Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blackened Chicken and Veggie Bake

I was in the mood for something a little different for dinner the other day. I checked out the pantry and found a bunch of spices and some potatoes. I decided to make blackened chicken with blackened potatoes and green beans. Holy, it turned out delicious and was so easy!

The green beans got a little dark, but still very tasty!

Blackening Spices (I used all dried spices)
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 tablespoon fresh black pepper
1/2 tablespoon garlic
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme

Blackened Chicken and Veggie Bake
Blackening spices
4 boneless chicken breasts
3-4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
Olive oil
Cooking spray

1. Combine all of the spices and stir well. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Spray a 13x9 baking pan with cooking spray.
3. Add chicken, potatoes and green beans to pan.
4. Drizzle olive oil over contents of pan.
5. Add spices to top of chicken, potatoes, and green beans. Stir potatoes to ensure the bottom layers get some spice on them.

All ready for the oven!
 6. Bake at 350 until chicken is thoroughly cooked. I used frozen chicken breasts and it took about an hour.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chicken Wing Sliders

I failed miserably at frying up some chicken wings at our Super Bowl party and we've both been craving that taste of home. So I came up with these delicious sliders the other day while staring at our pantry with 2 bottles of Anchor Bar wing sauce, a Franks hot sauce, and some bleu cheese dressing. We had some sliders on St. Patty's Day so one, two, six we have chicken wing sliders!

Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Bleu Cheese Spread and Cheese

Chicken Wing Sliders (Makes at least 12 sliders)
5 chicken breasts, frozen
1 bottle of Franks hot sauce
3 celery stalks
1 cup bleu cheese dressing
12 Hawaiian rolls
Shredded cheddar, if desired

1. As per my usual, stick the chicken and almost all the hot sauce in the crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours.
2. When its all done, shred the chicken in the hot sauce juices.

3. Let that sit with the top off while you chop up the celery into tiny pieces.
4. Mix the chopped celery with the bleu cheese and the tablespoon+ of hot sauce you saved.

5. Cut open your rolls and toast.
6. Assemble your slider with a pinch of cheese, a spoonful of bleu cheese mix, and a scoop of chicken.