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4- ingredient Chicken and Rice Casserole

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken breasts

1 cup long grain white rice uncooked

1 1/2 cups water

1 package onion soup mix or use homemade

10 oz can cream of mushroom soup

Directions

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

1. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Add chicken breasts and season with salt & pepper.Pour the uncooked rice over the chicken.

2. Then sprinkle with the onion soup mix. Next combine the mushrooms soup and one and half cups of water. Pour over the chicken. Then cover and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender.

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Workout. Cook. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

I don’t know if you have read on My About Page that when I was at a young age, I was diagnosed with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy. It controls my muscle movement on the right side of my body which makes it difficult for when I am cooking. In the fall of last year, I began to notice that the muscles in my right arm/hand was making it extra challenging to lift a 9×13 baking dish. I realized that I needed to get some professional help for my right arm. This was a huge eye opener for me.

So in October, I took it upon myself to join a gym called Koko FitClub that is in walking distance from my home. I have been going every single day. I love it! I can now easily lift a heavy baking dish out of the oven and cut veggies with ease. The muscles in my arms are much stronger than they were a few months ago. I am happy with my progress and so grateful.

Anyway enough about me… let’s get to some cooking…you are going to love this recipe!

I love the classic Mexican food fajitas. There are a variety of toppings and different ways to make them delicious. But, they are not the healthiest meal. No need to worry though because I have a solution to making this favorite a little healthier without sacrificing flavor and the fear of eating a bland dinner. I recently came across this quick, easy and mostly healthy baked chicken fajitas. This recipe is full of yummy flavors. The sweet bell peppers make the difference.

I guarantee you that this recipe will become a new favorite in your family.

BAKED CHICKEN FAJITAS

3-4 chicken breasts

1 packet taco or fajita seasoning

1 1/2 sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced (any combination or green, red, orange, yellow)

1 medium sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 Tbsp chopped cilantro, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375˚F.

1. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place the chicken breasts flat in the dish big enough where they aren’t quite touching, then sprinkle the fajita seasoning evenly over them. You want to make sure that you aren’t making everything too packed in here or it will take a long time to cook. Use a dish big enough so that the chicken breasts don’t quite touch.

2. Mix the bell peppers and onions and spread them evenly over the top and spread the cheese over the top of the peppers and onions.  Again, just make sure you aren’t packing it in too tightly.  Go up a dish size if you need to!

3. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for thirty to forty-five minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (min of 165˚F in throughout the chicken)

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Court’s Cooking Notes: Every oven will cook differently and the cook time will also be effected by altitude, climate, and oven size, so please check to make sure your chicken is done through.  Try not to over cook since that will lead to tough and rubbery chicken.

Enjoy! If you have leftovers, you can chop or shred the leftover chicken and use it in tacos, enchiladas, nachos, salads, or tostadas to name a few.

Zesty Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5-2 lbs)- You can also use tenderloins or cut up the chicken into halfs or smaller to make it easier to serve if your family won’t be eating a whole chicken breast each. This will usually make it cook more quickly though so keep an eye on it.

8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened- You can use light if you prefer, just steer clear of the fat free cream cheese since it won’t melt the same.

1 C. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded- Divide this in half, as half will be used in the mix and half on top. If you don’t have sharp on hand you can substitute any cheddar cheese, or mexican blend.

1/4 C. Frank’s Buffalo Sauce- You can use more buffalo sauce to make it spicier or less to make it less spicy.  I would mix this with the cream cheese first and sample it to make sure it has the right amount of kick for you.

1 Tbsp. Hidden Valley ranch powder- I love using ranch powder in lieu of bottled ranch as I think it delivers better flavor. You can actually buy it in bigger containers now if you cook with it frequently, but if you have a packet, there are about 3 tablespoons in there so you are going to use about a third of the packet. You can also alternately use 1 tbsp of this Homemade ranch mix

Directions

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Prepare a 9X13 baking dish by lightly greasing it with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Mix the cream cheese, ranch mix, 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese, and buffalo sauce in a bowl until everything is combined. Make sure the cream cheese is nice and soft before you mix or it won’t work well.  If you forgot to leave it out to soften you can just pop it in a bowl and microwave it for about thirty seconds, stir and add more time if needed.  Then you can mix everything in.

2. Lay the chicken breasts flat in the bottom  of a casserole dish.  If you want to cut the chicken into smaller pieces do it now and place those on the bottom of the dish.  Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the chicken. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the dish.

3. Bake for twenty-five – thirty-five minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165˚F internal temp). I baked my casserole on the middle rack of the oven.  I have never had to cover it, but since the each oven cooks differently, and there are other considerations like climate altitude etc, just keep an eye on it and if the cheese starts to get more brown than you want, you can loosely cover with foil for the remainder of the cooking time to protect it from browning any further.

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Insanely Delicious Chicken Bake

Ohhhh I am SO ecstatic to share this recipe with you. Why you ask?? Because it’s crazy delicious and once your family take a bite they will want it all the time.

Melt in your mouth chicken bake

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced

3/4 C. mayonnaise or Greek yogurt

1 C. FRESH Parmesan cheese, shredded

1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 C. Progresso Italian bread crumbs

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

1. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and place chicken evenly on bottom.

2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise (or yogurt), cheese, salt, pepper, garlic cloves, and red pepper flakes. Evenly spread mixture on top of chicken, coating entirely. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of mixture.

3. Place pan in preheated oven,and bake for thirty-thirty five minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and use slotted spoon to scoop chicken on top of pasta, rice, or onto plate!

4. Yum!!

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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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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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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.

Holiday Cooking in the South

I can’t believe Thanksgiving already ended. It’s crazy how it just came and went in a flash. I intended on writing an article last week, but I got with everything – mainly cooking and eating delicious food. How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was wonderful!

I can’t believe Christmas is just right around the corner. I am very excited! It’s one of my favorite holidays. I can’t wait to share some yummy recipes with you over the next few weeks.

Do you have any of your favorite dishes or desserts you would like to share?

Now onto the recipe

The weather in Texas during the fall and winter months can be funny and strange. If you have ever lived or visited the state of Texas, then you’ll understand. If not then let me explain the craziness of the weather. On some days it will be hot (the high 80’s) and it will be like that for most of the day. Then there are other days where it’s super cold in the mornings, but throughout the week/day, it gradually will get warmer. Oh, it hardly ever snows here.

So, I admit that it sometimes can be hard to be inspired to cook soups, stew, and chili while living in Texas or pretty much anywhere in the South. I forgot what day it was last week, but the weather was hot for the most of the day, later that evening it was going to be chilly. So that inspired me to cook this Buffalo Chicken Chili.

This recipe is so simple and has only a few ingredients in this slow cooker dinner. Creamy and spicy all in one! It will certainly warm you and family up on a chilly night.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts

2 14.5 oz can great northern beans

1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes with juice

2 C chicken broth

1/4 – 1/2 C Frank’s red hot buffalo wing sauce

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

8 oz cream cheese

Optional

Blue cheese crumbles

celery slices

Directions

1. Add the chicken, beans, tomatoes with their juice, chicken broth, 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt into a 6-quart crockpot.

2. Cover and cook on low for six hours. Cut the cream cheese into small cubes and stir into the slow cooker. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Return chicken to the slow cooker.

3. When the cream cheese is melted ladle into bowls and serve. Top with blue cheese crumbles and serve with celery slices if desired. Enjoy! 🙂

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Crispy Onion Chicken Dinner

This delicious crispy onion chicken recipe called for two and a half cups of French’s fried onions but I discovered that I didn’t have enough. So I decided to use breadcrumbs to make up the difference. It wasn’t as crispy, but the breadcrumbs did not take the yummy flavors away from the chicken. I also didn’t have enough honey mustard, so I made another change by combining regular mustard and honey. It surprisingly worked out great!

I am very proud of myself. I am getting more and more confident with substituting ingredients and working through the difficulties of cooking. This is one of the several reasons why I enjoy cooking so much. It involves a lot of learning and discovering new things. I hope that cooking is just as beneficial for you as it is for me.

This chicken dish is 100% crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside onion chicken. The flavor is amazing!

Crispy Onion Chicken

INGREDIENTS

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 C honey mustard

1 1/2 C French’s fried onions, crushed

Directions

Preheat oven 375° F. Grease a baking sheet with non-stick spray or cover with foil (and spray foil w/ non-stick spray) for easy clean-up.

1. Place honey mustard in a medium shallow bowl. Place crushed fried onions in a separate medium bowl.

2. Coat each chicken breast in honey mustard then coat in crushed fried onions. Carefully lay coated chicken on baking sheet. Sprinkle tops of the chicken with a little more of the crushed fried onions.

4. Bake for thirty-fifty minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

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Birthday celebration and Buffalo Chicken

I had a real nice and relaxing birthday celebration with my family. We didn’t do anything except for eating. We consumed Chick-fil-A and Torchy’s Tacos and for dessert cupcakes

I am going to be sharing with you Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings as I promised. I too had intended to make cucumber salad but I unfortunately didn’t have any cucumbers. Yes, I realized that I could have made a trip to the grocery store but I didn’t feel like it. Do you feel that way too sometimes?

So I decided to make the salad next week instead.

I want say Thank You so very much for your patience with me and the fact that I have not been blogging as much as I usually do.

Anyway, I made a few changes to this crockpot recipe. The first thing I did was to use thighs that I had stored in freezer because I didn’t have any wings. Then I made a change to the liquid. My choice was to use vegetable broth instead of beer because I didn’t have any in my pantry.

Since I made a change to the liquid I actually became nervous about how this recipe was going to turn out. But to my surprise the taste of the chicken went above and beyond my expectations. It was incredibly moist and juicy. Not to mention that it wasn’t to overwhelming spicy.

Do you love Wings and want a super easy way to satisfy your craving without the hassle of cooking them and sweating in your hot kitchen? Well how about you give these Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings a try. You will not be disappointed!

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Ingredients

12-14 whole chicken wings or thighs1¼ c Frank’s Hot Sauce (or favorite hot sauce), divided

1¼ c butter, divided

1 C Chicken or vegetable broth

Directions

1. Cut chicken in half. Place chicken in crock pot. In a medium saucepan melt one cup of butter and add one cup of hot sauce and stir until completely combined. Stir one cup of broth into sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for six-seven hours or HIGH for three-four hours.

2. Turn on your broiler. Melt ¼ cup butter into ¼ cup hot sauce and stir until well combined. Spread wings out evenly on a broiler pan and coat generously with sauce

3. Place wings in broiler for four-five minutes, checking constantly so they don’t burn.

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