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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Alice Springs Chicken


Last week I shared our version of my favorite dish at Longhorn's. This week I am sharing my version of my favorite Outback dish - Alice Springs Chicken.  It has everything I love - chicken, bacon, honey mustard and cheese.  The original recipe has mushrooms on it.  I always order it without mushrooms, but I added sautéed mushrooms to Chicken Legs piece because he loves mushrooms.

I marinated the chicken in Lawry's Original Seasoned Salt marinade. I thought it would be pretty close to the flavors that the restaurant uses.  I was right; it tasted like it was straight off the barbie.  Chicken Legs can't decide if he likes this chicken or the Garlic Parmesan Crusted Chicken I posted last week.  He finally decided that he liked which ever one he was eating best!  He has already requested this again this coming weekend and wants to double the recipe for leftovers.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Three Envelope Pot Roast {Slow Cooker}


I am really into my slow cooker right now.  I absolutely love the convenience of it.  There aren't many things better than walking in the door from work and having dinner waiting on you!  This pot roast recipe was incredibly easy to make, and it tasted delicious!  Chicken Legs said he might like this better than our usual Italian pot roast.  We both loved the flavor from the onion soup mix and the zip from the salsa.

We like to make nachos with our leftover pot roast, but this time we made some pot roast sliders.  We used King's Hawaiian rolls (we love those rolls) and topped the meat with some swiss cheese.  We popped them in the oven for a few minutes to heat them through and melt the cheese.  Finally, we topped them with a creamy chipotle sauce.  YUM!  I love that we got two different meals with this recipe.  This is going in the dinner rotation.



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sausage Roll Ups with Buttermilk Syrup


We had these sausage roll ups for breakfast last weekend.  They were extremely quick and easy to make, and they tasted delicious.  We served the sausage roll ups with some amazing buttermilk syrup.  The buttermilk syrup is a must.  It makes the dish.  We made the syrup the day before and reheated it in the microwave for a couple of minutes before serving.  The syrup would also be great on pancakes, waffles, biscuits or even ice cream!  This is a new favorite in our house.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole


This recipe is from Plain Chicken reader, Diane Blake. She was kind enough to share her favorite recipe with me. I've never made a Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole, so we gave it a try.  This is one of those dishes that isn't pretty, but it tastes really good.  We both really enjoyed this.  I used some rotisserie chicken meat and this came together in no time.  We both especially loved the Doritos!  Chicken Legs topped his plate with extra Doritos, because you can never have too many Doritos.




Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Chicken



"FREAKING AWESOME" That is all Chicken Legs wanted me to say about this chicken.  He took one bite and said this was the best thing I've ever made.  I had to agree, this was absolutely delicious!  This recipe is from Longhorn Steakhouse.  My Mom found the recipe in the paper.  I love this dish at Longhorn's and I was really excited to try it at home!

I made this twice before I got it the way I wanted it.  The original recipe called for the chicken to be cooked in a skillet on the stove.  We tried it that way and it was good, but not as good as I remembered.   I wanted to give it another try and decided to grill the chicken.  That made all the difference.  It was as as good, if not better as it was in the restaurant.  Chicken Legs has already asked to have it again this weekend.  He also asked if I would make some extra chicken for lunch the next day.

This looks like a lot of ingredients, but it is really quick and easy.  I marinated the chicken and  prepared the ranch spread and parmesan crumb topping while Chicken Legs grilled the chicken.  This is our new favorite dish!



Monday, January 23, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cinnamon Caramel Pecan Bread


I've been making a version of this bread for years.  The original version uses refrigerated biscuits. I decided to change it up last weekend and used a can of cinnamon rolls. Tt was out of this world.  This is so quick and easy. It only uses 4 ingredients - butter, caramel sauce, pecans and cinnamon rolls. This is great for breakfast, brunch or even dessert! It is a real crowd pleaser.



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Grilled Cajun Ranch Chicken Pasta


This is one of our new favorite dishes! We wanted to try something new for dinner last weekend and came up with this grilled chicken pasta dish. One word - delicious! The chicken was so juicy and packed full of flavor. It would be good on its own, but the creamy pasta really put it over the top. Chicken Legs is still raving about this dish! We both agreed this was the best thing we ate last weekend. The sauce uses heavy cream, but you can substitute evaporated milk if you are counting calories. I also made my own Cajun seasoning to cut down on the sodium in the dish. Enjoy!



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Quick & Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce


This recipe for homemade enchilada sauce is so easy that you will never buy the canned stuff ever again!  The secret ingredient in the sauce is Knorr Caldo de Tomate - a chicken and tomato bouillon spice mixture.  I found it in the ethnic food isle at Publix.

It only took about 10 minutes (at the most) to whip up this sauce and it tasted delicious!  We used it to make some chicken and cheese enchiladas.  This recipe makes two cups of sauce -  enough for a 9x13 pan of enchiladas.  We both loved it.  I plan on using this sauce the next time we make the Bubble Up Enchiladas.  YUM!



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Taco Soup


Taco Soup has taken on a life of its own at our office. Everyone is making it. We've even had a Taco Soup potluck! We are all completely addicted!

I made a batch in my slow cooker on Sunday.  It was absolutely delicious!  We both went back for seconds. It even tasted great for lunch yesterday.  This is so quick and easy.   This soup can be made on the stove or in the crockpot.  I usually make it in the crockpot so dinner is ready when I get home from work.



Monday, January 16, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Feature on Plain Chicken - ZipList Recipe Box

I’m excited to let you all know about a new feature here on Plain Chicken. You’ll notice that I've added a Save Recipe button to each recipe post.


You can now save your favorites to your own personal recipe boxes, along with any other recipes you find across the web. You can also save the recipe ingredients to your online shopping lists with one click.


I’ve teamed up with ZipList to make this happen. They power the online recipe boxes and shopping lists you see at MarthaStewart.com, The Daily Meal and Joy of Baking, as well as many food blogs. You can save recipes from any of these websites, including mine, and they'll all be saved in one place. No more hunting from site-to-site to track down your favorite recipes.


You can access your recipe box and shopping list from the side bar on my website.


You can also access your recipe box and shopping list from ZipList.com and using free mobile apps so you have what you need to plan meals and grocery shop wherever you go.

I’m excited to hear what you think!



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Friday, January 13, 2012

Carrabba's Champagne Chicken


I saw a commercial for Carrabba's new Champagne Chicken dish and it looked delicious.  I stumbled across the recipe on our local Fox station's website and decided to give it a try.  I did make a couple of changes to the original recipe.  I used some red pepper flakes instead of roasted red peppers, and I left out the crabmeat.  I was going to use crabmeat, but it was too expensive ($12 for a small cup).  I decided to leave it out since it only used a small amount.  This tasted fantastic!  We both thought it was restaurant quality.  Try it this weekend with with some crusty bread and our version of Carrabba's bread dip.



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Italian Green Beans


This is a Chicken Legs original recipe. He had these green beans at lunch a few years ago and asked the caterer for the recipe. She told would only tell him the ingredients, so we experimented with it until we got it just right.  

These are the best green beans we've ever had - seriously!! The recipe uses a trio of peppers, onion, bacon and Italian marinade - not dressing. I used Ken's Garlic and Herb marinade, but any brand will work. Just make sure you don't use Italian dressing. We served these green beans at Christmas with the skirt steak and sautéed mushrooms. You are going to want to steal this recipe!




Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Slow Cooker Ham & White Beans



This is the last recipe from our Christmas ham.  I always look forward to finishing off the ham with a nice big bowl of white beans and slice of cornbread.  This recipe is super simple.  It uses a pound of dried beans and simmers all day in the crockpot with a big ham bone.  The Honey Baked Ham store sells ham bones year round (found that out on twitter).  If you don't have ham bone, use some ham shanks, ham hocks or just some chopped up ham.  I love the creaminess of white beans combined with the saltiness of the ham.  This is comfort food at its best!



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cracker Pizza


I saw this recipe over on Tasty Kitchen and immediately added it to the weekly menu.  I found the use of tortillas as the crust interesting!  This is so simple - just top the tortillas with pizza sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings.  We used flour tortillas, but whole wheat would be good too.

The pizza bakes for about 10 minutes and then it is ready to eat.  This is a great recipe to get the kids involved in making lunch or dinner.  The pizzas are so easy to customize; everyone can add their own toppings.  We liked this as much as any other homemade pizza we have tried.  It will definitely be in the rotation.  It is my favorite kind of meal - quick and easy!



Monday, January 9, 2012

Meow Monday

Fluffy

Jack

Sherbert
She is checking out Fluffy - she still isn't sure about her

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