Monthly Archives: January 2016

Parmesan-Garlic Chicken with Parmesan Hasselback Baked Potatoes and Parmesan Herb Carrot Fries

Parmesan-Garlic Chicken Potatotes and Carrots

If you are looking for a quick and easy meal and a way to jazz up three simple things try this recipe.

Parmesan-Garlic Chicken  

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1-1/2 lb.)

Heat oven to 400°F. Mix cheese, bread crumbs and garlic powder. Moisten chicken with water; coat with cheese mixture. Place in single layer in shallow baking dish. Bake 20 to 25 min. or until chicken is done (165°F).

Parmesan Herb Carrot Fries

  • 3 large carrots, peeled, quartered, and cut into equally sized quarter-inch thick strips
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan, grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange the carrot strips on a parchment-lined baking sheet so that no two are overlapping. Using a basting brush, coat the tops of each strip with the olive oil. Sprinkle the thyme and garlic over the fries. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the fries about 10-12 minutes, or until the fries are easily pierced with a fork. Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle the fries with parmesan. Serve.

Parmesan Hasselback Baked Potatoes

  • 4 medium Potatoes, cleaned & leave skins on
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • pinch of Salt
  • pinch of Black Pepper
  • pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan Cheese (have some additional for sprinkling as a garnish)
  • chopped Chives for garnish

Pre heat oven to 425 F with rack in the middle of the oven. Lay potatoes flat on cutting board and starting from one end of the potato, make slits about 3-4mm apart. Cut to about 1/4 inch from the base of the potato. Be careful not to slice all the way through. The potato will fan out a bit as it bakes.

Combine olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, smoked paprika and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Carefully insert pinches of this mixture in between the slits of the potatoes. Rub the outsides of the potatoes with residual oil. Arrange potatoes on baking sheet and bake for about 40-45 minutes. The inside should be cooked through and the outside of the potato should be a bit crispy. Garnish with additional salt, smoked paprika, pepper, Parmesan and chives.

Chicken Braised With Apples And Cider with Balsamic-Roasted Baby Potatoes and Carrots

Chicken Braised With Apples And Cider with Balsamic-Roasted Baby Potatoes and Carrots

You can use chicken breasts or legs with this recipe if preferred but a whole chicken has the best texture. Use an ovenproof casserole that fits the chicken snugly, rather than a larger one. The texture of the chicken remains juicy and the taste is very flavourful. If you do not have a casserole that goes on top of the stove then use a skillet and transfer to your ovenproof dish.

Roasting the potatoes covered with foil kick-starts the cooking and allows the wonderful flavours of garlic, thyme and balsamic vinegar to infuse. Regular carrots can be used in place of the baby carrots. If substituting, use about 4 medium-sized carrots, peeled and cut into chunks on the diagonal. Heating the vegetables quickly on the stovetop just before serving prevents them from drying out and gives off a great aroma.

Spice Mixture

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cracked fennel
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cracked coriander
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cracked black pepper


  • One 4 lb (2 kg) whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter
  • 2 Pink Lady or Royal Gala apples, peeled and diced into ½-inch (1-cm) chunks
  • 1 cup (250 mL) apple cider
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cider vinegar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped chervil or parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  • 3 lbs (1.5 kg) baby red and/or white potatoes, halved
  • 1 lb (500 g) peeled baby-cut carrots
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, melted
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme or
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 300ºF (150ºC). Combine fennel, coriander, thyme and black pepper. Reserve 1 tsp (5 mL) spice mixture and season chicken all over with remaining mixture, adding a little inside.

Heat oil and 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter in an ovenproof casserole over medium-high heat. Brown chicken about 2 minutes per side or until golden. Remove from pan. Discard fat and wipe out pan.

Add remaining butter and apples to pan and sauté for 2 minutes or until tinged with gold. Pour in cider and cider vinegar, add remaining spice mixture and bring to boil. Boil for 1 minute.

Return chicken to casserole, cover and bake for 1 hour. Remove lid and bake 15 minutes longer or until juices run clear.

Remove chicken and apples from casserole. Add cream to sauce and bring to boil. Boil for 2 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken. Add lemon juice, reserved apples and chervil and simmer for 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cut chicken into 4 serving pieces and pour sauce over chicken to serve. Surround with apples.


For the potatoes – Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty foil, sealing seams well if necessary. Sprinkle potatoes, carrots, garlic and onion in a single layer on sheet. Combine vinegar, butter, dried thyme (if using), salt and pepper and pour over vegetables, tossing to coat. If using fresh thyme, nestle sprigs into vegetables. Cover with foil.

Roast, covered, for 45 minutes, shaking pan a few times, until potatoes are slightly tender. Remove foil, and roast uncovered for 30 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are tender and golden. Cool. (Vegetables can be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2 days.)

To serve, in batches, heat vegetables in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, stirring, for 5 to 10 minutes until heated through. Discard thyme stems.