Sweet and Sour Chicken Skillet {Video!}

Eat at Home LIVE replay! We’re making SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN, starting with our BASIC CHICKEN SKILLET recipe.

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The Basic Chicken Skillet – Seven ways

A few years ago I shared a recipe for a basic Chicken Skillet. It’s the dinner equivalent to the little black dress at the most affordable of prices. And you know how you can dress up a LBD with pearls and heels or go casual with a jean jacket & sandals? Chicken Skillets are just as versatile. You can dress it up with some feta a black olives for a swanky Mediterranean dinner or add rice and just the rice for a more casual Cajun flavor. You can even mix in corn, beans and some serious spices for a lively fiesta. It’s the perfect go-to dish for those evenings when you want something familiar with the possibility of exotic.

The Basic Chicken Skillet

It won’t take long at all for you to toss together the Basic Chicken Skillet, but to get you started I’ve included the ingredients and directions for you. And from there, it’s kind of like a culinary world tour. And this month on Facebook Live we’re doing just that – a little world tour Chicken Skillet style!

Want to make your own dinner, starting with the Basic Chicken Skillet

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Be sure to catch me on the Eat at Home Facebook page on Wednesday mornings around 10 am for some Basic Chicken Skillet recipes in the coming weeks and you can add lots of new twists to this go-to recipe.

And in the meantime, I’m curious as to which skillet recipe you’ll start with?

Savory Chicken and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

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

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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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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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.  And you might also find my top 10 Instant Pot accessories + 3 extras post to be helpful too.

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!

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches

Chicken Cacciatore Sandwich in the Pressure Cooker

I’ve been trying to experiment with the pressure cooker more lately. As I’ve said before, the decision to use a pressure cooker or slow cooker is entirely dependent on your timing. If you would rather get your prep done early in the day and/or you want to eat as soon as you walk in the door in the evening, the slow cooker is the way to go.

On the other hand, if you have 30-40 minutes before dinner and/or you forgot to load the slow cooker in the morning, drag out the pressure cooker.

Recipes often state the cook time for the pressure cooker to be mere minutes. While this is true, it isn’t the whole truth. The cook time doesn’t take into account the amount of time for the cooker to reach full pressure or how long the pressure release takes.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches is based on the Slow Cooker version. Instead of serving it with pasta, I decided to make a sandwich out of it.

We love hot sandwiches, and this was no exception. Sandwich meals are great if you need to eat in shifts or if you’re in a hurry. Sides can be kept simple and it’s easy to pile the filling on a bun.

The ingredients are all very basic, but I failed to snap a photo of them this time.

Chicken Cacciatore Sandwich

I started this with frozen chicken tenders and it worked great.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 lb. frozen chicken tenders
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup red wine, broth or water
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • ¾ tsp. basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sandwich buns
  • Sliced mozzarella or provolone cheese
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in order listed in pressure cooker, except cheese and buns.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 14 minutes.
  3. Do a quick pressure release.
  4. Remove lid and shred chicken with two forks.
  5. Serve meat on buns topped with cheese.

While that’s cooking, go ahead and check out my 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories post for more tips to get the most out of your Instant Pot.

29 Ways to make Chicken in the Slow Cooker

 

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Does your family eat a lot of chicken? In our house, I sometimes joke that we eat so much chicken that we could start clucking at any moment. I’m not complaining! I love chicken, and so does my family. Especially when there are so many tasty crockpot chicken recipes!

Chicken has to be one of the most versatile meat. You can fix crockpot chicken in dozens of ways–Tex-Mex, Italian, Asian and good old American BBQ. It’s a huge plus that chicken is also fairly affordable and some of the stores often put a good sale out on it, too!

Now that summer is here, I’m trying to avoid heating up my house as much as possible. So, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I use my slow cooker a lot. It’s a time-saver and a great way to keep the kitchen cool as well. I love trying new things in my slow cooker, and over the years have created a nice little stash of favorite crockpot chicken dishes that I can whip up in there.

29 ways to make Crockpot Chicken +1

From mouthwatering curry to our favorite Asian chicken to some of my cheater barbeque go-to’s, here are 29 ways I use my slow cooker to cook a winning crockpot chicken dinner for my family.

Some of these recipes are also freezer friendly. That means you can stock your freezer and then pull one out in the morning on a busy day and pop it in and let the slow cooker do its thing. That’s a huge plus for me, especially during these busy, glorious summer days.  (If you are looking for even more freezer friendly slow cooker recipes, check out this post with 18 of my favorites!)

4-ingredient Crockpot Chicken Recipes

Can I interest you in 4-ingredient recipes? Yeah, I thought so! Here are a few of these treasures, in no particular order

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken can be made with or without the bones and the side dish possibilities are endless for this one!

Black Bean and Salsa Chicken is another favorite where the slow cooker does the work for you. And my kids actually said, “Wow!” when they tasted this one. Who among us can’t use a few extra “mom hero” points for a yummy dinner?!

Chili Sauce Chicken Legs may not be known for their photogenic qualities, but this is a kid-pleasing recipe that’s super easy to fix in the crockpot.

Honey Mustard Chicken only has 3 ingredients, unless you count shaking in a little salt and pepper. You really can’t beat an ingredient list that short!

Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry” technically can’t exactly be made in a slow cooker. But you can make a pretty good fake! I’ve made this recipe twice now.  It’s easy and quick to fix. The chicken gets cooked in stir fry sauce for several hours. The veggies are added later, so they don’t get mushy.

Or maybe you prefer 3-ingredient crockpot chicken recipes?

Zingy BBQ Chicken is a delicious way to use up small amounts of bbq sauce and salad dressing. Or just get creative with what you can round up in the fridge!

These Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs could not be any easier to eat, or throw together.

And a few slightly sweet 5-ingredient recipes too

Did you know you can convert all kinds of recipes to cook in the slow cooker?  This Maple Apple Chicken started out as a skillet meal.  I didn’t have time to cook it right before dinner, but I did have a few minutes earlier in the day to put ingredients in the slow cooker.

Feel free to alter this Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes Recipe as you see fit.  Add more butter and brown sugar.  Or less. Or add apples too. Or use carrots instead of sweet potatoes.  I don’t think you can mess this one up. Adapt away!

Salad + these Crockpot Chicken Recipes = Dinner is served!

A Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner cooked in the slow cooker!  The trick is in foil packets and layering the food.

Please don’t let the sauerkraut deter you from trying this Lemon Chicken Baked on Sauerkraut.  It is so good! The chicken turns out moist and flavorful.  And the sauerkraut is quite as kraut-y or sour as it can be in other dishes.

Chicken and Gravy may not be the most photogenic of dinners, but it tastes great. Add some rice and you have a perfect busy day dinner.

I put this Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes together before church one Sunday morning.  It smelled (and tasted!) fantastic when we got home.  If you have garden fresh tomatoes, they make a wonderful side dish.

Baked Chicken with Summer Veggies is another stovetop recipe turned crockpot chicken option. And it’s all right there in one pot.

Chicken Spaghetti is one of those classic recipes that gets passed around alot. And the crockpot version is even easier than the original.

Chicken and Gravy may not be the most photogenic of dinners, but it tastes great. Add some rice and you have a perfect busy day dinner.

For those days when you’re craving Italian Cuisine

The combination of spices in Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken brings a wonderful Italian flavor to all kinds of chicken or pasta dishes.

You can start marinating the chicken for this Italian Chicken with Tomatoes recipe the night before, or just give it 20-30 minutes to marinate right before cooking.  The choice is yours. Do what works best with your schedule.

And let’s not forget this classic, easy and crowd-pleasing slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore! This dish is full of chicken, bell peppers and onions in homemade tomato sauce.  Red wine brings more flavor to the sauce, but you can leave this out if you need to.  The chicken and sauce are delicious served over hot pasta.

Or maybe more Middle and Far Eastern Flavors are more your taste

If you’re trying to eat at home instead of getting take-out on a regular basis, then here are two crockpot chicken recipes that you’ll want to try soon. This Thai Peanut Chicken may actually take less time to prepare than to pick up take-out. If peanut chicken isn’t your thing then you can try Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Crockpot Chicken Curry is one of our most popular recipes at Eat at Home. And it only requires six ingredients.

This Chicken Shawarma is a crockpot chicken recipe that I adapted from Lisa at Jersey Girl Cooks. The roasted chicken that she starts with looks fabulous, but I opted for a crockpot version that requires less hands-on time, but still delivers wonderful Middle-eastern flavor.

Perhaps Latin Cuisine is your favorite

And who doesn’t love Latin-inspired dishes? Honestly, I could eat it every night!

Several years ago, I discovered an easy way to make Crockpot Chicken Fajitas. The best part is all the flavors really cook well together. And leftovers are even better.

This Chicken Tacos  recipe was created simply by standing in front of the pantry and pulling out a few likely ingredients.  I needed something that would be ready to eat when we got home, with minimal fuss required. Oh, and I only had about 3 minutes to get it fixed and get out the door.

If you prefer your tacos with a little kick, then these Chipotle Chicken Tacos are the ones for you!

Or how about these Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos? These were such a hit!  They have just enough spice to make them interesting without being too spicy.  The sweetness of the corn balances the spice. And they’ve got cream cheese. What more can you ask for?

And then there are Crockpot Chicken Recipes that use all the herbs and spices

When the name of a recipe is Garlic Chicken with More Garlic, then you just know it’s going to be good! The garlic takes on a nutty, roasted flavor and the seasoning on the chicken compliments the other flavors.

Zesty Crockpot Chicken is another simple crockpot chicken recipe that doesn’t disappoint.  I like to serve it with couscous that I cook with the broth and onions from the chicken.

Garlic Rosemary Chicken is a great way to use up fresh rosemary from the garden. It’s a tasty version of basic chicken and potatoes.  I used boneless chicken, but the dish would have even more flavor if you used chicken with bones

And finally, there’s King Ranch Chicken. There are a million ways to make it, but this slow cooker recipe gets the gist of it.  The only thing missing is corn tortillas. The potatoes are filling in for the tortillas.

What’s your favorite Crockpot Chicken recipe?

It’s a bit hard to choose, even just from this list of 29+1 crockpot chicken recipes, much less all the other ones out there!

Maybe you have a favorite chicken recipe that you only wish were a crockpot recipe. If so, you can check out these 6 tips for converting recipes to use for the crockpot.

Then be sure to let us know what your favorite is!

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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.

Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry has become one of my favorite weeknight dinner recipes.  Rachael first shared the recipe on Eat at Home a few years ago.  I’ve made it so many times since then.

One reason this recipe is perfect is that it is so simple.  I have it memorized, which makes it even faster – no need to go searching for the recipe.  Four ingredients go into the slow cooker, with one ingredient added just before serving.  So easy!

We love this served over rice with baked sweet potatoes along side.  You can also make it paleo/low-carb by serving it over cauliflower instead of rice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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You can use any cut of boneless chicken – breasts, thighs or tenders.  Control the heat by using mild salsa, or hot salsa if you like it spicy.  I use mild and the dish isn’t spicy at all.  Mild curry powder also keeps it from tasting too hot.

Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. boneless chicken
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 Tbs. curry powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups rice, cooked
Instructions
  1. Place chicken, onion, salsa and curry powder in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. minutes before serving remove chicken from slow cooker.
  4. Add coconut milk to slow cooker. Stir into sauce.
  5. Return chicken to pot.
  6. Serve over cooked rice.

One easy way to remember the ingredients is this:

3 ingredients go in – chicken, salsa, onion.  Then 3 Tbs. curry powder.  Three (ingredients) before three (tablespoons).  Finish with the coconut milk.

 

 

 

 

 

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

This is one of those classic recipes that gets passed around because it is so good.  There are a million different variations.

I like this crockpot version.  The chicken and veggies cook in the crockpot and the spaghetti and cheese get added later.  It splits the meal prep into two easy parts and makes dinner fit into your day.

The next time I make this, I’m planning to add a can of diced green chilies and a can of drained, diced tomatoes.  Or maybe just a can of tomatoes and green chilies.  I kept it simple this time, and it’s good either way.  Change it up to suit your family and what you have on hand in the pantry.

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