Southwestern Ranch Chicken Salad

Now that the weather is turning (somewhat) warmer I’m already starting to think about when I can drop the top on my new (to me) convertible, putt around town and enjoy the sunshine. It also means I gotta shed a few lbs that I’ve put on over the “it’s way too cold to go outside I’m just going to stay inside with a brick of cheese, some salami, a package a crackers and some wine months.” Tell me I’m not the only one? Please. Okay if you worked out all winter and already look amazing, I take it back please don’t tell me. Deal.

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Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Are you ready for some football pizza? Everyone knows that I don’t like football BUT I do like food. And I’ll be making a few of this and that this Sunday for the Super Bowl best commercial day of the year. Apparently high up on the football food request list are: dips, subs, wings, and pizza! Now I realize why people wear yoga pants (I just can’t stand to say sweat pants ugh) while watching. I’m not sure I’ve ever turned down pizza and I don’t think they’ll turn down this buffalo chicken version. Everyone loves buffalo chicken.

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Skinny Ranch Chicken Tenders

My kids love chicken tenders. Seriously LOVE them. Since I pretty much refuse to take them through a drive thru to get them I make them at home, A LOT. Which means I need variety in my bag o’ chicken tender tricks. What else do they love? Ranch dressing. They would honestly put it on just about anything if I let them (and I’m sure they do when I’m out of town). I don’t know why it took me so long to put those two together. Ranch + chicken tenders = happy kids in my house. I start off with a homemade lightened up version of ranch dressing (shhhh don’t tell them) made with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

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Chicken with Spicy Mustard Sauce

 

Since we’re all friends here, I have a confession to make. A deep dark ugly culinary one. I can’t make rice. I KNOW, the shame. I can make risotto standing on my head blindfolded but regular rice, not so much. It turns out sticky, goopy, all adjectives that should not be associated with rice. I think it’s the leaving it alone part that I can’t handle. I am a tinker-er, a stir-er at heart. I NEED to be interactive with my cooking. And okay yes a total control freak if you must know. So what do I do when I need to make regular rice. I use my rice cooker. 

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Rosemary Skewered Pistachio Encrusted Chicken

Have I ever mentioned my love of pistachios? Yes I’m a nut in more ways than one. My love for the little green nut is problematic actually. When they’re in the house I can’t seem to stop myself from popping the entire package once they’re open. It’s a shame they’re so ridiculously expensive and high maintenance. You have to really want that nut to sit there and shell more than a few. Sadly I’m a gluten for punishment and love them never the less. These rosemary skewered pistachio encrusted chicken are a great thing to do with my favorite little nut. You know other than just eat them out of the bag.

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BBQ Leftover Turkey Pizza

I am still STUFFED. If you’re in the states (which most of my readers are) I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday as well. Chances are if you cooked up a feast you have an abundance of LEFTOVERS. I happen to be a big fan of leftovers. I love the challenge of taking them and transforming them into something new and exciting. It’s gets my creative juices flowing. Plus if we’re being completely honest I can’t stand wasting food. It bugs me, badly, to have any food go to waste. Plus you can buy boots (insert your weakness here) with all that money you save.

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Chicken Cacciatore

If I had to pick my most favorite chicken recipe this one would be it. Chicken Cacciatore. Doesn’t that just sound delicious rolling off the tongue? It’s a one pot wonder and it full of deep down home flavors not to mention you can feed a crowd with it on the cheap. I make it A LOT in the fall/winter months when it’s cold out and I need something to warm me from head to toe (I can only drink so much espresso every day people). I originally shared this recipe when I first started my food blog and I’m pretty sure only 3 people saw the recipe. It might have something to do with that awful photo. Thank goodness my photography skills have improved.

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Orange Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs

I know it may come as a shock to some people but I do make other food besides Italian. GASP. I know. I know. While Italian will ALWAYS be my first love and go to I happen to love all kinds of cuisines. Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Moroccan, Chinese, Greek, German. You get the picture. I just love food. Good food. I also love chicken. It’s like pasta I don’t know how you could ever grow bored with it. There are a gazillion different ways to make it.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tetrazzini

Do you like one pot wonders? Cooking things low and slow? Setting it and forgetting it? Then this is the dish for you! ‘Tis the season to break out the slow cooker (or crock pot if you prefer) throw in your ingredients, put the lid on and do more pressing things like spending the afternoon playing random players on Words For Friends or Scramble For Friends. Totally up to you.

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Parmigiano Panko Chicken and Honey Biscuits

One of the most popular recipes on this blog is our Parmigiano Panko Chicken. It’s pretty much my version of Italy meets the Deep South – Italian Fried Chicken. It’s quick, easy and big on flavor. It trumps any drive through chicken and is what I make my kids when they beg ask me for chicken and fries as we’re passing said drive thrus. Because I just can’t leave well enough alone I decided to shake up my recipe a smidge. Chicken and Honey Biscuits anyone?

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How to Grill Chicken Under a Brick

Grilled Chicken Under a Brick

Grilling is one of summer’s true pleasures. In my house that usually means I have the night off from cooking. It also means there are less dishes. While that may not seem super important, to someone that can’t stand doing dishes (you’re looking at her) it’s a big thing. When someone is grilling in the neighborhood you know it. The smells waft up and down the streets and make those that aren’t grilling wish they were (well unless they’re burning something and well that’s another story all together.)

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Pollo alle Olive {Chicken with Olives}

Simple suppers are what I need right now. Someone in our family has an activity every day of the week. EVERY day of the week {that makes me tired just typing that}. Which makes getting dinner on the table a little challenging. Lucky for me, I like a challenge. 30 {ish} minute meals are a staple in our house for just that reason. This chicken with olives is a fantastic recipe for those busy nights.

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Pollo in Salsa Rosa {Chicken in Pink Sauce}

Go ahead and get your baguette ready. This is one saucy chicken dish. This is a perfect go-to weeknight dinner because after you’ve browned the chicken it pretty much cooks itself. Freeing you up to, well perhaps enjoy a glass of wine and sit down and put your feet up for a change ; ) Okay well that usually doesn’t happen at my house BUT it sounded good didn’t it. What it does do is afford me the luxury of getting other things done while my dinner is cooking away.

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Scaloppine di Pollo {Chicken Scaloppine}

Need something delicious on the table in 30 minutes or less? This is your dish. It’s fast and flavorful. The key is using thin cutlets, and the secret is in the sauce. It’s a thick and rich sauce that clings to the chicken cutlets like they just met and can’t get enough of each other ; ) 

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Involtini di Pollo alla Salvia {Chicken Roulades with Sage}

Roulades sound very fancy but they couldn’t be easier to make. Roulade comes from the French word “rouler” meaning to roll. And that’s exactly what you’re going to do. Roll. Making roulades isn’t just tasty, it’s also a great way to stretch your meal budget.

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Pollo al Brandy {Chicken with Brandy}

 

I’ve said it a gazillion times, chicken is so incredibly versatile. So much so, I don’t know how anyone could ever tire of it ; ) At least that’s what I keep telling my family LOL. We’re big fans of chicken thighs and legs in our house. Not that I don’t like the chicken breasts, the darker meats just seem to be more flavorful to me and the fact that they’re also less expensive doesn’t hurt ; )

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Piccata di Pollo {Chicken Piccata}

Chicken Piccata

I can not believe that I haven’t shared my recipe for Chicken Piccata before now. It’s one of those dishes that is so simple in it’s preparation but full on flavor. It’s perfect for a weeknight as it comes together in less than 30 minutes or it’s even fancy enough for company {we don’t have to tell them how simple it was ; 0 }

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Fusi di Pollo al Limone nel Cartoccio {Chicken w/Lemon in Parchment}

This year I treated myself to La Cucina Italiana magazine for Christmas. My first issue arrived a week or so ago. I literally turned off the computer {shocking} and immersed myself into the pages ignoring all else. I think I’ve mentioned to you before my long love affair with this magazine and my constant “borrowing” of my mother’s subscription much to her dismay ; )

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Stuffed Turkey Breast w/Pomegranate Glaze

 

It’s November! And for those of in the States, that means it’s Turkey Time! Yes, Thanksgiving is closing in on us and will be here before we know it. It’s a time to be thankful for all of our many blessings and enjoy a bounty of what the Fall harvest has to offer. I for one can’t wait!

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Pollo Saporito {Zesty Chicken}

Pollo Saporito {Zesty Chicken} is the perfect name for this chicken – it’s definitely! It has big bold flavors and the most amazing color. Isn’t it  incredible how just a pinch of saffron can transform a dish! It’s like an explosion of sun for the senses, or better yet, liquid gold!

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