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...]

Chicken, Avocado, Lime, and Cilantro Soup

CHicken, Avocado, Lime & Cilantro Soup

Chicken, Avocado, Lime and Cilantro Soup

I was sick with a terrible sinus infection. And I just wanted homemade chicken noodle soup.

The problem was that I didn’t have any of the ingredients I needed. And there was no chance I could make it to the store.

So I looked and my fridge at what I had and this is what I came up with. It was so delicious! And my whole family ate it and they said it was delicious as well. Home run!

Here’s to using what you’ve got in the pantry!  This ingredient list is simple:   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Soup

My sister-in-law gave me the idea for Chicken Alfredo Soup.  She said she’d eaten it before and it was good, but not as Alfredo-y as she wished.  The recipe she’d seen used a jar of Alfredo sauce.

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo SoupI decided to make a homemade version that didn’t use the jar of sauce.  This soup has chicken, penne pasta, and lots of Parmesan.  It’s a delicious take on classic chicken and noodle soup.

But it isn’t as Alfredo-y as you’d imagine the soup to be.  I think that may be an impossible thing to ask of a soup, because if you thicken it and make it just like the sauce, then you don’t have soup any more.  You’ve got sauce.

I almost named it something different, like Chicken Parmesan Soup, but that’s a different dish and I already have a Chicken Parmesan Soup.  So despite the fact that the name might be a little misleading, I’m keeping it.

And this soup is definitely worth making.  It’s warm, comforting and creamy.  And there’s no pre-cooking needed.  Everything goes into the slow cooker, although the milk and pasta get held out to near the end of the cooking time.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

Cheesy Chicken Chili Mac – Make it Quick with Rotisserie Chicken and Macaroni

Cheesy Chicken Chili Mac

Earlier this week I shared lots of recipes for making use of rotisserie chicken.  Here’s another one for you.  If you keep cooked chicken in your freezer, you’ll be able to make this recipe in about 20 minutes.  All the ingredients are pantry items that we tend to keep on hand.

The recipe comes together quickly.  You’ll make a quick white sauce and add cheese to it.  I love an easy meal that also is homemade.

Cheddar cheese and tomatoes with green chilies help make this dish full of flavor.  My kids loved this one and so did I.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

Chicken, Plantains, and Spinach in Coconut Milk

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Chicken, Plantains, and Spinach in Coconut Milk
Yield – 6-8 servings

I love curry recipes. And this one is similar but a little different. It has tons of flavors and even my kids loved it. The curry will give it some spice but not too much. And if you don’t like curry you could leave it out. This dish doesn’t have to have it. If you haven’t had plantains before they basically taste like potatoes. I think they make this meal very hearty. You can serve it over rice or you can serve it up just as is. Either way it’s great!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 lb of chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 green plantains, peeled and chopped in small bite size pieces
  • Onion, 1
  • 1 (14 oz) can of coconut milk
  • Bag of spinach
  • salt/pepper, to taste
  • cilantro and avocado

Instructions

  1. Chop up the chicken, plantain, and onion into small bite size pieces.
  2. Get your oil hot and brown up the chicken. Sprinkle on the curry powder. Let it cook completely and brown up nicely.
  3. In another pan, I like to saute the onions and plantains.
  4. Once the plantains, onions, and chicken are done, you will add the coconut milk and the rest of your spices.
  5. Turn temperature on low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Then add the bag of spinach and let the spinach wilt in.
  7. Serve with a dash of fresh cilantro and a few slices of avocado!

Chicken, Plantains, and Spinach in Coconut Milk

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 lb of chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 green plantains, peeled and chopped in small bite size pieces
  • Onion, 1
  • 1 (14 oz) can of coconut milk
  • Bag of spinach
  • salt/pepper, to taste
  • cilantro and avocado

Instructions

  1. Chop up the chicken, plantain, and onion into small bite size pieces.
  2. Get your oil hot and brown up the chicken. Sprinkle on the curry powder.Let it cook completely and brown up nicely.
  3. In another pan, I like to saute the onions and plantains.
  4. Once the plantains, onions, and chicken are done, you will add the coconut milk and the rest of your spices.
  5. Turn temperature on low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Then add the bad of spinach and let the spinach wilt in.
  7. Serve with a dash of fresh cilantro and a few slices of avocado!
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Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 8 years. They have two kids – a 4 yr old boy and a 2 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

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