Little Italy Garlic Chicken – Butter – Garlic – Parsley – Lemon

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Little Italy Garlic Chicken is…

….Butter, Chicken, Garlic and Parsley plus a little lemon added to it. That is the whole shebang.  

Once again we have a “Quick and easy Recipe for Busy People” that is real real good.

Way back, when we lived in New Jersey we would frequently zip over to Little Italy in Manhattan for dinner.

Our very most favorite restaurant was this little place on Mulberry Street in Little Italy called the Grotto Azzurra aka The Blue Gratto in street speak.

It was opened in 1908 by a family of Italian immigrants and was named after the Blue Grotto on the isle of Capri. Which is just offshore from Naples.

When we were going there it was one level below street level and only had about 10 tables.

Frank Sinatra used to go there when he was in town as did Robert Dinero.  

Whenever we were there there were always a few “mob” looking types that you did not make eye contact with.

When we got in – after a wait in line – the server would immediately – and before any conversation – put a pitcher with some slices of oranges and lemons in it on the table and then pour in a bottle of red wine which then became Sangria. No questions asked, they would just do it for every party that came in.

I would almost always order the Garlic Chicken. It was, like so many good Italian recipes, simple and made with just a few fresh ingredients.

What I was served at the “Blue Gratto” very apparently was chicken thighs – skin on and bone in –  marinated in a garlic and oil mixture for at least a few hours, more likely over night.

Dredged in flour and sautéed in good olive oil with sliced garlic added at the last minute of the frying process. 

It would arrive with the garlic slices spooned over the chicken and topped with some chopped parsley and with just a little taste of lemon. 

It was fantastic!

After dinner we would walk around Little Italy for a little while and find our way around the corner to Ferrara’s Bakery and Cafe and have some of their world class Sfogliatella and/or……

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…..Cannoli

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with their made to order espresso that was brought to the table in the pot that it was made in and if you asked nice and had a history of tipping good a little Sambuca would magically appear in the bottom of your cup.

Forgive me when I say that I think that I have improved a little on the Blue Gratto version of Garlic Chicken….

….well,, for our “Quick and Easy” requirements anyway.

We don’t have time to marinate the chicken like they did at the Blue Gratto so let’s do it like this.

You can get pre trimmed and flattened chicken breasts in the grocery store or you could butterfly your chicken breasts and flatten them a little while wrapped in glad wrap.

For quick and easy I always have some of the pre trimmed version in the freezer and just thaw them out in the microwave.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom. 

Salt and pepper both sides of the breasts and pan fry them in the skillet for about 4-5 minutes a side.

When the liquid sneaking out of the breasts is clear and/or they are firm to a finger poke remove them to a plate that will catch the drippings.

While the chicken is cooking chop up the garlic cloves or just go with that pre chopped version that you can find in jars in the produce section and chop up the parsley leaves. Have the fresh lemon ready.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the butter, let it melt and put the garlic in the skillet. Give the garlic just a minute or just until it starts to become fragrant. Put the chicken breasts and the drippings back in, squeeze the lemon juice in and toss in the rind. Turn them and spoon the butter and garlic on them as they warm back up. 

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When the chicken is warm, almost hot to the touch put in the parsley and do a little more of the turning and spooning.

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Serve it up!  Buon Appetito! 

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I put together some sautéed spinach as our veggie tonight and since we had some garlic and good extra virgin olive oil on hand (always) I had some pasta aglio e olio. Gammy eats gluten free so I put together some “spaghetti squash aglio e olio” for her.

 

Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio was our vino of choice to go with our Little Italy Garlic Chicken.

 

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  1. Salt and pepper both sides of the breasts and pan fry them in the skillet for about 4-5 minutes a side. When the liquid sneaking out of the breasts is clear and they are firm to a finger poke remove them to a plate that will catch the drippings.
  2. While the chicken is cooking chop up the garlic cloves or just go with that pre chopped version that you can find in the produce section and chop up the parsley leaves. Have the fresh lemon ready. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the butter, let it melt and put the garlic in the skillet. Give the garlic just a minute or just until it starts to become fragrant. Put the chicken breasts and the drippings back in, squeeze the lemon juice in and toss in the rind. Turn them and spoon the butter and garlic on them as they warm back up. When the chicken is warm, almost hot to the touch put in the parsley and do a little more of the turning and spooning.
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Sesame Chicken – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes – Gluten Free

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Sesame Chicken is ….

…….what I order every time we go to our favorite Chinese restaurant, the Hunan Lion on South Lamar here in Austin.

It’s gotten to the point that the waitresses don’t even ask me what I want anymore. Gammy always gets Chicken and Broccoli, same deal.

I’ve tried a few different recipes that I found online and twisted and turned on them until I was happy with this one.

It is Quick and Easy and Delish which are the definite requirements here at poppopcooks.com

Having said all that here we go!

Put the minute rice ( or regular rice) on to cook, that is if you don’t have any leftover rice in the freezer waiting for you to microwave it. As suggested in my 10 tips for quick and easy weeknight meals.

Cut the chicken up into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom.

In a bowl big enough to handle the chicken, mix together the egg, the cornstarch, the salt and pepper.

Put the chicken in the bowl and stir it up getting it covered with the egg mixture. Then put it all in the skillet. Be sure to add all of the egg mixture.

Stir it it right away and toss or stir it a few times as it cooks. 7-9 minutes.

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While the chicken is cooking, back to the bowl. Mix up all the other ingredients except the peas and their share of the chopped garlic.

Just before the chicken is done put another larger skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the peas and the garlic in  and toss them often as they cook. They only need 2-3 minutes. The snow peas are best a little crispy not at all soggy.

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When the chicken is browned and is firm to a poke add the sauce and stir it in  getting the chicken all covered in that good stuff. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly and as soon as it does…..

……enjoy your fresh off the stove Sesame Chicken.

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  1. Put the minute rice ( or regular rice) on to cook, that is if you don't have any leftover rice in the freezer waiting for you to microwave it.
  2. Cut the chicken up into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom. In a bowl big enough to handle the chicken, mix together the egg, the cornstarch, the salt and pepper. Put the chicken in the bowl and stir it up getting it covered with the egg mixture. Then put it all in the skillet. Be sure to add all of the egg mixture. Stir it it right away and toss or stir it a few times as it cooks. 7-9 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, back to the bowl. Mix up all the other ingredients except the peas and their share of the chopped garlic. Just before the chicken is done put another larger skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the peas and the garlic in and toss them often as they cook. They only need 2-3 minutes. The snow peas are best a little crispy not at all soggy.
  4. When the chicken is browned and is firm to a poke add the sauce and stir it in getting the chicken all covered in that good stuff. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly and as soon as it does..enjoy your fresh off the stove Sesame Chicken.
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One Pot Weeknight Chicken Dinner – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes

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 One Pot Weeknight Chicken Dinner will be….

 ….real good on the weeknight that you make it and also the leftovers will be great as a lunch at work or as a “weeknight nuke it no brainer” on one of those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking.

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A lot of my readers are working moms and/or dads so I hope, no I’ll bet, that  this recipe helps.

It’s quick,  easy, and delish!

First get out your dishwasher safe cutting board and cut up the chicken. In the pursuit of quick and easy I just thawed out some tenders in the microwave and cut them into pieces.

Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Put in the chicken pieces and stir them around a few times as they cook.

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When they have browned add the carrots, salt, pepper and dried basil.

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Mix it up a few times until the carrots just begin to get a little soft. I test them with a table fork.

Add the broth and let it come up to a fast simmer. Then…

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…..put in the gnocchi.  Stir a few more times until the gnocchi starts to float, 2-3 minutes. You could use cut up potatoes or some small piece pasta like penne or rigatoni instead of gnocchi. Just put it in at the same time as the broth.

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Then add the peas.

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Mix the peas in and when broth starts to simmer again throw in the grated parmesan.

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Stir in the parmesan and it’s ready to enjoy! Top it off with a little more grated parmesan when you serve it. 
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A nice chardonnay goes along real good with your One Pot Weeknight Chicken Dinner.

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  1. First get out your dishwasher safe cutting board and cut up the chicken. Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil in to coat the bottom. Put in the chicken pieces and stir them around a few times as they cook. When they have browned add the carrots and the salt, pepper and dried basil. Mix it up a few times until the carrots just begin to get a little soft. I test them with a table fork.
  2. Add the broth and let it come up to a fast simmer. Then put in the gnocchi. Stir a few more times until the gnocchi starts to float.
  3. Then add the peas. Mix the peas in and when broth starts to simmer again throw in the grated parmesan. Stir in the parmesan and it's ready to enjoy! Top it off with a little more grated parmesan.
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Baked Chicken and French Fries – One Pan – 25 minutes – Gluten Free

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Yes…..

…….You will make your Oven Baked Chicken and French Fries in one pan and on the table in 25 minutes or less!

How’s that for a quick and easy weeknight supper.

You could even add some vegetables like frozen broccoli florets or baby carrots or Brussels sprouts and have your whole meal in one pan.

Or just put some salad together while your Baked Chicken and French Fries are in the oven.

Set the oven at 450°F/232°C.

If your chicken breasts or tenders are frozen get them thawing in the microwave while you…..

……. cut up the potatoes into french fry shapes. In the pursuit of keeping things quick and easy I just wash the potatoes off and leave the skins on before cutting them up.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or use a non stick one.

Lay the potatoes and the chicken out in the pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and dried basil on them. After the salt and pepper  you can do a lot of different things spice wise  i.e. grated parmesan      – or – red pepper flakes – or – lemon zest – or – lemon pepper – garlic powder – or – any combination. Toss the potatoes with your hands or a pancake flipper and turn over the chicken.

Repeat the drizzle and sprinkle process and put it in the oven

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About 10 – 12 minutes, depending on the thickness, and then switch the oven to the broiler setting and move the pan to a high shelf. When the thickest part of the chicken reads 165° on an instant read meat thermometer it’s ready.

Give it about 3 minutes under the broiler. Top it of with a little parsley and grated parmesan enjoy your Baked Chicken and French Fries!

Now, wasn’t that an easy way to put together a supper on a busy weeknight?

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  1. Set the oven at 450°F/232°C. If your chicken breasts or tenders are frozen get them thawing in the microwave while you cut up the potatoes into french fry shapes. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or use a non stick one. Lay the potatoes and the chicken out in the pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and dried basil on them. Toss the potatoes with your hands or a pancake flipper and turn over the chicken. Repeat the drizzle and sprinkle process and put it in the oven
  2. About 12 minutes and then switch the oven to the broiler setting and put the pan on a high shelf in the oven. Give it about 3 minutes under the broiler. Top it of with a little parsley and grated parmesan enjoy your Baked Chicken and French Fries!
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Beyond the salt and pepper you could do anything that you want spice wise. Oregano,  grated parmesan, garlic and on and on.

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