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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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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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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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Flu Fighter Chicken Noodle Soup

Help your family conquer, the crazy cold & flu season, by feeding them this chicken noodle soup. It’s incredibly savory, hearty and stuffed with good for you ingredients! I’m confident this soup will become a new favorite!

Chicken Noodle Soup

You will need

For the chicken:
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 ground black pepper

For the soup:
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 large carrots, peeled and diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, finely diced
8 cloves garlic, minced
a pinch of salt
(1) 32 oz container chicken stock
4 C water
1 bay leaf
2 C noodles of your choice, I used gluten free elbows
Juice of 1 lemon, plus more for serving
1/4 C to 1/2 C dried dill, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line, a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper or foil and lightly, grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Place chicken breast in the previously prepared large baking dish and drizzle with two tablespoons of oil and sprinkle with spices. Place in the oven and bake for twenty-five to thirty minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through cooking. Once the chicken is done cooking, pull into small pieces using two forks.

2. While the chicken is cooking, make the soup. Heat olive oil in a large, pot over medium heat. Combine the carrots, celery, and onion, and cook – occasionally stirring – for eight-nine minutes. Add the garlic and salt and cook for one minute before adding the bay leaf, water, and chicken stock. Increase heat to high, bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, stir in noodles, and simmer for ten – fifteen minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the pasta al dente. Mix in cooked chicken, dill, and lemon juice. Taste soup to adjust seasonings, then serve immediately. Yummoelicious!! 🙂

Court’s cooking notes

* You can cook the noodles in the broth (as instructed in the recipe), but if you intend to have a lot of leftovers, you may also choose to cook the noodles in a different pot, then stir them into each bowl right before serving. This helps keep the noodles fresh and not soggy.

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Here’s my veggie mason jar trick that I have mentioned a few times in some of my posts and occasionally do whenever I have to cut up various vegetables for certain recipes. Then I stick them in the fridge until I’m ready to start cooking. It’s really convenient because it makes the cooking go a little faster.

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My favorite recipes 

Chicken Buffalo Soup 

Crockpot Spaghetti & Meatballs

Insanely Addicting Pecans 

Crock pot King Ranch Chicken

The various ways to get your Buffalo Chicken Fix

This Buffalo Chicken is dangerously delicious and incredibly easy. Here are three different ways you can eat it to satisfy your craving: 1. Eat it by itself. 2. You can top it with some crackers. 3. Serve on toasted buns with a slice of cheese. Number three was my choice. Yummy! That’s what I love about this recipe; you can choose to eat it which ever way you want 🙂 I promise you won’t regret it and oh once the chicken touches your taste buds you will be hooked on this stuff. I know I was. Haha!

The World’s Easiest Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients

3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, rinsed and pat dry

Non-stick cooking spray

1 (1-oz packet) ranch salad dressing mix

1 (12-) bottle Frank’s Buffalo wing sauce

6 hamburger buns

6 oz cheddar cheese, sliced

Directions

Use a four or six-quart slow cooker insert. Lightly grease your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray and place the chicken into the insert. Pour in the salad dressing mix and the buffalo wing sauce. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours. After the chicken is finished cooking shred the chicken completely with two forks, and serve on toasted buns with a slice of cheese, if desired.

Source  365 Slow Cooker Suppers

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Announcement: I wanted to let you ahead of time that since next week is Thanksgiving, I will be doing some cooking but will not be blogging as much. I’m going to write only one blog post in regards to roasting pecans.

One-pan dinners are truly 2 dishes in 1

I had a wonderful time visiting with my grandma last week. We did not do much of anything except for watching movies, eating yummy food and laughing at each other’s jokes. Haha!

Lol, I know I’ve said this before, but I love one pan dinners. They are so easy to make and clean up. Ha, one of the things I like about them is you don’t have to worry about having a side dish because the veggies you chose to go along with your meat is a side. You can just think of them as 2 dishes in 1 😀

Today I’m sharing with you an incredible flavorful one-pan dinner called One-Pan Pesto Chicken and veggies. The preparation of this dish was easy as 1-2-3 and would make an excellent meal for a weeknight dinner for you and your family. Also, I would like to say that I have never tasted pesto before until last night, and lol it felt like my taste buds were having a party.

One-Pan Pesto Chicken and veggies

Ingredients

2 Tbsps olive oil
1 lb chicken thighs or breasts, boneless and skinless, sliced into strips
1/3 C. sun-dried tomatoes, drained of oil, chopped
1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed, cut in half, if large
1/4 C basil pesto
1 C cherry tomatoes, yellow and red, halved

Instructions

1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add two tablespoons of olive oil, combine the sliced chicken thighs or breasts, season chicken generously with salt, add half of chopped sun-dried tomatoes – and cook everything on medium heat for five-ten minutes, flipping a couple of times, until the chicken is finished cooking.

2. Remove the chicken and sun-dried from the skillet, leaving the oil. Combine the asparagus (ends trimmed), seasoned generously with salt, add the remaining half of sun-dried tomatoes, and cook on medium heat for five-ten minutes until the asparagus cooked thoroughly. Remove asparagus to serving plate.

3. Add the chicken back to the skillet, add pesto, stir to coat on low-medium heat until chicken is cooked through, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add halved cherry tomatoes, mix with the pesto and the chicken. Add chicken and vegetables to the serving plate with asparagus.

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Cheesy Chicken

 

Last night, I had the pleasure of cooking for my Grandma again, and I made for her this delicious and cheesy stuffed chicken parmesan. I do admit though that the preparation of this dish was little messy lol, but I still had a blast. 😀 One of the things I love about this recipe is that after the chicken is finished cooking, you have all this yummy melted cheese inside each chicken. Yum, yum! Haha! I love cheese!

Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

INGREDIENTS

Three or four chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1/8 tsp salt
1 C. mozzarella cheese
2 C. flour
6 eggs, beaten
2 C. Italian seasoning Progresso bread crumbs
1 C olive oil, for frying
3 C Hunt’s tomato sauce
½ C parmesan cheese
2 Tbsps basil

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking dish with foil, grease it with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Directions

1. Slice a hole into each chicken breast. Next, fill the pockets evenly with the mozzarella cheese. Press the ends of the chicken together to close the hole. Divide the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs into three separate shallow bowls.

2. Being careful to keep the chicken from opening, dip the stuffed chicken in the flour, shaking off the extra. Dip the floured chicken into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs, coating it evenly. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Cook the chicken until golden brown on both sides.

3. Place ⅔ of the tomato sauce evenly on the bottom of a baking dish. Place the chicken on top. Top with the remaining of the tomato sauce, then sprinkle the parmesan and basil on top. Bake for twenty-thirty five minutes. Enjoy! 😀

Yesterday I went to my all-time favorite bookstore Barnes & Noble and bought two new cookbooks. Book one has crockpot recipes and book two has pressure cooker recipes. I cannot wait to begin sharing new recipes with you real soon.

Keep up the great work, I know you’ll be an excellent cook someday. 🙂
Thank you so very much for reading and have a great weekend!

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Coming up next week on cooking with court

One Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies

Layered Mexican-Style Casserole

Cider Dijon Pork Chops or Tex-Mex Chili Mac (pressure cooker)
Side Dish Brown Butter Garlic Carrots

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Million Dollar Buffalo Chicken Pasta

I am not surprised that I found another Buffalo Chicken recipe. And since I’m a huge enthusiast of anything buffalo flavor I, of course, wanted to try the dish. This recipe not only has Buffalo sauce, but it too has pasta. Yummy! As you can tell, I also love eating pasta as well. My favorite kind is penne and spaghetti.

Moreover, if you are the same as me and you honestly cannot help it but respond to the cry of a recipe that requests for the flavor buffalo call out your name and saying “could you please pretty please cook and devour me lol.” Then your immediate response should be “getting off of your couch, and going into your kitchen, doing these few simple steps; 1. grabbing your crockpot, 2. tossing a few ingredients into your slow cooker. 3. Wait a few hours then BOOM you have semi cooked lol yourself some delicious Buffalo Chicken Pasta using your crockpot.

Oh, don’t let this recipe fool you because although this recipe calls for affordable ingredients available at your grocery store, it tastes like a million bucks.

What is your favorite kind of pasta? 

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

1 lb chicken breasts, chopped

salt and pepper, taste (Optional)

One can cream of chicken soup

1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies

1/2 C  Frank’s buffalo wing sauce or your favorite hot sauce

1 1/2 C. Mozzarella or cheddar cheese

1/2 C  ranch dressing

1 1/2 C Daisy sour cream

3 C  Barilla’s penne pasta, cooked

Directions

Season chicken with salt and pepper and put into the slow cooker. Combine the chicken soup, hot sauce, and diced tomatoes with green chilies; stir. Cook on LOW for four to six hours or on HIGH for two to three hours. Stir in shredded cheese, ranch dressing, and sour cream, then turn off your crockpot. Boil pasta according to package instructions; drain well and add to the slow cooker. Stir well. Enjoy! 😀 

Source The Crockin’ Girls Slow Cookin’ Companion

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Homemade Seasoned Flour

This seasoned flour recipe would be terrific for a crumb coating on fish, meat or poultry, combine 1 1/2 tbsps of seasoned flour with 1 cup of dry bread crumbs. I had an excellent time using it when I made these Garlicky Pork Chops Baked in Sour Cream. You too can easily make this recipe in your own home with just a few ingredients you have on hand. 

Seasoned Flour

2 C flour

2 Tbsp salt

1 Tbsp. Celery salt

1 Tbsp. pepper

2 Tbsp dry mustard

4 Tbsp smoked paprika

2 Tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp ginger

1⁄2 tsp thyme

1⁄2 tsp sweet basil

1⁄2 tsp oregano

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well until blended evenly. Store in a tightly covered jar.

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Cookbooks Make Good Friends

I am getting very well acquainted with my old new cookbook Joy of Cooking: Wartime Edition. I know I’ve said this before, but the book is really fascinating, and I like it a lot! 🙂 One of the conflicts that I have with it though is that the book has no pictures of the recipes and the directions on how to cook/what to do for them are not very detailed. In which of course, I find pretty intimidating. Yes since this was my second time of using this book I basically had not a clue what I was doing lol. I mean I knew that I was cooking, and all but did not know that I was doing it the correct way. Ha, what was really scary is that I had no clue how it was going to turn out lol.

Furthermore, I still would love to use it more often though as I believe this book will help me become a better cook. And even though I didn’t know what I was doing or how this Spanish Chicken Casserole was going turn out lol, I still trusted my cooking skills, made a few changes and just went with the flow. Haha! Not surprisingly the outcome of this recipe that I’m showing you today was a huge success and delish. Also, the first recipe I made from the book is called Deviled Pork Chops.

Spanish Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

3-4 medium chicken breasts, rinsed, pat dry, cubed
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. McCormick’s Smoked paprika
1/4 C. Flour
3 Tbsp. Olive oil
1/2 C carrots, rinsed, peeled, (if desired) and chopped
1/2 C celery, rinsed chopped
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
3 Tbsp Green bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 C. shredded Cheese, Optional

Preheat the oven 375 degrees. Line a casserole dish with foil and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Directions

1. Add the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in a large, resealable plastic bag and or container. Then place the chicken into the bag, make sure the container is closed tightly 🙂 and shake to coat the chicken in the flour mixture. Pour in the olive oil into a large skillet and heat the oil over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer. Next, add the chicken and cook for approximately eight minutes, occasionally stirring. Once the chicken is cooked place the pieces evenly into the previously prepared baking dish.

2. Add more oil if needed and saute the chopped onion, green bell pepper, garlic, celery, carrots, and tomatoes. Cook over medium heat for three-five minutes. Remove pan from the heat and pour the ingredients over the chicken. Sprinkle cheese on top, if desired. Cover and bake the chicken in the oven for about thirty-five  forty minutes – or until chicken is tender and cheese is bubbly.

Optional: Five minutes before the chicken is done add 1/4 cup sautéed mushrooms and 1/3 cup sliced stuffed olives. Also if needed you can add 1/3 – 1/2 cup boiling vegetable or chicken stock/broth and or water.

For the side dish, I made Garlic Parmesan Edamame.
I know that it probably doesn’t go well with the main dish lol, but the post and a lot of others either have a terrible picture or don’t have one, so I decided to go back on a lot of the old ones and doing photo retakes.

Adapted from  Joy of Cooking: Wartime Edition  

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