Baked Chicken and Dumplings Thursday, Feb 14 2013 

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I grew up eating Chicken Pot Pie. Sometimes with pie crust, and sometimes we just put the mixture in a casserole dish, topped with biscuit dough, and baked that way. Either way, I love it! However, I don’t really care much for making pie crust, so I prefer the quick and easy version of putting biscuits on top. :)  It’s also healthier that way.

I never know what to call that dish though, because Chicken Pot Pie always refers to the mixture being baked inside pie crusts. I asked my friends on facebook recently, and the term “Chicken Dumplings” came up. I wasn’t familiar with that term, so I googled it. It seems like that is mostly used when you boil your “biscuit” dough in the mixture in a pot. Since I bake it, I decided to call this recipe Baked Chicken and Dumplings. ;-)

Baked Chicken and Dumplings

2 1/2 cups chicken and/or vegetable broth (I use my homemade concentrated chicken broth, and diluted it some with water)
1/2 cup milk
5 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3 cups frozen vegetables
2 cups chicken, cooked and diced

Mix together broth, milk, salt and pepper in a large pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in vegetables and chicken, let simmer 5 minutes until warmed up again. Pour mixture into a 2 qt casserole dish. I prefer a dish that isn’t big, but deep. The biscuits will absorb some of the liquid and I like there to be less biscuits compared to the depth of the chicken/veggie mixture.

Bake at 400F until bubbly, about 20 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare a biscuit mix (like this, or this, or this!). Remove casserole from oven, drop biscuit dough by teaspoon-ful on top of the mixture (leaving room between them as they will expend as they bake). I found it only took 1/2 of the biscuit dough, and baked the rest on a cookie sheet on the side. Return to oven for 10-15 minutes until biscuits are golden and cooked.

Slight adaptation from the More with Less cookbook.

Secret Recipe Club: Rainbow Chicken Salad Monday, Jan 28 2013 

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After a month off (due to Christmas), its Secret Recipe Club time again! I was glad to have December off since we moved across the country. We settled into our new apartment just before Christmas, and I’m not getting back into the swing of things (as much as a 1st trimester mommy can!). :)

This month I was assigned to Kudos Kitchen by Renee. Since I had some turkey leftover from Christmas in my freezer, I decided to make this beautiful colourful Rainbow Chicken Salad! I like that the sauce isn’t just mayonaise, but is half yogurt. Between that, and all its veggies added in, it makes this recipe a healthier sandwich filling, and so pretty to serve.

 

Rainbow Chicken Salad

2 cups chicken (or turkey!), cooked, diced into bite-sized pieces
1 medium purple onion, diced (I used white as I didn’t have any purple, but purple would be so pretty!)
1/4 large orange bell pepper, diced
1/4 large yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 apple, peeled and diced
1 lime, zest and juice (I used 1 Tbsp pickle juice!)
1 pickle, diced
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and stir to combine well. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.


Garlic Roasted Chicken Breasts Friday, Jan 25 2013 

I apologize for not a very good picture, but that couldn’t keep me from sharing this recipe with you! It’s delicious! We enjoyed eating these chicken breasts on their own, as well as on top of salad. They are very tasty and moist, and I love that they don’t require any marinating for them to be like that. :)

I found the recipe here, and made it twice within a week, it was so good!

Garlic Roasted Chicken Breasts

4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
dash ground pepper
1/8 tsp chili powder (up to 1 tsp, depending on taste!)
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (I’m sure this would work on any type of chicken pieces)

Mix together garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, chili, cumin, and oil.

Place chicken breasts in 8″x8″ casserole dish. Pour in the chicken broth, spread garlic mix on top of chicken breasts. Bake at 425F for 40-50 minutes, until chicken is cooked (juices are clear inside the chicken). Delicious!

 

Homemade Chicken Nuggets Friday, Jan 4 2013 

 

I love chicken nuggets! However I stopped buying some a long time ago. They are quick and easy to make at home, and very family-friendly!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
Milk
Breadcrumbs
Seasoning salt, to taste

Cut up chicken breasts into strips or nuggets, as desired. Mix together breadcrumbs and seasoning salt. Dip each piece of chicken in a bowl of milk, then dip in breadcrumbs mixture. Put on a greased cookie sheet, and bake at 400F until chicken is cooked (depending on the size of the nuggets/fingers), approximately 20-25 minutes.

Tastes great served with plum sauce!

Chicken Croquettes Thursday, Dec 27 2012 

 

My boys love “finger foods” and that includes croquettes like this! They just eat them up like there’s no tomorrow. :)  Since I almost always have cooked chicken in the freezer, it makes this a quick meal. :)

It’s a variation of these Ham Croquettes.

Chicken Croquettes

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1lb ground chicken (put cooked chicken pieces through the food processor)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
3 cups dried breadcrumbs, divided
salt and pepper to taste
4 eggs
1/8 cup water
Oil for frying
 
Mix together chicken, cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs. Beat 3 eggs; stir into chicken mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Using your hands, make golf ball-size balls out of the ham mixture, and slightly flatten them. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Spread remaining bread crumbs onto a plate. In a large bowl, beat 1 egg; stir in water. Dip croquettes into egg mixture, and roll in bread crumbs. Fry in hot oil, turning them once, until golden brown. Remove to paper towels to soak up grease.

Secret Recipe Club: Slow-Cooker Shredded Tex-Mex Chicken Monday, Oct 29 2012 

It’s my favourite Monday of the month again, time for Secret Recipe Club! I love getting assigned a blog, browsing through it, picking a new recipe to make, review, and rave about. :)  This month, I was assigned to Amy’s Fearless Homemaker’s blog. She has beautiful photography of her food! I can only dream of being able to do that. :)  (Doesn’t help that I live so far in northern Canada that it’s already dark when we eat supper. Natural lighting sure adds to beautiful photography!)

When I received her blog as my next assignment, I found it very easy to pick a recipe! It’s a recipe she had just posted: Slow-Cooker Shredded Tex-Mex Chicken! It looked amazing, and something my little family would love. I was right!

I served the shredded chicken with homemade salsa, corn, diced green peppers, and shredded cheese, on homemade tortillas! Delicious!

Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Pulled Chicken

1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder (I used less as my boys are not overly fond of spicy)
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon paprika
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-2″ pieces
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/3 cup (packed) cilantro leaves, chopped (I omitted this)
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

Place all ingredients in the slow-cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, until chicken is cooked through and tender. The chicken pieces will be very tender at this point – you can either leave them as is, or shred them. I used a fork and pressed all the chunks to break them apart, right in the slow-cooker.

Serve with corn or flour tortillas. Can be served with rice, beans, salsa, sour cream, green peppers, corn, cheese, and any other toppings you desire!


Rice and Lentils Soup Monday, Oct 22 2012 

I cut a circle in a piece of fabric and inserted it between the jar’s lid and ring to dress it up a bit. Then I attached the recipe card with a rubber band around the jar.

I was looking for a soup-in-a-jar recipe to give to a friend (part of a housewarming gift). I came across this recipe and it sounded yummy. It looks so pretty layered in the jar! I made a batch of the soup for ourselves too, to make sure it tasted good before giving it away! :)  It’s a very hearty soup, exactly what my husband likes, and we quite enjoyed it.

We asked our 18-mth old (who was devouring bowls and bowls of it) if he liked it, and he quickly said “No!” while continuing to devour the soup in his bowl. Can you guess what his favourite word currently is?? :)  Gotta work on learning the word YES! ;-)

Another way to dress up the lid if by cutting a large circle, and attaching it below the lid of the jar. This way hides the whole lid/ring, but also hides part of the layers of the contents.

Rice and Lentils Soup

2 Tbsp chicken bouillon powder
1/3 cup rice
1/3 cup red lentils
1 Tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/3 cup rice
1/3 cup green lentils
8 cups water
1/4 cup chopped celery (opt)
1 cup cooked chicken pieces (opt)

Layer in a 1 pint jar, in the above order (minus water, celery, and chicken, of course!). Seal with a lid and ring.

Attach a note to the jar:
To make soup, bring water to a boil in a large pot. Pour in contents of the jar and add celery and chicken, if desired. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let simmer 30-45 minutes, until lentils are tender.

Chicken Broccoli Tattrazini Wednesday, Jul 18 2012 

Today, we have a recipe submitted by Kaillie Fagan! Thank you so much, Kaillie, for submitting this recipe. Looks delicious! :)

Chicken Broccoli Tattrazini

2 large chicken breasts
8 oz. uncooked spaghetti, broken into thirds
16 oz. broccoli florets
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups white cheddar shredded
1 can whole mushrooms (484g)

Heat oven to 350F. Grease 9×13 glass baking dish. Cook spaghetti as directed on package. Drain. Cover; set aside.

Cook breasts on stovetop. Fry in pan until cooked through. When cooked, let them cool, then cut into bite size pieces.

In a saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. I like to use a whisk for this step. Cooking and stirring until well blended. When mixture has boiled for a 10 minutes add 1 cup of shredded cheese. (White cheddar is optional, you can substitute for parmesan, mozzarella, marble, or orange cheddar if that is what you have on hand). Remove from heat when cheese is well incorporated.

Put cooked spaghetti on the bottom of the dish. Add chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms. Pour the cheese sauce all over.  Sprinkle with the reserved 1 cup of cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until mixture bubbles around the edges and is hot.

BBQ-baked Chicken Packets Wednesday, Jun 6 2012 

This is a great recipe! (Well, no specific amounts… but a yummy general idea!) You can bake it in the oven, or on the BBQ!  It’s individually packaged, which is great for having company over. :) Makes for tender chicken, and yummy supper!

BBQ-baked Chicken Packets

Boneless chicken breasts
Onions
Mushrooms
Carrots
Seasoning (options: salt, pepper, garlic plus, seasoning salt, etc)

Place boneless chicken breasts on top of 12″ square aluminium foil papers. Sprinkle with seasoning. Top with onions, mushrooms, and carrots. Wrap each packet tightly.

Bake on medium heat on the BBQ for 30-45 minutes, until juice coming out of chicken is no longer pink. (Or bake in the oven at 400F for 30-45 minutes.)

Secret Recipe Club: Cranberry Chicken Salad Monday, May 28 2012 

It’s Secret Recipe Club time again! I didn’t participate last month since we were on the road for 2 weeks, and missed it! It’s fun to get assigned to a new blog, get to know the author, and browse around for a recipe. :)  Usually I come up with several I want to try, and narrow it down to one that fits my fancy and cravings at that time. :)

This month I was assigned to The Gingered Whisk! Jenni has a super cute daughter, and shares my love of being in the kitchen. I always browse the bread sections, since that is a bit of my “specialty”. Jenni really likes using sourdough! It’s not something I’ve experimented with very much, but I want to. It was neat to see how many different types of bread can be done with sourdough. Good job, Jenni! It’s inspiring! :)

I received this assignment right after we got back home from 18 days on the road. I was exhausted, and my youngest was sick, so I looked for something quick. I decided on a very basic recipe, in hopes that some of you would benefit from it! What is better in these coming supper months than a yummy Chicken Salad sandwich?! You can eat it on crackers, buns, bread, or tortillas. It’s easy to bring on a picnic, or a day at the beach! It’s versatile too, you can add many different nuts and fruits to “spice it up”. :)

Jenni’s recipe is super simple. I tweaked it a bit because I had just gotten a Vita-Mix and wanted to try it out in there (worked great!), and because I’ve been craving cranberries so I had to add some in. :)

Cranberry Chicken Salad

2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded*
1 pickle, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Mayonnaise to taste
Handful dried cranberries, chopped**

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Serve on crackers, buns, bread, or tortilla wraps.

*Put mine through my Vita-Mix blender to shred! So quick! Would also work through a food processor, or chop finely with a knife.
** I put those through the Vita-Mix too!!


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