Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rotisserie Style Chicken

I found this recipe on my bottle of Lawry's Seasoned Salt and I'm glad I did. It is really good. Usually I cook my whole chicken in the crockpot, but I am going to start cooking them this way in the winter and in the crockpot during the summer when I don't want the extra heat in the house.

The chicken was SO tender and juicy!! My family LOVED this!! The recipe says that it serves 8, but I'd say more like 6, but maybe my 9 and 7 year old ate more than a 'normal' serving size. :)

Rotisserie Style Chicken
  • 4 lb. whole chicken
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 T Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1 t. Lawry's Seasoned Pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rub Chicken with olive oil. Combine Lawry's Seasoned Salt and Lawry's Seasoned Pepper and sprinkle over outside and inside cavity of chicken. Roast in preheated 375 degree oven for 1 hour 20 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reaches 180 degrees.

**Edited to add: Roast the chicken uncovered.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

chicken, rice, bean burrito

I want to call these, "Chevy's chicken fajita burritos", but I don't want to confuse anyone. They don't have onions or bell peppers in them like fajitas. My husband and I lived in Oregon just over 10 years ago and we used to eat out at Chevy's a lot(back when we could afford to eat out more, before kids). We always ordered the chicken fajita burrito. SO yummy! I'm not sure why they called it a fajita burrito because it didn't seem to have onions or peppers in it, I'm guessing it is because they must have used marinated chicken like they use for their fajitas. Last time we went to Chevy's when we lived in Utah, it wasn't on the menu anymore. This is my version. My husband says it tastes just like Chevy's, but it has been over 10 years since we have had one from Chevy's, so don't take our word for it:) But I will tell you that this burrito is SUPER yummy and simple!!

I feel like I have been apologizing a lot for my photos lately and here I am again!! I forgot to take a picture when I made these for dinner, so this is a leftover burrito that my husband ate for lunch the next day. Not a great photo. Maybe, I should not try taking a picture when I am hungry and my hands are shaking.

chicken, rice and bean burrito

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 can drained and rinsed black beans
  • 1 cup salsa (click on "salsa" for the best salsa recipe)(my opinion:))
  • 6-8 flour tortillas(depending on size) mmm....LOVE homemade tortillas
  • 1/2-1 cup grated cheese(I used provolone)

Directions: Cook and chop chicken(I cooked mine in a cast iron skillet with butter, salt and pepper. This would also be great if you marinated the chicken and grilled it before chopping). Add rice, beans, salsa and cheese to the chicken. Spoon mixture into tortillas. I have put these in a baking dish and baked them at 375 until hot. This time I put them in the cast iron skillet and put a pan on top for a couple minutes and then flipped and did the same to the other side(kind of like a panini). Enjoy!!

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I just finished making some homemade oreos for my kids to take to school for their teachers tomorrow. I colored the cream cheese frosting pink, made a cute tag(my opinion), and put them in a clear Chinese take out container. I thought about making some soft sour cream sugar cookies(seriously the BEST sugar cookies EVER!), but remembered I sent those at Christmas time:)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

15-minute pizza dough and pizza dough seasoning

We LOVE pizza at our house. We especially love BBQ chicken pizza. I found this recipe for pizza dough and pizza dough seasoning at Little Birdie Secrets. This makes the best pizza dough. MMMM!!

I couldn't get a very good picture of the pizza crust. I LOVE to cook my pizza in my spring-form pans, so there really isn't a crust around the edges. When I made my BBQ chicken pizza this time, I used half provolone and half mozzarella cheese. I also cooked my chicken in my cast iron skillet(grilled would be super yummy) and chopped the chicken instead of shredding it. So yummy!!

Pizza Dough Seasoning

8 Tablespoons of cheddar cheese powder (you can use either white or yellow)
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 heaping Tablespoon of Italian seasoning

Mix it all together in a bowl and then store in a small jar or zip-top bag. Just add a Tablespoon or so to your pizza dough recipe for an extra tasty crust.

2 1/2 c. flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup hot water (120-130°, use a candy thermometer for accuracy if you're not sure)
1 Tbsp. Rapid Rise or Bread Machine yeast
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Preheat oven to 500°. Mix dry ingredients together. Add hot water and olive oil. Mix for five minutes (I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook, but you could do this by hand, too). Let rest 10 minutes. Press dough on pizza pan, pizza stone, or jelly-roll pan. Bake at 500° for 3 minutes. Take out of the oven and cover with toppings. Return to the oven and bake 8-10 minutes more. Makes one large pizza (16-18 inches).
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