Pale Sunshine, the Dogs & Low Carb Oriental Style Chicken

Low carb oriental style chicken -- after we had already eaten half the pan full.  :)

Low carb oriental style chicken — after we had already eaten half the pan full. 🙂

Last night was one of those occasions when I really LIKED what I had cooked!  The flavor was rich and good.  And the chicken melted in our mouths.

Pale sunshine -- but it's sunshine!

Pale sunshine — but it’s sunshine!

I wsn’t sure what I was going to do with the package of chicken thighs I had thawed when I first walked into the kitchen.  I knew I didn’t want to bake, grill or fry them.  So I put a little oil in the pan, salted the chicken pieces with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, and put them into the oil to brown.

Sheba and Sunny (in desperate need of grooming)

Sheba and Sunny (in desperate need of grooming)

As I watched them, I thought, Ginger would brighten up the taste.  So I grated a fat inch of ginger and put a little pile on each piece of chicken so it wouldn’t burn in the oil.  Then I thought, Garlic would go nicely with the ginger, so I added some.  Then I thought, Soy sauce would give it a nice oriental flavor… so in went a couple of generous shakes of soy sauce.

By then the garlic was starting to brown too much, so I added water to the pot, covered it, and set the timer to let it simmer for 45 minutes.

Sheba pestering Sunny :)

Sheba pestering Sunny 🙂

I thought of adding a little Splenda but decided to wait.  And I’m glad I did!

At 45 minutes, the chicken was so melt in your mouth that you could cut it with a spoon.  So I chopped up yellow squash and shredded 1/4 head of cabbage, added the vegetables to the pot, then cooked it, lid off, until most of the water was gone.

By then, the cabbage had almost melted, adding texture and flavor to the liquid.  The squash was soaked through with the flavor.  The vegetables had slightly caramelized, adding just the right touch of sweetness.

Last year's sweetgum balls

Last year’s sweetgum balls

Ron and I both though it was superb!  And it was both ultra low carb and low calorie!

Waiting for spring

Waiting for spring

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23 Comments

  1. Your meal sounds really good! It will be a while before spring shows up around here..

    • I just took a look at your absolutely glorious ice pictures. Yes, it does look like it will be a while for you. But with your eye for beauty, it appears that you are making the best of it. 🙂

  2. That’s the way I cook, too – making it up as I go along. I would have served a starch of some kind – probably pasta of some kind, or a rice and wild rice, celery, onion melange – but I understand why you didn’t! ;->

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

  3. Tim

     /  February 8, 2014

    I too am a fan of Lawry’s seasoned salt. It’s great on french fries also.
    I use it pretty much daily for many things. And… you definitely gotta have garlic.
    Your dish looks delish and great color!

    I’ll sure be glad when spring comes too; this cold, messy, winter is wearing me down.

    • One time Ron went shopping and brought home another brand of seasoning salt. I figured there probably wasn’t much difference. But was there EVER! So now no brand but Lawry’s is allowed in my kitchen!

      I know, Tim. The endless cold has depressed me to the point I sometimes wonder if I will live till spring. I’m just being melodramatic, though. The first warm breezes and blooming flowers will have me feeling like I will live forever. 🙂

      • Tim

         /  February 8, 2014

        Once upon a time….
        I tried something other than Lawry’s and it was total disappointment! Never again.

  4. I shouldn’t of read this just before dinner! Not sure what’s on the low carb menu tonight.

    • Hi, John. I stopped by your blog earlier, but my connection was too slow for the pictures to load. I plan to stop by later when things will be moving a little faster here.

      How are you low carbing at Dome Rock? Dutch oven? Cooking in the Scamp? Or just eating simple foods? Not sure I could do it there with so much going on! 🙂

  5. That sounds so delicious! I make something similar and toward the end, I stir in a little peanut butter and hot pepper flakes to give the sauce kind of a Thai flavor… Your pics made me hungry! Looks tasty!

    • Brad, Thai cooking is one kind that I have very little experience with. I’ve made some curries, but that’s about all. Have wondered if I would like peanut sauce or not.

      I will have to try it soon and see! Oh… and hot pepper flakes go in most things I make… even in scrambled eggs!

      I read where someone wrote the other day that they liked curry to make their nose run. I do, too. I like it to be as fiery as I can stand it!

      I also loved lots of wasabi when I used to eat sushi. THAT will clear your sinuses! 😀

  6. You cover so much ground in your blog. Always fun to read.

    • Well, it is supposed to be a camping blog. But I don’t get out nearly as often as I would like. And I feel such a need to communicate that I just throw out whatever happens along.

      So glad you don’t mind the ramblings! 🙂

  7. I think I will try that dish!! Sounds great!! I have Lawry;s seasoned salt but I actually don’t think I have used it much….time to revisit!!!
    Do you think spring will ever arrive??? I am so tired of this cold weather and whenever the temps get a little better it rains!! We have tried to plan a “getaway” in the Casita but honestly the weather has been too bad to get excited about going anywhere!!

    • Gerri, I HOPE spring will come. And I hope it sticks around for a LONG time when it finally gets here!

      I keep checking the weather to see if we could get out for a few days. But like you said, it’s either freezing cold or pouring rain. The first time I see 4 or 5 days in the forecast above 65 with no rain, we are out of here!

      I still have Ron’s cupboard latch to replace. Guess I better call Casita and order it so we can go if the opportunity EVER presents itself. 🙂

  8. Camilla

     /  February 8, 2014

    I don’t believe that tastes good at all! Send me some so I can try it….. ;c)

  9. Horst Kelly

     /  February 9, 2014

    Another winner…as I said before, get a cookbook made…it will sell like “hotcakes”…more then any ads you would place on the Blog….. as the movie said..”if you build it, they will come”!! :)…Horst sends

    • Horst, I love throwing things together and coming up with something Ron and I like. But I definitely don’t want to mess with a cookbook!

      So glad you appreciate them! That makes me happy!

  10. I was just thinking about taking out some chicken to make tomorrow that looks good. thank you.
    Even a little sun makes a world of difference. 🙂

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