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Spicy Garlic Chicken

Spicy Garlic Chicken

I was craving hot sauce the other night. I just wanted to hop into the car and head to the nearest Buffalo Wild Wings for some spicy wings. That, or I was going to make a pan of buffalo chicken dip, which would have been a bad decision, seeing as it’s basically cream cheese, chicken, and hot sauce. None of that being very good for me, my heart, or my waist.

So I opted to experiment and came up with the following compromise – Spicy Garlic Chicken over a bed of chicken rice. So I grabbed some fresh garlic from the cupboard, a bottle of Frank’s Red Hot, and preheated the oven to 375.

Spicy Garlic Chicken (for one)

2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup of Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1 chicken breast
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 375. In a shallow glass baking dish, coat bottom of pan with olive oil. Place cleaned chicken breast into pan, top with minced garlic. Slowly pour hot sauce over chicken until chicken is completely covered.

Place baking dish into oven, and bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked and browned.

Remove from oven, serve over a bed of rice, and enjoy.

Food, Savory

Turmeric Spinach Spice Turkey Burgers


The spice rack in our house is more like a spice drawer, it’s also overflowing. Unfortunately I’ve never really looked at everything in there. That’s how I ended up making my dinner a bit more Indian and less the typical Italian or Mexican dish I tend to make. I got bored, sifted through the jars, and found turmeric in the cabinet and had no idea what it was. But I felt it probably could go well with ground turkey. And I dumped in some spinach too because I need vegetables and vitamins.

1/2 pound of ground turkey
1/4 cup of frozen spinach, thawed
2 tsp of turmeric
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix ingredients and form into patties. Grill or cook with a bit of olive oil in a saute pan.

Food, Savory

Garlic Chicken and Spinach


This is going to take awhile. Cooking the meal, that is.

See, I wandered around the supermarket so long that I meandered into the frozen vegetable section. Usually I just buy the fresh produce, but something was calling me. I somehow purchased a bag of frozen spinach. Now, mind you, I don’t even eat spinach on a regular basis – frozen or not. But I bought it and had to do something with it, which is how I ended up cooking so long over the stove that I could watch the majority of 50 First Dates while I waited for my meal to finish. It was about an hour, but believe me, it was worth it.

For instance, the onions alone took about 20 minutes. Exhibit A:


So, if you’re willing to take your time with a meal, maybe open a bottle of wine and indulge as you let your onions sweat, here you go:

Garlic Chicken and Spinach

Olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of garlic powder (for good measure)
1/2 pound of chicken, diced
2 Roma tomatoes
1 and a half cups (not packed) of frozen spinach
Black pepper
Sea salt

In a heated skillet, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add diced onions, garlic powder, and garlic. Let cook on medium-low for 20 minutes. You’re not looking to brown the onions, just make them translucent and soft.

Add chicken and a dash of black pepper to pan and cook for 10 minutes on one side, then flip over and cook for another 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes and spinach. The heat should still be low, so you’re not browning anything, just slow cooking. The chicken should be easily falling apart soon and should be able to cut chicken with a fork.  Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes or until spinach is thawed and the tomatoes have softened. If dish is try, add a splash of olive oil.

Sprinkle with a dash of sea salt, fold into dish and serve.

Food, Savory

Sausage Patties and Broccoli


Oh boy, I need to start running more. Seems I’m starting to slack on my goal. And I was doing so well! I’m at 280.69 miles as of Sunday and we’re 223 (as of Sunday) days into 2013. Good news, I’m ahead of the day count, but bad news that I’m running less than 7 miles a week. Ahhhhh. I need some motivation, especially with two more 5 Ks coming up. Anyone with tips, let me know. I’ve been filling my Pinterest board with inspirational quotes, but I feel like I’m losing steam.

On the bright side, I am maintaining my weight and getting toned, so I’m back on the workout wagon. That means more recipes to make, including trying to hide vegetables in everything I create. Take the sausage patties I made the other day, somehow some broccoli and green peppers made their way into the mix. I’m not complaining, makes the patties a bit more beefed up.


Sausage Patties:
1/2 pound of ground sweet sausage
1/4 cup of diced green pepper
1/4 cup of diced broccoli
1 slice of wheat bread, torn into tiny bites
1 tablespoon of milk
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
olive oil

Head a splash of olive oil in a medium-sized pan. Mix all ingredients (except for olive oil) in a bowl and portion into four patties. Heat on each side until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes a size. Let cool on a paper towel and then serve.