I’m always looking for new ways to make chicken, especially for Robby as chicken is not his favorite thing so I know when I am making it for him it really needs some good flavor. This dish is super simple, the maple has lots of sweet flavor, but the pinch of cayenne pepper brings a little heat to the dish. I served this with a side salad. The next day we sliced the chicken up for sandwiches. No matter how you serve it, I’m sure your family will enjoy it!
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Pinch Of cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Chicken thighs or breasts (I used boneless skinless breasts)
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat an ovenproof pan over medium heat. Mix the olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a bowl or Ziploc bag. Add the chicken and coat the chicken with the olive oil and seasoning mixture. Fry the chicken in your heated skillet for 3-4 minutes on each side drizzle with the maple syrup and place the pan in the preheated oven until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. The chicken is cooked through when the juices run clear when pierced in the thickest part of the meat.
This is hands down the most flavorful marinade I have ever had. Chef Michael Symon made this on The Chew one day and all the co-hosts raved about how good it was. I knew I had to give it a try and I’m so glad I did as it became one of my favorite steak marinades all summer long. Absolutely delicious!
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2 sprigs of rosemary
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1/3 cup Olive oil
Steak of your choice, skirt steak, flank steak or hanger steak
Season the steak with salt and pepper. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, rosemary and chili flakes. Add about 1/3 cup of olive oil. Place steak in a resealable bag and pour the marinade over the steak. Marinate in the fridge for 2 hours or up to overnight.
Remove the steak from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. Heat grill to medium-high heat, wipe off any bits of the marinade from the steak, drizzle with olive oil and grill steak to your desired doneness. Serve warm.
While I was still recovering with my broken leg, I was looking for a fast simple dinner to get on the table and this was it. I had all the ingredients on hand and I baked up some fries and added a salad to go alongside the chicken. Dinner was on the table in no time. I made these using chicken tenders as that’s what I had, but you can certainly use chicken breasts as well. These can be simply fried in the pan as I did or baked at 350 degrees until fully cooked through.
4 chicken breasts or 1 package of chicken tenders
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
Squeeze the juice of the orange into a bowl and add the maple syrup and soy sauce. Add the chicken, coating all of the pieces. I fried my tenders in a large pan over medium heat until cooked through and turning halfway. If baking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through. Serve warm.
Well, it’s been a rough few weeks. I told you I would check in and post when I could …well, I feel like my last post of taking a little break turned into reality! I don’t always share some of the most personal things happening but let me give you a recap of our last year!
One year ago, our daughter and her love Steve (who we love) had twins (a boy and a girl). We were told a number of years ago that Amanda would never be able to carry a child due to her ligament disorder…well, Amanda always pushes the odds and she had twins that were born three months early and spent almost three months in the hospital in Manchester, NH. We were so thankful, happy and scared all at the same time. We have hit the one year mark and Amanda, Steve and the babies are doing amazing. All thriving! But also just moved to the land of nowhere in NY! Cornfields, soybeans, vineyards and etc! It’s a ten hour trip for us to see them. Although we were sad to see them leave we are thrilled for them and the new life they have started.
With this being said, Jim and I have been looking for a lake home for a few years and could never find the right house but when the kids moved we knew what we wanted, and that was a motor home! We purchased the motor home the first weekend they left and have not looked back! We were able to spend ten days with the twins and family. While in the middle of no where, or the many cornfields I had a slight (?) injury or so I thought. I broke my fib bone and separated my ankle. Yup, back to my last post of “just a small break”! Well, sadly not as small as I would like. I’m not in the kitchen at all. I can do small things in small increments. With that being said I will be out of the kitchen longer than expected. I have four more weeks of the “boot” then a re-check and whatever physical therapy to get me back to normal.
I will be back, but just not as soon as I would like! Thank you for all the support and understanding!
As I have mentioned in prior posts, our son Robby has had a very angry belly. Sadly this has brought us to many doctor visits as well as two emergency room visits and many sleepless nights. His diet has changed significantly from eating like most people to a gluten free, dairy free diet to the Fodmap Diet. Not an easy task for anyone, not to mention a young man just starting out.
I’m going to take some time off to get Robby back on track and feeling better, as well as taking some family time.
Summer is here, enjoy your family…and have a safe and wonderful summer. I won’t be gone too long and may pop in from time to time with recipes we love. Stay tuned and thank you all so much!