Poaching chicken is my favorite way to prepare chicken for chicken salad, enchiladas and other recipes where you need shredded/ cubed chicken. The following recipe is what I just used when I poaching some chicken for chicken salad, however once you have the basics down you can adjust and use what you have on hand to change the flavor profile.
In a large pot place your vegetables and aromatics. Place your chicken on top- season- cover with poaching liquid (enough to cover chicken). Your can use any type of chicken parts you desire, with or without bones and skin. The skin really has no use in poaching so feel free to remove before hand if you desire. I like use bone in as it adds depth to the broth, especially if you are saving the broth for future use.
Let come to boil for about 3 minutes. Cover partly and reduce to med-low simmer for 5 minutes. Turn heat off and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Chicken should register 165 degrees at thickest part.
Remove chicken and shred or cube. The broth can be separated from any solids and used for other recipes.
In this recipe I placed one onion- quartered, handful of baby carrots, chopped 2 celery stalks, and a 2 inch piece of ginger sliced. Chicken was seasoned with garlic salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and I added a couple bay leaves. Poaching liquid: vegetable broth and water to cover chicken.
Other ideas to use: For the poaching liquid you can use any type of broth, wine, water, and even beer….or combination thereof.
If I am poaching for enchiladas I may add hot chopped peppers, minced garlic or hot sauce.
I also like using fennel as the fennel and ginger to make a tasty broth for soups afterwards!
With summer here, salads are what I usually have in the fridge for quick, easy and tasty lunches. Currently, I have egg salad and chicken salad in the fridge. Let’s take a look at the Chicken Salad!!
To my husband’s dismay, I am not a nut fan so I don’t put nuts in this chicken salad. If you are “nutty” feel free to add pecans or walnuts to this salad for a nice crunchy texture.
- 1 cup mayo (I prefer Miracle Whip, but use your favorite brand)
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 5 teaspoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh tarragon
- 2 poached chicken breasts, shredded or cubed
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- ~ 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup pecans/ walnuts, chopped (optional)
What I love about this is you can add more or less of the celery, grapes, nuts to what suits your taste.
I will discuss poaching chicken in the next post but you can shred or cube your chicken. If I use chicken breasts I will cube the chicken. This time I used bone in whole chicken breasts with ribs, so it was easier to shred after I poached the chicken. Either way is fine.
Looking for a time saver? Use store bought rotisserie chicken or canned chicken.
Combine all dressing ingredients together then add your dry ingredients. Stir and refrigerate to allow the flavors to come together.
You can make the dressing ahead of time and refrigerate while you are poaching your chicken. Allow your chicken to cool before adding to your dressing.
Use in a sandwich or on top of greens.
Cabbage has been one of my go to veggies this year. I just love how versatile it is. I was at a free Farmer’s Market where I heard and saw a lot of people pass over the cabbage because they didn’t know what to do with it. Coleslaw, soups, sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, bierocks, egg rolls, salads, and more!
I have been wanting to add more turmeric in my diet for its anti-inflammatory properties and was excited when I saw a recipe in February’s Food & Wine for Sautéed Cabbage with Cumin Seeds and Turmeric. The recipe is great as is and super simple. Sauté 3 lbs of finely shredded cabbage in 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil with 1 1/2 teaspoons each of cumin seeds,turmeric and kosher salt until cabbage is soft (about 15-20 minutes).
Always thinking how to make it my own – why not add some ginger root. It is also an anti-inflammatory and I like the brightness it can bring to a dish.
A great side dish or serve with some rice for a meatless Monday dish. Can’t give up the meat? Sauté some chicken to add in or a lean ground meat. This basic dish can be the basis for your own creativity. Next time I am going to add large pieces of carrots to add some texture.
Probably not on the diet list, but if you are looking for a scrumptious, hearty dish here it is! My husband said it was AWESOMEY GOODNESS.
I wish I could take the credit for this dish but it is from The Pioneer Woman. The only thing I added was a sprinkling of smoked paprika over each layer. Almost all the ingredients came from my stash in the deep freeze. We all love cooking fresh, but when you have kids, activities and more sometimes you have to be prepared. To accomplish this we cut up left over ham from the holidays and freeze. What else in our “freezer stock”… that we can use for this dish…diced onions, butter and cheeses. I try to buy butter and cheese when on sale and freeze so I never run out.
I know you are excited to make this for dinner tonight and rather than copy her recipe I am including the link right HERE.
I hope you try this one as it is easy and so delicious.
I am a little late posting this…and sorry for the fuzzy picture, but definitely a vegetable to be familiar with. We discovered this banana squash at a local farm stand in October. I had to know what it was and what do you do with it. I can’t remember but it was 3 for $5 or 3 for $10. Seeing the size of one either price is a good deal!!! Yes we did buy three of these monsters.
Come to find out you can use this squash the same as pumpkin or butternut squash. In fact, research told me that a lot of pumpkin pies are actually banana squash. If you make a lot of pies around thanksgiving this is a great deal for you. We did use it for a pie with excellent results. I have also used it for just squash sauté and in soups. Our freezer now has a lot of cubed squash and pureed ready to go for any squash type recipe.
Do you want some more information on this wonderful find? Check out this blog post from Firesign Farm along with a pie recipe.
FYI: In the same shopping trip we picked up some Canary Melon to try as it was cheaper than the honeydew and cantaloupe. It is bright yellow and has a sweet flavor. We were pleasantly surprised. If you like melon then this is one to try if you see it at your farmer market.
The first time I heard of BBQ spaghetti was while living in Omaha. I admit…even though it seemed to always be an option at potlucks I just was not interested in trying it. Maybe it was because I love spaghetti so much and it seemed like such an off combination. I am such an adventurous eater you would think I would have at least tried it.
Well, if you know me you know you already know I keep a lot of freshly prepared ingredients in the freezer to make meal time easier. Today I took out some shredded pork we had previously made. I really didn’t want to do a soup or enchiladas so I decided to peruse pinterest. Up came BBQ spaghetti by Spicy Southern Kitchen and I had all the ingredients!
This is a an easy recipe that you can easily adapt to your own. As I already mentioned, I used shredded pork I previously made. If you don’t have any on hand you will use you favorite recipe for shredded pork. The crockpot is my favorite to make shredded pork. The recipe also calls for your favorite BBQ sauce, whether you make it homemade or choose your favorite store brand -the sauce will change the flavor profile. Lastly, you could add bell peppers or any other ingredient you like however this is a nice basic recipe.
If you are looking for something different for dinner- here you go. Thank you Spicy Southern Kitchen
- 1 pound spaghetti, cooked al dente
- 1 pound BBQ pulled pork
- 2/3 C your favorite BBQ sauce
- 1 (8 0unce) can tomato sauce
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/4 C sour cream
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
- Cilantro, garnish
- Lightly grease 9 X 13 baking dish
- Preheat oven 350 degrees
- In large bowl combine BBQ sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and sour cream- mix well
- Add spaghetti, pork, green onions and toss to combine
- Pour into baking dish, top with cheese, cover with foil.
- Bake 20-30 minutes
- Top with cilantro and top with additional BBQ sauce (optional)
If I am hosting a dinner party or making a large meal I want to prep some dishes ahead of time. Corn on the Cob is one of those you can prep ahead of time with foil and your seasoned butter. This rub gives you a sweet, smoky flavor that is addicting.
In a bowl combine the following ingredients:
- 2 Tablespoons of softened butter
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Rub butter mixture on your shucked corn and wrap each piece in foil. Place in 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes turning once. Alternatively, you can place foil wrapped corn on the grill- turning until tender (med- high heat about 10 minutes)