Creole Chicken with Sweet Potato Grits

Since sweet potatoes are our “What’s Cooking?” food for this week, I made them several times.  I started with this Creole Shrimp with Sweet Potato Grits recipe.

I’m not sure where the “creole” came from because this tasted way more Thai than Creole.  It was good but . . shrimp are outrageously expensive here and beings how I’m used to southwest Louisiana shrimp straight from the coastal waters off Cameron Parish, I have a real hard time with frozen shrimp from the grocery store.  After making the recipe, I realized that it would be just as good and much less expensive using chicken instead of shrimp.

Creole Chicken with Sweet Potato Grits

  • 1 cup uncooked regular or Quick Cooking grits
  • 1- 3 tablespoons Creole seasoning
  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 bunch chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • Juice from 1 lime (if it isn’t very juicy, use 2 limes)
  • 4 teaspoons Asian Sriracha hot chili sauce
  • 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Slice the chicken into fairly thin strips.  Season the chicken with as much Creole seasoning as you think will work for you.  If you don’t have Creole seasoning, use a bit of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika — just season it up good.  Let it sit for a few minutes after seasoning.
  2. Cook the grits according to the directions on the package.
  3. Heat the butter and olive oil in a thick skillet.  Add chicken and cook til done and a bit brown.  Add the chopped onion and garlic.  Cook until the onion is clear.
  4. Stir in the lime juice, zest and green onions.
  5. Add the cilantro and chili sauce.  Continuing cooking just until heated.
  6. Serve over the sweet potato grits.

Preparing the Grits:

Once the grits are done cooking, add the butter, cheeses and sweet potatoes.

The original recipe called for cooking the grits in a mixture of water and milk but they’re just fine using only water.  The original recipe also called for 1 cup of smoked gouda cheese and I think that would have been way too “smokey” so I mixed half smoked gouda and half pepper jack.

When cooking chicken, I always brine it first.  Chicken these days has so much liquid added to it that I try to drain it on towels for a while before cooking it.  Here, it had been laying on paper towels on a cookie sheet in the fridge for a couple of hours.  After taking it out of the fridge, I placed the chicken on a kitchen towel, seasoned it and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

We had this dish with just a salad and bread.  Once the grits are cooked and the chopping and seasoning is done, the chicken (or shrimp) dish is very quick to fix.

It was very tasty, it was quick and fairly inexpensive with the chicken. I’m thinking if any of you who don’t like sweet potatoes tried this, you would love it but really, I suppose . . what’s the use of eating sweet potatoes if they’re totally disguised into a bowl of grits?  We love sweet potatoes and still have quite a few of them from the garden so I’m happy to find something different to do with them.

QOV Challenge Winner

First, before I announce the winner, I want to thank everyone who sent in even one Quilt of Valor (QOV) or who quilted one or who provided donations to help those who are making/quilting these quilts.  Alycia has a report on her blog showing the quilts she received and the breakdown of where they went.

The 2012 QOV Challenge that I issued was that anyone who made at least 12 quilts during 2012 would get their name in a drawing to win a $300 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop.  Alycia has drawn the winner and it is:

Norece Embody

When I read Alycia’s email with the winner’s name, I was so happy!  I’ve actually met Norece!  When I lived in Kentucky, she didn’t live terribly far from me and I can’t remember if it was when I was in Nashville for an AQS Expo or if it was when I was there for something else, but we met and had dinner.  She is the nicest lady and I know she will greatly appreciate her gift certificate.

Congratulations to Norece and again, thanks to all who had any part in making QOVs in 2012.  And, a huge thank you to Alycia for all she does and for keeping up with the names for this challenge.

Now . . for the 2013 QOV Challenge . . instead of having to send in 12 quilts to get a shot at a $300 gift certificate, here’s what you need to do to get a chance to win.

For every three QOVs you send to Alycia, your name will go into a drawing.  On December 31, 2013, there will be three drawings, each to receive a $100 gift certificate from an online quilt shop.

Good luck and get busy sewing for this very worthy cause!  :)

Commenting Hall of Fame

Well . . who knew I would receive the “2012 Annual Report for Patchwork Times”?  I feel like a CEO . . without the fat paycheck and perks that go along with being CEO.  There was lots of interesting info in my annual report but the funniest was this:

Top Comment 2012

I’m not sure what this says for you folks . . maybe you need a life . . or maybe I need a life but I thought this was funny.  Linda S., Judy D. and pdudgeon have been friends for years and years.  Linda in NE and Mel have been blog readers for several years I think.

Maybe we should take bets on whose names will appear on this list for 2013.  Who knew this info was being tracked, though I guess everything we do is tracked these days, but I’m surprised this and all kinds of other info came to me in a report.  Technology is amazing . . and scary!

Stars and Stripes First Quarter

Well, the first quarter for the Stars & Stripes project was really done the last quarter of 2012.  I’m up to date!

Stars & Stripes Sampler – First Section

I actually got both the horizontal flags done but one didn’t make up on the wall for the picture so I guess you could say I’m a bit ahead!

I’m so out of my element doing these applique pieces.  For the eagle, I cut the background rectangle larger than it needed to be.  I positioned all my pieces, ironed them down, then trimmed the background and . . I know . . you’re laughing because you know what I did.  I trimmed off half of the top three pennies/circles at the top.  I had to pull off all the pieces, move them down to my now exactly correct sized background rectangle; make three more pennies, re-measure everything to get it all where it needed to be.  Ughh!  I always knew simple piecing is so much easier.

For now I’m just pressing all the pieces down and not doing the stitching.  When I get everything done, I’ll go back and do the blanket stitch by machine, then sew the blocks together.  In my head, I think I’m saving time by not having to change threads so often but that’s going to leave me with a whole bunch of applique to do and you know that will probably be a big brick wall for me.