Have you already enjoyed these fast chicken dinners? If you have, here is your next one to try! It's a simple pan-fried chicken topped with a bounty of bell peppers and tomatoes that will surely leave everyone at your table satisfied. The tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions are quickly roasted in the oven before being mixed with a thick garlic paste. The chicken is lightly floured for a crisp texture and juicy flavor. For an even shorter cook time, I used chicken strips. Once the chicken is cooked, it's topped with the warm ragout and fried capers, for extra salty goodness. Served with brown rice or a side salad, it makes a great meal. Say goodbye to boring chicken dinners and get this recipe.
Traditional pesto, made with basil and pine nuts, is one of my favorite dishes of Summer, but a gal can cook outside the box, right? Pesto created with other nuts and herbs can be quite delish and often makes a great sauce not only for pasta but for grilled meat too. This recipe features mint and walnuts blended with zucchini, which works amazingly well as a thickening agent, is a new favorite of my family. Remember to file this recipe away for later in the Summer when you have a bumper crop of zucs and have already baked load upon loaf of zucchini bread.
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The latest book from Food & Wine, Quick from Scratch Chicken Cookbook ($25), might be dedicated entirely to chicken, but it is by no means boring. We all know that chicken is a wonderful lean protein, but cooking a boneless, skinless breast can become awfully dull. This cookbook is the antidote to monotonous chicken. With lovely photos accompanying every recipe, it is easy to become inspired flipping through its pages. Many of the recipes seem healthy, but the cookbook doesn't include any nutritional breakdown of the recipes, which is my only criticism of this book. Since chicken is such a versatile protein and can be cooked a variety of ways, the cookbook is organized around all the different cooking techniques making it easy to find recipes to try. Being summertime, I was drawn to the section devoted to grilling. I made the Tandoori chicken, and it was a hit. My girls loved it and it impresses dinner guests repeatedly. The major bonus is it's easy.
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