Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Easy Peasy

I've become Slacky McSlackerson. Cooking easy peasy stuff that requires a few minutes of prep and a short cooking time, or a long, unattended cooking time, or even better, E cooking time. Dishes that allow me to leave inspiring and thoughtful notes like, "350, 20 minutes, thanks!" This recipe equals not only one dish like this, but two. Inspired by a Better Homes and Garden recipe for Superbowl chicken wings, I  have made this recipe twice and love it! It makes for incredibly moist and flavorful chicken, and if you double it, you get a fantastic salad for the next day.

Spicy Yogurt Chicken - Two Ways
4 bone-in chicken breasts, skin and fat trimmed
3/4 cup plain yogurt
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika

Place chicken in a shallow dish or ziploc bag. Stir yogurt and seasonings in a small bowl. Reserve a few tablespoons for tomorrow's salad. Pour remaining yogurt mixture over chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate at least one hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Serve hot.

Spicy Yogurt Chicken and Cashew Salad
1 leftover chicken breast
1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped
reserved yogurt mixture
3 Tbls. olive oil
2 Tbls. red wine vinegar
2 cups mixed greens or baby spinach
a handful of red grapes (which I didn't have, but love!)

Shred or chop chicken into a large bowl. Add cashews, greens, and grapes. Whisk yogurt mixture with oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

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Christy said...

Wow - both ways look fabulous - I am glad you tell me to save some of the dressing ;o) I don't usually like chicken on salad but this really sounds special. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

This looks so yummy! I look forward to trying it!

Alida said...

Oooh, I wanna give that salad a try! Looks really tasty!!

girlichef said...

Um. You have an excuse to do easy-peasy, lady! Plus, when quick is this good, don't question it! LOL. This sounds great ;)

Jet-Setting Divas said...

OMG!This looks gooood! I've never heard of yougurt chicken though -- I may have to try this one out! Found you over at FTLOB! Hope you will check out our blog!

Melinda said...

Darn it! I have everything I need right now except, Curry Powder and 'plain' yogurt. lol. Yeah...I'm thinking Vanilla Bean activia won't do so well. LOL. I will have to try this though! ;)

alissa said...

Hi Joanna - This chicken recipe sounds so delicious! I agree with Christy - chicken salad isn't always my favorite but this one sounds awesome! Thank you so much for linking up!

Pierce said...

I very much like chicken on salads and it's a great lunch or dinner for me. Nice post :-)

Christy said...

well slacky..consider me your side kick because i am right with ya! both of these recipes look simply delectable! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!