Tiffany and I connected on Twitter over Alcohol Infusions the week before Halloween including Cucumber Lemon Vodka and Candy Corn Moonshine cocktail ideas. We share a priority of keeping out kitchen work EASY so that eating good, healthy food doesn’t seem like a chore. When we started discussing the upcoming holidays, she offered up her home cook expertise on one of her favorite dinner mains: chicken! I hope you enjoy the three recipes she shares below, and take the time to visit her site, Dilesia, “where sweet treats and good eats meet.”
Super Easy Recipes with Chicken for Holidays
Holidays are almost here and whether we do a small family gathering or a big celebration with friends it is always useful to have quick and easy recipes which you can count on in every moment.
Chicken is one of the most versatile meats you can experiment with. It is good for a quick stir-fry, slow-roast or a suitable add-on with sandwiches and wraps. Here are 3 ideas for super easy recipes with chicken that will amaze your family and guests. Both by their taste and their easy preparation!
1. Curry Chicken with Leafy Greens and Grapefruit
The first recipe is very quick to assemble because it involves almost only raw ingredients. Leafy greens especially dark leafy greens are one of the powerhouses in the plant kingdom. They are super nutrient-dense, meaning that they are packed with nutrients like antioxidants, minerals and other microelements in little quantity. If you steam or sauté them you can even triple the quantity because they lose lots of their volume. Here we use them raw and combine them with curry spiced chicken. You can easily sub or add other spices to your liking, but definitely try this easy to prepare balanced dish!
Ingredients for 2:
200 gr chicken breast
1 tsp each of cumin, coriander, turmeric, black pepper and smoked pepper
100 gr mixed leafy greens
salt, olive oil
crackers for serving
1. Cube chicken into 2 cm pieces. Season with all the spices and salt to taste.
2. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and stir-fry the chicken for 2 minutes, tossing in every 20 seconds. Remove from the pan
3. In a serving dish spread the greens at the bottom. Slice the grapefruit and fillet the inner parts.
4. Arrange the meat and grapefruit fillets onto the greens and serve with some crackers. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle some salt.
2. Slow Roasted Chicken Thighs with Winter Veggies
Classics are classics for a reason. The slow roast techniques gives freedom to do all our other tasks while this beautiful dish is simmering in the oven. It assembles in 5 minutes, then you forget about it for 3 hours and in the middle of the evening – bam! You have a delicious golden chicken thighs to serve to your guests. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you feel like – broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, celery. They all taste divine because they get naturally flavored from the chicken fat. Yum!
Ingredients for 2:
2 chicken thighs
4 medium potatoes
2 tbsp butter
1. Rinse, peel and quarter the potatoes and onion. Rinse, peel and half the carrot in length.
2. Place in a heat proof pan.
3. Rub the chicken thighs in salt and pepper and place them on top of the vegetables.
4. Spread the butter evenly onto the thighs.
5. Place an aluminum foil over the pan and roast for 2 hours at 180C.
6. Remove the foil and roast for another 1 hour until golden and crispy.
3. Chicken Tacos
Finally, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love tacos. Tacos are a family favorite because of the all sharing and caring atmosphere that circles the table. We experiment, exchange ideas, combine flavors and enjoy a healthy home-made meal with our loved ones. What’s not to love about it? Tortillas are the center of this dish. You can buy it readymade are slightly heat it in your oven or on a pizza stone. Be brave with mixing your favorite add-ons and don’t be afraid to use the chicken left from that slow-roast the other evening. It goes perfect with a quick pumpkin chicken wrap!
Ingredients for 2:
200 gr cooked chicken meat
1 cup pumpkin puree (recipe below)
1 sprig parsley
1 pinch hot smoked pepper
200 gr pumpkin or butternut squash
½ tsp each of cumin, turmeric, coriander, ginger, black pepper and salt
1. To make the pumpkin puree heat a tablespoon of olive oil and lightly heat the spices. Add the pumpkin or squash, cubed into 2 cm pieces, and pour a cup of boiling water. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and puree until creamy.
2. Place the tortillas in the oven for a minute (you can use a pizza stone).
3. When slightly warm, spread a couple of tablespoons of the puree, avocado slices, shredded chicken and parsley. Sprinkle with smoked pepper and enjoy!
Whatever recipe you choose to delight your family it’s sure they will be grateful and pleased. Each of these recipes will save you much needed time with your loved ones, will spare on extra fuss in the kitchen and will leave you full of energy to enjoy your holiday evening. Which one do you start with?
Tiffany Watts is the blogger behind Dilesia, a food blog curated for newbie and experienced cooking and baking enthusiasts, with the aim of bringing back the glamor and fashion in the kitchen. Dilesia, “where sweet treats and good eats meet,” provides a portal for everyone to discover delicious recipes, new and upcoming kitchen gadgets, and easy (and surprising) ways to upgrade culinary skills.