Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Double Recipe Day

Sorry I didn't post for a couple of days - today's my BIRTHDAY, SO LET'S CELEBRATE ... with a couple of scrumptious recipe ideas to try. Please note all recipes on the blog are taste tested personally by our finnicky family!!! So you can rest assured the recipe has been checked out! :)

Ranch Chicken Loaf
If ground chicken isn't available in your grocer's meat case, ask to have some chicken ground; they'll happily do that for you.
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup ranch-flavored tortilla chip crumbs
3 Tbsp. salsa, or 1 Tbsp salsa juices, if do not care for onion/tomatoe/cilantro
2 Tbsp. ranch-flavored salad dressing
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 lb. ground chicken
Optional – add some chopped flat leaf parsley (great way to sneak in some veggies, plus adds great flavor)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, tortilla chip crumbs, salsa, salad dressing, chili powder, and cumin. Add chicken and mix gently but thoroughly. Shape into loaf on slotted baking pan or broiler pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, until internal temperature registers 175 degrees F. Cover with foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with sour cream and more salsa. Inspired by or directly from Rachel Ray show.

(Talk about another great gift idea – bottle your own bbq sauces!)
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 (3 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces, or use boneless chicken breasts,
but cook time may be less.
1. Preheat oven to 375°F OR prepare a grill (brush lightly with oil).
2. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients except the chicken. Reserve 1/3 cup of the barbecue sauce; set aside. Add the chicken to the remaining sauce in the bowl, turning to coat.
3. (covered, if grilling) for 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked through, basting with the reserved 1/3 cup sauce after 20 minutes. Inspired by or directly from Paula Deen's Sons collection.

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