Parmesan Pasta With Chicken and Rosemary

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Ingredients

12
ounces
orecchiette (about 3 cups)
1
2- to 2 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken
2
tablespoons
chopped fresh rosemary
3/4
cup
grated Parmesan (3 ounces)
kosher salt and black pepper

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 ¼ cups of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, using a fork or your fingers, shred the chicken, discarding the skin and bones.
  3. Toss the pasta with the chicken, rosemary, reserved pasta water, ½ cup of the Parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Cook, stirring, over medium-low heat, until the sauce has thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup of Parmesan.
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Parmesan Pasta With Chicken and Rosemary

Crisp Orange-Chicken Spring Rolls

Let me preface this with: Martha Stewart recipes SUCK. I was too far into this one before I realized I’d picked out one of hers. Every time I make something of hers it comes out weird. The only way to salvage this one is to fry these in oil. Do Not Broil them. Who ever heard of broiled spring rolls?

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Ingredients

  • 1 small fresh red chili pepper minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 pound skinless chicken breast sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large apple peeled, cored, and cut into thin strips
  • 4 green onions green part only, cut into short, thin slivers
  • 1 small red bell pepper seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 12 8-inch round dried rice-paper wrappers
  • 1 head Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves separated and washed

Directions

  1. Combine chili pepper, garlic, giner, win, orange juice, and soy sauce in a medium bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and marinate for 15 minutes. Drain excess liquid.

  2. In a small pan, heat canola oil and saute chicken until light brown outside and no longer pink inside, about 2 minutes. Combine apple, green onions, bell pepper, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Mix in cooked chicken.

  3. Fill a medium bowl with warm water. Dip one of the wrappers in the water for 15 seconds, or until softened. Carefully transfer it to a dry work surface.

  4. Arrange 2 to 3 tablespoons of the filling in an even horizontal mound just below the center of the wrapper. Roll up the rice paper to form a tight cylinder, folding in the sides about halfway. Assemble the remaining spring rolls the same way.

  5. Coat the large baking sheet with cooking oil. Arrange spring rolls in a single layer, leaving a little space between them. Brush rolls with oil. Broil the rolls until lightly browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes; check frequently to avoid burning. Use a spatula to turn the rolls over and continue to broil another 8 to 10 minutes. Serve each roll wrapped in lettuce leaf, with Sweet and Sour Chili Sauce.

Crisp Orange-Chicken Spring Rolls

Chicken Caprese

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  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to uniform thickness
  • 1/2 cup good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup lightly-packed fresh basil, torn

Directions:

To Make The Chicken:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. (You will know that it is ready when the oil is shimmering, or it sizzles when you place a drop of water in the oil.) Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is fully cooked and the juices run clear. Remove chicken and set aside.

To Make The Balsamic Reduction:

Heat balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes until reduced by half. Remove and set aside.

To Assemble The Dish:

Plate the chicken, then top with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Serve warm.

Chicken Caprese

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Nachos

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Ingredients

For the Crispy Chicken
    • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 cup Panko-style bread crumbs
    • 2 tsp paprika
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp pepper
    • 6 Tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
For the Buffalo Sauce
    • ½ cup hot sauce
    • 2 Tbsp corn starch
    • 1 Tbsp brown mustard
    • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
    • 1 ½ Tbsp white vinegar
    • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • pinch garlic powder
For the Nachos
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 stalk celery, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup ranch dressing

Instructions

For the Crispy Chicken
    1. Cut chicken into strips about ½” x 1 ½”. Rinse chicken with cold water and then pat dry with paper towels. (Tip: Make sure the chicken strips are approximately the same size. This will ensure that they cook in the same amount of time.)
    2. In a medium bowl, combine the bread crumbs, paprika, salt and pepper. Toss the chicken strips in this mixture until well coated.
    3. Pour the melted butter into a shallow baking dish, and then place the coated chicken strips into dish.
    4. Bake at 400°F for 35 minutes, or until fully cooked.
For the Buffalo Sauce
    1. Using a small saucepan, whisk together the hot sauce, corn starch and brown mustard. Add the remaining ingredients (butter, vinegar, Worchestershire sauce and garlic power). Heat until butter has melted and sauce just begins to simmer. Whisk together until well combined and then remove from heat.
    2. In a medium bowl, toss baked chicken with the buffalo sauce until well coated.
For the Nachos
  1. Place the tortilla chips on a large oven-safe platter and sprinkle the shredded cheese around the top of the chips. Place platter under a broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese has just melted.
  2. Remove platter from the oven and top with the baked Buffalo chicken, sliced celery, crumbled blue cheese and green onions. Finally, drizzle top of nachos with ranch dressing and remaining Buffalo Sauce (optional) before serving.
Buffalo Chicken Ranch Nachos

Chicken Tetrazinni

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Ingredients:

  • 16 oz thin spaghetti, cooked (or any of your favorite noodles)
  • ½ cup butter (plus more for buttering pan)
  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked, diced
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup dry white wine (I use Beringer, but you can also use cooking wine)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Combine 1/2 cup butter, cooked chicken, soup, sour cream, salt, pepper and white wine. Add cooked noodles. Pour into a buttered 13×9. Sprinkle both cheeses on top. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 45 minutes, covered with foil. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes. May be made in advance and refrigerated (before cooking). However, add time if that is the case to heat thoroughly! Enjoy!
Chicken Tetrazinni

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breast
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. Monterrey Jack Cheese
  • 1/3 c. jalapeno peppers, diced and deseeded (about 3 small jalapeno peppers)
  • 1 c. flour
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 c. plain bread crumbs
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • butcher twine or toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
  2. Make a slit in the middle of each of the chicken breast, about an inch long. You don’t want to make the slit too long where it will split the chicken breast. just long enough to make a pocket in the middle of the breast. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, use a wooden spoon and stir the cream cheese until creamy and smooth. Add the Monterrey Jack cheese and diced jalapeno peppers and stir until well combined.
  4. With your hands, take a generous amount of the cheese mixture and stuff it inside of each chicken breast. You don’t want to over stuff the chicken to the point where you can’t close the chicken breasts but get as much cheese mixture inside as much as you can.
  5. Now that the chicken breasts are stuffed, use two pieces of butchers twine to wrap around the chicken breast to secure the cheese mixture. Double tie the twine, make a knot, and cut off the loose pieces of twine. If you do not have butchers twine, use a couple toothpicks to stick through the open part of the chicken breast to secure the cheese mixture.
  6. In separate plates, lay out the flour and bread crumbs. Place the whisked eggs in a shallow bowl or plate. Take each chicken breast and coat with the flour first, the egg, and then the bread crumbs. Make sure that each chicken breast is evenly coated with each addition.
  7. Once coated, place a large saute pan on the stove with medium high heat, drizzle the pan with the olive oil, and once the oil is ready saute each chicken breast for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. Place inside the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes and allow to cool before serving.
Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana

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Ingredients:

  • 8 thin chicken cutlets, 3 oz each
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 6 tablespoons egg whites or egg beaters
  • 5 oz frozen spinach, squeezed dry of any liquid
  • 6 tbsp part skim ricotta cheese
  • 6 oz part skim mozzarella (I used Polly-O)
  • olive oil non-stick spray (I use my Misto)
  • 1 cup pomodoro sauce or your favorite marinara sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Wash and dry cutlets, season with salt and pepper.  Preheat oven to 450°. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.

Combine breadcrumbs and 2 tbsp grated cheese in one bowl and 1/4 cup egg beaters or egg whites in another.

Shred or finely chop 1.5 oz of mozzarella cheese and combine with remaining grated cheese, spinach (make sure you squeeze it dry), 2 tbsp egg beaters, and ricotta cheese.

Lay chicken cutlets down on a working surface and spread 2 tbsp of spinach-cheese mixture on each cutlet. Loosely roll each one and keep seam side down.

Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in breadcrumbs and place seam side down in a baking dish (no toothpicks needed). Repeat with the remaining chicken. When finished, lightly spray with olive oil.

Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with sauce then cheese.

Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3 more minutes. Serve with additional sauce on the side and grated cheese.

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana