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Super Easy, Family Pleasing Chicken

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Do you ever have one of those moments where you are contemplating what you’re making for dinner at like 2 o’clock in the afternoon, then you remember seeing something in your inbox a couple of days before that you’re pretty sure you have all of the ingredients for?

You find it, it looks okay & you realize that with a few modifications you’re pretty sure everyone would like it.

If you’re lucky you’re right. If you were me this last week, you were amazed because they LOVED it so much I just made it again tonight. This time I took pictures for you all!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

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8 oz of French Dressing

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1 packet of onion soup mix

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A generous dusting of granulated garlic & a pinch or 2 of cayenne (more if your family likes things hot).

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8 oz of apricot preserves
(You could sub orange marmalade if you want it a little less sweet, but it’s not crazy sweet anyway…)

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Mix it up well & set aside.

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Fill a glass baking dish with chicken thighs & season liberally with salt & pepper. (I used about 10-11 boneless skinless chicken thighs). Then pour on the sauce & spread to cover the thighs evenly. Place into a preheated oven & cook for 60 min.

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When the timer goes off turn on the broiler to low for 8-10 min. This caramelizes the top just enough to make it awesome.

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And here we are! I served it with rice & salad the 1st night, peas the 2nd.
Leftovers heated up well too…this one was awesome!

Teens, the toddler, the hubby, & I all loved it & that is a rare occurrence!

Go love someone!
~Paige

What’s in the Fridge/Freezer Soup

Today was a cold one again! I don’t think that it got above 20 degrees! Clearly it’s a soup night!
Kinda perfect considering I have a leftover roasted chicken in my fridgerator with barely any meat on it (stock-ready, I call it). We’ll start there!

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For my Homemade Chicken Stock (sure to cure what ails you) your basic ingredients are:
Roasted organic chicken carcass
2 carrots, halved
2 ribs celery, halved
1 med-large onion (your favorite variety), quartered
1 bulb garlic, quartered
1-2 Tbsp whole peppercorns
2 whole bay leaves
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
A pinch of turmeric
1-2 tsp sea salt (depending on size of pot & how much water)
Splash of cooking sherry
(You can always add additional veggies if you have some that are close to turning as well. Peppers add wonderful flavor to stocks, as do cabbages. Root vegetables like beets do as well!)

If using a crockpot, put everything in, cover with water. Cook on high for 4 hours, then set on low for 3-6 hours.  
(My crockpot cooks hotter than most. I usually cook on high for 2-3, then overnight on warm.) 
If cooking on the stove, bring it to a boil, then allow to simmer for at least 2 hours. Remember that the longer it cooks the more of the goodness come out into the broth. You don’t want it to reduce though. Be prepared to add water to it if needs be, just bring it back up to boil, then back down to simmer again.

Once its finished cooking, pour the broth through a fine mesh strainer reserving the broth in a large bowl or another pot. Allow the juice to drip out of the vegetables & carcass for a few minutes before you toss it aside.

Onto the rest of the soup…
I know I’m making a poultry-based soup, as I don’t eat much red meat & I’m making fresh chicken stock. I really hadn’t planned for soup today until I looked outside!

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This is the view from the door! I do not feel like going to the store…I guess it’s time for “What’s in the Fridge/Freezer Soup”
When I look out in the freezer to grab the chicken, assuming that I’ll be grabbing breasts, thighs, or a combination of both I see these, which I bought at Costco last week

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Chicken Andouille Sausages! Its on! Now the decision is noodles, rice, or barley? The traditionalist in me says beans & rice of course, or maybe barley instead of rice…but I have a 2 year old…rice in soup=messy mess. And I have an autistic teen who is picky about veggies, but if they are all in a dish together, he’ll eat them, so they really need to be in the soup…
I decided our dinner:

“Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup”

While the stock was cooking I gathered my ingredients,

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Egg noodles (after the picture was taken I measured about 4 cups, dry, into a bowl to be cooked once the stock was finished. You should always add them precooked or they will end up too mushy),

2 C frozen peas (you could use fresh too),

2 C carrots (sliced),

1/2 – 2/3 C some fresh parsley (chopped or minced to your liking),

salt & pepper,

1 Lbs + package Chicken Andouille Sausage

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I defrosted & cut up the sausage (these are already cooked, if you haven’t tried them you really should. All natural, gluten free, super tastey!)

Once the stock has finished cooking & is straining, cook your pasta to al dente. Strain as well, reserving a little of the water just in case you need to add a little liquid to your pot.
Pour the stock back into the pot. Add the sausage, carrots, peas, & parsley.

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Then add the noodles bring to a low boil season to taste with salt & pepper. Cook until carrots are tender (about 20-30 min depending on how thick you sliced them).  If your stock is too concentrated or there is not enough liquid add hot water you reserved from your pasta.

Of course you can make anything for your “What’s in the Fridge Soup,” but this turned out pretty awesome, so I thought I’d share!

Have a wonderful night!

Honey Mustard Chicken

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This is one of our new favorite recipes in a pinch!

It is super quick, super easy, not too bad for us, & we always have all of the ingredients we need…here’s what you need:

6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (if you use thighs, throw a couple more in there!)                                                      1/2 C honey          1/2 C dijon or spicy brown mustard          1 tsp dried basil          1/2 tsp paprika          salt & pepper                          That’s it!!           I usually serve it with brown rice & steamed broccoli

Here’s the scoop:

Lightly salt & pepper both sides of (thawed, if frozen) chicken and put into glass baking dish(es).

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While oven is preheating, work on the sauce.

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measure the honey into a small mixing bowl. (Use local, organic honey when available. It can help with seasonal allergies, help support local family farms, help your carbon footprint, & it usually tastes better than the commercially processed stuff!)

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Add the mustard and stir it up good. It should be well blended so that you can’t see a separation between the honey and the mustard. If I were making this for just my husband & I (or my father), I would experiment with different spicy mustards, maybe even a horseradish mustard or a spicy stone ground (…wasabi mustard?). For the family, however I usually use either dijon or a standard spicy brown deli mustard. Its enough zip without being too much for any picky eaters. If you are someone who likes things a little sweeter you could add a touch more honey, if you like things a little less sweet you can add a touch more mustard, but you will want the whole cup of sauce for this quantity of chicken so that it doesn’t dry out. (It will also give you a little extra sauce when its done that you can drizzle on your rice.)

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Next, mix in the seasoning…again, make sure that they are mixed in thoroughly.

Now you can brush HALF of the mustard sauce onto the top of the chicken & put it in the oven for about 35 minutes. Reserve the second half of the sauce.

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After 35 minutes, turn each piece of chicken and brush the other side with the reserved sauce. Put back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.

Usually I start the rice cooker after I get the chicken in the oven. Then I start the broccoli steaming about halfway through the process. If you were cooking this during the summertime, a broccoli slaw or broccoli salad, or a fresh kale salad with cranberries & bleu cheese & nuts would be lovely!

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I have to apologize for the finished plate pic today…we were done eating when I realized that I didn’t take a finished pic so before I put leftovers away I put some pieces together on my plate…mwah mwah…

next time I make it, I will do it right & it will look pretty & the plate will look…not so…used…HA!

Happy Cookin’!

~paige