Sunday, March 20, 2011

Not Quite Carol's Ginger Chicken

I cannot follow a recipe. It's true.

I read through them, and almost inevitably, I change them promptly, sometimes, so indelibly in my brain that I will search for the recipe with the changes that I made in my head, which of course doesn't actually exist. This can lead to confusion and mass hysteria, especially if we're talking dinner for thirty and a grocery list I'm not actually making.

It's fun to be me.

So, my MIL made this chicken the other night, and it was SOOOO good, that the kids wanted to eat it again the next day. Her recipe was simple:

Take a couple chicken breasts, diced, saute in butter. Remove chicken, add cream, 2 T grated fresh ginger, apple cider to pan, simmer until reduced and thick, add the chicken back and simmer till cooked through.
Saute a couple of peeled, diced apples in a little butter till golden, and simmer some sliced carrots in a pot of salted, boiling water.
Cook rice.
Drain carrots and toss with the apples, chicken and sauce, serve over rice.
It was so good the kids wanted it again the next day, but I wanted to work on my coconut oil review, so Carol's ginger chicken became:
Melt two tablespoons of Tropical Traditions coconut oil over medium low heat. Add diced chicken, raise heat to medium-high, brown on all sides, remove to plate
Take two apples, peeled and diced, one red pepper, diced, and add to pan with juices and remaining coconut oil-saute until golden. Boil carrots separately. Now, add white grape peach juice, skim milk shaken with two tablespoons of cornstarch, and a good sized knob of grated ginger to the pan. Raise heat to high and stir constantly till thick, add the chicken back to the pan along with the drained carrots, taste sauce, season with salt and pepper.
Add 1/2 C of scallions to the dish, and serve with rice.

It was yummy! And I was so proud that I'd made my mother in laws chicken, except when I called her to tell her, she said, "That's not my chicken." And she's right. It's not. But I can't make Julia Child's Beef Stew and I can't make Carol's ginger chicken.

It's just not me.


Mrs. Sanchez said...

I found your blog via the blog hop and am happy I did. I am your newest follower.

I have absolutely no cooking common sense and envy people like you. I do NOT know how to make a recipe better even if tasting it.

I tend to go on and read the reviews that were deemed most helpful and make their chances. I also checked out a book from the library called the science of foods. oooh man. Can't say I'm not trying.

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Our Village is a Little Different said...

It looks good even if it isn't hers. Thanks for the post. I'm stopping by with the hops and I'm following. I hope you have a happy Sunday.

HwnInPA said...

Oooh, sounds very good. I'll have to give it a try sometime! Have a great Sunday!

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Thanks for following my FB page. I'm glad the chicken turned out great. :D

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AMY said...

OH Yum! Looks very good!
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