Tag Archives: Chicken

Simple Grilled Barbecue Chicken Breast

22 Mar

Barbecue chicken breast, broccoli, and corn, it doesn’t get simpler than that! Today was crazy and dinner was, honestly, an afterthought. Everything in the fridge was old and everything in the freezer was, well, frozen. I was tired and I had a headache, yet for some reason, my kids still expected me to feed them! The nerve!

 

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Simple Grilled Barbecue Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast

Barbecue sauce

Salt, pepper, seasonings

 

As I was defrosting a couple of frozen chicken breasts in the microwave, I was heating up my trusty George Foreman grill. I dry rubbed some seasonings on the breast, grilled them, then covered them in barbecue sauce. Next was a bag of frozen broccoli florets in the microwave, as I opened a can of corn and heated it on the stove.

 

The Verdict

It was far from fancy, but Simple Grilled Barbecue Chicken was a hit!

 

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Fried Chicken Parmesan…Wow!

15 Mar

Awhile back, I made Popcorn Chicken Parmesan, which is a quick and easy dish, but yesterday I had more time on my hands, so I made Fried Chicken Parmesan. My recipe is based off Aaron McCargo, Jr. (aka Big Daddy on Food Network).  Big Daddy’s chicken parmesan, while incredibly delicious, is some work. It involves pounding the chicken breast until it is thin, breading, and frying. However, if you have the time, the results are so worth it.

 

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Chicken Parmesan

1 cup thin spaghetti

1 Jar spaghetti sauce

Deli sliced mozzarella cheese

Chicken Breast

2 eggs

¼ cup milk

Flour

Salt, pepper, seasonings

Vegetable oil

 

Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan. Mix eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and seasonings (or you can use a packaged chicken breader, such as “House of Autry”) in another shallow bowl. Place chicken breast in a heavy duty zip lock bag and pound it flat. Dredge the chicken through the egg mixture, shaking off any excess, then through the flour mixture.  Place chicken in heated oil, frying approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. While you are frying the chicken, heat the spaghetti sauce in small pan.  Place hot chicken on top of cooked pasta, cover with a slice of mozzarella cheese, and top with the heated spaghetti.  Serve with a vegetable and garlic bread.

The Verdict

Chicken Parmesan is a ton of work to prepare, but the taste is so good!

Grilled Quesadillas

2 Nov

Mexican Monday, Taco Tuesday, Fajita Friday…yep, we like Mexican food in my house! This week I made Grilled Quesadillas, and my husband, who does not normally eat Mexican food, thought they were great. This easy recipe is a great way to use leftover chicken breast.

Grilled Quesadillas

Grilled Quesadillas

4 soft tortillas

1 cup cooked shredded chicken breast

½ cup salsa

¼ cup taco sauce

½ cup shredded cheese
Mix the cooked chicken, salsa, and taco sauce together in a bowl.  Fill half of a tortilla with the chicken mixture, top with shredded cheese, and fold over. Place the folded tortilla on the grill (I used my George Foreman Grill), cooking about 2-3 minutes on each side.

 
The Verdict
Grilled Quesadillas are quick, easy, and delicious! If you like Mexican, this is a yummy at-home alternative to Taco Bell.

 
What about you?
Share your favorite Mexican dishes! My daughter would like for me to make chimichangas, so I would love a great recipe to try.

Kraft Fresh Take Cheese & Breadcrumb Mix – Product Review

23 Aug

Years ago I joined Kraft Foods’ First Taste program to have the opportunity to try new products and, of course, to get coupons. A few months ago, I got a coupon to try Kraft Fresh Take Cheese & Breadcrumb Mix for free, and I am just now getting around to using it. Why did I wait so long?!?  I loved this product! Just see how great my chicken looked!!!

 

Baked Chicken - Kraft Fresh Take Review

 

 

I used the “Italian Parmesan” kit and it was not only easy to use, but it made a great crunchy coating for my chicken breast.  Check out this YouTube video on Kraft Fresh Take.

So Simple Chicken Salad Sandwich

19 Jul

On the way back from the salon on Saturday, I was talking to my sister on the phone when the hunger pangs hit me and I needed something to eat, right then and there. As I pulled into McDonald’s, I realize that everyone in my small town must have decided to go to McDonald’s at the same time. Living in a town with only one McDonald’s occasionally has it drawbacks! As I was complaining to my sister, she began telling me about the chicken salad sandwich that she had just finished eating and it sounded really good. Chicken Salad? Hmmmm….I have not had chicken salad in a long time. So, I pull out of McDonalds’ drive through and head home to make chicken salad. Oh, I promptly thanked my sister for not only saving me money, but calories as well.

 Chicken Salad Sandwich

Recipe

1 cup shredded chicken (I  had leftover rotisserie chicken in the fridge)

2 tbs mayonnaise

1 1/2 tbs relish

1 tsp ranch dressing

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and serve on toast, on crackers, or eat it plain.  By the way, my sister was the one who suggested that I add a little ranch dressing to the salad and it made it taste even better!

The Verdict

Confession, this was only my second time ever making chicken salad, but I am so glad that I did…it was delicious, just want I needed on a hot summer day.

Easy Chicken Alfredo

7 May

Quick and easy, I can throw together Chicken Alfredo anytime. One day I would love to master making my own Alfredo sauce, but for now, I have found a great version in a jar, Light Asiago Romano Alfredo, by Classico. I do not usually buy anything labeled “light”, but this had Asiago in it, so I decided to give it a try…so glad that I did. I have always made Chicken Alfredo with fettuccini noodles, but recently decided to make it with rotini instead and I love it even more. I am embarrassed to admit it, but when I cooked fettuccini, my noodles never came out quite right. The pasta would always stick together in certain spots and it was always either overcooked and mushy, or undercooked and rubbery. I did not have that problem with my rotini…it was perfect pasta.

Easy Chicken Alfredo

Easy Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients

Baked or grilled chicken, shredded or diced

Rotini pasta

1 jar Light Asiago Romano Alfredo Sauce

½ cup milk

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions

Cook pasta according to directions. Empty jar of Alfredo sauce into a saucepan, then stir in milk. Place cooked chicken on top of pasta, pour sauce on top, and top with grated cheese. Couldn’t be any easier!

Easy Chicken Alfredo

The Verdict

I’ve always liked Chicken Alfredo, but this sauce made it even better. I am looking for an easy, yet delicious, homemade Alfredo sauce recipe, have one to share?

Easy Grilled Chicken and Rice

21 Mar

Who needs a recipe when you have frozen chicken breasts, barbecue sauce, Minute Ready to Serve Brown & Wild Rice, and frozen broccoli? The night before, I had decided to defrost chicken breasts, but did not know what I was going to make. My husband had recently bought a new George Foreman Grill, so I decided to grill some chicken.

I pounded the defrosted chicken breasts flat, sprinkled on some salt and pepper, dredged them through a bowl of barbecue sauce and tossed on the grill. What a mess that was! I then remembered why I stopped using my old grill, some things make a huge mess on the George Foreman Grill. I spent almost as much time cleaning the grill in between pieces of meat, as I did cooking. Despite my frustration with the mess, the end result was great!

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While the chicken cooked, I steamed the bag of frozen broccoli in the microwave, followed by microwaving the rice for 65 seconds, not the 60 seconds on the package…it tastes better that way. I threw in a little butter and salt on both the broccoli and rice, and, “Dinner’s Ready!”

The Verdict

No complaints from anyone. It was a simple tasty dinner that was made on one of our busy nights, not too much work on my part.

BBQ Chicken Mac…A New Standby

20 Mar

There are days when I would love to exercise my gourmet chops, and then there are days when I just need food on the table…NOW! These are the days when I have been up since 5 am, worked all day, and when I get home, I have less than an hour to get dinner and help with homework, before dashing back out to cheer practice or a cub scout meeting.  Sometimes on those days, if I do not already have a meat pre-cooked, waiting for me at home, I will dash into the grocery store and pick up a rotisserie chicken. In the past, I would just grab some packaged mashed potatoes and a jar gravy…voilà, dinner! Unfortunately, the kids have gotten bored with my go-to meal, and my youngest recently declared that he no longer like mashed potatoes…ugh. Time to find a new twist on my old standby, and I did. I discovered ‘BBQ Chicken Mac’.

I make a dish called ‘Cheeseburger Mac’, so ‘BBQ Chicken Mac’ peaked my interest and I gave it a shot. We loved it and the dish could not be simpler to make.

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BBQ Chicken Mac

1 pkg. macaroni & cheese

2 cups  diced cooked chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken

1/3 cup – 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I like honey bbq)

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used pizza blend)

1 tsp. pepper

 

Prepare the macaroni & cheese according the package directions. Add the shredded cheese, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, and pepper. Cook and stir until heated through.   Toss the cooked chicken with the remaining barbecue sauce and place on top of macaroni. Serve with vegetable of your choice, or a tossed salad.

The Verdict

My younger two kids initially did not want to try my BBQ Chicken Mac, opting instead to just have macaroni and cheese with the chicken separately. After seeing their older brother and me eat, they decided to try it and they both loved it! My daughter had a helping of BBQ Chicken Mac for seconds.

Chicken Tortellini with Asiago Cream Sauce

19 Feb

Trying new recipes on children is always a dangerous thing. My 9-year-old son looked at the ingredients for the ‘Chicken Tortellini with Asiago Cream Sauce’ and had already decided that he was not going to like it. Even still, I forged ahead, I was excited about this dish and in cooking it, and I felt my inner chef emerging. I have never been one who really enjoyed cooking; I accepted it as something that I had to do to keep my family alive. For some reason tonight was different, I was actually having fun, and I think it had to do with the fact that I was using real ingredients, not just opening jars.

The inspiration for this dish came from the grocery store frozen food aisle. I like the premade pasta dishes, but at almost $7.00 for a 2-serving package, I would need to buy at least two packages to barely feed my family of 5, at a cost of $14! Since that is not happening, I decided to look at the frozen dishes that most interested me and try to recreate them.

Chicken Tortellini with Asiago Cream Sauce

 

Chicken Tortellini with Asiago Cream Sauce

1 package Tortellini (I used Three Cheese)

2 cups cooked chicken breast

¼ cup flour

2 cups milk

5 oz. Asiago Cheese grated

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Salt

Pepper

Prepare the tortellini according to the package directions. To make the cream sauce: Pour flour into a medium saucepan; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat; cook until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and slowly add cheese, stirring until melted. Add pepper and salt. I served the dish with cooked spinach.

The Verdict

While the kids were not very enthusiastic about this dish, I thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband said that while he liked it, he wishes it had more seasonings. I do not agree with my husband. Sometimes we over season our food, instead of letting the natural flavors come through. I told him that he needed to train his palate to learn to enjoy the subtle flavors of food…let’s just say that we have decided to agree to disagree on this one.

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