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Chicken is so versatile.  It is a favorite of everyone in one form or another.  There are literally hundreds of recipes that you can make with chicken.  Not only are there so many different recipes, but there are so many ways to prepare the chicken.  Bake, broil, saute, fry, roast, simmer and depending on the type of spice you use, the chicken will taste completely different.  

So, lets get started and explore all the great things that Chicken has to offer.

Chicken Fried Rice

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This is a fantastic dish.  It takes no time at all and can be eaten as a main course or a side dish.  This is a real keeper in the dinner rotation!!








1 Cup Cooked Chicken, Shredded

1 Cup Cooked Rice

1 Cup mixed vegetables, cooked

1 Egg

1 – 2 TBSP Soy Sauce

1 – 2 TBSP Oil




Put the oil in a medium pan

Add the Rice.  I used brown and whole grain rice, but you can use whatever you like.

Add the chicken and the vegetables to the pan and mix all the ingredients together


Once all the ingredients are combined, make a well in the center of the pan and add the egg.  Beat the egg in the center. 

Start pulling a little at a time of the ingredients into the egg.  Once you have pulled enough of the chicken mixture into the egg, start mixing the eggs throughout the entire mixture.  Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the egg is completely cooked.


Add the soy sauce and cook for an additional 30 seconds.  Serve immediately.  This recipe makes 2 full meals, or 4 side dishes.  








Week of Chicken

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This is going to be great.  I’m calling this a Week of Chicken, but it ends up being 10 or more days.  

I thought about posting this because I have been on Weight Watchers for the past 3 years, and now with the new Freestyle program chicken breast is a ‘Free’ food.  Let me tell you, chicken breast can quickly become more boring than you can imagine.  I limit the fat in most of the recipes and add plenty of vegetables.  

I do prefer to make some of the dishes like Chicken Cacciatore and Chicken Scarpariello.  Chicken with potatoes and peas is an old family recipe from my Aunt Madeline that dates back 50 years. That is one of my favorites!!!

They’re all different and all delicious.  Best of all, they are quick to prepare.  

Stay with me and see where this Chicken journey takes us.  You’ll be glad you did. 

Pan Seared Chicken Pieces

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These chicken thighs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  They are cooked on top of the stovetop instead of in the oven, this way they’re crispy on all sides.  The family is going to love these!!



Chicken Thighs

2 TBSP Olive Oil

2 Garlic Cloves





Trim all the excess fat from the Chicken Thighs and sprinkle with salt and pepper

Add olive oil to pan and saute garlic, just until golden brown

Put the thighs skin side down in heavy pot with cover


Cook the thighs for 8-10 minutes on medium low heat covered.  Turn and brown on other side for an additional 8-10 minutes covered.  Check the temperature on the thighs to make sure the internal temperature is 180º.

Serve immediately. 


Note:  You can use any chicken pieces for this recipe, not just thighs. 


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Hello everyone.  So glad to be back to The Rustic Heart.  It’s been a while, I know.  I’ve had a few matters that needed my immediate attention that couldn’t wait.  But, I’m back now with some really great new recipes and crafts for everyone. 

I will be starting off with a ‘Week of Chicken’.  These are all kid friendly recipes.  Some of my grandchildren are pretty fussy eaters, but these pass the test every time. All the chicken recipes are easy, inexpensive and delicious.  Some of them will only take 15 minutes or less.  Great for those busy nights!!!

In ‘What’s going on’, you’ll hear all about my eyebrows and my latest endeavor.  I never realized how important eyebrows were until all mine fell out.  The unbelievable thing is that one day they were there, and the next day they weren’t.  After trying every eyebrow pencil and cream in the store, I have finally made up my mind about what to do.

Some Sjogren’s issues with my knee, shoulder and toe.  And a wicked virus.  But, I won’t spend much time here, just want to keep you updated.

It’s almost time to start cleaning out the garden and preparing for Spring planting.  Take a look in the Gardening section to see all about that.  I watch ‘Fixer Upper’ on HGTV as does most of the country and they recently aired an episode where they build new gardens, a garden house, chicken coop and runs all fenced in with a pretty white picket fence.  It was all so beautiful.  It definitely gave me the ambition to really fix up my gardens and grow some flowers, vegetables and fruits that I haven’t before.  This year, the garden is going to be amazing!!

And last, but not least, my trip to Jamaica.  That will be happening next week and I will post as we go through the week.  When we made these plans with our good friends, we had only a few things on the priority list.  1st –  a golf course. 2nd – Beautiful Beach, 3rd – Great food and drinks.  There were quite a few all-inclusive resorts to choose from, but only a few with a golf course on site.  We choose,  The Jewel, Runaway Bay.  We choose a room that has an ocean view with concierge service.  

All really great things happening.  It’s almost the end of February and I am looking forward to the warmer weather, or just looking forward to not seeing snow on the ground.  So take a look around the site and check out what’s been happening. 

Talk soon,

Eva Marie