Quick & Easy Skillet Chicken Jambalaya – 15 minute meal

Quick and Easy Skillet Chicken Jambalaya

 

We love jambalaya, but it takes a while if you bake it in the oven.  I’ve tried making it in the slow cooker, but that didn’t turn out very well.

Then I realized that it could be made in a skillet, using a similar method that I use for fried rice.  The rice cooks separately, in chicken broth instead of water.  Once it’s added to the ingredients in the skillet, it all comes together similar to a traditional jambalaya.

The bonus, of course, is that it’s much faster to make on the stove top.  If you use jasmine rice, it will only take 15 minutes for the rice too cook and the whole dish is done in short order.  Jasmine is my favorite rice for this reason.  With other long grain rices, I’ve found it takes closer to 30 minutes for it to get tender.

Start the rice, then beginning chopping and cooking the other ingredients in the skillet.  To keep this in the 15-20 minute range, you’ll also need to use chicken that’s already cooked.  I keep rotisserie chicken in the freezer for quick meal prep.

If you want to cook the chicken from raw, you can still have a quick meal by following the instructions on Basic Chicken Skillet.  This recipe is a take on that basic recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need for Skillet Chicken Jambalaya:   [Read more…]

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15 Minute Chicken Fiesta Skillet

15 Minute Chicken Fiesta Skillet

 

This is one of those fall-back kind of recipes.  You can vary it in a million ways.  And as long as you have cooked chicken in the freezer, you can have this dish on the table in just 15 minutes.  If you have to cook the chicken it will take a bit longer, but it’s still a quick meal.  Use the Basic Chicken Skillet instructions to get started if you’re using raw chicken.  You could also go vegetarian and leave out the meat altogether.

I came up with this on the way home from church last Sunday.  I hadn’t made any kind of plan for lunch, so while we drove home I took a mental inventory of ingredients in the kitchen.  I do this on purpose sometimes, because it forces me to create easy recipes with common ingredients.

This skillet dish is an adaptation of Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans in the Slow Cooker.  That post is old – one of the first posts I ever wrote on this site over seven years ago!  The photo is terrible (I really need to snap some new ones).  The recipe is stellar though and  it’s one of our family favorites.

Unfortunately, on Sunday I didn’t have any black beans so I subbed kidney beans instead.  I don’t have an ingredient photo for you this time either.  We were in a big hurry to sit down and eat.  I didn’t think to take photos until a day or two later, after we’d eaten nearly all the leftovers.  You’d think after seven years that I’d be a better food blogger!

15 Minute Chicken Fiesta Skillet

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Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2-3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbs. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, green pepper and garlic to skillet and cook until onion is soft.
  3. Add chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans and spices.
  4. Heat over medium heat until it's all hot through.
  5. Serve in tortillas, over cornbread or with tortilla chips.

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Quick and Easy Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Quick and easy Chipotle Style Chicken Burrito Bowls

 

This is one of our new family favorites.  It’s quick to make, can be made ahead of time and customizable to different tastes.

I originally created this for another site that I wrote for.  Since then, I’ve made the process a lot easier.

The main short cut is using rotisserie chicken (or other chicken you’ve cooked).  I keep cooked chicken in the freezer for quick meals like this one.  It cuts the prep time down a lot when you start with cooked chicken vs raw.

This one recipe is a compilation of several:

  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Corn Salsa
  • Salsa
  • Chipotle Chicken
  • Guacamole

The black beans, corn salsa, chipotle chicken and guacamole come together really quick, but making all of these homemade still takes a while.  If you work quick though, you can finish in about 30 minutes.

However, you’ve got a lot of options here.  You don’t need to make each item homemade.  Here are some ideas for speeding things up:

  • If you’re in a hurry try Minute brown rice instead of long grain.
  • Use store-bought salsa
  • Use store-bought guacamole
  • Skip one or more of the items
  • Use pre-shredded cheese (we like Monterey Jack, but cheddar is good too)

The recipes for Homemade Salsa and Guacamole are already on the site, so I won’t repeat them here.

Let’s start with the Cilantro Lime Rice.

Quick and Easy Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry rice (white or brown)
  • water
  • 2 Tbs. lime juice
  • handful chopped cilantro
  • ¼ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice in water according to the package directions.
  2. Add 2 Tbs. lime juice, cilantro and salt to finished rice.
  3. Serve as first layer in burrito bowls.

Quick and Easy Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 cans black beans, undrained
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ⅛ tsp. allspice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat.
  3. Serve in burrito bowls, tortillas or as side dish.

Quick and Easy Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients
  • 16 oz frozen corn
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ½ - 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced
  • handful chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Place corn in colander and under cool water to thaw.
  2. Pour into bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Serve with burrito bowls.

Quick and Easy Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups chopped, cooked chicken
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 2 tsp. Chipotle Chili Powder
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in microwave safe bowl.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring and adding time as needed until hot.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

This was almost the dinner that wasn’t. I had picked up the ingredients with the intention of making chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner – and then realized that I wouldn’t be home in enough time to do the prepping and cooking necessary. Slow cooker to the rescue!

These are obviously less fancy than “real” chicken Cordon Bleu, but the flavor profile is the same and using the slow cooker makes it immensely easier for a busy night – a win-win! We gobbled these sandwiches up.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ lb. deli ham, diced
  • 8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp. Herbes de Provence (or a mixture of rosemary, thyme and oregano)
  • 11/2 cups honey mustard dressing, divided
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with ham and spices. Pour 1 cup of the dressing over. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5.
  2. Remove chicken, shred and return to the slow cooker. Stir in shreded cheese and additional dressing. Cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve on rolls.

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Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

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Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Sheet Pan Supper – with ideas for lots of variations

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Sheet Pan dinner

 

Ever since Christmas when I tried the sheet pan supper idea from Simple Bites, I’ve been making different versions.  I’ve used turkey breast, pork tenderloin, and boneless chicken breast.

I vary the seasonings, going with whatever hits my mood at the time.  And the vegetables are either what looked good in the grocery or what I’ve got handy in the fridge.  Once summer hits, I’m sure I’ll be adding in farmer’s market fare as well.

This sheet pan method is so simple.  It’s always healthy and tastes fantastic.  It doesn’t take long, but you do need about 45 minutes total.  For that reason, I don’t do this meal on our busiest nights.

For a family of 6 or more people, you’ll need either two sheet pans or one large pan.  I bought this half sheet from Nordic Ware.  Mine came from Walmart.  The one I linked is Amazon, on sale for $10 as I write this, but it says the normal price is $110, which is nuts.  I paid about $14 at Walmart.

I use this pan all the time.  Not just for these dinners, but also for baking cookies, warming bread, cooking bacon…  I’m really happy with this purchase!

Here are the ingredients I used for this Roast Chicken and Vegetable dinner:   [Read more…]

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Quick White Chicken Chili

Quick White Chicken Chili

 

The other night I really wanted to have White Chicken Chili for dinner.  The problem was that my recipe for White Chicken Chili is a slow cooker recipe.

And it was already 5:30 when I decided we really needed hearty, hot bowls of this soup.

Thankfully, it’s possible to turn a slow cooker recipe into a stove-top recipe with a few quick changes.

In this case, I used rotisserie chicken I had in the freezer.  I also used canned beans, instead of dry, making adjustments in the amount of liquid the recipe called for.

This recipe was on the table in under 30 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Potatoes – Perfect for Super Bowl

ALDI Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Potatoes

Super Bowl is coming!  And with it, the most important part – the food, of course.

I’m not a huge football fan, but I do love food.  When ALDI asked me to create a recipe that would be perfect for Super Bowl parties, Buffalo Chicken popped into my mind.

I love using the slow cooker, and that works great for cooking the chicken and keeping it hot during the party.  Grab a second slow cooker for the baked potatoes, if you’ve got one handy.

ALDI Buffalo Chicken slow cooker

Using small sized potatoes keeps this dish appetizer sized.  That’s great for parties, because you’ll still have plenty of room to try all the other foods being served.

But this recipe also makes a great weeknight dinner.  Use large, baking potatoes. Serve it with a big green salad and roasted broccoli.  It’s a great twist on a plain Tuesday night.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Potatoes.  All of the ingredients can be found at ALDI, so you know you’ll get them for a good price too.   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup

Chicken Minestrone in the Slow Cooker

 

This soup is made for January.  It’s loaded with vegetables, chicken and beans.  It’s made from scratch.  And it cooks entirely in the slow cooker.  No pre-cooking meat required.

In fact, it fits in great with our Slow Cooker Soup Series from last year.

For a simple, complete meal add in cornbread or biscuits.  Or try these Rosemary Goat Cheese Muffins.

Here’s what you’ll need for the soup.   [Read more…]

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Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken – in the oven or slow cooker

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken

 

This recipe for Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken is so easy.  There are just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper).

You can fix it in the slow cooker or oven.

It’s great with sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  Or Hawaiian Cole Slaw.  Or Asian Broccoli Salad.  Or any salad with a poppy seed or honey mustard or berry vinaigrette dressing.

Use any cut of chicken you like.  Bone-in or boneless will work, just be sure to adjust the cook time for boneless.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Black Bean and Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

4 ingredients.  The slow cooker does the work.  And my kids actually said “Wow!” when they tasted it!

This recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing is a definite winner!

The base recipes starts with something very familiar to you – chicken in the slow cooker with a jar of salsa.  I used black bean and corn salsa and started with frozen chicken tenders.

It gets interesting when you’re about ready to serve it.  Use the liquid in the slow cooker to add to a box of cornbread dressing mix.  This gives the dressing a big punch of flavor.

Top it all with shredded cheese and you have an easy winner for dinner!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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