Savory Chicken and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

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There’s something about stuffed squash that looks like you’ve pulled out all the stops in making dinner.

But really, it’s so easy!  If you can cut a squash in half, you can do this!

This recipe for stuffed acorn squash is perfect for fall.  The colors of the squash look so pretty on the table at this time of year and the cranberries are seasonal too.  I served this on a Tuesday night and my daughter and husband loved it!

College Inn® Chicken Broth adds rich, savory flavor to complement the sweetness of the squash and cranberries.  I used chicken that I cooked in a skillet, but if you have leftover turkey after Thanksgiving this would be a wonderful way to serve it.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this dish. It’s so simple with only six ingredients, plus olive oil, salt and pepper.   If you decide to try out this recipe, share your photos on social media using
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Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Pie Crust Croutons

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I have to tell you a little story.  I’ve been working so hard on my cookbook and have created so many recipes that I really wondered if I’d ever be able to create another one.

What if I’d poured everything I had into that book and there was nothing left to work with?

I turned the manuscript in to my editor and then planned to take a big break.  That’s not how things went though, because the next weekend I wanted to create a Chicken Pot Pie Soup recipe and partnered with College Inn broth to do so.

This Chicken Pot Pie Soup is a comfort in many ways.  For me, it’s great to know that I’m still able to be creative in the kitchen, even after the intense cookbook work.

This soup has all the warm, hearty ingredients you expect in a chicken soup, especially as the weather cools down.  It starts with a great chicken broth and I like to use College Inn – It’s got a savory taste that helps elevate any dish to make it delicious. Then the soup is topped with Pie Crust Croutons.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup + Pie Crust Croutons is amazing!  It’s the perfect comfort food.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a big pot for your family (and you will want to get to your kitchen as soon as you can to stir up a batch!).

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9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes

Autumn is just one of those seasons that involves special foods and dishes that we don’t necessarily enjoy other times of the year. And you know we could never just pass up the opportunity for a culinary celebration of all the fall foods! Two weeks ago we shared 17 Autumn Desserts that are sure to delight, and last week it was 14 Flavorful Fall Sides. As much as we might like to just have sides and desserts, main dishes are pretty important when it comes to dinner, so today we give you 9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes.

Chicken and Poultry for Fall

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Easy Summer BBQ & Grilling Recipes Your Family will Love

When it comes to favorite foods, barbecue seems to be the answer to a variety of dinner menu dilemmas. Needing a quick dinner? BBQ! Hankerin’ for comfort foods? BBQ! Feeding a crowd without breaking the budget? BBQ! Perfect meal for a grill or even the slow cooker that won’t heat up the kitchen? BBQ! You get the idea! Not only is it the answer to #AllTheQuestions, there are as many recipes for BBQ as there are occasions to enjoy it. And that’s precisely why I’ve gathered up the quintessential list of BBQ & Grilling recipes that your family is sure to love!

BBQ & Grilling Recipes for the Perfect Backyard Gatherings

For the Surf Lovers…

And the Turf Lovers…

And we can’t forget Chicken …

  • A few years ago, Kim shared this recipe for Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets on the Grill. Simple, tasty and virtually no cleanup!
  • For those of you who prefer a little kick, this BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken uses Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, our family favorite, and pepper jack for a quick 4-ingredient grilled dinner.
  • These BBQ Chicken Fajitas start with a great idea like Chicken Fajitas and take it up a few notches with grilling and BBQ. Yum!

  • If you’re looking for the secret to the perfect grilled chicken legs, you’ll find it in my BBQ Chicken Legs recipe. Shhh!

And then there’s Pork … and Pizza …

  • The flavor of this Easy Grilled Pizza is hard to beat, and it’s a perfect assemble-yourself dinner for each family member or guest while enjoying some together time outdoors.

No Grill? No problem! How about some awesome BBQ flavors in your slow cooker or instant pot?

  • For all you coffee lovers, these Red Eye BBQ Ribs will absolutely make your day!
  • My Chili Sauce Chicken Legs are a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy.
  • Zingy BBQ Chicken packs a powerful flavor punch by combining two classic marinades in one recipe. Check it out!
  • Peach Pulled Pork Sliders are a delicious combination of pulled pork, peach salsa and Hawaiian rolls, and it includes a perfect side recipe of Apple Cole Slaw.I’m not really sure why I decided to combine the ingredients I did for these

 And a little more Grilling and Barbecue goodness

Did you know that you can make these EASY Freezer Marinades, pour them over frozen meat and pop them back in the freezer until you’re ready to pull them out and toss them on the grill? It’s true. Simple. Tasty. Everybody wins!

  • And while your meat is marinating and grilling, here are a few perfect Barbeque sides to add to the table.
  • Before you shut the grill down, toss some pineapple slices on for this wonderfully sweet and light Grilled Pineapple Dessert.

Granted, June is designated as National Barbecue Month and that’s a good enough reason to bust out your favorite barbecue sauce and try some of the recipes above. But let’s be honest, BBQ & grilling isn’t just for June or even summer for that matter. Is there a better way to brighten up a cold winter day than a slow cooker barbecue dinner? Let’s hear it for menus that are tasty problem-solvers all year round!

Happy grilling!

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How to Cook Chicken for the Freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

In the past several weeks we’ve enjoyed a series on how to cook meats and proteins for the freezer in the Instant Pot. We started with Turkey, followed by Beef and Beans. Last week we focused on Pork and this week we’ll wrap up our series with how to cook chicken for the freezer in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Several of you have joined us for the facebook live posts as we’ve cooked each of these in the Instant Pot and talked about ways to serve each meat. Your comments and ideas have made this series even more fun to do together and hopefully, you have been inspired to prep meats and proteins for your own freezer. If you don’t have an instant pot yet, I can’t tell you how much I love mine! You can get one here.

You can find the tips from the rest of this series at the Cooking Meats and Proteins for the freezer in the Instant Pot page. And if you’re a visual learner, you can check out this quick video where we cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot, step by step

And now, let’s cook some chicken in the Instant Pot

Making a whole chicken is easy.  Take it out of the packaging.  There may be some parts in the cavity – heart, liver etc.  These could be in a bag or loose.  Either way, remove them from the cavity of the chicken.

Place the chicken in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.  Season with salt and pepper and add at least 2 cups of water to the pot.  Set the cook time for 25-30 minutes.

When the cook time is finished, do a quick pressure release and the chicken is ready to use.  I like to shred or chop the meat and store in freezer bags in the freezer to use for quick meals later.

Need some ideas for how to use up that delicious chicken? Here’s 44 that will get your mouth watering!

Shredded Chicken for the Freezer

  • Chili Chicken Egg Rolls are great anytime, but especially when you need a main course that can be held in your hand, like soccer practice, picnics, football season or fill-in-the-blank ball season. And don’t be intimidated by the rolling process, you’ll be a pro by the third one, and then you’ll be so glad you learned!
  • Chicken and Dumplings are easy, tasty and the ultimate in comfort foods!
  • For a quick little Caribbean inspired sandwich that leaves plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors in the evening, you can’t go wrong with these Jerk Chicken Sandwiches
  • Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches are an easy twist on an old favorite.
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches are the best of chicken, bacon, ranch and slaw on a bun.
  • The cilantro and lime add a refreshing burst of flavor for these Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches

Chopped Chicken for the Freezer

  • Quesadillas are always a nice option and these Chicken Florentine Quesadillas are a nice break from the usual flavors without going so exotic that you can’t find the ingredients included.
  • This Chicken Fiesta Skillet makes a tasty one-dish meal served over tortillas or corn bread with some tortilla chips to the side.
  • Quick White Chicken Chicken Chili goes from frozen chicken to steaming chili on the table in under 30 minutes. Win win!

  • Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos are a 15-minute meal that you won’t want to turn your back on once you’ve set it on the table. It will disappear in a matter of minutes!
  • Love the idea of chicken casserole with a crumbly topping but can’t afford all the fat and calories in the usual recipe? Then this lightened version of  Chicken Casserole is the answer to your dilemma.
  • Cheesy Chicken Casserole is the epitome of two simple words. Comfort. Food!

  • This Peach Chutney Chicken Salad is not your usual chicken salad when you add peach chutney, curry powder, and croissants.
  • When you’re craving Chinese, but your clock says no and your arteries can’t afford the deep fried meat, try this Cheater Chinese Chicken
  • Once you make this quick Tomato Basil Chicken Soup, you’ll never want to go back to canned soup again. Ever!

  • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is not just for sick days. It’s also for busy days when you don’t want to use canned soup but really want some comfort food.
  • Chili Chicken Egg Rolls are great anytime, but especially when you need a main course that can be held in your hand, like soccer practice, picnics, football season or fill-in-the-blank ball season. And don’t be intimidated by the rolling process, you’ll be a pro by the third one, and then you’ll be so glad you learned!
  • Chicken Florentine Pizza makes for a nice twist on an all-time favorite. Using a prepared crust cuts down on prep time and you can even grill them if you’re feeling adventurous!

  • Garlic Chicken Pizza is the ultimate in flavorful cheesy yumminess!
  • Chicken Shepherd’s pie is the perfect use for cooked chicken and leftover veggies, or fresh veggies if you prefer.
  • Skillet meals are great for quick prep and less mess, and this Cajun Chicken Skillet adds a spicy cajun kick and pasta for a hearty one-dish meal.

  • This Skillet Chicken Curry is a tasty skillet meal with a delightful combination of curry and peach chutney.

As you can clearly see, there’s no shortage of ways to use cooked chicken from the freezer! The sky’s the limit on ways to feed an entire family quickly and inexpensively when you take a few minutes to prep your meats and freeze them ahead of time.

Which of the recipes from the Cooking Meats and Proteins for the Freezer in the Instant Pot have been your favorites? We would all love to hear your favorite recipes and ideas in the comments below. And thank you for joining us!

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas (with a slow cooker option)

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas has been one of my most popular recipes, both on the site and in my kitchen.  These Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas are destined to be just as popular.

They couldn’t be easier to make.  The Instant Pot version starts with still frozen chicken, adds onions and bell peppers along with a can of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies.

The tomatoes provide not only the extra liquid needed to bring the pot to pressure, but also a fantastic flavor boost.  Canned tomatoes are one of the staples that I always keep on hand in the kitchen.  In fact, I have a whole drawer in the pantry dedicated to tomatoes.  And Red Gold is my favorite brand.

I admit that I’d never thought too much about the flavor difference of canned tomatoes until I visited Red Gold in Indiana and then did a taste test myself.  Red Gold actually tastes like tomatoes.  Really good, farm fresh tomatoes. In fact, Red Gold was recently named the best canned tomato by Epicurious.  The tomatoes are grown on family farms in the Midwest and the Red Gold company is family-owned.  Those things shine through in every aspect, including the flavor of the tomatoes.

We usually wrap the chicken fajita filling in soft taco shells, adding cheese, sour cream and other fixings.  But it also makes great nachos.  Or try serving it over rice.

Using the Instant Pot makes the whole process quick.  You can have the entire meal done in about 30 minutes and that includes putting the ingredients in the pot, allowing time for it to come to pressure and to cook.

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas (with a slow cooker option)

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. frozen, boneless chicken tenders
  • 3 Peppers (Green, Red, and Yellow), sliced
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1 Package of Taco Seasoning
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • Toppings – sour cream, cheese, guacamole, etc.
Instructions
  1. Put frozen chicken tenders in pot.
  2. Add peppers and onions and pour tomatoes over the top.
  3. Sprinkle taco seasoning over everything.
  4. Seal the lid and set the cook time to 12 minutes. Do a quick pressure release.
  5. Serve in tortillas with toppings.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Red Gold, however all opions are my own.

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Chicken Salad with Chick Peas – easy lunch or dinner

Hellmann’s Mayonnaise recently contacted me asking if I’d like to try their new Organic Mayonnaise.   I gave a quick yes!  Hellmann’s is my favorite mayo and this one is really good.

I decided to try it in a chicken salad.  This recipe is a little different than most chicken salads and it’s really good.  The dressing is creamy and flavorful, despite the simple ingredients.  Red onion lends a punch of flavor and cucumbers add crispness.  The chick peas and chicken are a surprisingly good combo.

For this recipe, I used chicken I’d cooked in the Instant Pot.  More on that another time, but I will say that’s a great way to cook a bunch of chicken.  I used part of the chicken for this recipe and froze enough for two more meals.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Chicken Salad with Chick Peas:

The ingredient list is very simple.  The salad comes together quickly and is very healthy too.  It would make a great packed lunch or easy dinner.

Chicken Salad with Chick Peas - easy lunch or dinner

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chick peas , rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup thinly sliced seedless cucumber
  • ⅓ cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods Organic Original Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. dried mint
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
  • crumbled feta, optional
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken, chick peas, cucumber, feta, Hellmann's® Organic Original, mint, onion and lemon juice in large bowl.
  2. Serve over fresh spinach. Top with crumbled feta, if desired.

Hellmann’s Organic Mayonnaise is made with organic cage-free eggs, organic expeller-pressed oil, and no artificial flavors and preservatives.  Hellmann’s also has a certified vegan dressing and it’s delicious! It has the same rich, creamy taste, but it’s eggless, cholesterol free—with 10g of fat per serving- and made with non-GMO sourced ingredients.

You can find both Hellmann’s Organic and Hellmann’s Vegan by going to Target.  Use the Cartwheel app to save 20%.

Disclosure: I was compensated for my time in writing this post, however all opinions are my own.

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Easy Sheet Pan Dinner Using Frozen Chicken Tenders

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I have been loving sheet pan dinners.  It’s one of my favorite ways to cook, because it’s so easy to incorporate the veggies with the meat and end up with a full meal with minimum effort.  That’s my kind of cooking!

Recently I decided to try it with frozen chicken tenders.  I didn’t even want to bother thawing them.  Because they’re so thin and small, they thaw and cook quickly.  This means you can easily start them from frozen.   [Read more…]

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30 Recipes for Leftover Turkey (or Rotisserie Chicken)

I hope you’re lucky enough to have a lot of leftover turkey meat after Thanksgiving dinner.  Having cooked turkey (or chicken) in the freezer is one of my biggest time-savers.  There’s no end to what you can do with it!

In fact, if you’re not cooking the turkey for Thanksgiving, you still might want to take advantage of the sale prices and buy one to cook just to have the meat in the freezer.  You won’t regret it!  A quick thaw in the microwave and the turkey is ready to use in a recipe.  You can substitute turkey for chicken in most any recipe.  I have thirty possibilities that my family enjoys for you right here in this post!

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Quick White Chicken Chili

Quick White Chicken (Or Turkey) Chili

Quick and Easy Skillet Chicken Jambalaya

15 Minute Skillet Chicken (or Turkey) Jambalaya

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15 Minute Chicken (or Turkey) Fiesta Skillet

Creamy Chicken Florentine Quesadillas

Creamy Chicken (or Turkey) Florentine Quesadillas

Brie, bacon and chicken baked potatoes

Brie, Bacon and Chicken (or Turkey) Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Tomato Pesto Chicken Quesadillas with Alfredo Dipping Sauce

Tomato, Pesto Chicken (or Turkey) Quesadillas

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Quick and Easy Chicken (or Turkey) and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls

3 Costco Rotisserie Chickens yield 5-6 meals. 13 possible recipes

13 Recipes for Rotisserie Chicken or Leftover Turkey

10 Recipes to Use Costco Rotisserie Chicken

10 More Recipes for Rotisserie Chicken or Leftover Turkey

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Quick and Easy Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls

 

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I pulled this recipe together one night from ingredients I had in the pantry and fridge.  I was after a healthy meal that would make use of what we had on hand.  These Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls did just that!

I happened to have a bag of Super Grains in the pantry that I’d picked up in Walmart once. If you don’t have super grains, use quinoa or rice or any other type grain you like.

We topped the grains with chicken, red peppers, tomatoes, fresh spinach and feta crumbles.  The chicken was already cooked and in the freezer, so it just needed a quick thaw in the microwave.

The feta we used was fat free and I wouldn’t recommend that.  I accidentally picked up the fat free version instead of regular.  It’s okay, but not great.  You could easily make this meal dairy free by leaving off the cheese.

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