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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tuscan Chicken Bites / #SundaySupper

Sometimes, inspiration for designing a recipe can come from unusual places. Such is the case for these Tuscan Chicken Bites! I was at a Wendy's restaurant grabbing lunch with my husband, and I decided to try a new product, their Tuscan Chicken Sandwich. It was wonderful and it had a flavor that I hadn't had in a while~pesto! So, while I was enjoying lunch, I came up with the idea of making these Tuscan Chicken Bites!
These bites are easy to put together, and everything can be made the day before serving, including the pesto. There is a lot of flavor going on in these little bites, but they go well together! They don't cancel one another out, but instead, they compliment each other, resulting in a tasty appetizer, begging to be enjoyed over and over again!
 
Tuscan Chicken Bites

( printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 4 and more)
Pesto
2 cups loosely packed Basil Leaves
1 ounce Pine Nuts
1 ounce Fresh Parmesan
1 teaspoon minced Garlic
pinch or two Salt
1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 teaspoon Mayonnaise

Other ingredients
Chicken Breast
minced garlic
black pepper
Spring Mix
Roma Tomato~finely chopped and unseeded
Yellow Onion~finely chopped
Small Mozzarella Balls~aka mozzarella pearls
Balsamic Vinaigrette~recipe here



Make the pesto first. Place the basil leaves, pine nuts, and parmesan in the food processor. Pulse a couple times. Add the garlic and pinch or two of salt. Pulse a couple more times, then taste to check to see if you want more salt. Scrape down the sides of the processor. Keep the processor running and start slowly adding the olive oil in a steady stream. Don't add it all. Stop and scrape the sides again, and taste the pesto. Add more salt if needed. Add more olive oil if needed. Place pesto in a small bowl. Add mayo a teaspoon at a time, until you are happy with the consistency. Cover and refrigerate. Make balsamic vinaigrette and set aside. Follow the link to the recipe.
Pan fry the chicken breast. Sprinkle with black pepper and a 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, but only on one side. Turn chicken over several times while cooking, until done. Remove from pan and cool.
Set up each plate with four pieces of spring mix. I liked using 2 green and 2 darker leaves for interesting visual appeal.
Add a dollop of pesto to the top of the lettuce.
Add a bite sized piece of chicken to each plate. Place the chicken on top of the pesto. Then add an additional dollop of pesto to the top of the chicken.
Add a couple pieces of the tomato and onion to the top of the pesto.
Top with a mozzarella pearl. Stick a fork to the side. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
Serve and enjoy!
Much thanks to Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures for hosting today's yummy small bites!

Sunday Supper Small Bites Recipes for Entertaining

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Tuscan Chicken Bites

INGREDIENTS:

Pesto
  • 2 cups loosely packed Basil Leaves
  • 1 ounce Pine Nuts
  • 1 ounce Fresh Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon minced Garlic
  • pinch or two Salt
  • 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 teaspoon Mayonnaise
Other ingredients
  • Chicken Breast
  • minced garlic
  • black pepper
  • Spring Mix
  • Roma Tomato~finely chopped and unseeded
  • Yellow Onion~finely chopped
  • Small Mozzarella Balls~aka mozzarella pearls
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette~http://www.thefreshmancook.com/2017/04/bruschetta-di-pomodoro-sundaysupper.html

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make the pesto first. Place the basil leaves, pine nuts, and parmesan in the food processor. Pulse a couple times. Add the garlic and pinch or two of salt. Pulse a couple more times, then taste to check to see if you want more salt. Scrape down the sides of the processor. Keep the processor running and start slowly adding the olive oil in a steady stream. Don't add it all. Stop and scrape the sides again, and taste the pesto. Add more salt if needed. Add more olive oil if needed. Place pesto in a small bowl. Add mayo a teaspoon at a time, until you are happy with the consistency. Cover and refrigerate. Make balsamic vinaigrette and set aside. Follow the link to the recipe.
  2. Pan fry the chicken breast. Sprinkle with black pepper and a 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, but only on one side. Turn chicken over several times while cooking, until done. Remove from pan and cool.
  3. Set up each plate with four pieces of spring mix. I liked using 2 green and 2 darker leaves for interesting visual appeal.
  4. Add a dollop of pesto to the top of the lettuce.
  5. Add a bite sized piece of chicken to each plate. Place the chicken on top of the pesto. Then add an additional dollop of pesto to the top of the chicken.
  6. Add a couple pieces of the tomato and onion to the top of the pesto.
  7. Top with a mozzarella pearl. Stick a fork to the side. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad / #TasteCreations

Today we are celebrating Salads at the Taste Creations Blog Hop! This Chicken Avocado Caprese is one of my favorite salad combinations. It is full of flavor, with the moist chicken, juicy tomatoes, and creamy mozzarella. Add the yumminess of the avocados, and it is a salad worth your time! I say "worth your time" but it really is not that time consuming to make.  You simply pan fry a boneless, skinless chicken breast, slice some mozzarella, chop up a small avocado and your favorite lettuce, and drizzle on some Balsamic Glaze or your favorite dressing! You are ready to enjoy an incredible salad that you will want to make again and again!  
Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad 
(printable recipe at end of page)

8 ounce Chicken Breast
1 1/2 teaspoons Mrs Dash Italian Medley
2 ounces Extra Virgin Olive Oil  
Iceberg and Romaine Lettuce
Fresh Avocado
6-7 Grape Tomatoes
4 Slices Fresh Mozzarella Cheese 
5-6 Fresh Mozzarella Balls
Balsamic Glaze {link to the recipe and ingredients below}


Mix the Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the Mrs. Dash Italian Medley in a measuring cup.
Place the chicken breasts and the EVOO and Italian Mix together in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
Spray a frying pan with pan spray, and cook chicken until done.

 Chop and wash the lettuce. Place on a plate. 

Slice the chicken, and place it on the plate on top of the lettuce. Chop the avocado and place it to the side of the chicken. Add the mozzarella slices to the other side of the chicken. Place sliced and whole grape tomatoes on the plate. Add small mozzarella cheese balls to plate. Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze. 
If you want to make the Balsamic Glaze, here is where you can find the recipe-----------Let's Make Balsamic Glaze!
You can also buy it at the store.

Check out these tasty salads made by the fantastic and creative bloggers participating in The Taste Creations Blog Hop!

1. Tequila Lime Grilled Shrimp Salad Dressing Recipe
2. Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad
3. Chicken Avocado Strawberry Salad 
4. Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing with Grilled Chicken Salad 
5. Chicken Paillard with Spring Green Salad 
 
Thank you to all the members of #TasteCreations
 for welcoming me into this fun, creative, and tasty group!

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Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 ounce Chicken Breast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Mrs Dash Italian Medley
  • 2 ounces Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Iceberg and Romaine Lettuce
  • Fresh Avocado
  • 6-7 Grape Tomatoes
  • 4 Slices Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 5-6 Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • Balsamic Glaze

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the Mrs. Dash Italian Medley in a measuring cup.
  2. Place the chicken breasts and the EVOO and Italian Mix together in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Spray a frying pan with pan spray, and cook chicken until done.
  4. Chop and wash the lettuce. Place on a plate.
  5. Slice the chicken, and place it on the plate on top of the lettuce. Chop the avocado and place it to the side of the chicken. Add the mozzarella slices to the other side of the chicken. Place sliced and whole grape tomatoes on the plate. Add small mozzarella cheese balls to plate. Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chicken Street Tacos / #SundaySupper

I think you are going to love these Chicken Street Tacos! They are easy to make, and even though the ingredient list is long, you probably have most of the items in your pantry already! I like this recipe because although I wrote this post as if you are making a plate of tacos, it would also work if you wanted to serve the tacos as a buffet with everyone making their own. It would be a bit easier on the hostess, too!
Any way you want to serve these, they will be a favorite with your friends and family, and perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy!
Chicken Street Tacos 
(printable recipe at end of page)

1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Fresh Lime
1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 cup Orange Juice
1 Fresh Lime
1 small white Onion
small Flour or Corn Tortillas
1 teaspoon Butter
Minced Garlic
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1 Fresh Corn on the Cob
1 teaspoon Butter
Salt and Pepper
Salsa
Avocado
Cilantro
Queso Fresco 
Lettuce to garnish plate

Make the homemade Crema first. You can buy this at the store if you don't want to make it, but it tastes really great when it is homemade. Whisk together the sour cream and whipping cream until it is smooth. Add the juice from a fresh lime and whisk together. Cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Cut your chicken breasts to any size pieces you want. We will be shredding them later. Place in a pan and add the orange juice and the juice from a fresh lime. Refrigerate for 1 hour-1 1/2 hour. 
 Dice onions and set aside.
 Grill tortillas on grill. Set aside. You can also heat them in the oven or microwave.
When the time is up, heat a frying pan with butter and add the minced garlic. Sprinkle the cumin on both sides of each piece of chicken and place in the pan to cook on medium high. Turn when necessary until golden brown. Throw the marinade away. Remove from pan and let cool.
Place the cut corn in a frying pan with butter. Add salt and pepper to corn and fry on medium high heat until cooked.
As soon as the chicken has cooled enough to handle it, start shredding it apart.
Start building your street tacos. Place chicken on the taco and add onion, corn, cheese, salsa, crema, avocado. 
These Chicken Street Tacos taste great with the added taste of a shredded cilantro leaf, and a squeeze of fresh lime!

Thank you for joining me to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! The Sunday Supper family has a lot more tasty recipes to share with you! Scroll down a bit and check out all the great recipes for celebrating!
Muchas Gracias to Shelby from Grumby's Honeybunch for hosting today!

Sunday Supper Easy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Appetizers

Drinks

Entrees

Sides and Sauces

Sweets

Tacos

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Chicken Street Tacos

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Fresh Lime
  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Fresh Lime
  • 1 small white Onion
  • Small Flour or Corn Tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Fresh Corn on the Cob
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Queso Fresco
  • Lettuce to garnish plate

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make the homemade Crema first. You can buy this at the store if you don't want to make it, but it tastes really great when it is homemade. Whisk together the sour cream and whipping cream until it is smooth. Add the juice from a fresh lime and whisk together. Cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Cut your chicken breasts to any size pieces you want. We will be shredding them later. Place in a pan and add the orange juice and the juice from a fresh lime. Refrigerate for 1 hour-1 1/2 hour.
  3. Dice onions and set aside.
  4. Grill tortillas on grill. Set aside. You can also heat them in the oven or microwave.
  5. When the time is up, heat a frying pan with butter and add the minced garlic. Sprinkle the cumin on both sides of each piece of chicken and place in the pan to cook on medium high. Turn when necessary until golden brown. Throw the marinade away. Remove from pan and let cool.
  6. Place the cut corn in a frying pan with butter. Add salt and pepper to corn and fry on medium high heat until cooked.
  7. As soon as the chicken has cooled enough to handle it, start shredding it apart.
  8. Start building your street tacos. Place chicken on the taco and add onion, corn, cheese, salsa, crema, avocado.
  9. These Chicken Street Tacos taste great with the added taste of a shredded cilantro leaf, and a squeeze of fresh lime!
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Chicken Enchiladas / #FoodBloggerLove

Today I made these Chicken Enchiladas from the blog, Jane's Adventures in Dinner. I am participating in a fun recipe swap called #FoodBloggerLove! I was assigned a blog and I was to pick a recipe to make from that blog and post about it here at The Freshman Cook! 

Once I pulled up my assigned bloggers page, it took me all of 2 minutes to decide what I was going to make. All of the recipes look amazing, and the pictures are awesome, and when I saw the recipe for Chicken Enchiladas, I had to make it! 

I have been trying to come up with a recipe I liked for Chicken Enchiladas, but I have not had much luck. I keep putting in too much of this or too little of that, and I just can not get it right. So when I saw the Chicken Enchiladas recipe I knew it was fate! Oh my, IT IS AWESOME! I am in love with this recipe! I know you will love it too! I did make a few minor changes to accommodate my family and their likes and dislikes, and it is still awesome! Check out the recipe I made below, and then visit Jane's Adventures in Dinner and check out her original recipe too!

 Chicken Enchiladas
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 4)

Enchilada Sauce
1/2 tablespoon Cumin
1 tablespoon Chili Powder
1 1/2 tablespoons Flour
1 mashed Garlic Clove
1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 1/2 tablespoon Oil
3/4 cup Water
2 cups chopped Tomatoes

Chicken Mix 
1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked Chicken
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1 tablespoon chopped Cilantro
4 Tortilla
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese


Mix together the Enchilada Sauce ingredients, except for the water. Heat for 30 seconds on medium heat. Slowly add the water, whisking as you add it, to avoid creating any lumps. 
Add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes to allow tomatoes to soften.
Mix all the chicken ingredients together. For the chicken I pan grilled 2 good sized chicken breasts, let them cool, and then shredded the chicken. I had a little extra chicken, but it was quickly eaten! Spread a little bit of cheese on each tortilla. Divide the chicken filling between the four tortillas. Add additional cheese to each one. 
Spoon sauce into an oven safe baking dish. Use enough to cover the bottom. Roll the tortillas and place in dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spoon more sauce over top of tortillas. Cover with cheese.
Bake for approx. 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
Serve and enjoy!
I hope you will try this recipe. I know you will love it! 
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Chicken Enchiladas

INGREDIENTS:

Enchilada Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 mashed Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Oil
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 2 cups chopped Tomatoes
Chicken Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked Chicken
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Cilantro
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix together the Enchilada Sauce ingredients, except for the water. Heat for 30 seconds on medium heat. Slowly add the water, whisking as you add it, to avoid creating any lumps.
  2. Add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes to allow tomatoes to soften.
  3. Mix all the chicken ingredients together. For the chicken I pan grilled 2 good sized chicken breasts, let them cool, and then shredded the chicken. I had a little extra chicken, but it was quickly eaten! Spread a little bit of cheese on each tortilla. Divide the chicken filling between the four tortillas. Add additional cheese to each one.
  4. Spoon sauce into an oven safe baking dish. Use enough to cover the bottom. Roll the tortillas and place in dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Spoon more sauce over top of tortillas. Cover with cheese.
  6. Bake for approx. 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve and Enjoy!
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Chicken Marinara Panini / #SundaySupper

Happy New Year to everyone! Today we are celebrating Easy Supper Recipes as we kick off a month long celebration of National Sunday Supper month! As much as I love to cook and create new recipes, there are also times when all I want is something simple, easy and tasty. That's how this Chicken Marinara Panini came to be. I always have chicken breasts in the fridge, and if you do too, this recipe is definitely for you!  If you cook the chicken the day before, this panini comes together in about 10-15 minutes. Make it in 30 minutes if you cook the chicken as you make the meal. Any way you make it, this Chicken Marinara Panini is sure to become a favorite!

Chicken Marinara Panini
(printable recipe at end of post) 
Chicken Breasts
Italian Bread
Butter
Marinara Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese 
Onion


Set panini press to medium high to heat. 

Cook your chicken and let it cool. Slice it lengthwise so it is not as thick. 
Cut 2 slices of bread for each sandwich. Lightly spread butter on  one side of each slice. Make sure the side you spread the butter on is the outside.
Turn the butter sides down and spread marinara sauce on both inside pieces. I have used homemade marinara and store bought marinara. Use what you love!
Top the marinara with shredded cheese on both pieces, and add the onion and chicken to one piece.
Your sandwich is ready for the panini press!
Place on panini press and toast for 7-8 minutes. 
Cut in half and enjoy the goodness of that melty cheese!

Thank you for stopping by today, and thank you very much to Heather from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks for hosting the first Sunday Supper of 2017!

There are a lot more Quick and Easy Recipes available to you from the Sunday Supper family. Scroll down to find the perfect one for you!

 

Chicken Suppers

Pasta Suppers

Pork Suppers

Sheet Pan Suppers

Soup and Sandwich Suppers

Stove Top Suppers

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement

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Chicken Marinara Panini

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Italian Bread
  • Butter
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Onion

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Set panini press to medium high to heat.
  2. Cook your chicken and let it cool. Slice it lengthwise so it is not as thick.
  3. Cut 2 slices of bread for each sandwich. Lightly spread butter on one side of each slice. Make sure the side you spread the butter on is the outside.
  4. Turn the butter sides down and spread marinara sauce on both inside pieces. I have used homemade marinara and store bought marinara. Use what you love!
  5. Top the marinara with shredded cheese on both pieces, and add the onion and chicken to one piece.
  6. Place on panini press and toast for 7-8 minutes. Remove from press, cut and enjoy!
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