Thursday, December 26, 2013

Coconut Pineapple Shredded Chicken

Today I got a little creative in the kitchen. I've been trying to think of a great way to marinate chicken to help it stay moist and flavorful without greek yogurt. I always used to marinate my chicken in plain greek yogurt but this may be my new favorite! The recipe turned out better than expected. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, I just threw some things together and hoped for the best. My recipes always seem to start off that way.

Coconut Pineapple Shredded Chicken

-1 can light coconut milk
-1.5 C. fresh pineapple salsa (from whole foods or you can make your own)
-1 T. ground ginger
-1 T ground cumin
-1/2 T cayenne pepper (more if you'd like it spicier)
-salt/pepper to taste
-6 chicken breasts

1. Place coconut milk, salsa, and spices in a large tupperware and mix together until well combined. Marinate all 6 chicken breasts overnight. 

2. Place mixture into crock pot and cook on low for 8+ hours

3. Shred with fork, it should fall apart easily

I served this on top of a bed of kale and smashed plantains, topped with avocado and a little extra hot sauce (pictured at top of the page). This recipe would also be great for a jerk style pizza, stuffed poblano peppers, or just by itself topped with a little avocado and fresh cilantro.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Louisiana Spiced Chicken Soup

This recipe could easily be done with leftover turkey or even ham cubes if you'd like. It's a simple weeknight meal but makes for a great prep ahead dinner as well. Hope you enjoy!

Louisiana Spiced Chicken Soup

-4 chicken breasts (boiled until cooked through, then shredded)
-2 cups chicken stock
-3 bell peppers (red, yellow, orange)
-1 medium yellow onion, diced
-2 c. diced tomatoes (fresh but you can use canned)
-1/2 T EVOO
-salt/pepper to taste
-1.5 T Louisiana spices (that's the name)

-I boiled the chicken breasts first, then shredded them.
-Add evoo to pot and let heat on medium high
-Add onions first, lightly saute until translucent
-Add all other vegetables and spices
-Add chicken back to pot and chicken stock
-Bring to a boil, then reduce to slow simmer.

You can put this in a crockpot and let it cook all day. You can also used rotisserie chicken for a quick weeknight meal!