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.
Mooshu Jenne http://mooshujenne.com/

Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken

Today I come to you heart broken. My oldest son has decided to stay in Vegas. This is not something expected and it just breaks my heart because I didn’t get to say my goodbyes the way a mom should when your son leaves home. His decision was abrupt and I don’t believe it was thought through without influence. Hopefully he will see in time for himself. He is old enough to make his own decisions but as a mother you still want to shelter them from any harm. I guess that is what I fear most. I miss him every moment right now. I know that will fade but he is my first baby and it’s just a rough time for me.

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We found out yesterday he wasn’t coming home. His friends (that I call my adopted sons) came over along with my son, daughter and other half we all went out for hot wings. It was fun but not our usual cheery selves. We were a bit lost without Tommy. Like the family just wasn’t complete. I hope in time he will change his mind but if not I hope I get to fly him round trip for Christmas to see the final installment of The Hobbit with me. It’s our thing! We have seen everyone of the series together and it just doesn’t feel right not being with my boy to see it. I really do wish him the best and miss him like crazy (goes off to dry tears).

Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken

Food is my comfort. Creating new meals or just experimenting with different ingredients helps me cope. I believe that is why I started this little slice of my own here. This chicken was a simple dish that we threw together to grill while I worked on building new websites for a business. The other half and I have been discussing a new business and a move out of state. He says Colorado, I say Seattle. I know we want to make the move after our daughter graduates high school which she is entering this year. Anyone have any suggestions on good places to go? Do you live in Colorado and know a good town, good community?

Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken

I would like to be on the west coast somewhere. I know I would love to be near ocean but the other half hates the idea of being too close to the ocean after the tsunami’s. I grew up with ocean and truly miss the beach with all it’s wonders. I think I need a vacation soon. Some off time! This has been a long year and it is no where near over yet. With that thought, I need more easy meals. I am looking for slow cooker/ crockpot meals that can be easy to put together for Friday night games coming this Fall. I know this Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken would be a great one in the slower cooker. It’s fabulous on the grill!

Cilantro Lime Beer Braised Chicken
Serves 5
Chicken breasts marinated in lime beer with limes and cilantro then grilled to perfection.
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 bottle of lime flavored beer
  3. 1 lime; sliced into rounds
  4. 1/2 bundle of cilantro; chopped
  5. 2 cloves of garlic minced
Instructions
  1. In a large dish, layer in chicken and top with lime flavored beer. Top with garlic in beer and cilantro over chicken and beer. Layer with limes over the top. Marinate one hour in refrigerator. At one hour mark, roll chicken over and place back in the refrigerator for another hour.
  2. After chicken has marinated for two hours, pour beer mixture from chicken into a jar. Preheat grill to 350 degrees F. Grill chicken using mixture to keep chicken from drying out. Grill for 22 minutes or so each side flipping occasionally. Remove and let sit for about 5 minutes. Serve with pasta salad or cilantro rice.
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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!

Bacon and Bourbon Chicken Kebabs

Grilling season is here! I am so excited because I have been thinking up some new recipes and trying out as many on the grill by the pool as often as I can. These bacon and bourbon chicken kebabs were delicious made from bits of bacon, bbq sauce and spices that merry well together. Grilling season is really fun because I feel like it brings people together. It allows for summer fun but also potlucks were everyone grills something different and brings a plethora of side dishes. Its just a foodie experience that I totally enjoy. 
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There is nothing more enticing then grilling with bacon and allowing the flames lick the sauce. It puts a wondrous crunch on the chicken. Probably one of the reason I love to grill so much.  Food on the grill should always have a good sauce on it too. Are you a dry rub or sauce fan?

Bacon and Bourbon Chicken Kebabs

I have these really great metal skewer I use for kebabs. They are reusable which I have to say I favor over buying the wood skewers. Next time I make the bacon and bourbon chicken kebabs I plan to add red onion to them. I just love the sweetness of the red onion once it’s been grilled. Do you have a favorite meat or veggie to skewer and grill?

Bacon and Bourbon Chicken Kebabs

This weekend coming my son turns 17 and we are planning to make some beef carnitas. I hope I can talk the other half into grilling up the tortillas so they have that nice warmth to them. I really need to purchase an outdoor plate set. I’ve seen one I like and cannot wait to sneak it in behind him. He says I already have too much kitchen items. As a food blogger you can never ever have enough ;) He just laughs; then tells me no. 

Bacon and Bourbon Chicken Kebabs
Serves 6
Chicken skewed and grilled with a bacon, bourbon, barbecue, and spiced sauce.
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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. 1 package of chicken tenders; 1.5 lbs, 1/2 inch cubes
  2. 4 strips of bacon; non cooked, cubed
  3. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  4. 2 mini bottles of bourbon; Jim Beam Honey Bourbon
  5. 1/2 cup barbecue sauce; your choice
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. 1/2 tablespoon paprika
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into cubes and align them on the skewers. Set aside.
  2. In a blender or food processor, add in bacon, barbecue sauce and bourbon. Blend on high. Add in garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Blend well. Add in salt and pepper. Blend lightly and pour into a jar.
  3. Add skewers to a preheated grill about 300 degrees F. Add sauce to with brush to the chicken. Every ten minutes rotate and cover well with sauce. Once the chicken starts to blacken and sauce is thick your skewers are just about done. Test one piece on the end to make sure chicken is cooked well and juicy. About 40 minutes rotating each 10 minutes.
Notes
  1. Serves well with grilled pineapple or grilled peaches.
Mooshu Jenne http://mooshujenne.com/

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Have you seen the trailer for the upcoming movie Blended? I cannot wait to see it. I love that we get to see Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler back in a film together. I know it’s going to be hilarious. Which is why it’s so cool that Tyson Grilled and Ready is offering 2 free movie tickets with specially marked packages. I mean heck ya I get to make good food and see a movie for free. Can’t beat that. The teens and I live at the theaters if we can. With school about out it makes this a perfect way to make up some chicken fajitas for lunch at the pool then off to the theaters to cool off.

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Isn’t that just gorgeous. Food helps bring people together including Blended families. While we might all be a bit different we still enjoy food. V is step father to my three teenagers. He came into my daughters life when she was three. He father actually pasted away before she was born. She’s the only dad she’s ever known. She is now 14 years old and is very much like him. In fact all of them enjoy him including the fact he is from Czech and makes odd foods they love to try. Blending wasn’t always so easy but through the years it has taught the teens to learn to be more open to peoples differences. We blend over food :) Like these easy chicken fajitas I made while we are moving into our new place while we look for a house. I picked up the Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Fajitas at Walmart

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This bag actually feed three adults, three teenagers and one small child for dinner mixed with saute bell peppers and onions along with some spiced rice. It was so quick and easy to make for us in the middle of a move. I was super surprised how tender the chicken was. I will be definitely trying this again in different recipes including a chicken fajitas salad in a mason jar for lunch. 

Chicken Fajitas on the stove

Are you ready for the recipe? What would you make with Tyson Grilled and Ready? Follow along at the hashtag #TysonMovieTickets and comment below as I would love to know what you would make.

Chicken Fajitas with Spiced Rice
Serves 6
Tender chicken fajitas with sauted onions and peppers served with spiced rice.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package of Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Fajitas
  2. 1 white onion; sliced in rounds
  3. 1 bell pepper; sliced in long slices
  4. 1 tablespoon olive or grapeseed oil
  5. 1 package tortillas
  6. 1 package of cheese of choice
  7. 2 cups extra long grain rice
  8. 1 tablespoon cumin
  9. 1 tablespoon paprika
  10. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. 1 teaspoon salt
  12. 1 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pot, add in two cups rice and four cups water. Add in spices and stir. Bring to a boil and lower to low to simmer for about 20 minutes until rice is tender.
  2. In a saute pan, add in sliced onions and peppers with one tablespoon of oil on high heat. Once the pan is heated well and the onions start to caramelize turn down the heat to medium. Once the peppers start to get tender add in chicken. Saute the chicken with the vegetables to heat up the chicken and add a little extra crunch to the edges.
  3. Serve on tortillas topped with your favorite cheese, sour cream and/or salsa.
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#ad Tyson Grillin’ Wings with Salt & Pepper Asparagus

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Hot wings have to be one of my most favorite foods of all time. Sometimes it’s a real pain to make them when you have a summer cookout. Here in Texas we are already starting to feel it warm up enough outside that you can feel the humidity. Cooking inside almost becomes just not an option. For summer cookouts I will be definitely making Tyson Grillin Wings along with Salt and Pepper Asparagus.
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It’s probably one of the simplest meals to make for a summer cookout. These Tyson Grillin’ wings cook in about 12 minutes. Perfect for simple grilling ideas. That’s pretty fast if you ask me. I just picked up two packages at Sam’s Club along with some Country Time Lemonade for cold drinks. My teens like to drink lemonade and it makes it that much easier for me. The containers are so large that they make plenty for a crowd.
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The Tyson Grillin wings are pretty easy to find in the frozen section. They are easy to put up in the freeze and just pull them out for a spur of the moment summer cookout.
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Do you want more grillin recipes or great side dishes? Make sure to follow along on Facebook or Twitter with hash tag #whatsgrillin. How about some salt and pepper asparagus to pair with your wings? I love it because it is a simple side dish that is packed full of nutrition and protein. 

Salt and Pepper Asparagus
Serves 6
Tyson Grillin' Wings sided with salt and pepper asparagus.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 bundles of asparagus
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Make a foil boat. Wash asparagus and layer into boat. Add salt and pepper. Cover boat with more foil and cook on medium heat for about thirty minutes on the grill. Once asparagus is tender add your wings to the grill. Once wings are complete pull both and serve!
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 What is your favorite summer cookout meal? Do you have an easy go to recipe? I would love to hear about it! 

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Italian Parmesan Bacon Wrapped Chicken – Fresh Take

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Don’t you just love Easter with all the pretty colors? I know I do! Every year we always think of a new way to color eggs. It’s just a tradition in our house. I always make the traditional ham and mashed potatoes along with finding a new salad of sorts to make anew. I have to admit I think the teenagers are worn out on ham. Of course the other half and I would eat our weight in ham if we could. Sometimes it’s great to have another option for Easter or a simple spring brunch. These Italian Parmesan Bacon Wrapped Chicken legs made with Kraft Fresh Take are simple and easy. My teen helped me make these along with the Easter Egg Salad pictured in the back.

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Kraft Fresh Take Store ShotItalian Parmesan Bacon Wrapped Chicken puts a twist on Easter Brunch. While you still have your ham flavor (bacon) you can change it up with an Italian splash. Serve it with easter egg salad or fresh spring greens for a nutritious dish.  Simply wrap the chicken in bacon like below. 

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Just open up the Kraft Fresh Take and mix the cheese and bread crumbs. Roll the bacon wrapped chicken in the mixture, lay into a baking dish, and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes.

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They will come out ready to serve to your family or friends for your Easter brunch or dinner. 

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Italian Parmesan Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Serves 4
Chicken legs wrapped with bacon and breaded with Kraft Fresh Take.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Kraft Fresh Take Italian Parmesan
  2. 4 chicken legs
  3. 4 strips of bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Wrap chicken legs with bacon starting from the leg bottom to the top. Open Kraft Fresh Take Italian Parmesan and mix as directed on the package. Roll chicken in mixture and place in a small baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes as directed on package until chicken is done and outside is crispy.
Notes
  1. I cooked my chicken covered for one hour and then pulled off the cover and let the topping brown.
Mooshu Jenne http://mooshujenne.com/

 For more recipes follow along on Facebook, Google +, and Twitter with the hashtag #FreshTake or #CollectiveBias. I would love to hear what your Easter traditions are below. How do you do Easter?

Baja Chicken Soup

Love this Baja Chicken Soup! It is completely simple to make. It comes together quick on a week night when I really don’t feel like cooking. Yes, I do have those days when cooking or even moving from my bed is a issue. Now and again I cook from cans. It’s one of those deals that I only keep certain canned food in the house. Tomatoes, beans, and corn are alright in my book coming from a can. You won’t find much else canned in my house. Maybe spinach for a quick side dish; the kids like it. 

Baja Chicken Soup | Mooshu Jenne

If allowed I would add spring onions and avocado to every dish. Fresh spring onions just have a mountain of flavor that I love. Avocado is just a fruit I grew up eating in California. It’s my nature to gravitate towards it. What’s great about baja chicken soup is it’s perfect for spring. It’s not a heavy soup which allows it function well during the non wintry season. What spring and summer soups do you like to make? 

Baja Chicken Soup | Mooshu Jenne

I always love chicken in my soup but I am not a real fan of ground beef in soups. To me ground beef belongs in a goulash or maybe a stew. Do you like ground beef in soups?

As I am writing this post the news is coming across that there is a Tornado warning at the Daytona 500. I hope everyone is safe. I remember the year we had tornado warnings at Texas Motor Speedway. We sat in the lot waiting and listening to the scanner as they talked about what to do in case it did it. Some of the chatter was actually pretty funny. 

Baja Chicken Soup | Mooshu Jenne

I do have excited news. I finally got a new car. I am hoping to do a post soon all about it. The guys at the other half’s work where we got the car want me to bring them some food. What would you bring a shop full of guys and some sales men to eat? Cupcakes maybe? Anywho, here is the recipe for the soup. Hope all of you enjoy it; I did!

Baja Chicken Soup
Serves 6
A chicken soup with a spicy base with chicken, corn, black beans, and tomatoes. Topped with avocado and spring onions.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast; baked
  2. 1 small white onion; diced
  3. 1 large anaheim pepper; ribs removes, seeded and diced
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 48 oz. chicken stock
  6. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  7. Juice of half a lime
  8. 1 tablespoon cumin
  9. 1 tablespoon paprika
  10. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. 1 can black beans; drained
  12. 1 can whole sweet corn; drained
  13. 3 cans fire roasted tomatoes
  14. 1/2 bushel of cilantro; chopped
  15. 1 large avocado; sliced into moon shaped slices
  16. 2 spring onions; sliced
  17. Salt and pepper to taste
  18. 3 to 4 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bake chicken for one hour. It will cook more in pot so if it is a bit pink it's fine.
  2. In a large pot, add in anaheim peppers, garlic and white onion with one tablespoon olive oil and cook over medium high heat. Saute for about 3 minutes. Add in chicken with cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Add in chicken broth. Stir and add in corn, black beans, and fire roasted tomatoes. Stir well combining all ingredients. Add 3 to 4 cups water depending on desired broth amount. Add in cilantro but reserve some for garnish. Add juice of half a lime. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Slice avocados and spring onions. Salt and pepper soup to taste. Serve topped with fresh cilantro, avocados, and spring onions.
Notes
  1. You may use rotisserie chicken in the place of baked chicken to shorten time.
Mooshu Jenne http://mooshujenne.com/

 

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is an art! It comes in many different ways but the key ingredient is the roux. If you don’t make the roux right it can become a complete disaster. Some will make their gumbo with shrimp or crab and others are known to make it with chicken and sausage. While I love a good seafood gumbo my daughter cannot eat seafood. Doesn’t mean we don’t eat it, we just like her to be able to share in the gumbo fun sometimes too. For that reason I make a chicken and andouille sausage gumbo. Andouille sausage really gives the flavor to the gumbo. The chicken gives it a hearty pick up. Then there is the controversy of tomatoes. This is really depending on my mood if I add them or not. Generally, when doing a chicken and andouille sausage gumbo I say it’s 50/50. When doing a seafood gumbo it is always and forever a no. I am just not a fan of tomatoes and seafood. I know I am a Italian a heart and in some sauces it will merry perfectly but in gumbo I am just not a big fan of it.

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo | Mooshu Jenne

One of my favorite times of the year is Mardi Gras. I love to have an excuse to cook Cajun foods. Not that I necessarily need one but that’s the excuse I give the family :) Gumbo is a good way to get them to eat okra too. They like it fried also but it’s not the healthiest way for them to eat it. King cake has to be the one dessert of this season they cannot get enough of. Other delicious dishes of this season are jambalaya, etouffee, crawfish or low country boil, and some seasoned cornbread fried catfish. What is your favorite Cajun or Creole recipe?

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo | Mooshu Jenne

My most favorite Cajun/Creole recipe has to be fried alligator. I know it’s not healthy and I really don’t care. It is all about the southern fried goodness when it comes to gator. It should be tender on the inside with an amazing crunchy batter on the outside. Gator is best served with fries, corn and cocktail sauce. When we all go out for Cajun this is what we all generally order. I wish gator was sold on the shelves because I would definitely make it at home. I guess it’s good it is not since it gives me an excuse to go out to dinner.

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
Serves 8
Gumbo full of chicken, sausage, and okra.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
For Roux
  1. 1 3/4 Cups Olive Oil
  2. 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  3. Juices from baked sausage and chicken
For Gumbo
  1. 1 large white onions; diced
  2. 5 stalks celery; chopped
  3. 1 large green bell pepper; diced
  4. 2 handfuls of okra; sliced
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  7. 2 bay leaves
  8. 3 links of andouille sausage
  9. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  10. 1/2 tablespoon cayenne
  11. 64 oz chicken broth
  12. 4 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven or digital oven to 400 degrees F. Place sausage and chicken in a dish together and bake for one hour and thirty minutes.
  2. Preheat a large cast iron or enameled cast iron skillet over medium heat. Pour 1 3/4 cups olive oil and juices from sausage and chicken bake into the skillet. Allow oil to come to temperature. Whisking vigorously, add the two cups of flour to the oil making sure to thoroughly combine. Switch to a wooden spoon to constantly stir for about 20 minutes or until the roux is a dark red caramel color.
  3. Add onions to roux and pour into a large pot. Add in celery, garlic and green bell pepper. Top with chicken broth just to cover and cook for about 8 minutes. Add in the rest of the chicken stock and water. Add in sliced sausage and shredded up chicken. Add in bay leaves, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Cook on low for 20 minutes.
  4. While gumbo is on a low boil add sliced okra and one tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet. Fry okra for about 4 to 6 minutes on medium low heat to remove stickiness. Add to gumbo pot. Salt and pepper gumbo to taste. Cook on low for another 10 minutes until all flavors merry.
  5. Serve with a scoop full of white rice and top with spring onions.
Notes
  1. Gumbo is an art form. Never ever leave it while cooking.
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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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