chicken recipes

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fillets & Homemade Tomato Sauce

I don’t generally make up my own recipes, but I do go hunting all over the internet for recipes according to whatever inspires me on the day or week. Then, I chop a little bit here and change a little bit there and make it according to my family’s tastes.

The benefit for you is I do all the hunting for you and you can be sure it’s going to be easy, quick, healthy and family friendly! Any day you’re wondering what to do for supper, just pop in here and you’ll be sure to find a recipe that appeals to your tastebuds. Must add though that my kids are quite unfussy and easy to feed (not sure what this actually says about my cooking).

For the longest time I couldn’t remember where I found this recipe… eventually I realised it was from one of my favourite apps, Kitchen Stories. There’s something for everyone and loads of how-to’s for the beginner cook.

I find it very hard to resist anything with Parmesan in it! Add chicken and homemade tomato sauce and it’s sure to be a winner. Served with a side salad, it’s low in carbs and a light, nutritious meal.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fillets & Homemade Tomato Sauce

35 minutes

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Italian

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fillets & Homemade Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 80g Parmesan
  • 160g breadcrumbs
  • 4 eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions

  • Finely dice the onion.
  • Cut each chicken breast into 3 pieces, cover the chicken pieces in cling wrap and flatten with your fist.
  • In a large pan, saute the onion in oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add tomatoes and oregano to the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, until sauce thickens slightly. Season with ground coarse salt and black pepper.
  • Mix together the Parmesan and breadcrumbs in a large bowl and season.
  • Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Then, using tongs, dip a piece of chicken into the egg and then into the Parmesan mixture, coating all over.
  • In a large frying pan, cook the chicken in some oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Set aside an repeat until all the chicken is done.
  • Blend the tomato sauce with a hand blender.
  • Spread the tomato sauce on a plate, place the chicken on top and serve garnished with freshly grated Parmesan.
https://mammachefjozi.com/parmesan-crusted-chicken-fillets-homemade-tomato-sauce/

Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

I love a big stirfry with lots of colour and all the Asian flavours I can possibly fit in. The brightness of the vegetables always seems to cheer me up! Stirfry is also a great way to pack in a variety of veggies and possibly sneak some in that the boys wouldn’t usually eat.

Having been craving Chinese food for some time, I stumbled across this recipe from FitLikeMummy’s blog – an inspiring view into her journey to better health and fitness. Anything with Cashew Nuts instantly grabs my attention and it looked so absolutely delicious, I had to cook it!

Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

I just added some red cabbage for colour (and forgot that I wanted to add carrots). Hoisin Sauce was not to be found anywhere in the regular shops so I did without. On contemplation, I realised afterwards that I am literally five minutes from an entire selection of Chinese supermarkets. Notes for the future!

Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Asian

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Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Family Friendly

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2-3 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 pak choi, roughly chopped
  • 3 spring onions, chopped, green and white parts separated
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced (optional)
  • 1 packet rice noodles

Instructions

  • In a small bowl mix the stock with the oyster and hoisin/soy sauces, and the garlic. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan or wok over high heat.
  • Add the chicken and cook until golden brown. When cooked, remove from the pan set aside.
  • Lower heat to med-high.
  • Add the pak choi, white part of the spring onions and vegetables to the same pan. Cook until the veggies are tender but still crisp, about 3 minutes.
  • Return cooked chicken to skillet along with the sauce, the green onion tops, red chilli (if using) and the cashews.
  • Cook until sauce has reduced a bit, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with rice noodles.
https://mammachefjozi.com/chicken-cashew-stir-fry-pak-choi-rice-noodles/

Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry with Pak Choi & Rice Noodles

Original recipe by FitLikeMummy

 

Mediterranean Chicken Bake with Artichoke Hearts

A low carb, Mediterranean diet inspired recipe. Wonderfully warm chicken bake with artichoke hearts, served with brown rice.

Mediterranean Chicken Bake with Artichoke Hearts

Category: Meat Free Mondays

Cuisine: Mediterranean

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Mediterranean Chicken Bake with Artichoke Hearts

Low Carb, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free (omit cheese), Family Friendly

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts/thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tin quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto or fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken all over with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan and brown both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • Then transfer thighs to a large oven dish and arrange in a single layer. Add chopped artichoke hearts and black olives.
  • Pour tomatoes over the top, sprinkle the basil pesto evenly, then top with grated cheese.
  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Turn oven to grill and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, to lightly brown cheese on top.
  • Remove from oven and serve with brown rice.
https://mammachefjozi.com/mediterranean-chicken-bake-with-artichoke-hearts/

Recipe adapted from All Day I Dream About Food

Chicken & Rice Bake with Green Vegetables – Because Green is Good!

This cheesy chicken, rice and green veggie bake is such a comforting dish that the children can’t get enough of. This recipe is a must have in your emergency cookbook for those rush-rush days.

I usually make this with only broccoli but I had some green beans and just couldn’t resist putting them in as well.

Chicken & Rice Bake with Green Vegetables – Because Green is Good!

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Chicken & Rice Bake with Green Vegetables – Because Green is Good!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 500 g boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Cook the rice according to packet instructions. Add one chicken stock cube or stock pot to the cooking water and mix well.
  • Preheat the oven on grill.
  • In a large pan, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat. Once onions soften, increase the heat to medium high and add chicken to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken pieces and add the garlic. Cook for about 1 more minute.
  • Add the broccoli and green beans to the pan and stir often so that the vegetables stir fry, but don't burn, just a couple minutes needed. Once the vegetables are tender but still firm, add the cooked rice and the chicken and veg mixture to a large oven dish, add the grated cheese and mix through well. Sprinkle a little more cheese over the top.
  • Place the dish into the oven and cook for about 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbling.

Notes

Gluten free Sugar free

https://mammachefjozi.com/chicken-rice-bake-green-vegetables-green-good/

Curry Chicken Meatballs with Pauli’s Spicy Brinjali Sauce

Curry Chicken Meatballs with Pauli’s Spicy Brinjali Sauce

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Curry Chicken Meatballs with Pauli’s Spicy Brinjali Sauce

This recipe is very versatile. You can also add tomato puree to the sauce to change the taste slightly. If you can't get hold of Pauli's Spicy Brinjali Sauce, you can substitute with any curry sauce you like, either ready made or home made.

Ingredients

  • 500 g chicken mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 4 tbsp Pauli's Spicy Brinjali Sauce
  • plain yoghurt for serving
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions

  • Cook basmati rice according to packet instructions.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together chicken mince, garlic, salt and pepper (to taste) and about 1 tbsp olive oil. Scoop out about 3/4 tbsp at a time and roll into balls, placing them onto a plate.
  • In a large pan over medium high heat, warm a glug of olive oil. Add the chicken meatballs and brown well all around.
  • Once chicken is browned, remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add a glug of olive oil to the same pan and saute the onions and pepper together for 3-4 minutes until just softened. Lower heat and add 4 heaped tbsp of Pauli's Spicy Brinjali Sauce, frozen spinach and stir well. Add back the chicken, cover the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve on top of rice and add plain yoghurt or cream.

Notes

Gluten free - no breadcrumbs needed. Eggless. Sugar free.

https://mammachefjozi.com/curry-chicken-meatballs-with-paulis-spicy-brinjali-sauce/

Pauli’s Tomali Baked Chicken Breast & Vegetables

Pauli’s Tomali Baked Chicken Breast & Vegetables

40 minutes

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Mediterranean

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Pauli’s Tomali Baked Chicken Breast & Vegetables

Gluten free, sugar free, low carb. For a dairy free option, replace feta with goat's cheese or leave out entirely.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Pauli's Tomali Relish
  • 600g mixed roasting vegetables
  • 1 round feta cheese
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 200 C.
  • Place some foil into a roasting pan and fold up the edges to make a divider.
  • Spray roasting pan and foil with some olive oil cooking spray.
  • Place chicken breasts into the foil section and spread the roasting vegetables over the rest of the pan.
  • Drizzle all with some olive oil and season with coarse salt and black pepper.
  • Pour the Pauli's Tomali Relish over the chicken breasts, making sure that they are covered evenly.
  • Crumble the Feta cheese over the chicken and relish. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
https://mammachefjozi.com/paulis-tomali-baked-chicken-breast-vegetables/

Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes

Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes

50 minutes

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Mediterranean

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Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 8 skin-on , bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp crushed garlic
  • 3 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6-8 potatoes, quartered
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 red pepper (capsicum), deseeded and cut into wedges
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 4 tbsp pitted Kalamata olives
  • Lemon slices, to serve

Instructions

  • Pat thighs dry with paper towel. In a shallow oven dish, combine lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, parsley and salt. Pour out half of the mixture into a jug and set aside for later.
  • Add the chicken to the mixture in the oven dish and coat evenly. Cover and marinate for 15 minutes if rushed; 1 hour if time allows; or over night, turning each chicken thigh occasionally in the marinade.
  • Preheat oven to 220°C. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan or skillet over med-high heat. Sear the chicken on both sides until golden brown (about 4 minutes per side). Place chicken pieces back into the oven dish, then arrange the vegetables around the chicken. Drizzle vegetables with the marinade from the jug, tossing them through the oil mixture to coat evenly.
  • Cover the dish with or foil and bake until the potatoes are soft and the chicken is completely cooked through (about 35 minutes). Change oven setting to grill, uncover and cook for a further 5-10 minutes, or until chicken and potatoes are crispy and golden brown.
  • Serve with olives and lemon slices.
https://mammachefjozi.com/mediterranean-chicken-potatoes/

Broccoli Bacon Cheese & Chicken Bake – an Instant Family Favourite

Broccoli, Bacon, Cheese & Chicken Bake

This recipe looked fantastic when I found it, but was even better than expected! An instant family favourite, the boys loved it, yes, even though it was mainly broccoli. That’s always a measure of a successful dinner… the broccoli and chicken baking together result in such tasty juices at the bottom of the dish. If you were to add rice to the mix (not necessary at all) you would have a lovely broth to go with it.

Blanch the broccoli before baking to enhance the colour and flavour.

Broccoli Bacon Cheese & Chicken Bake – an Instant Family Favourite

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Broccoli Bacon Cheese & Chicken Bake – an Instant Family Favourite

Ingredients

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 packet diced bacon
  • 6-8 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mozarella/white cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • Place chicken breasts flat on a cutting board, drizzle with a little olive oil & cover with cling wrap.
  • Bash with your fist to flatten them evenly (great stress reliever).
  • Remove cling wrap and season with ground salt & black pepper.
  • Spray an oven dish with olive oil cooking spray and place chicken breasts into the dish.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to boil, add broccoli and boil for 2 minutes to blanch.
  • At the same time, fry bacon bits in a small pan until golden.
  • Drain broccoli well.
  • Add broccoli and bacon bits to dish with chicken. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
https://mammachefjozi.com/broccoli-bacon-cheese-chicken-bake/

Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas that Your Family Will Love

Where to find inspiration?

Our quick and easy meal plan for last week was really made up by the scruff of it’s pants! It did still come out very well but I have to say that with the weather being as odd as it has been the last few weeks, I found it quite hard to come up with inspiration. When it’s hot and sunny I would think of fresh and summery ideas. When it’s cold I would go for warm comfort food. I pushed through though and went mostly on what I had around the house already.

It was also SuperDad’s birthday and the guest of honour gets to choose whatever they want for dinner. He gave his vote to Blake, who decided on chicken leg and potatoes. Mamma played with the idea and waved my little wand (spoon) to come up with the week’s most popular recipe, which was grilled chicken and smashed potato salad. It received a big thumbs up from this adorable little boy, whose mommy sent me these gorgeous pictures of him absolutely loving his meal.

I have to add that we are all raving about his awesome Lego eating set! If you want to rush out and get yourself one, head over to Makro. I couldn’t find it online, but they can be found in store. Certain items also available at TakeAlot. The range is from Placematix and comes with cutlery as well.

Easy as Pie… so to speak

I find pie quite daunting to make, actually. In any case, my recipes must always be easy and quick to make so that’s where I start when looking for ideas. It does narrow things down.

Onwards and upwards to the yummy business!

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Fish, rice and veg is plain, simple, the easiest thing ever and you can add any vegetables of your choice. I have a few rice lovers around so plain rice with anything is always a winner. Gluten free of course and adding the chickpeas gives an extra protein boost.

Mamma’s MomentHappy People Build Their Inner WorldTime seems to be absolutely spinning past us and these past weeks have gone by in a blur. I have been so super busy between business and blog (definitely not complaining) that when I find a spare moment it’s gold, it’s so precious and I wouldn’t waste it on negativity.Yet, I see people who still manage to complain about anything and everything. Do they not see that by focusing on all the negativity, they are creating more negativity in their own lives? Try, for just one day, not to complain and instead find something positive to focus on. See how it changes your perspective and even your reality.

Stay light!

MammaChef Jozi

Democratically Elected Meal Planner – The Boys’ Favourites

The Democratic Meal Planner – One kid, one vote!

 

In light of all the political goings on around us recently, I decided to give democracy a chance to rule the meal planner. I feel like I’m making myself sound very much like a food dictator… She who holds the wooden spoon, rules the plates! It’s for their own good though, trust me!

Meal Planner November 2017

The boys are very modern in their political views and combined their votes to effect community rule over the first two days. This worked out very well for them as they got to have both their favourites. SuperDad is always happy with pasta and basil pesto is also a favourite. Of course they go so well together as a combo! Somebody had to be the carb police and that happened to be me (can’t quite get rid of the dictatorship). My favourite treat as a meal must be salmon. It has become so expensive, even in frozen steaks, that we really only have it on the odd occasion.

Fish shopping tip!

I did discover something quite interesting though… Our local Food Lover’s Market has a fantastic fish section and if you can hold your breath long enough, you might just find a very good deal!

As an example, the prepared, fresh salmon portions on the day were R299.00 per kilogram. In comparison, Woolworths’ fresh Norwegian salmon portions are R500.00 per kilogram, but that’s not the point. If you select a whole salmon, they will fillet it for you, package the quantity that you want and the price on the day was R179.99 per kilogram. That is a major difference!

As usual, just going that little bit further to be aware of where our food comes from, I looked into the sourcing of the salmon and found this on Food Lover’s Market website:

Although Food Lovers market currently procures farmed Norwegian Salmon which is on the WWF-SASSI orange-list we are implementing a procurement strategy that aligns with SASSI procurement guideline for Salmon. This means that all Norwegian on Food Lover’s shelves will come from farms that are affiliated to the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI – http://globalsalmoninitiative.org/) by January 2019. These farms have committed to work towards meeting the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard for responsible aquaculture by 2020. Food Lover’s has full traceability back to all source farms and is annually tracking progress of these farms towards their 2020 ASC target.

Sustainable is good and I like the accountability and action plan.

This post really is becoming quite political! I have a soapbox and everything! I think it’s about time for the good stuff!

The Recipe Cards

Remember you can sign up to the newsletter to get your meal planner and recipe cards all together in advance, in your inbox! Alternatively you are two weeks behind… and have to come all the way here to MammaChef Jozi to download them… Then again, I love your visits and the more the better! So I tell you what, do both!

Boys’ Choice Monday – Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup)

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Caldo Verde

Boys’ Choice Tuesday – Spagheti Bolognese

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Simple Spaghetti Bolognese

Mamma’s Choice Wednesday – Salmon & Roast Vegetable Salad

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Salmon & Roast Vegetable Salad

SuperDad’s Choice Thursday – Chicken & Basil Pesto Pasta

Democratically Elected Meal Planner_Chicken Basil Pesto Pasta

Needless to say, we all thoroughly enjoyed this week’s dinners. Blake, who is four, has recently taken to proclaiming every meal as the best food he has ever eaten! The people have spoken!

Alright, I think that is more than enough of my political commentary. I will leave you with this thought. Whatever your mood, whatever is going on in life, try to get yourself just one level up on the emotional scale! If you’re feeling dejected, try to find something that makes you feel content. Anxiety looks for something that brings peace and so on. The point is to raise your vibration! I’ll expand on this a little more later on. If you can (and it’s always possible)… Smile!

Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day

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