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Crock Pot Italian Chicken

Crock pot Italian chicken turned out so flavorful.  Thanks to Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Italian Chicken  I had a quick meal on a busy day.  Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the meat but I quickly put it in the crock pot and left the house.

When I returned home, I simple pulled the chicken out and shredded it then returned it to the pot.  I then gave my family the option of having it as a sandwich, quesadilla, or atop a salad.  We all tried it a different way.  I ate it on a salad for three days in a row it was so good.  This was not to spicy for the kids because there are no seeds left in the peppers.

I am still searching for a substitute for an Italian seasoning package.  I hate to use those packets of seasoning.  They do taste so good and are quick.  Need a healthier option will keep you posted.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken:

  • 2 lbs. of chicken, mixture of breasts and boneless skinless thighs works great
  • 1 package of italian seasoning/dressing mixture
  • up to a 12 oz. jar of mild pepper rings or seed and slice whole ones, plus 2-4 Tbs of juice from jar

Place chicken in slow cooker.

Sprinkle with seasoning and top with peppers.  Add a bit of juice from the pepper jar.

Turn the crock pot to low and cook on low for about 8 hours.  Around hour 7 you can remove the chicken shred and return to the pot.


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One Dish Italian Chicken and Sides

Five ingredient one dish meal!

Five ingredient one dish meal!

After a friend shared the recipe Green Beans, Chicken & Potatoes – Julie’s Eats & Treats, she raved on and on about how easy and great it was.  I immediately made it and let me tell  you she was right.  I don’t think dinner can get easier or more family friendly than this recipe.

This meal was a one dish Italian flavored chicken and sides dish.  No need for anything else besides maybe some dinner rolls if you have them around.  Moist flavorful chicken, tender potatoes, and perfectly cooked green beans.  Both kids loved this meal and ate seconds and leftovers the next day.  Not to mention my 5-year-old decided she did like green beans.

The only thing I would do differently and I will keep you all posted is to create my own Italian seasoning mix.  I am not a fan of packaged seasoning mixture because they are usually full of salt and junk.  Ranch dressing I have down but I don’t normally cook a lot with Italian seasoning so I will have to experiment.  If you try this with a homemade seasoning mix before I update let me know.

Italian Chicken and SidesOne Dish Italian Chicken and Sides:

  • 2-3 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3-5 medium/large red or new potatoes, cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut in small cubes or slices
  • 1 package of Italian seasoning/dressing mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9×13″ pan line up green beans on one side lengthwise and potatoes on the other.

Place the chicken in the center row.

Arrange the butter cubes evenly over everything and then sprinkle all with the Italian seasoning.

Tightly cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Carefully remove foil (it is so so hot) and serve.
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Zucchini Fries

I made these zucchini fries multiple times and I love them.  As I kids I often ate fried zucchini.  Fried zucchini was similar but used crackers as breading and the rounds were fried in oil.  This figure friendly version is just as good.  Plus all the zucchini fries are done cooking at once.  Much easier for the cook how never gets to eat because they are cooking the  dinner.

We served the fries with ketchup or homemade healthier ranch dressing to dip.

Zucchini Fries

Zucchini Fries:

  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into fry size pieces
  • 2-3 Tbs flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

First place sliced zucchini in a large colander in the sink and sprinkle with 1-2 Tbs salt.  Allow to sweat out any moisture for at least 30 minutes.  Rinse clean and pat dry.

Zucchini Fries

 

Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl (large enough for each piece of zucchini to fit down into) beat eggs with about 1 Tbs water.

In a pie pan combine bread crumbs, cheese, and seasoning mix until combined.

Sprinkle towel dried zucchini sticks with 1-2 Tbs flour, this will help the coating stick to the zucchini.

Zucchini Fries

 

Dip 2-3 sticks at a time into egg and then into bread crumbs.  One hand is wet for the egg dipping and the other hand is dry to dip into the bread crumb mixture.

Continue dipping each stick and place them on the prepared sheet pan until you are finished.

Lightly spray the fries with a bit of grapeseed or olive oil.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through. Enjoy!

Lazy Day Casserole

Lazy Day CasseroleThanks to my misreading of this recipe title it has forever been renamed in my mind.  Via pinterest I found the recipe for Lazy Sunday Casserole from Kayotic Kitchen.  My sister made it before I could and told me it turned out amazing.  I bumped it up on my dinner list and away we went.  I knew it was going to make a large quantity, after adding a few extra potatoes.  I ended up with a 10 x 15″ glass baking dish full of goodness.

I made a quick phone call to my grandma and asked if they wanted us to bring dinner to them.  We ended up feeding five adults and two small children, just about licking the dish clean.  My grandpa whose appetite is usually small, went back for thirds.  No one besides me had eaten fennel bulb before but the only complaints came from Mr.Picky, shocking I know.

I did adapt the recipe slightly,  I used Yukon gold potatoes and did not peel my potatoes.  Also I think I would add a parsnip or two, sliced to the size of my carrots.

Lazy Day Casserole:

  • 4 raw sausages, I used italian brats
  • About 1 pound of new or Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 pound carrot, peel and medallion or use baby carrots
  • 1-2 parsnips, peel and medallion
  • 1/2-1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound fennel bulb, stems removed and cut into wedges
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • fresh pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 Tbs balsamic vinegar

Cut potatoes, fennel, and onions into wedges.  Pepper into thin strips, carrots and parsnips into medallions.  Place in a roasting pan.

Combine oil, herbs, broth, and garlic.  Pour over vegetables and toss around a bit to coat.

Season with fresh ground pepper and salt, cover with foil tightly.

Bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes.

While vegetables are baking, brown sausages on all side but do not cook through.  Slice each sausage in half and set aside.

Remove foil from vegetables and place sausages over the vegetables, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

Return to oven uncovered for 25-30 minutes.  Serve nice and hot!

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