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Friday, May 13, 2022

Whole Chicken Wings ~ Chinese Takeout Style


I researched a lot of methods, spice combos and cooking techniques before finding the perfect mix for this recipe! I'll never settle for "plain fried chicken" again!

6 whole chicken wings (washed and pat dry)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon oil
1 egg
oil (for frying)

In a small bowl, mix the spices, sugar, cornstarch and flour. Stir to combine.
In another small bowl, mix the egg, soy sauce, vinegar and oil. Stir to combine.
Place wings in a large bowl. Coat with the wet ingredients. Toss to evenly coat the wings. Dust with the dry ingredients. Toss to coat evenly. Let the wings marinade for 2 hours.

If the marinade is too wet and pooling in the bottom of the bowl, add a little more flour and cornstarch until it sticks to the wings. It will be a wet, light batter.

Set your fryer to 350 degrees. Fry the wings 5 minutes. Lift the basket and flip the wings. Fry for another 5 minutes or until up to temp and golden brown.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Chili and Cornbread

I found some beans, onions and tomatoes in the pantry, and I had some hamburger in the freezer! Good time for a giant pot of chili! 

For the Beans:

1 lb dried Red Kidney Beans
4 cups water, or stock
1/2 tsp dried, minced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Rinse and drain the beans several times. Add the water, onion, garlic, salt and pepper to a large pot and cook for a few hours or until beans are tender.

To finish the Chili:

1-2 pounds ground lean beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes, drained

4 tablespoons of chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Cook hamburger and onion until meat is done. Drain off fat. Add tomato and stir. Add to the beans. Add the seasonings and stir until dissolved and mixed well. Simmer until chili is the thickness you like. I usually let mine simmer for about 45 minutes. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream and cornbread!

For the Cornbread: I cheated and just used a mix with 1/3 cup milk and 1 egg. I used my mini muffin ceramic pan. 

If you'd like some homemade cornbread recipes click on this link: Cornbread Recipes

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Cheesy Hashbrown and Chicken Casserole

20 oz bag of southern style hash browns
1 cup of cooked, cubed chicken breast
1 can of cream of chicken soup
½ cup cream cheese
½ cup sour cream
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp minced garlic

Preheat oven to 400-degrees and grease a 9" x 13" casserole dish or a twelve inch skillet.

Add the soup, cream cheese and sour cream to a large bowl.

Next, add 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese to the bowl.

Add the hashbrowns, chicken, parmesan, salt, pepper and garlic to the bowl and mix well.

Pour the potato and chicken mixture into a casserole dish.

Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese on top and cover with foil.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, remove the foil, and bake 15-20 more minutes until bubbly and golden brown.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Brown Rice with Mushrooms

Brown Rice with Mushrooms

1 ½ cups uncooked long-grain white rice
1 can beef broth
1 can condensed French onion soup
1 can sliced mushrooms and liquid
¼ cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour melted butter in an 8x8 pan and add rice and liquids. Add mushrooms and liquid. Cover and bake for 30-45 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Cheesy Chicken and Potato Bake

Cheesy Chicken Potato Bake

2 large chicken breasts, cubed
2 Potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup Butter, melted
8 oz cream cheese block, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese, more if you like
4 pieces bacon cooked crisp and crumbled

Place your cubed potatoes and chicken in a pan and pour in broth and butter.
In a small bowl, mix together sour cream, cream cheese and garlic with a fork until well combined.
Spread cream cheese mixture over chicken and potatoes.
Sprinkle cheese on top.
Top with crumbled bacon.
Cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until the chicken is done and the cheese is golden and the casserole is bubbly.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Sausage Balls

This has to be the easiest 3 ingredient recipe perfect for the Holidays! I did add some garlic powder and onion powder, but you don't have to do that step. Or you can add more flavor if you like! 

2 cups Bisquick Baking Mix
2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
16 oz package Mild Sausage*
(I added 1 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp onion powder)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly until all dry ingredients are picked up by the dough. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to measure out sausage mixture. Roll into balls. Space about an inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes and check. Cook 5 minutes longer if needed but watch to make sure the bottoms don't burn. 

* You can use a medium or hot sausage if you'd like. My family don't like a lot of heat, so we use mild. I always have plenty of hot sauce at parties! 

Note: If your sausage mixture is still dry after mixing well, sprinkle with little water with your fingers. Mix again and repeat until all the mixture is combined.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Chicken Crack Pasta

Many food bloggers are sharing recipes of Crack Chicken Dips, Sliders and Buffalo style dips. I decided to make it more of a meal. I served it with pasta. In this case, spaghetti! You can make this in an instant pot in 8 minutes or a slow cooker on high for 4 hours. 

2 chicken breasts pounded thin
1 cup chicken broth
1 package cream cheese
1 package dry ranch seasoning
1 cup cheddar cheese grated
3-6 drops of hot sauce (I used 4 drops of Texas Pete)*
2-4 servings of spaghetti noodles

Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt pepper and garlic.
Add chicken breasts to an instant Pot.** In a glass bowl, microwave cream cheese for 1 minute to soften, then stir in ranch seasoning and chicken broth. Pour over chicken in the Instant Pot.

Place the lid on the instant pot, and press the pressure cook button. Select the high setting, then set to cook for 8 minutes. 

While the chicken is cooking, boil spaghetti noodles or your favorite pasta until done. 

When the chicken has finished cooking and pressure is released, open lid when safe to do so. Shred chicken inside pot with two forks.

Add pasta, hot sauce and cheese to chicken, and stir.

Garnish with scallions and crumbled bacon if desired.

* Taste the sauce after adding a little hot sauce, and adjust by adding more until you get the desired kick. 

** If you don't have an instant pot, you can use a crock pot/slow cooker. Cook on high for about 4 hours.