Tuesday, January 25, 2011

M: Honey Rosemary Chicken With Rice Pilaf

So I have made a goal for myself. What would that goal be, you might ask? Nothing big, nothing super special, but I really want to successfully accomplish Rachael Ray’s top 2010 recipes from her talk show.

I watched this episode recently and all of her recipes just sounded fantastic.

Plus, I feel like recently I’ve become a little complacent with my cooking and just want to challenge myself a little bit. I’m always doing new things with my baking, so why not try something new on the cooking front?

Some of these recipes are definitely a little out of my comfort zone, which I think is a good thing!

Maybe I will find something new I enjoy or a new ingredient I love using…we shall see! I won’t pressure myself to get them all done immediately, since most are pretty involved, but they will ALL get done! =)

Onto the first recipe of the 10 that I tried out – the Honey Rosemary Chicken.

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Can I please just tell you how awesome this chicken was? It was definitely sweet, so you need to have a love for things sweet. But the sweetness paired with the fresh rosemary, shallots, and a little lemon. oh. my. goodness. so. good.

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The honey made a thicker glaze that coated the chicken so nicely. And the crunch from the pine nuts sprinkled on top just really made the dish. I served it with a wild rice pilaf with dried cranberries and green onions and a side salad.

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Honey Rosemary Chicken

from Rachael Ray

2 TB olive oil, divided

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 large shallot, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped

1/2 cup honey

1 TB dijon mustard

juice of 1 lemon

**Optional: pine nuts or sliced almonds, toasted, for sprinkling on top

Heat 1 TB olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. When oil smokes, add chicken to the pan and cook about 6 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and cover with foil.

Reduce heat on pan to medium and add the other TB of olive oil. Add shallots, garlic, and rosemary to pan and cook about 2 minutes. Add honey, dijon, and lemon juice. Stir. Add chicken back to pan and coat on all sides with the bubbling glaze. Turn off heat.

Sprinkle with toasted nuts, if desired.

Enjoy!

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Oh, my best friend Jen came to visit with her 8 month old chocolate lab…So, Marley, Ziggy, and Charlie decided to make an appearance =)

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19 comments:

Pound said...

complacent in your cooking? you make me laugh. if you're complacent then gawd knows what i am.

i always love a new chicken recipe! thanks for sharing!

LifeasKristina said...

YUM! My fiance will love it! Love that the dogs look like they're all posing, or just huddled in the kitchen, haha

fitchocoholic said...

That's a cool goal!!!!!
The chicken looks amazing! Thanks for posting the recipe! =D

Megan D said...

What an awesome goal!! And rosemary is my favorite herb/seasoning EVER :)

Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said...

That looks delicious!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Rosemary is one of my very favorite herbs. The scent is just amazing!! I had a cocktail with rosemary just the other night actually. This dish sounds like a winner :).

*Naomi* said...

OH YUM! i love rosemary!! it makes anything taste so fresh and clean!!! love the recipe...well done!!!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

I think that is such a great goal! I do love challenging myself, and something like that can really switch meals up a bit.

The honey chicken sounds so yummy!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Cute cute puppies! Love them!

Val said...

I love anything with honey in it and this looks honeylicous.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

I love how they are all looking up at you like, " What are you going to feed me?" haha. I know that look often!! How's the pregnancy going? Feeling okay?

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Aww the puppies are adorable!

vanillasugarblog said...

honey & mustard are perfect on chicken aren't they. good to know roasemary goes with it too.

fittingbackin said...

oooh this recipe sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Simply Life said...

I love that you went out of your comfort zone - it's amazing how scary that can be yet how rewarding the results are!

Campinggirl said...

I love this goal!

teresa said...

delicious chicken! i don't know why, but i always get excited about honey in recipes. YUM!

Kelsey said...

rosemary, shallots, and lemon- oh girl, isnt the mix fantastic! a little spice and seasoning can go such a long way! ive been using more ground rosemary lately as well as squeezing some lemon juice of my meats and stir-fries and even roasted veggies and it tastes amazing!

xoxo

Lisa said...

I love honey and rosemary...that sounds like a great combo!

Great goal :)