Friday, January 15, 2010

CEiMB and Barefoot Bloggers - Chicken and Pizza, But Not Together (but it would totally work!)

These two recipes, chosen for Craving Ellie in My Belly and Barefoot Bloggers, had the misfortune of being chosen while I was a little under the weather. So neither looks as great or will have the write up it deserves.

First up is Ina's Indonesian Ginger Chicken, chosen by Todd of A Cooking Dad. I looked at this recipe and thought "teriyaki." But it is so not in the same zip code as teriyaki chicken. Using fresh grated ginger, garlic, soy sauce and honey, you marinate the chicken overnight and bake it in the same pan. It makes a fabulous pan sauce and moist, delicious chicken. I chose to use boneless skinless breasts as that was what I had in the freezer so it looks a little uninspiring in the photos, but this had tons of taste. Even though I had made half the recipe, it made a ton, and since I wasn't keen on solid food at the time, I used a lot of it in a pot of chicken vegetable soup--and what great flavor it gave to the soup. This was another Ina recipe that was easy and surprisingly delicious. Todd's chicken looks glorious so make sure you visit him to see how well his turned out.

Next up is this week's Craving Ellie in My Belly, chosen by Maria at Half Meatball Half Matzoh Ball Children, is Arugula, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizzas. I was half dead when I made this recipe, coughing, etc. It was gross to me and I was doing it. As I mentioned above, food wasn't appealing to me (truthfully, it still isn't, though I hope my appetite will come back now that I've taken my last antibiotic), but for some strange reason I wanted to make this recipe. Maybe it was because Kayte was Tweeting about it. I had no red onions, my arugula was one day away from dead, and my goat cheese was one day past dead, but I made this anyway and subbed mozzarella and a yellow onion. And it came out great, was delicious, and was basically the only cooked food, other than that pot of chicken soup, that passed my lips in the last two weeks. Now THAT'S a ringing endorsement!

So there you have it, two great recipes, even if I am a day late posting!


Megan said...

Your post had me laughing out loud, because it sounds like you were near death while cooking - and many of your ingredients weren't too far behind you.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

My chicken is marinating as I write this. I so glad to see you liked it. It seemed like a lot of ginger to me.
Hope you are feeling better.

Todd M said...

Hope your feeling better. Skin does make the chicken look a lot better but glad it tasted good - looks like a few people used the skinless breasts.

Tracey said...

Hope you're feeling better now Leslie! That chicken sounds wonderful - simple and delicious! I love homemade pizza too but rarely make anything this healthy so definitely one to try!

Maria Salomon said...

You're a trooper.....thanks for cooking with glad you ended up liking the recipe!
Hope you're on the mend......=)))

TeaLady said...

I was really surprized I liked this. Also used mozzarella and yellow onions. Red onions will now become part of my regular shopping list.

Hope you are better now.