Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cilantro Lime Chicken Bake

I found this WONDERFUL recipe on Pinterest, but the credit goes to Sugar Baby Boutique blog. It reminded my husband and me of the fillings we put in our Chipotle burritos (minus the beans) and that's a huge compliment. The only thing is the original ingredients lists are missing a few things so what you see below is my correction. I didn't even see the part about marinating the meat in the directions on the recipe, I just noticed it in her post, so I didn't marinate my meat at all. I do have to warn you, there are a lot of steps and a lot of ingredients involved. If you are busy with little ones at home, you may wait til the weekend to make it. I made it in the morning and stuck it in the fridge.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade (for 4 chicken breasts)-3/4 c vegtable oil
-Juice and zest of 2 limes
-2 cloves garlic -2 tsp sugar
-1/2 tsp salt -1/4 tsp black pepper
-1/2 C finely chopped cilantro
*I put everything in blender and have it mix and chop it

Cilantro Lime Rice
-1 cup uncooked rice
-1 can chicken broth
-1 cup water
-2 cloves garlic, minced

-1 Tbls freshly squeezed lime juice
-2 tsp sugar
-3 Tbls finely chopped cilantro
* I throw the rice, broth, water, garlic & some lime juice into a rice cooker and let it cook. While it’s cooking I mix the sugar, lime juice & cilantro in a bowl. When rice is finished fluff the rice while mixing the sugar mixture into the rice. Stephanie's comments: I brought one can of broth to a boil with the garlic. Then I tossed in 1 cup minute rice and cooked, covered, for 5 minutes. When it was done I added the sugar, lime juice, and cilantro.

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
-1 batch prepared Ranch Buttermilk Dressing (I bought a bottle and used 1 1/2 cups)
-3-5 tomatillos (quartered)
-1 handful of cilantro
-1 jalepeno (optional)
-juice of 1 lime
-salt & pepper to taste
*Blend all ingredients in blender and chill for 2 hours before serving.
*This ranch is for drizzling on top of each slice of casserole after it's been cooked right before serving.

-Sour cream for 3rd layer (I used 16 oz)
-Jar of Mango Salsa
-Shredded PepperJack cheese (I used mozzarella)

**To create your bake: Layer cilantro lime rice, then grilled chicken, then sour cream, mango salsa (we buy prepared from deli), cover the top with shredded pepperjack cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until heated through, about 20 min. Then turn on broil until the cheese crisps a little. When serving, drizzle tomatillo dressing on top and ENJOY!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Yay! Another great Crock Pot recipe! This was a hit. We served it with chips & salsa, but you could serve with beans & rice if you like them.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen is fine)
1 cup salsa
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 packet taco seasoning
1/2 cup sour cream
6 tortillas

Place chicken in the bottom of your slow cooker. Sprinkle taco seasoning on chicken. In a bowl, combine soup and salsa. Pour over chicken. Cook on high 4 hours. Shred chicken with two forks and stir in sour cream. Serve on tortillas or as desired.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Crispy Chicken Wraps

These "wraps" were wonderful! Everyone loved them (except Caleb-he only likes PB&J). I didn't roll them up as wraps, I put the filling on one side of a taco sized tortilla, sprinkled cheese before and after, and folded the other side over, like mini quesadillas. I was so busy talking about how good they are that I forgot to mention how easy they are to make and with few dishes.

 1/3 cup mayonnaise, light or regular
 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
 3 scallions, sliced very thin
 2 celery ribs, chopped fine (I omitted these due to my husband’s non-celery preference)
 2 tablespoons sour cream, light or regular
 2 teaspoons hot sauce (this does not make them spicy but adds great flavor!I used Franks' Buffalo sauce)
 1 rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, meat shredded into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups)..I used cooked chk breasts.
 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (the sharper the better, in my book)
 4 (12-inch) flour tortillas (I used the smaller ones)

Whisk the mayonnaise, cilantro, scallions, celery, sour cream and hot sauce in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to combine. Sprinkle cheese over tortillas, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges, then arrange chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll stuffed tortillas, leaving edges open. Spray the tortillas all over with cooking spray. Heat a large non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium heat for 1 minute. Arrange 2 wraps, seam-side down, in pan and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining wraps. Serve with chips and your favorite dip like pico, salsa, or guacamole.