SouP SOUp SOup, fabulous SOUP!
It may not feel like it, as the sizzling summer temperatures outside belie the fact that it is indeed officially FALL; but by gawd if the autumnal equinox didn’t do its astronomical thing a few days ago (September 22, to be precise) and here we are!
This of course means it’s time for all of those good things we humans were bred to view as snuggly and comforting……like flannel shirts, pumpkin spice lattes (have you SEEN the new fall cups at Starbucks? KA-Yoot!), the smell of a fireplace, crunchy autumn leaves and the boots you get to finally wear again to stomp ’em.
Don’t let the looooong title deceive you…this is speedy quick, get it on the table in no time, who’s your daddy deliciousness at its finest.
We are talking cans, jars and pre-washed spinach magic, here. I am promising minimal amounts of slicing and dicing…..simple ingredients; and not too many of them at that! On a plate, ready to go in less than twenty minutes! AND it looks GAH-geous, right? Sooooo good. You up for this?
Get out your can opener, then.
Not to be confused with a Thai Chicken bowl, this vessel of yum gets it’s title from the spicy jalapeño pepper sauce that is lovin’ itself up all over some perfectly roasted, cheap and easy chicken thigh goodness. Spoon this over a protein packin’ helping of quinoa, black beans (or both!), plop a dollop of silky sour cream and avocado cubes on top, hit it with a smattering of fresh cilantro and you have got yourself some serious eats. It’s kinda pretty too…..especially if you like the color green.
Absolutely, without a doubt, It is ALL ABOUT THIS SAUCE.
Okay, sure, I like chicken soup well enough.
It’s sort of watery though, don’t you think? Kinda thin. Doesn’t seem to have much going for it, unless you like mealy overcooked chicken bits and a few soggy scraps of carrot. Maybe I just associate it with being sick and that’s clouding my judgement. Maybe I relied on too many cans of Campbell’s Chicken and Stars during my leaner years. Ug.
So do I LOVE chicken soup? . . . . meh, can’t say that I do;
If there is a restaurant within a 50 mile radius of my residence that serves chicken piccata, I have ordered it. Probably more than once. And no doubt I have enjoyed it, because to me, there is no such thing as a bad chicken piccata. Tender sand dollars of perfectly sautéd chicken in a supremely light and lemony sauce dotted with puckery pops of briny capers, dusted up with a flurry of freshly chopped parsley over an ethereal cloud of perfectly al dente’ angel hair pasta? Sounds sooooo good. Don’t ya think?
But could you take this into your kitchen and make it even bETTER?
Don’t be silly. Of COURSE you can. Piccata is so easy and delicious, and when you swap out the pasta for some beautifully sautéd kale, even more amazing.