Easy Chicken and Tortellini Soup with Kale

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup

 

Cheese tortellini, chicken, kale, tomatoes, garlic, onion – this soup is full of good stuff!

And it couldn’t be easier to make.  Especially if you’ve got cooked chicken in the freezer ready to go.

I almost always have chicken frozen, that I’ve either cooked myself or used Costco rotisserie chicken.  It’s such a time saver to have the meat ready to use.  A quick minute or two in the microwave is all it takes to thaw it enough so it can be added to a soup or casserole.

Next week, I’ll have another post on using meat from a Costco rotisserie chicken (or your leftover turkey).  There are so many ways to use chicken and turkey like this.

But for today, let’s talk about this soup.  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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…]

15 Minute BBQ Chicken Nachos

15 Minute BBQ Chicken Nachos

 

My family loves nachos.  And bbq chicken.  And cheese.

So I knew this recipe would be a hit.

The fact that it only takes 15 minutes is a huge bonus.

That worked out really well the night I made them.  Due to a flat tire on one of the cars, we ended up eating in shifts again.  Nachos don’t hold over very well, but since they’re so quick to assemble and only need a few minutes under the broiler, it’s easy to make several batches.  That way everyone gets to eat them fresh.

We munched these with a Southwestern Chopped Salad kit I picked up at Kroger.  It turned out to be a great combo!

Here’s what you’ll need for the nachos:

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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…]

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa

There’s something about the warm weather that suddenly makes me feel like I’m living on some gorgeous, tropical island. As soon as summer hits, Caribbean-inspired meals end up making it into our dinner rotation a lot more often. Usually, this means lots of grilling – but some days the convenience of the slow cooker just wins out.

JerkChicken

This dish is inspired by a lunch we had on vacation in Honduras a few years ago. The combo of spicy jerk chicken paired with the cool cucumber mango salsa is perfect for summer. And, it couldn’t be easier. The chicken can be prepped in about five minutes before I walk out the door for work and the salsa only takes another ten minutes or so when I get home – which means more time to get outside and enjoy the summer sun!   [Read more…]

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet – A Variation of Basic Chicken Skillet

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet - Basic Chicken Skillet variation

 

This easy Mediterranean Chicken Skillet starts with the Basic Chicken Skillet:

Basic Chicken Skillet. Start here to create many meals.

 

To the basic skillet we add tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese.  Serve it over couscous cooked in chicken broth and you have a very easy weeknight dinner.

I took the idea for this dish from Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker.   This quick version is a little different.  Instead of the whole garlic cloves in the slow cooker version, the skillet method uses crushed garlic.  There are a few other differences too, the biggest being the cooking method and time.

I’ve made several variations on the Basic Chicken Skillet and I’m amazed at how different they all are.  It’s been fun and easy to “accessorize” the basic skillet in different ways.  And we really enjoyed this Mediterranean version.

Here’s what you’ll need (minus the onion, which didn’t make it into the photo):   [Read more…]

Asian Glazed Oven Fried Chicken

These sweet, savory Oven Fried Chicken breasts will become an instant family favorite! Packed full of delicious Asian flavors & easy to make, there will be no need to hang on to those take out menus!

Asian Glazed Oven Fried ChickenI absolutely love fried chicken. One of my all time favorite comfort foods! But I hate going through the process of frying it up. It’s time consuming, messy & normally ends up with me injured. Which is exactly why I have grown to love oven fried chicken. You get all of the breaded goodness you love from traditional fried chicken in a whole lot easier version.   [Read more…]

15 Minute Skillet Chicken and Dressing Casserole

15 Minute Skillet Chicken and Dressing Casserole

The story of this recipe creation comes with a little confession.

I wasn’t really paying as much attention to the beginning of the sermon on Sunday as I should have been.  Instead, I was thinking of the plate of leftover chicken in the fridge and wondering how I could turn it into a quick lunch.

I promise I did try to pay attention to the preacher.  Truly.  I even know how the sermon ended and what the point was.  One of my kids said it could all have been summed up in the phrase I say to them whenever they leave the house:

“Remember who you are and make good choices.”

But for the front part of the sermon, I was only remembering that chicken and trying to match it with things in the pantry.

And I have to admit, it was time well spent, because the end product of my imagination was this quick version of Chicken and Dressing Casserole.

Because you just don’t always have time for a meal to hang out in the oven for an hour before you eat it.

I only have the one photo of this.  No ingredient photo either.  We were hungry!

But here’s the nitty gritty of how you make it:   [Read more…]

Chicken Tortellini with Kale – a 15 minute recipe

This Chicken Tortellini with Kale has been made twice in our house so far.  Once by me and once by Jim.  He got home before I did the other night and texted asking if there was anything he could do.  I suggested he could make dinner.  I knew we had the ingredients for this recipe in the fridge and the recipe notes were still sitting on the counter.

Chicken Tortellini with Kale 15 minute meal

 

When I walked in the door, he had this dinner on the table.  I love that!

He doesn’t cook very often, but he was able to follow this easy recipe.  Actually, he was able to follow the notes, which aren’t as complete as the full recipe when I type it here.  So this is a very easy recipe.

And it’s also really good.  I wasn’t sure how my kids would react to the kale.  They love kale chips, but cooked kale is a different thing.  I didn’t need to worry though, because they loved it!

The dark, leafy kale contrasted in taste, texture and color to the pasta, cheese and chicken.  A little bit of red pepper flakes added even more flavor.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this 15 minute dish:   [Read more…]

Easy Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

 

This is the final recipe in our Slow Cooker Soup series.  I have loved this series!

My goal with each recipe I’ve shared has been to put the ingredients in the crockpot and let them cook.  I didn’t want to have to pre-cook any meats for this series.  That’s the one step that will stop me from making something if I’m in a big hurry.

I stumbled on a method of cooking meat with bones in it right in the soups.  This has worked for several ham based soups and also chicken soups.  And it’s the method I used for this soup too.

Cooking the chicken with bones right in the soup gives the broth a rich flavor.  It also simplifies the recipe too.

The original recipe for this soup comes from Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Anne is one of my favorite bloggers to read.  She blogs on all kinds of interesting topics and she’s a fellow Kentuckian too.

I changed up the soup recipe from the way Anne fixed it.  She made a homemade broth (great idea, but one I rarely take time for).  She also used chicken that had been pre-cooked and took time to sauté the vegetables.  All of those steps make wonderful soup, but I wanted a simpler version.

And I think I found success!  A simple Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup with homemade taste that only takes 10 minutes to prep.

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

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