Monday, January 12, 2009

Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup

1 lb. chicken
1 cup dried black beans (or 2 cans, drained and rinsed)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup frozen corn
1 jar prepared salsa (16 oz)
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 cup sour cream (to stir in at the end)
shredded cheddar cheese, avocado slices, cilantro (all optional)

If using dried beans, soak the beans overnight in enough water to cover plus two inches. In the morning, drain the water and rinse the beans. Add beans to a 4 quart or larger crockpot. Add chicken, broth, salsa, corn, mushrooms, and cumin. Stir. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 4-5 hours. Stir in the 1/2 cup of sour cream before serving, and garnish with cheese, avocado slices, or cilantro as desired. Makes about 6-8 servings.

NOTES: We used canned beans. We also didn't have quite enough salsa or any mushrooms, so we just used what we had. B found this recipe on that crock pot blog (here). Tasty. I like chicken + salsa + black beans + corn.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Corn Flake Chicken

Butter, melted
Corn flakes, crushed

This is a fairly simple recipe. Put the melted butter in one bowl and the corn flakes in another. Dip the chicken in the butter, then coat with crushed corn flakes. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake until done (another 10 minutes or so).

Notes: Using the foil prevents the corn flakes from burning. The last ten minutes give them a little extra crispiness. This recipe adds some crunch to the chicken, but not a lot of additional seasoning. There are variations of the recipe online (like here) that use different spices and coatings to change the flavor.

Apple Sauce Chicken

4 frozen chicken breast halves or thighs
1 1/2 cups apple sauce
1 Tbsp dried onion flakes or 1 yellow onion, chopped finely
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Mix ingredients in a bowl and pour over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees until chicken is done. Or, cook in a crock pot on low 5-7 hours or high 3-4 hours. Makes about 4 servings.

NOTES: B found this recipe on a crock pot blog (here), but she baked it instead of cooking it in a crock pot. She also used onion powder instead of onion flakes. We both thought that it was tasty, but a bit unusual. I don't think I would make this when having company over, in other words, but it might be a nice change of pace for an occasional family meal. And according to that crock pot blog, the kids like it.

Chicken in a Blanket

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
12 refrigerator biscuits, each rolled out flat
1 cup bread crumbs, seasoned
8 ounces cream cheese
2 eggs

Mix together cream cheese and shredded chicken. Scoop some of mixture into each flattened biscuit and form biscuit into a ball to cover all of mixture. Beat eggs into a bowl and dip each biscuit in eggs and then coat with bread crumbs. Line a greased cookie sheet with biscuits and bake at 375 for about 12 minutes. Any leftovers can be frozen until ready to use.

NOTES: We found this recipe on the Simplify Supper web site (here). B made her own biscuit dough (see her recipe here) and bread crumbs. We both thought this was a tasty recipe, and B will probably make it again sometime. Halving the recipe made about 6 chicken balls.