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Showing posts with label easy meals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easy meals. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

We love Chinese food but our local Chinese restaurant closed so I have had to make some dishes at home to satisfy of cravings. I love to find meals that are quick and easy and this one fits the bill.  After making this dish, there's no need to get take out again. 

The original recipe called for dried chilies, but I did not have them so I used chilies in Adobo sauce.  

I don't often get to take great pictures since hubby is usually waiting to try the dish. He loved this recipe. 

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This is going to be one of our new favorite Chinese takeout dishes, at home!

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  • - 12 oz (350 g) boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • - ¼ teaspoon salt
  • - Dash of white pepper
  • - 1 teaspoon all-purpose cornstarch
  • - 2 tablespoons oil
  • - 1 garlic clove, minced
  • - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • - 6 dried chilies or chile de arbol or chiles in Adobo sauce
  • - 1 large red pepper, diced
  • - 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion (scallion), white and green parts, plus more for garnish
  • - ½ cup (150 g) dry roasted peanuts, plus more for garnish


  • - 2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • - 2 tablespoons basic chicken stock
  • - 1 teaspoon sugar
  • - 1 ½ tablespoons Chinese rice wine or cooking sherry
  • - 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • - 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • - 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • - 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • - 1 teaspoon all-purpose cornstarch
  • - 1 teaspoon water


- Combine all of the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

- Toss the chicken with the salt, pepper, and the all-purpose cornstarch. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

- Heat ½ the oil in wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and stir-fry until the chicken turns white about 2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Wash and thoroughly dry the wok or skillet.

- Heat the remaining oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high high heat. Add the garlic to the wok or skillet and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the dried red chilies and stir-fry until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the red bell pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the reserved chicken and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the stir-fry sauce and stir-fry for 1 minute, until the chicken is nicely coated. Add the peanuts and green onion and stir-fry for 30 seconds.

Dish out and garnish with more green onions and peanuts. Serve immediately with hot steaming rice.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

I love chicken, in fact my husband usually says, "how are you making the chicken tonight?" He knows me too well. There are just so many ways to prepare it. These chicken tenders go together quickly and are delicious. 
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Asian Pork Chops

Easy Asian Pork Chops

My husband loves pork chops but I am not a huge fan. They are OK, but they always seem to be dry. So when I saw this recipe, I thought I would like it. I thought hubby had bought pork chops but they were country style ribs. You have to work with what you have, right?

I mixed up the marinade and put them in the fridge. I had everything except for the red chile so I added some chile sauce instead. They were so yummy.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Yummy Chicken Salad

When we go camping, I love to make things that are yummy and yet don't take lots of prep time.  This week I decided to make chicken salad. I could cook the chicken before we left and mix it up and then we could have it over the weekend. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Chicken Salad with grapes and cashews

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Chicken and Salsa Dish

When it comes time for dinner, sometimes I like a quick and easy meal. Although this meal may not be ready in under 30 minutes (around 45) it is easy to put together. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Chicken and Salsa Dish

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Do you know what a Pittsburgh Salad is?

When I lived in Pittsburgh, PA they had a salad called the Pittsburgh Salad. You could find it on most menus and it was one of my favorites. 

When I go to other parts of the country, you might be able to find something similar but not the way it is prepared in Western PA. 

So what is so different about a Pittsburgh Salad. Well, it's about how it's created. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Pittsburgh Salad with steak and fries and cheese

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Teriyaki Beef Skewers

The rain has mainly stopped although the water is still in my back yard and receding a little in the front. You may have seen my post on the flooding here in Davie, Florida. We were hit so hard we made national news. It will be sometime before this water is gone, especially since we are in the rainy season. 

I decided to grill out today (I wanted to be outdoors a little) and when I saw this recipe for Teriyaki Beef Skewers, I knew that I had to make them.

Eclectic Red Barn: Teriyaki Beef Skewers

I made a few changes to the original recipe, like adding some grated fresh ginger and mango/pineapple juice instead of just pineapple juice. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Teriyaki Beef Skewers

I marinated the beef for only 6 hours instead of the 24 it called for and they were still great. This would be great to do the night before so all you would have to do is grill them when you come home.

The recipe stated that the pineapple juice was optional, but I think it gave it added flavor, even though I used a mango/pineapple version.

Eclectic Red Barn: Teriyaki Beef Skewers

I love recipes that I can easily make changes to. Next time I am going to try chicken instead of beef. 

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Teriyaki Beef Skewers

Eclectic Red Barn: Teriyaki Beef Skewers

1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup low-sodium soy sauce’½ cup water
¼ cup vegetable oil
Some grated ginger
½ cup mango/pineapple juice (or other juice)
3 ¼ pounds flank or flat iron steak, cut into ¼ inch-wide strips
24 (10 inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

  1. Whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, water, oil, juice and garlic in a large plastic bag. Add steak and mix to coat. Put in a pan and chill for 24 hours.
  2. Preheat a large grill pan or grill and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Thread steak slices onto skewers and grill or broil in batches until cooked through.

Per 3-skewer serving: 276 calories; 10.8g FAT; 40g PRO; 2g CARB; 0g Fiber; 231 mg SODIUM; 114 mg CHOL.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Chicken with Maple Bacon Glaze

I love making low carb recipes and this one was so yummy and easy. I try to stay away from sugar and instead choose natural sugar like maple syrup or honey in my dishes. Add bacon and how can you go wrong. Right?

Eclectic Red Barn: Chicken with Maple Bacon Glaze

Monday, May 15, 2017

Healthy Meatballs with Mushroom and Spinach Gravy

Do you love meatballs but wish they were healthier? Have you been watching your weight and trying to eat better?

I certainly have been trying to make better choices. Giving up foods we like doesn't work for very long, but you can have these meatballs and feel good about what you are eating. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Meatballs with Spanich and Mushroom Gravy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Low Carb Peanut Chicken Skewers

If you follow me, you know I have been on a low carb diet. I love being able to think of new ways to eat that reduces the number of carbs. I love chicken so I need lots of recipes that are low carb and delicious.

Eclectic Red Barn: Peanut Chicken Skewers

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Low Carb Shrimp Veggie Casserole

I am still on my low carb diet and really enjoying it. Most of the time when I go on a diet, it doesn't last too long. However, with all of the great recipes out there, like this one, I am finding that I can stay on low carb.

Eclectic Red Barn: Shrimp Veggie Casserole

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Low Carb Pork Rind Chicken Tenders

Recently, I went on a low-carb diet. I am not a big bread eater so that hasn't been bad. I do miss dessert. I spend time looking at the carbs in foods now and it has been interesting learning about which foods have the most carbs.  I found this low-carb chicken recipe that is made with pork rinds of all things. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Low Carb Pork Rind Chicken Tenders

Friday, February 10, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Loaded Beef Chili

Looking for a hearty chili for those cool evenings or for game day, check out my loaded beef chili. The other day, I had Home and Family on while I was cleaning. Sandra Lee was on there and mentioned her Loaded Chili. 

I thought I would check it out. She used a beef roast and I just happened to have one in the freezer. I know what I am making for dinner. 
Eclectic Red Barn: Loaded Beef Chili

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fast & Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Need a quick meal? One of the things I love about shrimp is that it cooks up so quickly - on the stove or on the grill. This Cilantro Lime Shrimp is ready in less than 15 minutes. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Monday, August 15, 2016

Polynesian Chicken with Pineapple

What to do with all of those pineapples? Use them in recipes. If you follow me, you know that I am having a bumper crop of pineapples this year. You can see that post here.

We have eaten them fresh, in smoothies and frozen some. So last night I decided to add some to my Polynesian Chicken. What a great combination

Eclectic Red Barn: Polynesian Chicken with Pineapple

This is such an easy dish to prepare and you do that in one pan. 

Cut up the chicken, dice the pineapple, add in the other ingredients, stir together and bake. Easy, peasy!

Eclectic Red Barn: Pineapple with Polynesian Chicken
I served it over rice, but you could eat it plain as well and save the extra calories. Maybe just add a vegetable.  See the nutritional information at the bottom of the recipe and you will be surprised at how few calories this recipe contains.

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Polynesian Chicken with Pineapple

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4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, diced

½ cup low-sodium soy sauce

⅓ cup honey

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

2 star anise

2 tablespoons grated ginger

10 green onions, sliced ¼ inch thick

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1  ½  cups pineapple chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large baking dish, mix the diced chicken, soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, star anise, ginger and pineapple. Stir all ingredients.
  3. Bake for 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro

Nutrition Info: per serving
Fat: 1 gram; Carb: 8 grams; Cal: 163; Sat. Fat: 0 grams; Fib: 1 gram  

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