No matter the season, tantalize your family’s taste buds with recipes for cooking chicken, fresh vegetables and seasonal ingredients. Take advantage of the first fruits and vegetables of spring, use your favorite summer cooking techniques on the grill, think herbs and spices with fall vegetables, and fight off the cold of winter, all with chicken in the pot.
The National Chicken Council in Washington, D.C., has developed new chicken recipes bursting with the flavor of each season. In addition to a variety of chicken parts, the recipes all feature herbs or vegetables whose appearance at the grocery store and farmers’ markets signals the arrival of the season.
Chicken works well with delicate flavors like tarragon and mint, and is a perfect complement to spring’s first fruits and vegetables: leeks, fennel, asparagus, strawberries.
Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Creamy Slow-Roasted Tomato Sage Sauce features the versatile tender – the small strip of white meat cut from the side of each chicken breast. The sautéed chicken is served over spaghetti noodles tossed with a slow-roasted tomato sauce made with chunks of prosciutto, peas, sage, cream and roasted tomatoes. The dish is topped with Parmesan cheese and parsley before serving.
Although grilling is a year-round activity for many, there is something about the summer months that make cooking over the coals (or in a gas grill) even tastier.
Along with cooler fall weather comes a bounty of late-harvest foods and flavors. This is also the time of year when heartier and richer dishes begin to appeal.
At Halloween “treat” friends to a special dinner of Roasted Chicken, Celery Root, Apples and Chestnuts with Apple Cider Pan Gravy (opposite page). This beautiful presentation of a whole roasted chicken couldn’t be simpler to prepare; just roast the bird with chopped fall favorites like celery root, apples and chestnuts. Rice or potatoes, a spinach salad, and a favorite dessert complete the meal.
Do you feel more at home in the kitchen during the winter months? There is something about the aromas and flavors of a hot meal that make the coldest days more pleasant. And with holidays abounding, there are plenty of reasons to gather friends and try out a new recipe.