Thursday, April 21, 2011

So Andi, What the Heck Do I Do With That 5 Pounds of ChickenYou Nagged Me Into Cooking?

I'm glad you asked!

After you cook your chicken in the crock pot, divide it up into quart freezer bags.  You don't even have to chop it, because it just totally falls apart.  LABELING them is very important.  Otherwise you will wonder when you cooked this, what exactly it is, and what is in it!

Now, what on earth does one do with all of this precooked chicken?  

How about chicken pot pie or chicken quesadillas?  Those are two easy peasy recipes that my family loves!

However, this post would be even more pointless than you already suspect if I didn't give you something new and exciting to try!

How about chicken tacos?  How simple and easy!  Just add shredded chicken to your skillet, shake on a little taco seasoning with some water and heat through.  I know, that is a total "duh" recipe, but sometimes I think we all get stuck in a rut and the simplest ideas help us break out!

Do you have any "go to" dishes that you take to people when they have a baby?  Or an unexpected surgery?  Here's a new one to add to your arsenal.

Poppy Seed Chicken
4 diced, fully cooked chicken breasts
8oz sour cream
can cream of chicken
1 T poppy seeds
1 sleeve Ritz crackers
1/2 stick butter (4 tablespoons for any Aussies out there)

Stir first 4 ingredients together in a 9x9 greased casserole dish.  Crush crackers and spread over the top.  Drizzle with melted butter.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.  Want to make this heartier?  Put some cooked rice in the bottom of the pan!

I fear this is not a heart healthy/low fat recipe...It's for new moms and stressed, exhausted people.  That's comfort food people!

Speaking of comfort food, here's a healthy choice:

Comforting Chicken
1 T vegetable oil
1 T butter (let's be real, I'm just using butter, but the recipe calls for oil too)
4 cubed chicken breasts (one pound)
1/2 c finely chopped onion
1/2 c finely chopped green pepper
1 can cream of mushroom (reduced fat/sodium works fine for this recipe)
3/4 c uncooked long grain rice (I actually substitute wild rice in this)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp paprika

Heat oil and butter in skillet.  Add chicken, pepper and onion (except our chicken is already cooked, so you can actually just cook these in a bowl in the microwave, but sauteed on the stove smells divine!!)  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Bake in a greased dish for 55-60 minutes or until rice is tender.


Let's see, I need to give you one more recipe so you can justify cooking up five pounds of chicken all at once.

How about making a nice chicken and vegetable soup?  Simply place your chicken in some stock in a large pot.  Add whatever veggies you have on hand and season it up nice with some fresh oregano and parsley.  Or maybe some basil!  Heck, I don't know I'm flying by the seat of my pants here!  Just have fun with it!  Cook it up until veggies are tender and serve with some nice cheddar garlic biscuits.

Wasn't that fun?  Now rejoice that you have just made five wholesome meals for your family!  Yay you!

Now it's your turn.  What is a quick fix dinner that you rely on in a pinch?  Do share!

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