Monday, August 13, 2012

Sweet and Sour Chicken

My friend Holly made me this easy and delicious dish after I had a baby, and I begged her for the recipe. It's hands down the best one I've tried!

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
3 TB soy sauce
3 heaping TB cornstarch
4 chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small can pineapple tidbits, drained

Stir together first 6 ingredients and pour over chicken in a 9x13 casserole dish. Cover and bake at 325 for 30 minutes. Uncover and add in green peppers and pineapple. Bake 30 minutes more. Serve with jasmine rice. Serves 8.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I made this recipe for my book club last month and it was a hit! It makes for a yummy lunch or dinner.

12-16 plain croissants
6 cups cubed cooked chicken
3 cups grapes, sliced in half
8-10 green onions, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
16 fresh basil leaves, minced
1-2 cups mayonnaise
1 cup chopped almonds
4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
lettuce leaves to dress sandwiches
Havarti cheese to dress sandwiches

Mix mayo, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and basil together until well mixed. Fold in chicken, grapes, almonds, celery, and onions. Halve the croissants (slightly toast if you'd like) and layer with salad, lettuce, and cheese. Serve immediately.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Chicken Tortellini Bake

I found this recipe at Let's Dish and altered it a bit - easy and delish.

16 oz. frozen cheese tortellini
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
3 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
8 ounces chicken broth
2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Cook tortellini according to package directions leaving it slightly undercooked. In a  large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken for 1-2 minutes and add the green onions, cooking until chicken is done. Sprinkle flour over chicken mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth and stir until thickened. Mix in sour cream until mixture is creamy and slightly thickened. Stir in tortellini. Pour chicken and tortellini mixture into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake covered with foil  for 30 minutes, uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown around the edges.

- Jensa