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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Look at that steamy goodness! Yes please. For some reason, there was some confusion over whether or not I liked chicken noodle soup. When I told my husband that this is what I was making for dinner, he said, “But you hate chicken noodle soup.” […]

Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice

Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice

Otherwise known as the most tropical dinner I’ve ever made. Aloha! I feel like this also got me out of my chicken rut. Lately, my chicken dinners have been so blah. Completely edible, but not exciting and only just…decent. I’ve just gotten out of my […]

Steamy Rice and Beans

Steamy Rice and Beans

Rice and Beans with Chicken
I love elaborate recipes. I really do.

But 90% of the time, I’ll look at an elaborate recipe with 20 ingredients and think, “Yeah right! Not tonight, my friend.”

Which is a pity, because ingredient lists can be deceiving as far as effort involved.

On the other hand, if I come across a recipe with only 3 or 4 ingredients, I’ll probably dismiss that one too. “Not exciting. Probably has ‘boxed something’ as an ingredient.”

Sometimes I’m too judgmental.

While this list looks medium-longish, just look at the process:
Rice and Beans with Chicken

Rice and Beans with Chicken

Rice and Beans with Chicken

Rice and Beans with Chicken
Broth and chicken

Cover and cook. Eat.

And don’t get a steam burn!

No seriously, DON’T get a steam burn. I went to pull off the aluminum foil, and my hand got in the way of the escaping steam. It was one of those burns that actually took a second to reach my brain. At first it was like, “oh that was kind of hot,” and a second later I was jumping around the kitchen waving my hand in the air like I just didn’t care. Then I remembered to run it under cold water.

I’m quick like that.

Hours later, I was STILL icing my fingers because they felt like my skin was melting off. Unwrap with caution, folks.

Steamy Rice and Beans
Serves 4-6
Adapted from eat, live, run

2 chicken breasts, diced (or leave out the chicken!)
1 cup dry rice (I used Jasmine rice)
8 oz can of tomato sauce
14 oz can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne, depending on how much kick you’re looking for.
guacamole for topping (I’m kind of obsessed with the Wholly Guacamole from Costco. Best ingredients list I’ve seen on store-bought guacamole.)

Preheat the oven to 350F

In a 9×13″ dish, pour in the rice, tomato sauce and kidney beans. Add the spices to the broth and whisk together. Pour the broth over the rice and beans, and give the pan a little stir. Add the chicken, and then cover the pan very tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 90 minutes with the foil on.

CAREFULLY remove the aluminum foil, top the casserole with guacamole, and serve.

Yours truly with peeling fingers,

Curry Chicken Chili

Curry Chicken Chili

I’ve been making this chili a couple times a month for awhile now. (Though this is the first time I’ve made it with chicken. I’ve been using ground beef, and it’s been amazing. But I only had chicken, and it was equally amazing.) It was […]

Chicken Sausage Calzones

Chicken Sausage Calzones

Calzones are so great for those times when you have a lot of random ingredients that you need to use up. For instance, we bought some chicken and apple sausages from Costco. I really liked them, but Nick didn’t care too much for them. When […]

Survival Salad

Survival Salad

We’ve had a long spring this year. A long wet spring.
Great for the grass and my water bill, not so great for morale.

So I’m overjoyed about 80+ degree weather. It’s seriously my favorite time of year. I may have mentioned it once or twice. (Or everyday of my life.)

But even though I’m seriously a happy camper, turning on the oven when it’s 85F in my kitchen is just asking for trouble. And melted popsicles.

So what’s a Jo to do? Make a giant salad! With chicken! And vegetables! And no oven!

Summer Survival Salad
Serves 4-6

4 unfrozen chicken breasts (I like boneless and skinless, but use what you’ve got)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, sliced
1 medium tomato, chopped
1-2 cups sugar snap peas (you can leave them whole, but I cut them in half for easier eating)
your favorite mix of lettuce

Marinate the chicken for at least 15 minutes, up to a day, in your favorite Italian salad dressing or vinaigrette (I’ll give you my favorite recipe at the bottom).
Grill the chicken (outside! not in your kitchen!) until fully cooked, adding more marinade each time you turn the chicken. Allow the chicken to rest covered in tin foil before you slice it into strips.

In the meantime, assemble your salad. I like to do it in layers, ’cause it’s more fun that way. Then plate and serve.

Grilled Chicken Salad
See? No melted popsicles.

Grilled Chicken Salad
Start with lettuce.

Grilled Chicken Salad
Add bell peppers.

Grilled Chicken Salad
Another layer of lettuce and then cucumbers.

Grilled Chicken Salad
Another layer of lettuce and then tomatoes and sugar snap peas.

Grilled Chicken Salad
All plated and ready to eat!

My favorite salad dressing/chicken marinade
from Emeril Lagasse

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp dark brown sugar
1 clove pressed garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3/4 cup olive oil

Add all ingredients into a lidded container. Shake or whisk until everything is combined. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

What are your favorite summer survival foods?

Hump Day

Hump Day

It’s no secret that I read a lot of blogs. Like, a lot. Like, opening Google Reader after a vacation is pretty scary. I just like to learn! And I’m fascinated with other peoples’ lives. And people take extraordinary pictures. One of my favorite blogs […]

Summer Food

Summer Food

Spring in Montana is a volatile thing. In the same week, we’ve gone from beautiful, sunny, 50F, to cloudy, windy and snowy. C’est la vie in ol’ MT. When we were in the throes of sunny rapture, we got together with our friends and had […]

Super Bowl (or Valentine’s) Wings

Super Bowl (or Valentine’s) Wings

So, Valentine’s Day doesn’t exactly conjure up images of Cupid and a plate of wings, but since when have I done anything the traditional way?

Plus, my Valentine appreciates these kinds of foods way more than heart shaped sugar cookies. Probably because I never make this kind of food.  Like, ever.

My husband made these wings for a super bowl party, based on this recipe and the adaptations of said recipe by a good friend.   After these wings though, I think he became a “great” friend.

I was sent to the store for celery and blue cheese dressing during part of the magic making, but Nick was kind enough to take photos for me. I guess you could say that this is his unofficial wing post.

He started with plain chicken wings:

Which were then steamed (crazy!):

Once the wings were done in the sauna, they received a nice towel service:


Next, they were placed on cookie racks and allowed to cool off in the refrigerator for about an hour:


Once the wings were nice and relaxed, they were baked in the oven:

Up until this point, these wings were prepared in a “Jo approved” manner. Here’s where things changed a little:
Dude, that’s a lot of butter.  Just saying.

Garlic and hot sauce were added to the melted butter, and then everything was tossed together in a bowl:

These were spicy! My tolerance for spicy foods has greatly improved over the last few years, but I could only eat about 3 of these suckers before my lips were burning and my nose was running out the door. You can modify the spice level based on the hot sauce you use, but in our humble opinion, wings should have some kick.  It kind of makes up for the absurd amount of butter, because you definitely can’t gorge yourself on something so spicy.  Checks and balances are a good thing in the world of wings.

Make these for someone you love.  Just be sure to wipe your face before kissing.  Happy Valentine’s!

Chicken Packets – Hold the Tomato

Chicken Packets – Hold the Tomato

I got this idea while running on the treadmill. No joke. Something similar was happening on 30 Minute Meals with Rachel Ray–similar in that she was wrapping meat in puff pastry sheets, but totally different meat and filling–and it’s been stuck in my head ever […]