Monday, October 15, 2012

Roast Chicken = Easy Dinner!

Throw a chicken in the oven.
Well, maybe you shouldn't throw it.

Either roast a whole chicken or pick up one of those ready chickens at the store. I always roast mine with McCormicks Steak Seasoning.


Here are a few ideas for you.

1. Place the chicken on a platter and give your army some warm bread and a salad. Don't let them use utensils:). Let everyone tears their pieces of chicken right off the bone. Your kids will remember the meal forever!

2. Chicken Quesadillas.
Shred chicken and place about 1/2 cup in a tortilla with your favorite Mexican cheese. Add some grilled onions and green pepper. Fold tortilla over and brown on a griddle (or large pan).
Cut into thirds. Serve with salsa, sour cream, and or guacamole. Yum.

3. White Bean Chili.
Add shredded chicken to 16 oz of medium salsa. Heat on the stove (in a pot of course). Add 2-4 cups of chicken broth, couple cans of white beans, and a small can of diced green chilies. Delicious!

 4. Chicken Pasta.

Add shredded chicken to your favorite spaghetti sauce and serve over pasta.

5. Chicken Divan.
Add shredded chicken to 4cups steamed broccoli, 2 cups cheddar cheese, 8oz sour cream, cup mayonnaise, can of cream of chicken soup, 2tsp cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Top with crushed Ritz crackers and drizzle 3Tsp melted butter on top. Toss together and put in 9x13 pan. Bake 30 minutes at 375.

6. Red Chicken Chili.
Shred chicken. Add to big pot. Add favorite chili mix, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can pinto beans, 1 can kidney beans. Heat through. Serve with warm tortillas.

7. Chicken Enchiladas
Shred chicken and add to large bowl with 1 can cream chicken soup, 1 can celery soup, 16 oz sour cream, 2 cups shredded cheese, tsp chili powder, salt and pepper to taste. Mix.
Add about 1/2 cup- 1 cup mixture to center if a tortilla and roll like a tight burrito.
Layer rolled tortillas in a 9 x 13pan.
Pour 1 larger can enchilada sauce over top and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Bake at 375 about 40 minutes (bubbly goodness).

8. Chicken Salad
Make a beautiful salad and top with shredded chicken.

I buy my whole chickens at our bulk food store in California. My family needs 1-2 chickens depending on the meal.

Now, I know these recipes are it exact. Beautiful right?

These meals are the kind you cannot mess up unless you try really hard. I change them up all the time!

Buy a couple of chicken and throw them in your freezer. They only take a few hours to thaw and cook, but they make fantastic meals (if you like chicken like we do).

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