Creamy Lemon Chicken

Creamy Lemon Chicken
It's time for another quick and easy chicken dish and this time it's a spring themed creamy lemon chicken! This chicken is just as easy as it sounds where the boneless and skinless chicken breasts are cooked until golden brown and then a quick pan sauce is made with white wine, chicken broth, cream, lemon and parmesan along with a touch of dijon mustard for some tang and plenty of fresh cracked black pepper. In addition to being simple to make this dish takes less that 30 minutes giving you plenty of time to cook some pasta, rice, quinoa, etc. and some vegetables to serve it with! Instead of just serving this creamy lemon chicken on pasta with a side of veggies you could also slice up the chicken and toss it with the sauce and pasta along with the veggies like I did this time with fettuccine, asparagus and peas. I like to add fresh chopped dill to the creamy lemon sauce but other fresh herbs like parsley or tarragon are also nice and they make the sauce just a little bit fresher and brighter!

Easy Chicken Recipes

Easy Chicken Recipes

Chicken is one of my go-to foods for when I want an easy meal, or better yet a quick and easy meal, and that's because there are so many chicken recipes that are really easy and taste great! Chicken is really versatile with recipes ranging from simple roast chicken (pure comfort food!) to light and yet filling chicken salads and everything in between such as soups, pastas, sandwiches, etc. Since I have been enjoying a lot of easy chicken recipes these last few weeks I thought that I would take the opportunity to gather some of my favourites to share with you! Whether you are looking for a quick weeknight meal or you are looking for an easy meal that will also impress guests you have plenty of tasty options!

Tagliatelle Short-rib Bolognese

Tagliatelle Bolognese
Normally when I make a bolognese sauce I start with ground beef but since I like a good slow braise I thought that it would be nice to go with short ribs, which have a lot of flavour, and slowly simmer them until they are falling apart tender. A bolognese sauce is the perfect dish to build up tons of flavour and umami so I like to start by cooking some pancetta or bacon and then using the leftover grease to sear/caramelize the beef before adding the veggies and then delazing the pan with wine to get all of that browned caramelized flavour off the bottom. I continue to build up the flavour with dried porcini mushrooms, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar and Italian seasoning before finishing things off by adding parmesan, cream and a touch of fish sauce. Because this dish is a long slow braise dish it's perfect for the slow cooker so you can throw everything into the slow cooker in the morning and have a super tasty meal waiting for you when you get home at night! Once the meat has finished cooking it will be falling apart tender and you can serve it tossed with your favourite pasta and you will be in pure flavour heaven!

French Onion Chicken

French Onion Chicken
Since it has not really warmed up all that much here I am still in comfort food mode and my latest new recipe is this french onion braised chicken that I came across on The Kitchn. I am a huge fan of french onion soup, I mean what's not to love about slowly caramelized onions in a tasty broth that is covered in melted cheese! Although this recipe takes a bit of time it is pretty straight forward where you caramelize the onions in one pan, brown the chicken in another pan, make the broth, throw it all in a baking dish and bake/braise until the chicken is cooked before topping with the cheese and broiling until it melts. Overall this is one really tasty dish where the french onion soup and the cheese provides a ton of flavour and the chicken turns it from a side dish into a main course that is sure to impress both your family and guests!

Creamy Asiago Chicken and Mushroom Tortellini Soup

Creamy Asiago Chicken and Mushroom Tortellini Soup
While the weather is still cool enough I have another soup to share and this one is a tasty creamy asiago chicken and mushroom tortellini soup. The flavour combination of the chicken, mushrooms and especially the asiago in this soup is pretty simple and yet amazingly good! This soup takes a bit longer to make because you have to cook the mushrooms first but other than that everything is pretty straight forward and you can be enjoying a bowl in very little time at all; even on a busy work night! I like to add a touch of tangy spiciness with dijon and grainy mustard and as has become pretty common for me, I like to season this soup with a touch of miso paste to add a hint of umami. No matter how you cut it this soup is a bowl of pure comfort food that is welcome any time!

Banh Mi Grilled Cheese

Banh Mi Grilled Cheese

Today is National Grilled Cheese Day! And I have a new grilled cheese to share with you, a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich inspired banh mi melt! This grilled cheese has all of the flavours of a banh mi sandwich except instead of being in a light and flaky baguette it is sandwiched in between two toasted, crispy and buttery pieces of bread along with plenty of melted cheese! This sandwich starts out with with some thinly sliced pork tenderloin that is cooked in a tasty sweet, sour, salty and spicy caramel based sauce and then it moves on to other banh mi ingredients like tangy pickled carrots and daikon radish, juicy cucumber, spicy jalapenos and fresh cilantro. Once you have all of the ingredients you just have to assemle the sandwiches, grill until the cheese melts and the bread is nice and golden brown and then you are in melted cheesy banh mi heaven! What a great grilled cheese to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day!

Ham and Pineapple Fried Cauliflower Rice

Ham and Pineapple Fried Cauliflower Rice
If you still have some leftover ham then do I have a dish for you, and if you don't then it's time to head out to get a ham steak because this ham and pineapple cauliflower fried 'rice' will knock your socks off! This fried rice uses cauliflower that has been grated into rice sized pieces in place of regular rice making it a really good lighter alternative and it's a great way to sneak in an extra veggie! Speaking of veggies, this dish is full of them with the onions, carrots, peas and peppers in addition to the juicy, sweet and tangy pineapple making this dish just packed with goodness! Not only is this dish nice and tasty but it only takes 30 minutes to make making it a perfect meal for those busy nights and any leftovers a great for lunch the next day!