Pineapple Upside Down Chicken…

May 16th, 2010


well, I’m finished with year two of law school! yea! celebrate! It has been a few days now since my last exam… I’m down in NC visiting my family before I start my job next week!

I’m slowly getting back my desire to cook but until then… I give you another Culinary Mad Lib dish. Rachana suggested pineapple, chicken and cinnamon, which led to the creation of Pineapple Upside Down Chicken. I loved it!

The one with cornbread was my favorite.  However, it needs some tweeking to perfect it.  Even though the chicken was cut thin, it did not cook as quickly as the cornbread/rice, which made it a little on the dry-side.  Next time, I would cook the chicken for about 15-20 minutes and then top it with the cornbread/rice before finishing the baking.  Also, adding a little of the marinade would make a little more sauce.  Thanks Rachana for the inspiration!

Pineapple Upside Down Chicken

Southern-style Chicken
1 chicken breast, cut into two think slices
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 batch of corn bread (I didn’t have corn/thyme but it would have probably worked!)
2 pineapple rings
2 teaspoons brown sugar

1. Marinade the chicken overnight with the cajun seasoning, cinnamon, and olive oil.
2. Grease two cup ramekins.
3. Place a pineapple ring in the bottom of the ramekins.
4. Sprinkle teaspoon brown sugar over the pineapple.
5. Place on of the chicken breast on top of the brown sugar.
6. Fill the rest of the ramekin with cornbread batter.
7. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
8. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then flip onto a plate. Enjoy!

Indian-style Chicken
1 chicken breast
1 teaspoon curry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup rice (with a little chopped onions)
2 pineapple rings
2 teaspoons brown sugar

1. Marinade the chicken overnight with the curry seasoning, cinnamon, and olive oil.
2. Grease two cup ramekins.
3. Place a pineapple ring in the bottom of the ramekins.
4. Sprinkle teaspoon brown sugar over the pineapple.
5. Place on of the chicken breast on top of the brown sugar.
6. Fill the rest of the ramekin with rice.
7. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
8. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then flip onto a plate. Enjoy!

Culinary Mad Libs plus a Giveaway

April 19th, 2010


It is another Culinary Mad Libs post… a request for more ingredients and a giveaway… a lot to cover… so little time… first, I will be giving away a wonderful prize supplied by CSN Stores which sells everything from entertainment centers to cookware.  Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway.

A little while ago I invented Culinary Mad Libs to get my creativity going… My readers gave me some wonderful suggestions to start off with and I made Asparagus-Prosciutto-Chervil Ravioli…  Tonight, I used the ingredients of lentil (Foodcents), Sweet Potato (Resa) and Cinnamon (Juan) to make lentil burgers with sweet potato fries.

What an amazing dinner that really stretched me out of my comfort zone.  Lentil burgers are delicious.  I just wish I had the ingredients from Kevin’s Remoulade Sauce to put on top. I halved the recipe and got five good size patties out of it.

For the sweet potato fries, I cut a sweet potato into strips, mixed with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon curry powder and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper until all the pieces were coated. Then roasted at 400 for about 45 minutes.

So, I’m hooked on the idea of Culinary Mad Libs and now, I need your help to continue my culinary adventures— here is how it works- leave me ingredients to work with in the comment section… in the following order… 1) Protein; 2) Vegetable/Fruit; 3) Spice/Herb… then repeat… in other words, if you leave the first comment, please include a protein.  The second comment, a vegetable and so on…

In addition, until next Wednesday, leaving an ingredient comment will enter you into my giveaway.  Also, if you retweet this and let me know, you will get an additional entry.  Unfortunately, the prize can only be shipped to the US or Canada but, hopefully, you will still participate… oh yes, what is the prize you ask…

A beautiful Le Creuset 14″ Oval Baking Dish…sigh!  I want one!  and, hopefully, you do too… so what should I cook next?