Holiday Yum: Pumpkin-Curry Chicken and Blue Cheese Bread

Hey Everyone!

I know, I know, I’ve been completely MIA in the blogosphere this season!

Forgive me.  I work in retail.  You won’t see me in full swing until January.

However, doesn’t mean I can’t play along with…

art by Ellen M. Gregg

See the Full Holiday Yum Schedule – Tasty Treats You Won’t Want to Miss!


  • On November 17th, Jenny Hansen kicked off the hop with her Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Meal.  There are lots of great tips for folks who need to eat GF, including some sneaky foods to watch out for!
  • On November 19th, I shared the salty-sweet, super-easy Spiced Pecans appetizer.
  • Ellen M. Gregg has us all drooling with The Chocolatiest Chocolate Cake – Evah on Monday, November 26th.
  • Jenny Hansen introduces us to her luscious Almond Roca, famed of song and story, on Wednesday, November 28th.
  • Estee Lavitt shares her mouth-watering Baked Latkes on December 2nd, just in time for Chanukah!
  • Natalie Hartford starts us off on a cookie binge with her fabulous French Lace Cookies on December 5th.  Mais Oui.
  • I’ll be back on Dec 10th with a Christmas cookie staple that’s yummy and versatile – butter spritz cookies.
  • And if those last two posts aren’t enough “cookie” for you, Ellen M. Gregg will also be making her Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Sugar Cookies, along with Bulldog Punch, on December 14th.
  • Natalie Hartford continues the yummy sweets with her favorite cheesecake recipe on December 17th.
  • Jenny Hansen teaches us not to fear candy-making with her super-easy, super-yummy Holly Candy recipe on December 19th.
  • Jess Witkins is still plotting and planning, so we will either be treated to a comfort food or appetizer recipe on December 23rd.
  • On December 26th, I’ll be posting about my super-easy beef rib-eye roast with currant jelly brown gravy that I make every year for Christmas dinner.  Hope my holiday guests don’t mind me taking more pics of the food than of them, LOL.
  • And, finally, to help us ring in the New Year, Natalie Hartford will share some festive and delicious Mocktail recipes on December 28th!

On With the Food!!!

Today, I’m sharing a comfort food dish that I tried this year and loved!  And working in retail, I’m all about the little comforts when I get home!

Here’s what my roommates said about the meal:

If you wanted to make this again, that’d be alright.


This is f#$@ing good!

But don’t take their word for it!  Try it yourself!

Pumpkin Curry Chicken

Found in Simple and Delicious Magazine, Contributed by Aysha Schurman from Ammon, Idaho

2 cups uncooked jasmine rice

1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

4 tsp. curry powder, divided

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup apple butter

1/2 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder

1/3 cup chopped cashews, toasted

Minced fresh parsley

Cook rice according to package directions.  Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with 1 tsp. curry powder and pepper.  Heat oil in a large skillet; saute chicken for 5-6 minutes or until no longer   pink.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Curry Chicken

Stir in pumpkin, broth, raisins, apple butter, five-spice powder and remaining curry powder.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 minutes or until heated through.

Stir cashews into rice and serve with chicken mixture.  Sprinkle with parsley.

Pumpkin Curry Chicken

Blue Cheese Herb Bread

Found in Simple and Delicious Magazine, Contributed by Janet Allen from Sarasota, Florida

1 tube (12 oz.) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

2 Tbsp. crumbled blue cheese

1 Tbsp. dried minced onion

2 tsp. dried minced parsley flakes

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp. dried tarragon

1 tsp. minced chives

1/2 tsp. celery seed

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Separate biscuits; cut each into quarters.  Arrange into an 11 inch long loaf on a greased baking sheet.  In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; brush over loaf.

Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Blue Cheese Herb Bread

Voila!  Gourmet comfort food without all the fuss!

Pumpkin Curry Chicken and Blue Cheese Bread

Cheers to you and yours this holiday season!  May each of you celebrate with all those you love, and take a little comfort in some homemade treats!

17 responses

  1. Hey, Jess, these look SOOOO yummy! Can’t wait to try them!

    1. I loved the pumpkin dish and thought it could be easily adapted to vegetarian too.

  2. Oh my GOD, I’m so hungry right now!! I’ll bet if I mixed up a batch of gluten free biscuits, that entire page would be GF. The chicken pretty much is already. Although tons of blue cheese has gluten in it (I have no idea why), but where there’s a will, there’s a way. 🙂

    1. You could probably use a different cheese. I love how adaptable these dishes are.

      Hope you’re enjoying your holiday Jenny! Merry Christmas!

  3. […] Witkins has added two STELLAR recipes to the Holiday Yum Blog Hop: Pumpkin-Curry Chicken and Blue Cheese Bread. Jess works in retail and she still found time to jump on this Blog Hop…I’m so […]

  4. Hi Jess. Just found your blog through the kind offices of Jenny Hansen. Making the pumpkin dish for my birthday next Monday.

    Now that I’ve found you, I’ll be a regular!!

    1. Oh that’s just fabulous all around!! Happy Birthday and thanks for reading.

      An idea for you: I was wondering what to do with the extra pumpkin in the can and I bet you could make a tasty breakfast roll up by mixing it with ricotta cheese and some cinnamon. Sprinkle in some raisins and granola or apple slices then roll up in a wheat tortilla! Birthday breakfast?!!

  5. The bleu cheese herb bread sounds (and looks) amazing. You really can’t go wrong with moldy cheese! I figured retail had sucked you into its web this time of year. Hope you emerge with your sanity intact. And…merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Mark! Wishing you, Tara, and the kids a very Merry Christmas! Hope 2013 is full of even more good luck and adventures!

  6. The Holiday YUM Blog continues to outdo itself! Thanks for these additions. They both sound simply delicious!

    1. Share them with your bridge girls! Enjoy! Lots of tasty treats all blog hop!

  7. I have to confess, I cooked none of it; I just love reading Jess’ blog. It all looks scrumptious though, and I’m glad Jess is back! I will try the bread. JC loves bread. I know he won’t eat the curry. We’re old crocks, heh. YUM to all the rest.

    1. You are so sweet with your compliments! Thank you!

      Enjoy the bread then! It’s so easy and tasty. Goes with anything and easily adapted.

  8. […] Jess Witkins shared her magic Pumpkin-Curry Chicken and Blue Cheese Bread. […]

    1. LOL. Glad you like it, Natalie!

  9. […] December 23: Jess Witkins enticed us with Pumpkin-Curry Chicken and Blue Cheese Bread […]

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