Food for Thought – February 25, 2014

Most of us like chicken, and it’s fairly reasonable. The following recipes are from Better Homes Prizewinning Recipes of 2010.

Crunchy Chicken Salad

3 cups coarsely shredded cooked chicken

2-3 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup finely chopped onion

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/4 tsp. each, sugar and black pepper

1/2 cup salted mixed nuts

3/4 cup broken peanut brittle

1) In a large bowl, stir together chicken, celery, mayonnaise, onion, oil, salt and pepper. Cover and chill 2 hours or more.

2) Before serving, coarsely chop nuts. Stir nuts and peanut brittle into chicken mixture. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 2 hours.

Makes 4 servings of 605 calories each.

Serve with crispy flatbread.

The following easy recipe goes together in 20 minutes.

Chicken with Apricots

1-1/4 cups dried orzo pasta

1 (15 oz.) can unpeeled apricot halves in light syrup, undrained

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lb. total)

1-1/2 tsp. curry powder


Black pepper

2 Tbsp. olive oil

6 green onions

1) Cook orzo per package directions; drain. Drain apricot halves, reserving 1/2 cup syrup. If desired, cut apricots into wedges.

2) Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with 1/2 tsp. curry powder; season with salt and pepper. In large skillet, cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat for 8-12 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, turning once and adding apricots during last 2 minutes of cooking. Transfer chicken and apricots to 4 dinner plates.

3) Cut tops of 2 onions into diagonal slices; chop remaining onions. Add chopped onions and remaining curry powder to skillet; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in orzo and reserved syrup; heat through.

4) Spoon orzo mix onto plates with chicken. Sprinkle with green onion tops.

Serves 4 at 514 calories each.

I have two last thoughts for you today. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Write on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”

This quote is from Deuteronomy 4:29: “Seek the Lord your God and you will find Him if search after Him with all your heart and soul.”

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Until next time,