Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

When you’re looking for something comforting and carb-y, nothing fits the bill like a good carbonara. This version adds a bit of protein by way of sautéed chicken breasts, making it the perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner. No fettuccine on hand? Spaghetti, bucatini, linguine, or capellini would all be great instead. Happy slurping!

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YIELDS: 4 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 25 MINS
INGREDIENTS

12 oz. fettuccine
4 slices bacon
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs, beaten
3/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
1/3 c. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water, and return to pot.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until bacon is crispy, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and drain half the fat in skillet.

3. Add chicken to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Season generously with salt and pepper and cook, flipping halfway through, until no longer pink, 10 minutes.

4. Reduce heat to low and return bacon to skillet. Toss, then add cooked pasta and toss until combined.

5. In a small bowl, beat together eggs, Parmesan, and parsley and season with salt and pepper.

6. Pour egg mixture over pasta and toss until coated, then add a couple tablespoons pasta water until creamy. (Add more pasta water by the tablespoonful as necessary.)

Garnish with Parmesan and parsley and serve immediately.


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Cajun Butter Shrimp & Sausage Skewers

Cajun Butter Shrimp & Sausage Skewers

We love these skewers for many reasons: they’re FULL of flavor, they’re hearty, and most of all, they provide the PERFECT bite. Sausage + shrimp = a match made in Cajun heaven. It’s like Jamalaya on a stick! If you dig this, you gotta add cajun butter pasta to your list—another sure-fire winner.

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YIELDS: 6 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 35 MINS

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 andouille sausages, sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
1/4 c. melted butter
1 tbsp. lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tbsp. freshly chopped thyme
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. Soak wooden skewers in water for 15 minutes. When ready to cook, drain and dry skewers.

2. Thread top of shrimp, then sausage, then tail of shrimp onto skewers. Repeat until all shrimp and sausage is used.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, and spices. Season with salt and pepper, then brush all over skewers.

4. Heat grill or grill pan to medium. Add skewers and cook until shrimp is opaque and sausage is warmed through, about 3 minutes per side. Garnish with parsley and serve.


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Bar-b-que Grilled Chicken

Bar-b-que Grilled Chicken

Let’s be honest: grilled chicken breast may not seem like the most exciting meat out there, but it’s affordable, crowd-pleasing and a snap to cook. So why not skip the burgers at your next barbecue and try this super-easy recipe instead? You won’t want to sleep on the sauce, which is a classic BBQ jazzed up with honey and lime. It’s so flavorful, the chicken really doesn’t need a marinade—which means you get to eat it way sooner.

How long should I heat up the grill?

When grilling, you want to get those grates ripping hot before starting to cook. To get gorgeous grill marks and avoid dried out food, preheat your grill (gas or charcoal) for 10 to 15 minutes.

How long does chicken take to cook?

It depends. For boneless skinless chicken breasts, you’re looking at 8 to 10 minutes per side. For drumsticks, it’ll be 10 to 15 minutes per side.

What temperature does the chicken need to be before I pull it from the grill?

According to USDA regulations, chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165ºF. Insert a thermometer at the thickest part of the meat to get an accurate reading (and if you’re grilling bone-in chicken, don’t hit the bones when taking the temperature).

Hungry for more? Check out our 30+ grilled chicken recipes. Our Sweet Chili Lime Grilled Chicken is a must-try. And, if you’ve made this recipe, let us know how you like it in the comments below

 

 

YIELDS: 4 SERVINGS                        PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 5 MINS                     TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 30 MINS

 

 

INGREDIENTS

2 c. barbecue sauce
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. hot sauce
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (or drumsticks)
Vegetable oil, for grill

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, lime juice, honey, and hot sauce and season with salt and pepper. Set aside 1/2 cup for basting.

Add chicken to bowl and toss until coated.

Heat grill to high. Oil grates and grill chicken, basting with reserved marinade, until charred, 8 minutes per side for breasts, and 10 to 12 minutes per side for drumsticks.

 

 

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Louis–Style Ribs

Louis–Style Ribs

St. Louis–style ribs just might be the best kind of ribs. For the traditional style, use spareribs and ask your butcher to cut them “St. Louis style”. This simply means that the breastbone will be cut off and the ribs will be in a rectangular shape. To get REALLY traditional, you’ll want to smoke your ribs, but we opted to bake ours in the oven for convenience. Oven-baked ribs still get perfectly tender and will be falling right off the bone!

YIELDS: 6 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 10 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 3 HOURS 35 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

 

3 lb. spareribs

2 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. mustard powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

4 tbsp. butter, cut into cubes

1 c. barbecue sauce

DIRECTIONS:

 

Preheat oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. If your ribs have a thin membrane over the bones on the backside, remove by carefully sliding a knife under the membrane and then peeling it away.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and seasonings. Rub mixture all over ribs until well coated.

Evenly distribute butter cubes over ribs, wrap tightly in foil, and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.

Switch oven to broil, unwrap ribs, and brush all over with barbecue sauce. Place back on baking sheet and broil until sauce starts to caramelize, 5 minutes.


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Barbecued Ranch Potatoes

Barbecued Ranch Potatoes

Now we want to grill all our potatoes!

 

YIELDS:  8             PREP TIME:  0 HOURS 5 MINS           TOTAL TIME:  0 HOURS 20 MINS

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 lb. baby potatoes, halved
1/4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 packet ranch seasoning
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Ranch dressing, for drizzling
Chopped fresh chives, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat grill to medium heat. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice, and ranch seasoning. Season with salt and pepper.
Thread potatoes on skewers and grill until tender and lightly charred, 15 minutes.
Drizzle with ranch and garnish with chives.

 

 

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  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice, and ranch seasoning. Season with salt and pepper. Thread potatoes on skewers and grill until tender and lightly charred, 15 minutes. Drizzle with ranch and garnish with chives.
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