Enjoy Spiced Chicken

Spiced Chicken Burger – Recipe 3 of 12 from Enjoy!

A week ago today as evening time approached and an away rugby match was scheduled I pondered food.  Friday is when I usually eat leftovers out of the fridge or have pizza or takeaway and collapse in a heap on the couch for the evening.  If I do cook on a Friday it’s usually something in the takeaway genre such as a chicken curry.  Time was short so instead I opted for a spiced chicken burger.  One of the cooking tips that I have picked up over the years is the pounding of a chicken fillet with a rolling-pin to flatten it for faster cooking.  Once pounded and doused in spices it will cook in about 3 or 4 minutes on each side, so fast food it is.  My toasted panini was stuffed with the chicken, some rocket, tomato and coleslaw and I was well satisfied in advance of the rugby game.  Onwards to Kinsale we drove in wind and rain to be greeted by a pitch full of fog and a game abandoned!

Spiced Chicken Burger

Food photography Marta Miklinska, Food Styling Jette Virdi

Weather has been a key talking point in Ireland this week with hurricane Ophelia leaving a devastating mark here on Monday and Storm ‘Brian’ looms over the coming hours.  This morning I saw a tweet of a beautiful picture of first snowfall in Sierra Nevada, Spain that fell yesterday.  It’s only October but this wintry weather has us staying indoors and looking to all things cosy and yes, getting that odd tingle of excitement for Christmas.  9 weeks to go!!!

Enjoy Spiced Chicken

My version – Last Friday!

You will need:
Chicken fillets (1 per person)
Ground cumin
Curry powder
Freshly ground black pepper
Plain flour
Coconut or rapeseed oil, for frying
Multi-seed ciabattas or burger buns, panini etc.,
Coleslaw, rocket leaves and thinly sliced red onion, to serve
Note: use whatever spices you like, paprika, coriander, chilli powder would all be good too!
Use a rolling pin to bash and flatten the chicken fillets for quicker cooking.
Assemble a spice plate by mixing together some ground cumin, curry powder, freshly ground black pepper and a little flour, then dip the flattened chicken fillets in this, making sure it’s coated on both sides.
Heat some oil in a large frying pan or griddle pan.
Cook the coated chicken fillets on each side for a few minutes, until nicely coloured and cooked through.
Cut the fillets to size to fill your ciabatta or burger bun and load it up with some coleslaw, rocket leaves and sliced red onion.
…or whatever you fancy!
‘Til next time, Sheila

Sticky & Sweet Chicken Stir-fry Recipe 2 of 12 from Enjoy!

Sweet & Sticky Chicken Stir-Fry
Recipe number 2 of 12 before Christmas means we’re another week closer! BTs, M&S, Boots et al are all very upfront in their homage to the festive season. Walls are being cleared, the sun holiday aisle is being swept away and before you know it we’ll be out there buying a plethora of 3 for 2 gifts without the faintest idea of who any of it all is for.
I’ve already bought a couple of baubles. Being a fan of all things timeless and classic our main Christmas tree is always festooned in a combination of red & gold so each year I just buy a couple of more bits to add to the collection.

As I write this it is 6.15pm and I am where I do much of my writing, in the car at the side of the pitch while the kids are at a training session.  It’s still bright. In a few more weeks I’ll be chasing the brightest streetlamp.  It’s a strangely humid and moist day with a greyed sky that had been filled with a blazing autumn sunshine earlier this morning.   Ah, here comes the rain, now we’ve had a bit of everything. I hope tomorrow starts off golden again and that we can enjoy a few more weeks of watching the trees try on hues of red, gold, yellow and burnished browns until stripping off completely.  The leaf-blowers will be out in earnest then but for now there’s still the odd optimist patiently pushing a droning lawnmower accompanied by the neighbourhood canine chorus.

Food photography Marta Miklinska, Food Styling Jette Virdi taken from Recipe Book, Enjoy! by Sheila Kiely

Sticking to the theme of autumnal hues this deliciously sweet and sticky chicken bright with orange juice, dark with soy will be brought quickly to your table. As mangetout are just going out of season you could substitute with sliced courgette which is delicious slightly undercooked and plentiful at the moment.

At time of publishing as opposed to writing I am back at home it’s 8pm dark & wet and I am not inclined towards prose having just brought in the drowned washing optimistically hung out to dry this warm autumnal morn!

Sweet & Sticky Chicken Stir-Fry
Sweetened with orange juice, this is quick and easy to prepare and ready in 20 minutes. I love it with brown rice or noodles.
Serves 4
You will need:
4 skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp coconut or rapeseed oil
Half head of broccoli
200g mangetout
3 spring onions
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
Juice of 2 oranges
2 tsp cornflour
Handful of cashew nuts
cooked brown rice or noodles, to serve
Chop the chicken into bite-size pieces. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan and cook the chicken for 4 minutes on a high heat.
While the chicken is cooking, break the broccoli into small florets, rinse the mangetout and rinse and chop the spring onions.
Add 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce to the chicken, then add the broccoli, mangetout and spring onions and cook for 3 minutes.
Juice the oranges and mix with the cornflour and the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce in a small bowl. Add this to the chicken and cook for 1 minute, stirring well. If you would prefer a saucier mix, add a little water. Finally, sprinkle in the cashew nuts and cook for 1 minute. Serve with rice or noodles.
Til next time, Sheila

Spiced Vegetarian Burgers – Recipe 1 of 12 from Enjoy

In 12 weeks time we shall all be gearing down for Christmas with some of us coming to a stuttering halt as we just about get there intact.  Yes it’s the first of October today so I am allowed to mention the festivities.  Looking forward to and enjoying the build-up to Christmas will get us through the darkening days and over the hump of what can be a depressing time as nights close in on top of us.  In my countdown I will be marking the 12 remaining weeks with a recipe from my cookbook Enjoy!
The first that I am sharing is my Spiced Vegetarian Burger.  I love a little bit of heat in my cooking and chilli often features as it does here in the form of chilli powder.  In this recipe I use a lot of store-cupboard ingredients so if you stock up you can be sure of something tasty during the hibernation period.

Image from cookbook Enjoy! – Food photography Marta Miklinska, Food styling Jette Virdi

Spiced Vegetarian Burger
Too often, vegetarian burgers are lightweight and unsatisfying.  What I like about these is that they look meaty and are robust and filling.  The patties can be prepared ahead of time and left in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.
Serves 6
You will need:
3 slices of multigrain whole-wheat bread (approx. 170g)
1 medium onion
2 tbsp rapeseed or coconut oil
100g mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp regular paprika
1 tsp hot chilli powder
1 x 400g tin of lentils
1 x 400g tin of kidney beans
1 egg, beaten
Cornflour, for dusting
Baps, buns or bread rolls, to serve
Blitz the bread in a food processor or mini-chopper to create breadcrumbs and set aside.
Finely chop the onion and soften in 1 tablespoon of oil heated in a large frying pan over a low heat for 5 minutes. Finely chop the mushrooms and crush the garlic, then add them to the softened onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the paprika and chilli powder and mix well.
Drain the lentils in a sieve and press to squeeze away any excess moisture, then stir them into the onion and mushrooms. Take the pan off the heat.
Roughly pulse the well-drained kidney beans in a food processor – you want them bitey, not pulpy. Put these in a large bowl, then mix in the breadcrumbs, the lentil mixture and the beaten egg to combine. Use your hands to shape into six even-sized patties. Lightly dust the tops of the burgers with cornflour.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in large frying pan over a medium to high heat. Cook as many burgers as will fit in the pan for 5 minutes, floured side down. Lightly dust the other side with cornflour before turning the burgers over and cooking for a further 5 minutes.
Serve in lightly toasted buns or baps. I suggest serving them with coleslaw, lettuce and ketchup too.
‘Til next time, Sheila.

Vegetarian Curry

Vegetarian Curry.
I think I’ve made one of these before, oh yes look : Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Curry, it’s on my blog and also in my cookbook ‘Enjoy!’ over here look, ahem.

Back to the present.
veg curry

What I’m looking for when I cook is simplicity, accessible ingredients and taste. I will do anything to avoid chop, chop, chopping and keep the prep. simple. I love all vegetables but I hate prep. especially awkward peeling and then hard chopping. Case in point turnips. To my shame I probably only cook turnip a couple of times a year. It is delicious when cubed, tenderly cooked and smothered in butter or mashed with white pepper. I am sorry turnip, you’ve been neglected because you are such flipping hard work. But you are delicious and you are worth it. Turnip I shall revisit you anon. But there is no turnip in this recipe.
There are shallots though that are a little fiddly to peel but a cinch to slice, the knife just glides through them. 2 cloves of garlic – sometimes I’m lazy and use garlic granules instead because again fiddly peeling! Ginger – I keep fresh ginger in the freezer, never peel it and grate what I need of it straight from the freezer using a microplane grater – If you don’t have one of these, they are a must. I buy kale ready washed and chopped.
Store-cupboard ingredients such as cannelini, butter beans and chickpeas are a life-saver along with chopped tomatoes. If you just had those, some spicing and stock cubes you will never be too far from a simple tasty meal.
Time is another element of cooking that is on short supply these days so this beauty is for one of those days where dinner simply has to be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes.
veg curry 2
Vegetarian Curry.
You will need:
1 tbsp cooking oil
5 shallots (or 1 medium onion)
2 cloves garlic
Knob ginger
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric
half tsp hot chilli powder
1 tin cannelini beans
1 tin butter beans
1 tin chickpeas
1 tin chopped tomato
1 tin water
bunch kale – 4 large handfuls
1 tin coconut milk
salt and black pepper
Brown rice to serve (cook according to pack)
Heat the oil in a large deep pan and soften sliced shallots for 10 minutes over a medium heat.
Add crushed garlic and grated ginger. Mix well.
Add the spices : 1 tbsp garam masala, 1 tsp turmeric, half tsp hot chilli powder. Mix well.
Turn the heat to high and add drained cannelini, butter beans and chickpeas, mix well, then add the chopped tomatoes and 1 tin of water. Bring to the boil, add the chopped kale and stir through then put a lid on, reduce the heat to a simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in coconut milk to heat through.
Serve with the cooked rice. Would also love to be accompanied by some naan bread, dollop of natural yoghurt and some chopped cashews.
‘Til next time, Sheila.

Creamy Tagliatelle Chicken

Chicken Tagliatelle

Chicken Tagliatelle.
Even in the summertime there are days that call for filling comfort food and this is one of those dishes.  It has fast become a family favourite in my house and pleasing 8 people at the same time is no easy feat, so this one’s a winner.  All of my kids are going through particularly sporty phases of their teenage and young adult lives and have taken more of an interest in what they are eating and that it is balanced and good for them.  With a dish like this you know there are no hidden ingredients and they are all ingredients that everyone recognises and are easily sourced.  Any left-overs will heat up well in the microwave so perfect if you can’t get everyone to the table at the same time!
Creamy Tagliatelle Chicken
Mushroom Tagliatelle
Creamy Chicken Tagliatelle
Chicken Tagliatelle
Serves 6
You will need:
6 chicken pieces – on the bone, skin on
Rapeseed oil
2 medium onions
250g closed cup mushrooms
2 tsp dried sage
2 cloves garlic
Green veg e..g. green beans, tender stem broccoli
1 tbsp plain flour
500ml chicken stock – from cube is fine
250g carton of creme fraiche
Tagliatelle – dry or fresh
In a hot oven roast the chicken pieces drizzled with oil and seasoned with salt and pepper on high heat for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile roughly chop the onions and slice the mushrooms then fry them with the dried sage on a medium heat in some oil for 20 minutes in a large pan.  Then add 2 crushed cloves of garlic to the pan and mix and cook for a minute or two.
Next add the tablespoon of flour and mix through, raising the heat to high and gradually mixing in the chicken stock until it is all added and begins to bubble then turn the heat to low.
Once the chicken has been roasting for 30 minutes put on a large saucepan of water and bring to a boil and then cook the pasta according to pack.
Also cook the green vegetables in boiling water for about 5 minutes max.  to keep them nice and bitey and then drain them.
While the pasta and vegetables cook add the creme fraiche to the onion and mushrooms bringing the heat back up to medium to heat through.
Add the drained tagliatelle into the creamy onion and mushroom sauce and mix well.
Serve with the drained greens and roasted chicken pieces on top.
‘Til next time, Sheila.