Spicy Easy Chicken Breast Recipe

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This Spicy Easy Chicken Breast Recipe is a real good one for a busy weeknight. You could include some  potato slices when you put the carrots in the skillet and have the whole meal in one pan.

I wanted some pasta tonight so that’s why you will see some fettuccine in the pics. But, you could do it with any veggie combo that you want. The jalapeño peppers are what make this chicken breast recipe stand out on it’s own. So, after the peppers it’s up to you.

Let’s get it going. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Salt and pepper the up side of the chicken breasts. Lay the breasts in the skillet with the salt and pepper side down and jazz up the new “up” side.

Cook each side about 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. When the juices run clear and/or they are firm to a poke. I just check ’em with an instant read meat thermometer and when the thickest part is 165°F they are done. Remove them to a dish that will catch the drippings.

Add the chopped jalapeño peppers and whatever other veggies are tonight’s pick.  I went with some baby carrots and some thick zucchini slices. Salt and Pepper them. 

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You might like to add a pad of butter and squeeze in some lemon juice. B ut that’s up to you.Toss the veggies a few times as they cook. When they are done like you like them push them off the side of the pan and put in the breasts, the drippings and the chicken broth (or white wine).

Turn the breasts a couple of times as they warm back up and the liquid reduces.

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Then when the breasts are warm serve up and enjoy your Easy Chicken Breast recipe. Spoon some of the liquid left in the skillet on top of the breasts and grate a little parmesan on too. You deserve it!

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Gammy picked a nice California Chardonnay tonight and it complimented the spicy easy chicken breast recipe real well.

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  1. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Salt and pepper the up side of the chicken breasts. Lay the breasts in the skillet with the salt and pepper side down and jazz up the new "up" side. Cook each side about 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. When the juices run clear and/or they are firm to a poke. I just check 'em with an instant read meat thermometer and when the thickest part is 170°F they are done. Remove them to a dish that will catch the drippings.
  2. Add the chopped jalapeño peppers and whatever other veggies are tonight's pick. I went with some baby carrots and some thick zucchini slices. Salt and Pepper. You might like to add a pad of butter and squeeze in some lemon juice. Toss the veggies a few times as they cook. When they are done like you like them push them off the side of the pan and put in the breasts, the drippings and the chicken broth (or white wine).
  3. Turn the breasts a couple of times as they warm back up and the liquid reduces. Then when the breasts are warm serve up and enjoy your Easy Chicken Breast recipe. Spoon some of the liquid left in the skillet on top of the breasts and grate a little parmesan on too. You deserve it!
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Baked Salmon Honey Lemon Weeknight Dinner – One Pan – 20 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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Honey Lemon Baked Salmon Weeknight Dinner is for busy people who still want to quickly and easily make a great weeknight dinner. This Baked Salmon recipe with the addition of the honey and lemon glaze is a real good twist on your usual baked salmon recipe.

Thaw the salmon filets if you need to. Just put them in a bowl of water to thaw while you get the veggies ready.

Turn on your oven and set it at 450°.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or use a nonstick baking sheet and give it the same olive oil treatment.

Cut up the potatoes and put them on the baking sheet with the broccoli and baby carrots. Drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Put the honey in a bowl, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the parsley flakes. Then whisk it all together with the brush that you are going to use to apply it to the salmon.

Lay the Salmon filets out on the sheet skin side down. If the filets have been skinned just look for the side that is flatter and has a pale gray stripe in the middle and lay that side down on the pan.

Brush them generously with the honey lemon mixture and cover with the lemon slices.

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Put it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the carrots are soft to poke with a table fork and/or the salmon wants to easily flake when you poke it with the fork.

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Then just sprinkle with a little bit of parsley flakes. Serve it and sit down and enjoy your Honey Lemon Baked Salmon Weeknight Dinner. Along with a chilled bottle of Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio or any other white wine that YOU like..

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  1. Turn on your oven and set it at 450°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or use a nonstick baking sheet and give it the same olive oil treatment. Cut up the potatoes and put them on the baking sheet with the broccoli and baby carrots. Drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Put the honey in a bowl, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the parsley flakes. Then whisk it all together with the brush that you are going to use to apply it to the salmon. Lay the Salmon filets out on the sheet skin side down. If the filets have been skinned just look for the side that is flatter and has a pale gray stripe in the middle and lay that side down on the pan. Brush them generously with the honey lemon mixture and cover with the lemon slices.
  3. Put it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the carrots are soft to poke with a table fork and/or the salmon wants to easily flake when you poke it with the fork. Then just sprinkle with a little bit of parsley flakes. Serve it and sit down and enjoy your Honey Lemon Baked Salmon Weeknight Dinner.
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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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Easy Pork Tenderloin Steaks with Red Wine Balsamic Glaze

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Easy Pork Tenderloin Steaks with…

….Red Wine Balsamic Glaze is…

…not complicated. It is a snap! And,, you can easily multi task and put together the veggies along with Pork Tenderloin Steaks in under 30 minutes.

Put two skillets on the stove. One at medium and one at medium high. Eyeball enough olive oil in each to barely cover the bottoms.

We had some pearl onions leftover from a big batch of caramelized pearl onions that I had made for some family guests.

We always have baby carrots and frozen peas so that’s what we’re going to put together along with the Pork Tenderloin Steaks.

No cleaning or peeling necessary.

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Just put them in the skillet set at medium. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper and toss or gently stir a few times as they cook.

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With a sharp knife trim the silver skin off the tenderloin and cut into 1″ thick steaks. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and powdered garlic then add them to the skillet.

About 3-5 minutes a side depending on how well done that YOU like them.

Still soft to a finger poke is rare – starting to get firm is medium and firm is well done.

With an instant read meat thermometer 145°F is rare – 160 is medium and 170 is well done.

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When the second side is almost done add the red wine and the balsamic vinegar. Bring the liquids up to a fast simmer and reduce the heat just enough to maintain the simmer.

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Let the liquid reduce a little and add the peas to the carrots and onions.

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Toss the veggies a few times and as soon as the peas are warm the wine balsamic mixture will have reduced a little and…..

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…your Pork Tenderloin Steaks are ready to serve. Spoon some of the liquid on the steaks and enjoy!!

Pinot Noir works real well for the glaze and the rest of the bottle goes along great with your Pork Tenderloin Steaks.

 

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  1. Put two skillets on the stove. One at medium and one at medium high. Eyeball enough olive oil in each to barely cover the bottoms.
  2. Put the carrots and onions in the pan that you have set at medium. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper and toss or gently stir a few times as they cook.
  3. With a sharp knife trim the silver skin off the tenderloin and cut into 1" thick steaks. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and powdered garlic then add them to the skillet. About 3-5 minutes a side depending on how well done that YOU like them. Finger poke - still soft is rare - starting to get firm is medium and firm is well done. With an instant read meat thermometer 145°F is rare - 160 is medium and 170 is well done.
  4. When the second side is almost done add the red wine and the balsamic vinegar. Bring the liquids up to a fast simmer and reduce the heat just enough to maintain the simmer.
  5. Let the liquid reduce a little and add the peas to the carrots and onions. Toss the veggies a few times and as soon as the peas are warm the wine balsamic mixture will have reduced a little and your Pork Tenderloin Steaks are ready to serve. Enjoy!!
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