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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fruited Moroccan Chicken and Curried Couscous

1 tbsp Moroccan seasoning (or Carribean Jerk or similar)
1 lb chicken breast tenders
Cooking spray
1 tsp olive oil
16 dried apricot halves
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream

Sprinkle seasoning on chicken. Coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; add oil. Place over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken; cook 3 min on each side or until chicken is lightly browned.
While chicken cooks, cut apricot halfs into slivers. Place in a glass measure; add water to cover. Cover with lid or plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 2 min., drain well.
Remove chicken from heat; stir in apricots and sour cream.

Curried Couscous with Walnuts

1 can (14 1/2 oz) fat-free chicken broth
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp curry powder
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sliced green onions
10 oz couscous

Combine broth, water and curry powder, bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover, remove from heat and let stand 5 min. Fluff with fork and stir in walnuts and green onions.

Of course you can use any side dish, but these go very well together with a salad on the side....very quick and yummy! Came out of the 5 Ingredient 15 Minute cookbook from Cooking Light...a great buy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Parmesan Chicken Noodle

My friend brought this meal over after I had my baby (almost 2 years ago!) and we loved it. I finally got the recipe from her. This is a great weeknight meal and very kid friendly.

Parmesan Chicken Noodle
8 oz Angel Hair pasta, cooked
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 - 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped

Place cooked noodles in bottom of casserole dish. In saucepan melt butter, add flour, add chicken broth. Cook until thick & bubbly. Add milk, stir in Parmesan cheese and chicken. Pour sauce & chicken over noodles. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. (This recipe makes a lot of sauce, so you could easily get away with cutting it down a bit.)

Poaching Chicken
I finally learned how to poach chicken perfectly. Before, it always turned out a little on the tough side - No matter how many different ways I tried it. Everyday Food Magazine taught me the trick. (If you already knew how to do this to perfection, good for you! If not, this will help you so much!!)

Place chicken in a large, shallow skillet or pot. Add water to cover and season with salt. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a bare simmer; cook 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and let chicken stand, covered, until cooked through, 12-14 minutes. Remove chicken from liquid and let cool completely. The chicken stays moist and tender - perfect for this dish and also for cold salads.