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Quick and easy roast chicken – the brown paper bag way

I love me a good roast chicken! If you don’t believe me, check out this blog post. In fact, I’m roasting a chicken for dinner tonight but that’s not the topic of this blog post. As much as I love roasting a whole chicken, it does take a while and sometimes I don’t really want to wait that long to eat or I’m not that organised to start prepping for a roast chicken a couple of hours before dinner. So, if I see a recipe that can make my life easier but still give me a delicious meal, I’m more than happy to give it a crack. I was flicking through the most current issue of magazine (September issue), and stumbled across an interesting recipe. It stated that I could have roast chicken in 30-40 minutes and it involved a brown paper bag. Read more…

Butter chicken without the butter? What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

I loved watching Diff’rent Strokes when I was younger. I loved watching Gary Coleman’s character, Arnold Strokes, pull that cheeky face of his and say ‘What’chu talkin’ ‘bout Willis’? But this post isn’t about a TV show, it’s about a recipe that surprised my taste buds; a recipe for Butter Chicken. Not a traditional Butter Chicken recipe, but something that is a little bit lighter and quicker to make for those days when you want dinner in a hurry without having to resort to getting take-away. Read more…

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get in my belly!

OK, so those who are vegan or vegetarian might not think that was a funny joke (I wouldn’t really be surprised if my friends thought my attempt at telling a joke was a little lack lustre too), but in all seriousness, I’ve been wanting to cook some sort of casserole using chicken for a while. I’ve cooked many casseroles with beef or lamb, but not so much with chicken. I love chicken and it’s less expensive to buy than beef or lamb, so it’s perfect for me being on a strict Uni-bum budget. The other thing I love is how casseroles can be one pot wonders. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Chicken Roulade with Sage Stuffing

If you are the one designated to putting on the Christmas spread, the one thing that brings down the Christmas spirit is the stress of having to whip up a wonderful meal for a large group of people. Australians kind of have this under control, generally putting on a BBQ or something similar which is quick, easy and relaxed (it also helps that Christmas is in the middle of summer here). At my house, my partner’s family is the only side of the family that celebrates Christmas so it’s not really too stressful and we generally have seafood, such as lobster and prawns, which is easy enough to cook up and serve. However, I do have friends that have the more traditional spread of turkey and ham – huge chucks of meat that take FOREVER to cook. Read more…

The Cooking Chook cooks a Chook

I love roast chicken. It’s one of a few regular dishes that my partner and I indulge in when I can’t be bothered cooking. We’ll go down to our local chicken shop and buy ourselves a whole roasted chook and chips….YUM! Even though roasted chook is a favourite dish of mine, I have never actually roasted one until recently when I noticed that the price for a whole chook at our local chicken shop was getting rather pricey. Being the thrifty person I am, I decided that it was high time I learnt how to roast a chook and save myself several dollars while I’m at it. I researched for a while before before coming across a suitable recipe because I wanted to be sure that The Cooking Chook was going to cook a really nice chook. Read more…

Cure-all chicken soup Vietnamese style

Chicken soup, the magical dish that is supposed to be able to cure all ills. The Vietnamese have a version of chicken soup, called cháo gà, but it has rice in it instead of noodles.  My Mum made this for me every time I was sick, and until recently, I didn’t actually know how to make it.  I have been fortunate enough to be a healthy adult that rarely gets really sick, but at the start of the year, I came down with a severe cold that resulted in me staying in bed for an entire week. It also meant that I was too sick to eat any of the usual foods I would eat if I was well. So, I called my Mum to ask her how to make cháo gà, but for some reason that day she wasn’t answering her phone. In a bit of a pickle, and yearning for this particular dish, I was on a mission to find a recipe. Read more…

Prosciutto-wrapped chicken on potato mash

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about chicken wrapped in another type of meat that gets me a little excited.  Lately, I’ve seen these recipes in magazines for chicken either wrapped in prosciutto or pancetta and they look beautifully tasty.  It almost looks like the chicken is being lovingly cradled by pork….Mmmmmm *slips into dream like trance*.  Anyway, I’ve been trying to find a good recipe to try and share with everyone but not all that I’ve tried have been that great, until the one that I am about to share. Read more…

Finger lickin’ chicken

Whilst having a think and a flick through my cookbooks and magazines, trying to decide what recipe to try next, I had a lightbulb moment. Why limit myself to sharing the recipes of dishes I am attempting for the first time? Why not share some of the dishes in my culinary repetoire that I love to cook?! This brings me to my ‘cook whenever finger lickin chicken casserole’. I’m not quite sure where the recipe for this dish came from, but it’s always been my fall back dish when I can’t think of anything I want to eat. Come to think of it, I could rename this as my Plan B chicken casserole *insert laugh here*. Read more…

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