Leftovers: Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

November 6, 2013 at 6:24 PM | Posted in chicken, leftovers, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Leftovers: Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

 

 

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A rainy day out today with cooler weather not far behind the rain. Ran a friend of mine to the Dayton Airport, he’s heading to Florida for the Winter. I’ll be picking him back up sometime in April. I have a few leftovers frozen so I’m going to using them up in the upcoming days. Tonight for dinner it’s leftovers, Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta and a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread.

 

 
I tried the Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken – Chicken Helper the other night and it instatly became one of my favorites! The Rotini and Cheese Sauce are excellent and the Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor for the Chicken is one of the better Crumb Coatings I’ve had for Chicken. I just put everything in a microwavable plate and heated it up for about 1 minute. I also had a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread and an Ice-Cold Diet Dr. Pepper to drink. For dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.

 

 
If you were to prepare this from the start as all the other ones, Hamburger/Chicken Helper, this one is very easy to make. Just follow the instructions on the box. To prepare it fist go ahead and make the Pasta, by direction. Then prepare your Chicken and you have one fine meal! The Chicken Helper box contains Rotini Pasta with Naturally Flavored Cheesy Sauce Mix & Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor. I added the Chicken, Water, 2% Milk, Canola Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. It all comes together for one easily made and delicious dinner.

 

 

 

 

 
Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken – Chicken HelperChicken Helper
* Rotini pasta with naturally flavored cheesy sauce mix and seasoned crumb coating with natural bacon flavor
* Add chicken
* Pasta side dish included
Directions
For Pasta:
You Will Need: 1-1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tbsp butter. For Chicken You Will Need: 1 lb uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 tbsp milk, 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Success Tips: Start with completely thawed chicken. Adjust heat setting, cook times and amount of oil as needed. Pasta: 1 – Stir water, 1/2 cup milk, butter, sauce mix and pasta in 2-quart nonstick sauce pan. Heat just to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 17 minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender. Meanwhile, continue with step 2.
Chicken:
2 – Cut each chicken breast into 3 to 5 slices, holding knife at an angle. (Slices should be about 1/2 inch thick). 3 – Coat, Place chicken in medium bowl. Add 1 tbsp milk to moisten. Add seasoned crumbs to coat chicken. 4 – Brown, Heat butter and oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until butter is melted. Carefully add chicken to hot butter and oil; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Reduce heat to medium-low. Turn chicken; cook 4 to 6 minutes longer or until golden brown and centers are no longer pink (165 degrees F). Serve with potatoes. Refrigerate leftovers. Add Your Own Twist: Stir 1/2 cup cooked broccoli or shredded cheddar cheese into the finished pasta. If you want a bit of crunch, top with 1/3 cup crushed garlic croutons!

 
nutrition information
1 cup prepared
Serving Size:
Serving Per Container:
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 390 Calories from Fat: 170 % Daily Value* Total Fat 19g 29% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 85mg 28% Sodium 690mg 29% Total Carbohydrate 30g 10% Dietary Fiber 7%

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Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

November 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM | Posted in chicken, pasta | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta

 

 

Chicken Helper 006
I went with my Mom to pick up some late season Green Beans that had gotten in at Jungle Jim’s Market. From there an errand or two and home. getting dark early since the time went back, about 5:30 now. Miss the long day light hours of Summer! For dinner tonight another new one, Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken w/ Cheesy Rotini Pasta.

 

 
I tried another of the new Hamburger Helpers, Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken – Chicken Helper. I’ve tried a few of them now but I think I’ve found my favorite so far. This really turned out delicious! The Rotini and Cheese Sauce is excellent and the Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor for the Chicken is one of the better Crumb Coatings I’ve had for Chicken. As all the other ones this one is very easy to make, just follow the instructions on the box. To prepare it fist go ahead and make the Pasta, by direction. Then prepare your Chicken and you have one fine meal! The Chicken Helper box contains Rotini Pasta with Naturally Flavored Cheesy Sauce Mix & Seasoned Crumb Coating with Natural Bacon Flavor. I added the Chicken, Water, 2% Milk, Canola Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. It all comes together for one easily made and delicious dinner. I also had a couple of slices of Klosterman Wheat Bread and an ice-cold Diet Dr. Pepper. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

Chicken Helper

Betty Crocker Crispy Cheddar Bacon Chicken –  Chicken Helper
* Rotini pasta with naturally flavored cheesy sauce mix and seasoned crumb coating with natural bacon flavor
* Add chicken
* Pasta side dish included

 
Directions
For Pasta:
You Will Need: 1-1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tbsp butter. For Chicken You Will Need: 1 lb uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 tbsp milk, 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Success Tips: Start with completely thawed chicken. Adjust heat setting, cook times and amount of oil as needed. Pasta: 1 – Stir water, 1/2 cup milk, butter, sauce mix and pasta in 2-quart nonstick sauce pan. Heat just to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 17 minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender. Meanwhile, continue with step 2.

 
Chicken:
2 – Cut each chicken breast into 3 to 5 slices, holding knife at an angle. (Slices should be about 1/2 inch thick). 3 – Coat, Place chicken in medium bowl. Add 1 tbsp milk to moisten. Add seasoned crumbs to coat chicken. 4 – Brown, Heat butter and oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until butter is melted. Carefully add chicken to hot butter and oil; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Reduce heat to medium-low. Turn chicken; cook 4 to 6 minutes longer or until golden brown and centers are no longer pink (165 degrees F). Serve with potatoes. Refrigerate leftovers. Add Your Own Twist: Stir 1/2 cup cooked broccoli or shredded cheddar cheese into the finished pasta. If you want a bit of crunch, top with 1/3 cup crushed garlic croutons!

 

 
nutrition information
1 cup prepared
Serving Size:
Serving Per Container:
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 390 Calories from Fat: 170 % Daily Value* Total Fat 19g 29% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 85mg 28% Sodium 690mg 29% Total Carbohydrate 30g 10% Dietary Fiber 7%

Italian Pasta & 3 Bean Salad w/ Whole Grain Chicken Breast Strips

August 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM | Posted in chicken, pasta, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Italian Pasta & 3 Bean Salad w/ Whole Grain Chicken Breast StripsItalian 3 Bean Pasta Salad 005

 

 

My parents were out on a Church function so I spent the day catching up on all the housework, cleaning and the laundry! Then went to store real quick to pick a couple of items up and done for the day. Feels a lot more like August Weather today, HUMID! For dinner a new one, Italian Pasta & 3 Bean Salad w/ Whole Grain Chicken Breast Strips.

 

 

 

First time making the Italian Pasta & 3 Bean Salad. Came across several recipes for this so I took a few ideas from them and added my own touches to it and it came one delicious recipe! I used Ronzoni Garden Delight Trio Italiano Pasta, Mezzetta Pesto Sauce, Peppadews, 1 Can Read 3 Bean Pasta, 3 thinly sliced Mini Sweet Peppers, 7 Marinated Ciligine Balls (cut in half), fresh Shredded Cave Aged Gruyere, and 1 California Sour Dough Boule. To prepare I just cooked Pasta according to package directions (boiled 11 minutes); drained and rinsed under cold running water. Then in a bowl, combined Pesto with Pasta and folded until it was well coated. Then combined Pasta with Bean Salad, discarding liquid. Stirred in Peppadews, sliced Sweet Mini Peppers and Ciligine; and refrigerated. To serve, sprinkled Cheese (Gruyere), over top. If you like Pasta Salads you’ll love this version! This is the second time I’ve had the Peppadews and I am in love with these things, you have to try them! I served the Pasta in a hollowed out California Sour Dough Boule. Some other ingredients that you could add to this would be perhaps some toasted Walnuts, Pine Nuts or Sardines.

 

 

I also baked a couple of Perdue Whole Grain Chicken Breast Strips which I sliced up and added to my Pasta Salad. Another must try are these Perdue Whole Grain Chicken Breast Strips. I think possibly the best premade Chicken Strip I’ve ever had! They come breaded and just bake them for 12 minutes, flipping them over after 6 minutes. Great for salads, sandwiches, or just by their selves. Good item to have in the fridge or frozen. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl frozen Yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 

PERDUE® Whole Grain Chicken Breast StripsPERDUE® Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Breast Strips

INGREDIENTS
Ingredients: Boneless skinless chicken breast with rib meat, chicken broth. Contains 2% or less of salt, yeast extract, brown sugar, natural flavors.

Breaded with: White whole wheat flour, wheat flour, water, salt. Contains 2% or less of natural flavors, dextrose, dried yeast, natural paprika extract, potassium chloride, yeast extract, maltodextrin, dried garlic, natural paprika and annatto extracts, yellow corn flour.
Nutrtion

Serving Size 3oz (85g)
Servings Per Container About 8
Amount Per Serving (* % of Daily Value)
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 50
Total Fat 6g (9%)
Saturated Fat 1.5g (8%)
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 35mg (12%)
Sodium 490mg (20%)
Total Carbohydrate 13g (4%)
Dietary Fiber 1g (4%)
Sugars 1g
Protein 14g (25%)

 
http://www.perdue.com/products/details.asp?id=400&title=PERDUE%AE%20Whole%20Grain%20Chicken%20Breast%20Strips

 

 

 

Ronzoni Garden Delight Trio Italiano PastaRonzoni Garden Delight Trio Italiano Pasta
Trio Italiano

Trio Italiano from Ronzoni Garden Delight
Trio Italiano is a combination of three shapes in one box: Rotini, Penne & Shells. With three shapes in three colors RONZONI GARDEN DELIGHT Trio Italiano is perfect for showcasing the vegetables in any meal, but is especially appealing in cold salads.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value* Total Fat 1g 2% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 20mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 40g 13% Dietary Fiber 2g 8% Sugars 3g Protein 8g

 
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