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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Baked Chicken Scampi with Potatoes and Zucchini

Baked Chicken Scampi with Potatoes

A summer comfort meal with baked chicken, potatoes and zucchini in a buttery, lemony garlic sauce that is so delicious you might be tempted to drink it. But don’t because the sauce is what brings it all together.

The chicken and vegetables are baked in one pan with a little chicken broth, butter, garlic and lemon zest. The vegetables, especially the zucchini, soak up all those flavors and the chicken comes out tender and juicy…. 

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Thai Noodle Salad with Grilled Chicken

Thai Noodle Salad with Grilled Chicken

Noodles tossed with a colorful mix of sautéed veggies including fresh corn off the cob, sugar snap peas, roasted red peppers and carrots.

They get all dressed up in a spicy coconut milk and lime dressing. You can eat it as is or top with grilled chicken or even shrimp for a fresh and delicious lunch or dinner. … 

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Chili

Crockpot chicken chili is the perfect meal for these long, hot summer days!

It’s a great feeling having everything tucked away into the crock pot early so it can work its magic while you go about your day. Dinner is taken care of, no worries, without slaving over a hot stove.

This version uses boneless chicken breasts, onion, red pepper, garlic, pinto beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles and chicken broth with chili powder, cumin, oregano and smoked paprika for seasonings. It isn’t one of those super thick versions but it isn’t like soup either, it’s somewhere in between the two. If you like it thick leave out the broth and double the tomatoes…. 

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