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Amish Bacon Chicken

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I can’t express the simplicity of this dish! It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever cooked. I often talk about certain days of the week being a bit much for us and cooking tends to get thrown out the window. What usually happens is that we end up eating out, because before I know it, it’s 830pm. I despise eating that late. It’s so bad for you. I really should try to make dinner earlier, but then everyone is asking for food before bed. The guys really need to eat around 530-630pm. I just need to figure it out.

Today the vacation count down begins! We’re not going anywhere extra special this summer. It’s really just a small vacation and it’s shorter than usual, because we’re going to be going some other places during the school year. I’m looking forward to going though. I feel like I never see my husband anymore. He’s always busy, or I’m busy, or I have to do busy things with our baby. I feel like we don’t get good quality time without electronics and stuff. I’m just super looking forward to this. I think our family needs this! I can’t wait to share the trip and the yummy food we eat while there!

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into large pieces

1 lbs bacon, sliced in half

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons paprika

3/4 cup brown sugar

salt and pepper

Wrap bacon around chicken. Mix cheese, paprika, and sugar together. Roll chicken in mixture. Add salt and pepper on chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the thermometer reads 155 degrees.

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Shoyu Chicken

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Here’s to more chicken recipes!!!

Obviously, chicken is the thing right now….

Did you know that shoyu means soy sauce? In Japanese culture it’s pretty much everything! This recipe is apparently very popular in Hawaii. It’s actually really good. The original recipe had cayenne in it as well, but I decided to omit it. It just wasn’t doing it for me. Instead I added more black pepper, which I find more tolerable. Everyone liked the recipe. I made corn and mixed veggies with it. Next time I’d like to have rice or maybe a pilaf with it. I also used low sodium soy sauce which was really good. I did need to add a little salt to it too though. Keep that in mind if you use low sodium soy sauce.

5 lbs Chicken thighs, skinless
4 cloves Garlic
1 tablespoon Ginger, fresh root
1/2 small Onion
1 tablespoon Oregano, dried
1 cup Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Black pepper, ground

1 cup Brown sugar

1 teaspoon Paprika, ground

1 pinch Red pepper flakes
1 cup Water
Mix everything together and marinade for at least an hour before grilling.
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Deep South Chicken

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I feel like almost all of my posts are about chicken lately. I’ll tell ya….I found this 1970’s cookbook all about poultry. I’ve obviously been using it a lot!! I added the maple syrup to it because it was pretty spicy. I just couldn’t handle it. I will say though, this has been the most tender chicken I’ve made in a long time. It literally cut like butter! I usually make my chicken breasts thin sliced. It’s enough for us to have one piece. I ended up getting a pack of 3 chicken breasts and thin sliced them, which gave me 6 pieces. When I went to clean up the kitchen, there was no chicken left! Literally the only thing left was sauce. How about that??

2 teaspoon ketchup

1 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

pinch teaspoon cayenne powder

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

2 teaspoons vinegar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons butter

1 teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon maple syrup, optional

4-6 pieces chicken, boned or boneless

In a sauce pan add all the ingredients. Cook until butter is melted. Dip chicken to coat. Put in a glass baking dish, or grill until cooked thoroughly.

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Creamy Southern Chicken….

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I’ve always been scared to try some of the recipes from South Your Mouth. Not because it looks bad….actually the opposite. It looks AMAZING. She loves spice. Sadly, my husband just can’t do spice. Once I figured out how to remove some of that spice, without messing up the whole meal, I made SO much of her stuff!  Definitely check out her blog. She has some great stuff.

Today we’ve been struggling over what vacation we are going to take. We’ve tossed around 100 different locations and we just can’t settle on one. We’re not going to be able to be gone for as long as we thought, so we aren’t going to be able to go to family places in Florida. It’s disappointing, but we’ll get there soon. We have to go some where closer to home. I’m not even sure yet what we’re going to be able to do. I really am looking forward to some time away though. I’d love to get my relaxin’ on!

6-8 chicken thighs (boneless, preferred)

2 (10.75 oz.) cans condensed cream of cheddar soup

1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed cream of herbed chicken

3 cups cooked white or brown rice

1 1/2 cups milk (whole or 2%)

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

bacon bits, garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, combine cheddar and herbed chicken soups and whole milk and whisk until combined, then whisk in garlic, onion powder, paprika and red pepper flakes. Optional: stir in cheddar cheese if you don’t want to top the casserole with it later. Spread cooked rice out on the bottom of greased baking dish, then top with chicken thighs. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Pour soup mixture over chicken and rice, making sure everything is evenly coated, then top with cheddar cheese (if you didn’t already stir it into sauce) or bacon bits, if using. Place baking dish in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

 

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Mashed Potato Bowls

When I was pregnant with Coop, KFC came out with mashed potato bowls. I LOVED them. I would get my husband to go get one from time to time. I decided I could make them at home myself and so I did. I know the picture above doesn’t look the best. I apologize, I guess I didn’t realize that the food was creating condensation when I took the picture. I like doing these because it’s easy. The hardest part of it is to peel potatoes. If you really were in a hurry you could buy premade mashed potatoes.

 

Steamed corn

chicken nuggets

chicken gravy (I do not make this usually- I buy the jarred kind)

mashed potatoes

Put mashed potatoes on the bottom. Chicken nuggets next. Corn. Then gravy on top.

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Chicken and Biscuits

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I decided I wanted chicken pot pie, but to be honest, I’m NOT a fan of classic “pie crust” chicken pot pie. My other chicken pot pie recipe is good, but I it wasn’t what I wanted either. A while back my cousin Lisa posted on Facebook that she made chicken and biscuits and it looked SO GOOD and I knew I was needing to make it. I just decided to make my own recipe up, because I knew what I wanted, but I didn’t want to put potatoes in it like the other recipe calls for.

I registered for my classes. I’m trying to get my bachelors degree. I’ve already accomplished an associates degree, but I just wanted to go further. My friend says that I should have with to school to be a therapist…because well I rock in the advice department. No just kidding, I’m not going to toot my own horn here. Seriously though, I really am looking forward to this, but I am very nervous. What if I can’t finish it? Perhaps it’ll be too hard…I don’t know. One of the classes that I am taking is about legal writing. It has a ton of writing and I suck at writing. You can tell from my blog how horrible I am at it. I try, but….ya know!

 

Recipe for biscuits

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup celery

small bag of frozen mixed veggies

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cup milk, extra if mix is too thick

2 cups chicken broth

2 cups cooked chopped chicken

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

butter

Add butter to a frying pan. Add onion and celery. Cook until translucent. Add flour. Cook for one minute. Add chicken broth and milk. Stir until thickened. Add chicken and veggies. Cook until veggies are tender to your liking. If the mixture is too thick then add a little more broth. Add salt and pepper. Pour into a baking dish. Add biscuits to the top and bake until biscuits are lightly browned.

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Garlic Herb Chicken

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I’ve tried this recipe a few times and I finally figured it out. It really needs to be browned. Without being browned it tastes just flat. I can’t even describe it. It just tastes horrible. If you get a good even brown on it, it’s super good. I love the show Worst Cooks in America and I get tickled when Anne does the cookie monster voice and says brown food is good food.

 

1 1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 minced garlic cloves

1 1/2 teaspoons parsley

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon onion powder

salt and pepper

Mix broth and cornstarch. In a pan head olive oil and saute chicken until golden brown. Add garlic. Cook until done. Remove chicken. Add broth and spices until thickened. Add chicken.