I always struggle with cooking chicken. I actually despise to cook chicken, because I never know if it’s fully cooked, it always comes out dry, and it kind of has a boring taste unless you drown it in ketchup or different sauces. This past week I was faced with a challenge, to make a delicious chicken dish without any dressing, condiments, or even lemon, which is what I often use to marinate the chicken with.
I knew the task at hand might be difficult, but I decided to explore all the spices in my closet and see what I could do to ensure that this chicken dish would be both savory and satisfying. Long story shot the recipe worked so well and the mixture of flavors really reminded me of my birth home, Israel. It tasted a little similar to a shawarma, I have no idea why…
The best part was my boyfriend basically inhaling the dish after he came back from the gym. The secret was cooking the vegetables first and then using all the juices and flavors from the vegetables to cook the chicken in. It came out so incredible that I know have a delicious lunch in store for me as well.
Chicken on a Bed of Mushrooms and Caramelized Carrots
5 chicken breasts
2 carrot sticks peeled and cut vertically
1 package of mushrooms (about 15 small baby bella mushrooms)
seasoning: 1 TBS cumin, 1 TBS olive oil, 1 TBS oregano, salt and pepper to your liking.
Instructions: Place the chicken breast in a medium-sized bowl. Add the olive oil and seasoning to the bowl and mix well so all the chicken is covered. Place the bowl in the fridge for approx. 15-20 min to let the flavors settle or until the vegetables have all cooked. While the chicken is in the fridge take 1 TBS of butter (coconut oil or olive oil are also acceptable) and place the carrots. Let the carrots caramelize in the butter and add salt, pepper, and oregano. Let the carrots cook for about 5 minutes until they soften, then add the mushrooms and stir them in. Add a bit more seasoning to the vegetables and keep stirring them around. Let the vegetables sit for about 3 minutes. Check to make sure the carrots are soft enough if not continue cooking, if yes place the vegetables in a container and set aside. Place the chicken pieces on the same skillet and let them cook throughly. Once the chicken has cooked (approx. 5-8 minutes) cut the chicken into cubes and place them back in the pan for a little more coating of flavors (about 2-4 minutes) then place on a bed of vegetables.