Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Teriyaki chicken*

chicken breasts (you can use as many as you'd like)
1/2 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp garlic salt

put chicken in a shallow baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, turn chicken over and bake for an additional 15-30 minutes.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Southwestern Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew in a Pumpkin

3 T. olive oil
1 large sweet onion (Walla Walla, Mayan, etc), peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
1 orange bell pepper, cored and chopped
1½ lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1” dice
1 lb. (4 links) of andouille sausage or other sausage of choice (chicken with sun dried tomatoes, turkey sausage, or even smoked kielbasa will do the trick!)
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. chili powder
4 oz. can chopped green chilies
15 oz. can garbanzo (or pinto, kidney, black, or great northern) beans, with liquid
15 oz. can chopped tomatoes with liquid + 15 oz. can of water
3 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
1 tsp. kosher salt
12” pumpkin, top removed and seeded (or use decorative ceramic autumn/Halloween themed serving bowl)
1 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 cup sour cream
2 cups Shredded Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Colby cheese
In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat oil. Add onions and peppers, cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat until softened. Add chicken, sausages, and garlic. Stir, cook on medium for 5-8 minutes until chicken is browned lightly on the outside. Add cumin powder, chili powder, chopped green chilies, beans, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and salt.
Cover; simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender, stirring gently on occasion. Taste for seasoning.
Place stew in carved out pumpkin, cover top with foil and place on baking sheet. Keep warm in 200 degree oven until ready to serve. (No longer than 2 hours.)
Serve with garnishes of cilantro, sour cream, and cheese in separate bowls for guests to help themselves. Serves 6-8.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Chicken and Gravy *

This one is so easy that I don't know that it even deserves one star.

6 chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 brick of cream cheese
1 packet of dry italian dressing mix

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot and cook for 5-7 hours (my crockpot seems to cook things faster than what most recipes call for, so check it after 5 hours.)

*on tip-I used the fat-free cream cheese last time and it wouldn't mix in very well and came out really thick. If you want to use the fat free kind I would suggest adding some water to it.