Chicken Strombolis 2 Ways

This week for our family dinner I decided to make things a little less “formal.” By that I mean forks were optional! The grand kids are always happy with whatever I serve but this week I wanted to make it a little more fun for them by making something they could eat with their hands without getting in trouble. I thought of chicken strombolis but I couldn’t decide which one to make. So I made Chicken Strombolis 2 Ways!

Chicken Strombolis 2 Ways

 

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10 Freezer Meals to Make This Weekend

The last couple of weeks have been really rough on my physically. I think the weather played a large part since it was in the 60’s one day then the 30’s the next and continued to roller-coaster that way. I’ve also had a flare of the CRPS which scares the heck out of me. And the worst part was that I felt so awful I didn’t want to cook and we ate take-out twice! I finally decided I needed to restock my freezer meals and I thought I’d share what I made with 10 Freezer Meals to Make This Weekend.

10 Freezer Meals to Make This Weekend

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Keller Whole Roast Chicken

My very dear friend, Peg is coming for dinner and I’m going to serve chicken. That may seem like a kind of cheap and commonplace dinner to serve to a close friend but I’m making this chicken in a way I know Peg will love. I usually call Peg my Guinea Peg because I like to try recipes on that poor woman but I’ve already tested this recipe and all I can say is I have no problem serving it to people I care about! It’s simple but very tasty and since it’s the recipe of a world-famous chef I call it Keller Whole Roasted Chicken.

Only 3 ingredients needed to make Keller Whole Roast Chicken

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Roasted Balsamic Cranberry Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs, oh chicken thighs! We love those juicy little thighs and I serve them frequently but, like anything you make a lot they can start to seem like the same old thing. I’m not going to stop making chicken thighs. They’re delicious and inexpensive. But I don’t have to make them in the same old ways. I saw a picture on Pinterest that intrigued me so tonight it’s Roasted Balsamic Cranberry Chicken Thighs.

Roasted Balsamic Cranberry Chicken Thighs

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Easy Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Thighs

We all have days when we’re really busy or just don’t feel like cooking anything that requires a lot of work. But, of course, we all still want a great tasting dinner. Easy brown sugar bourbon chicken thighs is one of my favorite “night off” meals. It’s made with McCormick Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon seasoning and can be done on the grill, stove top or oven. What could be easier?

With just 3 ingredients you can have tasty brown sugar bourbon chicken thighs!

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5 Slow Cooker Recipes to Make Your Life Easy

The situation with the hot water heater cause a bit more chaos than I expected. Mr. C has been doing dishes by heating water in the coffee maker but I feel a bit guilty about cooking when things are the way they are. We’ve been dining on our freezer meals since the weekend since I don’t have to mess up a lot of baking dishes, etc. Today it hit me. Why haven’t I pulled out the slow cooker? I’m sure you too have days when slow cooker meals are a life-saver so here are 5 Slow Cooker Recipes to Make Your Life Easy!

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Breaded Chicken & Fettuccine with Lemon Cream Sauce

The weather suddenly cooled significantly here. It was 85° just a few days ago and now it’s in the low, LOW 60’s. I need a shot of summer even if it’s only in the flavors in my dinner. So I’m made Breaded Chicken & Fettuccine with Lemon Cream Sauce because lemon always reminds me of summer and pasta is just plain comforting in any situation.

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I tried to get pictures of the steps during cooking but I discovered I was in too much pain to even care how they looked. This is the problem with cooking any dish that requires more labor than frozen pizza on days like this.

In spite of the lack of pictures please try this recipe. Even M, who still can’t taste a lot, said it was delicious and actually asked me to put it in my regular recipe rotation (and say that three times fast). I really believe you’ll love it. It’s also very easy to make in larger quantities if you have more than 2 people in your house.

 

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Breaded Chicken & Fettucine with Lemon Cream Sauce

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

2 servings of fettuccine, cooked al dente

For the chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • 1 egg, mixed
  • 1/2 cup Italian Panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons oil for frying chicken

 

For the lemon cream sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

 

Optional:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley

 

Directions:

  1. Boil salted water and cook fettuccine until al dente.
  2. Drain and keep hot.
  3. Pound the chicken breasts until they are evenly thin.
  4. In a dish large enough for the breasts, whisk the egg.
  5. Pour panko crumbs into a dish large enough to hold the chicken breasts.
  6. Dip the breasts into the egg then into the breadcrumbs, pressing crumbs into the meat.
  7. Heat the oil in a large skillet until shimmering.
  8. Lay the chicken breasts in the skillet and cook each side until browned and crispy (about 3 – 4 minutes per side). *If your chicken is browning too quickly you can finish it in a 400F oven to reach the correct temperature.
  9. Remove the chicken and keep hot.
  10. Add the butter to the skillet then the chicken broth scraping up any browned bits from the chicken.
  11. Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to not quite half.
  12. Stir in the heavy cream and lemon juice and increase the heat to medium.
  13. Cook until the broth and cream mixture is thickened.
  14. Place the breaded chicken and fettuccine on a plate and spoon some of the lemon cream sauce over both.
  15. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley.

 

 

 

Andi's Tropical Crunch Chicken

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Our son’s girlfriend decided to make us dinner last night. She and our son were stopping by anyway and, after the tomato sauce debacle, she knew I wasn’t able to do much. I felt guilty as she lugged in bags of ingredients but, once I tasted her chicken strips, I got over it. They were wonderfully crunchy and the coconut and orange flavors made her dish like a trip to the Caribbean. Since she didn’t have a name for her chicken I dubbed it Andi’s Tropical Crunch Chicken.

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