No matter your endurance or love of cooking, there are days when you are just not in the mood to put out much effort. But greasy, fast food? No thanks. A few days ago I was in one of those moods. A hearty meal in pinch….hmm.
I decided to drive to the local grocery store and pick up a whole, roasted chicken. One large chicken could be used for several “No muss, No fuss” meals! Purchasing a couple pre-made bowls of mashed potatoes: Yes, please! Once I returned home, dinner prep was quick-N-easy. Using a pre-baked chicken significantly cuts down cooking time. All I had to do was separate the legs, wings and breasts from the body of the chicken and throw it all on a large serving plate. Warmed the container bowls of mashed potatoes and stuck a large spoon in them to serve. “Family Style” for one. As Emeril Lagasse would say….”Bam!”
Enjoying a relaxing dinner after a long day in the heat, my mind started to wander. What other simple and delicious meals could I prepare with a baked chicken? Here is my TOP 10 list of Baked Chicken recipes. While some of these ideas might be half-baked, it is important to remember to use a chicken that is FULLY-baked. LoL….I’ll be here all night 🙂
10.) Mini Chicken Pot Pies – A healthier version that makes 4 single servings and feezable. http://cookthis.menshealth.com/recipes/cook-chicken-pot-pie
9.) Chicken Noodle Soup– By chopping some pre-roasted chicken, buying a few 1 quart boxes of chicken broth and doing some easy pre-planning, you can turn a 40 minute ordeal into a 15 minute meal!
8.) Chicken Alfredo Pizza –A very simple and tasty alternative to delivery, in half the time! Ingredients: Large Boboli crust, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced chicken breast, chopped green onions. This is how I’ve always enjoyed it but go ahead, be creative with your toppings!
7.) Chicken Salad Sandwich – This is a simple and delicious lunchtime snack. All I need is to chop a chicken breast into bite-sized pieces. Add them to my “Magic Bullet” blender Buy The Bullet. Squirt in mayonnaise, maybe a few raisins or nuts and blend. Spread on bread. Boom!
6.) Chicken Spaghetti Alfredo – If you can boil water and set a timer, you can make this fabulous dinner! I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love chicken and pasta??
–> Boil water & cook pasta: 12 minutes.
–> In a separate pot, simmer 1 can Alfredo sauce.
–> Chop chicken breast & add to pasta last min.
–> Drain pasta and add sauce; mix.
–> Serve!Piece of cake, eh?
5.) Chicken Panini – Nothing is easier or more flavorful than a warm, toasted sandwich, especially one filled with meat and veggies! If you don’t have a panini press, toast one side in a pan with a heavy pot on top to act as a press. Set stove to medium-low for 4-5 min., flip, repeat and serve with a nice soup or take it to go.
4.) Chicken & Veggies over Couscous – Super delicious and easy, not to mention healthy! Chop and stir-fry veggies (or buy a frozen bag of mixed veggies.) Add chopped chicken. Mix over medium heat or few minutes. Serve with side of couscous if you like!
3.) Chicken Quesadillas – This is in my arsenal for quick anytime grub. First I lay flat a large tortilla and spread shredded cheese on half. Sprinkle chopped pieces of chicken. Add chopped peppers, onions or tomatoes if you want. I fold the plain tortilla side over and, using my George Forman Grill, toast until cheese is warm and bubbly. 5 minutes. 10, total.
1.) OK. So, I’m sure by now you’re wondering what my favorite, time-saving chicken dinner is…
CHICKEN!! Pick up a pre-roasted chicken from the store, carve it up and serve with a simple side salad. If you can open a bag of mixed greens this is a no-brainer.
I hope these food ideas can help you conserve energy so meal preparation can be fun instead of a chore. Maybe you’ll even develop a passion for cooking, like me!
“A meal is an expression of the one cooking it. Invest your own flavor into the food you cook and it will always taste great!”
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