Jan 242013
 

Quick and Healthy Chicken Recipes With Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken

Quick & Healthy Chicken Recipes - White Cheddar Chicken Broccoli Mac & Cheese

Bubbles is a lot of things: sweet, loving, kind-hearted.  (The list goes on but I won’t; I’m pretty sure you didn’t stop by today to read 300 words on why I love my sweet pea.)  Two things she is not, however, is a very good sleeper or a very good eater.  She does pretty well at breakfast (yogurt and a fruit pouch or yogurt and toast, usually) but lunch and dinner are a different story.  When you ask her what she would like to eat her response mashed potatoes, pizza, or mac and cheese.  These foods can be very healthy but I wish they had more protein.

I was trying to think of ways I could dress up her favorites to be even more healthy and protein-packed.  I make her homemade white cheddar mac and cheese about once per week and I decided that I could mix in broccoli (a veggie she likes) and cooked chicken.  Honestly if it’s covered in cheese she’s probably going to eat it (let’s not lie: if it’s covered in cheese I’m probably going to eat it, too). Continue reading »

Mar 282012
 

Tasty Tuesday – Chicken Piccata Recipe

I’m always looking for new ways to dress up chicken (isn’t everyone?), and so when I saw Chicken Piccata pop up on Pinterest the other day, I thought “Ooh.  Maybe?”.  Her post referenced a recipe from The Pioneer Woman, whom I adore, so (after reading the comments suggesting this particular modification was not exactly a win) I popped over to check out Ree’s original recipe.

As usual, I was not disappointed.  I did make a couple of swaps, myself, but that was mainly due to the ingredients I had on hand and not wanting to have to make a special trip to the grocery.  I also marinated my chicken for most of the day before cooking, just to impart some extra flavor.  Here’s my version of her recipe.

Chicken Piccata Recipe

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Ingredients:

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Nov 052011
 

How to Save Money Buying Chicken In Bulk

How to Save Money on Proteins Buying in Bulk

I’m pretty sure that we all have noticed the increase in prices as the grocery store over the last few months.  One area I’ve noticed a huge difference in is fresh proteins.  In the past I could sometimes find boneless, skinless chicken on sale for under $2/lb; now it is regularly $3.30/lb and sales are few and far between.  While there are coupons for many products those coupons rarely include fresh meat, so you might be wondering how to save money in this area.

One way to save is when you buy in bulk.  Normally I make my bulk purchases at warehouse stores.  But I recently discovered a new option: Zaycon Foods where I can buy fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts for under $1.50/lb!

Zaycon Foods was founded in 2009 and is based in Washington state.  The goal of their company is to bring fresh meats and other products direct to consumers at wholesale prices.  They combine the buying power of multiple families in each community which allows them to negotiate huge savings.  Then they look for farms or processors in each community and bring you the foods directly from them; your meats are as fresh as if you owned a farm yourself (without all the mess and work!).  And they sell the meat by the case; this allows them to further keep the costs down by skipping handling charges.

I had the opportunity to participate in a Zaycon Foods event this week and I honestly, I wish all my shopping was that easy.  A couple of weeks before they came to town I went online to reserve my case.  (Chicken cases each contain 40 lbs. of chicken.)  I choose the event closest to me (they generally have multiple events in each state), ordered my case of chicken – each case of chicken costs $60-65 – and printed out my confirmation.  Then this week on my assigned day and time I drove to the delivery location and waited.  The driver was a few minutes late, but once he did arrive, I was in and out in less than 2 minutes.  I didn’t even have to get out of my car!  Just drove up next to the truck, told the guy where I wanted my chicken stowed, told him my name and off we drove.

The chicken is fresh and comes packaged in a big box (designed for refrigeration).  When I got it home and we opened the box, there were four plastic bags of about 10 lbs. each, and they were all sealed inside a larger plastic bag.  The breasts were huge with very little fat on them.  We portioned them out to roughly two double-breasts to each gallon-sized ziptop plastic bag. That way we can pull out only what we need for each meal.

What to do with all that chicken?  Well, to start check out this recipe I prepared using my Zaycon chicken.  You can also check out my Pinterest recipe boards for additional ideas.  And be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter as in addition to updates about deliveries in your area and new additions to their offerings I have also found that they share recipes.

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Nov 052011
 

I skipped over Tasty Tuesday this week so that I could bring you a recipe using the fresh Zaycon Foods chicken that we picked up this week.

Chicken is one of those things that while really versatile, I often find myself making it in the same four or five ways every time: Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, Chicken Chimichangas, fried chicken, homemade chicken nuggets or baked chicken with Lawry’s.  So I decided to change things up and play around a little bit with the chicken I made for dinner last night.  I used only what I had already stocked in the pantry and while it’s not going to win any Iron Chef competitions, Cheesy Stuffed Chicken is something I’ll make again sometime!

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Sep 142011
 

Chicken Recipes: A New Take On Wings

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that doesn’t love mac & cheese.  It’s an iconic comfort food, all warm and creamy and cheesy.  When I ran across this recipe in a magazine (I believe it was Taste of Home) that crossed mac & cheese with the classic flavors of buffalo chicken wings – I knew we had to try it.  I’m so glad we did!  This was scooped up quick, with just a little taste left for lunch the next day.  It can be hard to find new chicken recipes and it’s nice to have a new favorite to add to our rotation.

Buffalo Chicken Mac ‘n Cheese

7 T butter
1 lb. pasta (cavatappi is my favorite, but you can use elbows or any similar pasta)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
2 gloves garlic, minced
3/4 C hot sauce
2 T flour
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 1/2 C half & half
1 lb. yellow sharp cheddar, cut into 1″ cubes
8 oz. shredded Monterey jack cheese
2/3 C sour cream
1 C panko
2 T chopped fresh parsley

  1. Preheat oven to 350; butter a 9×13″ baking dish.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add pasta and cook for about 7 minutes.  Drain.
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the chicken and garlic and cook 2 more minutes, then add 1/2 cup hot sauce and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in the flour and mustard with a wooden spoon until smooth.  Whisk in the half & half, the add the remaining 1/4 cup of hot sauce and stir until thick, about 2 minutes.  Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses; whisk in the sour cream until thick, around another 2 minutes.
  4. Spread 1/2 of the cooked macaroni in the buttered dish; top with chicken and then the rest of the macaroni.  Pour the sauce over the entire thing.
  5. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small skillet and mix in the panko and parsley.  Sprinkle over the sauce.  Bake until bubbly, 30-40 minutes.

As you can probably tell, this isn’t health food.  And while we generally try and eat healthily, I really think that every now and then everyone needs something creamy and cheesy.

Chicken Recipes - Tasty Tuesday

About the hot sauce: 3/4 cup sounds like a LOT of hot sauce and I was a little scared.  But it really didn’t end up being too much at all (though I do reduce it to about a half cup when I’m making it for the kiddos).  You can even use a combination to get different tastes.  Recently I had partial bottles of both Texas Pete’s Original Hot Sauce and Garlic Hot Sauce so I used a 1/4 cup of the garlic and 1/2 cup of the regular and it was quite tasty.

Do you have a chicken recipe you’d like to share?