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Ginger Chili Chicken

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I have been a bit under the weather lately as you can tell from my last post. With that said, I have been looking for quick meals with a lot of taste. And for some reason I have been craving spicy and tangy food the last two days. So after I finally dragged myself to the kitchen wrapped in a blanket the other evening I was looking for anything I could manage to make in under 30 minutes. This is what was scrounged up, basically my take on chili chicken. While dousing chicken in a chili sauce would have been much easier I made the sauce from scratch and it only took 5 minutes. Within 30 minutes I was back to be being curled up on the couch.

You will need 4 Boneless and Skinless Chicken breasts cubed and seasoned with some paprika.

For the Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Minced Ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • 1 Minced Garlic Clove
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil

For the Garnish:

  • 2 Green Onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 Handful of Fresh Cilantro (finely chopped)
  • Sesame Seeds

How To:

1) Combine the above in a bowl.

2) In a large pan or wok heat up your Olive oil with about a tablespoon of water. Toss in your cubes of chicken and cook until they are no longer pink.

3) Add in the sauce and cook until it is no longer watery. (approx. 5 mins) Let the chicken brown a bit in the sauce then toss in the garnish mix.

Combine it all and serve with your choice of side. I myself did fresh cubes of cucumber.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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Let me begin with I LOVE Mexican food! The flavors, the spices the variety…any time I am looking for an awesome comfort food, chances are it includes something Mexican inspired. Now I cannot really explain how I came about to make this dish. Basically I asked my husband if he had any cravings for dinner that evening and all I got was “not really, anything is good” helpful isn’t it? Out of that however came the most random thought….Poblano Peppers! I had made them years ago, but since then have not made another attempt after having an awful meal served to us while on a vacation in Mexico. Who would have known…there is a bad way to serve these peppers, burnt to a crisp and filled with cream cheese and corn. Now, I am sure if done right that combination would have worked very nicely, they just did not make it happen. There are endless ways to make the stuffing for these peppers and really if you look throughout the Internet you will come across something you will like. I wanted something healthier than a container of cream cheese for dinner so this is what I whipped up. Since these pepper take on a slightly smoky flavor when broiled, using the freshness of cilantro and lime in the stuffing worked very well. (This dish is now being served next month at my wonderful Mother’s 50th Birthday)

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cooked Chicken Breasts (finely chopped)
  • 6 Medium Poblano Peppers
  • 1 Medium Portabello Mushroom (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tomato (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 Red Pepper (finely chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp White Onion (finely chopped)
  • 5 Baby Corns (finely chopped)
  • 1 Handful of Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • 1 Garlic Clove (minced)
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 4 Tbsp Taco Sauce (I used Mild)
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Monterrey Jack Cheese

How To:

1) Preheat your broiler to 500F. Wash your Poblano Peppers and cut them open from stem to tip. Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet and put them in the oven. Roast your peppers (turning frequently) until they are blackened. (approximately 10 mins)

2) Remove your peppers from the broiler and remove the seeds and skins. Let them cool.

3)In a large pan heat up 2 Tbsp of olive oil and then saute your onions.

4) Toss in your red pepper and mushrooms and continue cooking.

5)  Add in the tomato and corn cooking it for about a minute.

6) Add in your chicken, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and spices. Cook for another minute to let the flavors combine.

7)  Add in your taco sauce and cheese.

8)  Remove for the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

9)  “Stuff” your roasted Poblano peppers with your filling. Don’t be stingy add enough that the filling is visible from the top. You can use toothpicks to hold them together.

10)  Place the peppers back on the baking sheet and sprinkle a bit of cheese on top.

11)  Place in the broiler for 10 minutes or until your cheese turns golden.

Enjoy 🙂 I served up mine with some tortilla chips and fresh avocado on the side. Yummy!