No Fry Firecracker Chicken

One of my sons’ friends is totally gluten free. In our house, that is something new because we eat whatever we please. When I know he is coming over I try to plan for it. He isn’t gluten free by choice; he is because of the severe headaches it causes him. This is a recent recipe we made when he visited. No Fry Firecracker Chicken comes with a simple sauce made from ingredients you should already have on hand in your fridge door.

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I paired it with rice and spring onions for a summer feel. It’s almost like take out for them. They were having a TV series marathon of Supernatural. One show we all enjoy around here. I am the only one about two episodes behind on season 9. Season 10 will be the end coming this Fall. Oh so sad!

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This meal can easily be made in half the time without the frying so you don’t have to break from the TV series marathon for long. I like to make this in my stir fry pot. It’s on the spicy side with the ability to control the heat in this dish. Just add more hot sauce or less to when making this dish. 

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The only thing I need now is some take out boxes for our next picnic. This is good hot and cold. Just have to eat it the same day though!  Luckily, this was a hit with all of the boys and the daughter. It’s similar to my bourbon chicken which I cook without frying also even though my recipe here shows it fried. I just skip the frying step.  That reminds me I need to do some red beans and rice this week. Sounds so darn good! I always crave Cajun in the summer. What do you crave?

No Fry Firecracker Chicken
Serves 7
Spicy bite size pieces of chicken topped with a sauce that explodes in your mouth like a firecracker.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts; 1/2 inch cubes
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 3 cloves garlic; diced
  4. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 1/3 cup ketchup
  7. 3 tablespoons Chili sauce with red pepper
  8. 2 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  11. 1 stalk green spring onion; diced
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet or stir fry pan, add in olive oil and garlic. Cook over low heat about 30 seconds. Add in diced chicken. Cook chicken on high heat until lightly brown on outside.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar, Louisiana hot sauce, and chili sauce. Toss chicken in sauce well. Fold in brown sugar over chicken with sauce mixture. Let cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Add in ketchup, salt and pepper. Stir chicken well and cook another 20 minutes on a low heat. Stir occasionally. The sauce will start to thicken. Once the sauce is thick turn off heat and serve with rice and spring onions.
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Cilantro Lime Chicken Kebabs

Summer days by the pool with good food and beer is the one thing I like about Summer. Though I am more of a fan of Fall. Sunday we had a wonderful evening over at V’s parents house. They went for a swim while his mother and I put together and grilled these kebabs. Don’t you just love the colors of these Cilantro Lime Chicken Kebabs?

Cilantro Lime Chicken Kebabs

Just love how the purple, orange and red peppers pop color right off the kebabs. These metal skewers rock too! I have some and so does my soon to be mother in law. Guess great minds think alike. Do you use the metal or wood skewers when making kebabs(kabobs) depending on what you call them? We had fun watching the fire come up and tickle these as we added the sauce to them while grilling. I swear my mother in law has no fear! She is a outdoors person and I think it is so cool. Other hand I like my five star hotels :)

Cilantro Lime Chicken Kebabs

It’s a busy season for us with my daughter in color guard and son working long days we get so tied up in every day life that it’s nice to just calm down for a day of family and relaxation. Hard to believe my son will be 17 tomorrow. Where does the time go? My oldest is in Vegas at the moment. Furthest he has ever been from me. It is definitely an experience. I miss him like crazy!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Kebabs
Serves 6
Chicken, bell peppers, and red onion decorate metal skewers and grilled with a cilantro lime sauce for flavor.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 - 1 1/2 lb package chicken tenders
  2. 1 red bell pepper; cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
  3. 1 orange bell pepper; cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
  4. 1 red onion; quartered into 1/2 inch pieces
  5. 1/2 bundle of cilantro; chopped
  6. 4 limes; juiced
  7. 1/4 cup olive oil
  8. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Soak chicken in half of the lime juice about two hours before if you have time.
  2. Preheat grill to about 300 degrees F. Alternate chicken, peppers, and onions on skewers. In a small bowl add olive oil, other half of lime juice, cilantro, slat and pepper. Stir well.
  3. Oil grill and place skewers on hot grill. Using a brush, brush on marinade. Rotate and brush on more marinade. Let cook for 5 minutes and continue to brush on marinade. After 15 to 20 minutes or less the chicken should be cooked with a bit of charred look to it.
  4. Pull skewers off grill and serve with potatoes or your choice of side.
Notes
  1. If you want stronger lime flavor marinade chicken in lime juice longer before grilling.
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Do you have a favorite kebab? Is it something strange or something simple? I’d love to hear about it below. I’ve seen ham and pineapple and I would just love to try it! Grilled pineapple is a favorite of mine. Do you put fruit on your kebabs? I am seriously curious as I saw one with mango that looked magnificent! Psst… before you leave don’t forget to share it below!

Red Pepper Fusilli & Feed South Africa

Leftovers are a huge portion of lunches in our home. It’s a way not to create food waste and also have a healthy lunch. This Red Pepper Fusilli is perfect for that. The sauce really taste so much better the next day because it sticks to the pasta. We are lucky for the leftover lunches we get to have. Too many children go without lunch all over the world every day. Sometimes my kids don’t take their own lunch which upsets me because we always try to keep something for them to take. What is more upsetting is when I think of a child that doesn’t have the option for lunch at all. Picture a child walking to school hungry, unable to concentrate, with a belly ache before the day is over. I just couldn’t imagine this for my teenagers and wouldn’t want that for anyone else’s.

Red Pepper Fusilli | Mooshu Jenne

Lack of food can diminish concentration, erode willpower, and strip away a child’s potential. Compound that with prevalence of HIV/AIDS or the trauma of losing parents and loved ones, without food, a child’s attendance and performance at school is severely jeopardized. I am asking my readers to consider donating to this fundraising campaign that will provide 100 South African school children a daily meal for one year. Just $10 can feed a child their only meal of the day. That’s less than a week’s worth of lattes at Starbucks.

To follow along for more information check out: The Giving Table at Twitter: @thegivingtable / #feedsouthafrica and Facebook: facebook.com/givingtable or The Lunchbox Fund at Twitter: @thelunchboxfund and Facebook: facebook.com/thelunchboxfund.

Red Pepper Fusilli | Mooshu Jenne

Now for the Red Pepper Fusilli recipe which is simple and can be made with very little ingredients for a large family. We made this last night and chowed down on it for lunch today. It takes a tad of work but it is completely worth it. 

Red Pepper Fusilli
Serves 6
Roasted red pepper sauce toss over fusilli pasta.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small white onion; diced
  2. 3 garlic cloves; minced
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 3 red bell peppers; seeds removed
  5. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  6. 1/3 cup milk
  7. 1 bag of fusilli pasta
  8. 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  9. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  10. Salt and pepper
  11. 1/3 cup parmesan; grated, shredded or flaked
Instructions
  1. Cut off tops of red bell peppers and slice in half. Remove ribbing and seeds. Place with flesh side up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Broil on high for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove peppers from oven and place in a glass or ceramic bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in bowl covered for 10 minutes. Once the time is up remove skins from peppers.
  2. You may use a food processor or immersion blender to puree the peppers. Add in heavy cream and milk. Puree again with peppers. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook fusilli for 10 minutes or according to package directions.
  4. In a saute pan, add in garlic, onions, and olive oil. Cook on low until onions are translucent. Add in pepper mixture and raise heat to medium low. Add in paprika, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook for about ten minutes until sauce thickens a bit.
  5. Toss sauce over fusilli and garnish with parmesan.
Notes
  1. You may serve this with chicken and parmesan bread.
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Ropa Vieja with Patatas Bravas

I thought it would be first important to take about the origin of Ropa Vieja. Many think it to come from Cuba but in all actuality it came from Spain’s Canary Islands.  Ropa vieja originated in the Canary Islands (Spain), which were the last place ships from Spain would stop on the way to the Americas. They were also the first place that Spanish ships coming from the Americas would stop en route back to Spain. Due to this, Canarian culture is very similar to the Caribbean as well as Spain. This is how ropa vieja arrived in the islands; with the Canarian immigrants. The original version of ropa vieja contained leftovers, but later became a shredded meat dish with chickpeas and potatoes in the Canary Islands.

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I find this really interesting because well I find pirates astounding. The TV shows, the movies and the real stories of horror. Ships are also fascinating to me. To think if you were on a ship for months at a time and then you get to port to eat some ropa vieja. That must have been a joy for those sailors. It is definitely one of my favorite dishes from the Mediterranean region. 

Ropa Vieja via Mooshu JenneThey even have a story about ropa vieja. As the oldest story goes is a man whose family was coming to his home for dinner. Being very poor, the man could not buy them enough food when they came. To remedy his situation, he went to his closet, gathered some old clothes (ropa vieja) and imbued them with his love. When he cooked the clothes, his love for his family turned the clothes into a wonderful beef stew. How interesting what love can do right?

 
I am entering this recipe as a part of a contest so I here is to hoping that I win!
Ropa Vieja with Patatas Bravas
Serves 6
Ropa vieja is flank steak slow cooked in spices sided with patatas bravas.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
6 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
6 hr
For Ropa Vieja
  1. 4 lb. flank steak
  2. 1 white onion, sliced in rounds
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  5. 1 can (12 oz.) tomato paste
  6. 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  7. 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  8. 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  9. 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  10. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  11. 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  12. 2 bay leaves
  13. 1 tablespoon paprika
  14. 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  15. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  16. 3 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  17. Salt and pepper to taste
For Patatas Bravas
  1. 1 bag red potatoes; quartered
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. Sea salt
For Sauce
  1. 1/2 white onion, diced
  2. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 teaspoon paprika
  4. 1 teaspoon cayenne
  5. 1-12 oz. can tomato paste
  6. 2 teaspoon hot sauce
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 3 cups water
For Ropa Vieja
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large, deep glass baking dish add flank steak and top with onions. Add minced garlic, chipotle peppers, jalapeno, bell peppers, vinegar, and cilantro. Top with diced tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetable broth. Add in oregano, cumin, paprika, and bay leaves. Cover with foil and cook for five hours until meat pulls apart and is tender.
For Patatas Bravas
  1. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper layer quartered red potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and top with sea salt. Pop into the oven with Ropa Vieja and cook for about 45 minutes until tender. Once tender broil potatoes on high for 3 minutes until browned. If potatoes are browned by just baking there is no need to broil.
For Sauce
  1. In a saute pan, add olive oil, minced garlic, and onion. Top with a bit of salt. Cook on medium to low heat until onion becomes translucent. Careful not to brown the garlic or onions. If they start to brown lower the heat. Once translucent add in tomato paste, water and spices. Whisk well. Add hot sauce and cook on low until sauce is thickened. Once thickened turn off heat and use to top potatoes.
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