Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Our neighbor is from India and they invite us over often for the most delicious meals. One of my favs is Butter Chicken and I just had to figure out how to make it. Here is what I’ve come up with and I’m very happy with the flavor and texture. Enjoy!

Za’atar Chicken

Za’atar Chicken

We had friends over for din on the other day & we served this amazing chicken dish. It’s so flavorful and the chicken is really tender & juicy. Have you tried za’atar? It varies greatly depending on where you are in the Middle East and every family has their own secret blend. It is generally a combination of dried oregano, thyme, marjoram, sumac and toasted sesame seeds. Za’atar may also contain salt, dried orange zest, dried dill, or the wild herb za’atar (also called hyssop, which also grows throughout the Levant & is the mixture’s namesake). This spice mix is tangy, rich & nutty, and is a must have in every kitchen! You’re going to love this chicken!

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken

This dish is flavorful and so easy to make. Just a few steps and you’ll be enjoying this yumminess in no time. I served mine with jasmine rice and blanched broccoli.

Chicken Pastry by Mrs. Barnes

Chicken Pastry by Mrs. Barnes

This post is dedicated to all the fabulous food of black origin. Bernice “Lady Bug” Barnes is my daughter’s boyfriend’s mom. Marcus is from North Carolina and his family makes some of the most scrumptious looking dishes I have ever seen. The Barnes family has a huge family reunion each September, where many of these dishes are shared. I asked Marcus what I should make to celebrate the food he grew up with and he said it had to be Chicken Pastry. His mom usually makes this with turkey, but she explained chicken was fine, too. This is her recipe.

Buttermilk Pecan Chicken

Buttermilk Pecan Chicken

This recipe has been a family favorite for years. I first found it in my 1989 Southern Living Annual Cookbook. I’ve made a few tweaks over the years for ease of preparation. This chicken is flavorful, rich and impressive. I served it with Mustard Roasted Potatoes and a simple salad. You will love this recipe!

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Remember the Shawarma White Sauce I posted about the other day… Well, here is the chicken they made on the Today Show to go with that sauce. It was shared by Ayesha Nurdjaja, the executive chef of Shuka in NYC. This chicken has an incredible flavor and was very easy to prepare. We really enjoyed eating this chicken in butter lettuce leaves. Yum!

Chicken on a Stick

Chicken on a Stick

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Chicken on a Stick is a Fiesta phenomena! Every year, during the 4-day run of A Night In Old San Antonio this booth sells 30,000-40,000 of these skewers. Can you say long lines??? My version is oven-baked, instead of fried, & it’s hubs approved. You know…it’s one of those dishes where is says “this is good” over & over! Oh, & no lines w/my version! Viva Fiesta!

Chick Peas, Rice & Chicken

Chick Peas, Rice & Chicken

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This one pan dish is awwwwwwsome! It is outstanding for meal prep or for a large family meal. Now, forgive me ahead of time… I’m using one of my fav foil pans. I just can’t stop! Anyway, this dish is best served in a bowl and devoured while cozied up in a comfy chair. And it’s pretty darn healthy. What are you waiting for ~ get busy and make this!

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