Crunchy Parmesan Chicken Tenders

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Being a well rounded wife while being a full time student presents its challenges at times (like when for weeks on end we eat more frozen pizza than anything else). However, I am actually trying to cook more as I finish my last semester.

The other night Timothy requested fried chicken tenders. After searching for a recipe for a bit, all I was coming up with was baked chicken tenders. So not the same. We settled (and much to my delight there was no oil to deal with).

Crunchy Parmesan Chicken Tenders
from Giada Laurentiis

IMG_0602soak the chicken in butter milk

IMG_0614dredge chicken in breadcrumbs & Parmesan

IMG_0617lay chicken on oiled baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil

IMG_0619bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown (at 500 degrees)

IMG_0622serve with sweet chili dipping sauce

Enjoy!

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Broccoli Chicken & Rice Divan

One of my Bible study leaders started a blog with the new year. I thought one of her recipes looked particularly fun and tasty, so I gave it a shot.

Broccoli Chicken & Rice Divan. I don’t know what “divan” is, and I’m not entirely sure I care, because it was wonderful.

I divided the dish into four individual ramekins rather than one baking dish. It was so lovely to sit down to dinner with an individual little dish of loveliness just for me.

I divided the meal into four very full ramekins. This could have easily stretched to six I think.

Here is the recipe with my modifications.

Broccoli Chicken & Rice Divan
2 cups of cooked brown rice
2 chicken breasts, chopped
1 1/2 cups broccoli, chopped
1 (10.75 oz) can Cream of Broccoli Soup
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp dried bread crumbs

– preheat oven to 450 degrees
– cook rice
– cook chicken
– cook broccoli, let boil for about 5 min. then drain
– spray ramekins with non-stick spray
– mix soup and milk
– mix chicken, broccoli, rice, sauce, and cheese
– pile into ramekins
– mix melted butter and bread crumbs
– sprinkle bread crumbs on top
– bake 15-20 minutes

** I know my pictures indicate that I did not follow my own directions. Its because I didn’t. After eating the dish I realized that some of the rice on the bottom did not get touched by the sauce, meaning I had several bites of plain rice. Rice is great and all… but I totally love a bit of cheesy goodness with every bite.


Ready for Fall

I am so, so ready for fall. I’ll be honest, I’ve been ready for fall since the end of June. It truly is the perfect time of the year.

Weather is cool enough to be enjoyed.

Perfect time for boots, blazers, and sweaters.

Time to head to the apple orchard, drink apple cider, and bake pumpkin pie.

Time to cook warm, hearty dishes that warm you from within.

I live for fall.

However, the weather has not picked up on the fact that it is September. The last two days it has been near 90 degrees. I am in denial of this hot spell. Last night we had mini chicken pot pies for dinner. Perfect for Fall.

Yum.

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

1 lb. chicken breast, cubed, cooked
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped potatoes
1 cup chopped green beans
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
pie crust (2 pieces)

– preheat oven to 425. grease large muffin pan
– in the skillet combine, chicken and vegetables. cover with broth. Bring to boil for 15 minutes. drain, but set aside broth. set aside chicken & vegetables.
– in skillet, melt butter, then slowly whisk in the flour. slowly add 1 cup milk and chicken broth that was set aside. add salt & pepper. Whisk together. Simmer to let thicken.
–  combine sauce with chicken & vegetables.
– drape muffin tins with circles of pie crust. fill very full. lay on second layer of pie crust.
– bake 30-35 minutes.

*it would be wise to set your muffin tin on a cookie sheet in the oven to catch the drippings that run out so your home does not fill with smoke as your blissful meal is baking away.*

Happy Fall Day.


Quick Fix Meal

Can you say simple? Ya. Simple. Super, duper, easy-peasy, SIMPLE. I can hear all of you beginning to panic as your fall schedule gets busier and busier. I have just what you need. This dish. Savory Herb & Garlic Pork Chops. YUM.

Secondly, this works with chicken breasts or pork chops. Tonight, we used pork chops.

Savory Herb & Garlic Chicken/Pork Chops

2-4 pork chops/chicken breasts
1 lipton soup mix packet: savory herb & garlic
1 tbsp  apple cider vinegar (or regular vinegar)
olive oil
1/2 tsp dried basil

-season your meat with salt & pepper, basil, and a little bit of olive oil
-cook meat on skillet
-add 1/2 cup water, packet of seasoning, and apple cider vinegar to the skillet
-bring to boil, mixing all the seasoning in. reduce to simmer for 2-5 min.
-serve over rice

I know. So simple it sounds like a joke. It taste fabulous too. So much flavor, and the packet makes a nice glaze for the meat. Enjoy!


Thai Peanut Noodles

The other night for supper we decided to go oriental and homemade. I’ll be honest, I was very intimidated to make a peanut sauce. No worries though- all my worrying was a waste! The sauce was a cinch! Gather the ingredients and toss them in the blender. So quick and easy.

Start with making the sauce, then cook the noodles and chicken. Mix everyone into one happy blend, and eat and eat and eat. And let your tummy be very, very happy.

Peanut Sauce
-3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
-1/4 cup coconut milk
-1/2 lime juice
-1 inch ginger, peeled, grated
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 tsp sriracha sauce
-1 tbsp soy sauce
-1 tbsp brown sugar
-1/4 bunch of cilantro
-1/4 cup water

mix everything but sriracha sauce into blender. add more water if desired to change consistency. add the sriracha sauce to reach your desired heat.

 Pasta & Chicken
-wheat linguine
-2 chicken breasts
-1 tsp chili powder
– dash of red pepper flakes

cook whole box of pasta according to directions.
chop chicken, cook in oil, salt & pepper, chili powder, and red pepper flakes, until done.
mix pasta, sauce, and chicken together. top with cilantro & a couple squirts of lime juice

Make this soon. Its quick, easy, and tasty! 


Tastes Like Chicken

I have a little secret for you. I feel as if I have been quite open with you lately, do you have a secret you want to tell me, too? No? Hm. Ok, then.

Here’s my secret. I have kind of been avoiding my kitchen for the past two weeks. Part of it is that I am bored with our menu, sick of cleaning the kitchen, and its just been so hot in the apartment. I know I need to just suck it up and feed my hubby. You know you have been avoiding your kitchen when every half hour your husband is wandering around saying he is hungry… Several weeks ago I was the one wandering around the kitchen asking him if he was hungry so I had an excuse to play in there… I guess we have switched rolls slightly. He wants food all the time, and I just want to hide in the living room next to an open window… I want my kitchen love back.

Anyways, all that to say- I kind of cooked a real meal a couple days ago. I know. Rejoice! I know my hubby did.

Chicken Tenders! I’ll be honest. I did not feel like I was making a meal for a couple 20 year olds… They did taste quite well though…

Chicken Tenders

3 chicken breasts, chopped into small pieces
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp salt
1 egg

-line a baking sheet with foil. preheat oven to 400 degrees
-mix the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt, and parsley in a bowl. set aside
-mix egg up a bit in another bowl.
-now let the little chickens go swimming in their cousins… dip the chicken in the egg, and then the breadcrumbs. then bring them to the baking sheet.
-bake for 10 minutes. flip them over (some of the breading might peal off in this step, so be gentle). bake for another 10 minutes at 450 degrees.
– serve the little guys with bbq sauce, honey, honey mustard, ketchup, whatever sodium based dip you prefer.

Enjoy!


I Think I Have a Food Addiction

I think you all know by now that I do nothing but eat really. Every time some one asks me what I did today, my mind automatically wanders to what I ate. So, what did I do yesterday you ask? Well. Yesterday was our 11 month anniversary- I know, huge (just remember in exactly one month to get super excited for us, make us brownies or something equally unhealthy).

This is what I did yesterday:

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

A Strawberry Lemon Cupcake, and a Chocolate with Cream Cheese Frosting Cupcake from a local bakery.

Herb Garlic Breadsticks

And then to wrap it all up, we had some friends over to eat Chicken Taquitos and Queso Blanco Dip (the dip was a little bit of a failure, not really sure what happened, but we had fun and what was edible of it was great).

After we ate we just played silly games, like cutting around a blueberry on a mound of flour, the person to make it fall has to dig it out with just their mouth. We also played a game where you had to bend over and pick up a paper bag with your mouth with only your feet touching the ground. Entertaining, I know. We’re college kids, what do you expect.

Anyways, since you wanted to know so bad, that’s what I did yesterday. I ate, ate, and ate some more. Happy Friday friends!