Chicken Recipes to Feed Your Family + HM #202

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Chicken Recipes to Feed Your Family + HM #202

I am so  excited about this roundup theme. My family loves to eat chicken, so it is always nice to find new and delicious ways to serve it up. The gals of Home Matters are bringing you all things chicken in celebration of National Chicken Month. Enjoy!

 

One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce from Marzia @ Little Spice Jar

 

Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken from Camille @ Your Fitness Fantasy

 

Sheet Pan Maple Mustard Roasted Chicken from Amanda @ The Cchunky Chef

 

Citrus & Shallot Roasted Chicken from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe Party Snack Or On-the-Go Treat

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go. Nuts, dried fruit. #WinterTrailMix #Recipe

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Party Snack or On-the-Go Treat

 

I love this time of year with all the parties and fun activities that surround the holidays — Christmas Caroling, Holiday Boat Parades, taking a ride or walk to see the Christmas lights and decorations. Sometimes you just need a quick little snack to take on-the-go.

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is super quick and easy. You can literally whip it together in a minute. The trail mix is not too sweet and not too salty and loaded with the wonderful flavors of the season. It’s perfect for snacking or it makes a fabulous party nibble that both kids and adults will love.

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So, let’s get to the recipe!

Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup – Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup – Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup – Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup – Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup – Mini Marshmallows

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.

How easy is that? It does not get any easier, right? Yes, you will thank me. This is so yummy and packed with the delicious flavors of cashews, almonds, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, and even some chocolate.

Printable Recipe – Winter Trail Mix

5 from 1 reviews
Winter Trail Mix Recipe
 
This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go.
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Type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup - Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup - Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup - Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup - Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup - Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup - Mini Marshmallows
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.
3.5.3226

Oriental Trading has the cutest Buffalo Plaid line available right now. I like to package my Winter Trail Mix in these adorable Buffalo Plaid Snack Bowls with Lids. They are so festive and fun for those holiday outings. Take thermoses or stop and pick-up a couple boxes of coffee or hot cocoa and fill up your Buffalo Plaid insulated coffee cups with lids. It is a perfect treat combo.

I even keep a snack bowl filled with my Winter Trail Mix on our Wooden Buffalo Plaid Serving Tray in the den for evening snacking while we watch TV.

 

I know you will enjoy this snack, and I wish you the happiest of holidays.

If you are looking for other tasty winter snack ideas, check out my Sugared Cranberries.

Looking for great ideas to ring in the New Year? Check out the Oriental Trading New Year’s Eve collection!
 

 

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Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

Oh, boy! We have a delicious Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken for you today from our Regular Contributor, Deborah Ward. You are going to love this…

Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

 

Last summer on my blog, Kentucky to Cali, I posted an amazing recipe for roast beef. This roast is simply amazing! My daughters, who are pretty picky, will ask for it often. You can find the recipe for my heavenly roast here. You might also know this recipe as Mississippi Roast. I’ve just tailored it to fit my family a little better.

However, new year, new budget. I am trying to trim as much fat as possible off of our monthly expenses, so that means not so expensive cuts of meat. While a roast big enough to feed my family will cost me at least $12, I can get a pack of 10 chicken thighs for around $5 if I catch the sales right. Come to find out, I am the only one in my house that will eat chicken on the bone. SO…you can also do this recipe with chicken breasts. The last time I checked, you can get a pack of about 6 frozen chicken breasts for around $6.

 

What You’ll Need:

6 chicken thighs (or whatever pieces you prefer)

1 package brown gravy mix

1 package ranch dressing mix

1 stick of butter cut into pieces

½ cup of water

 

How to:

 

Place chicken into slow cooker. Add brown gravy and ranch dressing mixes. Then add butter cut into smaller pieces. Last, add ½ cup water. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

 

Suggestions:

With an hour left, take chicken out of slow cooker and take off bone and shred. Place shredded meat back into cooker for remaining time. This will enhance the flavor.

 

To go with my roasted chicken, I decided to make rice and gravy. I also heated up some mixed veggies to add some color. Have you heard the saying, “Eat a rainbow”? I don’t think they were talking about fruity candies!

Making gravy is super easy, but is one of those things that seems a little intimidating if you’ve never done it. Here’s how:

 

Ingredients:

½ cup drippings from roasted chicken

½ cup flour

1 ½ cups chicken broth

 

How to:

After you have roasted your chicken, remove from pot. Remove ½ cup drippings in all of their fatty goodness. Add to a medium sized pan and turn burner heat onto medium.

 

Once warmed, add ½ cup flour and begin to whisk like your life depends on it. Once the flour and drippings are combined add 1 ½ cups chicken broth and continue to whisk until a nice thick gravy is formed.

 

If you find this is a little too thick, add some more chicken broth. Salt and pepper to taste. I also like to add some garlic powder, but that is completely optional.

 

Get Your Printable Recipe Here:

5 from 1 reviews
Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken & Gravy
 
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Cook time
Total time
 
from:
Type: Main
Ingredients:
  • Ingredients for the Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken:
  • 6 chicken thighs (or whatever pieces you prefer)
  • 1 package brown gravy mix
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 stick of butter cut into pieces
  • ½ cup of water
  • Ingredients for the Gravy:
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup drippings from roasted chicken
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
Directions:
  1. How to Prepare the Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken:
  2. Place chicken into slow cooker. Add brown gravy and ranch dressing mixes. Then add butter cut into smaller pieces. Last, add ½ cup water. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  3. How to Make the Gravy:
  4. Making gravy is super easy, but is one of those things that seems a little intimidating if you’ve never done it.
  5. After you have roasted your chicken, remove from pot. Remove ½ cup drippings in all of their fatty goodness. Add to a medium sized pan and turn burner heat onto medium.
  6. Once warmed, add ½ cup flour and begin to whisk like your life depends on it. Once the flour and drippings are combined add 1 ½ cups chicken broth and continue to whisk until a nice thick gravy is formed.
  7. If you find this is a little too thick, add some more chicken broth. Salt and pepper to taste. I also like to add some garlic powder, but that is completely optional.
Notes
Suggestions:

With an hour left, take chicken out of slow cooker and take off bone and shred. Place shredded meat back into cooker for remaining time. This will enhance the flavor.

To go with my roasted chicken, I decided to make rice and gravy. I also heated up some mixed veggies to add some color. Have you heard the saying, “Eat a rainbow”? I don’t think they were talking about fruity candies!
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Being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to eat bland or processed foods. Just think of your favorite recipes and find ways to make them a little friendlier to your wallet. And remember, shop your pantry first, then check out the sales flyers!

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Roasted Red Potato & Bell Pepper Side Dish Recipe

Roasted Red Potato & Bell Pepper Recipe

A Simple and Tasty Side Dish

 

This recipe is incredibly simple, yet the flavors and aromas are amazing. I served this along side my Italian Stuffed Chicken (watch for the recipe coming soon), and Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolias.

The peppery arugula with the fresh tomatoes and nutty crunch of pignolias is a healthy and delicious way to round out the meal.

Roasted Red Potato and Bell Pepper is the perfect side dish with Italian Stuffed Chicken as they can cook side-by-side in the oven. Both dishes share the bell pepper ingredient, so there are no worries about what to do with any left-over peppers.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Red Potatoes, Bell Pepper, Italian Herbs Seasoning, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper. That’s it. It couldn’t be any simpler.

 

Directions:

Chop the Red Potatoes into bite-sized chunks. Cut the Bell Pepper into small strips. Toss potatoes and pepper in a large bowl with a little Olive Oil and  Italian Herbs Seasoning, Salt, and Pepper to taste. How quick and easy is that?!

Place in a 400° F oven for about 30 to 40 minutes.

This dish is the perfect oven companion for the Italian Stuffed Chicken. I used red bell peppers, because that is what my other recipe called for, but you can use any color or colors you choose.

Roasted Red Potato and Bell Pepper Side Dish–a simple and tasty recipe.

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Citrus & Shallot Roasted Chicken

Citrus & Shallot Roasted Chicken

An Easy and Delicious Recipe!

 

I love a simple roasted chicken, and this Citrus and Shallot Roasted Chicken recipe provides a lot of flavor with very minimal work. Plus, it makes for a beautiful presentation.

In my opinion, the one thing that is an absolute MUST in a roasted chicken is that it be moist. If your chicken is moist, it’s going to be tender and tasty. Let’s face it, nobody likes dry chicken, but how do you ensure your chicken retains moisture?

Let me share my secret…

My secret to keeping chicken (or any poultry) moist is to stuff the cavity with fruits or vegetables that contain a high amount of water. For this Citrus & Shallot Roasted Chicken, I used lemon, lime, orange, and shallot, while my 2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving uses celery–and it’s stuffed!

Here’s how I make my Citrus & Shallot Roasted Chicken

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Give your roasting pan a very light olive oil spray.

Clean your chicken, and pat it dry.  Salt and pepper the chicken. Sprinkle lemon, lime, and orange zest over the entire chicken, and place into the roasting pan.

Slice the lemon, lime, orange and shallot. Stuff slices into the chicken cavity, and place in the oven. Bake until done (time will vary according to size of chicken).

 

And now, for the Printable Recipe

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Citrus & Shallot Roasted Chicken
 
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A delicious moist and flavorful roasted chicken with citrus and shallot.
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Type: Main Dish
Ingredients:
  • 1 - Lemon
  • 1 - Lime
  • 1 - Orange
  • 1 - Shallot
  • Whole Chicken
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Very Lightly Spray Roasting Pan with Olive Oil
  3. Clean Chicken and Pat Dry
  4. Salt and Pepper to taste
  5. Zest the Lemon, Lime, and Orange
  6. Sprinkle the Citrus Zest over the entire chicken
  7. Slice Lemon, Lime, Orange, and Shallot
  8. Stuff citrus and shallot slices into the chicken cavity
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F until done (time may vary according to chicken size)
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