Unprepared For Chicken

by Sherry Riter in Chicken,Cooking  ,Food,Recipe

Thinking about recipes for dinner first thing in the morning before the sun comes up and the birds start tweeting is beyond my capabilities. So I’ve had to learn to accommodate because of my lack of preparation and still be able to provide delicious food at the last minute.

This recipe is totally for you if:

You forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer.

You don’t have any fresh herbs and spices in the refrigerator or the garden.

You only have 25 minutes to get a meal on the table.

There is also a secret to this recipe…

Unprepared For Chicken

If you buy your chicken with bones and the skin still attached, just remove them before you pop it in the freezer. That will help you always be prepared for this last minute meal.

Remove the plastic from the frozen chicken – 3 large chicken breasts.

Put it in the microwave for one minute. This will be just enough heating time to separate it from the package and soft enough to cut.

With a sharp knife, cut the frozen chicken into cubes. Be sure to keep your fingers out of the way.

Try to cut them in uniform sized cubes.

Cut a large onion into large pieces.

Cut the onion into large pieces

Cut across the onion to produce medium slices.

Add 4 tablespoons olive oil to a skillet/frying pan.

Turn the pan on high and add the chicken and onions. Yes, I did say high.

Sprinkle 3 tablespoons garlic powder on top of the chicken and onions.

You can add more if you really like garlic.

Add 1 tablespoon dried oregano, but…

Before adding, rub the oregano between your hands.

Add 1 teaspoon of black and red pepper blend or 1/2 teaspoon of each if you’ve purchased them separately.

Sprinkle 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes in the pan.

Don’t worry about stirring anything yet. Just add all the ingredients first while the pan is getting really hot.

Now for the secret weapon ingredient – 2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash, Tomato, Basil, Garlic.

It is salt-free and will add a great flavor to the chicken.

At this point you can add salt or not add salt. Either way it is delicious.

The pan is hot now so start stirring.

When you get a steady smokey steam rising from the pan, you know you’re on the right track.

The secret to this recipe is cooking it fast and trapping the moisture within the cubes of chicken. By constantly stirring, all sides cook evenly and more quickly.

Everything will start to brown and the onions will caramelize.

Keep stirring and flipping the chicken and onions.

You may be tempted to turn down the heat, but don’t turn the heat down.

When you think it looks done, cut open the fattest piece of chicken to check that it is cooked all the way through.

Everything between taking the chicken out of the freezer to putting the completed dish on the plate will only take 25 minutes.

This dish is great served over rice, with a couple side dishes or right on top of a salad.

The flavor bursts with each bite and the chicken is very juicy.

Here…

Take a bite…

Yummy wasn’t it?

Unprepared For Chicken
prep time: 25 minutes

3 large chicken breasts
1 large onion
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon of black and red pepper blend
3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash, Tomato, Basil, Garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Remove the plastic from the frozen chicken. Put the chicken in the microwave for one minute. This will be just enough heating time to separate it from the package and soft enough to cut. With a sharp knife, cut the frozen chicken into cubes. Be sure to keep your fingers out of the way.
Try to cut them in uniform sized cubes. Cut onion into large pieces and then cut across the onions pieces to produce medium slices.

Add olive oil to a skillet/frying pan. Turn the pan on high and add the chicken and onions. Sprinkle garlic powder on top of the chicken and onions. Add dried oregano after rubbing it between your hands. Add black and red pepper blend. Sprinkle dried parsley flakes in the pan.
Add Mrs. Dash, Tomato, Basil, Garlic. Sprinkle with salt if desired.

The pan is hot now so start stirring the mixture. The secret to this recipe is cooking it fast and trapping the moisture within the cubes of chicken. By constantly stirring, all sides cook evenly and more quickly.
Everything will start to brown and the onions will caramelize. Keep stirring and flipping the chicken and onions. Do not reduce the heat. When you think it looks done, cut open the fattest piece of chicken to check that it is cooked all the way through.

This dish is great served over rice, with a couple side dishes on right on top of a salad.

The flavor bursts with each bite and the chicken is very juicy.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ron23 March 31, 2011 at 4:32 am

Excellent post,from the recipe, to the layout, to the photography. great job!

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2 Leslie March 31, 2011 at 11:00 am

I was feeling the heat of the frying pan with your awesome shots… looks delicious and so quick and easy!

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3 bobjenjack March 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Yumm That looks good! Thanks for sharing. I am going to keep this in my pile of fast and easy dinners!

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4 Marlene March 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

This looks yummy! And EASY! (My kind of recipe!)

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5 Madison March 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Great recipe! Thank you for sharing it, I'm always up for tasty quick recipes. Oh yea the pics are fantastic….great job:)

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6 Melissa April 1, 2011 at 4:50 am

Nice! I love quick recipes, whether or not I'm pressed for time. I don't like to spend longer cooking than I have to.

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7 ruthhill74 April 3, 2011 at 12:32 am

I am saving this recipe! I too have sometimes found myself "unprepared." Aren't microwaves fantastic devices?

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8 Amber April 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm

This looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

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