Storm the Cassoulet

How To Cook Golden, Juicy Chicken Breast on the Stove

per Kitchn

Serves 2 to 4

What You Need

Ingredients
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound total)
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Equipment
Measuring cups and spoons
Knife and cutting board
Paper towels
10-inch or larger skillet (not nonstick)
Timer
Instant-read thermometer

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Thoroughly dry the chicken on all sides with paper towels. Season with the salt and pepper on all sides.
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Heat the oil in a 10-inch or larger skillet, preferably straight-sided and not nonstick (cast iron is a great option), over medium-high heat until shimmering, about 3 minutes.
  3. Carefully add the chicken to the hot pan and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Swirl the pan just before adding the breasts to evenly distribute the oil. Add the chicken one at a time and do not touch, poke, or move the chicken for 5 to 7 minutes. If you try to turn the chicken and it feels stuck, it isn’t golden and crispy or ready to flip.
  4. Flip the chicken and cook until it reaches 165°F, 5 to 7 minutes more. Flip the breasts over and add the butter right between them. Pick up the pan and give it a gentle swirl to distribute the melting butter. Cook until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F, 5 to 7 minutes more.
  5. Slice and serve. Remove the chicken breasts to a plate or clean cutting board. Let rest for 3 minutes before slicing and serving.
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Easy Chicken Noodle Soup from a Leftover Roasted Chicken

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Ingredients:

 For the stock:

1 roasted chicken carcass, meat removed and reserved for the soup

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 quarts (12 cups) water

1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 medium celery stalk, coarsely chopped

1/2 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped

2 fresh thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

For the soup:

2 medium carrots, peeled and medium dice

2 medium celery stalks, medium dice

1/2 medium yellow onion, medium dice

1 bag of chopped fresh spinach

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup dried egg noodles (about 2 ounces) (or pastene, orecchiette,rice, etc…..)

Directions:

 For the stock:

Using a cleaver or kitchen scissors, break up the carcass into several smaller pieces so that they will fit in an even layer in the bottom of a large pot or Dutch oven; set aside.

Heat the oil in the pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the carcass pieces and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned all over, about 8 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Bring to a simmer (do not let the stock come to a boil).

Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, occasionally skimming any scum off the surface of the stock using a large spoon. Cook, adjusting the heat as necessary to keep the stock at a simmer, until the flavors have developed, about 1 1/2 hours.

Remove and discard any large pieces of carcass. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a 2-quart saucepan and pour the stock through the strainer (you should have about 6 cups). Discard the contents of the strainer. (At this point, the stock can be cooled to room temperature and refrigerated in a container with a tightfitting lid for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.)

 For the soup:

Bring the stock to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, spinach, measured salt, and thyme, season with pepper, and stir to combine. Return to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the noodles and cook according to the package directions until al dente. Drain in a colander.

While the vegetables and noodles cook, shred the reserved chicken meat from the carcass into bite-size pieces. Reserve 1 1/2 cups for the soup; save the rest for another use.

When the vegetables are tender, add the drained noodles and shredded chicken, stir to combine, and return the soup to a simmer. Cook until the flavors meld, about 5 minutes more. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Curtis Stone’s Cajun-Roasted Turkey

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Ingredients

CAJUN SPICE MIXTURE

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

4 teaspoons cayenne pepper

TURKEY AND GRAVY

6 quarts cold water

One 12-ounce bottle amber ale beer, room temperature

1 cup kosher salt

1 cup packed brown sugar

3 rosemary sprigs, divided

One 14- to 16-pound whole turkey

3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped

2 green bell peppers, seeded, coarsely chopped

2 yellow onions, coarsely chopped

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, divided

4 cups homemade turkey stock or reduced-sodium chicken stock

3 thyme sprigs

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Method

To make the Cajun spice mixture:

In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients to blend.

To brine the turkey:

In a large pot, bring 1 quart of water to a boil over high heat. Add the beer, salt, sugar, and 1/3 cup of the spice mixture and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add 2 rosemary sprigs and remove from the heat.

Pour the hot brine into a container large enough to hold the turkey and add the remaining 5 quarts of cold water to cool the brine. Place the turkey into the brine, making sure it is entirely submerged. Cover the container tightly with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 12 hours or overnight.

To roast the turkey:

Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

Remove the turkey from the brine and discard the brine, reserving the rosemary sprigs, and then pat the turkey skin dry with a clean towel. Stuff the main turkey cavity with half of the chopped celery, bell pepper, onion, and reserved brined rosemary sprigs, and tie the turkey legs together with butcher’s twine.

In a small heavy saucepan, melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) of the butter. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of the spice mixture.

Place the remaining celery, bell pepper, and onion in a large roasting pan with a rack. Set the roasting rack in the pan and place the turkey on the rack. Brush some of the spiced butter all over the turkey.

Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast the turkey for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Baste the turkey and continue roasting uncovered for about 1 hour and 20 minutes longer, or until a meat thermometer reads 160°F when inserted into the part of the thigh nearest to the thigh and hip joint.

Transfer the turkey to a carving board (do not clean out the roasting pan), and rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before carving.

Meanwhile, to make the gravy:

Set the roasting pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the chicken stock, thyme sprigs, and remaining rosemary sprig to the pan drippings in the roasting pan, and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring often to scrape up the brown bits. Strain the pan juices, and discard all the solids. Spoon off the fat that has settled to the top of the pan juices.

In a medium heavy saucepan, melt the remaining 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter over medium heat. Stir in the remaining 2 teaspoons of the spice mixture (reserve any extra spice mixture for another use) and cook for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant and toasted. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring often, for about 2 minutes. Whisk in the pan juices and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the gravy thickens slightly. Season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve:

Carve the turkey and serve it with the gravy.

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Duck with Cherries and Red Wine Vinegar

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By DAVID TANIS

Classic French duck dishes, like Caneton aux Cérises (roast duckling with cherries) are for the most part considered too formal or just old-fashioned, relics from a bygone era. An updated version, however, can have great appeal. This interpretation uses a pan-roasted large Muscovy duck breast instead of a whole bird, as easy to cook as a steak. A pungent spice rub imbues it with big flavor. The sauce maintains some classic elements, like red wine vinegar and caramelized sugar, for a sweet-sour aspect, but fresh ginger and cayenne are added for more dimension and spark. Note: Muscovy breasts are quite lean and are best cooked rare to medium-rare (rosy); otherwise the meat will be dry.

TOTAL TIME

1 hour

Ingredients:

For the duck

2 Muscovy duck breasts, about 1 pound each

Kosher salt

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

1/2 teaspoon allspice berries

4 cloves

2 bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

For the sauce

1/4 cup turbinado or raw sugar

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup red wine

1 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

Pinch of cayenne

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 pound ripe cherries, left whole or halved and pitted

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon kirsch or Cognac

Method:

Trim excess fat from duck breasts, leaving a 1/4-inch layer covering the breast. (Save fat trimmings to render and use for another purpose.) With a sharp knife, lightly score fat cover diagonally in two directions, taking care not to cut too deeply and expose meat. Turn breasts over and remove the thin tenderloins from underside. Trim away any veiny or ragged bits. (Save meaty trimmings for making stock.) Season generously on both sides with salt.

Pulverize the peppercorns, allspice berries, cloves, bay leaves and fennel seed in a mortar or electric spice mill. Sprinkle spice mixture over duck breasts; massage seasoning into meat on both sides. For more-intense flavor, do this several hours ahead or overnight and refrigerate (recommended). Bring duck to room temperature before cooking.

Make the sauce: Put turbinado sugar and red wine vinegar in a saucepan and simmer over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, until syrupy. Add red wine and chicken broth and simmer briskly until sauce coats spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in ginger, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside. You should have about 1 cup sauce. (Sauce may be made a day or two in advance, if desired.)

Place a wide cast-iron pan over medium high heat. When pan is hot, place duck breasts side by side, skin side down. Let sizzle gently for about 7 minutes, until skin is crisp and golden, turning down heat as necessary to keep from getting too dark. Turn breasts over and cook 5 to 7 minutes more. (Alternatively, finish cooking breasts in a 400-degree oven.) Check temperature frequently with an instant-read thermometer; internal temperature should be a bit less than 125 degrees. Remove breasts and let rest on a warm platter for 8 to 10 minutes.

To finish sauce, put butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add cherries and granulated sugar and cook for a minute or two, stirring, until cherries are heated through and beginning to get juicy. Add kirsch and cook 1 minute more, then add previously prepared sauce and bring to a simmer.

Thinly slice duck breasts at an angle and arrange slices on a platter. Spoon some of the sauce and cherries over meat and pass remaining sauce at table.

 

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Roasting Turkey in a Convection Oven

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Follow the cooking times below for a roasted turkey in a convection oven.

6 to 10 lbs.: 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours.
10 to 14 lbs.: 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours.
14 to 18 lbs.: 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours.
18 to 22 lbs.: 2 1/2 to three hours.
22 to 24 lbs.: 3 to 3 3/4 hours.

Proper preparation prior to cooking is important. Roast your turkey in the center of the oven, so that the air can properly circulate around the bird. If you’re using two oven racks at the time, put the bird on the lower rack, and if more than one pan is used, place them at opposite sides of the oven so that the pans do not overlap. Your bird will need plenty of room for the air, so make sure that there is at least 1 ½ to 2 inches of free space surrounding the pan. Place the turkey breast on a turkey lifter in the roasting pan. Cover the wings and drumsticks with foil, as they brown more quickly than the rest of the bird

Using a convection over requires lower temperatures than conventional ovens; set the oven temperature for 300 degrees F. You don’t have to baste the turkey during cooking, but if you’re using a marinade or sauce, wait until the end of cooking to baste.
Cooking time varies by weight, but an unstuffed bird of 14 to 18 lb. should cook for about 2 ¼ to 2 ½ hours. If the unstuffed turkey is 18 to 22 lb., extend the cooking time to 2 ½ to 3 hours. Stuffed birds take a little longer; allow for a cooking time of 2 ½ to 3 hours for a 14 to 18 lb. bird, or 3 to 3 ½ hours for a stuffed, 18 to 22 lb. bird. If you need to open the oven door often during cooking, the time required will be increased due to heat loss.

There are a few other variables to keep in mind that may affect cooking times. If your turkey is partially frozen, cooking time will be extended and the turkey may over-brown. To slow browning, cover the turkey with a foil tent; this will extend cooking time as well. Shinier metal pans cook turkey slower than darker roasting pans, and the larger and deeper the roasting pan, the greater the cooking time, due to reduced heat circulation around the turkey. Finally, if you use a lid on your roasting pan, the cooking time will be reduced.

Your turkey is finished when the temperature at the center of the stuffing reaches 165 degrees F, and the thigh temperature is 180 degrees F. Juices from your bird should be clear, and are easily checked by deeply piercing the thigh muscle. If the juices are reddish pink, the bird will need a bit more time in your oven. Place your turkey onto a platter, remove the lifter and let the bird stand for about 15 minutes for the juices to set.

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Creamy Spinach Stuffed Chicken

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Ingredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 oz low fat pepper jack shredded cheese (you can use up to 6 oz)
1 c frozen spinach, thawed and drained (you can also use fresh cooked spinach)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp breadcrumbs or Panko
1 tbsp cajun seasoning (optional)
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Lots of toothpicks

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Flatten the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness.

In a medium bowl, combine the pepper jack cheese, spinach, salt and pepper.

Combine the Cajun seasoning and breadcrumbs together in a small bowl.

Spoon about 1/4 c of the spinach mixture onto each chicken breast. Roll each chicken breast tightly and fasten the seams with several toothpicks.

Brush each chicken breast with the olive oil. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning mixture evenly over all. Sprinkle any remaining spinach and cheese on top of chicken (optional).

Place the chicken seam-side up onto a tin foil-lined baking sheet . Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove the toothpicks before serving.

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Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken

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Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can of Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups Ritz Crackers (one sleeve)
4 tablespoons of melted butter (you can use more)
8 ounces frozen broccoli
4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

Method:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make can of Cheddar cheese soup mix according to package directions (one can of soup mix to one can of milk). Place chicken breasts in a baking dish. Season with seasoned salt. Pour 3/4 of the prepared soup over the chicken breasts. Add broccoli to chicken that has been covered with the cheddar soup. Melt butter and combine with Ritz crackers, sprinkle buttered crackers over the broccoli. Add remaining soup mix, and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until the chicken is done. (Check chicken by cutting the thickest part and look to see that the chicken is uniform in color). When chicken has been removed from oven sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

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Ingredients:

2 lbs ground chicken
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup finely minced onion 2 tablespoons minced parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest of 1 small lemon, about 1 teaspoon
2 eggs
3/4 cup shredded Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 quart Marinara Sauce
4-6 ounces mozzarella, freshly sliced

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, setting the rack in the upper third of the oven. In a large bowl, combine everything except the marinara and the mozzarella. Lightly mix together, using your hands or a large spoon. Scoop and shape into small meatballs and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Place the meatballs fairly close together on the tray to make them fit. Spoon about a half tablespoon of sauce over each meatball. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove meatballs from the oven and increase the oven temperature to broil. Spoon an additional half tablespoon of sauce over each meatball and top with a small square of mozzarella. Broil an additional 3 minutes, until the cheese has melted and turned golden. Serve with additional sauce

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Crockpot Cashew Chicken

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Ingredients:

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thigh tenders or chicken breast tenders
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup cashews

Method:

Combine flour and pepper in large Ziploc bag. Add chicken. Shake to coat with flour mixture. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side. Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in small bowl; pour over chicken. Cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours. Add cashews and stir. Serve over rice. Makes 4-6 servings.
If you want like sauce and want to have some to pour over the chicken and the rice, double the sauce ingredients.

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Crockpot Whole Roast Chicken

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon garam masala

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Salt and pepper

1 (4 1/2- to 5-pound) whole chicken, giblets discarded

Method:

Microwave oil, chili powder, garam masala, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper in bowl, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute; let cool slightly.

Use your fingers to gently loosen skin covering breast and thighs of chicken; place half of paste under skin, directly on meat of breast and thighs. Gently press on skin to distribute paste over meat. Spread entire exterior surface of chicken with remaining paste and place chicken, breast side down, in slow cooker. Cover and cook until breast registers 160 degrees and thighs register 175 degrees, 4 to 5 hours on low.

Transfer chicken to carving board, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for 15 minutes. Carve chicken, discarding skin if desired. Serve.

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