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We were craving chili this week and decided to try making Chicken Jalapeno Popper Chili.  It’s incredibly flavorful without being too spicy.  It’s loaded with tender chicken, beans, salty bacon, and creamy/brothy goodness.  And it comes together so quickly!  No slow cooking all day or simmering on the stove.  You basically combine all ingredients in a large pot or Dutch oven, simmer for a short while, and dig in.  It’s perfect when you want a warm and hearty meal but don’t have a lot of time.  It also makes great leftovers to enjoy the next day or to freeze for a future meal. The recipe can be found here. Start by prepping your ingredients.  This makes cooking go much faster and you are prepared to add ingredients when the recipe calls for them.  Remove the rotisserie chicken from the bones and shred.  You should have about 4 cups of chicken, which is the perfect amount for this recipe.  Cook the bacon … Continue reading

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Open Faced BBQ Chicken Sandwich are a great addition to any weekly menu!  Simple to prepare, hearty, and comforting on a cold night.  These open-faced sandwiches are very flavorful; crispy toast, melted cheese, BBQ rotisserie chicken that’s piled high, what’s not to love?  They are yummy and come together in about 20 minutes (including prep and cook time). The recipe can be found here. Start by removing the rotisserie chicken from the bone.  Shred it and set aside.  You will only need about ½ the rotisserie chicken for this recipe.  The recipe makes enough for 4 open-faced sandwiches.  If you need more than 4, adjust the ingredients accordingly.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent.  Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the paprika and Worcestershire sauce.  Stir to combine.  Add the … Continue reading

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Flautas are a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla that is filled with meat and cheese and tightly rolled before frying.  The recipe I want to share with you today is for Baked Chicken Jalapeno Popper Flautas, which is a combination of jalapeno poppers and chicken flautas.  They are made with shredded rotisserie chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheese, jalapeno, and tortillas.  This recipe is very easy to make, doesn’t take a lot of time, and makes the perfect appetizer or meal, depending on how many people you are serving.  We ate these for dinner and had 2-3 each so there was plenty to go around, and we had leftovers. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then generously spray with cooking spray. I like to use rotisserie chicken for this recipe, so I start by removing the chicken from … Continue reading

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Chicken with Parmesan Garlic Rice is a phenomenal weeknight meal!  It combines pan seared chicken with a cheesy, garlic filled bed of rice.  The chicken is perfectly seasoned and tender, the rice is soft and pillowy with lots of fragrant garlic and parmesan cheese mixed in, and it’s topped with fresh, crisp parsley.  It’s delicious and I hope you give it a try! The recipe can be found here. Start by seasoning the chicken tenders with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on both sides.  I used chicken tenders but feel free to use boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, if you prefer. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes (per side) or until cooked through and an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.  Remove the chicken to a place and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.  Set aside. Using the same skillet, melt … Continue reading

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As colder weather sets in you are probably looking for something warm and filling to satisfy your cravings.  It is apple season (so move over pumpkin spice) and I think apple is one of the best flavors of the season because it pairs well with many dishes.  There are so many varieties of apples you are sure to find one that is your favorite and tastes great on a salad, or in a sandwich, or perhaps baked into a dessert. I like to create new recipes each fall that are themed around apples and have a few to share with you today: Slow Cooker Apple Cider Chicken & Apple Melts with Honey Mustard Gouda, Apple & Bacon Naan Flatbread Caramel Apple Cupcakes   Slow Cooker Apple Cider is completely homemade.  The base is water, you add chopped fruit and some mulling spices, turn on the slow cooker, and forget it overnight.  Your house will … Continue reading

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Kabobs are a simple 5 ingredient meal the whole family will love!  They are very flavorful and a combination most people are already familiar with.  Try them for a quick weeknight meal or serve at a summer BBQ.  The kabobs are packed with crispy bacon, tender chicken, and are marinated in a homemade ranch dressing. The recipe can be found here. Start by adding the wooden skewers to a drinking glass filled with water to soak before grilling.  This will prevent the wood from catching fire on the grill.  Set aside until ready to use.  I like to marinate mine for at least a few hours.  Alternately, you can use metal skewers and skip the soaking process.  My preference is to use 6” skewers but 10” skewers also work, you just won’t have as many skewers. Add the olive oil, black pepper, and ranch seasoning to a gallon size Ziploc bag.  Shake slightly to combine. Slice … Continue reading

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Chicken Pesto Naan Flatbread is a quick and easy meal that comes together with minimal effort and few ingredients.  It’s filling, flavorful, and done in about 20 minutes.  This recipe is great for spring or summer and can be made in the oven or on the grill. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the flatbreads on the baking sheet. Top each with ¼ cup of pesto and spread evenly over the top.  Add more or less to taste.  We like pesto at our house, so I tend to go a little pesto crazy 🙂 Add ½ cup of mozzarella cheese to each flatbread. Add ½ cup of cooked and diced chicken to each flatbread.  This is the perfect way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese … Continue reading

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These are addicting!  Who knew a chicken burger could taste so good?  Chicken Bacon Ranch Burgers are loaded with juicy chicken, melted cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, and plenty of ranch seasoning.  They are a new household favorite and something you should keep stocked in your freezer for plenty of summer grilling. The recipe can be found here. Start by cooking the bacon according to package instructions.  You can use any brand, thickness, or flavor of bacon you prefer.  Just make sure to have enough bacon to use as an ingredient inside the burgers and as a topping.  Once cooked, remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess grease.  Chop 4 strips of bacon and set the other strips aside. Add the ground chicken, chopped bacon, 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and the entire packet of ranch seasoning to a mixing bowl.  Don’t make the ranch dressing, just use … Continue reading

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Summer is fast approaching and one thing I look forward to eating more of is salads.  There is something about a big bowl of leafy greens with all the fixings that screams summer.  It’s a healthy meal and is light and refreshing on a hot day.  You also don’t often feel like you overate with a salad, and you can customize the ingredients to match your tastes. I want to share 4 of my favorite salad recipes with you: BLT Chicken Chopped Salad Grilled Chicken Arugula Salad with Strawberries & Feta Doritos Taco Salad Spinach Salad with Fruit & Maple Dressing   All are simple to make, delicious, and large enough to feed a family of 4.  If you leave the dressing off, you can portion out the ingredients to have lunches prepared for the week or dinner a couple night during the week (just add the dressing when you are ready to serve). … Continue reading

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Slow cooker meals are great for any time of year.  Simply set it and forget it and you have a tasty meal that is hearty, filling, and will feed the whole family.  That’s what my recipe for Slow Cooker Shredded Thai Curry Chicken is…. simple but delicious.  The chicken is braised in a coconut-curry mixture and is moist and tender.  The coconut-curry is Thai style with a base of coconut milk, onions, peppers (spicy), sugar (sweet), fish sauce (tangy), and lime juice (citrus)…it’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth.  You then finish the dish with fresh herbs and serve it over a bed of rice. The recipe can be found here. Start by placing the chicken in the bowl of the slow cooker.  Top with the coconut milk, curry powder, fish sauce (or you can substitute soy sauce), lime juice, brown sugar, green onions, red onion, jalapeno, garlic, and ginger. Cover and cook on LOW … Continue reading

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