I'm a huge fan of James McNair's recipes ever since I got a copy of his at my bridal shower. The recipes are clear, the photographs make you want to run out, buy every ingredient and start cooking!
But I, perhaps like you, fall victim to routine, and rotate the same recipes in and out, week in, week out. The other night I was racing home and realized my guests needed a splash of protein to accompany the drinks I had offered. I picked up this copy and found another winner, one that I hadn't previously had the imagination to try.
Cube a chicken breast. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and thyme (proportions? More spice for heat, around 1/2 teaspoon each per chicken breast). Let sit for a half hour.
Melt half a tablespoon butter along with half a tablespoon oil in a saute pan. On medium high heat quickly saute your chicken cubes--3-5 minutes, turning to cook through.
What a great nibble to go with a glass of almost anything--