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Thursday, July 31, 2014

BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken

BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken Recipe - chicken marinated in Ranch dressing, Worcestershire, BBQ seasoning, oil and vinegar - grill for the most amazing chicken! We always double the recipe so we have leftovers for wraps and salads.

We made this chicken for lunch last weekend and it is delicious! OMG! So tender and juicy, and it is packed full of great flavors. I let the chicken hang out in the marinade overnight to get the maximum flavor. You can use a store bought BBQ seasoning or my homemade BBQ seasoning is really good in this marinade too! You can get the recipe (here).

We loved this chicken. We will definitely be making this again very soon. I will make extra chicken so we can have leftovers. I bet it tastes even better the next day!

BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken Recipe - chicken marinated in Ranch dressing, Worcestershire, BBQ seasoning, oil and vinegar - grill for the most amazing chicken! We always double the recipe so we have leftovers for wraps and salads.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tiramisu Brownie Bites

I needed a quick bite-sized dessert for a recent dinner party. I was making Italian food, so I wanted an Italian flavored dessert. I love brownies, so I thought what about Tiramisu Brownie Bites? 

I used a box of Ghirardelli brownie mix and substituted coffee for the water in the mix. I whipped up a light mascarpone frosting to go on top. OMG - delicious! The frosting was so light and scrumptious. It was the perfect ending to the meal!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chicken Verde Mac & Cheese

FABULOUS! This Chicken Verde Mac and Cheese is crazy good! This is made on the stove top and super quick and easy to make. My secret to having this ready in 15 minutes is to use half of a rotisserie chicken. I always have rotisserie chicken in the freezer. I buy a couple of chickens from Costco or Sam's and pull the meat off the bones and freeze it. It is a great shortcut!

This mac and cheese has great flavor. We like spicy food, so I used pepper jack cheese in this. If you aren't into spicy foods, use monterey jack cheese. I used Fontera Tomatillo Salsa; it is my favorite salsa verde. We ate this for dinner and again for lunch the next day. It was great reheated. Give this a try for a quick and delicious weeknight meal!

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kentucky Road Trip {Maker's Mark Distillery & the National Corvette Museum}

We took a day trip to Kentucky while we were up in Nashville. 
I've always wanted to go to the Maker's Mark Distillery and this was the perfect opportunity to go!

We got up early and made the drive to Maker's Mark in Loretto, KY. 
It took us about 3 hours to get there. 
The first thing we noticed was how beautiful the property was. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Taziki's Friday Pasta

This dish is referred to as "Friday Pasta" around Birmingham. It is a local favorite. It is so popular that Taziki's had to start serving the pasta all weekend. Several years ago the recipe was published on al.com. I snagged it in case I ever wanted to make it.

For whatever reason, I only recently tried the Friday Pasta. We went to a birthday party and they served this cold/room temperature. Taziki's serves this pasta warm over lettuce in the restaurant. We both agreed that we preferred the pasta cold/room temperature and without the lettuce.

I decided to finally try my hand at making the "Friday Pasta" at home. I marinated the chicken in a bottled greek vinaigrette dressing and grilled it. I whipped up the vinaigrette (great on its own) and tossed up the pasta salad in the morning and let it hang out in the fridge all day. We ate this for dinner two nights in a row. It actually gets better as it sits in the fridge. This is a great dish for a crowd. It makes a ton, can be made in advance and transports easily.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Honey Lime Sriracha Chicken

We grill out a lot in the summer so I am always thinking of new marinades. I've been on a Sriracha kick lately, so I decided to marinate our chicken in a mixture of honey, lime and Sriracha. We let the chicken hang out all day in the marinade and soak up as much flavor as possible. We threw it on the grill and it smelled amazing as it cooked! We both took one bite and were blown away. SO good! There isn't much heat in the chicken since the chicken was just marinated in the Sriracha. It would have more of a kick if you basted the chicken in the Sriracha. We served this with some of the Black Eyed Pea Salad and Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni. It was all fabulous!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amaretto Pound Cake {KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway}

Pound cakes are one of my favorite desserts to make. They are so easy to make. I can whip up a pound cake in my KitchenAid mixer in the time it takes my oven to preheat. The key is to have all your ingredients at room temperature and measured out before you start.

This pound cake is SO good. It has incredible almond flavor. The cake is soaked in an amaretto syrup while it is still warm. The syrup keeps the cake super moist. I topped the cake with a quick almond glaze and some sliced almonds. YUM! I love almonds, so I was in heaven eating this cake!

Our friends at AllSouth Appliance are going to give one lucky Plain Chicken reader this 
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in Boysenberry.

I am in love with the color! I want it!
Too bad KitchenAid doesn't have a trade-in program!!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

King Ranch Bubble Up

This was the best thing we ate last weekend. I made this for lunch and it was SOOOOO good! I wanted to eat the entire pan myself. Crazy good! I modified my Rotel Chicken Spaghetti recipe and turned it into a bubble up. It worked great. Serve this with some Mexican rice, black beans and/or a salad for a complete fiesta! 

I use Pillsbury Grands Jr. biscuits, not the big Pillsbury Grands biscuits. I think the smaller biscuits work better in the bubble up recipes. They don't crowd the pan and cook all the way through. If you want to use the bigger Pillsbury Grands biscuits, cut them into 6 pieces and throw one of the biscuits away. That will help ensure that the biscuit dough gets cooked all the way through.

Monday, July 21, 2014

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