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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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Double dipped and delicious

My apologies for being away from my blog within the past few weeks. I was out of town visiting my grandma. We had a wonderful time as usual. While I was there I had the pleasure of cooking for her. She loved it! I had a lot of fun!

I’m happy to be home and excited to continue cooking and blogging.

That’s enough about me, let’s talk about cooking. Today I’m sharing with you this double dipped and deliciously crunchy pork chops, coated in a sticky honey garlic sauce that is knock your socks off delicious! It’s so good, you’ll want to use this sauce on everything!

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Ingredients

Glaze

½ C. honey, or more, to taste

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. soy sauce or Bragg’s

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

¼ C. water

Pork Chops

2 C. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. paprika

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

3 large eggs, beaten

4 Tbsp. water

6-9 pork chops, not too thick, you can use boneless pork loin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1 C. vegetable oil, for frying

green onions, sliced

Directions

Glaze

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine honey, garlic and soy sauce. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water. Stir the mixture into the saucepan until thickened, about one-two minutes. Set aside.

Pork Chops

2. In a medium bowl combine flour and seasonings. Divide into two small bowls, working with just half at a time kept the flour from getting clumped or wet. Set aside.

3. Whisk the eggs and four tablespoons of water together in a separate small bowl. Season pork chops with salt and pepper, to taste.

4. Dip the chops in the flour, then over into the egg, and then back over into the flour mixture once again. This is what puts the extra crispy coating on the chops. Be sure to get plenty of flour on in this last coating. Shake off any excess. Place on a wire rack and continue until all meat is coated.

5. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in small batches, add the chops to the skillet, two or three at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, approximately five-six minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel-lined plate. Try not to turn more than twice, or your breading will come off. Place cooked pork chops in a large bowl, pour warm sauce over and toss well to coat. Top with green onions if desired and serve immediately.

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Sorry, it’s a little-burnt. Pork Chops can sometimes be a bit tricky for me. They overall still tasted fantastic!

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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Semi-Healthy Pork Chop Dinner

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Pork Chops

Ingredients

1.5 lb center cut boneless pork chops

1/2 medium onion sliced

2 garlic cloves minced

2 Tbsp. of olive oil

1 C. heavy whipping cream

1 oz. cream cheese

1/3 C. Progresso chicken broth

1/3 C. parmesan cheese

1/2 C. cheddar cheese

1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. pepper and salt

Directions

1. Cook the pork chops, onion, and garlic cloves in two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet on medium/high heat (approx three-five minutes each side). Remove the pork chops from skillet.

2. Add the remaining of the ingredients, and cook on medium until sauce thickens. Make sure to use a whisk and stir continuously. Add pork chops back to sauce mixture and simmer on low for five minutes or until done.

3. Yum!

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Delicious & Zero fuss green beans

Outsmart the picky eaters and the kiddos in your family by serving them this delicious, tender & sweet green bean recipe. They are made with my all-time favorites bacon and brown sugar. It’s so incredibly flavorful and makes the perfect side dish, especially for holiday meals.

BROWN SUGAR GREEN BEANS WITH BACON

Ingredients

2 lbs fresh green beans, ends trimmed

4-6 strips bacon, chopped (may sub turkey bacon)

⅔ C brown sugar

2 Tbsp dijon mustard

1 Tbsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

1. Toss beans into a large pot and cover beans with water. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until beans are tender, but not soggy (they are going to get cooked a bit longer later on so you don’t want them overcooked at this point, just to the point they can be easily pierced with a fork). Carefully pour the beans into a colander to let the water drain and rinse the beans in cold water. Set aside.

2. In a skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat for six-eight minutes until fully cooked but not yet crispy. Next add the brown sugar, dijon mustard, and garlic to the pan and stir until all ingredients are combined. Add green beans and continue to stir until sauce is bubbly and green beans are thoroughly coated in the sauce four-six minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

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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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Melt in your mouth Pork Chops

The best damn pork chops

Ingredients

4-6 Pork Loin Boneless Chops

3 Tbsp. Mayo

1 Packet Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

1 Garlic Clove

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

½ C. Progresso Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Combine together Mayo, ranch mix, and garlic until well mixed. Add shredded cheese into ranch mixture and mix well. Place pork chops into a 9×13 baking dish.

2. Spread cheesy garlic ranch mixture on top of pork chops. Sprinkle Panko breadcrumbs on top of pork chops. Bake in your preheated oven for forty five minutes or until pork chops are cooked through.

Court’s Cooking Notes: Internal temp of chops should be 145-160 degrees.

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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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Celebrity Chef Inspired Recipe

I just love the food Network magazine. They have so many great recipe ideas for dinner and other interesting stuff that is in their magazines. In January’s issue they had an article written about one of Ina Garten’s recipes. She is also known for her show Barefoot Contessa. The dish is called Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel. Since she is one of my favorite celebrity chefs I was inspired to cook her recipe.

It’s made with Heavy cream, half and half, sweet Italian sausage and much more. It was nothing but rich, creamy and delicious!

Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. olive oil

3 C. chopped fennel (1 large bulb)

1 1/2 C. chopped yellow onion

1 1/4 lbs sweet Italian sausages, casings removed

2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves)

1/2 tsp. whole fennel seeds, crushed with a mortar and pestle

1/2-1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 C. dry white wine

1 C. heavy cream

1/2 C. half-and-half

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 lb rigatoni, such as Barilla

1/2 C. chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 C. freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions

1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot or a dutch oven, such as Le Creuset, over medium heat. Add the fennel and onion and sauté for seven minutes, occasionally stirring until tender. Add the sausage and cook for seven to eight minutes, crumbling it with a fork, until nicely browned. Drain the grease.

2. Next add the garlic, crushed fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, two teaspoons of salt and one teaspoon of black pepper and cook for one minute. Pour in the wine, bring to a boil and add the heavy cream, half-and-half and tomato paste. Bring back to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for twentyminutes, until the sauce has thickened.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add two tablespoons salt and cook the rigatoni according to the directions on the package. Drain and add to the sauce, stirring to coat the pasta. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes to allow the pasta to absorb the sauce. Off the heat, stir in the parsley and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan. Serve hot in shallow bowls with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan on the side.

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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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