Category — Chicken + Poultry Recipes

{recipe} Red Chicken Pozole

Lately my sister has been making this all the time – and I have been loving it. I finally just had to have the recipe so I could make it myself. It’s one of those hearty soups that’s heavy enough for dinner, but not overly caloric or fattening. The warmth, the red color, and the hint of spice make it perfect for a cold, wintry night.

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December 18, 2012   8 Comments

{recipe} Summer Chicken Tacos with Plums, Avocados, and Sweet Corn

My Dad grows a lot of fruits and vegetables in his Sonoma County garden, and has a lovely fruit orchard. Around this time of year the branches are so laden with fruit that they dip down and drag on the ground. All of the fruit comes ripe at the same time, so there are a frenzied few weeks of canning, jam making, and general overeating of plums and peaches. I can’t stand any of this hard-won crop to go to waste, so with an eye on the last of the very overripe plums, I came up with this recipe.

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July 25, 2012   1 Comment

{recipe} Chicken (or Turkey) Hash

I’ve been seeing a lot of Thanksgiving recipes go around lately, but what about the leftovers? WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE LEFTOVERS?

I, for one, can barely register the actual Thanksgiving meal as I’m cooking and eating it, because I’m so focused on how much better everything will taste the next day. I made this chicken hash this weekend with (wait for it) leftover chicken- but I think it would be just as fabulous with leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

And if getting together with your relatives leans more Mommie Dearest than Leave it to Beaver, you could even prep all the vegetables for this dish while you’re making Thanksgiving dinner and put them in the fridge – so that even in a bleary-eyed morning-after state of tryptophan- and whiskey-induced torpor, you can throw this together with minimal effort.

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November 14, 2011   5 Comments

{recipe} Chicken Tagine with Apricots, Herbs, and Ginger

Sure, where you live it’s probably hot and sunny. But here in San Francisco, it’s cold and foggy. Since it’s August, I can’t quite bring myself to cook a full-on stew, despite the doom and gloom outside my window, but I can split the difference with this chicken tagine. I previously shared a Moroccan lamb tagine recipe, and this one is about as easy and delicious as that one, but with completely different flavors. Of course, I don’t actually have a working tagine so I just cook it in a Le Creuset, but calling it a tagine makes it sound better, don’t you think? It also clues you in to the North African seasonings involved.

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August 11, 2011   5 Comments

{recipe} Easy Chicken Tikka Masala at Home

Chicken Tikka Masala is one of my favorite dishes to order at an Indian restaurant, but I had never dared to try and make it at home. Recently our friend Ehab cooked up a batch for a dinner party and I fell in love with it. The best part is that the recipe is surprisingly simple and requires very little prep time.

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December 10, 2010   4 Comments

{make this} Braised Chicken in Coconut Milk from Sunset Magazine

I grew up with Sunset magazine, and it’s still one of the best food and travel magazines out there. I’ve tried several recipes over the years, and this one was a knockout. It was easy, delicious, well-spiced, and interesting. This one’s going in the permanent files!

I highly recommend you give it a try. I couldn’t find the recipe at, but I found it reproduced here. Enjoy!

November 5, 2010   1 Comment

{make this} Ghetto Duck Confit from Simply Recipes

Duck confit in 2 hours? No way! Um… YES WAY.

I saw this on Simply Recipes and had to try it. First, it’s not too often you see the words “ghetto” and “confit” in the same phrase.  Second, duck confit is so delicious, but the multi-day preparation process has always been a huge turn-off.

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April 12, 2010   1 Comment

{recycling?} How To: Turn Dinner Leftovers Into Breakfast Gold

Got leftover steaks and baked potatoes from last night’s dinner? Turn them into breakfast GOLD by making an easy, delicious hash.


Here’s the how to: Chop potatoes and steak (or chicken, pork chop, meat loaf, whatev) into roughly equal size cubes (1/2 inch-ish). Chop a couple shallots or onions finely. If you’re like me, then for some odd reason your leftovers also fortuitously include a ziploc containing 5 cooked bacon slices and you should definitely chop those up as well. If you’re lucky enough to own a vegetable, like a bell pepper or broccoli or something, well then your fridge is better stocked than mine. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back, then give that the chop chop as well.

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March 8, 2010   3 Comments

{recipe} Chicken with Leeks

I have been really busy so I haven’t been cooking that much lately, but I did make this last week and then ate the leftovers for several days after that. This is a really simple, foolproof recipe that is elegant and delicious. My aunt Sherrie, the “queen of chicken” (since she basically only makes chicken) got this recipe from someone and was kind enough to share it with the whole family! I served it with a wild rice blend but you could also serve it with mashed potatoes or buttered noodles. It’s also easy because it’s like chicken+salad all in one dish so you only need a starch to go with it- I think you could even get away with just throwing down a loaf of crusty bread to sop up the sauce- and then you are totally going the super simple route.

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November 7, 2009   No Comments

{recipe} Barbeque Chicken Cakes

This recipe has an interesting and meaningful provenance. When I used to teach cooking to high school students in New York, we had a competition in which the students had to create and execute their own original recipes. I was a judge for the competition, and when I tasted thie dish, I remember being blown away by their creativity and ability to invent something so original and delicious. Needless to say they won the competition, and I won a copy of the recipe!


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September 7, 2009   No Comments