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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts
In this recipe, the chicken breasts are brushed with a smear of mustard combined with a little olive oil and seasoning before being topped with grated Parmesan cheese. The flavors from the mustard and the cheese transforms plain chicken into something quite delicious. Best of all when cooked in Convection the chicken remains very juicy, and seasonal vegetables can be cooked with the chicken for an easy oven meal.
Even though the approximate cooking time for this meal is 25 - 30 minutes, I used the Speed cooking option in my Convection microwave to reduce the cooking time to 18 minutes. When you combine Convection with low Microwave power you still get all the benefits of Convection cooking while the microwave speeds up the process.
I was able to use a glass tray that came with my oven to cook this meal, however, if your oven doesn’t have an included pan be sure to use an oven-safe pan that is not metal if you plan to use the combination Convection Microwave mode for cooking.
This meal can also be cooked in a standard Convection oven using the Convection Bake or Convection Roast mode.
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts 6 - 8oz each
1 tbsp smooth Dijon mustard
1 tsp olive oil
½ tsp dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat the Convection Microwave oven in the Convection mode 375F while you prepare the chicken.
Place the chicken on the oven pan and pat dry with paper towels. Combine the mustard olive oil and oregano and smear evenly over the chicken. Season with salt and pepper and press the Parmesan cheese evenly over each breast.
Seasonal vegetables can be tossed with olive oil and added to the pan to cook together with the chicken.
Place the prepared pan in the oven on the second rack position from the top, select the option to add Microwave power, and set the Microwave wattage to 180 watts, set the timer for 15 minutes. When the timer has elapsed change the mode to Convection Broil and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees and cook for 3 - 4 minutes until the crust is crisp and golden.
If your oven has the option to set a Sequential operation you can program the cooking steps so that the changes in mode and temperature will be automatic.
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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.