Rants, Recipes and Ramblings

Cantonese Chicken

Yet another of those “Chicken Dump” recipes.  While the creator describes them as a “meal” they are certainly NOT that.  They are really just recipes for different marinades for some chicken and most of the marinades so far have been pretty flavorless with an extreme lack of seasoning.

The flavor of this one was ok after I doctored up the marinade by simply adding some Crushed Red Pepper to it.  To make it an actual meal required cooking some rice and even stir-frying some veggies. Just before service I drained the juices from the crockpot and placed them in a skillet to make a thickened sauce.

Caribbean Chicken

Yet another recipe from this site.  With a name like “Caribbean Chicken” an expectation is set. I’m wondering if these recipes were created by someone from the mild mid-west where Taco Bell  “Mild” sauce is considered to be blistering hot. Basic seasoning is seriously lacking in some of these. I would recommend adding (which I have done so below) 1 tsp of Salt, 2 tsp of Crushed Red Pepper and 1 tsp of Black Pepper

Given the “tropical” promise of the name I used a Citrus seasoned Rice Vinegar in the Risotto and added diced Red and Orange Bell Peppers along with some crushed Macadamia nuts.

Sticky Chicken

Another of the “Chicken Dump” recipes.  Made according to the posted recipe and it was actually quite bland and “flat”  If I were to make it again I would add Sriracha, Salt and serve it with wedges of fresh Lime and a sprinkling of Cilantro which I have added to the list of ingredients below

For the side of Rice I used Rice Vinegar to give it a bit of a Sushi taste (sushi is rice NOT fish) and folded in shredded Carrot since the dish seems to be going for a Thai/Vietnamese flavor profile.

Chicken Hurry

Decided to try this lady’s 10 Chicken crockpot recipes and to come up with a side dish of rice to go along with them using my “No-stir” risotto recipe tailored to a flavor profile to accompany the dish.

The sauce had a bit of a BBQ like taste and at first I was thinking about using Apple Cider Vinegar and a Yellow Onion but decided to use a Red Onion and Red Wine Vinegar instead to mimic the color of the Sauce too. Corn on the Cob goes well with BBQ so I used Corn in Risotto.

Her plan is to have these made ahead so that you just dump the contents that you had placed into a 1 Gallon ziplock Freezer bag into a crock pot