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Baked Chicken Breasts with Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
Cooking bone-in chicken breasts in either your Convection or Combi steam oven is proof positive of the benefits of convection cooking. Provided you don’t overcook the chicken it will be incredibly juicy, in my experience the children will enjoy eating it and for the adults, you can use a flavorful spice rub or add a fresh salsa or some tapenade for more flavor.
To serve with the chicken a casserole that features broccoli and cheese is often well received and to make it a little more interesting and nutritious you can add in some cooked quinoa. The quinoa and broccoli need to be cooked prior to assembling the casserole and can be cooked together in the combi-steam oven or in the traditional method on the cooktop. Once assembled the casserole can be baked at the same time the chicken is cooking.
If you are adventurous you could also plan to prepare a simple dessert such as a fruit crisp, some baked apples, or a bread pudding that can be baked at the same time. I am making Peanut Butter Brownies, these are easy to assemble and cook at the same temperature as the other foods. Also, this is a great project for the kids to work on while you are preparing the other dishes.
So let’s see how it all comes together.
2 - large bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
For best results when roasting chicken breasts choose bone-in skin-on breasts. The skin can be removed prior to eating if you prefer and the bones can be simmered to make chicken stock, best of all the chicken will be incredibly juicy. A little Kosher salt and some Old Bay seasoning is a mellow combination and make a nice rub for the kids.
For adults, there are many options. Kinder BBQ rubs are a good ready mixed option or you can make a flavorful rub with some ground cumin, turmeric, and garlic powder, or for a Latin flavor use some adobo or other ground chili seasoning. A simple rub with Italian seasoning and garlic powder is also good.
Rub a little vegetable or olive oil into each of the breasts and season each one according to taste. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. If planning to cook several dishes at one time, arrange the oven racks to accommodate the pans before heating the oven.
Heat the oven in the Convection Roast or Convection Bake Mode 350°F.
Cook the chicken breasts on the upper rack for 25 - 35 minutes, depending on the size. When you remove them from the oven, set them aside to rest before carefully removing the meat from the bone and slicing.
Link to Peanut Butter Brownies
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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots
Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.
In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.
1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs
1 - bunch fresh sage leaves
¾ - cup olive oil
1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
2 - cups tangerine juice
2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed
2 - cups, packed light brown sugar
1 - cup water
½ - teaspoon whole cloves
2 - cinnamon sticks
1 ½ - lbs baby carrots
Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.
Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan.
Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep.
Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.
Bake for 2 hours.
Combine the butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.
Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.
Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.