Easy Chicken and Dumplings

With a few store-bought ingredients, this family favorite is not only quick but also tasty.  Recipe serves 6.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (32-ounce) box chicken broth
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 (10.2 ounce) can refrigerated jumbo buttermilk biscuits
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery ribs, diced

What you’ll do:

  • In a Dutch oven, bring the chicken broth, rotisserie chicken, chicken soup and poultry season to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high; return to a low boil.
  • Place the biscuits on a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll or pat each biscuit into an 1/8-inch thickness.
  • Cut into 1/2-inch strips.
  • Drop the strips, 1 at a time, into the boiling broth mixture.
  • Add the carrots and celery.
  • Cover, reduce the heat to low, simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the dumplings from sticking.

Recipe and image from Southern Living.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!

Advertisements

Pecan-Crusted Chicken and Tortellini with Herbed Butter Sauce

Nutty and buttery, this is your new solution to getting dinner on the table in 30 minutes.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
  • 4 (4-ounce) chicken breast cutlets
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

What you’ll do:

  • Prepare tortellini according to package directions.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Place pecans in a shallow bowl.
  • Place the egg in a second bowl.
  • Dip the chicken in the egg mixture, allowing excess to drip off.
  • Dredge the chicken in the pecans, pressing to coat.
  • Cook the chicken in 1 tablespoon hot oil over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or until done.
  • Remove from skillet and wipe the skillet clean.
  • Melt the butter in the skillet.
  • Add the garlic and saute 5-7 minutes.
  • Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the basil and the parsley along with the cooked tortellini.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Serve with the chicken.

Recipe and image from Southern Living.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!

Chicken Wraps with Mango-Chutney

Perfect for lunch or dinner, this sweet and spicy wrap will be a new favorite.  Recipe makes 4 wraps.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat or 2%)
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney
  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1 (8.8 ounce) package naan bread
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens

What you’ll do:

  • Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.
  • Pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small skillet.
  • Cut each in half crosswise.
  • Combine the curry powder, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Sprinkle the curry mixture over both sides of the chicken.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the oil and swirl to coat.
  • Add the chicken to the pan.
  • Cook 3 minutes on each side or until done.
  • Remove from the pan and let stand 5 minutes.
  • While the chicken is resting, combine the yogurt, chutney, green onions and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.
  • Warm the naan according to package directions.
  • Cut in half crosswise.
  • Spread the yogurt mixture over the naan halves.
  • Top evenly with the greens and chicken.
  • Roll up and serve.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!

Chicken Corn Chowder

This soup is an excellent way to transform leftover chicken into something wholly different. Plenty of corn, both whole and pureed with milk, gives this soup a nice sweet-and-savory flavor. If you’ve got leftover vegetables, throw them in, too; just about any cooked veggies would make a good addition.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (or rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

What you’ll do:

  • Melt butter in a pot over medium-high heat.
  • Remove the green onion tops and chop, set aside.
  • Thinly slice the white portion of the green onion.
  • Add the sliced white portion of the green onions to the melted butter and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the flour, cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in the chicken, salt, pepper, 1 package of the frozen corn that has been thawed, and the broth.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • While the mixture simmers, combine the remaining thawed package of corn and the milk in a blender.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Add the milk mixture to the pan and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Ladle 2 cups of soup into each bowl.
  • Sprinkle evenly with the green onion tops and cheese.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!

Peanut Chicken Noodle Soup

Thai night!  Recipe serves 6.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 ounces uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 3 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 small serrrano chile, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha (optional)

What you’ll do:

  • Cook the noodles according to package directions.
  • Before draining, reserve 2 cups of the cooking liquid.
  • Heat the chicken broth, peanut butter, salt and pepper, and coconut milk over medium-low heat.
  • Add the leftover cooking liquid (2 cups from noodles) and the shredded chicken to the milk mixture.
  • Cook 3 minutes or until chicken is warmed.
  • Add the noodles and cabbage and cook 2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with the cilantro and serrano.
  • Serve with the Sriracha on the side.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!

Chicken with Cider and Bacon

Apple cider and bacon give this easy sauce a salty, tangy-sweet flavor that’s hard to resist. In fact, you might want to double the amount of sauce so you’ll have a little extra to spoon over rice. Pounding the chicken into thinner pieces helps decrease the cooking time.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bacon slices, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh onion
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple cider
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

What you’ll do:

  • Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a mallet or rolling pin.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon from the pan.
  • Add the chicken to the drippings in the pan; cook for 6 minutes each side or until done.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm.
  • Add the onion to the pan and cook for 2 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the cider and broth; bring to a boil and scrape the pan to loosen to browned bits at the bottom.
  • Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked bacon and serve the sauce over the chicken.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!

Cashew Chicken Wheat Berry Salad with Peas

A little about wheat berries:  Nutty, chewy, robust wheat berries work well in stews, stir-fries, and hearty salads. Cook as you would pasta, in a large pot of boiling water. Check for doneness after 30 minutes, but know they may take as long as an hour to reach desired tenderness. Drain when done. One cup uncooked yields about 2 cups cooked.

This recipe uses up leftover chicken (or simply use a rotisserie chicken) for a dinner that is ready in 15 minutes.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked wheat berries
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup sugar snap peas, halved diagonally
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted, unsalted cashews (peanuts would also work for a less-expensive option)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions

What you’ll do:

  • Combine the hoisin, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, pepper and salt in a bowl with a whisk.
  • Add the wheat berries, chicken and peas, tossing well.
  • Stir in the cashews and onions before serving.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!