Spring Chicken Salad with Noodles

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures

Hi guys!

Yes, I am back. Feeling so much better.

Even though I still have no clue what has been causing my health to deteriorate recently, I know for sure that I am getting better and feel new waves of energy entering my body. After almost four long months of living like a zombie.

It feels great to come to life again!

Oh, and the most important thing – I’d love to thank all of you who’s thought of me, or sent me a comment or an email. You’ve really helped lift my spirits. Big THANKS, guys! You are the best. I have always thought so. And I always will.

Love you !

 

So, with this new energy in me I walked into the kitchen the other day and I decided to prepare something very colorful, healthy and energizing.

It is this Spring Chicken Salad.

With noodles.

And it is yummy.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, ingredients

Here’s what we need.

 

If you feel inspired and would like to have this salad on your plate too, then this is how you can prepare it.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, rinse the green onion under cold running water, pat them dry and slice them, in this recipe we are going for long strips of colorful vegetables

1. First, rinse the green onions under cold running water, pat them dry, and slice them.

In this dish we are going for long strips of colorful vegetables.

 

2. Peel the carrot and cut it into thin strips too.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, core the red bell pepper and remove all seeds

3. Core the red bell pepper and remove all seeds.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, cut red pepper into strips

4. And, yes, strips again.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, chop parsley or cilantro finely

5. Then grab your herbs.

You can use parsley or cilantro (coriander).

And you can either use whole leaves or chop them finely.

Depending on what makes you happy.

 

And that’s it for the vegetable part.

Now let’s make some sauce.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, making the sauce, peel two cloves of garlic

6. To make the sauce, peel two cloves of garlic.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, making the sauce, press or mince the garlic finely, place it into a small bowl

7. Press or mince the garlic finely.

Place it into a small bowl.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, making the sauce, squeeze half a lemon, add the juice to the garlic

8. Squeeze half a lemon.

Add the juice to the garlic.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, making the sauce, add the soy sauce and the sweet chili sauce, stir a little

9. Add the soy sauce and the sweet chili sauce.

Stir a little.

And that’s our flavorful sauce.

Easy!

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, wash two pieces chicken breasts

10. Now we need two pieces of washed chicken breasts.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, slice each breast in half horizontally to make it thinner, then cut each piece into strips against the grain, how to make chicken breast butterfly cut

11. Slice each breast in half horizontally to make it thinner.

Then cut each piece into strips against the grain.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, pour the vegetable oil into a larger pan and heat it over medium-high heat, then add the chicken and salt

12. Pour the vegetable oil into a larger pan and heat it over medium-high heat.

 

13. Then add the chicken and salt.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, fry, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes

14. Fry, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, add the vegetables

15. Then add the vegetables.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, add the parsley leaves and the sauce

16. Add the parsley leaves and the sauce.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, stir-fry for about 5-6 minutes, the vegetables should still remain a little crunchy

17. And stir-fry for about 5-6 more minutes.

The vegetables should still remain a little crunchy.

This is a salad, after all.

A warm salad.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, taste the chicken and add more salt if necessary

18. Taste the chicken and add more salt if necessary.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, preparing noodles

And that’s it.

So simple.

All we need to do now is to prepare some noodles.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, preparing noodles

19. These are noodles.

I love noodles. So I’ve put this poem together.

MY ODE TO NOODLES:

Noodles are good.

Noodles are pretty.

They make this world a better place.

I love noodles.

If they were on facebook, I’d be a fan.

The end.

 

A little too sophisticated, I agree with you.

But that’s how I function.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, how to cook the noodles

20. Cook the noodles.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, serving the dish

And serve your dish.

Like this.

 

spring chicken salad with noodles recipe with step by step pictures, serving the dish

Or like this.

 

Or mixed together.

The choice is yours.

 

Enjoy, dear friends.

 

Love,

Petra

 

(The recipe has been adapted from www.taste.com and makes 2-3 portions.)

Chicken Stroganoff

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial

Chicken Stroganoff is a lovely variation of the well-known and famous Beef Stroganoff.

 

Beef or chicken, frankly, this dish is amazing.

Just imagine – tender chunks of meat covered with flavorful creamy sauce served over hot noodles.

 

And I haven’t told you everything yet.

Ladies and gentlemen… there’s bacon!

See?

You just have to make this…

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, ingredients

This is what you need.

Plus noodles.

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, chop the leek, you can use onion instead

1. First, chop the leek.

You can also use onion instead.

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, cut the skinless and boneless chicken breast into strips or cubes

2. Cut the skinless and boneless chicken breast into strips or cubes, whatever you prefer.

 

I parted that chicken myself.

Early in the morning.

There’s nothing like parting a chicken while drinking coffee early in the morning.

There’s certain magic to it.

Horror magic.

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, in a large non-stick skillet or pan, fry the slices of bacon over medium heat until crisp

3. In a large non-stick skillet or pan, fry the slices of bacon over medium heat…

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, in a large non-stick skillet or pan, fry the slices of bacon over medium heat until crisp, remove the bacon from the pan and cut it into small chunks, or crumble it

… until crisp.

 

4. Remove the bacon from the pan and cut it into small chunks (or crumble it).

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, add the leek to the drippings in the pan

5. Add the leek to the drippings in the pan.

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, then add the chicken cubes or strips

6. Then add the chicken cubes/strips.

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, saute together for about 6 minutes, stirring frequently

7. Sauté together for about 6 minutes, stirring frequently.

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, spices - ground black pepper, red paprika, pressed or minced garlic cloves, and salt

8. Now we need our spices: ground black pepper, red paprika, pressed or minced garlic cloves, and salt.

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, throw all the spices into the chicken-leek mixture, add the bouillon and bacon, bring the mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and let simmer for about 10 minutes

9. Throw all the spices into the chicken-leek mixture. Add the bouillon and bacon.

 

10. Bring the mixture to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat, and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

 

You may want to transfer the whole mixture into a smaller pot if you don’t have a lid that large.

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, in the meantime, you can cook the noodles, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream and the flour and stir until smooth

11. In the meantime, you can cook the noodles.

 

12. Also, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream and the flour and stir until smooth.

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, add the sour cream mixture to the pan or pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, your sauce will become thicker and creamier

13. Add the sour cream mixture to the pan/pot. Bring to a boil.

 

14. Then reduce heat and let simmer for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Your sauce will become thicker and creamier.

 

chicken Stroganoff recipe with step by step picture tutorial, serve the chicken Stroganoff over hot noodles

Serve your Chicken Stroganoff over hot noodles.

 

Enjoy, dear friends.

 

(This recipe makes 2 portions.)

 

Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Bars

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures

Are you one of those people who, like me, had thought that cheesecake and chocolate are not possible together?

Well, then I have something to tell you.

Something very important.

Something enlightening!

Dear friends, cheesecake and chocolate ARE possible to exist together.

SO possible.

Beyond possible!

Finger-licking possible!

Let me show you…

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures

These are our lovely ingredients.
chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures

1. First, place the first three ingredients in the bowl of your electric mixer…

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures

2. …and beat them at medium-low speed until combined.

Then increase the speed to medium, and beat until well blended and crumbly.

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures

3. Pat the mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9-inch (33 x 22 cm) pan.

A good trick is to use the bottom part of a measuring cup or a glass to do that.

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures

4. Preheat your oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and bake for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

This is a lovely, delicious and easy substitute for crushed wafers that are often used in cheesecake recipes.

Cool, huh?

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures, cheesecake filling

5. Now, let’s make the cheesecake filling.

Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer and beat at medium speed until creamy.

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures, add the eggs

6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition.

7. Finally, add the sour cream, vanilla, and one cup of the chocolate chunks.

Beat just until blended.

Of course, you can use chocolate chips instead of the chunks.

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures, pour the cheesecake mixture over the baked crust

8. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the baked crust.

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures, using a spoon or an offset spatula, even out the surface

9. And using a spoon or an offset spatula, even out the surface.

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures, bake

10. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for about 25 minutes or until set.

 

11. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures, melt the rest of your chocolate chunks

12. Then melt the rest of your chocolate chunks.

Microwave oven will work just fine.

(Oh, and use microwave friendly dishes, please. The one in the picture hadn’t gone to the microwave oven. If it had, things would have gotten sparkly… I guess. Don’t ask me how I know. Please.)

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures, stir the melted chocolate until smooth, then drizzle the chocolate over the cheesecake

13. Stir the melted chocolate until smooth. Then drizzle the chocolate over the cheesecake.

 

14. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Then cut into bars.

Also, I’ve found out that it’s fine to reheat the bars in the microwave oven for a little while before serving. That way the chocolate will melt slightly making the whole eating experience even more divine.

chocolate chunk cheesecake bars recipe with step by step pictures

Enjoy, dear friends.

 

(This lovely recipe was adapted from here. The recipe makes about 14 3×1.5-inch (8 x 4 cm) bars. The recipe takes about 1 hour to prepare and about 4 hours to chill. And the whole thing takes about 10 minutes to eat. Funny but true.)

Mushroom Ragout on Garlic Toast

mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

I’ve found a gorgeous recipe!

I may also have found my favorite chef.
The recipe took me into the world of delicious mushrooms which are cooked in a creamy thyme sauce.

Yum!

As if not head-spinning enough already, it’s all served over a fragrant and scrumptious garlic toast.

I really loved being in that world.
The moment I saw the original recipe presented by John Mitzewich it became completely clear to me that I had to have that thing in my life.

And would you like to know what that lovely chef said about this recipe? Well, he said the following: “If you make this, people will think you can cook.”

Awesome, ha?

And now I completely understand what this cute and helpful guy was talking about…

mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

These are our ingredients.
mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

1. To make your own mushroom ragout, first slice the mushrooms.

I am using white button mushrooms (Champignons) for this recipe.
mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

2. In a large, large (large!) pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

If you want to go super yummy, you can use 1 tablespoon of melted butter instead of the oil.

 

3. Place the mushrooms in the pan – just pile them up, they will fit.

mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

4. Then add the salt and pepper, stir and sauté the mushrooms until brown.

This should take about 15 minutes.

Your mushrooms will cook down substantially.

mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

Okay, the next step involves wine.

And this is what happens when I see wine around me.

It seems that my hands start to tremble with joy.

Or maybe it’s not joy.

Anyhow, cheers!

mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

5. When the mushrooms are nicely sautéed, slice the garlic, throw it in and sauté for about 30 second.

 

6. Add the wine and let cook for another 30 seconds.

 

7. Then pour in the chicken stock, cream and add the thyme.

Stir and let cook for about 3 more minutes. Our ragout will slowly start to thicken up.

Then taste and add more salt if needed.

 

 

mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

8. And since it’s done now, remove the pan from heat.
mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

Oh, my!

mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

9. Now we can get our garlic toasts ready.

This couldn’t be easier.

Just toast a slice of bread in the toaster and rub it with a clove of raw garlic.

And you have a quick instant garlic toast.

This is a very nice trick.

mushroom ragout on garlic toast recipe with step by step pictures

10. Finally, spoon the ragout over your freshly made garlic toast.

And enjoy!

 

This yummy treat can be also served in other delicious ways – with a salad or over a piece of chicken or steak.

Mmm!