Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

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This is a great recipe if you are new to Instant Pot. It doesn’t require that many ingredients and cooks fairly quick. There is a little bit of extra time involved reducing the sauce.

If you like Asian food give this one a try, it’s really good.

4 chicken leg quarters separated legs and thighs (I purchased 1 package of legs and 1 package of thighs because they were on sale cheaper than buying the leg quarters)

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • Cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Generously salt and pepper the chicken. Place the oil in the Instant Pot, set to hot sauté, and brown chicken in 2 batches. (about 7 minutes)
  2. Place all the chicken in the instant Pot and add the soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves, yellow onion, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Attach lid, close vent, and pressure cook on high for 8 minutes. Carefully fast release pressure and remove the lid when Instant pot is ready being careful not to get burned. Turn Instant Pot back to high sauté setting, bring mixture to a boil, and continue cooking until sauce is dark brown and fragrant.
  4. Serve over rice garnished with the green onions.

Adapted from Food Network

Shepherd’s Pie for Two

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This Shepherd’s Pie for Two is a delicious one dish recipe, and just the right amount for two people. It does require a little time to put it all together but it is well worth the effort.

I used frozen peas and carrots in this recipe and cooked them from the frozen state and it worked out real well.

Shepherd’s Pie for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 large garlic clove (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Place potatoes in a medium sauce pan covered with water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Cook until tender; drain. Add the half and half and 4 tablespoons of butter to the potatoes and mash until smooth. Cover and set aside.
  2. Using the remaining tablespoon of butter in a 10 inch skillet cook the onion, peas, and carrots, until softened. Add the ground beef, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and cook breaking burger up until burger is no longer pink inside.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, and thyme; cook until fragrant (about 1 minute) stir in the flour and cook for 1 more minute. Mix in the broth, wine, and soy sauce and cook until mixture is slightly thickened.
  4. Spoon dollops of mashed potatoes over the top and spread it out in a layer over the filling. Drag fork tines over the top to create the ridges.
  5. Place oven on broil and move skillet to the oven, about 5 inches from the element, broil until potato topping is golden brown.

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Adapted from Cooks Country

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs for Two

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This baked chicken thighs for two recipe only takes a few minutes to put together and has a really good flavor.

The sauce was really good served over rice.

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs (skin and any excess fat removed)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sauce
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I use Splenda instead of sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together all the sauce ingredients.
  3. Lightly spray a shallow baking dish with cooking spray. (I used a 1.75 quart baking dish)
  4. Pat chicken dry using paper toweling and arrange chicken on the bottom of the baking dish in a single layer – salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and bake uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until chicken is done. (185F.)
  6. Serve over rice or hash browns.

 

Simple Chicken Chop Suey Recipe

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We have prepared a recipe like, using burger, for years. This chicken version is pretty much the same with a few minor changes. I had some chicken strips on hand so I decided to give it a try. This is a simple and quick recipe so you can have supper on the table in about 30 minutes, making it a great dish for after work or school.

Simple Chicken Chop Suey Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips about ½-inch strips – I used pre-sliced stir fry strips)
  • 1 medium green pepper (sliced into strips)
  • 1 cup chopped celery or to taste
  • 1 medium onion (sliced)
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 can Chinese vegetables (28 ounces drained)
  • 1-1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat using the oil brown the chicken strips on both sides. Add the onion, green pepper, celery, and mushrooms, cover and cook until vegetables are tender (about 20 minutes).
  2. Mix the cornstarch with ¼ cup water.
  3. Add the chicken broth and soy sauce. Salt and pepper to taste and then stir in the cornstarch mixture; continue cooking until mixture thickens stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve hot over rice.

Adapted from Teriskitchen.com

String Pie

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This one dish recipe is simple and quick making it a great recipe for after school or work. This string pie is basically baked spaghetti with a little different twist consisting of eggs and cottage cheese. There is plenty of room for extras like adding mushrooms and maybe some red pepper flakes to add a little heat; just use your imagination.

Give this one a try; Enjoy

String Pie
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup onion (chopped)
  • ¼ cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces spaghetti (cooked and drained according to package directions)
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook spaghetti.
  3. While spaghetti is cooking in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the burger, pepper, and onion until burger is no longer pink inside; drain excess fat if needed. Mix in the spaghetti sauce.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the spaghetti, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter.
  5. Place the spaghetti mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spread the cottage cheese over the top and then top with the meat mixture. Sprinkle with the Mozzarella cheese and bake until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted; about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve hot

 

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two

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This Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two recipe requires just a few ingredients and very little prep time. The maple syrup and mustard are a perfect combination of flavors. This recipe makes 4 thighs but if you are feeding more people just double the recipe.

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 bone in chicken thighs (skin and fat removed)
  • 2 tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a small bowl mix all the ingredients together except for the chicken.
  3. Pat chicken dry and place in a baking dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spoon 1 ½ tablespoons of the mustard mixture evenly over each thigh.
  4. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until a crust has formed and is slightly hardened on the chicken and temperature is 185F.
  5. Serve hot.

Adapted from Food Network

Skillet Lasagna for Two

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This Skillet Lasagna for Two recipe is simple and quick compared to the oven version of this recipe, and it is just the right amount to serve two people.

Because this one dish recipe cooks in the skillet there is no need to precook the noodles.

Give this one a try; it’s really good.

Skillet Lasagna for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 5 curly edge lasagna noodles (broken into 2 – 3 inch pieces)
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat using the oil cook onion and ¼ teaspoon salt until onion is softened and starts to brown. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and continue cooking until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the burger and continue cooking until burger is no longer pink inside. Breaking up the burger as it cooks.
  2. Spread the lasagna noodles over the top of the burger and pour the crushed tomatoes over the top. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a high simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until noodles are tender (stirring frequently).
  3. Remove from heat and mix in 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan, and then salt and pepper to taste. Arrange heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese on top and then top with the remaining mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Cover and let set until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Hamburger Steak with Gravy Recipe

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This Hamburger Steak with Gravy Recipe is quick to put together and doesn’t require many ingredients. There are many versions of this recipe on the internet. This one came from my son’s blog at blogchef.net; he said it was really good so I thought I would give it a try.

The gravy is delicious so I decided to serve the recipe with garlic mashed potatoes; you can find the recipe Here.

This is a recipe the family will love; it cooks quickly – making this a great recipe for after work or school.

Hamburger Steak with Gravy Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8 patties
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Ingredients for Gravy
  • 2 onions (cut in half and then sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl using your hands mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, dry mustard, 1 teaspoon beef bouillon, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt, and pepper. Divide burger into 8 patties of equal size.
  2. In a large skillet with high sides cook the burger over medium high heat using the oil until nicely browned; set aside on a platter.
  3. In the same skillet cook the onion for several minutes until soft, add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the flour and cook until flour starts to brown (stirring constantly). Mix in the beef broth, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon beef bouillon, and 1 tablespoon of ketchup. Continue cooking until mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Work the patties into the gravy, cover, reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until burgers are done (165F). Add additional beef broth if mixture gets to thick.

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Chinese Honey Chicken Recipe

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If a Chinese buffet is just a little out of reach for you make your own Chinese Honey Chicken at home.

I live about an hour away from the closest Chinese restaurant so when I saw this Chinese Honey Chicken Recipe on my sons cooking blog I decided to give it a try. This is a simple recipe that is quick to put together and it’s delicious.

The next time you’re in the mood for Chinese food give this one a try; enjoy.

To view the original recipe go to Blogchef.net.

Chinese Honey Chicken Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken tenders cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Oil (for deep frying)
  • Batter Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg white
  • Ingredients for Sauce
  • 1½ tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 3 tablespoons garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix all the batter ingredients together until smooth; cover and let batter rest for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat deep fryer to 350F.
  3. Add the chicken to the batter tossing to coat.
  4. Deep fry chicken in batches until golden brown and batter becomes firm. Place on paper toweling to drain.
  5. For the sauce heat 1½ tablespoon of oil in a medium size sauce pan. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Mix in the water, salt, honey, and vinegar until well to combine. Mix together 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 1 teaspoon of water until cornstarch is dissolved. Add the mixture to the sauce and cook for two minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  6. Coat chicken with the sauce and garnish with sesame seeds.

 

Cajun Rice Pilaf Recipe

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I am always looking for a good rice side dish to go with salmon. This Cajun Rice Pilaf recipe looked pretty good so I decided to give it a try. This is an easy recipe that requires very little prep time and compliments baked or broiled salmon very well.

The next time you’re need a good side dish give this Cajun Rice Pilaf recipe a try; it’s really good.

Cajun Rice Pilaf Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6 as side
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion chopped about 1 cup
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1½ cups long grain white rice (uncooked)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, add the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the rice and continue cooking until rice is lightly browned. Add the seasonings and mix in the chicken broth, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and most of the broth is absorbed.
  2. Fluff with a fork and serve hot.

Adapted from Deep South Dish