Mexican theme: Chicken Quesadilla

The main dish for the Mexican theme menu shared in the South Arm Community Kitchen is Chicken Quesadilla.


We served the Chicken Quesadilla with Guacamole and Salsa.


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite size
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (recipe below)
  • 2 green peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 red peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 10 x 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 package Cheddar Cheese, grated

Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Honey and Lime Glazed Chicken

Minoo shared three easy and yet delicious recipes in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.


The main course is Honey and Lime Glazed Chicken. The chicken is juicy and flavoured with rosemary.


  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (we used a combination of lemon and lime)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • zest of 1 lemon or 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 12 skinless chicken thighs
  • olive oil for drizzle (optional)


Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Chicken Marsala Fettuccine

Minoo shared a pasta recipe in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.


The flour-coated pounded chicken breast  halves are braised in a mixture of Marsala wine, butter, olive oil, mushroom and oregano.


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded to 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup Marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


The key of this recipe is the Marsala wine.


Marsala wine is produced from the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily. It is a dry, sweet wine.

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Easy Butter Cashew Chicken

The South Arm Community Kitchen made Indian food as per some of the participants’ request.


The first dish is Easy Butter Cashew Chicken. We toned down the chili powder and cayenne pepper as one of the participant cannot eat spicy food.

We served the butter cashew chicken with brown basmati rice. You can click on the link here to check how to cook basmati brown rice.



  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trim fat and cut into bite size
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts, roughly chopped


Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 6

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Chicken Strips

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen met again on a Wednesday. We made three healthy dishes from scratch.


The main dish is Chicken Strips. The baked chicken strip is a healthy version of finger food. Making chicken strips at home can help control salt content compared to buying ready made ones from grocery store or restaurant.

These baked chicken strips are lower in fat because they are baked and not deep fried.

You can freeze leftover chicken strips for another meal.

You can substitute chicken with fish.


  • 1 pound chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • optional dipping sauce: honey mustard, Sriracha


Source: Food Skills for Families: Active Seniors

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Chicken Rice Casserole

The main dish made in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen was a one pot dish.


This Chicken Rice Casserole serves 8 to 10 people.


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 medium or 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, grated on the large grater
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 teaspoons of salt, or lesser to your taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup dry white wine such as Chardonnay
  • 5 cups hot reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups medium grain rice such as Basmati or Brown rice
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped, plus more to sprinkle before serving
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to sprinkle before serving, optional


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Chicken in a Sack

The main course for a protein rich meal shared by Michelle at the South Arm Women Community Kitchen was Chicken in a Sack.

This is an easy dish to clean up and you will never over-cooked the chicken breast as the chicken is steamed in the sack.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 ounces green beans (a,k.a haricots verts)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh tarragon (we omitted this)
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • white wine (we omitted this)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • parchment paper


Source: Rachel Ray

If you like this recipe, click here for similar recipe with fish.

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Chicken Souvlaki

You can roast this Chicken Souvlaki in the oven or cook over a BBQ, just be sure to soak wooden skewers in water beforehand if you are using wooden ones.


This is also a great marinade if you want to prepare a few batches of these ahead of time and throw in the freezer. Just defrost overnight in the fridge when you are ready to use them.


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into large cubes



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“Its Greek to Me” Chicken

The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club met again at the South Arm Community Center.


Michelle prepared the above menu for a heart smart cooking session.


The main dish is “Its Greek to Me”  Chicken.


  • 1 pound chicken tenders (we substitute with chicken breast, cut into 3 strips as Michelle cannot find chicken tenders)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (we substitute with garlic powder as onion powder is not in the pantry)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


Source: Healthy Family Meals, American Heart Association

Serves 4

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Sticky Chicken Thighs

Minoo shared a chicken recipe from for the main dish at the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.


Minoo served the Sticky Chicken Thighs with steamed basmati rice. The sweetish sauce is great on steamed rice.


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (we used canola oil)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 to 10 chicken thighs, skin removed (if preferred)



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