A More Natural Dinner
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As a recent graduate of a culinary program, sometimes I feel it is almost my duty to cook at home how I would at school. What I mean is, I am very educated on food, its history, how to prepare it and most importantly where it comes from. I have been a huge supporter of using natural ingredients, from the fields to the table, I really love foods that have very minimal processing. I get the love and want of having my food this way by having Alice Waters and Thomas Keller. Their passion to promote real food is an inspiration. When it comes to meats, my stomach is picky in my old age and I always have to go for the freshest.
NatureRaised Farms® brand chicken offers a variety of chicken including fresh and value added (think prepackaged chicken nuggets) that are 100% natural with no hormones, steroids or antibiotics added, EVER. Not only that, but the chickens are 100% vegetarian fed and cage free. Add to that the chicken’s well being is certified.
From the NatureRaised Farms® website:
Our fresh chickens are raised cage free and their well-being is certified both under the USDA Process Verified Program and by Global Animal Partnership. Chickens used in our value added products are raised on farms certified by one of these two organizations or by the American Humane Association.
How’s that for different. I can really dig a company that actually pays attention my MY pleas for more humane treatment of animals raised for food. I can feel better knowing that the animal was cared for and not caged up and also not injected with some chemical that will affect ME someday. The move for organic and natural food is heavy right now and I love it, we are getting closer to having all organic food as companies like NatureRaised take a stand and really produce a product that I can trust. I want ingredients I can trust!
I made a recipe to celebrate natural chicken. As a mom, let me tell you this. I use my kids as guinea pigs when I practice my culinary skills and this recipe ended up being the BEST, I mean they truly loved it and at 16 and 10, they are picky picky. This recipe is fast too, all under 30 minutes! Also for easy sides you can just do mashed potato (hello yummy gravy!) and green beans!
Braised Chicken Tender Loin with Roasted Garlic Gravy
1-2 pounds chicken tender loin
1/3 C. white cooking wine
5 TBS Butter, divided
2 TSP Kickin’ Chicken Seasoning (or your favorite season blend)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 C. Flour
3 TBS. Butter
4 C. Chicken or Vegetable stock, divided
2 Bulbs of roasted garlic, mashed (to roast cut off tops and cook in 325 degree oven for 25 mins with a little olive oil on the tops)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees/F. Cut the tops of your garlic off and set them in a cupcake pan, cut end up. Drizzle olive oil on top and bake for 25 minutes.
Preheat skillet to medium high. Sear the chicken long enough to get a little color and seal some juices, about 5 minutes.
Add the white wine, 2C. stock, salt, pepper, and chicken spices and 2 TBS butter. Turn the heat to medium and simmer for another 10-15 minutes until the liquid has reduced down to 1/3. Remove chicken.
Using a whisk, deglaze the pan by mixing up all the cooked bits of chicken and yummy juices.
Pull your garlic and smash away.
Warm up your green beans
In a sauce pan combine the 3 TBS butter and flour and cook this mixture on med-high heat until it resembles chunky toothpaste. This is called a roux.
With your whisk moving constantly, add the remaining stock, garlic, and butter, stirring until this mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Cut the heat, and pour immediately over the chicken.
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