Parchment Wrapped Shiitake Chicken with Fireworks Ginger Miso Butter
First blog post of 2021! Something about a fresh start right?! Fireworks is set to have a great year with our new look.
Ending 2020 on a high note has me super energized for the new year. I started researching and buying planners in November 2020 for 2021. That was new for me. What I have learned in the last year, even with less events and activities on the family calendar, was that advanced planning helped in so many aspects of my day to day life. Especially with meals and go to snacks. I’m still amazed at my ever growing troop and the grocery requirements to maintain healthful diets for the 5 of us. I suspect we will be needing a bigger refrigerator sometime soon. Despite all my planning and ordering groceries from Insta Cart, there are still supplemental trips to the grocery a few times a week, just to keep stocked on fruits and vegetables and other perishables. But that is a sign of good things right? Less waste, more healthy choices, right? This month I plan to deliver some great meal and snack inspirations to you, with health and flavor at the forefront. Oh and lest we forget…The Superbowl is coming up! Even though the game is in February, planning can’t begin soon enough.
As a side note, our family has taken on two major projects this month:
- We got a new puppy! Cassidy is sweet a bundle of love that closely resembles a fluffy teddy bear. Despite all the fun, she is still a lot of work…We might be crazy for getting a new puppy in the dead of winter, but we are all totally smitten.
- 2 of the 5 of us started an elimination diet! Nowhere near as fun as the new puppy, this has shed some light into new ways of cooking. It’s given me the chance to experiment and research new ingredients and new flavors that I hadn’t before. The two of us have decided to eliminate all dairy, except butter and ghee (of course!), all gluten and as much cane sugar as possible. The white death, as my father in law lovingly refers to sugar, is in nearly every packaged good on market shelves. It is very hard to send children to school with enough calories without it. And alas, we have yet to see any major differences with eliminating these things, although, my pants are fitting much better now than last month! But that might just be from eliminating alcohol too. And we are only 8 days in…
The recipes I’ll be sharing might have a bit more cauliflower, a bit more liquid aminos and a lot less cane sugar and wheat flour. However, you can be sure you won’t be missing any Fireworks here. They are super simple and super yum! Cheers to a happy new year and to turning each meal into the grand finale!!
Parchment Paper Wrapped Chicken with Fireworks Ginger Miso Butter (Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo)
For years I’ve had a mind block against using recipes calling for paper wrappers. I don’t know why. I’m very fond of cedar wrappers for grilling fish and it’s a very similar concept where steam and buttery goodness cook the meat to perfection. It’s a perfect new recipe for our family. I can’t wait for you to try it.
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
1 large head bok choy, rinsed, trimmed, and thinly sliced
5 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced, rinsed, patted dry
1 thinly sliced shallot
2 Fireworks Ginger Miso butter bursts
About 2/3 Cup Quick and Easy Stir Fry sauce (Recipe below)
- Heat oven to 450. Cut out 4-6 pieces of parchment paper about 16-20 inches wide. You’ll want fold them in half to cut out a wide heart shape. One side will hold the filling, the other side will wrap over it. The cutting project can be done the day before or earlier than meal prep time. It takes about 5-7 minutes depending on how many papers you are cutting. Don't be intimidated by this part. It's easy once you get going.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Its helpful to lay everything out over a large space so you can assemble quickly. Now start layering on your wrappers. First pile about a cup of bok choy on the paper, season with some salt and pepper. Next stack the chicken breast, then the shallots, top with one and a half tablespoons stir fry sauce and 1 tbs Fireworks ginger miso butter. Fold the top part of the wrapper over the stack, tightly crimp edges of the wrapper by rolling them towards the stack.
- Place the parchment packets on a sheet pan and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or so. Chicken is done when the internal temp is 165.
- Serve immediately, packets on plate. Enjoy!
Jessica’s Quick and Easy Stir Fry Sauce (adapted from Nom Nom Paleo)