Thursday, June 14, 2012

Creole Baked Chicken with a Twist

Amazingly moist and loaded with flavor...

Ever come home and have NO IDEA what you are going to make for dinner?  Is it just me? 
As much as I preach "pre-planning", it doesn't mean I abide by it all the time, trust me... heck, I'm human ya know!!   


That being said, in times like these I rely heavily on my fully stocked SPICE CABINET!!  You can take simple boneless chicken breasts and turn them into a gourmet delight with just a few simple ingredients in your spice cabinet.  Whether you are using "fresh herbs" or dried spices, you are basically creating an old, or new, gourmet delight!!  Embrace your spices, your fresh herbs... they are your friends, THEY LOVE YOU!!  They will do whatever you tell them to do, they just need direction and guidance.
Since this is a "love fest", I love you too!!! 


So, last night my friends, was one of those nights.  I'm like, "UGH, REALLY"??  I glanced over at hubby, he looked at me and said, "you want to go out baby, we can, or do you want take out"? 
The guilt trip set in and I responded with, "I'll come up with something"! <sigh>  I went to my emergency idea inspiring area, aka; "Cafe Frappe" ingredients.  Yes, yes I did.  I made myself a huge iced coffee with plenty of foam!!  At that point I literally felt the fog diminish in my brain, the ideas were rolling, not quite there, but the cobwebs were extinguishing.   I walked over to my freezers and proceed to eye the contents in distaste!  I shut all freezer doors and went to the pantry for ingredients to make my homemade Spanish Rice.  Cumin, tomatoes, olive oil, paprika, onion, garlic.... ah yes, food of the God's I say!!
Chicken, rice??  You see where I'm going with this now?

I quickly pulled out and defrosted boneless skinless chicken breasts, added the most amazing spice, and placed in the oven to bake.  Meanwhile I made a salad.  The Spanish rice was cooking wonderfully and the aroma emanating from the baking chicken?  OUT OF THIS WORLD!!
I'm so glad we didn't go out!!  We had an amazing dinner, and awesome leftovers for lunch today!



Amzing spice!!


That being said, can we talk about "heat" for a moment??  I love heat, LOVE IT!!  However, I do not like heat that I have to take a towel to my forehead, reach for a glass of water and make the "UNIVERSAL SIGN" for choking.  Nope, nope, that does not do it for me!
I do not enjoy the feeling of being choked and not being able to breathe, that give me no pleasure...
What gives me pleasure is even tempered flavored with a slight or sometimes even bigger kick.  When you least expect that kick, or a kick with an edge... does that make sense? I love a savory kick like;  Make Ahead Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas
Or a sweet kick like; Raspberry Chipotle Chicken
That is how this Creole Chicken is...
It's savory, moist, the savory flavors blend wonderfully together, and then you get a kick... YES!  Well in this case a big "kick" but an absolutely delicious one!
Ready for the recipe?  Here we go:

Ingredients:
1 pkg (4.5lbs) boneless skinless chicken breasts
3-4 Tbls Mr. Pete's Cajun Cajun Seasoning
2 tsp Granulated Garlic
2 tsp Onion powder
1/3 cup good quality olive oil
*few sheets of tin foil*

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F.  In a 13 x 9 pan or baking sheet, sprinkle half of your seasonings onto your pan.  Lay your chicken breasts over and wiggle for a second or so.  This is the easiest way of ensuring both sides of your chicken get coated with seasonings... "hey, I'm all about easy"!!
Sprinkle the rest of your seasonings over the top of the chicken breasts.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Cover with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes.  Uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes till nicely golden.  *Covering with tin foil for the most of the baking time ensures the most moist chicken pieces ever*. 




My other tidbit of cooking chit chat, is to drizzle the baking juices of the chicken ON the chicken slices or whole breast.  The flavor of the seasoned baked juices is literally next to none... take a look at this spoonful of delicious goodness!!!



My final words of advice is to not give up, don't raise that "white flag"...  Sometimes we all draw a blank, we can't think, nothing sounds good and you can't figure out for the life of you what you're in the mood for!!
Grab yourself your favorite "idea inspiring beverage" and know YOU CAN do this, seriously you can...


Till next time!!


Dishin with Didi

4 comments :

  1. Oh, I have that spice! I am drooling! Thanks for sharing the recipe. It is going on my menu for next week.

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    1. PRECIOUS!!!! Sweetheart, how are you? I have had so little time to socialize with my other hours!! HATED THEM!! So now I'm back to my "old/new" hours and am trying to catch up with all my friends!!

      This is such an easy, easy recipe!! Let me know my friend!!

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  2. Oh I so need to make this my friend! My weeknights are crazier than ever and this luscious chicken looks like the perfect "go-to" dish! xo

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    1. Thank you so much Linda, so easy as you can see, perfect for a weeknight meal!!

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