Foodie Monday: New and Old Chicken Dishes

Last week, my husband found a recipe in a cook book we’ve had for almost ten years. We’ve been trying to cook new dishes regularly. This dish was called Mustard Milanese with an Arugula Fennel Salad from Deb Perelman’s The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (2012). It was so tasty! We’ll definitely be making it again. Beyond the fabulous taste, it was super easy to make.

The chicken required pounding, as well as dijon and course mustard, none of which we had so those were things we needed to pick up from the grocery store. We’ve also never used fennel (despite my love of anise) in a salad. This added a new element as well. My husband is not a fan of arugula but after asking him, we stuck with the original recipe and made the salad out of the arugula and fennel, just as the recipe requires. This could be altered in the future, but we really saw no need to make changes before we tried it.

We had a mango-pineapple fresh fruit salad as our side. This was a really high-quality, delicious meal that we will make again. You can search for this recipe online by just putting in mustard milanese. I found the exact recipe, word for word, using the photograph in her book but without credit to Deb Perelman. For this reason, I am not sharing the site. She should have been credited.

And, last night we fell back on an old favorite – Chicken Souvlaki! When we were first married, our weekly treat was to eat at a small Greek restaurant in Buffalo at the end of the block near the old Children’s Hospital. It was within walking distance of our first apartment and affordable. We could each have a Chicken Souvlaki Sandwich or Salad and a beer or glass of retsina for ten dollars! This is a very fond memory.

For years, we did not eat souvlaki (I don’t know why) but now have returned to this favorite, good weather dish. Chicken tenders are grilled and placed on a bed of shredded lettuce with cucumber, tomato, red onion, and lots of feta cheese! I like kalamata olives on mine as well. It is delicious. This was our dinner last night!

Chicken Souvlaki Salad. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2021

What are some of your favorite meals – old or new?

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