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Lemon Chicken Breasts

lemon chicken breasts
Adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients:
1/4 cup good olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic (9 cloves)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lemon

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Warm the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, and cook for just 1 minute but don’t allow the garlic to turn brown. Off the heat, add the white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt and pour into a 9 by 12-inch baking dish.

Pat the chicken breasts dry and place over the sauce. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper. Cut the lemon in 8 wedges and tuck it among the pieces of chicken.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts, until the chicken is done. If the chicken isn’t browned enough, put it under the broiler for 2 minutes. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with the pan juices.

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Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken Chili

crock pot chicken chile

Adapted from Rita’s Recipes

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts, still frozen
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can corn kernels, do not drain
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 T cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t onion powder
1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese

Directions:
Put the chicken in the crock pot.
Top with the tomatoes, corn, the drained and rinsed beans, ranch dressing, cumin, onion and chili powders, stir to combine then top with the cream cheese.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring one or twice to blend in the cheese.
Shred the chicken into large pieces and serve over rice or in tortillas.
Serves 4


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Chicken with Coconut Curry Sauce

thai curry
Adapted slightly from Bon Appétit

Ingredients:
2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 large green onion, chopped
2 teaspoons curry paste (such as Thai Red Curry Base)
1/3 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Directions:
Place chicken between sheets of waxed paper. Using mallet or rolling pin, pound chicken to even 1/2-inch thickness. Peel off paper. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add chicken; sauté until brown and almost cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plate. Add green onion and curry paste to skillet. Stir 1 minute. Add broth; boil until reduced to glaze, about 1 minute. Add coconut milk; cook until sauce coats spoon, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Mix in lime juice. Return chicken and any collected juices to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer chicken to plates. Spoon sauce over, dividing evenly. Serves 2


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Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

wild rice chicken 2
Adapted from Picky Palate

Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 stalks celery, finely diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic
2 Cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
2 Cups steamed white rice
16 oz prepared wild rice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Cheese Sauce Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 Cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 Cups chicken broth
2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
Top with 1 1/2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil into a medium dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Saute onion, celery and carrots until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in chicken, both rices, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Reduce heat to low.

2. To prepare cheese sauce melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper then slowly pour in chicken broth whisking continuously. Whisk until thick and nearly boiling then stir in cheese until melted. Pour cheese sauce into rice mixture then transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with additional cheddar cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted through. Serve.

8-10 servings