This is some great comfort food on an autumn day. Since anything Cajun is good with rice, serve over rice!
Cajun Chicken Thighs Veggie Skillet
- 4 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 Tbsp Cajun spice mix, or to taste
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, medium dice
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1/4 lb button mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 scallions, sliced for garnish
- Preheat the oven in broiler mode.
- Season the chicken lightly with salt, pepper, and cajun spices.
- In a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil.
- Add the chicken skin side side down and cook until well browned.
- Then flip and cook on the other side.
- Transfer the chicken to a plate.
- Drain any residual oil, just keep a little for the onion.
- Add the onion to the frying pan and stir.
- Add the carrots, garlic, red bell pepper, and mushrooms in the skillet.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and saute until the vegetables are beginning to brown
- Gradually mix in the broth.
- Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Return the chicken to the skillet and bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Transfer the skillet to the bottom of the oven and broil for about 15 minutes.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Sprinkle with chopped scallion.
- Divide the chicken and vegetables among plates and serve immediately.
This is a very nice comfort dish, and a one skillet meal.
Arroz con Pollo
- 1 tsp annatto seeds
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 medium sweet onion, medium dice
- 1 roma tomato, medium dice
- 1 jalapeno, stems and seeds removed, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 red bell pepper, medium dice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground coriander
- 4 chicken thighs, seasoned with salt and pepper
- 1 cup arborio rice
- 3 cups chicken stock, room temperature
- 1 cup frozen peas
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 handful cilantro
- 1 lime. cut into wedges
- Heat the annatto seeds in the oil over medium-low heat until just starting to sizzle.
- Remove from heat and allow to steep until the oil cools to room temperature.
- Strain the seeds from the oil and discard the seeds.
- While the oil cools, make the sofrito.
- Combine onion, tomato, jalapeno,garlic, half bell pepper, and spices in a food processor.
- Process until uniform, but not smooth.
- Warm the annatto oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
- Place the chicken thighs in the oil, skin-side-down; cook until brown and crispy.
- Turn and brown the other side.
- Remove from the skillet and set aside; reduce heat to medium.
- Add 1 cup of the sofrito to the pan.
- Saute, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the sofrito takes on an oily texture.
- Add the rice and stock, stir to combine, then bring to a simmer while stirring constantly.
- Add the chicken pieces and any accumulated juices, then scatter the peas and bell pepper over the top.
- Cover (leave a little space for air to escape), reduce heat to low.
- Simmer until the chicken is tender and the rice has absorbed most of the liquid, about 20 minutes.
- Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve with cilantro and lime wedges.
After you get all the chopping completed, this dish cooks really fast. I did not have a red pepper, so I used a green pepper. I missed the splash of red color. I did not have flank steak, but used sirloin instead. It worked just fine. I would have used a little corn starch in the sauce to thicken it a bit, as it was a little thin. Other than that, this is a great quick weekenight dish.
Easy Beef Lo Mein
- 8 ounces lo mein noodles or spaghetti
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more
- 1/2 cup oyster sauce
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 pounds flank steak, chilled
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more
- 2 Tbsp plus 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, divided
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp ginger, grated
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced, divided
- 8 ounces snow peas
- 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into 1/4″ thick strips
- 1 carrot, thinly sliced
- 4 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
- Cook noodles in a medium pot of boiling salted water according to package directions.
- Drain and rinse with cool water, set aside.
- Whisk oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, and honey together in a medium bowl.
- Slice beef against the grain as thinly as possible.
- Transfer to a medium bowl and toss with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper.
- Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large wok or skillet over high.
- Add beef and cook, until medium-rare, and transfer to a plate.
- Heat remaining 1 tsp. oil in same skillet over high.
- Add garlic, ginger,carrots, mushrooms, and half of the scallions, stirring, for 30 seconds.
- Add peas and bell pepper and cook until vegetables are softened, about 1 minute.
- Add oyster sauce mixture and reserved noodles.
- Toss with tongs, until everything is coated and sauce thickens slightly, 1–2 minutes more.
- Add beef and stir to combine.
- Divide among plates and top with remaining scallions and black pepper.
Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Figs and Polenta
- 4-6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 2 pieces bacon
- Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 6 fresh Mission Figs, stemmed and quartered
- 21/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup instant polenta
- Pat the chicken dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat and add the bacon.
- Cook until crisp and move to a paper towel to drain.
- Add the chicken thighs to the still hot pan and cook on both sides until browned, but not cooked through.
- Transfer the chicken to a plate.
- Pour off all but one tablespoon of bacon fat.
- Add one tablespoon of butter along with the onion and garlic.
- Reduce heat to medium low.
- Season with salt and pepper and cook until the onion softens and begins to brown.
- Add the figs and one half cup of the chicken broth.
- Raise the heat to medium high and simmer.
- Stir and scrape up any browned bits.
- Add the chicken thighs and any accumulated juices to the pan.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to about 225 degrees.
- Transfer the chicken to an oven safe serving dish and place in the oven to keep warm.
- Turn the heat on the skillet back up to medium high.
- Add the balsamic vinegar to the pan and reduce by half.
- Mash up the onions and figs and pour over the chicken.
- Add the remaining 1 ¾ cups chicken broth to the pan and bring to a simmer.
- Whisk in the polenta, and cook until it thickens.
- Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Spoon polenta onto serving plates, top with chicken and sauce.
- Crumble the bacon from earlier over the top.
- Serve immediately.
Thought I would try something new for me, but probably a staple in times past. I like to use roasted corn kernels because it adds additional flavor.
Skillet Tamale Pie
- 4 cups cornbread, crumbled
- 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
- Salt and pepper
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, small dice
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 1 ear corn roasted and kernels cut from cob
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 pounds 90 percent lean ground beef
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes with chiles
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Combine cornbread, corn, 1½ cups cheese, and seasonings in a bowl.
- Heat oil in large heatproof skillet over medium high heat until shimmering.
- Cook onion and jalapeno until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add beef and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
- Add salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin.
- Stir in beans, tomatoes and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Off heat stir in remaining cheese.
- Arrange cornbread mixture evenly over filling.
- Bake until cornbread is golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
Just needed something quick, easy, and hearty. Easy dish to make when you don’t know what to cook and are in a hurry. Made this the night we got back from a college visit. You can use whatever short pasta you like.
- 1 pound Italian Sausage, sweet or hot
- 1 medium onion, small dice
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup red wine
- salt and pepper
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 cups water
- 1 pound rotini
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
- small handful fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
- In a large deep skillet, brown Italian sausage.
- Remove sausage with a slotted spoon to a paper towel.
- Leave oil from sausage in skillet.
- Saute onions and garlic until soft.
- Add seasonings and cook until fragrant.
- De-glaze with red wine.
- Add tomatoes, sauce, and water.
- Stir in rotini and cook until al dente.
- Sir in ricotta and parmesan cheese.
- Top with fresh basil and serve with additional parmesan cheese.
Below is another tasty dish lovingly made by Mrs. Roxborough Park Ramblings. This is a quick cooking dish made in a skillet and finished in the oven.
Pan Roasted Lemon Chicken
- 8 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
- 1 ¼ cups chicken stock
- ¼ cup lemon juice, fresh
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
For the lemon rub
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 3 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp salt
- Pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Make the lemon rub.
- Combine the lemon rub ingredients in a bowl.
- Using your fingers, work the lemon rub into both sides of the chicken thighs.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together chicken stock, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
- Heat olive oil in a large oven proof skillet.
- Add chicken thighs skin side down and cook until crispy and golden brown.
- Flip and cook other side until golden brown.
- Add chicken stock mixture to skillet.
- Place skillet into oven.
- Cook 30 minutes, or until temperature of chicken thighs reach 175 degrees.
- Serve with rice, risotto, or your favorite side dish.