Fast & Easy Chicken Tacos – Delicious!

Fast & Easy Chicken Tacos – Delicious!

chicken tacosI’m sure everyone’s had a day when you just don’t know what to make for dinner, don’t really want to eat out, and don’t want to run to the grocery store for ingredients.  Those are the days I find myself hunting around the kitchen for something easy to make.  Recently my kitchen hunt netted me 6 frozen chicken breasts, tortillas, cheese, and salsa; I also found a packet of taco seasoning in the cupboard.  Well I had all the ingredients for fast and easy Chicken Tacos!

My Chicken Tacos were so easy to make and simply delicious.  Another plus was that I was able to turn 6 chicken breasts into a meal for 6 people!  Talk about stretching your resources!

By the way I also found some sour cream and salsa in the refrigerator, that made the Chicken Tacos super yummy!

Here’s my recipe for Fast and Easy Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – cut into small strips

1 Packet Taco Seasoning Mix

1 Tsp. Minced Garlic

1 Tsp. Chili Powder

Oil for sauteing

12 or more Small Flour Tortillas

Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar, Salsa, Shredded Lettuce for topping

Directions

Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan

Add garlic and cook until it starts to turn brown

Add Chicken strips and cook until well done

Add Taco Seasoning and Chili Powder

Toss chicken strips in seasonings until all strips are covered

Remove from heat

Make tacos by placing a small amount of chicken filling and desired toppings in tortilla

Fold in half and serve

chicken tacosEasy right?

Fast & Easy Chicken Tacos
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  1. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan
  2. Add garlic and cook until it starts to turn brown
  3. Add Chicken strips and cook until well done
  4. Add Taco Seasoning and Chili Powder
  5. Toss chicken strips in seasonings until all strips are covered
  6. Remove from heat
  7. Make tacos by placing a small amount of chicken filling and desired toppings in tortilla
  8. Fold in half and serve
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Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken MarsalaChicken Marsala is one of my favorite dishes; my family loves it too!

Chicken Marsala is actually an Italian-American dish.  It’s a variation of Italian scaloppina dishes which has many variations.  Chicken Marsala is a savory dish made with chicken breasts, mushrooms, and sweet Marsala wine; some recipes call for cream to produce a creamy sauce for the chicken.  Still others require the chicken breasts lightly battered and fried and requires a bit more time to prepare.

I love all versions of Chicken Marsala, but sometimes time doesn’t permit me to cook the battered version.  Those days I turn to this Easy Chicken Marsala recipe that takes less than a  half hour to make.  It’s easy and delicious.  Served over pasta or with mashed potatoes it makes an easy meal.  I like to serve it with a tossed salad to complete the meal.

Here’s my Easy Chicken Marsala recipe!  It easily feeds 6!

Ingredients:

5 Boneless Skinless chicken breast cut in half horizontally

1 Basket mushrooms washed and quartered

1 Tbs. Chopped Garlic

2 Tbs. Butter

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup Marsala Wine

1 Cup Chicken Broth

1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Tbs. Chopped Parsley

Directions:

Using the flat part of a kitchen mallet pound chicken slices into 1/4″ thin pieces

In a large skillet heat oil and melt 1 Tbs. Butter in the oil

Add chicken to skillet

Cook each side about 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru

Remove chicken from skillet and set aside

Add remaining butter to skillet and melt

Sauté garlic in skillet until it turns slightly brown

Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender

Add Marsala wine and chicken broth

Cook about 3 minutes

Stir in heavy whipping cream and simmer over medium low heat about 2 minutes

Return cooked chicken slices to sauce and heat

Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving

 

Easy Chicken Marsala
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6 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Easy Chicken Marsala
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Using the flat part of a kitchen mallet pound chicken slices into 1/4" thin pieces
  2. In a large skillet heat oil and melt 1 Tbs. Butter in the oil
  3. Add chicken to skillet
  4. Cook each side about 4 minutes or until chicken is cooked thru
  5. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside
  6. Add remaining butter to skillet and melt
  7. Sauté garlic in skillet until it turns slightly brown
  8. Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender
  9. Add Marsala wine and chicken broth
  10. Cook about 3 minutes
  11. Stir in heavy whipping cream and simmer over medium low heat about 2 minutes
  12. Return cooked chicken slices to sauce and heat
  13. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving
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Chicken Fried Chicken Salad

Chicken fried chickenWho doesn’t love fried chicken?  I know we do!  But let’s be honest, battered and fried chicken smothered in rich gravy is not exactly heart healthy.

In my quest to find something healthier to feed my family I decided to take an all time favorite and make it just a bit healthier.  So I came up with this Chicken Fried Chicken Salad, a lighter and healthier alternative to the old classic fried chicken cutlets.  It’s filling and most importantly my family loves it.

Chicken Fried Chicken Salad is crispy and light.  The crunch comes from the lightly floured chicken breasts and the fresh crisp lettuce and cucumbers.  It really does take a family favorite and combines it with healthy fresh veggies.

I serve it for dinner (we’re trying to eat lighter and healthier dinners), but it makes a great lunch as well.  It’s a great way to get the kids, like my grandson Devon, to eat their veggies!  Best of all you don’t have to spend half the day frying chicken in the summer heat!

Here’s the recipe!

Chicken Fried Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut horizontally in thirds to make 9 pieces)

1 Cup Flour

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Italian Seasoning

1/2 Tsp. Cayenne Red Pepper

Oil for frying

1 Head of Romaine Lettuce (cut into chunks)

1 Cup Fresh Spinach (optional)

1 Large Cucumber (sliced into rounds)

2 Tomatoes (sliced into wedges)

Salad Dressing of choice

 

Directions:

Wash and cut chicken breasts into 9 thin slices, pat dry with paper towel

Mix dry ingredients together

Heat about 1/2″ of oil in frying pan

Roll chicken breasts in flour mixture

Fry chicken until both sides are golden brown and crispy (about 4 minutes each side)

Drain on paper towel

Slice fried chicken breasts into cubes

Toss veggies except tomato slices in a bowl

Arrange veggies on a salad plate

Top with fried chicken cubes and tomato slices

Serve with dressing of your choice

Chicken Fried Chicken Salad
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5
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5
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  1. Wash and cut chicken breasts into 9 thin slices, pat dry with paper towel
  2. Mix dry ingredients together
  3. Heat about 1/2" of oil in frying pan
  4. Roll chicken breasts in flour mixture
  5. Fry chicken until both sides are golden brown and crispy (about 4 minutes each side)
  6. Drain on paper towel
  7. Slice fried chicken breasts into cubes
  8. Toss veggies except tomato slices in a bowl
  9. Arrange veggies on a salad plate
  10. Top with fried chicken cubes and tomato slices Serve with dressing of your choice
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Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken

Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken

Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken

My husband announced last week that he would start his low carb diet on Monday.  He does this to drop the few pounds he gained during a vacation.  I think just about everyone I know comes home carrying a few extra pounds around their waist as souvenirs.

When my husband decides to go on one of these diets meal preparations can be challenging.  I’m just glad he said low carb not no carb!

Here’s a chicken recipe using the garlic sauce I recently discovered how to make.  The sauce is usually used as a dip or sauce over chicken shawarma or shish taouk, Middle Eastern dishes our family loves.  I made a quart of this sauce which I keep in the fridge and I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate it in other dishes.

This Garlic Lemon Chicken is so easy to make, it takes less than half an hour to cook up.  I served it with a nice salad, but you can serve it over pasta or rice with a simple veggie side dish.

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts – cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup flour
1 tbls. finely minced garlic
1 tbls. garlic powder
1 tbls. finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. ground white pepper
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tbls. olive oil
1 tbls. butter
1 lemon
1 can chicken broth
1/4 cup Garlic Sauce  (click here for recipe)
1 tbls. corn starch
1/4 cup water

Directions:

1.  Combine flour, garlic (minced and powder), parsley, pepper, and salt in a small plate.

2.  Pound chicken pieces with a kitchen mallet until they are very thin – about 1/4″.

3.  Roll both sides of chicken pieces in flour mixture.

4.  Heat olive oil in frying pan then melt butter in oil.

5.  Cook floured chicken pieces in oil until done and golden brown in color. (about 7-8 minutes).

6.  Remove cooked chicken from pan and set aside, but do not turn off heat.

7.  Pour broth into pan and let boil.

8.  Add Garlic Sauce to pan and stir until it dissolves.

9.  Cut lemon in half – squeeze juice of one half into pan.  Slice remaining half into thin circles and set aside.

10.  Mix corn starch with water until corn starch is dissolved.

11.  Slowly stir in starch mixture to pan.  Sauce will slightly thicken.

12.  Return cooked chicken to pan and cover with sauce.

13.  Remove from heat and garnish with lemon slices.

14.  Serve with salad or pasta.

Enjoy!

Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken
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2 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Easy Garlic Lemon Chicken
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Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, garlic (minced and powder), parsley, pepper, and salt in a small plate.
  2. Pound chicken pieces with a kitchen mallet until they are very thin - about 1/4".
  3. Roll both sides of chicken pieces in flour mixture.
  4. Heat olive oil in frying pan then melt butter in oil.
  5. Cook floured chicken pieces in oil until done and golden brown in color. (about 7-8 minutes).
  6. Remove cooked chicken from pan and set aside, but do not turn off heat.
  7. Pour broth into pan and let boil.
  8. Add Garlic Sauce to pan and stir until it dissolves.
  9. Cut lemon in half - squeeze juice of one half into pan. Slice remaining half into thin circles and set aside.
  10. Mix corn starch with water until corn starch is dissolved.
  11. Slowly stir in starch mixture to pan. Sauce will slightly thicken.
  12. Return cooked chicken to pan and cover with sauce.
  13. Remove from heat and garnish with lemon slices.
  14. Serve with salad or pasta.
  15. Enjoy!
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Stromboli – Chicken/Spinach/Broccoli

Stromboli – Chicken/Spinach/Broccoli

I’m always looking for recipes that will entice my 6 year old grandson to eat more veggies, the kid won’t touch anything green!  This Chicken/Spinach/Broccoli Stromboli was a hit.  It’s really easy to prepare, served with marinara sauce for dipping it makes a filling meal.  It’s become a family favorite and I make it quite often.  Left overs can be heated up for a quick snack or lunch the next day.

Stromboli

Ingredients:

1 loaf Bridgeford Frozen White Bread Loaf

2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts cubed

1/2 cup Italian Dressing

1 9oz. package frozen chopped spinach

1 10oz. package frozen broccoli with cheddar cheese sauce

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Olive Oil

Garlic Powder

Place one loaf of frozen dough on a baking sheet that is lightly oiled with olive oil.  Let thaw and rise, about 5 hours.

Marinate cubed chicken in Italian dressing.  I place it all in a ziploc bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. You can marinate chicken longer, but not more than overnight.

Saute chicken in a small amount of olive oil until fully cooked

Add thawed and drained chopped spinach and stir until combined with chicken

Add thawed broccoli and stir until combined

Cook for another 5 minutes stirring constantly so cheese doesn’t burn

Place chicken mixture in large bowl

Add mozzarella cheese – stir well
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface.  Roll into a rectangle shape about 9″x13″ about 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick.

Move rolled dough onto an oiled baking sheet

Arrange chicken mixture down the center of the dough lengthwise

Fold short ends over the chicken mixture

Fold long sides over the short ends and the chicken mixture creating a log shape

Pinch seams together to seal

Spray or brush with olive oil on the top and sides

Sprinkle garlic salt over the top

Bake in 400 degree oven 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

Slice and serve warm with heated marinara sauce for dipping

Stromboli
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An easy version of this Italian favorite, Stromboli. It's really just bread stuffed with meat, veggies, and cheese. Great for meals and snacks.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 Minutes 5 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 People 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 Minutes 5 Hours
Stromboli
Print Recipe
An easy version of this Italian favorite, Stromboli. It's really just bread stuffed with meat, veggies, and cheese. Great for meals and snacks.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 Minutes 5 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 People 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 Minutes 5 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Place one loaf of frozen dough on a baking sheet that is lightly oiled with olive oil. Let thaw and rise, about 5 hours.
  2. Marinate cubed chicken in Italian dressing. I place it all in a ziploc bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. You can marinate chicken longer, but not more than overnight.
  3. Saute chicken in a small amount of olive oil until fully cooked
  4. Add thawed and drained chopped spinach and stir until combined with chicken
  5. Add thawed broccoli and stir until combined
  6. Cook for another 5 minutes stirring constantly so cheese doesn't burn
  7. Place chicken mixture in large bowl
  8. Add mozzarella cheese - stir well, set aside
  9. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Roll into a rectangle shape about 9"x13" about 1/4" - 1/2" thick.
  10. Move rolled dough onto an oiled baking sheet
  11. Arrange chicken mixture down the center of the dough lengthwise
  12. Fold short ends over the chicken mixture
  13. Fold long sides over the short ends and the chicken mixture creating a log shape
  14. Pinch seams together to seal
  15. Spray or brush with olive oil on the top and sides
  16. Sprinkle garlic salt over the top
  17. Bake in 400 degree oven 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
  18. Slice and serve warm with heated marinara sauce for dipping
Recipe Notes

For easier cleaning you can line baking sheet with parchment paper.

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