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Why this blog?? I often find myself stressing over what to make for my family for dinner. We live a busy life and some meals need time to prep, cook and let's not forget shopping for everything you need. I love cookbooks and websites, but there are so many recipe's at times it is overwhelming. The recipe's I will be posting are things I actually made. I will tell you if they are easy or more time consuming. I will also tell you if they are good. Most of these are recipe's I have made for years and continue to make because they are easy or quick and my family loves them and i know yours will too! I will also try to at least once in a whlie try a new recipe I've found on line or in a book and honestly rate it. I always encourage others to send me their favorite recipe's as well! I am a mom... not a chef. But I am a mom who enjoys cooking for her family and making a somewhat healthy meal (some days more healthy than others:) ) In each recipe I will share how I recommend serving it, any substitutions I can think of that are also good, or ways to prepare ahead of time to make the cooking part seem quicker! I am not a photographer, as you can see... most of these pictures are taken from my phone camera, so may not be the best! I love to hear from others who have made these recipes and what they have done to change the recipe... please post comments! Thank you! To "like" me on facebook, go to this link... It's What's Cookin

Friday, September 23, 2011

Chicken Amaretto

I love this meal. Everytime my mom is in town I have her make it for me. It's great served over sticky rice and we always serve with a green veggie on the side (steamed broccoli, sauteed green beans or a salad). It's great for leftovers as well! She uses her electric skillet to make this, if you don't have one I'm sure any big skillet over the stove top or a wok would work as well! My kids don't eat this, what I do is fry up some plain chicken breasts in the skillet before I start making our meal. They eat those plain with the veggie and sometimes a little rice.

*3 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes (We used 1.5 lbs chicken tenders and left them whole)
*2-3 garlic cloves- minced
*1 T salt
*1 T pepper
*1/2 T curry powder
*1 cup flour
*1/2 cup butter
*1 quart fresh sliced mushrooms
*1/4- 1/2 cup Amaretto
*1T fresh lemon juice (We use a whole big lemon + slice an extra lemon to serve on the side... I LOVE lemon!)
*1 1/2 cups chicken broth
*1 T cornstarch
*1/2 cup sliced almonds (we used 2 cans of sliced water chestnuts instead)

1) Sprinkle curry powder, salt and pepper (or Nature Seasoning) over chicken. Place in fridge for one hour.

2) Toss chicken with flour and shake off excess.

3) In Fry pan, saute mushrooms with butter until done. Remove mushrooms and set aside.

4) Add garlic and chicken to fry pan and saute chicken until it is just done- don't overcook. Add mushrooms back to pan. Add water chestnuts

5) In separate bowl, mix chicken broth with the corn starch and mix well. Add to pan along with amaretto and lemon juice. Stir till thickened while cooking on medium heat.

Mixing chicken with flour and seasonings

Saute mushrooms first, then set aside

Saute chicken until done and then add your mushrooms back.

add the waterchestnuts, chicken broth/cornstarch mixture, amaretto and lemon juice. 

Serve over rice with a lemon slice

I like to cut my chicken up and stir it all together and mix the sauce in with the rice! YUM

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