Winter Recipe Contest Results
Chicken was on the brain for our finalists of the Winter Get Cooking! Recipe Contest. We love that we were handed a theme by which to judge, but that did not make the decision any easier. Alas, a winner there must be and the prize goes to the Chicken Mole. Congratulations!
Notes from the Cuisinart Chefs
We started this dish the night before by throwing all of the sauce ingredients into our Cuisinart Compact Portable Blender. A short run on High Speed was able to power through the fragrant sauce and allow us to be ready to go the next morning (a food processor or immersion blender are good options as well). The following day we browned our chicken in a Green Gourmet 12-inch skillet; as the recipe directs we added everything into the pan and simmered until the chicken was tender. The aroma of the spices filled our kitchen and upon the first taste, we were hooked. For serving we recommend pairing with a side of rice and garnishing with the cilantro to brighten it up for your family. You can even shred the chicken the next day for a tasty sandwich.
Coincidently the second chicken dish that was prepared had a Mexican/Southwestern flair as well. The Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas require only a handful of ingredients and can be prepared, assembled and baked for a simple weeknight meal. We streamlined the prep by processing a number of the ingredients in a Cuisinart Food Processor – the onions, cilantro and cheese, as well as the cooked chicken. While we did enjoy the end result, those who prefer spicier flavors may want to add a bit of heat to the dish. It should be noted that the recipe is missing the step of when to add the green chilies – stir in after all of the stock is added to the sauce.
Finally, our last chicken entry is the Chicken-Pork Penne Pastalaya. A play on the popular Cajun dish, Jambalaya, this version is hearty, flavorful and can feed a crowd. We used a Cuisinart 12-quart MultiClad Pro stock pot, which was just able to accommodate all of the ingredients. It is advised that before you start cooking to be sure that you have a large enough pot – if not, we suggest halving the recipe. As a note for those who want to prepare this, the recipe is missing the step of when to add the roasted meat into the rest of the dish – do so after the pasta is cooked to tender.
Thank you to all of the finalists and again, congratulations to our winner. We look forward to seeing what you cook up for us next time!
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