Chicken and Shrimp with Mustard, Bacon, and White Wine Sauce

How ya’ll doin’ tonight? Not sure how to describe this bad boy. Creamy, smoky, mustardy and succulent. I have been thinking of combining these ingredients for quite sometime. Whole grain mustard, bacon, white wine…awesome combo! I was thawing some chicken thighs today and have been thinking of this dish all day. So here is how I put it together…

Chicken and Shrimp with Mustard, Bacon, and White Wine Sauce

Ingredients

6-8 pieces of bacon
1 onion chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
6-8 red potatoes (yellow or fingerling can substitute) Chopped in even small pieces. Depending on the size of your potato, I would say in quarters or 6ths.
1 heaping tablespoon stone ground mustard
3-4 Chicken thighs
1/2 pound- 1 pound of raw shrimp (anywhere from 10-20 shrimp depending on size.
a few tablespoons of white wine (can substitute with chicken or seafood stock)
2 tablespoons heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large cast skillet or pan (cast iron or dutch oven)…
Cook your bacon. Take out and place on a paper towel to cool.
Brown chicken in your bacon grease. Take out chicken.
Add in your onions and potatoes. Cook and stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes. Add in your mustard. Stir for 5 minutes. Add in your wine/stock and reduce for 5 minutes.
Chop your cooled chicken. Add back in your chicken. Cook for 10 minutes.
Chop your cooled bacon. Add in your raw shrimp, chopped bacon, and heavy cream. Cook and stir just occasionally under 10 minutes- when until your shrimp curls and turns pink.
Done =)

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Skillet Chicken and peppers with Farro

Hey all! I am so happy tomorrow is Friday! 3 day weekend! I found myself with an empty house tonight… Hubby is working late and grandparents took the kids to dinner! I relaxed from a long day by cooking for myself! Some people find cooking stressful and do not look forward to it. I just love it and wish I could spend a nice relaxing day in the kitchen. I love the feeling of the knife in my hand when I am slicing up some peppers; I relish in the sizzle of a screaming hot pan. Although I love cooking so much, I would never want to be on one of those cooking shows that are timed. I don’t want to feel the pressure of the clock at all! The only thing I want to measure time by is how many cups of coffee, diet cokes, wine glasses that I drink…depending on the time of day =)

So tonight, I planned on making chicken, some Farro, and a veggie. Well, I stuck to that plan, except I Amyfied it a bit. If you know me personally, you know what this means. Fresh ingredients that are healthy but with a splash of something not so healthy(like heavy cream, wine, butter, bacon, cheese, etc.). I am not one for frozen foods (except frozen veggies; they are perfectly acceptable when the fresh is not looking so good. Plus anything desert related…ice cream, puff pastry, etc.), and canned foods, especially canned meats and seafood…GROSS (tomatoes, black olives, beans, and Annie’s Spaghetti O’s for R are perfectly acceptable).

Tonight’s dinner was spectacular… Here are my steps I took…

1. Pour 1 glass of wine to sip on.
2. Brown chicken on both sides with plenty of salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.
While it is browning, slice up 4 small peppers and 1 onion. For the onions, I use 1/2 of a white onion I had left and a small red onion (Red onions are really purple. I think the guy who named it was color blind. used ALL colors. My favorites in order of how I like them; Yellow, orange, red, green. Green peppers are just kind of blah for me, but we had one going bad and I didn’t want it to go to waste.
3. Take out beautifully browned chicken and add a splash or 2 of white wine to deglaze the pan. Then add a pat of butter and your peppers and onions. Cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Cook a pan of Farro according to the package. You could substitute brown rice, quinoa, or even a pasta if you choose. Cube the browned chicken and add back in to the pan.
5. Add almost finished Farro to the pan with chicken, veggies, and one more splash of wine. Cook until Farro is done!
6. Pour yourself one more glass of wine and enjoy!
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