Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad

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2 lbs chicken breast
1 tbsp liquid smoke (opitonal for cooking chicken in)
1 dry ranch seasoning packet
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 individual serving cups 0% plain Greek yogurt
1/4 to 1/2 c light mayo (depending on dry/creamy you like it)
1 c shredded sharp cheddar
10 slices turkey bacon

1. Cook chicken with your preferred method. I put in the crockpot the day before with about a 1/2 c water and 1 tbsp of liquid smoke. Cook on high for 4 hours. Shred with forks. Cool in refrigerator over night.
2. Cook turkey bacon with your preferred method. I bake mine in the oven at 425° to get it nice and crispy. Line a baking sheet with foil and place wire baking rack on top. Place bacon on wire rack and bake for 20-25 minutes.
3. Place cooked turkey bacon in a food processor on high until crumbled into small pieces. Set aside.
4. In a small bowl mix together yogurt, mayo, ranch packet, garlic powder, and pepper. Pour over cooled shredded chicken. Add bacon pieces and cheddar cheese. Stir until chicken is well coated and ingredients are well mixed.

Serving Options:
Serve with crackers, on a croissant, in a pita pocket, or in a lettuce wrap


Chicken Noodle Casserole

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3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 pint fat free half and half
1/4 c skim milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Basil
2 c cooked chicken
1/2 c Italian cheese, shredded + about 1/4 c to sprinkle on top
1/4 c Parmesan cheese, shredded
16 oz. frozen mixed vegetables (I use peas, carrots, corn, and green beans)
8 oz. Whole grain egg noodles

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.
3. While noodles are cooking, melt butter in a deep skillet on medium low heat. When butter is melted, add flour and whisk until flour is absorbed. Whisk in half and half and milk. Turn heat up to medium and whisk until sauce is thickened.
4. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, minced onion, Oregano, and Basil to sauce. Stir cheeses into sauce until melted, add chicken and vegetables to sauce.
5. Combine sauce to noodles. Stir until noodles are coated. Pour into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.

Yields about 6 servings

BBQ Chicken Naan Pizza

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4 Naan bread flats
1 lb. chicken breast
16 oz. BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
4 tbsp crushed pineapple
1 c shredded mozzarella
4 scallions, diced

1. Place chicken in crock pot. Cover with BBQ sauce. Cook on high for 4 hours. At the end of the cook time, remove chicken from crock pot. Shred. Return to crock pot.
2. Preheat oven to 400°. Place naan flats on baking sheet. Top each flat with about 1/3 c BBQ chicken on bottom, 1 tbsp crushed pineapple, 1/4 c mozzarella cheese, and sprinkle with scallions.
3. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Slice each flat into quarters.

Yields 4 servings


Chicken Fried Rice


2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp sesame oil
8 oz. peas/carrots, (I use frozen)
2-3 small garlic cloves, minced
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 green onion, chopped
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, cooked (I usually precook this in my slow cooker ahead of time)
3 c brown rice
soy sauce

1. Heat oils in deep skillet on medium low heat. Add peas/carrots to heated oil. Heat 5-6 minutes or until heated through. Add garlic, salt, pepper, and green onion.
2. Move peas/carrots to one side of skillet. Add beaten egg to the other side and scramble. Once eggs are scrambled, mix into peas/carrots.
3. Add cooked chicken to egg/peas/carrots. Heat thoroughly.
4. In a large bowl, add cooked rice and vegetable/chicken mixture.
5. Serve in individual bowls topped with desired amount of soy sauce.

Yields about 6 servings

Pineapple BBQ Pita Pockets

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Pineapple BBQ ChickenIngredients:
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
1/2 c pineapple, cut into chunks
8 oz. barbecue sauce (I love Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory & Brown Sugar or you can use a homemade sauce)
4 tbsp. red onion, chopped, raw
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
Salt/Pepper, to taste
8 whole wheat Pita Pockets
Romaine Hearts

1. Lay out chicken breasts. Season with salt and pepper. Coat generously with BBQ sauce.
2. Cook chicken in your preferred method (I love grilled chicken in this recipe, but you could also bake it at 350° for about 30 minutes)
3. Allow chicken to rest after cooking for about 10 minutes, then cube into bite-sized pieces in medium sized bowl.
4. Add pineapple, cilantro, and red onion to chicken in bowl.
5. Line each pita pocket with one Romaine leaf, then spoon 1/2 c BBQ chicken mixture into pita pocket.

Yields 8 servings, serving size 1/2 c
4 points on Weight Watchers Smart Point System for BBQ chicken mixture
*add additional points for pita pocket

I am in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers.

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Tortilla Roll Ups


buffalo chicken roll upsIngredients:
8 oz. Buffalo Wing Sauce (I use Frank’s Red Hot)
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 dry ranch packet
8 oz. 1/3 less fat original cream cheese
1 c reduced fat (2%) shredded cheese
6-8 large tortillas

buffalo chicken roll ups 31. Add chicken, buffalo wing sauce, and ranch packet to slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours (cook time will vary with different slow cooker models).
2. Remove chicken from slow cooker onto plate. Shred using two forks. Set chicken aside.
3. Whisk cream cheese into buffalo sauce that is in the slow cooker. Once it is completely melted and mixed well, add chicken back into sauce.
4. Turn off slow cooker. Put buffalo chicken mixture into a dish to chill in the refrigerator for about 30-45 minutes.
5. Once chicken mixture is chilled (I zapped mine in my food buffalo chicken roll ups 2processer a few times to make it easier to spread before adding the cheese), stir in shredded cheese to buffalo chicken mixture.
6. Lay tortillas out flat on counter. Spoon buffalo chicken mixture onto tortilla and spread into an even layer.
7. Beginning at one end, roll up tortilla. Slice into bite-sized pieces. Repeat process until all of the buffalo chicken mixture is gone (I used 7 tortillas).
8. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Yields about 42 roll ups (will vary depending on how much chicken mixture you put in each tortilla and how big you cut your roll ups)

Arroz con Pollo

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arroz con polloIngredients:
1 c brown rice, dry (I use Rice Select Organic Texmati Brown Rice)
2 1/4 c water
1/2 tsp salt
1 lb chicken tenderloins (or 6-8 chicken tenderloins)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
slow cooker queso

1. Prepare rice by adding water, rice and salt to large pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, stir once. Cover and reduce heat. Allow to simmer for 40-45 minutes. Fluff with fork.
2. While rice is cooking, heat grill to 350°. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken on grill until no longer pink in the middle.
3. Transfer cooked rice to a serving dish, place cooked chicken on top of rice, and top with queso.

Yields about 6 servings


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