, stir in peas, recover and stand for 5 minutes.

Share your favourite chicken breast recipes in the comments!

December 27, 2013

Baked Pineapple Chicken Rice Recipe

We’re always looking for new chicken breast recipes, so when we tried this dish it quickly became one of our favourite easy dinners ideas. It makes great leftovers served hot or cold, too.

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
½ pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces
1 red onion, peeled and sliced into wedges
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of a lime and another 1 lime cut into wedges
Salt and fresh black pepper
1 cup brown rice
3 cups chicken stock
Handful mint leaves, roughly chopped
Handful coriander, roughly chopped

Method

1. Combine the brown rice and stock in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes or until cooked. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. In a jar, combine the olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Shake to combine.

3. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and scatter over the red onion wedges and pineapple. Add olive oil and lime dressing. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
4. Pile the cooked brown rice onto a serving platter, thickly slice the chicken and place on top of the rice along with the pineapple and red onion mixture. Drizzle over the cooking juices and scatter with fresh mint and coriander.
5. Serve in the middle of the table alongside a salad of mixed greens and cucumber, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and lime juice.
Recipe by Dr Joanna McMillan for Australian Pineapples.
December 15, 2013

Ben O’Donoghue’s Prawn Jambalaya Recipe

Prawn jambalaya can take hours to make, but Fairy ambassador and celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue shows us how to turn this delicious rice dish into one of your new go-to easy dinner ideas. Think of it as cheat’s paella! With just a few ingredients you’ll have an aromatic pot of surf and turf rice on the table in 30 minutes.

Serves: 4

Ingredients 

500 gm green school prawns, peeled, reserving the heads
2 chicken thighs
1 chorizo sausage
1 large onion
1 green peppers
1 celery stalk
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon tomato puree
500 mls chicken stock
1 bunch of thyme
2-3 bay leaf, fresh
2 spring onions
2 green chillies
black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Method 

1. Fry the chorizo and chicken in a heavy bottomed saucepan.

2. Remove and cook the prawn heads in the oil from the chorizo, squashing them with a spoon. Then remove the prawn heads after a few minutes.

3. Add the vegetables and the garlic to the pot and sauté until soft.

4. Add the tomato puree and the bay leaf and cook for a minute. Then add the rice, the chorizo and chicken thigh meat back to the pan along with the stock. Season with the cayenne pepper and cook, covered, over a low heat for about 10-15 minutes.

5. Just before the rice is cooked add the peeled prawns and thyme. Cover and cook for another minute.

6. Serve with chopped spring onions and green chillies.

What are you making for dinner tonight?

December 10, 2013

Healthy Lunch Ideas: Spicy Pineapple Chicken Salad Recipe

Sick of the same old sandwiches and looking for some healthy lunch inspiration? This spicy chicken pineapple salad is packed with bright, bold flavours and is delicious on its own, or we also like it with leftover rice or noodles. Try it for a tasty, light spring dinner as well.

Serves: 4-6
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients

1/2 cup ZOOSH Kung Pow Sweet Chilli with a hint of Garlic Dressing
2 skinless chicken breast fillets
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
Olive oil spray
1 medium pineapple, peeled, cut in half lengthways, cored and thinly sliced
1 large red capsicum, thinly sliced
1/3 cup coriander leaves
1-2 red chillies, seeded and finely chopped

Method

1. Pour 2 tablespoons of the dressing over chicken fillets, refrigerate and marinate for 2 hours. Reserve remaining dressing for salad.

2. Combine the sugar and water in a heavy based small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring only until sugar has dissolved. Continue boiling until golden amber in colour. Working quickly and carefully, add the peanuts to the toffee and then spread using 2 forks in a single layer on a foil lined tray. Allow to cool.

3. Remove the chicken from marinade (discard the marinade), spray with oil and chargrill or panfry for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. Cover and rest for 10 minutes before slicing thinly.

4. Arrange the pineapple, capsicum, chicken and coriander in a serving bowl. Add chilli to the remaining dressing and toss through the salad. Garnish with candied peanuts. Serve immediately.

Do you usually buy your lunch or make your own?

October 13, 2013

Best-Ever Butter Chicken Recipe

Who doesn’t love butter chicken, but instead of ordering one from your local takeaway (with that appetising layer of oil on top!), making your own couldn’t be easier or healthier. This recipe uses Greek yoghurt in the aromatic sauce instead of fattening cream and you wouldn’t notice the difference (well, your hips will!).

It might look like a lot of ingredients, but don’t let that put you off, as you’ll have most of them in your pantry already. Look for organic chicken thigh cutlets which taste so much better, and don’t forget to serve with warm naan or roti for dipping into the beautiful brick-red sauce.

Preparation time: 10 minutes 
Cooking time: 1 hour 

Serves: 4

Ingredients

8 chicken thigh cutlets
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp paprika
50g unsalted butter
2 tbsp white vinegar
3 tbsp tomato paste
410g diced tomatoes
180ml chicken stock
5 cardamom pods, bruised
1 cinnamon stick, cracked
3/4 cup (180g) five:am Greek Style organic yoghurt
Salt to taste
five:am Greek Style organic yoghurt to serve
Fresh mint leaves to serve

Method

1. Marinate chicken with garlic, garam masala, coriander, cumin, chilli powder, paprika and yoghurt overnight (or for least 2 hours).

2. Melt butter in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook chicken until browned.

3. Add cardamom pods, vinegar, chicken stock, cinnamon, tomatoes, tomato paste and mix well. Bring to the boil then simmer for 40 minutes (or until the sauce starts to thicken).

4. Stir in five:am Greek Style organic yoghurt and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes.

5. Serve chicken with steamed rice, naan or roti bread for dipping.

If you don’t have time to marinate the chicken, just follow these instructions:

1. Dust chicken with a little flour and cook in butter until browned.

2. Remove chicken from pan and brown spices until fragrant.

3. Stir in remaining ingredients, including chicken and bring to the boil.

4. Cook over a low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

What’s your favourite Indian recipe?

October 8, 2013

Quick Dinner Ideas: Chicken Curry Recipe

My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph have been trimming down – losing over 20kgs in 7 weeks combined! How did they do it? They’ve been on the Bodytrim system and they’re sharing another of their favourite Bodytrim recipes, a quick dinner idea that’s probably one of your stand-by takeaway meals, but now you can make it in less time – and healthier – than your favourite Indian restaurant.

“We are suckers for a good old curry, they are just so delicious! Ginger, garlic, coconut, coriander…there’s just no better combo! Use salt-reduced stock though so you can control the saltiness. Why not even try making your own red curry paste, it’s so easy and you know what’s gone into it! You can even have a crack at some cauliflower rice or cauliflower purée. Yummy!”

Ingredients

600g chicken breast fillets
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp freshly chopped ginger
1 tbsp tomato puree
100ml vegetable stock (salt-reduced)
500g tomatoes
Juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp sesame oil
100ml coconut milk (unsweetened)
2 tbsp red curry paste
2 stalks Thai basil and coriander

Method

1. Cut chicken breast into small strips. Heat sesame oil in a wok or frying pan, and fry chicken, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes.

2. Stir in coconut milk, tomato puree, curry paste and vegetable stock and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes.

3. Drop whole tomatoes into boiling water for a few seconds, refresh in cold water, then skin, quarter, de-seed and cut into wedges.

4. Add tomatoes to the chicken curry a few minutes before serving.

5. Stir Thai basil and coriander into curry and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

What’s your favourite curry recipe?

October 3, 2013

Chicken Breast Recipes: Chicken, Chive and Corn Fritters

We’re always looking for delicious chicken breast recipes so couldn’t wait to share this tasty chicken, chive and corn fritters recipe from ex-Olympic swimmer and mother-of-two Susie O’Neill. The sweetness of the corn pairs well with another colourful vegetable, avocado, and is guaranteed to satisfy a hungry family!

Preparation time: 15mins
Cooking time: 15mins

Serves 4

Ingredients

300g chicken breast fillets, trimmed
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 cup no added salt corn kernels
1/4 cup self-raising flour
20g (1 tablespoon) polyunsaturated margarine, melted
2 tablespoons reduced fat milk
½ cup no added salt corn kernels
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 small avocado, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped chives, extra
1 cup baby rocket leaves

Dipping sauce
1/4 cup no-fat plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon chopped chives

Method

1. Slice the chicken breast in half through the centre horizontally. Cook the chicken in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat until golden and cooked, 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove pan from the heat and cover to rest.

2. Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl and mix in chives, corn, flour, melted polyunsaturated margarine and milk. Shred the chicken and add to the mixture. Using half the fritter mixture, spoon four even fritters into the pan and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden and cooked. Keep warm. Cook the remaining fritters as with the first four.
3. Create a side salad by combining corn kernels, tomatoes, avocado, extra chives and rocket.

4. Mix yoghurt and chives to create a delicious dipping sauce.

5. Serve fritters hot with the side salad and yoghurt and chive sauce.

Tip: Add a fresh lime wedge for some zing.

Visit Together Counts where Susie speaks about how to balance meals during the week, maintaining active lifestyles and her favourite recipes to achieve this.

Inspire us – what’s your favourite way of using chicken breasts?

September 8, 2013

Mediterranean Chicken Pizza Recipe

We love homemade pizza, especially on a Friday night or weekend when you can have some fun experimenting with different toppings. This is one of our favourite pizza recipes and a great way to use chicken breasts. Make your own pizza dough or buy a ready-made pizza base (ask at your local pizzeria). We like to cook it on the BBQ but it works just as well in a hot oven.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsps McCormick Mediterranean Chicken Grill Mates seasoning
2 x 250g skinless chicken breast fillets, trimmed and sliced
2 x 30cm gourmet thin ready-made pizza bases
250g (1 cup) tomato pizza sauce
250g (2 cups) grated mozzarella cheese
1 red capsicum, deseeded and sliced
1 red onion, peeled, halved and sliced
½ cup fresh basil leaves

Method

1. Preheat oven or BBQ with a hood to 200ºC (180ºC fan –forced).

2. Combine oil, McCormick Mediterranean Chicken Grill Mates seasoning and chicken fillets in a bowl and coat well.

3. Place pizza bases onto two greased pizza trays. Spread tomato sauce over the pizza bases then top with the mozzarella, chicken, capsicum, red onion.

4. Cook for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and base is golden and crispy.

5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with basil leaves. Serve warm, cut into wedges.

Thin and crispy or deep dish? Anchovies or pineapple? We want to know – what’s your all-time favourite pizza?

August 22, 2013

Best-Ever Chicken Casserole

TV chef Dominique Rizzo shares her classic chicken casserole recipe, one of our favourite easy dinner recipes that the whole family will love. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice.

Serves 4

Ingredients 

8 chicken pieces, either legs and or thigh
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp butter
200g bacon, diced
10 pickling onions
3 tsp Gourmet Garden Garlic
500g button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup white wine
3 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp Gourmet Garden Thyme

Method

1. Clean, wash, and dry the chicken pieces.

2. Mix the flour, salt and pepper and cover the chicken with the flour.

3.  Melt the butter in a large pot and brown the chicken for 2 minutes on all sides.

4. Remove the chicken and add in the bacon, brown slightly and add in the onions, garlic, mushrooms and cook until slightly golden.

5. Place the chicken back into the pot and add in the rest of the flour and salt and pepper mixture.

6. Add the wine and deglaze the pan by scraping the bottom of the pan.

7. Add in the stock and Gourmet Garden Thyme and bring the liquid to a boil.

7. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover, cook for 25 minutes or the chicken becomes tender and falling off the bone. Serve hot with mashed potatoes or steamed rice, and a crisp salad on the side.

What’s your favourite midweek chicken recipe?

August 20, 2013

Chicken Breast Recipes: Italian Crumbed Chicken

Looking for an easy chicken recipe for dinner? Whether you call it crumbed chicken or chicken schnitzel, this Italian chicken recipe is a family favourite. It has a secret ingredient that elevates the humble chicken breast from ordinary to extraordinary.

The recipe comes from Tanya Bartolini’s new cookbook Blending the Cultures.

Nonna Ida makes the best crumbed chicken and it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the exact reason why. My son absolutely loves this dish.

Serves 4 

Ingredients

2 large chicken breasts (free range)

3 eggs

¼ cup Scotch whisky

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 cups dried breadcrumbs

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon powdered chicken stock

extra virgin olive oil

Method

1. Thinly slice the chicken breasts (about 3-4 pieces per breast). Use a meat tenderiser to lightly hammer each piece thin.

2. Marinate the chicken: place in a bowl with eggs, scotch and garlic whisked together. Place the marinating chicken in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

3. Place breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and chicken stock in a bowl and combine. Remove a piece of chicken from the egg mixture and place in the breadcrumbs, thoroughly coating the chicken. Transfer to a plate and continue until all pieces of chicken are crumbed.

4. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the pan comes to temperature (breadcrumbs will bubble when dropped in), place chicken pieces in the pan. Cook on one side until golden brown, then turn and repeat. Once cooked, transfer chicken to a plate covered in paper towel. Repeat until all pieces of chicken are cooked.

5. This dish is best served warm and golden and crunchy.

What’s your favourite chicken breast recipe?

August 8, 2013
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