Mexican Pizzas

Chicken & Corn Mexican Pizza

Double-decker Taco Bell-inspired Mexican pizzas! Sitting pretty in between two crispy flour tortillas is your choice of a beef & bean or a chicken & corn filling with salsa acting as the sauce. On the top is more salsa, cheese and any toppings you like – the very same ones you would put on a taco – black olives, fresh tomato, red onion, avocado and sour cream.

I like to think these are more method than precise recipe. You can mix and match any fillings and toppings you like with success. … 

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Baked Poppy Seed Chicken

Baked Poppy Seed Chicken

Baked bites of tender chicken and chewy egg noodles in a creamy poppy seed sauce with a buttery bread crumb topping. Pure, unadulterated comfort food.

This is the perfect vehicle for using leftover or rotisserie chicken – I’ve included instructions for cooking the chicken too in case you don’t have any on hand.

The sauce is the center of attention. It’s lush and creamy with milk, sour cream, Parmesan cheese and oodles of poppy seeds. They can’t be avoided so don’t even try feeding this to a picky poppy seed hater. If there’s such a thing. What’s there to hate?

It may almost seem like you have too much sauce but it will thicken as it bakes and the poppy seeds will soak some of it up. If you have trouble finding poppy seeds look for the Bob’s Red Mill Brand, I’ve found them to be the most reasonably priced and you can store them in your refrigerator in a glass jar for a long time.

The poppy seeds add a ton of texture and when there’s this many in the mix, flavor too. I’m not exactly sure how to describe the flavor. Some say it’s kind of nutty but I don’t find them all that nutty. . . their flavor is subtle. . . and indescribable. I’m at a loss for words. . .

Guess you’ll just have to make this to see what I’m talking about.

Poppy Seed Chicken

Baked Poppy Seed Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 - 5 servings

Baked Poppy Seed Chicken

Baked bites of chicken and egg noodles in a creamy poppy seed sauce with a buttery bread crumb topping. Pure, unadulterated comfort food.

INGREDIENTS:

1 + 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast or about 3 cups cooked chicken, cut in bite-size pieces
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon dijon or yellow mustard
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 + 1/2 cups sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
1/4 cup poppy seeds (I like Bob's Red Mill )
8 ounces egg noodles
Topping:
2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. If starting with cooked chicken skip this step and go right to step 2! Cut the chicken into large bite-sized pieces and season well with salt and pepper. Heat enough oil to generously cover the bottom of a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning to brown on all sides. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat, whisk in the flour and cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Slowly whisk in the milk and mustard. Turn heat up and bring to a simmer, cook 3 - 4 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Turn off the heat, whisk in the parmesan and let it cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile cook the egg noodles in plenty of salted water to al dente. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease a 9 x 13 or similar sized casserole with butter.
  5. Add the sour cream to a small bowl and whisk in a few tablespoons of the warm sauce, one at a time to temper it. Whisk the sour cream into the sauce, then stir in the parsley, poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon coarse salt and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  6. Once the noodles are cooked, drain and add them back to the saucepan with the chicken and the sauce. Mix well and pour into the buttered casserole dish.
  7. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over top then dot with the butter. Bake for 25 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Notes:

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/baked-poppy-seed-chicken/

Creamy Artichoke, Spinach and Chicken Soup

Creamy Artichoke, Spinach and Chicken Soup

A rich and creamy soup with artichokes, spinach, chicken and pasta inspired by the famous warm artichoke spinach dip that everyone loves.

Pureed artichokes make it thick and creamy without using any real cream and in turn permeate every single bite with their rich flavor. To turn it into a more filling main dish I added tender pieces of chicken and chewy bites of pasta along with fresh baby spinach, roasted red peppers, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings.

In case you didn’t know by now I absolutely adore soup. Not only to eat but I love cooking it too. The way the house fills with enticing aromas, the chopping and dicing, tasting and seasoning, the stirring of the pot. Some day I hope I can take any dish and turn it into a soup.

Right now, I’m having a slight major problem.

Well, really, it’s my cameras problem. He – she? It. Hates soup. It gets itself all twisted up in a tizzy and can’t take a good picture to save its life when a bowl of soup is in sight. That’s a total issue when you’re livelihood depends on your pictures.

These don’t relay how truly appetizing and delicious this actually is. The real in-your-face soup looks way better than this. I promise. I maybe should have checked the pictures first – before devouring the soup. . .Sometimes I’m just not that smart of a food blogger and hunger overrules. Especially when it comes to soup.

I get into a tizzy myself when I’m around it because all I want to do is eat it. Immediately. Without delay.

I have zero willpower.

Artichoke Spinach and Chicken Soup

Creamy Artichoke, Spinach and Chicken Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Artichoke, Spinach and Chicken Soup

A rich and creamy soup with artichokes, spinach, chicken and pasta inspired by the famous warm artichoke spinach dip that everyone loves.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 jarred roasted red pepper, diced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed between fingers
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite-sized pieces
16 ounces frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
2 cans (14 ounce) chicken broth
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
4 cups fresh baby spinach, stems removed
6 ounces tubettini pasta or other small pasta

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot or heavy duty saucepan over medium heat and add the onion, garlic, red peppers, season with salt and pepper and Italian seasoning. Cook, stirring often until tender about ten minutes.
  2. Turn the heat up to medium and add the chicken, season well with salt and pepper, cook turning to brown on all sides.
  3. Meanwhile puree the artichokes with about 1/2 cup of water (or more if needed) in a blender or food processor until mostly smooth. Add to the pot with the broth, parsley and red pepper flakes.
  4. Bring to a simmer and cook 25 minutes. Taste halfway through and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  5. After about 25 minutes stir in the Parmesan and spinach. Cook 5 - 10 more minutes.
  6. Meanwhile cook the pasta separately. Drain and toss with a pat of butter or a drizzle of oil to prevent sticking.
  7. To serve - add a few spoons of pasta to a bowl and spoon the soup over it, garnish with Parmesan.

Notes:

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/creamy-artichoke-spinach-and-chicken-soup/

Chinese Cashew Chicken

Chinese Cashew Chicken

Pan-fried chicken, snow peas and cashews in a ginger-garlic sauce served over rice noodles.

I wouldn’t touch Chinese food, not even with a ten foot pole until I was in my early twenties. Even then it was a slow progression that started with fried rice. It was safe to eat because the picky eater in me could see and recognize everything in it and easily pick out anything I didn’t like.

You might say it was my gateway to Chinese food.

I would happily eat my fried rice declaring out loud for the world to hear that I liked Chinese food now. Soon after, a now forgotten boyfriend introduced me to lemon chicken and those deep-fried delights called crab rangoons followed by wonton soup and dumplings.

The greatest discoveries of all time I made on my own. . .Singapore noodles and pad Thai. I love you like there’s no tomorrow. {Technically these may not truly be “Chinese” but my favorite Chinese restaurant makes them. . .}.

Chicken with Cashews

In the same way it took me a while to come around to eating Chinese food it’s been the same with making it. I’m slowly building up a collection of trusted recipes. I can make sesame chicken {and sesame tofu} by heart and whip up a bowl of sesame peanut noodles with my eyes closed.

Cashew chicken is my latest acquisition. Seriously – so easy you can make this in the same amount of time it takes to order and pick up take-out. The chicken is briefly marinated in ginger and sherry {or white wine} while you prep the other ingredients. You can get the rice or noodles cooking, toast your cashews and whisk together one of the quickest, tastiest sauces on earth – chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, brown sugar and red pepper flakes that are totally optional but highly recommended for adding a zingy kick.

You cook the chicken first in a small amount of oil followed by the snow peas then they’re joined together with the sauce and less than five minutes later the entire shebang is on the table. Homemade Chinese food is served.

And I like it.

Cashew Chicken with Snowpeas

Chinese Cashew Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 - 5 servings

Chinese Cashew Chicken

Pan-fried chicken, snow peas and cashews in a ginger-garlic sauce served over rice noodles.

INGREDIENTS:

1 + 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons dry sherry or white wine
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced or grated on a micro-plane
3 + 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
coarse salt & fresh black pepper
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more), optional
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
4 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup unsalted cashews, toasted
2 big handfuls of fresh snow peas, cut in half or thinly sliced {I like them whole}
cooked rice noodles, brown or white rice, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add the chicken to a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the sherry, ginger and 1 + 1/2 teaspoons of the cornstarch, toss and coat the chicken well. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk the broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, red pepper flakes and remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch together. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat in a wok or large, non-stick skillet. Add half the chicken and cook, turning to brown on all sides, until chicken is cooked through. Remove to plate. Add another tablespoon oil to skillet and cook remaining chicken. Remove to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan with the garlic, cashews and snow peas. Stir often, cooking the snow peas to your desired tenderness.
  5. Whisk the sauce and pour into the skillet. Add the chicken and toss, cook until the sauce thickens. stirring often 2 - 3 minutes. Serve over rice.

Notes:

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/chinese-cashew-chicken/

Lemon Garlic Chicken and Rice

Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice

Skillet chicken with a lemon-infused garlic broth accented by fresh oregano. It’s perfect served with rice to help sop up the fragrant juices.

This comes together in a snap. Onion and whole garlic cloves are sautéed before chicken cutlets, chicken broth and an entire lemon is thrown into the mix. A 12-minute simmer and dinner is served…. 

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Chicken, Bacon and Corn Salad w/ Honey Lime Vinaigrette


Chicken Corn and Bacon Salad

Tender rotisserie chicken comes together with bacon, avocado, grilled corn and romaine lettuce in a honey lime vinaigrette to make this bright and tasty salad. This makes a great main dish that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out on anything because you’re eating a ‘salad’ for dinner. … 

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