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Tastes Like Chicken!

Posted on 2006.01.17 at 10:53
Dinnertime with a lot of little ones underfoot can be a busy time. Especially if Dad's getting home at the same time. Their hungry tummies smell food while you're cooking it and just can't understand why they can't eat NOW! Or, if they do... they want a snack because 15 minutes seems like a lifetime when you're smelling all these good foods and you're told you have to wait! I have begun making a meal plan for the week so I don't have that last-minute "what should I make?" or "We're out of ONE ingredient to make THAT, now what?" Next, I use my crock pot. MOST of my recipes are adaptable to the crock-pot, so I can cook dinner during that lull time in the morning after breakfast and before lunch.

My first set of recipes can be cooked in the oven, as stated... or plopped into the crockpot as long as you have at least 3-4 hours before dinner. Today let's talk about Easy Chicken Recipes!

Is there a wrong way to cook chicken? I don't think so! It's so easy... TOO easy. It's a staple dish in our diet. Today I'm going to post my favorite EASY chicken recipes that take NO thought whatsoever. The funny part about that is... People keep calling and asking me for the recipes! You'll laugh when you see how SIMPLE these are. (I have to say that I like complex too... I have some favorite recipes that require more effort than these, but let's stick with simple today.)

Easy Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Chicken Breasts or tenderloins
(as much or as little as you want, I use 6 frozen breasts)
BBQ sauce (bottled or homemade) It takes me 1 bottle of premade sauce, or 2 if I want leftover sauce.

Put the chicken in the crock-pot and cover with BBQ sauce. (you can use ANY type, even a whole chicken) Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low 6-8 hours. Serve as-is or over rice.

(Sometimes I'll add two cans of Texas Ranch-Style Beans to the pot for a little different flavor (a brand name, NOT Cool-ranch flavored...)

Ranch Chicken

2-3 TBSP Butter chopped into small cubes OR melted.
6 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts or Tenderloins

Best~ 8 oz (1 cup) Sour Cream and 1/2 pkg Ranch dressing mix
Easy~ 1 cup Premade Ranch dressing

Oven directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place butter in the bottom of a casserole dish. Evenly place Chicken in a single layer and top with Sour Cream. Sprinkle dressing mix evenly over chicken and sour cream. Cover casserole dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes or until center is done.

Crockpot: Layer everything in the crockpot as you would for oven baking. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours.

Breaded Parmesan Chicken

6 Chicken breasts or 10-12 Tenderloins (thawed or fresh)
1/3 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1-2 eggs
3 TBSP melted Butter

Mix Bread Crumbs, Parmesan Cheese and garlic powder in shallow bowl. Pour melted butter in the bottom of a casserole dish. Dip chicken in lightly beaten egg, then coat with Bread Crumb mixture. Place breaded chicken in a single layer in casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes (15 minutes for tenderloins). Turn chicken and bake for another 20 minutes (10-15 minutes for tenderloins). Serve as is, or drizzle with hot marinara sauce.

Note: I haven't made this in a long time. I really liked it, but it was very heavy compared to our other chicken dishes. I'll have to make it again soon and see if I can tweak it.

I have a lot more chicken recipes... one of which I've shared on my other blog which has become an absolute favorite. I call it "Churchlady Chicken" or "Middle Eastern Chicken and Tomatoes" I'll post the recipe here another day, as it doesn't really fit with these recipes.


sydonie at 2006-01-18 16:17 (UTC) (Link)
We tried the ranch chicken last night - yummy! And great for a lowcarb diet, which I'm currently on.
(Anonymous) at 2006-01-18 19:17 (UTC) (Link)

I should be on a low-carb diet again...

*sigh* but I'm not... at least not right now!

Did you make it with Sour Cream or premade ranch? When I make it with sour cream I like to drizzle the extra "sauce" over steamed veggies. That would be good on a low carb diet too!

Mmm... it's making me hungry!
a_shynie_chef at 2006-01-18 19:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I should be on a low-carb diet again...

Oops, it's me (obviously), I wasn't logged in...
sydonie at 2006-01-18 20:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I should be on a low-carb diet again...

I made it with the sour cream - great idea with the extra sauce! I'll remember that for next time.
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