Saturday, August 29, 2009

#49 Modified Chicken Cacciatore

This is a recipe I found on the back of the "Shake 'N Bake" box and modified slightly. My family felt very special the first time I served this because it looks pretty and tastes great. I like it because it is fast and simple.

1 package Shake 'N Bake Original Chicken seasoned coating mix
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 jar Prego spaghetti sauce (my family's favorite is traditional style)
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or mozzarella cheese
Cooked pasta of your choice

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Put Shake 'N Bake mix into plastic bag with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and shake to mix. Add chicken breasts to bag one at a time to coat. Bake breasts in un-greased or foil-lined pan for 15 minutes. Do not cover or turn the chicken while baking.

Remove pan from oven and pour about 1/4- 1/3 cup of Prego on top of each chicken breast. Sprinkle Parmesan or mozzarella cheese onto sauce. Place pan back into oven and bake for 5 more minutes.

Remove pan from oven and slice chicken into strips (across the shortest width). Part of what makes this dish so special is the plating of it. Put a small amount (1/2 to one cup) of pasta on to the center of the plate and then arrange 4 or 5 slices of chicken onto pasta. Everyone felt like they were eating in a fancy restaurant. lol
Serve with a salad and bread.

Depending on the size of the chicken breasts this feeds 4 to 6 people.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

#48 Carrot Cake

This is a surprise recipe. Since I am not near my cookbook, I cannot give you the recipe yet. So this is like a little teaser and a message for me to get in gear.

Monday, August 10, 2009

#47 Delaware Chicken Divan

2 pkgs (10 oz each) frozen broccoli or 1 1/2 lbs fresh broccoli, cut in florets and lightly steamed
1 1/2 c. cooked chicken white meat, cut in bite-sized pieces
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tblsp fresh lemon juice
2 tblsp sherry or chicken broth
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Arrange broccoli on bottom of a 1 1/2 quart buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle chicken peices over broccoli. Combine remaining ingredients and spoon over the top of the broccoli and chicken. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Yield: 4 servings

I cut this out of "Country" magazine years and years ago. It's fast, easily doubled,and a favorite of my son, Chris. I usually use chicken breasts, cut up and sauteed with salt, pepper, and garlic. A Costco rotissierie chicken would be even easier.