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Poultry

Slowly Cooked Chicken in Beer

I like cooking with beer. It gives the food a lot more flavor such as meat. The other evening I prepared this Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken recipe. It called for a whole chicken. But I didn’t have one on hand so I decided to use four chicken breasts instead.

The recipe has both a mild one and super hot marinade option. I’ll add a note on how you can make spicy or non-spicy towards the end of this post. I, of course, went for the mild one because I’m a pansy.

I immediately went to work and started by gathering the ingredients for the marinade, stirring them together. Here’s the fun and messy part. Rubbing it into the chicken. After I marinaded my chicken and cleaned up my big mess, I tossed them into the slow cooker and poured in the beer. I used Miller Lite.

The choice of beer, of course, is up to you.

The original recipe called for dark beer occasionally this is only available during the fall, but in bigger cities, it should be for sale year round. Dark beer is not Guiness, although Guiness would probably produce an interesting flavor. If you’re willing to spend extra on a craft beer, then dark beer wouldn’t be difficult to find.

The Recipe

Slow Cooker Beer Can Chicken

INGREDIENTS

1 5-6lb. chicken (I used four chicken breats)

2 Tbsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. tarragon

2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4-1 tsp. cayenne pepper

½ tsp. onion powder

2 Tbsp butter, melted

1 can (12 ounces) dark beer -OR-lager

Directions

1. Make 4 balls of aluminum foil (about 2-inches in diameter) Place bunched of rolls of foil in bottom of 6-quart slow cooker and pour in the beer.

2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Pull skin gently way from bird. Combine all dry seasonings together.

Mix ½ teaspoon of seasoning blend into butter. Spread butter mixture under skin of chicken. Next with clean, dry hands, rub remaining spice blend onto chicken.

3. Place chicken on top of foil balls in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for four-six hours, or low on seven-eight hours. Check the temperature – chicken is done when the temperature is 165-170 in the thickest part of the thigh. Continue to cook if needed.

Court’s Cooking Notes:

The spice rub can be made anywhere from mild to very hot depending on the amounts of two ingredients. The primary heat-generating ingredient is cayenne pepper. If you know that everyone you’re serving is into 5-alarm heat, go with the lesser amount of this ingredient when you prepare the rub.

The seasoning next is paprika. Yes! You can use the generic variety found on most grocery store shelves, but this chicken will taste better if you use a smoked variety paprika. Smoked paprika comes either mild or hot. If you use the hot, you are going to add more heat on top of the cayenne, so choose carefully. I used the mild smoked variety here and as I mentioned before, I’d advise you to do so as well, unless, of course, you’re into some serious heat. If you can’t find the more gourmet paprikas in your store, then the generic variety will do, but make sure it’s fresh otherwise it will have zero flavor.

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Three ingredients. A Crockpot. Yum!

I love recipes that require five ingredients or less. I especially like them when they are cooked in the crockpot. I mean come on who doesn’t? They need little or no prep, clean up is a breeze, and they still taste delicious!

This Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Crock Pot recipe needs three ingredients. And a crock pot. I love it!

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Crock Pot

Ingredients

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, fresh or thawedl

1½ jars Prego Creamy Alfredo Sauce (2-15 oz. jars)

10 oz. Frozen Broccoli Florets

Directions

1. Place the chicken into a six qt Crock Pot insert, and Cook on HIGH for two and a half hours or LOW for five hours. After two and a half hours on HIGH or five hours on LOW, drain juices from Crock Pot.

2. Evenly spread the Alfredo Sauce over chicken, then top with Broccoli Florets. Cook on HIGH for one more hour {covered}, or until done. Optional: Serve with a side of Pasta. ENJOY!

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Veggie Bacon Cheddar Chicken Dinner

If you dig chicken and broccoli recipes, you’ll love this super easy Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Chicken recipe. All you do is toss the chicken breasts in a casserole dish, then top with the rest of the ingredients and bake for thirty minutes!

Broccoli Bacon Cheddar Chicken

Ingredients

cooking spray

2-4 chicken breasts

salt and pepper

2 cups broccoli florets, chopped

Six strips bacon, cooked, chopped

1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Add the chicken breasts to the casserole dish. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Pour the broccoli florets all over the chicken. Top with chopped cooked bacon. Sprinkle with shredded Mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

2. Bake, uncovered, for about twenty-thirty minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of your chicken breasts. Remove from the oven and eat. Enjoy! 😊

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Three ingredients. Toss. Cook. Eat.

My apologies for my lack of blogging last week. My family and I had a birthday celebration for my grandfather last weekend. At the party we ate barbecue, fried chicken, potato salad, macaroni and cheese. The food was delicious! There was plenty of leftovers, we took some of that food back home with us. It was really nice to not have to cook for a few days.

I am back once again to what I love and do best. To start things off I want to share with you an incredibly easy recipe called Crockpot Ranch Pork chops. It only calls for three ingredients. Yes! You read that right! Just three ingredients.

These ranch flavored pork chops are practically like heaven! The recipe is so delicious and easy to make that it will become one of your favorites!

Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops

Ingredients

4-6 boneless pork chops

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 packet dry ranch dressing mix

Directions

In a crockpot layer pork chops, pour the cream of chicken soup, then pour dry Ranch dressing all over.

Cover and cook on high for four hours or low for six hours.

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Healthy Lemon Garlic Chicken

So one of the things that cooking has taught me is that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or bland. As I confess, that is one of the reasons why I find eating healthy quite challenging. But now that I have been cooking for the past few years I have a different outlook on cooking and eating healthier. I found a statement on Pinterest that I liked because is 100% true: “just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it has to be boring or bland.”

This Lemon Garlic Chicken has undoubtedly confirmed that quote as it was so tender, juicy and delicious! The lemon juice added the perfect zing to the chicken.

I couldn’t believe the ease of preparation. The only thing I had to do was sear or brown the chicken for a few minutes on the stove then toss them into my crockpot along with a few ingredients. It was nice because I had the rest of the day to myself to do some chores and other stuff.

I’m sure that you are going to love how easy it is to prepare this recipe and your family is going to enjoy the taste.

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

INGREDIENTS

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 C. low-sodium chicken stock

2-3 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

1/2 tsp. Black pepper, to taste

fresh parsley, garnish, optional

Directions

1. Combine the oregano, seasoned salt and black pepper (to taste) in a small bowl, then rub mixture all over the chicken breasts. Heat olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat and brown chicken breasts on each side for three four minutes.

2. Pour the chicken stock and lemon juice into the crockpot, then add in minced garlic and stir everything together. Place the browned chicken breasts into the crockpot, then cover and cook on high for two – three hours, or until cooked through.

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The Greatest Healthy Chili

I had intended to prepare this chili recipe on the stovetop on Monday evening. But Luke my brother had two basketball games about the same time I planned on cooking. I was bummed because I wanted to watch and support him and his team. However, I was excited to see that the chili can cook in the crockpot. I immediately got busy with cooking the meat and tossing everything in the crockpot so that it would be ready to eat when we got home from my brother’s games. My brother’s team did a pretty good job overall but they unfortunately lost. I’m proud of my brother he’s a really good ball player.

Anyway, this chili was amazing, excellently spiced and healthy. It’s made with lean ground turkey, kidney beans, and corn. This version is the greatest! My family loved it, and I’m sure your family will enjoy it too!

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

INGREDIENTS

2 tsp. olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

1 pound extra lean ground turkey or chicken

4 Tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 -1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes

1 1/4 C. Progresso chicken broth

2 (15 oz) cans Goya dark red kidney beans, optional

1 (15 oz) can sweet corn

For topping: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream

Directions

1. Pour oil in a large pot and place over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and red pepper and saute for five-seven minutes, stirring frequently. Next add in ground turkey and break up the meat; cooking until no longer pink.

2. Next add in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt; stir for approximately twenty seconds. Next add in tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans and corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for thirty-forty five minutes or until chili thickens and flavors come together. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary.

Court’s Cooking Notes: To prepare this recipe in the slow cooker reduce the chicken broth to 1/2 cup and brown the turkey and onions before adding to the slow cooker. This is an awesome tailgating or football party recipe!

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Sweet and Garlicky Chicken

This Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken, is the best chicken you’ll ever eat with just a few ingredients that you have in your cupboard. Sticky, crispy, sweet and garlicky, makes an excellent weeknight meal for you and your family.

Bacon Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

INGREDIENTS:

2/3 C brown sugar, packed

3 Tbsp garlic, minced

3/4 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

6 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

12 slices bacon (you can use turkey bacon)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. In a large bowl combine the brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper and mix until combined. Cover the chicken in the brown sugar mixture.

2. Wrap each piece of chicken with two slices of bacon (aim for the end of the bacon pieces to stay under the chicken to prevent unwrapping while cooking). Place into your baking dish. Top with the remaining brown sugar mixture.

3. Bake in the oven for twenty five – thirty minutes or until cooked through and browned. Careful to not let the brown sugar burn and blacken.

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Court’s Cooking Notes: To make it a little healthier or if you aren’t able to eat pork you can use turkey bacon as a substitute.

Wintery days Texas Style

If this seems short, it’s cause the cold weather in Texas makes me think more of eating than writing.

For us, in Houston, Texas it rarely ever freezes. But yesterday was a completely different story as a huge winter storm came thru. We had ice, sleet, and some snow. I’m certain most of you have had a lot more experiences during the wintertime and typically have to bunker down for a few days. Well, that’s what my family did all day on Tuesday. We didn’t do much except for watch movies and were lazy for most of the day. We ended the day with some delicious chili.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you a wintery day Texas style. Let’s get back to the recipe.

I understand that this soup is not the healthiest recipe in the world but it’s delicious. I want to share it with you today. It’s called slow cooker beefy nacho cheese soup recipe. It not only has all of the yummy goodness of cheesy nachos packed right into this soup! It too will warm you up on a cold winter night.

Slow cooked to perfection and topped with tortilla chips, this soup will quickly become favorite in your family.

Slow Cooker Beefy Nacho Soup

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean ground beef

1 package taco seasoning

1 small onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 can cheddar cheese condensed soup

1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis

1½ cups milk

1 C sharp cheddar cheese

Optional toppings:

Crushed tortilla chips

Additional cheese

Directions

1. In a medium sized skillet cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic until beef is no longer pink and the onion is clear. Drain the grease and add to slow cooker.

2. Combine the soup, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chilis, and milk. Stir.

4. Cook on LOW three-four hours. Stir in ½ cup cheddar cheese and allow to melt. Can be kept on warm for an additional 4 hours. Top with crushed tortilla chips and additional cheese if desired.

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Court’s Cooking Notes: If you are on a gluten-free diet, you can use either gluten-free flour or I have on a separate article a homemade Cheddar Cheese Soup recipe, that you can also use as a substitute.

Homemade Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup

Are you allergic to gluten or just simply trying to eat healthier by cutting out gluten entirely? But you still would like to enjoy the same delicious foods without feeling uncomfortable or ruining your diet. Well then don’t I have the perfect solution to your dilemma.

I recommend that you add this condensed cheddar cheese soup to any recipe that calls for the soup rather than using the ones that you find at your local grocery store. I recommend you adding this soup to Slow Cooker Beefy Nacho Soup.

Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup Substitute

Ingredients

3 Tbsp butter

3 Tbsp flour

1 C milk

1 1/2 C cheese, freshly shredded

Directions

1. Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a medium saucepan. Combine the flour and whisk together until smooth. Slowly add the milk and continue whisking while bringing mixture to a gentle boil.

3. Once it thickens slightly, add cheese and stir until melted. Let the mixture cool down thoroughly. Pour it into an airtight container and it in the fridge.

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All year round breakfast casserole

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is packed with your morning favorites. Easily prepared the night before, this is sure to become a family favorite. You can have for Breakfast or dinner all year round. Why not start this Christmas by preparing it the night before, cover tightly and let it chill overnight in the fridge. Then on Christmas morning heat and serve.

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole

INGREDIENTS

7 large eggs, lightly beaten

12 oz can evaporated milk

1 tsp kosher salt

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

16 oz Oda Ida plain refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes

½ C chopped green bell pepper

½ C bacon pieces, divided

¼ C thinly sliced green onions, divided

1 C sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8X8 baking dish. Set aside.

1. In a large bowl, gently stir together the eggs, evaporated milk, kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder until well combined. Set aside.

2. Evenly spread the hash brown potatoes onto the previously prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle bell peppers on top. Layer with half of the bacon pieces, followed by half of the green onions. Spread shredded cheddar evenly on top, followed by remaining bacon and remaining green onions.

3. Pour egg mixture over entire dish. Bake uncovered for forty-fifty minutes or until top is golden brown and puffy set. Let rest at room temp for five-ten minutes before serving. Leftovers can be chilled and reheated nicely.

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