Category Archives: Chicken

Chicken Gyros

Dinner tonight was the perfect summer meal – even though today was too cold to count as a summer day – still good!!!

Chicken GyrosChicken Gyros

  • 2 c cooked, chopped chicken
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • about 1 T seasoning (I used a Sicilian blend)
  • 1/2 c chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 c chopped red onion
  • fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 c plain yogurt (fat-free)
  • pita bread rounds or sandwich thins
  • salad mix


1.  Toss chicken, lemon juice and seasoning together.  Set aside.

chicken mixture

2.  Stir cucumber, onion and mint into yogurt.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

yogurt mix
yogurt mix

3.  Toast bread (if desired).Chicken Gyros4.  Build gyro.

maybe a little overstuffed!
maybe a little overstuffed!

Tasty and simple!!!

Chicken Pasta Pomodoro

Tonight’s dinner made it seem like summer time even though it still isn’t really that warm yet.  This was one of those dishes that was quick and tasty – my favorite kind!!!

  • angel hair pasta (I used about 3 quarter-size handfulls)
  • olive oil (just enough for to saute onions & garlic)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c diced, cooked chicken breasts
  • 2 c roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 T chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta 8 minutes – drain.

Heat olive oil in large, deep skillet over high heat.  Saute onions and garlic until lightly browned.  Reduce heat to medium-high and add chicken.Chicken Pasta Pomodoro

Add tomatoes, vinegar and chicken broth; simmer about 8 minutes.


Stir  pasta into sauce.  Add basil and cheese; simmer about 5 more minutes.

final mixing
final mixing

Serve and enjoy!!!


Ceasar Chicken Orzo

Dinner tonight was quick, easy and delicious!!!

The main course was chicken and orzo with a little Ceasar dressing.  Only a few ingredients:

  • diced, cooked chicken breasts
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c uncooked orzo
  • about 3 T Ceasar dressing
  • pepper to taste
ingredients (+ water)
ingredients (+ water)

In a large skillet, heat the broth and water to boiling.  Stir in the orzo and bring to a boil.  Cook, uncovered, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.

Stir in dressing and chicken.  Sprinkle with pepper.

Simmer about 5 minutes until heated throughout.


Ceasar Chicken Orzo

Honey-Lime Roasted Chicken

adapted from Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

  • 1 whole chicken 
  • 1/2 c lime juice
  • 1/4 c honey
  • ground mustard (just shake a little in)
  • ground cumin (just shake a little in)

Mix everything except chicken.  Grease pan (I use an electric roasting pan – I just sprayed it.)  Pour a little of the juice mixture into chicken cavity then pour the rest over the chicken.  Roast at 350 for 2.5-3 hours.  Baste with pan juices every half hour or so.  If it gets to brown (mine didn’t – it was perfect) – cover loosely with foil.

nice color!
nice color!

This was a hit tonight!

Braised Chicken with Peppers, Olives & Capers

(adapted from Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Fresh + Fast)

  • 8 chicken thighs (you could use breasts  but I wanted something different)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • fresh rosemary
  • red bell pepper, sliced
  • green bell pepper, sliced
  • onion, halved then sliced
  • Pancetta, chopped (first time I have ever used Pancetta)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • white wine – about 1 c
  • black olives
  • capers, 2 T

In a dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Salt & pepper the chicken and put it in the pot.  Cook until brown – about 10-15 min. (My pan was full and I had to keep moving the chicken around – you could, and probably should, do this in batches.)  Transfer the chicken to a plate or bowl.

Add the peppers, onion and pancetta to dutch oven.  Saute until veggies begin to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, with the juice, wine, olives and capers.  Bring to a boil.

Return the chicken to the pot.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer – about 30 minutes.  Uncover and simmer until meat is tender and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 15 more minutes.

Serve!  We had ours with baked cauliflower (recipe below picture).

Braised Chicken with Peppers, Olives & Capers and Crispy Baked Cauliflower

Crispy Baked Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 4-6 T flour
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • 2 c cornflakes, crushed
  • 1 egg

Steam cauliflower until crisp-tender; drain.

Mix flour, garlic powder and paprika in a bowl.  Stir steamed cauliflower into flour mixture.  Lightly beat egg then stir into mixture.

Grease a baking sheet and spread the mixture out.  Cover with crushed cornflakes.

Bake at 425 degrees 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

The cauliflower was great with the sauce from the chicken!  The meal was a success!