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May 2, 2007 11:30 AM

Chicken Challenge

My husband is getting on my nerves w/ his dinnertime complaining. Husband has requested no more "PLAIN CHICKEN". Apparently Zuni = plain, Beer Can = plain, Chicken w/ 40 gloves of garlic = plain, Chicken, mushroom fricassee = plain, etc. Apparently I need something that completely obscures the presence of chicken.

The last chicken dish that made him happy was chicken pot pie. He usually likes cordon-blue-type chicken preps, but too much ham and cheese are defying the whole reason we eat so much chicken (low-fat).

Recipes that use breast only, are not loaded w/ fat, and will reheat nicely for leftovers would be appreciated. I ususally do the chicken dish on Sunday, so time-consuming is OK. I'll be using organic chicken which normal people would enjoy plain ;-)


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  1. Do you think he would like Greek Style Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Spinach and Feta? I know that it makes great left-overs because my boss asked me what I was eating that smelled so's the recipe link:

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    1. re: Val

      Stuffed and rolled was my first instinct too. Another variation would be with prosciutto.. so many options.

      Chicken Cacciatore, Chicken Marbella, Chicken Carciofi

      And one of my personal faves...

    2. Of course, my inital reaction was that perhaps he would like to cook his own dinner :) I have two go-to chicken recipes:
      (1) chicken curry= chicken breast sauteed in 1 T oil, 1 can of light coconut milk, 2T fish sauce, 1 T red curry paste, sugar to taste, mushrooms, serve over rice with green onions and sprouts
      (2) Chicken green chili stew= cooked chicken breast, can of creamed corn, can of navy beans, cup of irish cheddar cheese, cup of milk, 2 cloves garlic, large can chopped green chiles, salt, pepper.
      Both are pretty healthy, easy, and reheat well.

        1. re: hannaone

          how about chicken mole. I would like it very much to cook my own dinner, I do it all
          the tim e. I got burned out on chicken when i was growing up, and when I married
          my wife she can`t get enough chicken and most of the time I can`t stand it. and there
          is more chicken recipes than any other kind. I do like chicken mole.

          1. re: bigjimbray

            I made this recipe for Chicken Cacciatore once again this past Sunday. My family goes nuts every time. There is incredible depth of flavor that comes from roasting the vegetable that become the sauce.


            1. re: onefineleo

              Thanks..that chicken cacciatore looks much better than the Martha Stewart version I made recently. It was decidedly blah.

            2. re: bigjimbray

              Mole is wonderful. I would do it with ckn thighs.
              Stuff ckn breast with duxelle

          2. Here's a recipe from CookingLight for Citrus Glazed Chicken Thighs that is really good. You can pump up the level of ginger/garlic if your husband really is big on flavor, but mine goes nuts for the gooey glaze, and it's healthy too.

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            1. re: ExercisetoEat

              Thanks sooooo much for this recommendation! I made it tonight (without the peppers because I'm visiting midwestern palates) and it was a huge hit. And very forgiving on timing--I appreciate that in a main dish.

              1. re: miss louella

                Glad to hear that it was a hit! It's so easy and so good that it definitely is a regular repeater in my kitchen.

            2. Moroccan Chicken Stew

              One large chicken breast, in large cubes and browned. In same pan add half an onion, sliced, saute 1-2 minutes then deglaze with about 1.5 C chicken stock or broth. Add 1t each turmeric, cinnamon, sugar, and ground or fresh grated ginger. Add large cubes of sweet potato, chopped carrot, and .5 can chickpeas (optional). Simmer 15 or so minutes 'til sweet potatoes are tender, then add 1-2 sliced zucchini and cook a further 5 minutes. Season with S&P, a squirt of lemon juice, and serve with rice or couscous.

              This dish has virtually no fat, a ton of fiber and vitamins, and my hubby really digs it. :)