Evelyn Chartres Author

Balsamic Chicken Bites

A tasty dish that I have made for years. Based on a recipe for Chicken Kung Pao and it’s easy to make. The difference in vinegar really makes the flavour pop! Serve with snow peas and rice to make a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of pressed garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of roasted red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of shaved fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cornstarch

Preparation

  1. Chop onions and red pepper then add to a small bowl with pressed garlic. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Set aside.
  3. Combine chicken and cornstarch in sealable container. Toss to cover the chicken.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  5. Add chicken and cook until it is no longer pink. Remove from skillet.
  6. Add onions, red pepper, ginger and garlic into the skillet. Cook until onions are transparent.
  7. Return chicken to skillet.
  8. Quickly stir bowl then add contents to the skillet.
  9. Heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
  10. Remove from heat and ready-to-serve.

French Onion Marinade

A tasty way to prepare chicken by marinating the meat in onions, garlic, beef broth and balsamic vinegar. This dish is typically grilled, cut into tender bite-sized pieces of chicken. This is certainly a family favourite!

Chicken and marinade can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. I use this when going out to a cabin for the week, permitting me to quickly get a meal ready once I get there.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of garlic pressed
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of powdered beef broth
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of water
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken breasts

Preparation

  1. In a freezer bag, add all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Use a straw take out any excess air then seal bag.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least three (3) hours or overnight.  Mix contents of bag occasionally.
  4. Grill chicken, dabbing with marinade occasionally, until meat is cooked throughout.
  5. Cut up chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Ready to serve.

Chicken Piccata

Chicken piccata is said to be nothing more than chicken breast cutlets, dredged in flour, browned then served with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers and stock.

While this recipe fits the definition, the sauce and chicken preparation have been separated. I found that making the sauce after you cook the chicken has varied results.

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup (80 g) of all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of lemon pepper
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of butter
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of garlic
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon (5 ml) of capers

Preparation

  1. In a bag or container, mix flour less 1 tablespoon (15 ml), salt, pepper and lemon pepper.
  2. Cut chicken breasts in half, place one piece at a time into bag, shake to cover.
  3. In an oiled medium pan on medium heat.  Cook chicken on all sides until meat is no longer pink in the center.  Set aside, keep warm using tin foil.
  4. Scrape up some brown bits from the pan and set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan, add oil and butter. Melt butter on medium heat.
  6. Add garlic and sauté for a minute.
  7. Add flour and stir until you have a consistent mix.
  8. Add chicken broth, brown bits, lemon juice and Italian seasoning. Continue heating and stir until sauce thickens.
  9. Add in capers and wait until they are heated through.
  10. Serve chicken covered with sauce.  Makes four portions.

Cipaille

Sea Pie

featured_cipaille_webI saw an article about Quebe’c Secret Meat Pie. Cipaille is a recipe which hails from my mother’s side of the family.  After a bit of research and I was able to adjust my mother’s recipe to be more historically accurate.  Now this recipe features six layers and uses quatre épices which is popular in French Canadian cooking.

This recipe is said to have origins from within the British Navy. It features a deep-dish pie which features three meats and potatoes.  The cloves give it a distinctive flavour which really makes this unique among my recipes.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2½ cups (590 ml) of sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk

Cipaille

  • ½ pound (225 g) of porc
  • ½ pound (225 g) of beef
  • ½ pound (225 g) of chicken
  • 4 ounces (115 g) of onions
  • 3 cloves (9-15 g) of garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1½ pounds (700 g) of potatoes
  • 30 fluid ounces (900 ml) of chicken broth

Preparation

  1. Cut pork, beef and chicken into small ½ inch (125 mm) cubes.
  2. Mince onions and garlic.
  3. In a small bowl add pork, beef, chicken, onions are garlic. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pepper and salt then knead until you have a consistent finish.
  4. Cover bowl then place in the fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat oven at 300°F (150°C).
  6. Cut potatoes into cubes then set aside.
  7. Except for ½ cup (120 ml) of flour, place ingredients for the crust into a medium-sized bowl.  Knead and add remaining flour until your dough is no longer sticky.
  8. In a 4 quart (3.7 l) pot, layer half of the meat mix, layer half of the potatoes and cover with half the dough.
  9. Repeat with the remaining half of meat, potatoes and dough.  Make a hole in the middle of the dough down to the bottom of the pot.  This will allow you to monitor fluid levels.
  10. Pour chicken broth into the hole until level with upper crust.
  11. Place in oven for 5 to 6 hours.  Check levels from time to time, adding remaining broth until ready.
  12. Remove from oven and meal is ready-to-serve.

French Chicken with Mushrooms

Featured_French_Chicken_With_MushroomsThere are a myriad of variations on this recipe.  Also known as Chicken à la King this recipe sometimes sports sherry, peppers and a mix of vegetables.  This is one of my go-to recipes, since I can cobble it  together in under 45 minutes.

While this meal is traditionally served on toasted garlic bread, I often serve it atop some rice as shown.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) of boneless chicken breast
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of butter
  • 10 fluid ounces (285 ml) of sliced mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cumin
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of pepper
  • 14 fluid ounces (435 ml) of chicken broth
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of cream
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of peas

Preparation

  1. Cook chicken according to taste, I use and outdoor grill and sprinkle with a light seasoning like Mrs Dash.  When cooked, cut chicken into approximately ½ inch (1.25 cm) cubes.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan (1.4 quarts or 1.3 litres) over medium heat.
  3. Add mushrooms and cumin then sauté until browned.
  4. Stir in flour, salt and pepper.
  5. Add in chicken broth and cream then stir constantly until sauce thickens.
  6. Add chicken and peas, heat throughout.
  7. Ready to serve on rice or toasted garlic bread.