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Spicy Garlic Chicken

Spicy Garlic Chicken

I was craving hot sauce the other night. I just wanted to hop into the car and head to the nearest Buffalo Wild Wings for some spicy wings. That, or I was going to make a pan of buffalo chicken dip, which would have been a bad decision, seeing as it’s basically cream cheese, chicken, and hot sauce. None of that being very good for me, my heart, or my waist.

So I opted to experiment and came up with the following compromise – Spicy Garlic Chicken over a bed of chicken rice. So I grabbed some fresh garlic from the cupboard, a bottle of Frank’s Red Hot, and preheated the oven to 375.

Spicy Garlic Chicken (for one)

2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup of Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1 chicken breast
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 375. In a shallow glass baking dish, coat bottom of pan with olive oil. Place cleaned chicken breast into pan, top with minced garlic. Slowly pour hot sauce over chicken until chicken is completely covered.

Place baking dish into oven, and bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked and browned.

Remove from oven, serve over a bed of rice, and enjoy.

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Hearty Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Andy should be mad at me by now. Not once, but twice have I tried to sneak an excessive amount of vegetables into his dinner. This time, I really wasn’t even trying to hide them, that’s how bad it’s gotten.

I was lazy, I admit it, I could have pureed the pizza base so it was more of a sauce, but I didn’t want to. And to be fair, I think it actually added something to the pizza. I did, however, cover it with so much buffalo chicken, there was no way he could actually be mad. I even added ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, and an extra helping of hot sauce before popping it into the oven.

Hearty Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Pre-cooked pizza crust
1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot
1/4 cup of Peppercorn Ranch dressing
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 carrot, diced
1 Beefsteak tomato, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 small green pepper, diced
1/2 cup of white wine
Preheat oven to 350. In a small sauce pan, cook carrots, tomato, onion, and green peppers on medium-high heat until onions are translucent and browned. Add white wine and cook until reduced down. Vegetables will be softened.
Pour mixture evenly over pizza dough.
In a bowl, mix chicken and 1/4 cup of hot sauce. Toss until combined. Evenly spread chicken over pizza. Top with shredded cheese. Pour ranch dressing over pizza in a spiral. Do the same with the hot sauce. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted, lightly browned.
Remove from oven, let cool, serve and enjoy.
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Chicken and Biscuits Recipe

Chicken and Biscuits | Roni's Blog

Sometimes I impress myself.

I have never made chicken and biscuits before. To be fair, I think I’ve only eaten it twice before. But for some reason, I decided that’s what I was going to make us for dinner the other night. We made that crockpot chicken and so it made sense to make something special with all the meat. I even had the juices from the chicken left over so I could make gravy. Peas in the freezer? There’s our veggies!

So I took a whirl and ended up with a pretty yummy (and super quick) meal.

Chicken and Biscuits

2 cups of shredded, cooked chicken (warmed)
3 tablespoons and 1/4 cup of chicken drippings (from making the crockpot chicken)
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
2 cups of frozen peas (take out of freezer and let warm to about room temperature)
1 package of Pillsbury biscuits, baked according to package

In a saucepan, heat the three tablespoons of chicken drippings on medium-high heat. Add flour and stir until flour thickens.



Continue stirring and slowly add water and remaining chicken drippings. Add black pepper. Stir until you have the consistency you like, but should take about 5 to 7 minutes. Add peas and stir until warmed.

On a plate place sliced open biscuit. Top with some shredded chicken and then with the gravy and peas sauce.

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Whole Chicken in a Crockpot



Turns out I can make more than Mac & Cheese and Chili in a crockpot. Andy and I were wandering around the supermarket trying to figure out what to make for dinner when we stumbled upon whole chickens for less than $5. So we bought it… and then I realized I had no idea how to cook it. You see, my grandmother had one of those Ronco rotisserie cookers. Remember those? You could skewer a whole chicken, turn the nob and a few hours later, you’d had a roasted, juicy chicken.

After we had lunch, my grandmother would always make me clean the chicken, pulling apart the meat from the bone for chicken salad the next day. Believe me, no chicken was ever wasted. I pride myself on being able to clean a chicken to the bone. Although to be fair, I might have snuck a few bites while cleaning the chicken. It was too tasty.

So I thought about those meals when I decided how we were going to make dinner. And while I don’t have a home rotisserie, I did have a crockpot.

Crockpot Whole Chicken

1 whole chicken, cleaned and insides removed
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 onion, sliced into rings
2 slices of bacon

Place two slices of bacon and onion on bottom of crockpot. In a small bowl, mix spices. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken. You can even put some of the mix in the chicken cavity and under the skin, although not required.

Place chicken in crockpot on top of bacon and onion. There is no need to add water. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until chicken is falling off the bone.