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“Healthy” Chicken Wings

Buffalo wings are never going to be a healthy proposition, but this preparation replaces the butter and veg oil with extra-virgin olive oil, limiting the amount of bad fats and aactually adding tocopherols and other anti-oxidants to the equation.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Mix the oils, hot sauce and spices until you have a consistent emulsification.

Heat enough olive oil to come halfway up the sides of a large saucepan or deep fryer and heat to 350 F.  Add the chicken wings in batches (never crowd anything you are frying) and fry, turning, until the wings are golden brown and float in the oil, 7-9 minutes.  Drain well on paper towels.  Add the wings to a bowl, toss with the sauce and allow to sit for a few (3-4) minutes.  Serve with Lucini Delicate Cucumber & Shallot Dressing or your favorite buffalo wing dip.

Chicken Parmigiana

This version of Chicken Parmigiana (Parmesan) is baked/broiled, rather than fried for great calorie/fat savings without losing any flavor.  No one believes it is baked when I serve it!!

Ingredients:

Preparation:

In a large saucepan, heat the garlic and oil together over medium high heat until the garlic just turns light gold, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, basil, sugar, a pinch of salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil and then simmer on low until sauce thickens – 15-20 minutes.  Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning.  Cover and keep warm.

Preheat oven to 450°F.  Whisk together mustard, vinegar, 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper, and 1 TB melted butter in a large bowl, add the chicken pieces, and toss to coat well.  In another bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, grated cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Mix well and add in 1 TB melted butter.  Then dredge each chicken piece in the crumb mixture until well coated.  Place each thigh on a non-stick baking pan (or Silpat) and press the crumbs in gently.  Bake in the middle of the oven until golden and cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and turn heat up to broil.  Place a basil leaf, then a slice of mozzarella on each thigh.  Return to oven and broil for 2 minutes.  Ready to serve – I usually serve with pasta.

Turkey Brine

I’ve found (5 years experience) this brine to impart more flavor than the simple, sal-only brines.

Ingredients:

  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 2 C      Kosher Salt
  • 2         Lemons (halved)
  • 2 TB   Lucini Balsamic Vinegar
  • 5 TB   Brown Sugar (optional)
  • 2 TB   Peppercorns
  • 2 TB   Coriander seeds
  • 4         Chilis (dried, optional)
  • 6         Bay Leaves
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  • 1 sprig    Rosemary

Preparation:

Fully dissolve the salt in the cold water.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir.  Submerge your turkey and refrigerate or keep in a cool (40 degree) spot 5-8 hours.

Deviled Eggs

This is a fun halloween party recipe if you “dress up” your eggs.  Roasted pepper  mouths, chive mustaches and beards, and pine nut mouths are my favorite!

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Using a fork, mash up the egg yolks and add mustard, mayonnaise, onion, chili oil, paprika, turmeric and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves.  Sprinkle with paprika.

Thai Chicken & Pumpkin Curry

Ingredients:

  • 1 LB       Pumpkin (fresh, peeled, cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 1/2 LB  Rice Noodles (preferably thai rice noodles)
  • 1TB         Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 TB       Thai Chili Paste (another asian chili paste or Sriracha will work in a pinch)
  • 1/2 C     Stock (chicken or vegetable, home made is much better)
  • 1 can     Coconut Milk
  • 2             Chicken breasts (skinless, boneless, cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1             Red Repper (seeds removed, sliced thin)
  • 4             Scallions (sliced thin)
  • 1/2 C    Cilantro (chopped large)
  • 1/4 C     Mint leaves (chopped large)
  • 2 TB      Peanuts (chopped small)
  • 2 TB      Lucini Chili Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tsp     Lime juice (fresh, orange juice will work as well)

Preparation:

Season the chicken with salt and allow to sit for 15 minutes.  Steam the pumpkin chunks until tender.  Prepare the rice noodles as described on package.  Heat the oil in a wok (or large saucepan) over a medium heat. Add the chili paste and fry for 1 minute.  Stir in the stock, bring to a boil, then add the coconut milk.  Return to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes.  Add the chicken to the wok, along with the red pepper and pumpkin.  Cook for 6-9 minutes, stirring often.

Divide the noodles and chicken between 4 bowls and top with the scallion, coriander and mint leaves.  Spoon the coconut/stock mixture over the top and garnish each bowl with chopped peanuts, chili oil and lime juice.

Cherry Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes.  Raise the heat to medium-high, add the chicken and cook for 4 minutes per side, until it is cooked through and the juices run clear.  Remove the chicken and set aside.  Return the heat back to medium and add the stock to the pan and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits. Add the cherry balsamic vinegar and tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook 3 to 5 minutes.  Spoon the sauce over the chicken, top with the garlic olive oil and serve.

Parmesan Encrusted Chicken Breasts Puttanesca

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  Mix the shredded cheese, paprika and black pepper.  Coat the breasts with the cheese mixture, pressing the cheese in to adhere.   Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet.  Set breasts into the skillet and cook for minutes per side, until cheese forms an even, golden casing around the tender chicken breasts.  Top the breasts with the tomato sauce for the final minute.