3 Super Easy Chicken Recipes

For the 4 years I lived at college I had a slice of cheese pizza, a grilled cheese sandwich, and a cookie brownie juuuuust about every night for dinner. (Thanks for that super expensive meal plan mom and dad, sorry I used it solely on carbs and cheese.)

I was not the girl pretending she wanted salad every night to avoid the freshman 15. I just danced off the freshman 15 with my roommates each night. We were a girly cliche. They made me wear pink. It was lovely.

ANYWAY. What I’m trying to say is that I really don’t require a lot of variety in my eating. Pizza and I are very happy together. Pasta is a great back up. I spent literally all of 2014 expanding my palate and learning what healthy eating is. Now, I buy organic when I can, I visit the farm in spring and summer months, I try not to put cheese and salt on everything. I actually eat vegetables. (I lost 14 pounds through just healthy eating and 30 minutes a day of exercising!!)

Learning how to eat healthy also requires learning how to cook new things, or learning how to cook the same thing in different ways. Therefore, I present to you, some really easy chicken recipes to help you shake things up a bit in the new year.

1. Hummus Crusted Chicken (by Gimme Some Oven).

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(find the full recipe here)

I use vegetable hummus, and substitute the vegetable side the recipe recommends with couscous.  It’s very delicious and only takes 30 minutes to cook… which means I can prepare it, pop it in the oven, complete a T25 exercise routine, then eat it. Holler.

2. Moist & Tender Chicken Breasts (by The Kitchn)

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(find the full recipe here)

Chicken is often dry and sad. This chicken is moist and delicious. I didn’t have the right pan, but I used a skillet and a lid from another pan and stuffed some balled up paper towels in the spouts of my skillet. It worked perfect. Served with steamed white rice and green beans.

3. Rosemary Lemon Chicken (by No Recipe Required)

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(full recipe here)

My friend Amy & I have been sending each other chicken recipes for a few weeks now- this one I haven’t tried yet but she says it’s delish and I trust her, so I’m going to make it this weekend and you should too. Amy says try it with 1/2 a lemon instead of a whole one (but I don’t know, Matt & I realllllly like lemon).

So there you go, for all of you with nice and healthy New Years Resolutions, here’s some new dishes to try with your old favorite go-to’s. 🙂

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Pinterest Food Challenge: Slow Cooker Chicken

You guys, I totally hopped on the slow cooker train recently- and I am so mad I was so afraid of it for so long.

Sidenote: I freaking love to cook and bake. But I have really weird fears surrounding it. Like when I moved into my very first apartment I didn’t eat chicken for a year because I was afraid I’d under cook it and accidentally kill myself. And now how I’ve owner a slow cooker for 2 years and just used it for the first time this month.

EXCEPTION TO THIS…. always use your slow cooker to keep rolls warm when you’re hosting dinner. It’s freaking brilliant.

 

ANYWAYS. CHICKEN. I MADE SOME.

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I haven’t posted for the Pinterest Food Challenge in an exceptionally long time, so here’s 2 solid and easy slow cooker recipes for you.

 

1. Ranch Chicken:

  • Put 1 can cream of chicken soup and  1 packet of Ranch powder in your slow cooker and stir it up a bit. Add 1-2 lbs. chicken breast and stir that up a bit. Let it slow cook for 5-6 hours.

Really… just dump a few things in the slow cooker and have yourself a par-tay because it is literally that easy.

 

2. Tex Mex Chicken (adapted from this recipe at Close To Home):

  • Put 1 cup salsa, 1.5 cups shredded Mexican cheese, 1 small can of corn, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 green pepper, 1 jalepeno pepper, and 1-2 pounds chicken in your slow cooker and stir it up a bit. Let it slow cook for 5-6 hours.

 

My slow cooker looks to be from the 60s or 70s, I inherited it from my aunt. And the “low” setting doesn’t seem to work so I cook everything on high. For both those recipes I filled up the pot around 11am and served dinner at 5:30 and the chicken was safely not pink, and so so melt in your mouth delicious. Did you know chicken could melt in your mouth? Because it sort of almost totally can.

 

Enjoy!

And please, share more slow cooker recipes in the comments because I would love some.

 

Pinterest Food Challenge: Pumpkin Cupcakes AND Sour Cream Parmesan Chicken

I’ve got a two-fer for you guys this month, dinner and dessert! ow ow. And expect one more next week, and probably several in December… basically, ’tis the season to eat your face off. For today, I’ve got 5 ingredient pumpkin cupcakes (for a co-workers’ birthday) and then I made Sour Cream Parmesan Chicken for dinnah. And they are both delicious!

We all pin so many ideas and recipes, but let’s take some action people! At least once a month, cook or bake something that you pinned and link it in the comments!

Let’s start with dessert because we all know it’s the best part of every meal. I found this recipe for easy pumpkin cupcakes and all I did was swap out the frosting type. In case that’s ever a dead link, here’s the deal…

You will need:

  • 1 package of white cake mix (16.5 oz)
  • 1 (15oz) can of pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • frosting of your choice (I used whipped cream in a can to give it a pumpkin pie vibe)

Note: If your cake mix is less then 16.5 ounces, use a little less water.

Mix everything but your frosting in a bowl (no eggs or oil needed!!), fill cupcake cups 2/3 full, and bake at 350* for about 20 minutes. I did not realize that whipped cream in a can shrinks up if you don’t eat it within like 10 minutes, so if that’s the route you go just spray it on before serving.

Matt thought they needed to be a little sweeter, but I liked them as is. Hopefully everyone will eat them up at work today! I always get so nervous bringing food that’s not something I regularly make… kind of like as a kid on Halloween you’re worried you’ll be the only one who wears a costume to school.

Next up: Chicken!

A few months ago I re-pinned a recipe for delicious chicken, but the link was dead. Here’s a screen shot of the pin, which luckily had the recipe right on the label:

I followed that recipe almost exactly and it came out great, I sprayed some cooking spray on the bottom of the pan first and used seafood bread crumbs instead of Italian because I was all out of Italian. I ended up cooking it for about 30-35 minutes but that may just be because I’m deathly afraid of giving myself salmonella poisoning…

Also, I don’t know if you noticed but I made a handy dandy page up top to gather all the Pinterest Food Challenge posts together. Check it out and comment with links to your own delicious recipes!

Want to see what else I’m up to on Pinterest? All my boards are right here.

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Super Delicious Chicken Puffs

We all pin so many ideas and recipes, but let’s take some action people! At least once a month, cook or bake something that you pinned and link it in the comments!

Yesterday I went to a birthday party so I thought it would be the perfect time to fulfill my Pinterest food challenge for the month! This recipe was so crazy easy, but it was a little time consuming. You can find the original recipe here, I did stray from it a bit.

Sweet nectar of the Gods.

Recipe:

  • 5-6 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded chicken
  • 1.5 tsp adobo seasoning
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls (8 per can)
  • 1 egg

First things first, spread out all your crescent rolls and cut each triangle into two, then you’ll end up with 32 puffs:

Your triangles will be one of two sizes, long and lean or tall and chunky. It doesn’t really matter what the triangle looks like because it’s going to be all wrapped up anyway.

Mix the cream cheese, chicken, and adobo in a bowl and add a dollop to each crescent roll then fold all three corners in and around it to create a ball. Each one looks different, basically I just arranged it so that none of the filling wasn’t visible.

I fit all 32 of them on one baking tray then brush the stirred egg on top so it would have a nice golden crust when finished. Bake at 375* for 12-14 minutes and Voila!

Serve them heated up. 32 of these fed a party of 9, and they went fast. Also, I called them Chicken Balls and not chicken puffs… somehow I didn’t think that was a very “pinnable” name though… gotta be careful the kind of crowd you attract ya know?

So tell me… what Pinterest recipes have you tried lately??

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The Amazing Chicken

So I know I’ve already fulfilled my challenge requirement for the month with some delicious soft brown sugar cookies, but I thought I’d try my hand at an actual meal as well. Make no mistake, this  by no means implies I made something healthy- only that I made something that was not a dessert. Let’s not get too crazy here.

We all pin so many ideas and recipes, but let’s take some action people! At least once a month, cook or bake something that you pinned and link it in the comments!

The original recipe for the chicken I made can be found here, but I only loosely followed it.

Holy delicious chicken, batman.

I took 3 chicken breasts and cut them in half long ways, then covered them in the following mixture

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1.2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 teaspoon Adobo seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • A little sloosh of lemon juice
  • 4-5 basil leaves (shredded)
  • 6-7 parsley leaves (shredded)

Cook for 45 minutes at 375*.

I was super concerned when it was cooking because all that oil and grease seeped out, then I realized I used an entire cup of mayo to make it soooo that’s about right.

The chicken didn’t even need a knife to be cut up, it melts in your mouth and all is good in the world.

This recipe took about 10 minutes of prep work and cleaned up really easily, I highly recommend it. I also highly recommend you eat it with a salad so you don’t feel as awful about yourself when you’re done. 🙂

So what have YOU made from your Pinterest board? I’d love to hear about it!

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