Crisp Spiced Chicken with Hummus Vinaigrette

I had originally planned on making this for dinner last Sunday, but the store I shop at (which always has pomegranates) was out of pomegranates. They finally had some in stock today, so I was able to make this for dinner tonight.

The combination of just a few ingredients added up to a delicious chicken – I even ate the skin, which I almost never do! The couscous was fantastic, too. And the vinaigrette was really good – I could see myself using as a dip for raw veggies, or even as a salad dressing.

Needless to say, this is definitely something I will make again!

Crisp Spiced Chicken with Hummus Vinaigrette
Food & Wine, February 2001 (Recipe by Adam Erace)

4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken thighs
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons ground coriander
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 cups cooked couscous
1/2 cup coarsely chopped  roasted pistachios
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 cup prepared hummus
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 450F. In a bowl, toss the chicken with 2 tablespoons of the oil and the coriander; season with salt and pepper. Arrange the chicken on a rack set over a baking sheet, skin side up. Roast in the upper third of the oven for 35 minutes, turning twice, until chicken is cooked through. Turn on the broiler and broil for 2 minutes, until the skin is crisp and golden.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss the couscous with the pistachios, pomegranate seeds and 1/2 cup of the parsley. In a blender, puree the hummus and vinegar with the remaining 1 cup of parsley and 1/4 cup of oil. Add 2 tablespoons of water and puree until smooth. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.

Stir one-third of the dressing into the couscous and transfer to a platter. Arrange the chicken on top and serve right away, passing the extra dressing on the side.

4 servings

Chicken, Broccoli and Red Pepper Stir-Fry

For something so simple, this was a really good dinner! I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, so the chicken stayed really moist, but you can use breast meat if you prefer. You can also use different vegetables for variety.
Just make sure to have all your ingredients chopped and measured ahead of time, because once you start cooking, it goes really fast.
Chicken, Broccoli and Red Pepper Stir-Fry
1/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips
Salt & Pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon peeled and chopped fresh ginger
2 cups broccoli florets
2 medium red bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
Pinch red pepper flakes
Combine broth, soy sauce, wine, and cornstarch in a small bowl, whisking until smooth; set aside.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; set aside.

Heat oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add garlic and ginger; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add chicken; stir-fry 2 minutes.

Add broccoli, bell pepper, onion, and pepper flakes; stir-fry 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender and chicken is cooked through.

Add broth mixture and bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly.

4 servings

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Mango Slaw

These were good. While I do have a pulled chicken sandwich recipe that I like better, I would definitely make these again simply because of how quick they are to make. Next time, though, I would probably make some more of the chicken mixture because the portion size was just a bit small for a hungry husband 🙂

The coleslaw was really good, too. My 6 1/2-year-old daughter, Ella, thanked me for putting mango in it!

Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
with Mango Slaw
Cooking Light, November 2009

3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon molasses
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
4 sandwich rolls, cut in half horizontally
12 dill pickle chips

Combine first 9 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 23 minutes or until chicken is done and tender. Remove from heat; shred with 2 forks to measure 2 cups of meat. Place 1/2 cup chicken on bottom half of each roll. Top each with 3 pickles and top half of roll.

Mango Slaw:
4 cups packaged coleslaw mix
1 cup chopped mango
1/4 cup vertically sliced red onion
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise (I used light mayonnaise)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss well.

4 servings

Chicken Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

These tacos were so easy to make, and really good – perfect for a weeknight meal. And the salsa was great – I’d even make it on it’s own to eat with tortilla chips.

Chicken Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa
Cooking Light
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (I used 1/8 teaspoon)
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced peeled mango
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper (I removed seeds)
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 4 ingredients; stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Rub over chicken. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

While chicken cooks, combine mango and next 6 ingredients (through jalapeño); stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Heat tortillas according to package directions; top with chicken and salsa.

4 servings

Bourbon Chicken

This sauce from this was excellent! However, next time I would use boneless, skinless chicken thighs because the chicken breasts got a little dry.

I did cut back on the crushed red pepper for the kids – I just used a little sprinkle. And no, there is no bourbon in this recipe 🙂

Bourbon Chicken, recipe #45809

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ginger
3/4 crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Remove chicken.

Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well mixed and dissolved. Add chicken and bring to a hard boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve over hot rice.

4 servings