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Sticky Chicken Tenders

After coming acoss Perfect chicken tenders recipe | DearCrissy.com they looked so good I needed to try them.  Love any new chicken dish I can get my hands on.  The family loved these and they could accompany many side dishes.  I miss read the directions and over cooked the chicken slightly but will fix that next time. The flavor was wonderful though.

Sticky Chicken TendersSticky Chicken Tender:

  • 1 lb. chicken breast, sliced into chicken tenders
  • 1 cup italian dressing, your favorite
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 tsp honey

Place all ingredients but chicken in a plastic bag, smash-up in bag to mix liquid.  Add in the chicken and place in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour.

Add liquid and chicken to a skillet over medium heat.  Continue to cook until sauce is reduced and brown, about 30 minutes.  Make sure they do not burn and stir often.  Toss the chicken in any remaining glaze before serving.

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Antipasto Pasta Salad with a Zesty Dressing

Antipasto Pasta Salad

My grandmother passed me a container of some of the best dressed pasta salad I had eaten in a long time.  She had gotten the recipe out of a magazine.  I will make the salad dressing from now on as a zesty Italian dressing.  The salad can contain any or all of the following ingredients.  What vegetables your family will eat will work and just leave the meat out to make it vegetarian.

Antipasto Pasta Salad with a Zesty Dressing:

  • 1 pound pasta, cooked
  • green peppers
  • tomatoes
  • garbanzo beans
  • salami, chopped or cubed
  • pepperoni, mini or chopped
  • cheese (provolone, cheddar, mozzarella,or Monterey jack),cubed or shredded
  • olives
  • artichoke hearts
  • broccoli,blanched
  • zucchini
  • cucumbers
  • grapes
  • avocado

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

 

Combine any combination of salad ingredients in a large bowl.  Chopping all vegetables to bite size pieces or smaller.

In a jar whisk together all dressing ingredients but olive oil.  Once sugar is dissolved slowly whisk in olive oil.  Place lid on jar and give it a good shake.

Top salad with 1/2 of dressing and add more as needed.

Easy Alfredo with Italian Grilled Chicken

Mr.Picky had an idea for dinner, he kept it secret and started creating.  This is the recipe he used, which I believe he got off of Allrecipes.com.  This recipe is a classic food that Mr.Picky loves.  We are garlic lovers in our house, so the only thing we would change is add a few cloves of fresh crushed garlic to the melted butter.

Easy Alfredo with Italian Grilled Chicken

Easy Alfredo with Italian Grilled Chicken:

Chicken:

  • 2 or more chicken breast
  • A bottle of Italian Dressing (your favorite, he used a Roasted Red Pepper Dressing)

Easy Alfredo:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 oz. parmesan or romano cheese
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 – 3/4 lb. of pasta, we used penne.  Cook as directed or until desired tenderness. Reserve about a 1/4 cup of starchy cooking water to incorporate into pasta and sauce.

Marinate your chicken breasts in the dressing for at least 3 hours.

Grill chicken on low, until breasts reach 170 degrees internally. Remove from heat, place on a cutting board cover with foil to rest while you finish your meal.  Sauce takes only a few minutes, but would start about boiling noodles half way though the chicken cooking.

Once chicken is resting and noodles are almost done or draining, start your sauce.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan, on medium heat.

Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stir with a whisk until smooth.

Add milk, pepper, and thyme.  Whisk until smooth.  Add cheese, and remove from heat stirring until cheese is melted.

Toss together sauce, pasta, and reserved cooking water.  Slice of cube grilled chicken and serve on top or mix in.

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