Cafe Rio Chicken

I got this recipe from http://mandysrecipeboxblog.com/cafe-rio-chicken/

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 8 oz. zesty Italian dressing
  • ½ Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing Mix (mixed with ½ cup of water)
  • ½ Tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ Tablespoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on LOW for about 5 hours or until chicken is done.
  2. Shred with fork and serve in salads, burritos, whatever you like.
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Cranberry Chicken

Cranberry Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup French dressing or Russian dressing

Directions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a glass baking dish.
  2. Stir the onion soup mix, cranberry sauce, and French dressing together in a bowl until well blended. Pour over the chicken breasts. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or 8 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Remove the plastic wrap from the baking dish, and cover the baking dish with  aluminum foil.
  5. Bake chicken in preheated oven until top is bubbly and slightly browned, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

You can freeze it for later.  Put all the ingredients in a gallon freezer Ziploc bag.  Close it and then mash all the ingredients with your hand to mix it.  Thaw in fridge and then dump the contents into your crock pot and cook 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

 

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Over Rice

SERVES 4 to 6
Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Over Rice
INGREDIENTS
  • 4-6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 14 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 14 oz can cheddar soup
  • 14 oz can chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 12 oz frozen bag broccoli florets or 4 cups fresh broccoli, lightly steamed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Spray crock pot with cooking spray and and then add chicken soup, cheddar soup, chicken broth, salt, Cajun seasoning, and garlic salt.  Whisk together until smooth. Place the chicken into the mixture.
  2. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours (depending on your crock pot) or on high for 3 hours. The last 30 minutes of cooking, shred the chicken with two forks and add the broccoli, sour cream, and cheese. Cook for about 30 more minutes until the broccoli is tender and heated through.
  3. Serve over white rice and garnish with shredded cheese.

Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

This recipe does not use mayonnaise to coat the chicken.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly oil a 9×13 inch baking dish.  Squeeze the fresh garlic into the pan.  Let it sit in a warm oven for a few minutes then dip and coat your chicken in it.  Then roll the chicken into the bread crumb/Parmesan cheese mixture.  Put your chicken back into the baking dish and bake.
  2. If you desire, once the chicken has baked, lay a slice of mozzarella or provolone cheese on top of each breast and pour your favorite marinara sauce over it. Put it back in the oven until the sauce bubbles and the cheese melts.

Cajun Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

Cajun Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

This is what we made for Father’s day dinner.  Everyone loved it!  Even grandpa, who is a roast beef and potatoes man went back for seconds.

Original site source:  http://comfortablydomestic.com/2011/03/cajun-chicken-alfredo/

Ingredients

  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lbs.)
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Cajun blackening spice (I found it in the grocery store spice aisle)
  • 2 Tbs. butter, divided
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil (or more if needed)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 C. (1/2 pint) grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 C. dry white wine (I used chicken broth)
  • 1 1/2 C. heavy cream (or half-and-half)
  • 1 1/2 C. good quality, freshly grated Italian cheeses (I found a blend of Asiago, Parmesan, and Fontina at the grocery store)
  • 3 oz. herbed goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (or more, to taste)
  • 1 pound fettuccine, cooked
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg, for garnish
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions

1. Rinse chicken breast in cool water, and pat dry. Pound each chicken breast flat with a flat meat mallet or rolling pin, between two sheets of plastic wrap. Set flattened breasts on a clean plate. Sprinkle a heavy amount of blackening spice on both sides of each chicken breast, pressing to adhere.

2.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

3.     Heat 1 Tbs. of the butter, and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, until butter begins to brown. Place chicken in the pan, and sear on one side, until it is very brown, about 3 minutes. Flip chicken and sear the other side until very brown, about another 1 1/2 minutes. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan.

4.     Place browned chicken onto a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside. Remove chicken from the oven and thinly slice against the grain; set aside.

5.     Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions and begin cooking the sauce.

For the Sauce

If the skillet looks dry, add a bit more olive oil. Reheat the skillet over medium heat.

1. Pour the chicken broth into the skillet to deglaze the pan and whisk all of the delicious brown bits off the bottom of the pan. (1-2 minutes)

2. Add the garlic and tomatoes to the pan and sauté to soften and lightly caramelize, stirring occasionally. (1-2 minutes)

3. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour the heavy cream to the pan with the tomato mixture, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the salt, pepper, and the remaining tablespoon of butter. Continue to stir the cream mixture while it simmers for 3-4 minutes. The cream will reduce slightly.

4.  Remove from heat. Add the grated cheeses, and goat cheese to the cream sauce. Stir constantly until all the cheese has melted, and sauce is smooth. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings.

5.  Pour the fettuccine onto the sauce, and top with the sliced chicken. Toss the pasta and chicken into the sauce with tongs, until well combined. Turn tossed pasta into a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg, and a bit of chopped parsley.

Serve immediately.

FANTASTIC Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad

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HERB MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN SALAD

Thanks to Sara for this incredible salad she made for us.  The flavors were amazing.  I have never had a better salad.  Ever.  We had it with a fruit salad and some cheddar biscuits.

Recipe and photo source: https://cafedelites.com/2016/07/05/grilled-lemon-herb-mediterranean-chicken-salad-recipe/

Marinade/Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon (1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cracked pepper, to taste
  • (1 pound | 500 g) 4 skinless, boneless chicken thigh fillets (or chicken breasts)
Salad:
  • 4 cups Romaine lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ⅓ cup pitted Kalamata olives (or black olives), sliced (optional)
  • Lemon wedges, to serve

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together all of the marinade/dressing ingredients in a large jug. Pour out half of the marinade into a large, shallow dish. Refrigerate the remaining marinade to use as the dressing later.
  2. Add the chicken to the marinade in the bowl; marinade chicken for 15-30 minutes (or up to two hours in the refrigerator if time allows). While waiting for the chicken, prepare all of the salad ingredients and mix in a large salad bowl.
  3. Once chicken is ready, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a grill pan or a grill plate over medium-high heat. Grill chicken on both sides until browned and completely cooked through.
  4. Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes; slice and arrange over salad. Drizzle salad with the remaining UNTOUCHED dressing. Serve with lemon wedges.
NOTES
Add ½ cup crumbled feta to give the salad an even better flavour.

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

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Recipe and photo source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/chicken/balsamic-chicken-and-vegetables/

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together salad dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey, and crushed red pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink, turning once. Add half of the dressing mixture to skillet; turn chicken to coat. Transfer chicken to a serving platter; cover and keep warm.
  3. Add asparagus and carrot to skillet. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender; transfer to serving platter.
  4. Stir remaining dressing mixture; add to skillet. Cook and stir for 1 minute, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet. Drizzle the dressing mixture over chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with tomato. Makes 4 servings.

Fiesta Stuffed Chicken

Recipe source: Deseret News:

FIESTA STUFFED CHICKEN

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (7-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 8 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Pound each chicken breast to ¼-inch thickness. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons chopped green chilies and one slice of cheese on each chicken breast. Roll the chicken up tightly and secure with a toothpick. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl, except butter. Dip each chicken roll in melted butter and then coat in bread crumb mixture. If freezing, see directions below. Otherwise, place seam-side down in a greased 9-by-13 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Freezing directions: Place chicken seam-side down in a greased disposable pan. Cover with foil and freeze.  — “Families on the Go,” by Susie Roberts

One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta

One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta

simple alfredo dish

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen corn, or the corn from two ears
  • 2 cups dry penne
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 1 cup black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 14 oz jarred Alfredo sauce
  • 2 TBSPS taco seasoning

Instructions

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 TBSP of olive oil, and then add diced red pepper. Cook until soft, remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add water to the saucepan, bring to a boil, and add the penne. One minute before you need to remove the pasta (according to package directions), add the frozen corn. Drain the cooked pasta and warmed corn and return to the pan.
  3. Stir in the cooked pepper, chicken, and black beans. Then stir in the alfredo sauce and taco seasoning.

One Pot Jambalaya

One Pot Jambalaya

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. chicken, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Lb. smoked sausage, sliced
  • 4 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 c. tomato sauce
  • 1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
  • 1 Tbsp. cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere’s)
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Lb. liguine noodles
  • 1 Lb. shrimp (uncooked, peeled, de-veined)

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot or large, deep-walled skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until white (it doesn’t need to be cooked through). Add remaining ingredients (minus shrimp and cilantro).
  • Bring to a boil, stirring often. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer* for about 20-25 minutes or until noodles become soft, stirring often. Add more chicken broth if necessary.
  • *If adding shrimp, add about 15 minutes into the simmering process.
  • Garnish with cilantro before serving.