Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Okay, I faltered here.  I haven’t been making anything new, so you haven’t gotten posts.  Now, I made something new, and we ate it so fast, that you aren’t getting photos.  That’s life!

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Good bread (I used my favorite homemade french bread)
  • 4 uncooked chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • Buffalo wing sauce (We used Sweet Baby Ray’s Wing Sauce! SO. GOOD.)
  • Blue cheese dressing (or actual blue cheese – mine was bad!)
  • Lettuce, tomato, etc

Directions:

  • Marinate the chicken breasts in about 1/2 bottle of wing sauce for 3+ hours.  Massage the bag so the chicken gets nice and saucy!
  • On a grill or a cast iron stovetop grill or pan, grill the chicken until the cooked through and the juices run clear.  You’ll want to baste/brush on the remaining sauce because it is delicious and gets even better when cooking ON the chicken.
  • You can toast your favorite bread or rolls and serve the chicken with blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, or whatever you like!

Easy and delicious!  I’m eating this left over tonight, with Pioneer Woman’s baked macaroni and cheese.  So good!

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I’ve been meaning to post this for ages!  Mike and I made this a while ago with some awesome chicken sausage and some great jersey tomatoes.  Sometimes we just like to chop and cook together while we dance to music and get a fast, delicious dinner together.  This one is pretty healthy, too (we think)!

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Sausage & Jersey Tomato Skillet DInner

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil (we used meyer lemon flavored oil from a great boutique here in New Jersey)
  • 2 tbsp garlic (we used minced in the jar)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 package chicken sausage, sliced
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • artichoke hearts (optional – marinated and in jar)
  • diced jalapeno (optional)

Directions:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet until warm.  Add garlic, stir, and let the garlic become more fragrant.  Add onions and cook until the onions start to become tender.
  • Add pepper and carrot.  Cook until the veggies become more tender (or to your liking).  They will still cook more!
  • Keep cooking everything on medium/low heat.  Add in sausage, lemon juice, tomatoes, and seasonings.  You can add in the jalapeno at this time at well. Mix everything in well and let it cook until the tomatoes start to break down and the chicken sausage is heated thoroughly.
  • Add the artichoke hearts (if using) to the skillet and heat with the rest of the dish.  Be careful – some of the hearts might be bitter!
  • Serve piping hot over delicious pasta – we used cavatappi!

 

Here is our finished dish!  You can sub soo many things in this dish.  You could make it more saucey, if you like, and add tomato paste or plain sauce.  You could add butter and get really naughty 😉  You could switch up the veggies.. or add cheese!  We  love topping ours with parmesan and /or mozzarella!  Ohhhh yes.  Enjoy!

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I had a desire to make some kind of chicken nugget or tender for dinner tonight – and as I puttered around our beautiful kitchen I decided that bread crumbs sounded so BORING.  Then I thought to how I love using corn flakes to bread chicken – but that sounded boring too and I didn’t have any anyway!  Low and behold, a lovely unopened box of Honey Nut Chex graced my spinning pantry cabinet :)  It was perfect!  And made me think of one thing and one thing only: Planet Hollywood Captain Crunch Chicken.

I’m not even sure if Planet Hollywood is in business or makes that.  But I always ordered it when we went into the city for class trips in middle/high school.  Mmmmm.  This was a great plan!!  I found a recipe to adapt from and off I went!

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One of my favorite perks about our new kitchen is the fact that we have room to stock pile ingredients.  We also have a giant chest freezer in our basement, so keeping things in stock like meat and cheese is really easy!  This lets us make recipes at the drop of a hat and is something I really like.  There is something to be said about having a meal plan – but it is also really great to be able to stray from that and make a variety of dishes without having to worry about if you have the ingredients.

So, I bring you our spur of the moment Cheddar Broccoli Chicken Casserole!

Cheddar Broccoli Chicken Casserole @ HappyWifey.netMmmmmmm.

Cheddar Broccoli Chicken Casserole @ HappyWifey.net

Ingredients

  • Fresh broccoli crowns
  • 1 pound (or less) boneless chicken, uncooked
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • heavy cream (I think light would work, or milk!)
  • cheddar cheese (or whatever you’d like to use!)
  • spices (pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano)
  • crushed ritz crackers (we used about 1/2 a sleeve)

Directions

  • This one is super easy, folks!  Steam your broccoli, but don’t let it cook all the way.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt your cream cheese with some heavy cream.  Add a little bit and add more as the cheese melts to thin out your sauce.  If you want it thinner, add more cream or milk.
  • Add in the cheddar or other cheeses and keep stirring.  You want to keep the cheese sauce on low so you don’t burn your pan.
  • Spice the sauce with what you like, we think the oregano gives some punch!
  • While the sauce is combining, cut your chicken into bite sized pieces.  Throw them and your broccoli into a casserole dish.
  • When the sauce is to your liking, add it to the casserole and mix to combine.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until you can see that the chicken is mostly done.
  • Add additional cheddar cheese to the top if you like and top the casserole with ritz cracker pieces/crumbs.  Cook until the chicken is totally cooked and the top is golden brown!

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

I am definitely NOT the chicken cook of the house.  My husband makes some killer chicken dishes.  I am great at baking food – but when you talk about oil and a skillet, somehow my chicken ALWAYS burns or comes out bad.  THIS chicken, however, is full proof!

Sweet and Sour Chicken @ HappyWifey.netI’ve decided that I can handle frying this chicken because the pieces are small, and because you don’t fry it all the way!  This chicken is browned in the skillet and then covered with a tasty sauce and baked til completion.

My chicken recipes don’t always make it into dinner rotation – but this one is a win!  Find the recipe at this website. I’m so happy I stumbled across it!

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