Chicken Chimichanga

Chicken Chimichanga

Last week I used my big bottle of Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning to make a delicious chicken casserole that my family loved.  Well I need more than casseroles to use up all that chicken chimichangaseasoning I picked up at Costco so this week I’m sharing my Chicken Chimichanga.

 

Chimichangas are my all time favorite Mexican dishes.  I love the crunchy fried burrito filled with tasty meat then topped with cheese, salsa, and sour cream.  I mean seriously what’s not to love?  I usually make it with shredded beef, but I still had a big bag of chicken thighs so I figured why not make chicken chimichangas.  I’m so glad I did!  Everyone loved them, including my 4 year old grandson who’s always a very picky eater!

These chicken chimichangas were a delicious way to use up more of that bottle of Carne Asada Seasoning!

I serve this with refried beans and Mexican rice for a filling meal.  I try to make enough for leftovers because everyone loves them, but that’s not always easy.  They’re eaten up in one meal!  My son even comes over to take a bunch of chicken chimichangas home for his family’s dinner!

You can top or garnish it with anything you want like shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa, hot or mild.  We love the hot!

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Instructions
  1. Mix seasoning, vinegar, garlic powder, and olive oil together and place in a ziplock bag.
  2. Add chicken thighs to marinade and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
  3. Add about 2 tbs. oil into a frying pan and fry chicken until cooked or grill chicken until cooked.
  4. Shred cooked chicken.
  5. Divide shredded chicken into 10 equal parts, do the same with the cilantro
  6. Place 1 portion of chicken and cilantro into the middle of a tortilla, sprinkle with about a tbs of shredded cheese.
  7. Roll into a burrito.
  8. Heat 1 - 1 1/2" of oil in frying pan.
  9. Fry each burrito until all sides are golden brown.
  10. Drain on paper towels.
  11. Serve and garnish which your choice of toppings.
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Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe

One of my favorite Chinese seafood dishes is Salted Pepper Shrimp, we used to order it every time we dined at a Chinese restaurant.  Since I found a recipe for it we can enjoy it at home.  I modified it to fit our tastes and I think made it a bit simpler to make.  Served over steamed white rice it’s yummy!

Ingredients:
1 lb.  Medium to Large shrimp – peeled and deveined
1 tbls. sea salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 tbls. ground white pepper
2 tbls. ground black pepper
1 tbls. garlic powder

3 tbls. chopped green onions
2 tbls. minced garlic
1/4 +  cup peanut oil

Directions:

Place shrimp in a small bowl and cover with warm water
Add sea salt and let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour

Salt & Pepper Shrimp

In a shallow bowl mix together corn starch,  1 tbls. each of white and black peppers, and garlic powder

Drain shrimp and lightly pat dry with a paper towel

Heat peanut oil in wok or large frying pan on medium heat until hot

Coat each shrimp in cornstarch mixture and place in wok

Cook until shrimp turns pink – turn halfway for even cooking – you may need to add more peanut oil if it gets too dry

Place cooked shrimp on paper towel to drain – Do not turn stove off

If pan is dry add a tbls. more peanut oil – add mince garlic and stir until it starts turning golden

Add fried shrimp back into pan

Add chopped green onions and stir til green onions turn bright green and starts to soften

Remove from heat and serve over white rice

Enjoy!




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Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe
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Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe
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15 Minutes 1 Hour
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Place shrimp in a small bowl and cover with warm water
  2. Add sea salt and let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour
  3. In a shallow bowl mix together corn starch, 1 tbls. each of white and black peppers, and garlic powder
  4. Drain shrimp and lightly pat dry with a paper towel
  5. Heat peanut oil in wok or large frying pan on medium heat until hot
  6. Coat each shrimp in cornstarch mixture and place in wok
  7. Cook until shrimp turns pink - turn halfway for even cooking - you may need to add more peanut oil if it gets too dry
  8. Place cooked shrimp on paper towel to drain - Do not turn stove off
  9. If pan is dry add a tbls. more peanut oil - add mince garlic and stir until it starts turning golden
  10. Add fried shrimp back into pan
  11. Add chopped green onions and stir til green onions turn bright green and starts to soften
  12. Remove from heat and serve over white rice
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Baked Barbeque Chicken

Baked Barbeque Chicken

IMG_5305I’m not a big fan of barbeque sauce, specially the bottled varieties.  But every so often I get hungry for that sweet and tangy sauce that’s slathered on chicken, as long as it doesn’t result in in sticky greasy grill that’s so difficult to clean. My answer to this is my Oven Baked Barbeque Chicken  using my simple homemade barbeque sauce.

I’ve been making this Baked Barbeque Chicken for years.  The sauce is simple and can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes.  It’s sweet and tangy and very delicious.  I use it on short ribs too!  My family loves it!

For this recipe I use bone-in chicken thighs.  I’ve tried it on chicken breasts but it gets dry and doesn’t soak up the sauce the way thighs do.

Here’s the recipe!

Barbeque Chicken

Ingredients:

8 Bone-in Chicken Thighs

1 Onion, sliced

1 Tbsp.  Garlic Powder

1 Cup Ketchup

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Bottle of Beer, any type

 

Directions:

Clean and arrange chicken thighs in oven proof pan.

Arrange onion slices around chicken thighs.

Sprinkle Garlic Powder over all and set aside.

Mix Ketchup, Brown Sugar, and Beer together in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.

Pour sauce over chicken thighs.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 – 60 minutes or until chicken is done.

Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or your choice of side dishes.

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4 Servings 5 Minutes
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60 Minutes
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60 Minutes
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4 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time
60 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Clean and arrange chicken thighs in oven proof pan.
  2. Arrange onion slices around chicken thighs.
  3. Sprinkle Garlic Powder over all and set aside.
  4. Mix Ketchup, Brown Sugar, and Beer together in a mixing bowl until sugar dissolves.
  5. Pour sauce over chicken thighs.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 - 60 minutes or until chicken is done.
  7. Serve with corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or your choice of side dishes.
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The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

Chicken Marsala

One of my favorite dishes is Chicken Marsala.  I’ve tried many different recipes in my quest for the perfect one; tweaking each one until it was just right.

Here is the recipe I use and my family loves it.  The sauce in this version is thicker and creamier than other versions due to the heavy cream and corn starch.  If you want a thinner sauce please read the notes at the end to see what ingredients can be omitted or substituted.

This recipe is very easy to make and should be served soon after cooking.  Left overs can be refrigerated, in fact it tastes even better the next day!

I serve Chicken Marsala with garlic mashed potatoes or my cousin’s “poor man’s pasta” the recipe for that is at the bottom of this post.

The Best Chicken Marsala

Ingredients:

1 lb. mushrooms
4 tbls. butter
2 tbls. minced garlic
1 cup Marsala wine
1 tsp. corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, pounded to 1″ thickness
2 tbls. olive oil
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. ground sea salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
10 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh parsley chopped

Directions:

1.  Wash mushrooms and pat dry.  Slice into thin slices.

2.  Melt 2 tbls. butter in large sauce pan over medium heat.  Add sliced mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.

3.  Add garlic and wine to the mushrooms.  Lower heat and gently simmer until wine reduces, about 15 minutes.

4.  Add cream, corn starch, and sea salt.  It should thicken slightly.  If it’s too thick add more wine to desired consistency, but not more than another 1/2 cup.  Set aside. *

5.  Combine flour, ground sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.

6.  Heat oil and 2 tbls. butter in a skillet over medium heat.

7.  Toss chicken tenders in flour; shake off excess; fry in olive oil/butter until cooked thru and is golden brown.

8.  Pour Marsala sauce over chicken.  Add cherry tomatoes.  Simmer until tomatoes are soft, but not mushy.

9.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

* For thinner sauce OMIT heavy cream and corn starch in step 4.  Add salt and set aside.  Cook chicken as directed.  In step 9 BEFORE you sprinkle with parsley stir in 2 more tbls. butter, stir until butter melts.  Sprinkle with parsley.

Poor Man’s Pasta

Ingredients:

1 lb. Pasta
3 tbls. butter
1/4 shredded fresh parmesan cheese

Directions:

1.  Cook pasta as directed on box.

2.  Drain pasta.

3.  Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.

4.  Add cooked pasta.  Toss in butter until pasta is covered.

5.  Add parmesan cheese.  Toss pasta until cheese is evenly distributed.

6.  Serve hot.

The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe
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Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Chicken Marsala
  1. Wash mushrooms and pat dry. Slice into thin slices.
  2. Melt 2 tbls. butter in large sauce pan over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and wine to the mushrooms. Lower heat and gently simmer until wine reduces, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add cream, corn starch, and sea salt. It should thicken slightly. If it's too thick add more wine to desired consistency, but not more than another 1/2 cup. Set aside.
  5. Combine flour, ground sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.
  6. Heat oil and 2 tbls. butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  7. Toss chicken tenders in flour; shake off excess; fry in olive oil/butter until cooked thru and is golden brown.
  8. Pour Marsala sauce over chicken. Add cherry tomatoes. Simmer until tomatoes are soft, but not mushy.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
Poor Man's Pasta
  1. Cook pasta as directed on box.
  2. Drain pasta.
  3. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add cooked pasta. Toss in butter until pasta is covered.
  5. Add parmesan cheese. Toss pasta until cheese is evenly distributed.
  6. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

For thinner sauce OMIT heavy cream and corn starch in step 4.  Add salt and set aside.  Cook chicken as directed.  In step 9 BEFORE you sprinkle with parsley stir in 2 more tbls. butter, stir until butter melts.  Sprinkle with parsley.

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Easy Ground Beef Chimichangas

Easy Ground Beef Chimichangas

chimichangaChimichangas are my favorite Mexican dish.  It’s always what I order at Mexican restaurants.  They are delicious!

You may be wondering what exactly are chimichangas.  It’s really nothing more than a deep fried burrito!  I’m not a burrito fan at all, but I’m definitely a chimichanga fan!

Actually you can turn just about any burrito into a chimichanga by simply frying it.  In fact I’ve deep fried frozen store bought burritos.  Of course they don’t taste as good as homemade, but they’ll do when you’re in a rush to get dinner on the table.

Now you can fill chimichangas with just about anything.  Shredded Beef, Chicken, or Pork seem to be the most popular filling.  But I’ve had seafood chimichangas as well as bean filled ones.  One of our family favorites are ground beef chimichangas.  They’re the easiest to make.

I serve them with shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole on the side.  Everyone can add their own toppings.  It goes great with Spanish Rice and Refried Beans.

Today I’m sharing my recipe.  Hope you love it!

Ground Beef Chimichanga

Makes 10

Ingredients:

1 lb. Lean Ground Beef

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

2 Tbs. Chili Powder

1 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper flakes

1 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

10 Flour Tortillas, the 8″ size

Oil for frying

Toppings of your choice (salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc.)

 

Directions:

Place beef in a pan over medium heat

Add all the spices and cook until beef is crumbly

Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese

Place about 1/4 cup of beef filling on the middle of a tortilla, fold in ends and roll like a burrito

Repeat with remaining tortillas

Heat about 1″ of oil in a frying pan

Fry chimichangas until golden brown on all sides

Remove from oil and drain on paper towels

Serve hot

 

 

Ground Beef Chimichangas
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10 Pieces
Instructions
  1. Place beef in a pan over medium heat
  2. Add all the spices and cook until beef is crumbly
  3. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese 
  4. Place about 1/4 cup of beef filling on the middle of a tortilla, fold in ends and roll like a burrito
  5. Repeat with remaining tortillas
  6. Heat about 1" of oil in a frying pan
  7. Fry chimichangas until golden brown on all sides
  8. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels Serve hot
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