Friday, May 28, 2010

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe From: My Kitchen Cafe Blog
Enchiladas are a staple for me...not so much for Blake. I've got a lot of favorite recipes now, this one was also great. I didn't put very many white beans in, we like to eat black beans and rice on the side.

1-2 chicken breasts (boiled and shredded)
2 (4 oz.) cans of green chilies (lightly drained)
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese (softened and cubed)
1 can white or black beans (rinsed and drained)

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
2 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup chicken broth
¼ cup milk
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 can (10 ounce) green chile enchilada sauce
½ cup sour cream

8 ounces Monterrey jack cheese (shredded)
8-10 medium flour tortillas
Handful of chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and green chiles. Mix well. Add the chicken and black beans. Mix to combine. Set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and starts to turn translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir well. Cook for 1 minute, stirring. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk. As you whisk and the mixture cooks, the flour will get less lumpy around the onions and the mixture will become smooth. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is bubbling and has thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the enchilada sauce and sour cream.

Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking dish. Spread about 1/4 cup of the sauce on the bottom of the dish. Fill each tortilla with about ½ cup of the chicken/cream cheese filling. Top with a small handful of shredded cheese, a couple tablespoonfuls for each enchilada. Save at least 1/2 cup cheese for the top of the enchiladas. Roll the tortillas up and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish. Continue filling enchiladas until the dish is full (I can easily fit 8 enchiladas in one pan).

Pour the white sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the enchiladas are bubbling, hot and lightly browned. Sprinkle fresh cilantro over the top and serve.

Cashew Chicken

Recipe From: The Sister's Cafe Blog
Easy and great...just the flavors we like
2-4 chicken breasts cut into pieces)
1 tsp sugar
4 tbsp cornstarch (divided)
½ tsp salt
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp oil
2 cups hot chicken broth
2 tsp lemon juice
½ cup cashews

Combine sugar, 2 Tb cornstarch, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Dredge chicken pieces in this mixture. Drain and save dredge; then stir fry chicken in hot oil in frying pan or wok until chicken is lightly brown and tender, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken from oil and drain excess oil from the pan. Add remaining cornstarch and the dredge drained from the chicken. Blend well, then add chicken stock to the pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened. Add lemon juice; add chicken pieces and reheat. Do not boil. Taste to correct seasonings. Add cashews. Serve over hot rice. Makes 4-5 servings. You can stir fry some vegetables and add them to the mixture at the end.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Marsala Chicken & Mushroom Casserole

Recipe From: On My Menu Blog via Rachel Ray
This was really good! Can't remember the last time I made a casserole. I used grape juice as the wine substitute.
2 tbsp butter
10 oz mushrooms (sliced)
1 tsp garlic (minced)
1/2 onion (chopped)
1 1/2 tbsp flour
1/2 cup Marsala wine or white wine (I used grape juice)
1/2 cup heavy cream (I used half and half)
2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
Salt and pepper
1 cup long-grain rice
2 cups rotisserie chicken*
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese (shredded)

Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium-high heat until just melted. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the flour on top and stir in for 1 minute. Stir in the grape juice and cream and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in 2 cups water*, the parsley, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

In a greased 9-inch-by-13-inch casserole, spread the rice in an even layer; top with the chicken. Pour the mushroom gravy on top. Cover snugly with foil and bake until bubbly, about 35 minutes. Discard the foil, sprinkle the Parmesan on top and bake for 5 minutes more.

*Instead of buying a rotisserie chicken, I boiled and shredded 1-2 chicken breasts. After shredding, I added the following spices: Lawry's seasoning salt, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and poultry seasoning.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bacon-Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken

Recipe From: On My Menu Blog
Easy and tasty. Blake loved it!
1/2 c barbecue sauce
2 Granny Smith Apples (peeled, cored and grated)
juice 1 lemon
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
8 slices bacon
salt and pepper

In a small bowl, combine bbq sauce, grated apple and lemon juice. Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each chicken breast half. Place wrapped chicken in slow cooker and top with bbq-sauce mixture. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 4-8 hours.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hostess Cupcakes

Recipe From: Taste Buds
These were tasty and easy...just like Hostess!
1 devil's food cake mix


8 Tbsp butter (room temp)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
granulated sugar (to taste)

2 big Hershey bars (or 8 reg size)
1 12oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 bar of wax (melt in a rinsed out soup can inside a pan with 1-2 in water)

Make cupcakes according to pkg directions (adding 1/4 tsp vanilla; if desired) and bake in well greased, unlined pans. Let cool completely. For filling mix butter and marshmallow cream until fluffy. Add vanilla and a little sugar to desired taste. With a piping bag squirt a small amount of filling up into the bottom of each cupcake.
Melt chocolate together. Melt wax separately. Gradually add wax to melted chocolate, stirring constantly. Dip tops of cupcakes into the chocolate and set aside until firm. With a small piping tip decorate tops of cupcakes with remaining filling.