Baked Chicken with Thyme and Dijon

Are you in need of a quick chicken dinner? Well, today is your lucky day. Not only is it chicken, but it is chicken breasts. You could totally do chicken thighs, but I think it is hard to find good recipes for breasts to keep them from being dry. I’d rather save my chicken thighs for more finicky dishes, like a stir fry. This is also allergy-friendly since I first made this when the Chiplet couldn’t have any nuts at all, and I like that I can use a butter substitute if dairy is an issue.

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Broiled Chicken with Couscous

Here is another meal where I made it slightly more complicated due to allergy restrictions. But, you can definitely make it in one dish if you wish, and it is fairly simple with ingredients. We hadn’t had couscous for awhile, and I have always liked it. Something about the texture is really fun for me. But, I have had a really hard time typing it up today. Between writing couscouc, coucscoucs, and every other iteration, whew! I am ready for bed.

 

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Chick Pea “Soup” with Pasta and Chicken Meatballs

This was made during a stretch of many successes. I had a feeling this soup would not be soup since pasta always tends to soak up all of the liquid. I realized later I misread and was supposed to add another 2 cups of broth but I really don’t know if that would have been enough. But it is fine since it still tasted really good. So, still a success since everyone loved it.

When reheating it I added extra water to help keep it from becoming dry.

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Clementines and Roasted Vegetables

After my dad and M visited, they had left me with some chicken thighs, clementines, carrots, and celery. I didn’t have any plans for them but decided to throw them together into something. Somehow they all worked together and made something delicious. I served it on top of rice to take advantage of the sauce.

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Pineapple-Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken Breasts

When I was looking back through my pictures to figure out which recipes I wanted to share, I had the hardest time remembering where this one came from. Normally I would have dismissed it as not memorable, but actually it was. I remembered that we all really liked it, including the Chiplet in a pureed form. So, I definitely wanted to make it again. All I needed to do was think back to which cookbooks I had been looking at for ideas and finally I remembered this one. See? Even my tired brain works sometimes. I am very happy to be reminded of this because it was fairly simple. My biggest worry at the time was if it would turn out okay with my changes. But it did and we enjoyed it.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce

We are fans of grilled chicken, but sometimes I want to mix it up a bit with different flavors. Originally this recipe sounded great with blackberries. But, when we went to the store, blackberries were pricey and lackluster. Meanwhile, the strawberries were super cheap and delicious looking, so I decided to do a swap. Sure enough, it worked out well!
The Fudgelet actually helped me put everything in for the sauce.
The sauce made the house smell really good as it cooked. 
Directions for Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce
Adapted from the Food Network Magazine
BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces dark beer
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin

In a large pot, combine all of the ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 hours. Puree the sauce with a blender, food processor, or an immersion blender then strain.

Grilled Chicken Thighs

  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • About 1.5-2 pounds Chicken thighs (I used boneless, skinless ones)
  • Vegetable oil

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Skillet Sesame Chicken

What are some favorite recipes? Ones that I can make during the week. Often, we have leftovers during the week, but I like being able to make one or two simple meals that are fresh but easy. This is definitely an easy meal that tastes really good.

 

I’ve made other recipes with sesame chicken but I like how you can take the same or similar ingredients and make something that seems so different.

 

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