Bourbon Maple Chicken

Recipe ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere.  Many of my recipes come from recipes that I grew up eating or from meals that I have had while dining out.  This bourbon maple chicken recipe actually came from an episode of Iron Chef America.  I love watching cooking shows and getting ideas for things to whip up in the kitchen.  The episode of Iron Chef America that I was watching just so happened to feature one of my favorite things in the world… Bourbon.

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Roasted Yard Bird

Roasting a yard bird, better known as a chicken, is something that most anyone can do.  I first came up with this recipe a year or so ago and lots of through trial and error I’ve gotten to what you see today.  The error being stuck with a chicken that really doens’t taste good at all, but making myself eat it because I don’t want it to go to waste.  I hope that I have taken the error away from your kitchen with what you have before you now, and I hope that you are able to try this recipe and that you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Smothered Chicken Thighs

Smothered chicken is something that we ate in my home growing up at least once every other week.  I didn’t realize until I moved out on my own and started cooking for myself regularly why that was so.   The reason is very clear cut.  It’s cheap and relatively easy to make.

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Pistachio Chicken Salad

I could easily (and quite often do) eat chicken salad two or three times a week.  Now it’s very easy for me to go to Whole Foods and grab a thing of chicken salad from their already prepared foods area.  It is very good and I get it on occasion.  Where is the fun in that though when you can make it yourself?  And when you make it yourself you can adjust the ingredients to make it exactly how you like it best.

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Creole Caprese Salad

Caprese salads are one of my favorite things to start my  meal with or just to snack on.  Caprese salads are very simple but very delicious. This is definitely a recipe that anyone and every can make.  The salad consists of only 5 ingredients; mozzarella, fresh basil, tomatoes, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar (this is the only ingredient that has to be cooked)… I know you are wondering ,”But how do those 5 very simple, non Creole, ingredients make a Creole Caprese salad?”  Well it doesn’t unless we spice it up a bit, wait for it……CHICKEN! Mind blowing right? I’ll explain how this surprise ingredient will spice things up a little further down.

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Mustard and Herb Chicken & Brussels Sprouts

What’s the best thing about this recipe you ask?  The whole meal is cooked is in one pan and it’s quite simple.

So I have a confession to make, I’m 26 and the first time I have ever eaten a Brussels sprout was last year. I don’t know whether I should be ashamed or proud, but I know for a fact I like them now. The cartoon cliche of a kid sneaking their Brussels sprouts to their dog never happened during my childhood because my mom never made them and there was no dog.  The inkling to try them came one day last year while I was walking through the farmers’ market and saw them on sale.  So I thought to myself,  why not give them a shot?

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