Category Archives: Poultry

Chicken Parmesan Wings are a bite-sized version of the classic Italian dish.  The wings are breaded and baked and are perfectly juicy and tender.  They are then topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese before serving.  They make a great appetizer or finger food to serve at a party.  For us, they make a wonderful dinner for 2.  I tend to serve the wings with additional marinara sauce on the side for dipping but a side of spaghetti noodles or some mashed potatoes would also pair well! The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the chicken wings to a large bowl (pat dry first if they are wet).  Add the flour and toss to evenly coat.  Then, season with salt.  I like to use about ½-1 Tsp of salt.  I don’t want the wings to be too salty and often the marinara … Continue reading

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It’s getting to be the time of year when grills get covered and ignored for a few months while we all hunker down and brave the cold temperatures from the warmth of our house.  If you are a die-hard griller that uses their grill year-round – kudos to you!  If you are like me and want to sneak in one last grilled meal before you stick to indoor cooking, keep reading 😊 Chicken Sausage Kabobs with Honey Balsamic Glaze are a quick and easy weeknight meal that is ready in about 30 minutes.  The chicken is moist, the vegetables are tender, and the pineapple adds a lovely citrus flavor to every bite.  My favorite part is the honey balsamic glaze.  It’s sweet and salty and creates this lovely coating on the kabobs.  I prefer to use bell peppers on the kabobs, but you can use zucchini, squash, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onions, etc.  Feel free to really make the … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai is better than takeout!  I never thought I would say that about a home cooked meal, but it really is.  It’s a one-pot dish that’s packed with chicken, veggies, noodles, and pad thai sauce.  It’s salty and nutty with just a hint of sweetness.  So, skip the takeout and give this a try! The recipe can be found here. As mentioned previously, this is a one-pot dish, so all you need is your Instant Pot, a cutting board, knife, and spoon. Start by slicing the chicken, bell peppers, and green onions.  I like to buy matchstick carrots because the work is already done for me.  If you can’t find matchstick carrots at the grocery store, you can slice your own.  You want them to be very thin…. julienne style.  Then, mince the garlic and chop the cilantro.  Set the prepared ingredients aside. Add olive oil to the bottom of the Instant Pot.  Add the … Continue reading

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Chicken Fajita Pasta is a yummy one-pot recipe you will be sure to enjoy!  It’s creamy and packed with peppers, onions, and tender chicken in each bite.  The main selling point for me on this recipe is that you cook the entire meal in one-pot which means less dishes and easier clean up. The recipe can be found here. Start by slicing the chicken, onion, and bell peppers, and mince the garlic. Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  You want the skillet to be large enough to cook all the ingredients so make sure you are using a large enough vessel.  Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Then, add ½ of the fajita seasoning and stir to coat.  Continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.  It will absorb the fajita flavor and be perfectly seasoned.  Remove the chicken from the pan and set … Continue reading

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Cajun Chicken Sloppy Joe’s is a wonderful weeknight meal!  It’s easy to make, is done in less than 30 minutes, and is packed full of flavor. The Cajun seasoning really bring this dish together and is a wonderful spice.  You can find it at your local Festival Foods or make a homemade version.  It pairs well with so many dishes – pasta, shrimp, steak, chicken, etc. and has a bit of a kick.  The bold, spicy flavor comes from the cayenne and the earthiness you tastes is from the herbs.  Pair the Cajun seasoning with some ground chicken, corn, onions, and melted cheese, and you have a delicious sandwich. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 250 degrees F.  This is so you can melt the cheese and toast the buns before assembly. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the ground chicken and cook to completion, making sure to break … Continue reading

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I’ve been a big fan of “bowls” lately.  For example, instead of eating a stuffed bell pepper, I would eat the ingredients tossed together in a bowl.  Or instead of having an egg roll, the ingredients would be in a bowl….you get the picture.  My most recent bowl idea is for a Mediterranean Chicken Bowl.  It has a lemon-dill rice, wonderfully seasoned Greek chicken, a fresh cucumber and tomato salad, and yummy tzatziki sauce to bring it all together.  The flavors are rich and vibrant, and incredibly fresh.  It’s a light and healthy meal the whole family will love! The recipe can be found here.   This is really a 4-part recipe.  You must prepare the tzatziki sauce, cucumber tomato salad, chicken, and rice.  I like to start with the tzatziki sauce and salad because those can be refrigerated while you prepare the chicken and rice. For the tzatziki sauce, combine the shredded cucumber, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, … Continue reading

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Halloween is fast approaching – are you ready? We sure are. Halloween is a month-long celebration at our house. We decorate early, spend 31 days gorging on candy, watch every Halloween movie possible, and make some fun themed treats to enjoy. I want to share with you some of my new Halloween recipes and ideas for this year. Each is fairly customizable and will be sure to put your friends and family in a mood to celebrate. My first Halloween idea is for a Char-Spookery board. This is a traditional charcuterie board but with a spooky flair. To be called a charcuterie board, it must contain meat. Otherwise, it’s just a plain old board. What I like about charcuterie boards is how easy they are to put together and how customizable they are. Choose 2-3 meats, 3-4 cheeses, some fruit, nuts, olives, and maybe a few pieces of chocolate, and … Continue reading

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Make tonight’s dinner a fast and fun meal that’s completely customizable with sheet pan nachos!  These are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser and are super easy to make.  Simply layer your toppings, bake, and enjoy! One big plus of these is they only take one pan to make so clean up is a breeze, and the pan doubles as the serving vessel so you can simply dig in and be satisfied in no time. I have 3 recipes to share with you today: Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Nachos   As mentioned previously, these would make for a great weeknight meal.  Otherwise, serve them at a football party, birthday party, weekend cookout, holiday party, etc.  The options are endless!  The recipes make a large enough quantity that you can feed a crowd. Let’s start with Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos.  These are … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Lemon Garlic Chicken Salad is an incredibly flavorful and filling meal for any time of year!  You want something light and refreshing on a hot summer night?  This is the perfect option.  It’s the middle of the winter and you want a meal that isn’t super hearty and heavy?  Look no further. The chicken is marinated in a lovely blend of lemon juice paired with a variety of seasonings, leaving it perfectly tender and moist.  The chicken is served with a salad, containing only the freshest vegetables, and a side of tzatziki sauce, which if you’ve tasted before, you know how incredibly light and refreshing it is.  The combination of the 3 is absolute perfection! The recipe can be found here. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Reserve 1/3 cup of the dressing mixture and … Continue reading

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Willkommen (or welcome) to Oktoberfest!  If you aren’t familiar, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest…or beer festival and traveling funfair, for those of use that don’t speak German.  It’s held in Germany and runs about 2 weeks, typically from mid-Sept to the first Sunday in October.  You can find traditional German food such as sausages, oversized soft pretzels, mustard and curry ketchup, cabbage and radish salads, dumplings, spaetzle, and obviously, plenty of ice-cold beer!  More than 6 million people from around the world attend the event every year. Unfortunately, the Oktoberfest celebration in German is cancelled again this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy plenty of yummy food.  So, pull out the decorations, get your house in order, invite some friends and family over, and cook up some delicious German food! I’d like to share with you 5 different ideas to host the perfect Oktoberfest party.  We’ll … Continue reading

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