Even though Tahoe cooking is in full swing, my family is still expecting dinner The nerve! It truly, though, gives me more time in my happy place, the kitchen. My neck of the woods has been hotter than I like lately, so I’ve been trying to avoid using the oven and further heat the house. Especially upstairs, where we’ll be retiring in a few hours. And on some days, there is only so much our A/C can handle. But, since I’m already cooking for Tahoe, what is one more dish?? And what could be better in the summer than a dish that calls for BBQ sauce?? Finally, if I wasn’t already heating the house, I would have easily ‘qued these up on the grill.
My kids at 9 & 11 are still not 100% on board with spicy food, so I was worried about having just the sriracha sauce this recipe called for. To mellow it, but allow it to still have some kick, I added honey. What are some things you would change or do different? ¡Salud!
2 Tbs olive oil
6 chicken thighs
¾ cup Kinders California Gold BBQ Sauce
1 Tbs Huy Fong Sriracha sauce
1 Tbs honey
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. In a small bowl, stir together BBQ sauce, sriracha, and honey. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large, oven proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown for 3-4 minutes per side. Coat both sides of chicken with BBQ sauce mixture. Bake chicken until cooked through and sauce has browned, about 20-30 minutes.
Prep time: 5 minutes; Cooking time: 40 minutes
*Derived from FoodySchmoodyBlog.com
My house smells like garlic bread right now, at 8:30 pm. Rich, buttery garlic bread. But it’s not. What I’m smelling are these amazing sliders. I haven’t even tried them yet, though I’ve been tempted. The cheese is oozing from within, dripping down the side. Yet another reason to be excited for Tahoe! Just like my Chicken Enchiladas – Tahoe Meal Prep #1, I used prepackaged, shredded rotisserie chicken. This is an incredible time saver that I will use again and again.
These would be fantastic to take on a picnic, tailgating, or that beautifully sunny day spent at the beach. There are so many ways to mix it up, too! Be sure to let me know how these BBQ sliders worked for you and anything you changed or would do different next time. ¡Salud!
2 ½ cups shredded roasted chicken
½ tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup BBQ sauce (my family loves Kinders® Organic Mild BBQ Sauce)
12 Hawaiian rolls
12 slices your favorite cheese (I used Havarti)
¼ cup butter
2 garlic cloves minced
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. In a small bowl, add butter and garlic. Microwave until melted. Set aside. In a medium add shredded chicken, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and BBQ sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
Cut slider buns in half. I’ve found this work bests when they’re cut all as one. This way they are all uniform in thickness. Place bottom half of slider buns in 9×13 dish. Layer half of the cheese on the buns, top with BBQ chicken mixture, then layer with the rest of the cheese. Top with other half of slider buns.
Brush tops of slider buns with melted garlic butter. Bake until cheese is melted and buns are a golden brown, 10-15 minutes.
Servings: 12 Sliders
Prep time: 10 minutes; Cooking time: 15 minutes
*Derived from BestRecipeBox.com
This is our 3rd or 4th summer Tahoe trip and making most meals ahead of time is getting easier and easier. I’m (finally) preparing our food in aluminum cook-and-carry pans. The plan is to be able to toss them in the recycling bin before we return. Anything to make life easier and enjoy vacation even more. In keeping with that spirit, I found another way to cut a step of the process. A new product I found was shredded rotisserie chicken at Safeway. I would like to say that I pop several chicken breasts or thighs in the instant pot and shred and freeze them, ready to have on hand. But I don’t. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a great idea, just not sure where or how to add it to my “To do” list. Truth be told, I don’t even want to!
When you’re craving enchiladas, give these a try! Let me know how it goes, what you would do different, any changes you make, or any shortcuts I might have missed. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. ¡Salud!
1 lb cooked, diced chicken (or any diced meat of your choice, even black beans)
2 cups Quick and Easy Enchilada Sauce
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp McCormick® Perfect Pinch® Mexican blend seasoning
½ tsp black pepper
1 ½ cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
10 Mi Rancho® organic corn tortillas
*Add some heat with a 4 oz can of green chile peppers
In large skillet, heat chicken through. If using uncooked meat, cook over medium heat, breaking up while cooking. Drain off any fat.
To a medium bowl, add meat, garlic powder, Mexican blend seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Next add ½ cup of enchilada sauce, ½ cup sour cream, and 1 cup of cheese. Mix well.
Preheat oven to 350° Warm tortillas in skillet and spoon meat mixture in center of tortilla. The amount depends on the size of your tortillas. Corn tortillas have a natural side that starts to curl when heated, this helps when rolling the enchiladas. Roll tightly and place seam side down in large baking dish lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Combine the remaining enchilada sauce and ½ cup sour cream, spread over enchiladas. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top and tent loosely with aluminum foil and bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with your favorite toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, avocado, sour cream, or Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce®.
Your favorite ice cold beer is a wonderful accompaniment. Mexican beers widely available in the U.S., such as Pacifico, Corona, or Modelo. If wine is more your style, try a merlot, blended red, or sauvignon blanc.
Prep time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 30 minutes
There comes a moment in cooking when you realize you’re a cooking nerd. Ok, admittedly I pretty much already knew that. But making this meal last night, as I stood their whisking the warmed chicken stock into the butter and flour, I got excited. I got really excited. It was thickening perfectly. No lumps. It just all came together exactly how I wanted. After the week I had been having (and it was only Tuesday), this little task made me positively giddy. Of course, my family looked at me like I was loco for being so excited about something as mundane as a roux. What can I say? I happily concede to the fact that I’m a cooking nerd.
Tonight, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite comfort foods. I hope it brings you as much joyfully nerdy moments as it does me.
1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into thick slices or chunks
Salt (to taste)
Black pepper (to taste)
½ tsp paprika
¾cup flour (divided)
Canola oil (I used olive oil)
10 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced (save yourself some time and buy the ‘shrooms that are already sliced)
4 Tbs unsalted butter
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups chicken stock, warmed (I use the low sodium)
Sour cream to taste (the recipe called for 3 Tbs, but that’s just not enough for me, I used at least 1/3 cup. Add as much as you would like)
Egg noodles (I use what I have on hand, this time it was penne)
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Add chicken pieces to a bowl and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika; add ¼ cup of flour and toss everything to coat well.
Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat and drizzle with 3-4 Tbs of your chosen oil. When the oil is hot, work in batches to sear the chicken until golden brown on all sides. As the chicken is browned, remove from pan and set aside. Don’t worry if it’s not quite cooked through, it will finish when added back to the sauce.
Once all chicken has been browned, add a touch more oil if needed and the mushrooms. Sauté until golden brown and somewhat caramelized. Remove with a slotted spoon and add to chicken.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add unsalted butter; once melted add shallots and garlic and sauté until aromatic. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of flour, stirring it into the butter until a soft paste forms. Slowly add the chicken stock, whisking continually to avoid lumps and allow the sauce to thicken.
Add the chicken and mushrooms back to pan and simmer for 3-4 minutes, turn heat off and stir in sour cream. Serve mixed with cooked noodles.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Total time: 45 minutes
*Derived from The Cozy Apron
I make a lot of chicken in this house. It’s better for our bodies and the only beef The Hubs likes is steak. Pork I’m still working on (it’s usually too dry and over cooked). I can and will start incluing more fish. overall, though, that leaves us with chicken. Chicken several times a week can get sooo boring. How do you mix it up, making it interesting? By constantly being on the lookout for something different, even if it’s a little tweek here or there. While this chicken is similar to many other chicken recipes, especially using soy, this one has a secret ingredient. It’s hidden right there in the name, honey. In this instance, I used the honey at the end, to add a sort of glaze. This locked in the flavors and added a very nice, sweet finish. Served over rice, a pretty perfect meal.
2 Lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbs fresh grated ginger (I use Gourmet Garden’s Ginger Paste)
2 cloves minced garlic (Pre-minced can save a few minutes in prep time)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs butter
1/2 cup honey
Mix together soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Add chicken to a gallon zip-lock bag, pour in sauce. Allow to marinade from 30 minutes up to 2 hours.
Remove chicken from marinade, season with salt and pepper. In a sauce pan, over medium-high heat, melt butter in olive oil. Grill chicken on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes each side. The last 2-3 minutes each side, brush with honey butter mixture.
Serve with sticky rice topped with teriyaki sauce (recipe to follow).
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Total time: 40 minutes
You know how sometimes in life you just happen upon something and it turns out to be so amazing you are STILL talking about it? Like the “Cowie” that I bought for my niece when she was two. Cowie is a stuffed Precious Moments cow that I bought on the clearance table outside of a Hallmark store. I know I didn’t pay over $5 for him (if even that), and I had no idea the impact Cowie was going to have on Alyssa. Lys immediately started carting Cowie everywhere with her. I can’t tell you how many times my sister had to turn the car around because Lys had forgotten Cowie somewhere. How Cowie was in Lys’s backpack through each and everyday as she navigated elementary and junior high school. Well, Lys is now in high school. I don’t think Cowie is still tucked away in her backpack, and I know that’s because my sister cannot repair Cowie anymore. He’s too thread bear and been repaired too many times before. So, Cowie rests at home now, waiting for the moment Lys will get home and hold him in her hand again. This recipe, admittedly somewhat less dramatic, is like that amazing purchase you make and can’t get over. When I found this recipe, I read it, I rolled it around in my mind. Thinking of ways to make it mine. This dinner was THE dinner of the week, if not the month!
For the Sauce:
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbs soy sauce (I always opt for low sodium)
2 Tbs barbecue sauce (check out Sweet Baby Ray’s Original)
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
For the Chicken:
1 lb boneless / skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup panko
Oil for frying
To make the Sauce:
Add all sauce ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce starts to thicken. Set aside until the chicken is done.
To make the Chicken:
Add flour to a gallon Ziploc bag. In a small, shallow dish (I usually use a Tupperware type dish), whisk eggs together. In a second gallon Ziploc bag, add the panko. To bread chicken, first add several pieces to the flour. Shake your money-maker for all it’s worth! Then dip the chicken in whisked eggs. Finally, add chicken to panko Ziploc bag and again, shake it.
Add oil to a large, nonstick frying pan. Heat to medium high. Cook chicken in batches for 6-8 minutes or until golden and crispy. Chicken should be cooked through.
Add cooked chicken back to pan and pour sauce over, coating chicken thoroughly. Serve over rice and enjoy!
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio
Serves 4 small portions. For lunch tomorrow, double the chicken and adjust everything else
Total time: About an hour and half
*Derived from Nora Rušev
Say good-bye to take out! This is a super delicious and extremely easy chicken recipe that you can count on being ready in less time than it takes to get take out. This was a hit with the fam (and you know if it’s not, it won’t show up here)! Even D, who I struggle to make lunches for because she doesn’t like sandwiches, said, “I want THIS for lunch tomorrow!” I’m seriously considering keeping it on hand for just that reason. ¡Buen Provecho!
3 tsp sesame oil
4 Tbs BBQ Sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray’s)
1½ Tbs soy sauce (I always opt for the low sodium version)
1½ Tbs honey
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (can use breast meat, too)
½ cup apricot jam
½ cup orange juice
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together sesame oil, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, and honey. Add chicken chunks, cover and marinade for at least 30 minutes but up to overnight.
Heat large pan to medium high. Remove chicken from marinade with tongs or a slotted spoon (don’t throw away the marinade) and brown.
Add the apricot jam and orange juice to the marinade. Add to chicken and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for about 8 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is done. Serve over warm steamed rice.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Prep time: 10 minutes Marinading & cooking time: 40 minutes
*Derived from Nora Rušev
I seem to be having a problem with life / work / blog balance lately. While I’m still cooking up a storm, it’s been tough to find the time to post about it. This, however, REQUIRED me to get it up as soon as possible! Not only did the entire family give it 3 very enthusiastic thumbs up, but 2 of my fab girl friends did, too! When the Mexican hubs is this excited about a dish, I know it’s not only a keeper, but should be a repeater, too. You see it served in the photo below with my baked tortilla chips. Oh, and It’s just as good the next day, and the next, for lunch! ¡Buen provecho!
1 lb lean ground beef (can easily sub chicken or turkey)
1 cup water
2 Tbs Tajin (go easy on Tajin, it quickly becomes too salty)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ cups sour cream, divided
1 tsp Mexican paprika
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbs cornmeal
10 flour tortillas, 6 inches (mine were much larger, so I cut them in half)
1 cup salsa (such as Herdez)
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet heated to medium, cook beef until no longer pink, drain. Stir in water, Tajin, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine sour cream and Mexican paprika. Set aside. Sprinkle cornmeal into a greased 13×9″ baking dish.
Arrange five tortillas, overlapping, in the bottom of the prepared dish. Spread ½ cup salsa, add ½ of the meat mixture and ½ of each cheese. Repeat layers.
Bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Corona (ok, admittedly not wine, but come on! This is all the flavors of Mexican food!)
Serves 8 (large servings)
Prep time: 25 – 30 minutes; Bake & standing time: 50 minutes
*Derived from Taste of Home
What is your first thought when you hear the word Enchirritos?? GO!! For me it is Taco Bell. I had never even heard of them before Taco Bell. Unfortunately, like most fast food, Taco Bell left a horrible taste in my mouth. Luckily, over time, my palette and budget has drastically improved. And thanks to my Mexican husband, so has my understanding of Mexican food. Now a pet peeve of mine is when someone calls a burrito with sauce an enchilada. If it’s a flour tortilla, it’s not an enchilada. And that is what I love about this enchirrito. It’s not pretending to be something it’s not. This enchirrito is no resting on the hard work of its parent to define it as either a burrito or an enchilada. This enchirrito is standing proud, telling everyone it is of a mixed “race”. Part enchilada, part buritto. Embracing both of its cultures. All hale the Enchirrito!
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
4 cups water
3 Tbs Mexican Blend Seasoning (Morton & Bassett)
1 tsp garlic salt
1 lb ground beef (I always buy the lowest fat; but you can also sub chicken or turkey)
1 lb ground sausage
1/4 cup chopped onion (Look at the pre-chopped in the produce aisle. It looks expensive until you calculate the value of your time chopping it.)
1 cup refried beans (I used Rosarita Traditional)
8 flour tortillas (8 inches) warmed (the best way to warm tortillas, no matter what anyone says, is with a skillet. Warm the first one on medium high and as you fill it, warn the next one, be sure to turn over at least once)
3 cups shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend from the dairy aisle)
Optional toppings: shredded lettuce; diced tomatoes, sour cream
Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter in a large sauce pan. Sir in flour until smooth. Slowly add water. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring until thickened (about 1 minute). Stir in Mexican Blend Seasoning and garlic salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef, sausage, and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in beans; heat through.
Spread 1/4 cup of the in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Spread 1 Tbs sauce in the center of a tortilla and spread around Place 2/3 cup meat mixture down center of tortilla. Top with 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Roll up and place seam side down Once all tortillas are complete, pour remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese (add a handful if you need to, no one will judge.) Bake uncovered 18-22 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Serves: 6 big servings
Total time: 50 minutes