Chicken and Peppers with Creamy Pesto

  • 2 T lemon rind
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 t pepper
  • 3 pounds chicken tenders

Combine all sauce ingredients and marinate chicken.

  • 3 bell peppers, your choice of color, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 sweet onions, cut into wedges

Place the  vegetables on a parchment-lined jelly roll pan and broil for 13 minutes or till done, turning occasionally. Broil the chicken, turning once for a total of 19 minutes.

  • 1/2 C organic Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 1/4 C pesto

Combine the above.  Serve sauce with the chicken and vegetables over brown rice.

from myrecipes.com

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Chicken Breasts with Cucumber Salsa for Four

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3/4 t salt, divided
  • 1/4 t chili powder
  • 1 1/4 C cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 C grape tomatoes, halved
  • chopped onion (of your choice and amount)
  • 1/2 C avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 2 T fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped

Combine 1/4 t salt, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, tossing well.  Heat a pan over medium-high heat.  Add olive oil to coat bottom.  Sprinkle 1/2 t salt and 1/4 t chili powder evenly over chicken; add chicken to pan.  Cook for 6 minutes on each side or until done, and remove from heat.  Serve with the salsa and brown rice.

slightly adapted from myrecipes.com

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Southwest Chicken Salad

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 6 T olive oil
  • 6 T balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 t salt
  • pinch of pepper

Salad and Toppings:

  • 10 C lettuce of your choice, freshly washed and torn
  • 1 bell pepper of your choice, chopped
  • 2 C cooked or grilled chicken, cubed
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • sliced green onions
  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • a handful of chopped fresh cilantro

Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork or small whisk.  Set aside for flavors to combine.  Prepare lettuce and toppings as specified in the ingredients list.  Layer salad starting with the lettuce.  Sprinkle pepper, chicken, black beans, green onions, avocado, and cilantro.  Drizzle dressing on top and enjoy!

adapted from tammysrecipes.com

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Chicken-Broccoli Bake

  • 16 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 1/3 C brown rice
  • 20 oz (or more) frozen chopped broccoli
  • 6 T coconut oil
  • 6 T flour
  • 2 t salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 4 C milk
  • 3 C cubed cooked chicken
  • Swiss cheese, shredded

In small saucepan, bring the chicken broth and brown rice to boiling. Simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes.  Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 10 minutes.  Cook broccoli and drain.  Melt coconut oil in large pot; stir in flour, salt, and pepper.  Add milk.  Over medium-high heat, cook and stir till bubbly. Remove from heat.  Stir in chicken, rice, and broccoli.  Bake in a large 13 x 9″ baking pan for 35 minutes at 350 degrees, topping with Swiss cheese for the last 10 minutes.

12 servings

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Potato and Leek Soup

In the CrockpotIn the Crockpot

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken (chopped or diced, cooked and drained)
  • 6 C chicken broth
  • 5 potatoes, diced
  • 2 1/4 C chopped cabbage
  • 2 leeks, diced
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 T salt
  • 2 t paprika
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 3/4 C sour cream, optional

Combine all ingredients through paprika in slow cooker.  Add bay leaves.  Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4-5 hours.  Remove and discard bay leaves.  Stir in sour cream and serve.  Makes 9-12 servings.

Serve with biscuits.

(adapted from Favorite All Time Recipes)

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Baja Chicken Tacos

  • 3 pounds boneless chicken breasts, chunks or slices
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 C water
  • 6 T ketchup
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
  • diced tomato
  • sour cream
  • salsa

In a large skillet, cook chicken in olive oil over medium heat; drain, and return to skillet.  Combine water, ketchup, and spices; pour over chicken.  Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the water evaporates.  Serve on warm flour tortillas with pineapple tidbits, sliced avocados, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and salsa.  No need for cheese with this dish!

Adapted from publix.com/aprons

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Cilantro Chicken

  • 3.75 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 C sliced sweet onion
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 C chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 C salsa

Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and saute until soft.  Add chicken breasts and saute until golden brown.  Add salsa and cilantro.  Reduce to low and simmer for 3-5 minutes.  Serve over brown rice.

Adapted from recipezaar.com #26727

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Chicken ‘n Noodles

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
  • 6 large carrots, thickly sliced
  • 4 celery stalks with leaves, cut in 1″ pieces
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 5 C water
  • 2 t dried basil leaves
  • 3 1/2 C dry noodles

Put carrots, celery, and onion in bottom of 6 quart slow cooker.  Add the chicken.  Top with salt, pepper, and water.  Sprinkle basil over top.  Cover and cook on low  until done (6-8 hours).  Turn slow cooker to high and add noodles.  Stir well and cover.  Cook for 1 hour.

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Creamy Caesar Salad

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar
  • 4 t Dijon mustard
  • 4 t soy sauce
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 t Cajun seasoning
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 3 C of 3/4″ bread cubes
  • 36 oz. romaine lettuce
  • 2/3 C Parmesan cheese
  • 2 C cooked, diced chicken, optional

Combine first 7 ingredients in blender and process until well blended.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.  Combine oil, Cajun seasoning, and garlic in pan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring 9 seconds; remove.  Add bread cubes and toss gently to coat.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes until golden brown.  Place lettuce in a large bowl.  Add dressing and Parmesan cheese.  Toss gently to coat.  Top with toasted bread cubes.

from The Bread Beckers Recipe collection

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Country Lemon Chicken

  • 1/3 C flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut in half again
  • 5 T + 2 T butter or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 C chicken broth
  • chopped fresh parsley, optional

Combine flour, thyme, salt, and pepper.  Dip chicken in flour mixture and brown over medium-high heat in skillet with melted butter.  Remove chicken and pan remains and set aside.  Reduce heat to medium and melt 2 T butter; cook onion, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute.  Stir in lemon juice and cook 1 minute.  Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Return chicken to skillet and simmer uncovered until chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

I serve this with steamed carrots and broccoli over brown rice, which makes a beautiful presentation.

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