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I first posted this recipe in 2006.  I am now starting to go through my recipes and update them.  During this process I found we hadn’t made this one in awhile and it needed some tweaking.  So I am re-writing the recipe today and making it tonight.

For this dish you can use any type of pasta you like…for us H enjoys the bow tie pasta as she thinks they’re butterflies.   The sauce in this dish is more like a gravy, delish.  Change up your spices to whatever you feel like. Tonight I used garlic powder, coriander seeds, a seafood seasoning mix and old bay.  It was fabulous.

Adapted from Sandi Richard, The Dinner Fix

Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

3 – chicken breasts, boneless/skinless and cut into 1 inch pieces
1-2 tbsp – olive oil
1 tsp – butter
2 small shallots, diced
10-12 brown or white mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp – flour
1/2 tsp – spices (use your favourite, Mrs. Dash, lemon pepper, poultry seasoning, a BBQ blend – experiment!)
1 can – mushroom soup (Healthy Request – no msg)
2/3 cup – chicken broth
1/4 cup – orange juice (we used a little less)
1/2 cup – dry white wine (or chicken broth)
1 1/2 cups – baby carrots, or carrots peeled and chopped into small pieces
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 375 g box Bow Tie Pasta
Parmesan cheese, grated (for on top)

 
Put some olive oil in a sauce pan and heat over med-high. Season chicken with salt & pepper and add to pan. Cook until nicely browned. You may need to saute in batches.  Remove and set aside.

Add a little more oil if needed and your butter. Toss in your shallots. Saute for 1-2 minutes then add your mushrooms. Stir well and cook an additional 2-4 minutes. Sprinkle in your flour and spices mixing well.

Once your mushrooms are starting to brown stir in your chicken stock.  Mix well.  Add in your mushroom soup whisking until smooth. Whisk in orange juice, white wine (if using) and carrots, simmering until carrots are tender.

Cook your pasta in salted water until al dente. Put aside 1/2 cup hot cooking liquid. Drain and put into serving dish. Pour sauce and half of reserved cooking liquid on pasta and toss to combine. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.  If you want to loosen sauce a little more add the rest of the cooking liquid.  Pour yourself a glass of vino and enjoy.

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I started making this recipe…hmmm…22 years ago, YIKES.  It’s been a while.  I found one I wanted to try while living in my bachelor pad in Vancouver, made it for dinner guests, loved it and then it was published.  My home town put out a recipe booklet and my mom submitted this recipe on my behalf.  The Publishing Date says August 1990. Crazy.

I still make this dish and love it along with the odd modification.  I recommend using a medium-full bodied dry white wine (like a Chardonnay) opposed to a lighter wine. 

Serves 8

Chicken Cordon Bleu 

8 Whole Chicken Breasts, skinned and boned
8 slices Swiss Cheese
8 slices black forest ham (thin)
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 cup white wine (more for the chef)
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup cream (18%)
Butter
Oil (olive oil or canola)
Salt & Pepper
Wax or Parchment paper
Toothpicks

Spread chicken breasts on wax/parchment paper and pound to flatten evenly (if you don’t have a mallet a rolling pin works). Turn flattened breast to ensure inside is facing up. Layer one piece of the ham, followed by one piece of the cheese.  Roll chicken breasts and secure edges with toothpicks. Set aside.

In a pie plate or dish mix together flour & paprika. Season chicken breasts with salt & pepper and roll in flour mixture.

In a large saucepan over medium high heat add your butter and oil. Place your chicken breasts in the pan – be sure not to crowd pan. You may need to cook the chicken in 2 batches. Turn chicken breasts until evenly browned on all sides. Pour in your wine, let cook off for a couple seconds and then add your chicken stock. Cover, reduce your heat to low, and simmer 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce slightly reduced. Your cheese may melt out into the sauce a little – this makes it yummy. Remove chicken to serving dish, take out toothpicks and cover with foil to keep warm.

In a cup blend cornstarch and cream until smooth. Mix into the sauce in pan. You may need to turn your heat up a bit. Cook, stirring constantly until sauce has thickened slightly.  Pour your sauce over your chicken breasts and serve.

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Wanted an easy dish so I dug this one out one night last week and made it for dinner. 3 words or less: Good Comfort Food. 

Pick a white wine you like so you can enjoy it with your chicken & dumplings.

Adapted from Mable Hoffman’s Crockery Cookery

Chicken & Herb Dumplings

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil or canola oil
1 medium onion, sliced in chunks
2-3lbs of fryer chicken (thighs, thigh/legs attached)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp thyme
3 bay leaves
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine (chardonnay is nice)
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 cup packaged biscuit mix
1-2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
6 tbsp milk
Salt & Pepper

In a pan heat your oil & butter over medium-high. Season your chicken pieces then place in pan careful not to overcrowd pan. Get your chicken nice and crispy brown on one side, than flip the chicken pieces and do the same on the other side. Remove from heat and set aside.

In crock pot add your onions, garlic, marjoram, thyme, bay leaves, broth, wine and a little pinch of salt & pepper. Add your browned chicken pieces on top and cook on low 6-8 hours or until chicken is nice and tender.  Fish out your bay leaves and discard. Turn control to HIGH.

In a small bowl mix together cornstarch and water stirring to combine.  Add to chicken mixture.  Now put the lid back on crock pot while you make your dumplings.

In a medium bowl combine biscuit mix with parsley and milk, mixing with a fork until moistened. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto chicken mixture in crock pot. Put cover back on and cook approximately 30 minutes more or until dumplings are cooked in centers (test with fork or toothpick).

Bring entire crock pot to the table and serve away.   Rice, mashed potatoes, even egg noodles goes nicely with this comfort dish. 

Serves 5-6

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I haven’t experimented too much with Cassoulet’s….but after finding, making and enjoying this one….have decided to dabble a little more in the French Cuisine known as Cassoulet.

This simplified version is made in the crock pot and will be put into our winter fare rotation ;).

Adapted from Mable Hoffman’s Crockery Cookery

Chicken Cassoulet – Crockpot

3-4 pieces chicken thigh/leg combo or 2-3 lbs bone in thighs
1 small leek, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
salt & pepper to taste
1 19oz can small navy beans
1/2 lb smoked sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/4 cup dry white wine

In a slow cooker combine chicken, leek, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Top with beans and sausage. Add wine. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours (give or take) until chicken is tender.

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