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Convection Roast Chicken Breasts Meal, Broccoli Quinoa Casserole and Peanut Butter Brownies

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.

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Ingredients

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.

Preparation

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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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake

One of the great mysteries of the the appliance industry is that most ovens sold nowadays feature Convetion cooking modes; however, recipes rarely reference cooking with Convection.

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Larissa Taboryski

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Ingredients

Preparation

1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled

¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour

1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of kosher or sea salt

4 - large eggs

1 - cup sugar

1 - teaspoon vanilla extract

Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon

⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil

Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely. 


Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.


Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.


Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.  


In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.


In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.


On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended. 


Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center.  Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.


Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher

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