Barbecued Chicken

May 14, 2017 at 5:42 AM | Posted in chicken, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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Came across a delicious and Diabetic Friendly Barbecued Chicken recipe to pass along to all of you. It’s from one of my favorite recipe sites, CooksRecipes. The Cooks site (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html) has a large selection of recipes that will please all tastes and cuisines. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

 

 

Barbecued Chicken

Grilled chicken is juicier and tastes better when you brine it first—and the sweet and smoky homemade barbecue sauce is even “sweeter” without the extra calories from sugar.

 

 

Recipe Ingredients:

Barbecue Sauce:
3 cups reduced-sugar ketchup
1/4 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
1/3 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon paprika
11/2 teaspoons salt
11/2 teaspoons garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons liquid smoke

Chicken:
1/4 cup SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup hot tap water
3 cups cold water
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:

1 – For Barbecue Sauce: Combine all ingredients for barbecue sauce in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes, or until slightly thickened. (Top with a splatter guard during cooking.)
2 – Use immediately or cool, cover, and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
3 – For Chicken: Combine Splenda® Sugar Blend, salt, and hot water in 1-gallon zipper-lock bag and shake to dissolve Splenda® and salt. Add cold water and chicken. Press air out of bag, seal, and refrigerate 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
4 – Remove chicken from brine and discard brine. Refrigerate chicken until half an hour before you want to grill it (up to 1 day). Pat chicken dry with paper towels and sprinkle all over with pepper. Let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.
5 – Heat grill to medium-high. Brush grill grate and coat with oil.
6 – Put chicken on grill, cover, and cook 5 to 7 minutes on one side. Flip chicken and brush with barbecue sauce. Cook another 5 to 7 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear (about 170°F | 80°C) on an instant-read thermometer).
7 – Coat chicken with 1 1/2 cups Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce.
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories: 270; Calories from Fat: 60; Total Fat: 7g;Saturated Fat: 1.5g; Cholesterol: 70mg; Sodium: 1770mg; Total Carbs: 25g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 68g; Protein: 22g.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/barbecued_chicken_recipe.html

Chicken, Potatoes, Asparagus, and Baked French Bread

May 5, 2017 at 5:04 PM | Posted in chicken, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Chicken, Potatoes, Asparagus, and Baked French Bread

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin and lightly buttered it with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. And as every morning I also had the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I spent a very restless night last night, fighting with Phantom Pains most of the night. When they finally stopped it dawn. So after doing a few things around the house I went back to bed to catch up on some much needed sleep! For Dinner tonight it’s Chicken, Potatoes, Asparagus, and Baked French Bread.

 

 

 

Yesterday I bought a Simple Truth Rotisserie Whole Roaster at the Kroger Deli. Love these Simple Truth Chickens, they are huge and delicious! I pulled all the meat and had them in a plastic container in the fridge. To reheat it I put the Chicken on a micro wave plate with a steamer lid and reheated it. I served it with some Hidden Valley Ranch Buffalo Dressing.

 

 

 

For one side I prepared a package of the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb. I always pick up at Meijer. I have these quite often and really enjoy them. The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

Then for another side I prepared some Roasted Asparagus. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Light Olive Oil, Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Peppercorn, Lemon Juice, and Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. To prepare it; Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in the preheated 400 degree oven and roast for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 
the Little Potato Company – Savory Herb
HERBS AND SPICES, WITH A HINT OF BACON

Evoking all the cozy feelings of home-cooking, the Savory Herb flavor combines a fun mix of red and yellow Creamer potatoes with a comforting blend of savory herbs, earthy spices and just a hint of bacon flavor.

Simply pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and voila! – you have a nutritious taste of home. This is cozy dish on its own, or combine it with other ingredients to take your meal to a whole new level of down-home goodness.

You may also want to try our Garlic Parsley or Zesty Italian flavors.

*CALORIES PER SERVING 85
* GOOD SOURCE OF POTASSIUM
* SOURCE OF FIBER
* SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
* NATURALLY FAT-FREE

Microwave
In three easy steps, you have perfectly steamed and seasoned potatoes!

1. Simply remove the cardboard sleeve and seasoning pack. The plastic film stays on to aid in steaming the potatoes.
2. Place the convenience tray in the microwave. Cook on high for 5 minutes*.
3. Let the tray rest for 2 minutes then carefully remove plastic film and stir in seasoning pack. Caution – the contents will be very hot. If desired, add 1 tbsp. of butter or olive oil.

Serve and enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories 85
Fat 0%
Saturated / Trans Fats 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg 7%
Potassium 510 mg 15%
Carbohydrate 20 g 7%
Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 2 g

http://www.littlepotatoes.com/en/products/savory-herb/

Wild Idea Buffalo – INTRODUCING PASTURE RAISED HERITAGE CHICKEN

May 3, 2017 at 4:57 AM | Posted in chicken, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Wild Idea Buffalo just announced that they will be carrying a great new product – PASTURE RAISED HERITAGE CHICKEN. Here’s part of the article introducing the new product. You can click the link at the end of the post to read the entire article. Congrats to Wild Idea Buffalo and Emmer & Co.!  https://wildideabuffalo.com/

 

 

INTRODUCING PASTURE RAISED HERITAGE CHICKEN

HERITAGE CHICKEN

A couple of years ago after one of Dan’s talks at a Patagonia store in California, a young gentleman walked up and introduced himself. His name was Jesse Solomon and much like us, he was trying to change the environment through our food system. He was just getting the final pieces in place for his sustainably raised chicken business, Emmer & Co. Jesse mentioned that he used our philosophy and business model in his approach. Intrigued, we exchanged business cards and said we would keep in touch

For a few years now, we’ve wanted to offer another protein for our customers to make their shopping for sustainable food sources a little easier. But if we were ever going to do that, the production of that product would have to embrace the same environmental and humane animal husbandry values as Wild Idea Buffalo Co.

Our daughter Jilian dabbled with raising chickens and although successful, her experiment was on a very small scale (100 chickens). Our drastic seasonal changes on the Great Plains and harsh weather conditions conspired to limit production. But, her test gave us an inside look at how chickens could and should be raised for food.

Months later, I reached out to Jesse and ordered a dozen chickens. We passed them out to friends so they could give them a try and did our own in-house testing. To quote Dan, “This is the best chicken I’ve ever had.” Still, we needed to know more. As consumers ourselves, it is easy to be swept up in the marketing hype and packages covered with certifications. We’ve seen firsthand that what’s stamped on a package doesn’t often line up what the consumer imagines or has been led to imagine. We needed to see for ourselves. We needed to meet with Jesse and meet the farmers.

One year later (all good things take time) our resident chicken expert, daughter Jilian and I headed to California to do just that. We met Jesse in a parking lot in Red Bluff and wound our way through the California countryside to the Big Bluff Ranch, a 2,776-acre, off-the-grid ranch owned by the Dawley family…….

Emmer & Co.’s mission, product and people met our expectations, allowing us to confidently and proudly offer their product to our customers. Here are a few “bullet points” on their product:

* 100% heritage birds, certified by the American Poultry Association
* 100% pasture raised
* No antibiotics, hormones or filler fluid
* Supplement feeds are non-gmo blend of wheat, peas & soy
* 112 days to maturity vs. 42 days on factory farms
* Humane, respectful processing & air chilled finish
* 60% less fat, 50% less cholesterol, 35% fewer calories with lower sodium, and more protein than factory-farmed chickens

 

* Check out the entire story on – INTRODUCING PASTURE RAISED HERITAGE CHICKEN
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/blog/introducing-heritage-chicken

 

Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos

April 7, 2017 at 4:58 PM | Posted in chicken, tacos | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I had something a little different, Grilled Cheese and Egg Spam Sandwich. Came across this recipe on Spam’s Facebook page. The Sandwich turned out fantastic! Very good combination of ingredients and easily prepared. Your using; 2 slices Turkey SPAM® , 2 slices Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and 1 large Egg. Mom even had one and loved it, so its Parent Approved! I also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I headed over to the rehab center to see Dad. I went with him for his morning therapy. He did real good today, proud of him! Still up in the air whether or not he can back home, hope so! Back home did a few things around the house. Outside it’s mostly cloudy, windy, and a high of 53 degrees. For Dinner tonight I prepared Pulled Chicken, Black Bean, and Corn Soft Tacos.

 


I wanted something light and delicious so what better than some Soft Tacos, haven’t had any in a while and it sounded good. To make these I’ll need the following; Old El Paso Flour Tortillas, 1 Rotisserie Chicken (Pulled Chicken), various Spices (to season the Chicken), 1 can Bush’s Chili Beans (Black Beans in Mild Chili Sauce), 1 can Green Giant Steam Crisp Nibblets (Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, sliced Black Olives, chopped Lettuce, Daisy Light Sour Cream, and Old El Paso Taco Sauce (Smoky Chipotle). The makings of something good!

 

 

I had purchased the Rotisserie Whole Chicken from Kroger yesterday afternoon. After getting it home I pulled all the meat and stored it in a plastic container in the fridge until today when it was time to make the Tacos. I put the Chicken in a skillet and reheated it on medium heat. As the Chicken was heating I seasoned it with Ground Cumin, Dried Cilantro, Chili Seasoning, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

 

 

As the Chicken was heating I got my other ingredients ready. I opened up a can of Early California Whole Large Black Olives (Reduced Salt) and sliced them up. Then I got 2 small sauce pans; 1 for the Chili Beans and 1 for the Corn. Heated both until heated through.

 

 

 

 

With all the ingredients heated and ready I got the Soft Tortillas ready. I wrapped the Tortillas in paper towels and microwaved them for 40 seconds. Now to make the Soft Tacos. I first layered in the Chicken, followed by the Taco Sauce, Chili Beans, Corn Kernels, Taco Sauce, Lettuce, and topped with a dab of Light Sour Cream. Loaded and ready to eat! Love these Soft Tacos. All the ingredients just come together to make one flavorful meal. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 
BUSH’S® BLACK BEANS IN A MILD CHILI SAUCE

MORE ZESTY THAN HOT

Like your chili zesty but with not too much kick? Add our Black Beans in a Mild Chili Sauce for the flavor you’re after. We slow cook tender black beans in a tangy Southwestern chili sauce flavored from mild chili peppers, sweet tomatoes and onion to add just enough (but not too much) kick to your favorite recipe.

NUTRITION
Serving Size: 1/2 cup (130g)
Calories 110
%DV*
Calories from Fat 10 -%
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g -%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 440mg 18%
Potassium 440mg 13%
Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 6g -%
Sugars 1g -%
http://www.bushbeans.com/en_US/product/mild-black-chili-beans

 

 

 

 

Simple Grilled Cheese and Egg SPAM® Sandwich

This SPAM® sandwich recipe calls for eggs. But we’re not going to use all kinds of silly made-up egg words to describe it. Like, for example, we could say the taste is “eggscellent” or “eggstraordinary.” And that it’ll fill you with “eggscitement.” But that just feels too “eggspected” and there’s no “eggspletive” way we’re going to go there.
http://www.spam.com/recipes

 

Ingredients

2 slices SPAM® Single Classic
2 slices bread
1 slice cheese
1 large egg

 

1.In small skillet, fry SPAM® Singles over medium-high heat, turning once, about 15 mintues.
2.In separate small skillet, cook egg to desired doneness.
3.Spread 1 side of each slice bread with butter. Place in skillet, butter-side-down; top 1 slice with cheese. Cook until cheese starts to melt and bread is toasted. Top cheese with SPAM® and egg. Cover with top slice bread.
http://www.spam.com/recipes/simple-grilled-cheese-and-egg-spam-sandwich

 

Fried Chicken Breasts w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Corn on the Cob

February 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM | Posted in chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu; Fried Chicken Breasts w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Corn on the Cob

 

 

 

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I prepared a Scrambled Egg, toasted 2 slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, and fried-chicken-breasts-w-roasted-butternut-squash-and-corn-on-the-003made my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Cloudy out today but a high of 70 degrees! Across the street from us my neighbor’s trees already have buds coming out on them. And every ones Spring Flowers are all coming up, awful early in the year for this. I stayed home today, I’ll go see Dad tomorrow. So today I cleaned the house and then went outside and cleaned the wooden deck and driveway. For Dinner tonight its Chicken! I prepared Fried Chicken Breasts w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Corn on the Cob.

 

 

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I had a package of 2 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts in the freezer that I sat in the fridge overnight to thaw. To prepare them I’ll need; Flour, Litehouse Poultry Seasoning, Morton’s Lite Salt, and Ground Black Pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m using a medium size skillet to fry the Chicken. I first sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and then added a fried-chicken-breasts-w-roasted-butternut-squash-and-corn-on-the-002tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil to it, preheated on medium heat. As the skillet was heating I grabbed a pie pan and added a couple of tablespoons of flour to it. I then took the Chicken Breasts and rolled them in the flour, making sure both sides were fully floured. Next I seasoned them with the Poultry Seasoning and the Salt and Pepper. With the skillet heated, I added the Chicken to the skillet. I fried the Chicken until it was golden brown on one side and flipped it over and fried the other side the same way. Checked it with a meat thermometer and it was 165 degrees, perfect. The Chicken came out moist and tender with a nice crust. I served it with a side of Hidden Valley Ranch Buffalo Dressing.

 

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To go with the Chicken I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash. This has quickly become a family favorite. I purchased 1 small package of Diced Butternut Squash at Kroger. They sell packages of it that they dice up. This is a lot easier than peeling and seeding one yourself, especially if you don’t have a good knife to cut it. I’ll need; 1 package of Diced Butternut Squash, Crumbled Bacon Bits, 1/2 tablespoon Extra Light Olive Oil, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

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To prepare it; Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the Squash on a sheet pan and drizzle with the Olive Oil, Salt, and Peppercorn and toss well. Arrange the squash in one layer and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the Squash is tender, turning once with a spatula. And done, very easy to prepare. With the small amount of Seasoning and Olive Oil, it really brings out the flavor of Butternut Squash!

 

 

 

 

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I also boiled some Green Giant Mini Ears of Sweet Corn. If you’ve never tried the Green Giant Corn you need to! It’s frozen Mini Ears of sweet Corn and you just boil for 10 minutes and you have some of the Sweetest Corn you can find! For dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creamy Chicken Pasta w/ Baked French Bread

January 30, 2017 at 6:08 PM | Posted in cheese, chicken, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Creamy Chicken Pasta w/ Baked French Bread

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I Poached an Egg and served it on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. creamy-chicken-pasta-w-baked-french-bread-007And as always my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I prepared Mom a Scrambled Egg and toasted her some Raisin Bread. After Breakfast it house cleaning day, vacuumed and dusted. Then cleaned the fridge also. After Lunch I went and spent the day with Dad. He seems to be getting somewhat better. His appetite is back and a lot less stomach pain. They have him on light therapy until later in the week. Not a bad Winters Day out, partly sunny and 34 degrees. For Dinner tonight I’m trying a new item, Bear Creek Country Kitchens Creamy Chicken Pasta Mix. Tonight its Creamy Chicken Pasta w/ Baked French Bread.

 

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I had seen the Bear Creek ads in all the Cooking Magazines so when I came across several of their products I grabbed a couple to try. One of the items is the Bear Creek Country Kitchens Creamy Chicken Pasta Mix. It uses Orecchiette Pasta, which comes in a rich and creamy Chicken flavored Sauce with Carrots. All I added was Water and some Pulled Chicken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To prepare the dish I’ll need; 1 package of Bear Creek Country Kitchens Creamy Chicken Pasta Mix, water, and Pulled Chicken. While at Kroger I had purchased a Simple Truth Whole Roasted Chicken. Pulled all the Meat and I had my Chicken.

 

 

 

 

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To make the Dish; I took a 2 Quart Saucepan, gave it a light spray of Pam Cooking Spray and added 3 1/2 cups water to it. Heated the water to a rolling boil. Whisked in the Pasta and Sauce Mix. Brought the mixture back to a rolling boil. Reduced the heat to a medium boil. Cooked 14 minutes, stirring it occasionally. Removed it from the heat and let it set for 8 minutes. as it cooled it thickened up. As it was cooking it had a mouth watering aroma. And the taste is just as good! Good Chicken and Cheese taste and along with the Pasta, Carrots, and added Chicken makes a delicious Dinner! Love hearty, comfort food, meals.

 

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I also reheated the Pillsbury French Bread which went perfect with the Chicken/Pasta Mixture. For Dessert later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream topped with some Smucker’s Sugar Free Hot Fudge Topping.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bear Creek Country Kitchens Creamy Chicken Pasta Mixbear-creek-creamy-chicken-pasta-mix

High in the heber valley of the wasatch mountains, bear creek country kitchen began with one goal in mind: deliver great hearty homestyle dishes that the whole family will enjoy. Using the same qualities that you find in our soups, bear creek now presents delicious pasta dishes with hearty pastas, quality cheeses and tasty vegetables, all in rich and flavorful sauces. Just add water and in minutes you can serve a delicious pasta dish that will satisfy every appetite in your family. Hearty orecchiette pasta in a rich, creamy chicken flavored sauce with carrots.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size1 CUP PREPARED
Servings Per Container4.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories330 Calories
Calories From Fat80 Calories
% Daily Value
Total Fat9.0 g14.0
Saturated Fat5 G25
Trans Fat0 G
Cholesterol10 Mg3
Sodium810 Mg34
Total Carbohydrate55.0 g18.0
Dietary Fiber5 G20
Sugars10 G
Protein9.0 g

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables and Herbs

January 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM | Posted in carrots, chicken, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Pan-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables and Herbs

 

 

 
For Breakfast this morning i prepared a Poached Egg that I served on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English pan-roasted-chicken-with-vegetables-and-herbs-012Muffin. Topped it off with my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. It was a long night and morning around the house today. Mom got sick late last night, with an upset stomach. From around 11:00 last night until around 9:00 this morning, she couldn’t keep anything down. As the morning went on she was able to rest a bit. So between her and Dad it was very busy day. As sick as Mom was my Dad is in worse shape and getting worse every day. Dad is 95 with breathing difficulties and dementia. We have to do most everything for him and he’s starting to be more difficult to deal with thanks to the dementia. I t would be easier to handle all this if I wasn’t in a wheelchair, but that’s not going to change! So you do what you have to do to take care of your parents. Hopefully Mom will be back on her feet in a day or so, she’s feeling somewhat better. For Dinner I wanted to prepare a good and delicious hot meal tonight. So tonight I prepared Pan-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables and Herbs.

 

 

I wanted a good hearty comfort food for dinner after a long day so I went with a dish I haven’t made in a while, the pan-roasted-chicken-with-vegetables-and-herbs-001Pan Sauteed Chicken With Vegetables And Herbs. I Just love these one pan wonder meals! Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breasts, Herbs, Potatoes, and Carrots you know it has to be good! To prepare it I’ll need; Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Hungarian Paprika, All Purpose Flour, Chicken Breasts, Extra Light Olive Oil, Baby Gold Potatoes (cut in halves), Whole Baby Carrots, Swanson Chicken Stock, Lemon Juice, Fresh Oregano, and Fresh Thyme. If you’ve been looking for one delicious Chicken Dish for the family, this is it!

 

 

 

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To prepare just Pre – Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then Season the chicken as desired and Coat with a Flour and Paprika mix. Heat the Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat then add the Chicken and cook until it’s well browned on all sides. Remove the Chicken from the skillet.

 

 

 

 

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Add the Potatoes to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Add the Carrots, Chicken Stock, Lemon Juice and Oregano and heat to boil and return the Chicken to the skillet. Cover the skillet. Time for the oven, Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes. Uncover the skillet and bake for 15 minutes or until the Chicken is cooked through and the Vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with the Thyme or any other fresh Herb.

 

 

 

 

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The Chicken comes out super moist and with a fantastic flavor! The Seasoning, Herbs, and the Lemon Juice gives the Chicken that perfect flavor. The same with the Carrots and Potatoes which burst with flavor. I also baked a Loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. The original full recipe is at the end of the post. I changed a few things from the original recipe to suit our tastes and preferences. For dessert later a 100 Calorie Cup of Breyer’s Chocolate Ice Cream.

 

 

 

 
Pan-Roasted Chicken with Vegetables and Herbs
Chicken breasts, sautéed until golden brown in the skillet, are finished in the oven with potatoes, onions, carrots and fresh herbs.

Ingredients

1/4 cup all-purpose flourpan-roasted-chicken-with-vegetables-and-herbs-008
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika
3 pounds bone-in chicken breast half(about 4 breast halves)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small red onion, cut in quarters
1 pound new white potato, cut in quarters
8 ounces fresh baby carrots(about 16), green tops trimmed to 1-inch-long
1 1/2 cups Swanson® Chicken Stock
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
How to Make It

Step 1 – Heat the oven to 350°F. Stir the flour, black pepper and paprika on a plate. Coat the chicken with the flour mixture.

Step 2 – Heat the oil in a 12-inch oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until well browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet. Pour off any fat.

Step 3 – Add the onions and potatoes to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots, stock, lemon juice and oregano and heat to a boil. Return the chicken to the skillet. Cover the skillet.

Step 4 – Roast for 25 minutes. Uncover the skillet.

Step 5 – Roast, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with the thyme, if desired.
https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/pan-roasted-chicken-with-vegetables-herbs/

Chicken Enchiladas

January 14, 2017 at 5:54 PM | Posted in chicken, Enchiladas, Old El Paso Products | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Chicken Enchiladas

 

 

To start the morning off I Scrambled an Egg, and fried up a couple of Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Links. Then I chicken-enchiladas-008toasted a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread that I buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I also made the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Had some freezing rain out there this morning, the roads were a mess they say! It rained on and off all day and it was about 36 degrees. So with the freezing rain, there wasn’t a lot going on outside! Helped Mom with a couple of loads of laundry and did some house cleaning. For Dinner tonight I prepared a family favorite, Chicken Enchiladas.

 

 
Mom had been wanting these for a while now so I’m making them tonight for Dinner, Because, “What Mom wants I get.” So yesterday went to Kroger after Lunch and picked up a Simple Life Rotisserie Chicken. Love these Roasters from Simple Truth that the Kroger Deli prepare. Always delicious and good size Roasters. I pulled all the the Meat Chicken Enchiladas 001and put it in a plastic container and set it in the fridge until ready to use.

 

To make the Enchiladas I’ll need the following; Mission Carb Friendly Flour Tortillas, 2 tablespoon Roasted Ground Cumin, 2 tablespoon Chili Powder (plus more for sprinkling), 2 tablespoons Cajun Spice, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1 teaspoon freshly Ground Black Pepper, 1 Kroger Simple Truth Rotisserie Chicken (pulled meat ), Extra Light Olive Oil, 1/2 medium Red Onion (diced), Three 15-ounce cans Red Enchilada Sauce (or use Green if preferred!), 3 cups of Sargento Reduced Fat 4 Cheese Mexican (plus more if needed), Daisy Reduced Fat Sour cream (for serving), and Chopped fresh Cilantro (for serving).

 
I already pulled all the Meat of the Rotisserie Chicken and had it in the fridge, try not snacking on the Chicken as Chicken Enchiladas 001you’re doing this (good luck). Put the pulled Chicken in a bowl and set aside. To prepare them I preheated the oven to 350 degrees F. I’ve been using Mission Carb Friendly Tortilla for a while now. One at a time, held the Tortillas over the stove top burner (heated to medium heat) to brown slightly, about 20 seconds per side. Set the warmed Tortillas aside. In a bowl, mix together the Cumin, Chili Powder, Cajun Spice, salt and pepper. Add the pulled Chicken to the Spice Mix. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat add the Chicken until heated through and remove the Chicken from the skillet and set aside. In the same skillet; and add the Onions to the skillet, stir them around and cook until deep golden brown and caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes; and set them aside on a plate. Pour the Enchilada Sauce into the skillet and reduce the heat to low, allowing it to warm through.Bake until hot and bubbly, 30 minutes. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

 

 

To make the enchiladas: Pour 2 cups of the Sauce (Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce) into a 9-by-13-inch Casserole Dish chicken-enchiladas-001and leave the rest in the skillet. Dip a Tortilla into the Sauce in the skillet, then lay it on a baking sheet or plate. Sprinkle some Cheese down the middle, followed by some Chicken and finally, some of the Caramelized Onions. Roll it up tightly, then place it seam-side down in the Casserole Dish. Repeat with the rest of the Tortillas. Pour the rest of the Sauce over the Enchiladas, then sprinkle on the rest of the Cheese. Give it a final sprinkling of Chili Powder. Bake until hot and bubbly, 30 minutes. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

 

 

....and done!

….and done!

Serve the enchiladas topped with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkling of cilantro and a wedge of lime. And time to enjoy these Enchiladas! Hot, Cheesy, and Flavorful! Another one of those Keeper Recipes courtesy of Ree Drummond. The original recipe is at the end of the post. For dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients
10 to 12 corn tortillasChicken Enchiladas 001
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder, plus more for sprinkling
2 tablespoons Cajun spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
Three 15-ounce cans green enchilada sauce (or use red if preferred!)
3 cups grated Cheddar-Jack cheese, plus more if needed
Sour cream, for serving
Diced tomatoes, for serving
Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving

Directions
1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2 – One at a time, hold the tortillas over the stove top burner (heated to medium heat) to brown slightly, about 30 seconds per side. Set the warmed tortillas aside.

3 – In a bowl, mix together the cumin, chili powder, Cajun spice, salt and pepper. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with the spice mix.

4 – Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook the chicken on both sides until done in the middle and the juices run clear, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Set aside on a plate to cool, then shred finely with a fork.

5 – Throw the onions into the same skillet, stir them around and cook until deep golden brown and caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes; set them aside on a plate. Pour the enchilada sauce into the skillet and reduce the heat to low, allowing it to warm through.

6 – To assemble the enchiladas: Pour 2 cups of the sauce into a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish and leave the rest in the skillet. Dip a tortilla into the sauce in the skillet, then lay it on a baking sheet or plate. Sprinkle some cheese down the middle, followed by some chicken and finally, some of the caramelized onions. Roll it up tightly, then place it seam-side down in the casserole dish. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. Pour the rest of the sauce over the enchiladas, then sprinkle on the rest of the cheese. Give it a final sprinkling of chili powder.

7 – Bake until hot and bubbly, 30 minutes. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

8 – Serve the enchiladas topped with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of diced tomatoes, a sprinkling of cilantro and a wedge of lime

Baked Smokey BBQ Chicken Wings w/ Baked Fries

December 20, 2016 at 6:01 PM | Posted in Alexia Potato Products, chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Smokey BBQ Chicken Wings w/ Baked Fries

 

 
For Breakfast this morning I made a favorite of mine, Skillet Potatoes and Ham. I used 1 package of Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes and a package of Meijer Diced Ham to prepare it. Just cook the Potatoes baked-smokey-bbq-chicken-wings-006according to the package instructions and with about 5 minutes of cooking time left add the Diced Ham. I topped everything with a sprinkle of Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar and a fried Sunny Side Up Egg. Mom and Dad wanted McDonald’s so I went there to pick up Breakfast for them afterward. Its cold out but quite as bad as its been, 16 degrees. During the day it got up to 39 degrees and partly sunny, so not too bad today. After I brought Breakfast back for Mom and Dad I headed back out to the local Kroger and stopped by the Bank. Back home broke out the new Hoover Cordless Vacuum, works great. Then finished up a load of laundry for Mom. For Dinner tonight its Chicken and Potatoes. I prepared Baked Smokey BBQ Chicken Wings w/ Baked Fries.

 

I used Tyson Smoky BBQ Wings. First time I tried these I loved them! I had tried three other of the Tyson Wings and they were all good, but the Smoky BBQ is my favorite. To prepare them I just followed the instructions on the bag. baked-smokey-bbq-chicken-wings-005Preheated the oven to 450°F. Then lined a rimmed baking sheet with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray. Placed the frozen chicken wing sections on the pan in a single layer. Then baked the on upper rack for 38 minutes, until the juices ran clear when thickest part of the chicken temperature read 180°F. on an instant thermometer. The Wings came out perfect! They crisped up nice and had and excellent Smokey BBQ flavor. I had a side of Litehouse Lite Bleu Cheese Dressing for dipping the Wings in.

 

 

 

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To go with my Wings I baked some Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries leftover so I prepared them to go with my Burger.Seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn Medley. Baked them at 425 degrees for 16 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right, excellent Shoestring Fry! Plus they are only 120 calories and 15 net carbs. I had a Diet Dr. Pepper to drink. For Dessert later a 100 Calorie Breyer’s Chocolate Ice Cream Cup.

 

 

 

 
Tyson Smokey BBQ Seasoned Chicken Wingsbaked-smokey-bbq-chicken-wings-002

Tyson® Individually Frozen Smokey BBQ Style 1st and 2nd joint Wings are perfect for game time or a fun family meal. These oven-bake wings pair perfectly with easy-to-prepare dip recipes on the back of the bag! Contains up to 21% seasoning solution.

UNCOOKED: FOR SAFETY, PRODUCT MUST BE COOKED TO AN INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OF 180°F AS MEASURED BY A THERMOMETER.
CONVENTIONAL OVEN

1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
3. Place frozen chicken wing sections on pan in a single layer.
4. Cook on upper rack for 35 – 38 minutes or until juices run clear when thickest part of the chicken is pierced and temperature on instant read thermometer reaches 180°F. For crisper wings: cook wing sections on a non-stick sprayed baking rack over a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
GRILL

1. Spray grill with non-stick spray prior to cooking.baked-smokey-bbq-chicken-wings-004
2. Gas
Grill
: Heat only one side of grill. Charcoal
Grill
: Pile coals on only one side of grill and heat.
3. Place wings on grill away from the heat. Cook, covered, until wings begin to brown.
4. Move wings directly over heated side of the grill and turn frequently.
5. Cook until the temperature in the thickest part reaches 180°F on an instant read thermometer. Appliances vary. Cooking times approximate. Adjust accordingly to ensure internal temperature reaches 180°F.

COOKING TIMES AND OVEN TEMPERATURES MAY VARY, ADJUST ACCORDINGLY.

Soup Special of the Day! – Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

November 6, 2016 at 6:26 AM | Posted in chicken, rice, soup, Soup Special of the Day | 3 Comments
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. Perfect Soup for these Fall Days, Enjoy!

 

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients
4 cups Swanson Low Sodium Chicken Broth
2 cups Water
2 cooked, Pedue Perfect Portions Boneless Chicken Breast halves, shredded
1 (4.5 ounce) package quick cooking Long Grain and Wild Rice with seasoning packet
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Blue Bonnet Light Butter
2 cups Heavy Cream
Directions
1 – In a large pot over medium heat, combine broth, water and chicken. Bring just to boiling, then stir in rice, reserving seasoning packet. Cover and remove from heat.
2 – In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in contents of seasoning packet until mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat to low, then stir in flour mixture by tablespoons, to form a roux. Whisk in cream, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Cook until thickened, 5 minutes.
3 – Stir cream mixture into broth and rice. Cook over medium heat until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

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