This recipe came about after the husband had requested I make stuffed chicken breast. Since it was his birthday (week), I wanted to make a special one for him, so I took his love for apples and the inspiration of a fellow foodie blogger, Running with Deviled Eggs, who mentioned she was making a similar dish, and created this Apple, Goat Cheese, & Rosemary Stuffed Chicken Breast. It came out just perfect, which I was very happy about since I used a technique new to me- rolling the chicken vs. cutting a slit down the middle to stuff it. The rolling method works well with any filling that is made of small components, so if you're gonna change up the ingredients, make sure to dice them!
After wrecking my brain about what I wanted to serve as the main course for this year's holiday dinner for my lady friends, I decided to create a pasta dish that was different, but would still appeal to everyone attending. This dish is like a collaboration of Baked Ziti, Spinach Lasagna, and Chicken Alfredo. It worked out perfectly because I was able to make a vegetarian version too (just doubled the recipe and left out the chicken on the second pan). Both were delicious and had plenty of flavor. I really enjoyed the change from red to white sauce, as it gave the dish a creamy texture, yet was still not heavy and overbearing.
If you're looking for a great dip that's got some (white) meat to it, then the Buffalo Chicken Dip is the way to go. Why mess with bones and messy fingers when you can get the same flavor and then some from this very dish. The combination of chicken with hot sauce and dressing gives you that wingy taste while the addition of cheeses creates a creaminess making it that much better. You can prepare this in the crockpot or the oven- I've given directions for both!
Of course, I use light ingredients in my version including a calorie free Ranch (Walden Farms) and it still turns out delicious. I have yet to try the dip with Blue Cheese, but the next time I make the it, I will. And watch out, 'cause this dip definitely has a kick to it! So if you're not into spicy, take it down a notch by reducint the amount of hot sauce.
I have once again been defeated in the "Words with Friends Challenge." This time Danielle R. from Watsonville, CA took over the lead with her final move. My loss is everyone's gain though. Danielle requested a recipe that uses chicken and zucchini since she had a lot of them on hand. I too find myself needing to use up fresh veggies so I wanted to create a dish that would be great to satisfy Danielle's request, as well as be versatile enough to use with other produce. Hence, the Chicken & Veggie Casserole. While I cannot take credit for this being a completely original recipe, my touches have been added to make it reduced in fat and easy for you to recreate using whichever veggies you prefer!
This recipe is for a special Flavor Appraiser fan, Genna R. (Fort Lauderdale, FL), who defeated me in one of our many "Words with Friends" matches. Thus, she won herself a customized recipe! After going through her likes and (many) dislikes, I came up with a Chicken Marsala dish that she will love. And today is her birthday, making it the perfect day to post this simple, light, and delicious recipe! Congratulations Genna on your WWF victory and your 30th birthday :)
Bold colors, bright tastes, and bursts of flavor make up this meal, which is enjoyed in our house about once a month. This meal embraces what Mediterranean cuisine is all about- fresh, healthy ingredients and grilling as the primary cooking method. The Greek Chicken Breast and Pita is delicious and makes for a beautiful presentation as well as a fun dish to eat since everyone gets to create their own!
I'll start by saying that the USDA may not love my way of prepping a turkey for its roasting, but the method I use (and my mom uses, and her mom used, etc) dates back years before the government stepped in to tell us about "safe food handling." If you use common sense and are careful about how and where you handle the raw meat, you will be fine. So there was my disclaimer. Now onto the process of getting Tom ready for Thanksgiving...
Here’s another one for the crockpot. While I wouldn’t say that this meal is the most beautiful dish to come out of my kitchen, I can say that the outcome does a great job of mocking traditional Chicken & Dumplings at a fraction of the calories and effort. It provides you with that comfort food feel minus the post dinner remorse. What I especially like about this recipe is you don’t have to cook anything before you put it in the slowcooker- just toss in the ingredients and get on with your life.
"Curry." This is a word I used to avoid at all costs, but as I've allowed my taste buds to develop, I have learned to appreciate curry slowly, but surely. There are several different kinds (some of which I am still trying to acquire a taste for), and for now, my own kitchen has only seen the addition of your basic curry powder. That's the key ingredient in this Chicken Curry Quinoa dish. I based my recipe off one I found online (I'd love to give credit to the original creator but umpteen websites have the same recipe listsed). Being that I've only made it once, I was more than pleased with the initial results, however, next time I might take it up a notch and use coconut milk instead of regular milk!
This is a great healthy recipe perfect for during the week when you want something light and simple- it doesn't get much easier than throwing all the ingredients into the crock pot!
I've been wanting to get this recipe up for a while now and since I've been so insanely busy recently (tis the Season), what an opportune time it is to feature a recipe from another fantastic cook in the family- my brother! His expertise comes from his culinary school days and his professional experience (both many moons ago). We share a passion for food, both making it and eating it, and he's absolutely fantastic in the kitchen. This Chicken Francaise recipe is one that makes my mouth water just from reading it- thin cuts of golden brown chicken breast finished with a classic lemon butter sauce. What a perfect meal for a romantic dinner (notice the candle light in the picture) or if you really want to wow you and your guests' taste buds!