Easy Spatchcock Pesto Roasted Chicken

Easy Spatchcock Pesto Roasted Chicken. Now I’m sure the word “spatchcock” sounds intimidating. But it’s not! Merely ask the butcher at your grocery store to remove the backbone from your whole chicken. Or use kitchen shears and remove it yourself at home. It allows you to roast a whole chicken in just 45 minutes! Covered in a flavorful and vibrant green pesto. Your house will smell heavenly! Now while I have a recipe for pesto below you can always substitute a delicious fresh store-bought pesto to save time. I’m all about shortcuts in the kitchen. This chicken turns out so juicy and flavorful. No marinating needed and its the perfect simple dish to make for a busy day or company! Throw in some hearty vegetables, and you have a full one pan meal. What is your go-to method to cook chicken? Comment below.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

Spatchcock Pesto Roasted Chicken

Tip* I like to slice whole lemons and roast them with the chicken. I squeeze the roasted lemon over the chicken before serving. Yum!

 

Spatchcock Pesto Roasted Chicken

5-6lb whole chicken
2 cups pesto, recipe below.
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place chicken skin side up on a sheet pan or in a cast iron skillet.

Make sure that the chicken is thoroughly patted dry.

Season with salt and pepper before coating with half of the pesto. Making sure to rub under the skin gently.

Bake uncovered at 425 degrees for 45 min or until cooked through and juices run clear. (Internal temperature should read 165 degrees.)

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with remaining pesto.

Pesto:

3/4 cup olive oil
3 cups packed fresh basil
One tablespoon lemon juice
4-5 cloves garlic (Depends on how much you love garlic)
1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1/2 cup parmesan, grated.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

In a food processor or blender combine all of the ingredients except oil, salt, and pepper. Allow the pesto to puree before very slowly streaming in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and use as desired.

 

Fig And Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets

Fig and Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets. Hey everyone! Now I’m always on the hunt for a new and exciting approach to cooking salmon. And this dish is so darn flavorful and pairs one of my favorite proteins with FIGS! I’m a colossal fig lover, naturally, since I live in California where most of the nation’s fresh figs are grown. Their subtly sweet creamy and seedy texture makes them great for both sweet and savory dishes. And the combination of sticky figs and orange is a winner in this recipe. A great sauce that adds the perfect amount of tangy and sweetness to the salmon. Are any of you fig lovers? Share in the comments below. Have a great week!

Xo- Ayesha

Fig and Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets

 

Fig and Orange Glazed Salmon Fillets

Ingredients:

12-16 ounce salmon fillet, cut into four pieces.
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Orange Fig Sauce:

1 cup California figs, stems removed and halved.
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Cut stems from figs and cut into quarters. Place figs, orange juice, balsamic, and mint in a small pot. Bring to a boil and allow the sauce to reduce about 15-20 minutes. Once your figs have reduced and softened remove from heat.

In a blender add in hot fig mixture along with honey, dijon, and salt. Blend at low speed until well combined. It will be thick! But will melt wonderfully over the hot fish.

Drizzle your salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place salmon, skin side down on a lined baking sheet. Bake until cooked through and flaky, about 12 to 15 minutes. Brush sauce liberally over salmon and serve with steamed rice.

Easy Caprese Salad

Flashback Friday with my “Easy Caprese Salad.”

Hi guys! I hope you all enjoyed your week! Here is a super simple Caprese salad recipe. It’s easy and so delicious! Perfect for a busy weekend or work week lunch! My kids love to eat this, and it would be a great addition to those back to school lunches coming up. What is your go-to salad? Please share yours in the comments below.

Enjoy the weekend!

Xo- Ayesha

Easy Caprese Salad

Ingredients

6 -8 small fresh mozzarella balls

8-10 Cherry tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

3 Leaves of fresh Basil (chopped)

A Drizzle of Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Directions

Comine all of the ingredients into a bowl, drizzle with balsamic and enjoy! It’s really that simple, I love it. Be sure to use aged balsamic as it has a thicker and sweeter consistency.

Leftover Chicken Curry Sandwiches

Leftover Chicken Curry Sandwiches. Looking for a simple and flavorful dish to make this week? Then look no further.  These can be made with quickly poached chicken breast, store-bought rotisserie chicken or in my case leftover chicken breasts! It is such a great combination of flavor and texture. Curry powder has a deep and earthy flavor from a blend of coriander, cumin, turmeric and other spices. It’s not spicy! I love that you can make this the night before and have tomorrows dinner practically finished. Let me know what you think in the comments below. And be sure to look for my new releases from “Ayesha Curry Home Collection” this fall. You can get a preview of one of my beautiful platters below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

 

Leftover Chicken Curry Sandwiches

Leftover Chicken Curry Sandwiches

Three cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts (You could also use a rotisserie chicken.)
1 cup real mayonnaise
One tablespoon shallot, finely diced.
1/2 cup celery, diced.
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped. (optional)
One cup halved grapes (optional)
1 heaping tablespoon apricot preserves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons curry powder
Pinch kosher salt
Cracked black pepper to taste.

 

In a small bowl add mayonnaise, curry, apricot, lemon, salt, pepper and mix well.

Dice chicken into bite size pieces and add to a large bowl along with shallot, grapes, and celery.

Now toss your chicken with curried mayonnaise and adjust seasonings if needed. Toss with nuts before serving. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight before serving. (The longer you wait, the more flavorful it will be!)

Serve tucked in fresh croissants or rolls. You can even serve it in a bowl for dipping with crackers or spread over crostini. Yum!

Perfect Citrus And Thyme Marinated Olives

Hey everyone! Here are my perfectly marinated citrus and thyme olives. The perfect way to impress your friends and family at your next gathering. Marinating your olives is so incredibly simple and takes no time to do. You can add them to your cocktails, charcuterie board and more. And most of the ingredients can also be swapped out for whatever you have on hand. I like to use castelvetrano olives because they have a firm and buttery texture that holds up well in any marinade. Whats your favorite type of olive? Comment below.

Enjoy,
Xo- Ayesha

 

Citrus And Thyme Marinated Olives

2 cups olives of your choice. (I used Castelvetrano green olives)
One tablespoon lemon juice, plus two lemon peels.
One tablespoon blood orange juice, plus two orange peels.
1-2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced.
1/2 cup olive oil
Four sprigs thyme
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (Or more if you like heat)
Black pepper to taste
Pinch sea salt

Drain and rinse olives.
Now in a large mason jar or container add all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The longer they stay in the marinade, the more flavorful they will be. Allow coming to room temperature before serving.

They can stay stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks!

Enjoy

Flashback With My Baked Eggs Breakfast Souffle

Baked Eggs Breakfast Souffle. Flashback to one of my old recipes with this delicious souffle this weekend! This is a quick and easy egg recipe. It’s definitely a husband pleaser. The recipe below is a base recipe. Meaning you can add in whatever you like to it! Shrimp, chicken, sausage, bacon, tomatoes … ANYTHING would be delicious in this soufflé. Try it and let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

 

Baked Eggs Breakfast Souffle

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Baked Eggs Breakfast Souffle

Ingredients:

3 eggs

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup of FRESHLY grated cheese (it makes a difference)

handful of spinach

salt and pepper to taste

It’s simple! Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer to a buttered baking dish. Bake for 15 to 20 mins and enjoy!

*** This recipe is for 2 people. Double ingredients for 4 :).

Hope you like it!

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp. In my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” I have a recipe for “Sweet chili Shrimp Wraps” they are quickly fried and served in butter lettuce wraps with a jicama salad, SO delicious! My condiments of choice are always sweet chili sauce and ketchup. There are always bottles of it stashed in my cupboards and refrigerator. This recipe is a simple pan-seared shrimp that incorporates sweet chili sauce without the frying. It’s a quick and easy recipe when you are looking to have a flavorful meal in twenty minutes or less. (That’s counting the rice cook time!) What is your favorite way to prepare shrimp? (Fried, pan seared, grilled?) Comment below!

Enjoy,

Xo-Ayesha

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

1 Pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional.
One shallot, minced.
1-2 cloves garlic, minced.
3 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce (I prefer Mae Ploy)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
One tablespoon brown sugar

 

Add spices and one tablespoon of olive oil into a large bowl and mix well until a paste is formed.

Place dry shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat. (You have to dry your shrimp after you rinse them. Shrimp tend to absorb water and will change the outcome of your dish!)

Now in a small bowl, whisk together the chili sauce, soy, lime juice, brown sugar and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in one tablespoon of olive oil to heat. Add garlic and shallot and cook for about 1 minute before adding the shrimp to the pan and cooking for 1-2 minutes per side. Do not overcook! Remove the pan from heat and pour the sauce mixture over the shrimp and stir to coat the shrimp evenly.

Serve over jasmine rice or pasta and enjoy! (Any rice is excellent.)

 

Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables. Okay, so this side dish (Or main if that’s your preference) can be put together in a flash! Deliciously seasoned and roasted vegetables are coated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup before being roasted to perfection! But please don’t overcook it. Always set a timer to avoid mishaps in the kitchen. (You can also use your oven or microwave timer) It is a lifesaver/food saver! Nothing smells worse than overcooked broccoli! Maple and balsamic give this dish a sweet and sour flavor. This is seriously the easiest, simplest, and the BEST way to roast your vegetables.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

 

Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Maple Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

2 cups broccoli florets

One zucchini, sliced and quartered.

One yellow squash, sliced and quartered.

One orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped.

One yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped.

One small red onion, peeled and cut.

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional.

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl add chopped vegetables.

In a small bowl mix balsamic, maple, olive oil, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.

Season the vegetables with spices and salt and pepper to taste. Add vinegar mixture and gently toss to coat.

Lay evenly on a non-stick baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Mango And Avocado Guacamole

Mango and Avocado Guacamole. Hey everyone! Now mango is not only a household favorite snack for myself and my kids but its just so reminiscent of my childhood. And I put it in as many dishes as I can. Did you know that its only 100 calories for a cup of mango?! You can easily prep this and store it in some glad containers or baggies to take on the go or pack in your kid’s lunch for camp or school. Another favorite of mine has to be avocado. So making guacamole and adding in mango was natural. You get a little spice from the jalapeño and a subtle onion/garlic bite from the shallot. Do you have any interesting recipes for guacamole? Share in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Mango And Avocado Guacamole

Two ripened avocados, halved pitted and diced. (I like mine chunky)
One jalapeño chile, deseeded and minced. (Leave some of the seeds if you like heat)
One shallot, finely chopped.
Two tablespoons lime juice
1 Tommy Atkins ripened mango, peeled and cut into chunks. (Most common mango found in stores)
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped.
Salt and pepper to taste.

In a large bowl add avocados, jalapeno, shallot and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to your liking and give a gentle toss. Now fold in your chunks of mango and cilantro. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

Serve with vegetable or tortilla chips and enjoy!

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Wraps

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Wraps. I’m craving something spicy and sweet! And this shrimp wrap hits the spot. Spicy and decadent wrapped in crisp lettuce and topped with some crunchy toppings like jicama, onion, and mango. Mango is always a staple in my household. And the sriracha honey is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. You can easily modify this and grill the shrimp instead of pan frying it and serve family style with all the fixings. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Xo-Ayesha

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Wraps

1lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed.
One tablespoon butter (unsalted preferably)
One tablespoon olive oil
One tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
One tablespoon sriracha
One tablespoon honey
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 jicama, cut into matchsticks.
One mango pitted and cubed.
Cilantro, for serving.
1/2 red onion, peeled and diced.
Butter lettuce leaves for serving

Mix honey and sriracha together in a small bowl.

Season your shrimp with spices and sriracha honey mixture in a large bowl and set aside.

Heat oil and butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.

Add the seasoned shrimp to the pan. Cook for until golden brown and opaque throughout, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and remove from heat.

Serve the shrimp in lettuce leaves and top with desired accompaniments!

Almond Butter Energy Bites

Almond Butter Energy Bites

Today I would like to share with you my “Almond Butter Energy Bites.” No-bake and super easy to make and takes less than 10 minutes to put together. This recipe is the perfect, delicious snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They are great for freezing ahead as well. Packed with protein and is my go-to snack after a grueling workout. Loaded with oats, almond butter, flax seeds, cherries, and dark chocolate. Some healthy fats and fiber for a quick energy boost.

I love incorporating flax seed into a lot of the recipes that I eat. Whether it be smoothies, sauces or my flax seed chicken tenders from my cookbook “The Seasoned Life.” Did you know that flaxseed is known to improve digestion, clear skin, lower cholesterol, and so much more? And I love how flexible and forgiving this recipe is to make. If its too sticky add more oats if its too dry add more honey. You can use almond, peanut, cashew, sun butter or whatever you have on hand. My kids love helping me make these. This will be the perfect thing to add into your kid’s lunchbox once school starts back! Do you have a favorite energy bite variation? Please share yours in the comments below.

Xo- Ayesha

Almond Butter Energy Bites

1 cup dry old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon flax seed
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons chopped dried cherries (Optional)
Pinch of sea salt

Combine oats, dark chocolate, flax seed, almond butter, honey, cherries, and salt in a bowl. And use your hands to blend and mix all of the ingredients. ( A Perfect job for the kids to help with) Form into golf sized balls using your hands or a cookie scooper. Place energy bites on a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to rest for about 30 minutes. This process will allow the oats to absorb some of the moisture and stick together.

They can be stored and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

 

Creamy Edamame And Avocado Dip

Creamy Edamame And Avocado Dip. Hey everyone! Here is another quick and easy recipe. Edamame and avocado dip. I happen to love edamame. So I wanted to create a creamy dip using both edamame and avocado. It transforms into a healthy and tasty dip that will brighten the table at your next gathering. Its fresh flavor is loaded with fresh lime juice, garlic, and cilantro. And the added siracha gives it a nice tangy and spicy kick. Enjoy this as a dip, healthy snack or sandwich spread!

Enjoy!

Xo– Ayesha

Edamame and Avacado Dip

12oz. Edamame shelled.
One large avocado pitted and cubed.
1/4 cup onion, diced.
1/2 cup cilantro
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup lime juice
1-2 tablespoons sriracha
One teaspoon sea salt
One teaspoon black pepper
2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Heat a large pot of water over medium-high heat. Add frozen edamame and quickly blanch for 2-3 minutes.

Place the hot edamame into a blender or food processor. Pulse five or six times until slightly broken up. Add in avocado, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime, and sriracha. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and drizzle in olive oil. Puree until smooth but still chunky. You can adjust the seasonings to taste.

Transfer to a bowl and serve with desired accompaniments. (Cucumber slices, pita, bell pepper, carrot sticks, etc.)