Saturday, September 15, 2012

My Favorite Chicken Dishes

I got my Cooking Light in the mail this week, and very eagerly dived in. Per usual. As I get closer and closer to moving into my new house and my new kitchen, the more and more I think about food. I can't wait to bake my first batch of cookies in the house, and frost my first cupcakes. To roast my first chicken, and to simmer my first batch of chicken broth all night. To sit down at our dining room table in our new dining nook in the bright Kentucky sunshine, and enjoy dinner with the hubby. We haven't had room in a house for our dining room table since we lived in our first apartment together, which we moved out of a couple days before we got married. The excitement is getting harder and harder to keep a handle on.

There was a big feature on chicken in Cooking Light this month. This, of course, got me thinking about my favorite chicken dishes. I love chicken. As far as proteins go, boneless skinless chicken breast is very healthy. It can also be incredibly tender, versatile, and packed with flavor. I actually had a hard time picking out my favorites, as my mind wandered off on this particular tangent. There are a couple of dishes that stand slightly taller than all the rest :) In no particular order (because I just tried to put them in order, and that didn't work so well):

5. Chicken Parmesan
Ah, chicken parm. How can you not like a chicken breast breaded, seared, and then baked with sauce and cheese? This is one of my favorite dishes to make in the winter. It feels a bit heavy for summer, but this is serious comfort food when the weather is 30 degrees and the ground is covered in snow.

4. Chicken Lo Mein
Simply because I love noodles. And soy sauce. And vegetables. Oh, but how I love those Asian noodles. Lo mein is my favorite Asian dish, and gets heavy rotation in my kitchen. I love this dish with shrimp, but chicken makes a much more affordable dinner.

3. Chicken Soft Tacos
I would probably eat anything that came in soft taco form. In my opinion, there is hardly anything not made perfect with a tortilla, cheese, and some salsa. I make tons of different tacos, but my hands-down-favorite and go-to is chicken. Argh, now I want salsa!

2. Chicken and Dumplings
Again, you can't go wrong with this down-home, Southern classic. I personally like an updated version with celery, carrots, and peas, rather than the standard chicken, broth/gravy, and dumplings. I especially like to sprinkle parsley on mine. There's something about those fresh colors that makes my mouth water.

1. Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatiki Sauce
Well, I think my choices are certainly diverse! I cover a good portion of the planet with my faves. Chicken Souvlaki is soooo healthy, but you would never know it by how good it tastes. Chicken is marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt for a good couple of hours before tossing it on the grill. The best part is the Tzatiki dipping sauce, also extremely healthy. I make mine from Greek yogurt, shredded cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, and salt. Combined with the chicken, this combination is a flavor explosion. Maybe this is my favorite chicken dish :)

Awww, now I'm hungry!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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