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Chicken Pilau

26 Sep

My first position with AT&T was 23 years ago in Atlanta.  I can’t remember much about that position – but I do remember Eunice who gave me my first recipe for Chicken Pilau (also referred to as chicken & rice, chicken perlo, chicken perlow).

Since it is a popular dish for my family – the recipe has evolved over the years depending on what everyone is “into” at the time.

These days we are all “into” spice so I’ve amended the recipe to include Spicy Sausage.

Chicken Pilau


Chicken Parts

Spicy Sausage

Veggies (I used peppers, onion, celery)

Olive Oil

Garlic Powder, Season All, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper et al.

Rice – I use a para cooked rice from the DeKalb Farmer’s Market)

  1. Rinse and season chicken. (I started using lemons to clean my chicken per the advice of some Caribbean friends.. but that’s another post).
  2. Brown chicken in a dutch oven (If you don’t have one grab your purse and buy one).  Shame on you.
  3. Remove chicken and add chopped veggies and sausage.  The spicier the better in our house.
  4. The veggies will sweat and the sausage will brown nicely at the same time.  Don’t rush it – it should take about 10 minutes on medium-low.
  5. Add already browned chicken to the pot and scrape the bottom to release the delicious brownings.
  6. Add enough water to cover the chicken plus about 1 inch.
  7. Season water (I use 2 cubes of chicken bouillon in addition to the other seasonings listed above).
  8. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for about 1 hour.
  9. Add two cups of rice (it will appear as if you have too much water but TRUST me you do not).  There is a long list of those who have disagreed with me and regretted it.
  10. Replace cover and cook until liquid is absorbed.

Chicken Quesadillas

25 May

We all need those “go to” recipies.  You know – the ones you can make if company is coming and be certain they will be tasty.  In my blog space you will find many recipies – I cook mostly every day so I don’t post about all that I cook, however I try to share quick, tasty, and relatively healthy ones that you can depend on.  Following you will find my tried and true recipe for Chicken Quesadillas… Should you choose to make them, I pray your family finds them as tasty!


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  • Prepare filling – poach chicken in chicken broth, onions, peppers, cilantro, adobo seasonings, garlic etc…. Don’t use a lot of water for this mixture, you want your broth to be tasty and rich.  Poach chicken in this broth and let it cool allowing seasonings to penetrate chicken.   I also add chopped spinach to mine at the end for added veggie content.  After chicken has cooled I drain the liquid and place chicken in bowl.  Add Mexican blend cheese in another bowl. 
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  • In preheated skillet add flour tortilla and heat on both sides until it rises a bit and lightly browns…Chicken Quesadillas 002
  • Place tortilla on prepared work surface and add toppings…Chicken Quesadillas 005
  • Fold over, brush with olive oil and sea salt.
  • Add to skillet that is already warm with olive oil side down.  Immediately brush this exposed side with olive oil and sea salt.Chicken Quesadillas 008
  •  Leave in skillet until cheese has melted nicely.
  • Return to cutting board and let rest for a few minutes.
  • Slice and serve with salsa of choice!

Chicken Teriyaki

13 Apr

chicken-teriyaki-0091For quite some time I have been on the hunt for a Teriyaki sauce that is thick and sweet.  I never could get with that bottled stuff in the stores. I have finally found the perfect recipe:

  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 TBS  mirin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger (minced or grated)

1. Bring soy sauce, sugar, mirin, cornstarch, garlic and ginger to a simmer in small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to low and cook stirring every now and then until sauce is thick and syrupy.  (For me this was about 10 minutes even though the recipe said 5)


I served mine along with broiled chicken thighs (bone removed at home).  The boneless thighs are usually to wimpy in my local market.