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Chicken – it’s what’s for dinner!

Last night’s chicken dinner was awesome. In fact, my 15 year old son said to me, “no offense Ima, but this tastes better than anything you ever made”. Ouch. But that was after he said “Mmmm, this chicken tastes………DEAD” so you can’t necessarily trust his opinion.

I did technically cook the chicken – but it came from Empire Kosher. And I cooked it in the microwave. It’s great – it’s a whole 3 lb chicken, pre-seasoned (garlic and hhhhherb*), you take it out of the packaging, pierce two small holes in the special microwave wrap that’s around the chicken, put it on a plate, in the microwave, press 20 minutes and DONE. No muss, no fuss. Easy Shmeasy. The way I like it! For busy parents, this is an easy dinner on a school night – just throw together some sides, and you have a great nutritious meal in TWENTY MINUTES.

Very soon after I put the chicken in the microwave, the delicious aroma of the cooking chicken wafted through the house, bringing boys running from all quarters. By the time that chicken came out of the oven the boys were salivating.

It really does look like that. Except no grapes and greenery!

I carved up the chicken – juices were leaking everywhere, which is a good thing! I served dinner – the chicken along with starch and a veggie, and we dug in.

The chicken was moist (“Wet” as one as the kids said…oy) and tender, flavorful and just plain perfect. Seriously. The only problem was that there wasn’t enough of it. It’s a 3 lb chicken. I have a husband, THREE teenage boys with hollow legs, and a nine year old. Plus myself – and we all know I love to eat. Luckily the oldest teen wasn’t here, or there would not have been enough.

The verdict was unanimous. Delicious and please can we have it again tomorrow.

So here’s what I have to say to the folks at EMPIRE. Awesome product – thanks for sending it to me. My kids had a blast telling their friends that we received a chicken in the mail. I am so thrilled to hear you have a BBQ version coming out soon – we plan to try that one as well. I hate carving chickens and turkeys and ducks – could you perhaps use the same awesome microwave technology and sell these fine fowl in pieces? Also – for those bigger families – can you sell bigger chickens – like 5 lb-ers – so that there is enough to go around?

Folks – this “microwaveable” chicken retails at around $10.99 in my area – which is good value seeing as it is pre-cleaned, pre-seasoned, pre-prepared and all you have to do is press a button or two on the microwave.

So from us here at the Hearts / Diamonds Palace – five thumbs up! (or should that be ten?)

*there is an H at the start of HERB – it needs to be pronounced.

Note: I was given this product free of charge. My review expresses my honest opinion and I was not paid in anyway for it.

AWESOMENESS – was just informed that this fall / winter season there will be microwaveable cutlets available – cook for 2 minutes 15 seconds each.  Those will be perfect for my son that eats lunch and supper in school!!

Chicken Italiano

The basis for this recipe comes from Norene Gilletz’s Second Helpings. Thanks to my SIL for sending me the original recipe yesterday as I don’t have my cookbook here with me. (I miss it, been a trusty companion for over 16 years….soon, soon). I added rice, as this is easy to make as a one pot meal. As I type this it is cooking in the oven. Smells divine.

So this is my adaptation:

2 cups of white rice (although I am sure you can use brown)
2 onions, sliced
1 medium green pepper, sliced
1 medium red pepper, sliced
6 -8 chicken cutlets
1 clove garlic, minced (can also use garlic powder)
¼ tsp oregano
1 can tomato sauce, 1 can water
2 bay leaves

Spray deep 9 x 13 baking pan with Pam. Cover the bottom evenly with rice. Place vegetables over the rice. Rub chicken with garlic and oregano, and add to pan. Pour tomato sauce and water over chicken, and add bay leaves. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1½  hours. 6-8 servings.

Chicken or the egg

We had an interesting debate around our Shabbat table last night. If you shecht (ritually slaughter) a chicken, and there was an egg inside it practically ready to be laid, is that egg pareve or is it fleishig?

We had arguments for pareve, and arguments for fleishig. Comparisons were drawn between a live cow and a dead cow. While the cow is alive the milk is milchig, but once is has been shechted the milk becomes fleishig. Therefore by this reasoning the egg is fleishig. But, countered another brother, min-haTorah (from the Torah) chicken isn’t really supposed to be fleishig anyway, so maybe the egg is pareve.

The boys asked me to ask my readers who know more than we do to let us know their thoughts and what halacha says.

Thank you.

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Hadassah’s Chicken Pot Pie

I love to make this recipe with chicken that was cooked in my chicken soup. Yum! There are a couple of my offspring who do not like this dish, so it was renamed in the Pink household as Poison Pot Pie….but it’s delicious whichever name you call it! Please also remember that I approximate measurements.

Ingredients:

One pkg Prepared Pastry (yes you can cheat – but it still has to be rolled out)

1/2 pkg froz veggies of your choice

1/3 cup Margarine

1/3 cup Flour

1/3 cup diced Onion

2 cups Chicken Broth

2 cups cooked Chicken – chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350.

Melt the margarine – low to medium flame.

Slowly add the flour and onion.

Mix it well till it is like a chunky paste.

Stir it continuously until it bubbles.

Add in the chicken broth, and the salt and pepper.

Mix.

Add chicken and frozen veggies.

Stir well.

Boil up and leave to simmer.

Prepare pastry on pie dish. Set aside enough pastry for the top.

Fill till just a little below the top with chicken mixture.

Cover carefully with pastry, poke holes in the top.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until golden brown.

Prep time – 30 minutes

Servings – 6

Calories – Plenty!

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