Sweet & Spicy Tangerine Glazed Grilled Chicken

Bobby Flay had me for a twofer — those amazing grilled potatoes are merely a side to complement this fabulous chicken. The chicken is seasoned in two ways: first a spice rub that forms a delicious crust while the chicken is grilling, and secondly the glaze which is sticky and sweet.

This balance of spicy crust + sweet glaze is absolutely the right way to do BBQ. I will be honest: my normal routine for grilled chicken breasts is this: salt, pepper, Italian seasoning out of a jar, olive oil, put on grill. That’s it. Simple and tasty.

But when you are looking for more. For that extra special something. For a break from the ordinary. This is it!

By the way, if you have trouble with grilled chicken breasts becoming too dry, check out my article on keeping chicken moist and tender, even when grilling.

With summer (i.e. barbecue season) coming to an end, I suggest you make this now. Otherwise you’ll regret it for the entire year.

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Lime Fish Sauce Chicken

This chicken dish is extremely easy. And, unlike a lot of recipes on this site, comes from bottled food. I usually rally against that kind of thing, but I’m not ready to make my own peanut butter, chili sauce, or fish sauce. It’s a healthy and quick way to make a tasty sauce. I’m crazy so I check the ingredients labels to make sure my pre-packaged foods don’t contain preservatives, artificial flavors, or tons of salt and trans fat. Or maybe just contain as few of these things as possible.

I don’t know if you’ve ever smelled fish sauce, but it is pungent. I mean, that smell will tickle your sinuses, and not in a good way. But you need to power through. Once the sauce warms up, it lends a salty, well-rounded flavor and that stench disappears. The addition of peanut butter makes the sauce creamy while some lime juice adds a fresh burst of acidity.

Serve with white rice and chopped peanuts. I also like to add a steamed green, like spinach or broccoli. Drizzle the leftover sauce on top and you have yourself a simple meal!

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Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Mayo

So it was turkey burgers again the other other night. I love turkey burgers — they can be so moist and flavorful if you make them right. I found a recipe for a chipotle mayo online and decided the patties needed some spicing up as well. So instead of just salting and peppering the ground turkey, I mixed in a bunch of spices for flavor, an egg and onion for moisture, and crushed tortilla chips to keep with the southwestern theme.

The star of this recipe is the chipotle mayonnaise. It’s creamy and tangy but has a lovely crunch from small pieces of onion. It has a background of fiery heat, which you can increase by adding adobo sauce if you like more heat.  It didn’t take too long to put together and only needs a bun, some greens, and maybe a tomato slice to make you happy.

The chipotle mayonnaise also makes a yummy dipping sauce for french fries and keeps up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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Chicken and Squash Curry

chicken and grey squash curry

Looks like I’m on a curry kick. I go through periods where I am craving some type of food and I make variations of it for a week straight before I move on to something else. I like that I get a chance to riff on one recipe and change it up a couple of ways. Although I’m sure that my parents get sick of eating the same type of food for several nights straight. Oh well, I guess they can’t complain since somebody is cooking dinner for them!

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Tips for Moist, Juicy, and Tender Chicken

chipotle lime chicken with black bean corn salsa

We’ve all cooked chicken before that has come out tough, dry, and chewy. But through the years, I’ve learned a couple of  tips for moist and tender chicken that I’d like to share with you. If you follow these steps, you will have juicy cuts of chicken every time. I am also including links to some chicken dishes you can try your luck with.

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Chicken with Taco Seasoning

chicken with taco seasoning cumin oregano paprika chipotle

This chicken dish is a revelation. It’s spicy, smoky, flavorful and, best of all, quick and easy! Cut your chicken into strips, saute some onions and garlic, throw in spices and chicken broth, and let it simmer. I was amazed just how much flavor and heat this dish had. The sides were also easy. I made some white rice and added a spoonful of tomato paste and a pinch of oregano in the pot to give it some flavor. I also simmered a can of black beans in a pot with chicken broth. Two quick and easy sides that highlight a great dish.

You can also make a taco night out of it. Put out taco shells, beans, chopped red onions, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, and cilantro and have yourself a party! Don’t forget to serve margaritas. 🙂

If you are one of those people who use seasoning packets to get that taco seasoning flavor, you need to stop right now. This blend will blow that stuff out of the water. It’s just cumin, oregano, paprika and chipotle powder. But together, these spices make something very special. Oh, and another great thing is that it’s made out of pantry staples so you can make it on a weeknight when you just don’t have the energy to run  to the store for ingredients. Read the recipe and the rest of the post here…

White Turkey Chili

white turkey chili with sour cream and cheddar cheese

This dish is excellent – warm, a little spicy, rich, and delicious. With everyone in the northeast still blanketed in snow, what better dish to make than a filling chili?  This dish is a great way to eat heartily if you’re trying to cut red meat out of your diet or looking for something lighter in calories but full of flavor. (especially if you top with cilantro and red onion for flavor, and avoid the cheese and sour cream)

Double (or triple) the recipe. The leftovers taste even better than the initial dish. I think it’s because the flavors have time to meld together in the fridge.

I kind of forgot about this chili and left it on the stove top too long so mine didn’t have a very liquidy texture. But it was still delicious!

Top with any combination of the following: sour cream, parsley, cilantro, green onions, cheddar or jack cheese, chopped red onions, crumbled tortilla chips, avocado, chopped tomatoes, sliced chiles, or a spoonful of salsa. It’s also excellent with some white rice mixed in.

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Mom’s Turkey Meatball Soup

Mom's turkey meatball soup

My mom is great at making soup. I, like many people, will never be able to cook quite like my mother. She came up with this recipe for a quick weeknight meal and it’s been in regular rotation at our house for some time now. I tried making it the other day and let me just say, it wasn’t as good as when mom makes it.

I love the recipe though, because it comes together quickly and uses a hunk of frozen spinach that you don’t even have to thaw ahead of time. I also like that the meatballs get thrown in the soup raw, although if you have the time and don’t mind getting another pan dirty, you can certainly brown them before adding to the stock pot.

Essentially, this is a shortcut recipe — a way to get a homemade soup quickly. Of course, the meatballs would taste better if they had garlic, parsely and parmesan mixed in. Of course, it would be better to brown them rather than to cook them in the soup. And it uses a bare minimum of ingredients, stuff I always have laying around. It doesn’t even call for chicken broth! Because sometimes, you just want a quick dish without all the fuss and this is a great way to do that.

With this recipe, I’m going to include notes from my mom. I’m not going to edit them because I love her Ukrainian take on the English language.

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Lemon Oregano Chicken

Lemon Oregano Chicken with pasta and broccoli

I was looking for a simple and quick dinner for a week night. I had some chicken thighs in the fridge and I was craving lemon. Luckily, I found a recipe that called for ingredients I had in my pantry. The chicken came out moist, flavorful, lemony, and delicious. Searing it in a pan before baking it in the oven really locked in the juices and made the skin nice and crisp.  I used bone-in, skin-on thighs, but you can certainly use boneless, skinless. (I just don’t think the chicken will be as moist). For a side dish, I just boiled some egg noodles and broccoli and then drizzled the remaining lemon sauce over the top.

I found that the original recipe called for too much fat, so I reduced it in the one given below. I also increased the amounts of garlic, lemon juice, and chicken broth so I had enough sauce for the noodles. Next time, I’ll use about a teaspoon of lemon zest in the marinade to increase the lemony flavor.

Check out my tips for getting moist and tender chicken every time. (opens in a new window)
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Turkey Burgers

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Other bloggers out there are talking about stuffing or cranberry sauce or glazed carrots or roasting a whole turkey. I’m not an expert on any of those those things, but I would like to be somewhat topical with this post. So I started thinking about Thanksgiving and then it came to me — turkey burgers!

I am always in search of a good turkey burger. In my experience, most turkey burgers out there are bland and dry. To combat this, I like to buy dark meat ground turkey and mix seasonings right in to provide more flavor. Ground dark meat has more fat so it has more flavor and is less likely to dry out than white meat. You can also buy a white meat/dark meat mix. I don’t recommend the white meat only since it’s the driest and least flavorful. This is one of my favorite turkey burger recipes. It’s pretty simple and uses few ingredients, but they really shine and dress up a normally boring meal!

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