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

Chicken Stir-Fry

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This Chicken Stir Fry is low fat and so delicious.  Look at all the veggies.  If you are on any type of low calorie or low carb program, this is the meal for you.  You definitely have to try this one!!



3 lbs Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Celery, Pea Pods, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, carrots.  You can also add mushrooms and baby corn.  Any combination of these veggies will do very nicely. 

2 Large Boneless Chicken Breasts

1 Bottle Maple Grove Farms Asian Sesame Dressing – I used the Sugar Free one


1 tsp Ground Cloves

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce – Low Sodium

1 TBSP Vegetable Oil

3 Garlic Cloves

1/4 Cup Chicken Stock or Broth








Trim away any visible fat from the chicken breasts and cut them into bite sized pieces.

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Chicken Stir Fry-2

I picked up 2 packages of Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables in my grocery store.  They were 1 1/2 lbs each.  These were very good and convenient, but I ended up fishing out the carrots and cutting them in quarters.  

Pour 1/2 the bottle of the Asian Sesame dressing all over the vegetables and toss it to combine.  I used the sugar free one to keep it light.

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Chicken Stir Fry-4

Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a stir-fry pan.  Add the chicken pieces and season with salt and pepper.  Let them caramelize on both sides, then remove them and set aside.

Add the vegetables and the dressing to the stir-fry pan. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup of Chicken stock or broth.  Saute them until they are tender. This should take between 5-10 minutes, depending on what vegetables you are using and how big the pieces are.  


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Chicken Stir Fry-6

When the vegetables are tender, add the chicken back to the pan.  Add 1 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 cup soy sauce, and the 3 minced garlic cloves. 

Taste for flavor.  Add more ginger and/or soy sauce as needed.



Chicken Cacciatori

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Cacciatori FinishThis is delicious.  There are lots of recipes on the internet for this dish, but this is the way my Mother used to make this dish.  The vegetables and olives give it a fantastic flavor. You will not be disappointed!!



8-10 Chicken Thighs

1/2 Cup Flour

2 TBSP Olive Oil

3/4 Cup White Wine

2 Carrots, chopped

2 Stalks Celery, chopped

1 Medium Onion, chopped

1 Large Red Pepper, Chopped

1- 6/75 oz Jar Green Olives, Pitted and Chopped (1 Cup)

2 TBSP Olive Juice

1- 28 oz can Crushed Tomatoes

3/4 Cup Chicken Broth

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano

2 tsp Dried Basil Flakes

Salt & Pepper to taste





Trim and skin the chicken thighs, then dredge them in flour.  Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven.  Brown the chicken thighs on both sides.  Set aside.


Add the celery, carrot, onion, garlic and red pepper to the olive oil and saute until just getting soft.


Add the olives, broth, wine, tomatoes, basil, oregano and olive juice. 

Season with Salt and Pepper.  Slow simmer for 5 minutes.  Add the chicken back to the pot and simmer for 1 hour.  

Sprinkle with grating cheese.  Serve alone or over pasta.