Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Stacks

Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada Stacks

Just call this the lazy girl’s way of getting enchiladas in her mouth! Using the crockpot and layering instead of rolling made these the easiest enchiladas I ever made.

The stack is four layers deep topped with lots of cheese and a dollop of sour cream for serving. The edges of the tortillas get all nice and crispy and everything melds together into a hot, delicious mess…. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

I hear all this talk about Chipotle burrito bowls and I feel left out and sad. There’s no Chipotle restaurants nearby and while I’m at it there’s no Whole Foods either. That makes me a lot sad.

But these aren’t Chipotle copycats. These are “the kitchn” copycats. I really didn’t know where to start in making a burrito bowl because a burrito can be filled with just about anything and they’re not one of my go-to meals. I needed some guidance.… 

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Creamy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Soup

Creamy soup overflowing with tender bites of chicken, fresh broccoli florets, white rice, cheddar and parmesan. It gets its creaminess from milk rather than heavy cream and doesn’t have a ton of cheese in it, just enough to add a touch of richness and flavor.

Broccoli au gratin Rice A Roni was one of my favorite foods growing up so it’s no surprise I come back to the broccoli-cheese-rice combination often. It’s a little boring but at the same time super comforting and most everyone likes it…. 

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Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Has this ever happened to you? You’re starving and heading to the kitchen but then someone says “Hey! Let’s go out and eat!”. By the time you get ready, drive to the diner where you’re eating, yada, yada, yada. . . it’s hours later and you’re so hungry you could eat your cloth napkin?

So when the food finally arrives it tastes like the most delicious thing in the entire world, like the best salad you ever ate in your life and there’s no other one anywhere that could ever compare? When really there’s probably thousands of similar salads available at any given time but you’re so ravenously hungry your taste buds can’t think rationally.

This is that salad. I can’t forget it. When I was craving one again I made it myself instead of tempting fate. … 

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Zesty Lime Chicken with Caprese Couscous

Chicken cutlets are marinated in a zesty lime vinaigrette and served with a caprese couscous in this quick and easy dinner recipe.

Did you know Kraft vinaigrette dressings can be used as marinades? It’s an easy, hands-off way to inject flavor into your meals. It also helps tenderize the chicken and make it juicy.

This recipe calls for Kraft Zesty Lime Vinaigrette Dressing but you can also use the Zesty Italian or the regular Italian flavor. The longer you marinate the chicken, the better! An hour is good but all day is better.

You can stick frozen chicken in it too, the night before or the morning of and let it defrost slowly in your refrigerator. Since the cutlets are thin that should be enough time to thaw them out…. 

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Pomodoro Chicken with Garlic Spaghetti

Pomodoro Chicken with Garlic Spaghetti

Italian-inspired pomodoro chicken with pan-seared chicken cutlets smothered in a creamy white wine sauce bursting with fresh, juicy tomatoes. It’s served alongside spaghetti infused with a ton of garlic, Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, olive oil, parsley and lemon.

The lemon doesn’t make it tart or tangy, it’s light and helps brighten up all the other flavors. It’s the garlic that’s in-your-face. The star of the spaghetti show.

The sauce is made in the same pan you cook the chicken and comes together in just a few minutes. It’s made with white wine, chicken broth and half & half plus chopped fresh tomatoes and green scallions for serving.

{For an alcohol-free version substitute more broth for the wine and add a tablespoon of lemon at the very end.}… 

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Peruvian Roasted Chicken

Peruvian Roasted Chicken

To make this Peruvian chicken, a whole chicken is rubbed all over with a thick, spicy garlic paste and baked with thick-cut sweet peppers, onions and ears of corn.

The paste is made of oil and vinegar, lots of sweet paprika, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper plus five big fat cloves of minced garlic.

The paste forms a crusty, super flavorful coating over the chicken skin that is so outrageously delicious it will make you call home. It puts the lickin’ in finger lickin’ good.

I know it looks burnt but it doesn’t taste that way! … 

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Buffalo Chicken and Black Bean Crispy Tacos

Buffalo Chicken and Black Bean Crispy Tacos

Slow cooker buffalo chicken is smothered in the easiest homemade hot sauce and tucked into corn tortillas with black beans and cheddar cheese then pan-fried to crunchy, golden hotness.

Otherwise known as the life-changing taco.

Yes, that’s a drastic statement but I don’t know how I’ll ever look at any other taco the same way again.

It’s not just the hot and spicy filling but mostly it’s the method of cooking them with the filling instead of stuffing them after…. 

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