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Chicken and Basil Stir Fry

This recipe for Chicken and Basil Stir-Fry is quite possibly my favorite chicken recipe ever! It is so quick and simple to make and the flavors come together so beautifully.

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I’m a huge fan of basil. It adds such a wonderful light and summery flavor to lots of dishes. Caprese salad is one of my favorite uses for basil and my favorite Thai restaurant has Basil Fried Rice which is amazing! At my old house, we had extremely hearty basil! The original plant went to seed and the seeds spread throughout my yard. The lawn had various crops of basil (which made mowing it a teeny bit more pleasant thanks to the lovely fragrance) and one plant had a trunk. Yes, it was such a large and healthy plant that it had an actual trunk with tons of basil growing from it! I really miss that. We’re just coming out of winter here and I have no herb garden at the moment. I had to buy basil from the supermarket for this recipe and it was disappointing. I mean, the chicken was still perfect, but within a day of buying the basil, the leaves were wilted, even after putting it in water. Sad. Bottom line, I suppose, is grow your own basil. We will be doing that again soon for sure!

Basil Chicken

Anyway, for this recipe, I cut up a pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs into 1-inch cubes, then combined them with soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl. After heating oil in a wok, I stir fried the chicken with garlic until cooked through, then added in chili powder and hoisin sauce. You can also add a chopped up fresh red chili pepper which we’ve done in the past and it’s delicious but to make this more kid friendly I omitted it this time around (and my son still burnt his tongue on the rice. Oops).

Finally, after everything was cooked, I removed the wok from the burner and stirred in thinly sliced fresh basil.

I don’t know what it is about this recipe but the flavors meld together so well. You wouldn’t think it initially, but the basil adds the perfect touch at the end of the cooking process and is really key to bringing all the flavors together. And without the chili pepper it really was kid friendly. After my son recovered from the hot rice incident, he shoveled these little chicken chunks into his mouth with glee! So my food critics were happy and I was too! No leftovers here! Enjoy this quick, simple, and surprisingly flavorful dinner tonight!

Basil Chicken

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Chicken and Basil Stir Fry (adapted from Step-by-Step Asian Cookbook)

Yield: serves 3-4

1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes or thin strips

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon peanut oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 fresh red chili, seeded and minced (optional)

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

small bunch of basil leaves, thinly sliced

steamed rice, for serving

Directions:

1. Cut the meat into 1-inch cubes. Place them in a bowl with soy sauce and cornstarch and stir to combine.

2. Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. Stir fry the chicken, garlic, and chili pepper if using for 8-10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

3. Add the chili powder and hoisin and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the sliced basil. Serve over rice.

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups

Readers of The Dinner Pages are well aware that I’m not afraid of carbs. I mean, Banana Bread Butter Pecan Ice Cream Sandwiches and Red Velvet Molten Lava Cakes with Cream Cheese Ice Cream are not exactly light fare! But sometimes, in the midst of all those carbs, I need a break and need a quick, easy, meal that’s not so heavy. These Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups fit the bill!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups

I quickly browned ground chicken in a wok, then added shredded carrots for texture and color, and garlic and the whites of green onions for flavor. I stirred in a simple sauce containing hoisin, soy sauce, and some water, and let it thicken up briefly.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups

I served the chicken mixture on crisp lettuce leaves, garnished with green onions. The hoisin results in a slightly sweet flavor to the chicken, but it’s balanced by the saltiness of the soy sauce and the garlic. It’s a great dinner for the whole family. My toddler was literally trying to climb into his high chair to start eating it (a big change from the norm when he is kicking and flailing around to avoid sitting down to dinner!).

Of course, if you really miss your carbs, you can totally serve the chicken over steamed white rice! It’s great that way too!

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups (adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray, January/February 2014)

Yield: serves 4

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

1 pound ground chicken (or turkey)

1/2 cup matchstick carrots (or 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced)

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

4 green onions, whites and greens separated and chopped

1 head romaine lettuce (or the lettuce of your choice)

Directions:

1. Combine the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and 1/3 cup of water in a small bowl. Set aside.

2. In a large nonstick wok, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 6-8 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the carrot and the other tablespoon of oil. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Add the garlic and the whites of the green onions and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the hoisin mixture and cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.

4. Divide the lettuce leaves among 4 plates and top with the chicken. Garnish with green onions before serving.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Dumplings and Stout

Well, St. Patrick’s Day just kind of crept up on me and now it’s here. Before we move on to the next fun food holiday recipes, here’s just one more for March 17. I’ve already said that my little kitchen leprechaun refused to let any green recipes be successful this year so I had to try another way to get a little “luck o’ the Irish” into my kitchen. Using Guinness, which hails from Dublin, Ireland, in my recipe is the perfect way to infuse a little “green” into your dinner, whether for St. Patrick’s Day or any other day. Plus any time I find myself with a little extra time, I consider myself VERY lucky, and using my slow cooker might just save me a few minutes. Win!

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Dumplings and Stout

I started off with boneless skinless chicken thighs, which I dredged in a little flour, salt, and pepper. I lightly browned them over the stove, then put them into the ceramic bowl of the slow cooker. To the chicken drippings I added more flour, plus a bottle of Guinness and some brown sugar and stirred it all together until it was smooth. I poured this over the chicken thighs in the slow cooker, then added chopped carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, and chicken broth.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Dumplings and Stout

I cooked the stew on high for 3 1/2 hours, then added in fluffy dumplings and peas, seasoned with salt and pepper, and cooked for another 30 minutes.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Dumplings and Stout

It turned out like the Irish version of matzah ball soup, very hearty and flavorful, and a delicious comfort food. Perfect with my quick Irish Soda Bread! Slainte!

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Dumplings and Stout

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Dumplings and Stout (adapted from The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook)

Yield: serves 6-8

6 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided

1 teaspoon salt, divided, plus more to taste

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, packed

1 2/3 cups Guinness Stout

6 carrots (1 pound), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 large onions, thinly sliced

2-4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 cup lower sodium chicken broth

2 cups frozen peas

For the dumplings:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup shortening

1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill

1/4 cup water

Directions:

1. Combine 6 tablespoons of flour with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper in a shallow bowl. Coat the chicken thighs in the flour mixture and transfer to a plate.

2. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken and cook until well browned, 2-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a slow cooker once browned. Reduce heat to medium, add 2 more teaspoons of oil, and cook the remaining chicken until browned. Add to slow cooker.

3. To the drippings from the chicken remaining in the skillet, add 1/2 cup flour, the Guinness, and the brown sugar, and stir until smooth. Transfer to the slow cooker.

4. Add the carrots, onion, garlic, and thyme to the slow cooker. Pour the chicken broth on top. Cover and cook on high for 3 1/2 hours.

5. For the dumplings, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. With your hands, add in the shortening, dill, and a little bit of the water at a time to make a soft dough. Shape the dough into walnut-sized balls between the palms of your hands. Add the dumplings to the slow cooker at the 3 1/2 hour mark.

6. Add the peas (they can still be frozen) right after the dumplings. Cook on high for another 30 minutes then switch to warm until ready to serve. Serve with Irish Soda Bread.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

This post is part of a Pi Day themed Blog Swap and comes from Kristin at Dizzy Busy and Hungry. Over the past few months that I’ve been blogging I’ve learned a lot from interacting with Kristin and from following her blog, so I am so excited to be featuring one of her recipes here at The Dinner Pages! 

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie from DizzyBusyandHungry.com

Hi, my name is Kristin and I blog over at Dizzy Busy and Hungry! My blog is all about easy, healthy, family-friendly food and how to fit it all in to today’s busy schedules. I am excited to be participating in this blog swap meet today! Many thanks to Jessie for hosting my post on her blog. We hope that our wonderful readers will enjoy this little variation from our regular posts!

The theme for our swap today is “Pi Day”. You remember pi from your math classes, right? It is an irrational number and one of the most widely known mathematical constants, equal to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter (can you tell that I used to be a math teacher?). Anyway, all you need to know today is that pi is typically rounded to 3.14, which is why March 14th is also known as Pi Day. And the best way to celebrate Pi Day is with pie! Sweet, savory, fruity, or chocolatey, it doesn’t matter as long as it is pie. It just so happened that I had a gem of a pot pie recipe waiting in the queue to be written up, so Pi Day provides a perfect opportunity to share it! I have made chicken pot pie before, but I love this recipe because it is super easy and because most of the work is done by the crock pot during the day while I am at the office. Then, when I get home and we are ready to eat dinner, I just transfer the chicken and veggies to a 9×13 baking dish, pop some packaged refrigerated biscuit dough on top, and bake for about 15 minutes. My entire family LOVES this recipe! Even my picky eater (who typically turns his nose up at vegetables) happily gobbles up every morsel of this dish. It is perfect for a weeknight meal if you can just spare 10 minutes in the morning to get everything in the slow cooker. (If it makes your morning easier, cut up your potatoes the night before and store in the refrigerator covered with water.)

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie from DizzyBusyandHungry.com

Here’s a totally optional hint if you like the nice golden color and sheen on the biscuits: Take a minute to whisk an egg white together with a tablespoon of water and brush it over the top before placing the baking dish in the oven for the final 15 minutes of cooking. Don’t those biscuits look beautiful? Most nights I really can’t be bothered with a cosmetic step like that, but every once in a while I like to get fancy. 🙂

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 (20 ounce) jar chicken gravy
  • 3 or 4 red potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag mixed vegetables (your favorite, no need to thaw)
  • 1 cup diced onion (can be frozen, no need to thaw)
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 (8 biscuit) tube refrigerated biscuit dough

Instructions:

  1. Place the chicken in the slow cooker.
  2. Combine the gravy, potatoes, mixed veggies, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika, and pour over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. 20 minutes before you want to serve dinner, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Transfer the chicken and veggies to a 9×13 baking dish. In the process, pull the chicken apart a little so there are chunks throughout the mixture.
  6. Cut each round biscuit in half from side to side (to form two thinner rounds) and place on top of the chicken and veggies, touching each other.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes until the biscuits are golden brown on top.

Thanks again to Jessie for hosting my blog swap Pi Day recipe post! Please feel free to stop by my blog (Dizzy Busy and Hungry) and see what else I have cooked up lately, or follow me on social media!

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Enjoy, and Happy Pi Day!

Kristin -

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Below the collage are links to all of the blogs that participated in our

Blog Swap Meet: Pi Day Recipes

Hosted by

Edward from If You Can Read, You Can Cook and Kristin from Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Stop by and visit them all!

march swap meet collage

Chef Mireille’s East West Realm

The Dinner Pages

Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Fearless Dining

If You Can Read, You Can Cook

Kneaded Creations

Polish Housewife

Slow Cooker Fig-Balsamic Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Remember the technique I described in my Asian Glazed Wings post, where chicken was cooked in a slow cooker until nearly falling off the bone, then crisped up under the broiler and basted with a thick, sweet sauce? It makes a comeback here today. The main differences are the cut of chicken (drumsticks, as opposed to wings this time around) and the flavors of the glaze. Last time I used hoisin sauce as the base, whereas this time around I used a fig jam, resulting in a sticky sweet glaze with a little bit of texture thanks to the seeds in the jelly. The sweetness of the jam was tempered slightly by balsamic vinegar and enhanced by dried rosemary and orange zest. Unique flavors, but delicious, and an easy cooking method.

Slow Cooker Fig-Balsamic Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

I started off by coating chicken drumsticks in crushed dried rosemary, salt, and pepper. I placed them in the slow cooker and cooked for 3 hours on low. I then transferred the drumsticks to a wire rack on a baking sheet…

Fig-Balsamic Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

…then broiled for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

While they were broiling, I prepared a sauce of fig jelly, balsamic vinegar, orange zest salt, and pepper. After the first 10 minutes of broiling, I brushed the drumsticks with sauce and continue broiling for 5 more minutes at which time I flipped them and brushed with more sauce…

Fig-Balsamic Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

…then broiled for another 5 minutes. I brushed the drumsticks with the remaining sauce prior to serving. Delicious!

Fig-Balsamic Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

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Slow Cooker Fig-Balsamic Glazed Chicken Drumsticks (adapted from Slow Cooker Revolution volume 2)

4 pounds chicken drumsticks

2 teaspoons dried rosemary

salt, divided

ground black pepper pepper, divided

nonstick cooking spray

3/4 cup fig preserves (I used an 8.5 ounce jar)

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest

Directions:

1. Coat the chicken drumsticks in the dried rosemary crushed into fine pieces, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place drumsticks in the pot of a slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, until chicken is tender.

2. Heat the broiler. Place a wire rack instead an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and coat with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the drumsticks to the wire rack. Broil for 5 minutes, then flip over, and broil for another 5 minutes.

3. While the drumsticks are broiling, prepare the sauce by combining the fig preserves, vinegar, orange zest, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a mixing bowl. Remove the drumsticks from the oven and brush with the sauce. Broil for 5 minutes, flip over, and brush with more sauce. Broil for a final 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining sauce.

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Moroccan Chicken and Couscous

One thing that’s not so much fun about cooking is the clean up part, you know, washing a sinkful of dishes after enjoying a great dinner. Meals that you can pretty much make in one pot (or pan) are always a timesaver and they’re awesome for weeknights. This meal is so quick and easy, not to mention healthy too, so you can feel really good about what you’re eating. Heck, with the speed of prepping and cleaning this one, you might have some time to get some crunches and lunges in too, if that’s your thing.

Moroccan Chicken & Couscous

So why is this Moroccan? Couscous is probably the best known component of Moroccan cuisine, though my understanding is that citrus like lemons, as well as olive oil, and lots of yummy spices including cumin and curry (which is a combination of spices such as coriander and cinnamon) are also highlights.

The garlic and spices in this recipe add a unique flavor to the couscous, which becomes a filling and delicious entree with the addition of chicken, chickpeas, tomatoes, and green peas. Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a bright citrusy flavor to the dish.

Moroccan Chicken & Couscous

This weeknight dinner won’t take up your whole evening to prep, nor your calorie budget for the day. The couscous and chickpeas have a tangy lemon flavor, which is enhanced by the garlic and tomatoes.

This is definitely a meal that both tastes good AND feels good. Enjoy!

Moroccan Chicken and Couscous

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Moroccan Chicken and Couscous (adapted from Weekdays are Quick Meals)

Yield: 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite sized pieces

4 plum or Roma tomatoes

3 garlic cloves

1 1/4 cups chicken broth

1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1 cup couscous, uncooked

1 cup frozen green peas (thawed in microwave for a minute)

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken until lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Mince the garlic, then roughly chop the tomatoes. Once the chicken is cooked, add the garlic to the skillet and sauté for 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes and sauté for another minute. Then add the chicken broth, cumin, and curry powder and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

3. Remove the skillet from the burner and stir in the couscous. Cover and let sit for about 5 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.

4. Add the lemon juice, salt, and peas and fluff the couscous with a fork.

Nutrition Information:

Per serving: 493 calories, 7 grams fat (calculated from myfitnesspal.com; all nutrition information is approximate)

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Ginger Chicken Noodle Bowl

Every time it gets cold out, my husband asks for this noodle bowl for dinner. We’ve been making it for 6 years now and it is still a favorite of his (and mine too). Because it’s one of his preferred meals, he usually ends up cooking it too. When I walked in the door and this was almost ready for dinner the other night, I nearly swooned with how good the house smelled. The Chinese five spice powder with the cumin emits the most wonderful fragrance and makes this dish even more appetizing.

GInger Chicken Noodle Bowl

It’s a quick meal to make too, originally derived from one of the Rachael Ray 30 minute meal varieties so it’s a great choice for dinner, and a one pot meal to boot, so clean up is also fast. After browning chicken thighs in a large dutch oven, garlic, ginger, carrots, and the spices including the cumin and five spice powder are added. Chicken stock joins in followed by some vermicelli or spaghetti. Once the noodles are cooked, scallions and bean sprouts are stirred in and dinner is ready. Its distinctive flavor is just so delicious and is a soup we make again and again.

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Ginger Chicken Noodle Bowl (adapted from Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats)

Yield: serves 4

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 cup matchstick carrots

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons Chinese five spice powder

6 cups chicken stock

1/2 pound vermicelli or spaghetti

4 green onions, cut into 2 1/2 inch matchsticks

2 cups fresh bean sprouts

Directions:

1. Heat a dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and after it is heated, add the chicken and brown it lightly, about 3 minutes.

2. Add in the garlic, ginger, carrots, cumin, and five spice powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Then add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.

3. Add the vermicelli then reduce to a simmer for 3 minutes. Add the green onions and bean sprouts. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Per serving: 460 calories, 14 grams of fat (calculated from myfitnesspal.com; all nutrition information is approximate)

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