Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches

Slow cooker cilantro lime chicken sandwiches

Slow cooker sandwiches are one of my favorite meals.  They work so well for several scenarios:

  • They can handle a long cook time.
  • They are perfect for feeding people in shifts.
  • The leftovers make great lunches or dinners.
  • Sandwiches don’t require complicated side dishes – also great for shift eating.

For these Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches, I used a new Hidden Valley® Ranch Dressing flavor. Hidden Valley® has four new flavors :

  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Buffalo dressing
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Honey BBQ dressing
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Sriracha dressing
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Cilantro Lime dressing

Any of the flavors will work in this recipe, but we really liked the taste of the Cilantro Lime dressing.  It added a brightness to the chicken with the fresh taste of cilantro and the citric splash of lime.

The dish starts with chicken and seasonings.  Creamy dressing is added near the end of cooking and served with the sandwiches too.

I picked up my ingredients from Walmart.  It’s so easy to run into Walmart and grab everything I need at once.  There’s a coupon for Hidden Valley® you can download here that will save you $0.75 on a 12oz or 16oz bottle.

In addition to the Hidden Valley® Ranch Cilantro Lime dressing, I used quite a few spices to season chicken tenders.

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches

Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 - 2.5 lbs. boneless chicken or chicken tenders
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • ½ - 1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Cilantro Lime dressing
  • 8 sandwich buns
  • lettuce and tomato for serving, optional
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle spices over chicken, tossing to coat chicken with spices.
  3. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  4. Shred chicken.
  5. Stir dressing into chicken, using enough to make it as creamy as you'd like.
  6. Serve on sandwich buns, topped with lettuce and tomato if desired.


Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwich

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf ofHidden Valley® Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Tomato, Pesto Chicken Quesadillas with Alfredo Dipping Sauce

Tomato Pesto Chicken Quesadillas with Alfredo Dipping Sauce

Chicken Quesadillas are one of our favorite easy meals.  I decided to give them a different spin by swapping out the Mexican flavors for Italian instead.  Since it’s March Madness time, I’m even more motivated to keep the food simple and fun.

We spent part of last weekend watching UK win the SEC tournament.  And tomorrow, the NCAA tournament starts.  We’re hoping to see UK go far in this one!

These are very fast to make.  In fact, if it weren’t for whipping up the easy, homemade Alfredo sauce, these would be a 15 minute recipe.  Even with the sauce, they are really fast to fix.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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You can’t see the chicken in the back of this photo, but there is a bag of cooked chicken there.  I really like to keep rotisserie chicken in the freezer for quick recipes like this.  You can use leftover chicken instead though.  I also think this would be good with Italian sausage instead of chicken.

I used Red Gold diced tomatoes.  They are Non GMO and have a Non-BPA liner in the can.  I was fortunate to visit the Red Gold facilities last September during the tomato harvest.  From the family who owns Red Gold to the people who work there to the process they use for canning the tomatoes – everything was so impressive.  You can see my post about the quality of Red Gold tomatoes here.

Back to the quesadillas.  This recipe is easy to tweak and make it your own.  I used chicken, pesto, Red Gold tomatoes and mozzarella cheese to stuff the tortillas.  Feel free to alter the amounts of these to your own taste.

Tomato, Pesto Chicken Quesadillas with Alfredo Dipping Sauce

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Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
For the Alfredo Dipping Sauce
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Quesadillas
  • 2-3 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1 can Red Gold diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3-4 Tbs. pesto sauce
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6-8 flour tortillas
  • cooking spray or oil
Instructions
For the Alfredo Dipping Sauce
  1. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in milk till smooth.
  4. Stir in Parmesan and melt over medium heat, stirring often. Be careful not to let sauce boil.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
For Quesadillas
  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, tomatoes, pesto and mozzarella.
  2. Spread chicken mixture on half of tortilla and place in a skillet or griddle that has been oiled or sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Fold tortilla over the filling. Cook over medium heat till brown.
  4. Flip tortilla to brown the other side.
  5. Remove from skillet and cut in wedges.
  6. Serve with Alfredo sauce.

You’re going to want to give these Tomato, Pesto Chicken Quesadillas a try no matter which team you’re cheering for during March Madness.  Or even if basketball isn’t your thing, find a time to give these a try.

Disclosure: This recipe was created for Red Gold.  I have been compensated for my time, however all opinions are my own.

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Peanut Butter, Apple, Pecan Sandwiches – Back to School Lunch

Peanut Butter, Apple, Pecan Sandwiches

 

Back to school time is here and with it, lunch packing duty.  It can be hard to strike a balance between having variety in the lunch box and sticking with ingredients that you have on hand.

This recipe does just that by using common ingredients that are packed with fall flavor.  Peanut butter, cream cheese, apple, cinnamon and pecans make a great combo!

Feel free to substitute too.  Use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.  Use a different type of nut.  Try it with pears instead of apples.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the sandwiches:

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Peanut Butter, Apple, Pecan Sandwiches

Serves: 2 sandwiches

Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs. chopped pecans
  • ½ small apple, peeled and diced
  • 4 slices Nature's Own bread
Instructions
  1. Stir peanut butter and cream cheese together.
  2. Add honey, cinnamon, pecans and apples. Stir to combine.
  3. Spread on bread to make two sandwiches.

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Nature’s Own Bread is kicking off back to school with a #LunchBoxCreations contest.  You can enter by submitting your photo or video to http://lunchboxcreationssweeps.com .  Four winners will be chosen and each will win a $250 grocery store gift card!

  1. How to Enter

    1. Visit http://lunchboxcreationssweeps.com and  submit a photo or video of your favorite sandwich creation using Nature’s Own bread, and submit the entry, as directed, between 12:00 AM ET on 8/17/15 and 11:59 PM ET on09/15/15.
    2. Any entries submitted after September 15th, at 11:59 PM ET will be ineligible.
    3. Entrants can either submit a link of their video or photo from Vine, Instagram, or YouTube, or can upload their own photo as directed on the sweepstakes form.
    4. A photo submission counts as one (1) entry.
    5. A video submission counts as five (5) entries.
    6. Only one submission per person per sweepstakes.

For inspiration – and to show that anyone can make a video! – here’s the video I made with my youngest daughter, Mia.  We were doing a “dry run” of a school morning.  We homeschool, but she goes to a cottage school three days a week and packs her own lunch on those days.  She’s a great lunch packer and consistently has the most variety of anyone in the family.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nature’s Own. The opinions and text are all mine.

You can also find Nature’s Own on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Homemade Turkey Sausage Burgers

Homemade Turkey Sausage Burgers on English Muffins

 

This recipe is a breakfast-y spin on burgers.  It’s also a great way to take plain, ground turkey and season it like sausage.  I’m all about using what you’ve got on hand, and I’m more likely to have ground turkey than sausage.  But I do make sure to keep the pantry stocked with McCormick spices, so seasoning the meat is a great option.

I served the turkey sausage burgers, draped with melted Colby-Jack cheese, piled high with lettuce and tomato stacked on toasted English muffins.  A bit of mayo topped things off.

Eat this sandwich for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.  No matter what meal, you won’t be disappointed. If you like eggs, try add a poached egg on top of the sausage.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the turkey sausage burgers:

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Homemade Turkey Sausage Burgers

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. Ground turkey
  • 1½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1½ tsp. Rubbed sage
  • 1½ tsp. Ground thyme
  • 1 tsp. Rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbs. Brown sugar
  • 6 slices Colby-Jack or Cheddar cheese
  • English muffins
  • Lettuce and tomato
  • Mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. Mix the turkey, all the spices and the brown sugar together until well combined.
  2. Form the meat into 6 patties.
  3. Grill or cook in a skillet until cooked through.
  4. Top the patties with cheese.
  5. Serve on toasted English muffins, topped with lettuce and tomato and served with mayonnaise.

Feel free to vary the spices and herbs to your own taste. If you like spicy things, you might like to add McCormick Red Pepper Flakes or Cayenne Pepper to the mix.

Have you ever heard the term “breakfastarian”?  I’m pretty sure I could fall into that category, because I love breakfast at any time of the day.  If that describes you too, you’ll love these Turkey Sausage Burgers!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick.  All opinions are my own.

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15 Slow Cooker Sandwiches

Sandwiches are the classic “I need to feed my family–quick!” kind of meals. But quick and easy doesn’t have to mean PBJ or BLTs night after night. There are lots of delicious things to serve between two slices of bread.  These fifteen different sandwiches you can throw into your slow cooker and forget about until dinner time are life savers for us during the summer–or any busy time of the year! There’s enough variety that even if we ate sandwiches for a week straight, we’d probably not be tired of of them.

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The slow cooker is such a time saver. And when it’s hot–not having to heat up the kitchen is a huge bonus. And thanks to the slow cooker, you get to enjoy big, juicy flavorful sandwiches without slaving over the stove or grill for hours on hot or busy days.  That’s my kind of dinner!

 

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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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Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with Chutney plus other grilled cheese and panini ideas – 15 Minute Meals

Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with Peach Chutney

 

The title of this post is so long, it kind of makes you wonder if I really need to write any more.

I actually do have more to say about this sandwich, grilled sandwiches and keeping dinner simple.

First, let’s talk Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with Chutney.  The idea for this sandwich came while we were in Disney World.  We stopped in Norway in EPCOT for dinner one night and ordered several sandwiches to share.

One of my boys is pretty picky.  He will eat no mayo.  Nor will he let any fruit touch his lips.  To accommodate him, I ordered a toasted club sandwich.  It had bacon, so I felt like I was in safe territory there.

But no.  He spied mayo listed for that sandwich on the menu board and he refused to try it.  So I gave him the Ham and Apple sandwich, cringing as he peeled off the apple.  Somehow I forgot that the sandwich also had chutney on it.  Chutney is a definite no-go with him.

He’s getting older, so he didn’t say anything about the chutney at the time. He did switch sandwich choices at that point.  And his retelling of how he handled the event was hilarious.

Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with Chutney “recipe”

I hesitate to call this a recipe.  Basically, you’re making a grilled cheese sandwich that involves these ingredients:

  • Cinnamon swirl bread
  • Deli ham
  • Thin sliced apple (I like granny smith)
  • Swiss cheese
  • A bit of chutney (I used Slow Cooker Peach Chutney)

There’s no secret method to this.  Just assemble the sandwich and toast in a skillet.

The great thing about this is that picky eaters can have grilled ham and cheese.  You can eat the good stuff.  Everybody’s happy.

Grilled Cheese Ideas

Sandwiches make for quick dinners.  Weeknight family meals don’t have to involve elaborate recipes.  Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple.  But it is fun to change up the sandwich occasionally.  Try something new!

Here are some ideas of things to include on your grilled sandwich.  Or drag out your panini press or George Foreman grill instead of a skillet to change up the cooking method.

  • Brie and Apple
  • Bacon
  • Several types of cheese on one sandwich: provolone, American, Swiss, Cheddar etc
  • Cream cheese
  • Laughing Cow cheese spread
  • Tomato
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Onion or red onion
  • Sauteed onion
  • Banana peppers
  • Green chilies
  • Pickles

What do you like to put on your grilled sandwiches?

 

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Pizza Sloppy Joes – 15 Minute Meal

We talked about sandwiches for dinner yesterday, so I thought I’d share another type today.  The original name I came up with for this one is Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes, but I think I like the name Pizza Sloppy Joes better.

Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes

 

These are quick and easy to make and they do have all the flavors of pizza.  Or at least pizza that’s topped with sausage.

The ingredients are common pantry ingredients, with the possible exception of the Italian sausage.  I’ve been finding that a package of Italian sausage is a great thing to keep on hand, so I often have a pack in the freezer.  I often use it instead of hamburger in recipes.

Pair this quick meal with carrot sticks.  Or salad.  Or even popcorn.

Family dinner doesn’t need to be complicated.

Keep it simple and enjoy your time together!

Find the recipe for Pizza (Italian Sausage) Sloppy Joes here!

15 Minute Meals for Back to School

This post is part of our new series on 15 Minute Meals.  You can find the other posts in the series linked here.

 

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Peach Chutney Chicken Salad – 15 Minute Meal

Peach Chutney Chicken Salad

 

This is some of the best chicken salad I think I’ve ever eaten.

The addition of peach chutney and curry powder really elevates this stand-by.

The Peach Chutney gets made in the slow cooker and then frozen in small batches.  I’ve loved having it in the freezer.  I’ve made 15 Minute Chicken Curry Skillet using the chutney several times already.

You can have this chicken salad ready in less than 15 minutes, providing you have chicken cooked and ready to go.  I keep chicken in the freezer for fast meals like this.

And although I used homemade chutney, you can also use a jar of store-bought.

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

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Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburgers

Burgers are a summer staple in our house – they’re so easy and versatile that they make an appearance at least once a week on our dinner plans. But, there are always those nights when it’s so humid and sticky and gross that standing over the grill sounds like the worst idea ever. And when it’s like that outside, who really wants to turn on the stove and heat up inside?

These are the perfect burgers for nights like that.

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The slow cooker won’t heat up the house, but you can still get a really great burger out of it. The trick? Making sure the patties aren’t sitting in their own grease. I roll up foil and make a mini grill-grate on the bottom of my slow cooker to boost them up just enough.

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Then, I just lay my burger patties on top. I can fit four quarter-pound burgers in my four-quart slow cooker. If you want to cook more, just make a second layer of foil and stack them up.   [Read more…]

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