Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Flying Chicken


Why did the chicken cross fly across the road? Cuz she was in a hurry of course.

This recipe came to me as I cooked it. I got home late from work and had nooooo idea what I was going to do with the 2 chicken breasts I had defrosted in the fridge (this is a common occurrence).  As I pulled the chicken out, I thought I was going to make a simple creamy garlicy herby sauce (again. and I was not thrilled with the idea) but as I started the process, and began looking through my fridge...it evolved into something completely different.

And new.

The results were...well....yummy. I've been informed that I need to make more "pantry" meals. Probably one of the best compliments I've received in a long time.

So here I sit....writing down this recipe before I forgot what the hell I did...but I couldn't think of a name. My daughter gave me some strange (only a teenager could understand) names. I suggested Chicken on the Fly and she thought that was gross.

LOL...guess she's not all too familiar with the saying "on the fly"...thus it became Flying Chicken.

I don't have pictures of the process. I didn't know I'd be adding it to my blog, but here I am....and here we go....(keep in mind that the seasoning ingredients are approximate. Use it as a guide and do with it as you wish)

2 chicken breast halves, cut into 1 inch chunks
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive Oil
6 crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
2 tsp parsley flakes
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/3 can of milk
Shredded mozzarella cheese to garnish

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and saute in olive oil until brown, remove from pan and set aside.
Add mushrooms to the pan with a bit more olive oil if needed and saute until just barely tender. Remove from pan and set aside
Add garlic and the rest of the seasonings and saute briefly...about a minute.
Pour the tomatoes and milk into the pan and stir to combine.
With an immersion blender, puree the tomato mixture. Because my pan was so wide, I had to remove the mixture to a tall, narrow container to puree properly without making a huge mess. Once pureed, return to the pan along with the chicken and mushrooms. If needed, add more salt and pepper to taste.
Heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
Serve over pasta.

Poof....dinner is served.

It's creamy yet not too rich. I didn't want anything "Italian". No reason...just not in the mood, so I stayed away from the Italian seasoning that was calling to me from the spice cupboard. There's a slight after "bite" to it. Probably from the paprika....but it's just enough to catch your attention. Fast, easy and satisfying. The perfect working mom's weekday dinner.

Printable Version: Flying Chicken

18 comments:

  1. Even without the Italian seasonings this Italian gal is enjoying your creation. Love the sauce too!

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  2. When I make things like that, my husband asks me, "You're not going to blog about it, are you?", and I start wondering whether I should empty the plate on his head o just smile. Because I think this is the best kind of meal, it just comes along spontaneously, out of your mood and it's always good. Following the recipe can sometimes be stressful. I don't care about Italian seasoning, because, well, living in Italy, there's no such thing as Italian seasoning :))))))))))

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  3. Sounds good!
    I had to LOL at the name. I thought you threw it a sir sports alot!

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  4. I think the best meals are pantry meals. This chicken looks delicious! I can slave at some complicated recipe all day and not get one compliment, but as soon as I throw something together in 5 minutes from whats in the fridge everyone likes it. Unlike you, though, I never think to write those down....I just forget. :(

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  5. I love those kinds of meals! I am always amazed that I can come up with anything while I am starving but it looks like you came up with something fantastic. The color of the sauce looks so inviting.

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  6. They do say that necessity is the mother of invention! This looks amazing.

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  7. Love it when pantry meals work out well, looks great!

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  8. LOL! I like how you came up with the name of this recipe. Looks delish!

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  9. Glad you wrote it down so you can repeat it. I liked your use of Old Bay seasoning, it's a good addition.

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  10. poof. i wish my dinners came together like that. this is a great idea, danielle. based on the ingredients and method, it does sound wonderfully rich and creamy without being overwhelming!

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  11. I'm with Chris, the Old Bay is a great addition.

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  12. Isn't it satisfying when you create your own recipe and everyone likes it! It looks delicious, especially over some pasta:D

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  13. I love pantry meals - going by the fly... love teenage daughters and all names that are "gross." And the chicken is packed with goodly flavors and so muts be scrumptious.

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  14. I love it when you put something together and it turns out so well. This looks delicious and full of flavor!

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  15. Love the name, love the recipe!
    You really put this together beautifully with what you had at hand AND you remembered enough to write it down to post. So many of our recipes are in our heads...it's a mistake not to sit down just like you did and write down the successful combination of ingredients.
    Think the Old Bay seasoning is an interesting addition- I always think of it with seafood. Clever you!

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  16. I love coming up with ideas 'on the fly' using what's in the frig or pantry. I usually end up using a bit of this recipe and a bit of that one. Your creation sounds wonderful!

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  17. Sounds yummy to me! I think I do my best cooking on the fly too... but I never write it down - good for you for recording it!

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  18. Laurie - thank you for stopping by. I checked out your blog and love it!!

    Dajana - LMAO!!! No, I guess you wouldn't have "italian" seasoning in Italy! btw, i would've smiled while I emptied the plate over his head :D.

    Tango - there are plenty of times I'd like to throw something at sir sportsalot LOL...just not my chicken!!

    Cathy - I knoooow!!! isn't that irritating? hours in kitchen and NOTHING!!! btw...with the v8 splash berry blend with coconut rum that I was drinking, I'm lucky I remember anything!! LOL

    Bridgett - I find that I cook better when Im starved! Oooor...is it the other way around? food just tastes sooo damn good when I'm starved LOL

    Joanne - thanks :)

    Bob - I think I consider you as the pantry meal king :)

    FLB - ya...you should've seen my daughters face when I told her my first thought LOL

    Chris - I think the Old Bay made it!!

    Grace - Well, to be honest, this is a rare occurrence ;)

    Dave - I agree with you and Chris :)

    Kim - The pasta was my daughters input...and it was perfect

    Claudia - thank you for stopping by!! and yes...it really was tasty :) If my daughter thinks so...then it must be true hahaha

    Deb - Thanks!! I love it too when that happens (especially cause its so rare LOL)

    Barbara - I use to think that Old Bay was just for fish too...but then it has recommendations on the can for poultry so I figured...what the hell! I really am glad I was able to get it written down too

    Savoring - exactly!! i had wanted to look up how to make creamy tomato sauce on the internet but my daughter was on the computer and well...I didn't have time to by the time she got off...so I had to wing it. So glad it flew LOL

    Natashya - I've just started trying to write things down as i go....so hopefully it will become a habit. you never know when it's gonna be a success :)

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