Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

We love Chick-Fil-A nuggets, but ever since I realized they have MSG in their non-grilled ones, I have stopped getting them. This recipe was perfect to find because it is easy, fairly fast (outside of waiting for the marinade time, which I don’t count), and doesn’t require much fanciness. I had to buy pickles simply for the purpose of using their juice, but that was fine. These might not be a dead ringer for the famous nuggets, but I would say they were still good and maybe better because they don’t have any weird ingredients in them.

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Curry in a Hurry

What do you consider “a hurry”? I made the spice mixture for this ahead of time, and just left it in my mini food processor in case it needed to be re-processed. It meant that dinner came together in less than the time it took to cook the rice. I added spinach because I like what curry does for spinach, and I like having everything all together. Everyone ate this, and I cut out the serrano peppers to appease our sensitive tongues. You can certainly add them back in and up the spice. You could leave out the spinach, but you can also add more or less. It’s not a picky recipe, which also helps with a time crunch. For a large portion, you are just stirring occasionally while discussing cars with your toddler. Or whatever you do in your spare cooking time.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Summer Trip 2017

Before I let the summer get away from us, last month we went to Maryland for what will be our only visit this year, since this Christmas we will be home celebrating our first weeks as a family of 4. We had a few goals for this visit…

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Stock

I’ve made recipes in the slow cooker before that yield broth, like this one. But, I had not seen one where you could take already cooked chicken and turn it into an easy broth. For awhile, I was buying rotisserie chickens from the store and eating them throughout the week for lunch. It was easy and cheap. Well, now I was able to take those carcasses I saved (just in case) and use them for a stock. The original recipe says you need 3-4 chicken carcasses, but I found 2 was plenty. Maybe my chickens run large? Basically, once I filled one of my gallon-sized freezer bags with the bones, I was ready to go.

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Sizzling Shrimp with Corn and Zucchini

One of my favorite parts of late spring into summer…corn! It starts appearing in the stores and I get so excited. Zucchini is generally good year-round even if the price is higher, or at least okay. But corn? The fresh kind is only good in the summer and it is awesome. I’ve been buying some each week just because I can’t resist it.

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Pasta with Sausage and Mushrooms

We like simple recipes with ingredients we love. This is one for us…sausage, mushrooms, and pasta. All loved, and this dish comes together in under an hour if I count my slow chopping skills and the time to boil water.

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Katsudon (Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)

One of the reasons I really wanted to make the Chicken Katsu recipe was to make this recipe. I like the idea of leftovers redone. What’s also awesome is this recipe comes together in about 10-15 minutes, including the time to pull everything out and chop the onions. Very simple and fast, but still something “new” for your leftovers.

 

This is something you normally serve with rice, but on the day I took these pictures, we had leftover tater tots from earlier that I served it with for K. Even with cooking the chicken in broth, the egg makes it less soupy and more omelette-like.

 

Directions for Katsudon

Adapted from Serious Eats 

  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 1 leftover Japanese fried chicken cutlet (they say to cut into strips, but I forgot)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Steamed rice for serving

In a small-medium saucepan, large enough to fit your cutlet, add the chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and mirin. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs and green onions (not the green parts) in a small bowl. Add the chicken cutlet to the saucepan and let it simmer for 1 minute. Pour the egg mixture around the chicken, into the broth.

It is okay if some of the mixture gets onto the chicken as well. Cover and cook until the eggs are as set as you would like (1-3 minutes). Pour carefully onto a bowl of rice, sprinkle with the green parts of the chopped green onion and serve.

Directions for Katsudon (without pictures)

Adapted from Serious Eats 

  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 1 leftover Japanese fried chicken cutlet (they say to cut into strips, but I forgot)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Steamed rice for serving

In a small-medium saucepan, large enough to fit your cutlet, add the chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and mirin. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs and green onions (not the green parts) in a small bowl. Add the chicken cutlet to the saucepan and let it simmer for 1 minute. Pour the egg mixture around the chicken, into the broth. It is okay if some of the mixture gets onto the chicken as well. Cover and cook until the eggs are as set as you would like (1-3 minutes). Pour carefully onto a bowl of rice, sprinkle with the green parts of the chopped green onion and serve.

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