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Tasty Tuesday – Chicken Broccoli Foil Packets

We’ve had a bit of a change in my house and I’ve been making dinner at midnight or so most nights.  I can’t really spend hours cooking, well actually I guess I could, but I don’t really want to at that time of night, so I’ve been hunting for hearty, quick and easy to prepare meals.  I found a recipe for a Chicken & Broccoli Foil Packet Meal that I loved so much I had to pin it to Pinterest.

This recipe reminded me of a fantastic recipe that my grandmother “created” called Chicken Thing.  It is not the same as Chicken Thing, but it does have the same homey meal feeling that I remember from my childhood.  The foils packets are also much easier to prepare, which is a big plus at 11:30pm.  I gathered all of the ingredients: 1 package Chicken Flavor Stuffing mix, 1 1/4 cup of water, 24 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4 cups of broccoli, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 4 slices cooked bacon, and 4 tablespoons of Ranch Dressing (I accidentally left this out).

Chicken Broccoli Foil Packets Ingredients

First I cut the foil to size and sprayed each piece with cooking spray.

Prep the Foil

Then I mixed the stuffing and water together.  Once it was combined well, I scooped some stuffing onto each piece of foil.

combine stuffing mix and water start building your food pyramid with stuffing

Next I trimmed the chicken and laid half a boneless skinless breast on each pile of stuffing.

Layer 2 Chicken Breast

After the chicken I added some broccoli.  The original recipe gave actual amounts to use.  I didn’t pay any attention to the measurements.  I went by sight and what my family will eat.

layer 3 broccoli

Then 1 crumbled strip of bacon gets added to each packet along with some shredded cheddar cheese.

Layer 4 Cheese  Layer 5 Crumbled Bacon

This is where I was supposed to add the ranch dressing and forgot all about it.  I blame the omission on the time of day I was making the meal.  Once the stuff was all stacked, I closed the packets (leaving enough room for air to circulate inside each one).  I placed the sealed packets on a jelly roll pan and stuck them in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees.

Foil Packets Ready to Bake

They were ridiculously good, and I will totally be making these again, and I may even have to break out the Chicken Thing recipe and give it a whirl.

Chicken & Broccoli Foil Packets


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Tasty Tuesday – Panko Crusted Ricotta Stuffed Chicken

Wow, I sure do eat an incredible amount of chicken.  I don’t (actually can’t) eat beef these days, pork is all good (but tends to require extensive care to insure it isn’t dry), and I like seafood (but not everyone in my house is a fan).  Which leaves me with chicken as my go to option…  That being said, I really do enjoy it; however, I’m always on the look out for different was to mix things up a bit.  I love Pinterest for just this reason!  I found this interesting recipe for Panko Crusted Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breasts while I was searching for something more diverse thank another sauce or marinade for chicken breast.

Tomatoes are a definite no go in our house, so I had to revise the recipe slightly, but it wasn’t a very big change, more of a simple omission.  I got everything I needed together: 1 cup of low fat ricotta cheese (I used regular), a handful of chopped baby spinach, 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, 2 chicken breasts, Italian seasoned panko crumbs, 2 tsp olive oil.

Stuffed Chicken Ingredients

Once I had everything together, I preheated the oven to 400 degrees and got my heavy oven safe skillet out.  Then it was time to put together the stuffing.  I combined the ricotta, spinach, Parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a glass bowl and set it aside.

ricotta chopped spinach grated cheese fresh basilminced garlic salt pepper Spinach & Ricotta Stuffing

When that was all set, I moved on to prepping the chicken.  I rinsed each piece, trimmed it and then butterflied the breasts.  That means I cut a slice through the middle of each one longways without going all the way through.  It makes a pocket of sorts, which I then filled with the stuffing.

Butterflied Chicken Boobs Stuffed Chicken Breast

Next it was time to apply the crust.  I filled a bowl with the panko crumbs and rolled each stuffed breast to cover all of the chicken.

Panko Crusting

Once they were coated nicely, I brought the chicken over to the stove and heated the olive oil in the skillet I took out earlier.  When the olive oil was warm, I placed the chicken in the pan and let it cook for 3 minutes or so.  Then I turned it over and put the entire skillet in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

heat the olive oilSear the 1st side turn them over and bake

I loved this recipe, and will definitely be making it again!  Who wants to join me for dinner?

Panko Crusted Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Chicken

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Tasty Tuesday – Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad

I’m not usually a fan of mayonnaisey salads, I’m more of a leafy green kind of girl, but this one struck a chord with me when I saw it on Pinterest.  I am a big fan of anything Chicken Bacon Ranch, so this salad was a clear must try recipe for me!

The original blog post that the recipe came from can also be found on WordPress!  I started following her blog as a result of this recipe.  I can’t wait to see what else she offers.

I was very excited to try this out, so I was very lucky to have all of the ingredients on hand!   It called for: 3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (I didn’t like the way these looked, so I left them out), 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard, 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/4 cup finely diced red onion (I don’t like raw onion, so I left these out), 6-8 slices cooked and chopped bacon, shredded cheddar cheese for garnish.

chicken bacon ranch salad ingredients

Before I could assemble the salad, I had to cook the raw ingredients.  I cooked the bacon and chicken in a small skillet on the stove top.

cooking the bacon   cooking the chicken

When the chicken and bacon were cooked, I moved on to mixing the dressing for the salad.  I combined the mayonnaise, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.  I mixed everything until it had a nice creamy consistency.

mayonnaise  sour cream

onion powder  garlic powder  salt  ground black pepper dried mustard   lemon juice

Once the dressing was mixed, I added the cooked chicken and bacon.  Then I stirred everything together so that it was well coated.

add the chicken  then add the bacon and mix

When everything was mixed together, it was time to make a sandwich.  I cut a hoagie roll, scooped on some of the salad, and garnished it with shredded cheddar cheese.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad Sandwich

This is a definite repeat!  I think I’ll make a batch of it the next time we have a chance to take the dogs to the park for a picnic/play-date.

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Tasty Tuesday – Crock Pot Chicken Philly Sandwiches

I’m so excited about this week’s recipe!  I love Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches, but beef does not love me.  So, I was really happy when I found a recipe on Pinterest for a chicken version of these delicious sandwiches.  What made it even better was that it’s a crock pot recipe!  Great for a night when I have to work late and still need to have dinner for everyone when I get home.

This particular recipe is designed to be a healthy option (the original author gives it Weight Watcher points), but I didn’t use the reduced fat ingredients.  I went with the regular options.  I gathered the chicken breasts, green peppers, sweet onion, steak seasoning (I used homemade Outback style seasoning), butter, provolone cheese, and hoagie rolls.

crock pot chicken philly ingredients

First I put 2 tablespoons of butter in the bottom of the crock pot.  Then I cut up the onions and put them into the slow cooker.  Next came the sliced bell peppers.

butter as the base  slice the onion  put the onions on the butter  slice the peppers  add the peppers to the crock pot

Once the veggies were in the crock pot, I moved on to preparing the chicken.  I sliced it and put the chicken into a Ziploc baggie with some of the steak seasoning.  Then I squished it around to coat the chicken with the seasoning.  When it was all covered well, I added it to the peppers and onions.

clean and slice chicken   add seasoning to chicken   smush chicken to coat with seasoning   put everything in crock pot

Then I set it on low for 4-6 hours and went to work.  When I got home, I cut the rolls, added the cooked chicken and veggies, then put some sliced cheese on top of each sandwich.  Once I had the hoagies set, I put them into the oven at 350 degrees for 4 minutes to melt the cheese and crisp the bread.

cooked chicken philly cheese covered chicken philly sandwich

The sandwiches were really yummy!  I can’t wait to try these again.


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Tasty Tuesday – Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pizza

Last week I made a batch of pizza dough, because I was craving a taste of New York food.  Which lead me to search Pinterest to find alternative types of pizza.  I found a few options, the most appealing one was for Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pizza.

Given my food preferences, I was really looking forward to trying out this recipe.  The only thing that gave me pause was the use of jarred Alfredo sauce, but I moved beyond that quickly.  I gathered the necessary ingredients:  pizza dough, chicken breast, chopped broccoli, a jar of Alfredo sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pizza Ingredients

Once I had everything together, I cooked the chicken.  I cut it up and grilled it in a pan with a bit of olive oil and minced garlic.  While I was doing that, I defrosted the frozen broccoli in the microwave.

Cooking the Chicken

When all of the components were ready, I stretched the pizza dough out on a jelly roll pan.  Then started layering on the ingredients.  First came the Alfredo sauce (which I spread out evenly across the entire pizza), then I added the broccoli, then the chicken, and finally the mozzarella cheese.

streched dough  Add the Alfredo Sauce  Cover all of the dough  Next Broccoli  Then the Chicken  Top it with the Cheese

It took the oven ready pizza and baked it at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  The recipe suggest baking for 15-20 minutes, but, as Ive learned, my oven is a bit wonky, so I adjusted the cooking time.

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Pizza

It was every bit as good as I had hoped, but it still wasn’t New York pizza.  I guess I’m just going to have to go visit soon…

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Tasty Tuesday – Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken

I needed to find a meal I could either make ahead, or was very quick to prepare, because I was going to be home late, but everyone still needed to eat.  Hmm, that sounds like a job for our trusty Crock Pot!  I love it.  I can spend 20 minutes before I leave the house setting everything up, turn the sucker on as I walk out the door, and come home hours (and hours and hours) later to a yummy smelling house and a mostly finished meal!  I headed off to Pinterest to find a recipe I liked, and came up with this recipe for “Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken.”

First I gathered my ingredients: 3 chicken breasts, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 lemon-lime soda (thank you Soda Stream), 1 1/2 tbsp. minced garlic, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper, 2 tbsp. corn starch*, 2 tbsp. water*, & red pepper flakes* (*- I didn’t actually use these ingredients).

brown sugar garlic chicken ingredients

The directions say to spray the inside of the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray first: I chose not to do this, because my crock pot has a non-stick surface already and why add chemicals when you don’t really have to, right?  So the first direction I actually followed was to put the chicken into the pot.

chicken in crock pot

Then I mixed together the soda, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce and pepper.  When the sugar was completley dissolved, I poured it over the chicken.

brown sugar  add the soda  add soy sauce  add apple cider vinegar  don't forget the garlic  stir to combine

dump it all in the pot

Then I set the crock pot on low for 7 hours.  The next set of directions I chose to omit.  I’m not one for gooey sauces and I decided that I was going to use the liquid to dress the spinach we were having with dinner, so I didn’t remove the liquid and thicken it with cornstarch.  Instead, I served the chicken shredded over rice with a fresh spinach and mushroom salad.

brown sugar & garlic chicken over rice

I was transported back to my childhood with this meal.  When I was a kid, my dad loved this pork chop recipe that came out of the crock pot and the flavors of this meal really reminded me of those meals.  It’s weird what will tug at your heart strings.  What meals bring you back to your youth?

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Tasty Tuesday – Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

This week’s kitchen adventure is a recipe I found on Pinterest (as usual) for Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls.  I chose them, because they resembled Chicken Rollatini.

The directions were pretty straight forward.  First I gathered the ingredients:  chicken cutlets, ricotta cheese, parmigiano cheese, fresh mozzarella, marinara sauce, spinach, egg, olive oil, garlic and bread crumbs.

baked mozzarella chicken ingredients

Next I chopped the spinach and sauteed it with garlic and olive oil.

chopped spinach  saute with garlic and olive oil

When it is just wilted and smelling super yummy, take it off the heat and mix it in a bowl with a cup of ricotta, 4 tbsp. of parmigiano cheese and an egg.

sauteed spinach  ricotta cheese

egg  parmigiano cheese  filling mixed well

Once it is combined well, take a scoop of the mixture and put it on each piece of chicken and roll it closed.

stuffing the chicken

When each roll was stuffed I put it in an egg wash and then rolled it in breadcrumbs to coat it.

coat with egg wash  coat with bread crumbs

When everything was covered, they went into a baking dish.  I made sure the edges weren’t touching so that they would cook all the way through.  When the dish was full I put it into the oven at 450 degrees for 25 minutes.

ready to bake

While it was baking, I cut up the fresh mozzarella and heated up some leftover spaghetti sauce from Sunday’s lasagna.

sliced fresh mozzarella

After 25 minutes I pulled the cooked chicken from the oven and covered it with the pasta sauce and the fresh mozzarella.  Then it went back in for 3 minutes to melt the cheese.

baked chicken  ready to melt the cheese

Even though I didn’t follow the directions exactly, the finished product was really mouth watering!

Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

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