Chicken Parmesan for Two

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Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite supper dishes, but with only 2 of us at home it is nice to be able to cut the recipe down a little bit. This Chicken Parmesan recipe is designed for 2 people, but if the chicken breasts are small you can stretch 3 out of it. (the local markets smallest package was three, but they were small – so I had some left overs, which was fine). Be sure to pound the chicken breasts down to the same thickness so they cook equally.

If your cooking for 2, and like Chicken Parmesan, give this recipe a try; it’s really good!

Chicken Parmesan for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28-ounces)
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • Chicken and Pasta
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6-ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces Vermicelli
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ ounce grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet or medium size sauce pan over medium heat - heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic, ¾ teaspoons of salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes; cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and sugar, bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, loosely cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining olive oil; set aside and keep warm.
  2. parm chicken sauce
  3. Pound chicken down to about ½ inch and let set for 20 minutes to come to room temperature.
  4. pounding parm chicken
  5. While sauce is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, drain, and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water. (to cook pasta 2 quarts water and ½ teaspoon salt) When the sauce is done mix ¾ cup of the sauce into the pasta; set aside and keep warm.
  6. cooking pasta
  7. parm chicken sauce and pasta
  8. In a shallow dish whisk together the flour and egg until smooth. Place the bread crumbs in another shallow dish like a pie plate.
  9. parm chicken breading mix
  10. Preheat broiler with rack 4 inches below element
  11. Dip chicken in the egg mixture letting any excess drip off, and then roll chicken in the bread crumbs. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook chicken using the cooking oil until nicely browned (I cooked them to 160F on this step).
  12. breading parm chicken
  13. pan frying parm chicken
  14. Place chicken on a broiler pan and top chicken with mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and starts to brown.
  15. cheese on parm chicken
  16. broiling parm chicken
  17. Spoon 2 tablespoons of sauce over the chicken, and mix any leftover sauce into the pasta. If needed mix in some of the reserved pasta sauce to adjust the consistency of the pasta. Enjoy

Adapted from Cooks Country

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Rhubarb Bars Recipe

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raw rubarb recipe

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It’s rhubarb season here in Upper Michigan and I figured I should post at least one recipe with rhubarb as the main ingredient.

This recipe almost didn’t get posted because I had some issues putting the crust together – I double checked it to make sure it was right, but had trouble getting the crumbly texture I wanted. The crust mixture was more on a dough side than crumbly. I thought, what is, is, and continued to finish the recipe.

The deciding factor for posting this recipe was that these bars are delicious – it turned out to be one of those that you just can’t eat one recipe. I had to have my wife take them away!!

If you decide to try this Rhubarb Bars Recipe don’t be shook if the crust is a little on the doughy side; just crumble it the best you can when you apply the topping, other than that the doughy texture works out well for forming the bottom crust for the bars. (I used the flat part of a glass to press the topping into place; Enjoy

Rhubarb Bars Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Slice rhubarb into 1 inch pieces
  3. In a small bowl mix together 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, and ½ cup granulated sugar; set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan mix together the rhubarb, one cup granulated sugar, and water. Cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir the sugar flour mixture into the rhubarb and continue cooking until thickened; stir in vanilla and set aside.
  5. rubarb sauce
  6. In a large bowl mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender or fork cut the shortening into the flour mixture to form a crumbly dough; reserve 1 cup of the dough for the topping.
  7. bar crust
  8. Lightly spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with cooking spray, and press the dough into the bottom of the pan. Spread the rhubarb over the crust and then sprinkle the remaining dough over the top.
  9. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown – cool before serving.

Adapted from Midwest Living

Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe

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slow cooker thai pork with peppers recipe

It has been raining so much I haven’t had time to get much outdoor work done. There is a little bit of a break in the rain so I decided on this Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe so I could get some work done while supper is cooking.

This recipe was prepared as written – I thought it was pretty good but the next time I would add the peppers to the pork mixture later in the cooking process so they don’t get over cooked. The original recipe called for red bell peppers, I used yellow, because that is what I had on hand. The red obviously would give the dish a little bit of color.

I you’re looking for a Slow Cooker Asian recipe give this one a try.

Slow Cooler Thai Pork with Peppers Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter (if you want to add a more nutty texture to the dish use chunky)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 red bell peppers (sliced into lengths) or what colors you have available.
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker mix together the chicken broth, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes until thoroughly combined; add the peppers (I warmed the slow cooker to help combine the honey and peanut butter)
  2. Work the pork chops into the slow cooker mixture.
  3. Cook for 5 -6 hours or until pork is tender. Remove pork from the slow cooker and when cool enough to handle shred with a fork. Add the pork back into the slow cooker and continue cooking until heated through.
  4. Serve over cooked rice

slow cooker thai pork with peppers 2

Adapted from allrecipes.com

Pork Chops in Country Onion and Mushroom Gravy Recipe

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Pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy always goes well in this house for supper. This Pork Chops in Country Onion and Mushroom Gravy recipe looked really good so I thought I would give it a try. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require many ingredients, and doesn’t take that long to cook. You can have supper on the table in less than an hour.
The next time you’re in the mood for pork chops give this one a try; the gravy is delicious!

Pork Chops in Country Onion and Mushroom Gravy Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy always goes well in this house for supper. This Pork Chops in Country Onion and Mushroom Gravy recipe looked really good so I thought I would give it a try. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require many ingredients, and doesn’t take that long to cook. You can have supper on the table in less than an hour.
  • The next time you’re in the mood for pork chops give this one a try; the gravy is delicious!
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray brown chops on both sides (about 6 minutes each side) set aside on a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  2. Reduce heat to medium in the now empty skillet and cook onion for 3 minutes – stir in the mushrooms. Mix in the beef broth and any settled juices from the chops. Place chops into the onion and mushroom mixture, and spoon the onions and mushrooms generously over the top. Cover and simmer for 12 minutes or until pork is no longer pink inside (145F) remove chops to serving platter.)
  3. In a glass or small bowl mix together the flour and milk until smooth. Stir the flour mixture into the sauces in the skillet, stirring constantly until sauce is thickened; salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve gravy over chops and mashed potatoes.

 

Adapted from BettyCrocker.com

Italian Chicken with Penne Pasta Recipe

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Italian Crispy Chicken with Penne Pasta Recipe 1

Here is another simple and good recipe that doesn’t require much prep time. The coating on the chicken is delicious and helps keep the chicken breasts nice and moist. You can use Italian bread crumbs, or traditional, depending on you taste.

I wasn’t sure if I could call this a one dish meal or not because of cooking the chicken separately; but its awful close.

Give this Italian Chicken with Penne Pasta Recipe a try; it’s really good!

Italian Chicken with Penne Pasta Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for Marinade
  • 1pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Ingredients for Breading
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 cups dried Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • Ingredients for Garlic Penne
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 garlic cloves (crushed, minced, and divided)
  • 4-5 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½lb penne pasta (cooked according to package directions)
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper and oregano. Place chicken into a food grade disposable zip lock bag, pour the lemon juice mixture over the top; massage bag to toughly coat the chicken. Let marinade in the refrigerator for 5 – 10 minutes.
  2. Lightly beat eggs in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish whisk together the flour, ½ teaspoon salt and pepper, and place the bread crumbs in another shallow dish. Roll the chicken in the flour, and then into the eggs, and roll into the bread crumbs pressing lightly to coat.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet using the oil cook chicken until nicely browned on both sides and done. (165F)
  4. While chicken is cooking in a large pot cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  5. For the sauce melt the butter in a medium size sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Whisk in the flour and stir for about 1 minute, gradually stir in the milk and chicken broth stirring constantly until mixture thickens; season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Mix the sauce into the penne until well combined.
  6. Serve the pasta with the chicken garnished with parsley.

Adapted from Blogchef.net

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Greek Baked Ziti Recipe

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Greek Baked Ziti

I was looking for a casserole recipe that was a little different and I came across this Greek Baked Ziti Recipe. There is a little bit of prep time involved but it is well worth the effort. The recipe is layered with a creamy cheese sauce mixed into the Ziti at the bottom of the dish which gives this casserole a unique texture. The addition of the cinnamon make me a little nervous because I thought that seasoning may dominate the dish – but there is just enough so you just get a light hint of the cinnamon.

If you’re looking for a one dish meal that’s a little different give this one a try, it’s really good; my wife loved it! This is a large recipe and would be great for a pot luck, or graduation party dish.

Greek Baked Ziti Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces ziti pasta
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 cans tomato sauce (15 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 package shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces – 2 cups)
  • ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for firm; drain. (I like to sprinkle and mix in a little olive oil to keep the pasta from taking on a dry look while it’s sitting)
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook onion until tender. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the burger to the onion mixture and cook burger until no longer pink inside – stirring and breaking up the burger as you cook; drain any excess fat. Stir in the tomato sauce and lemon juice and then season with oregano, sugar, cinnamon, and one teaspoon of salt; cook until heated through. (About 2 minutes)
  4. In a large saucepan over low heat melt the butter, whisk in the flour and cook while stirring for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk – bring the mixture to a high simmer and cook until mixture has thickened and is bubbly. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and season with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper.
  5. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Mix the cheese sauce into the Ziti and place the mixture over bottom of the casserole dish. Layer the meat mixture over the top of the Ziti and top with the mozzarella cheese, sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is hot and bubbly.
  6. Let casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Adapted from MyRecipes

Ham Steak with Red-Eye Gravy

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ham steak with red-eye gravy recipe

My son has cooked this dish a number of times when he has been home for the Holidays and has the recipe posted on his Blog (blogchef.net). It is really good so I decided to put it on the supper menu for last night’s supper. This is a simple recipe that requires very little prep, and cooking time. The end result is a delicious ham steak dinner.

The next time you are looking for a quick and easy recipe give this one a try.

Ham Steak with Red-Eye Gravy
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bone-in ham steak (1 ¼ pounds)
  • ground black pepper
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 3 pieces and chilled)
  • 2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat until crisp; reserve bacon for another use or just eat it.
  2. Cook the ham steaks in the bacon grease until nicely browned on both sides; place ham on a dish and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until onion starts to brown. Whisk in the flour and continue cooking for about 15 seconds, and then mix in the chicken broth and maple syrup, stirring to remove any drippings from the bottom of the pan. Bring heat to simmer and cook until mixture is reduced to about ¾ of a cup and starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and espresso powder; salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cut steak into 4 pieces and serve with gravy spooned over the top.

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Simple Grilled Pineapple Chicken Tenders Recipe

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pineapple chicken tenders recipe

If you’re in the mood to fire up the grill and are looking for a simple recipe these Pineapple Chicken Tenders are really good. The recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and is quick to put together. This is a mildly seasoned recipe so feel free to add to it as you see fit – I prepared the recipe as written.

Simple Grilled Pineapple Chicken Tenders Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup light soy sauce
  • 2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins or strips (chicken tenders save some time, but it is a lot cheaper to make your own chicken strips out of boneless skinless chicken breasts)
  • Skewers
Instructions
  1. If using wood soak skewers soap them in water for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better.
  2. in a small sauce pan mix together the pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Cook mixture over medium heat just short of a boil; remove from heat and allow mixture to cool enough to handle. Place chicken tenders in a 1 gallon food, grade disposable bag, and pour the sauce mixture over the chicken in the bag. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat and prepare grill for medium high heat, and lightly oil cooking grates.
  4. Thread the chicken lengthwise through the sewers and grill for 5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.

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Adapted from All Recipes

Chicken Flambé with Jack Daniels Cream Sauce

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Chicken Flambé with Jack Daniels Cream Sauce

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Doing a Flambé recipe has been on my to do list for quiet sometime, so when I saw this Chicken Flambé with Jack Daniels Cream Sauce recipe I decided to fire up the kitchen. Well it was not as intense as I thought it would be, but the end result was very good. The sauce is reach and creamy, and the chicken breasts are tender and delicious.

If you’ve wanted to try a Flambé recipe give this one a try – it’s simple and delicious.

I used an electric stove for this recipe if you using open flame you might want to remove the pan from the burner before you ignite it – this can get pretty intense because flames can shoot up quickly so use caution.

Chicken Flambé with Jack Daniels Cream Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • 4 - 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup Jack Daniel's Whiskey
  • 3 large shallots (chopped)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Pat chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a large skillet, or chicken cooker, using the butter cook chicken over medium high heat until chicken is nicely browned on both sides.
  3. Add Jack Daniel's to the skillet and carefully ignite – gently shake the pan until the flames go out. Add the shallots to the skillet and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in ¼ cup water, thyme, and parsley, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 25 minutes until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  5. While chicken is cooking in a small cup or bowl mix together the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water until dissolved.
  6. Remove chicken to a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  7. Add the cream to the skilled and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Continue cooking until sauce has thickened. Salt and pepper to taste and place the chicken back in the skillet with any juices that have collected on the bottom of the plate. Serve with sauce spooned over the top of the chicken.

Adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen

Smothered Chicken Casserole

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chicken casserole recipe

Here’s another simple and good one dish recipe. I thought this recipe was pretty good for being a one dish recipe; but my wife thought it was great. Because I was cooking for just the 2 of us we had left overs, which reheated very well making for a nice lunch the following day.

If you’re looking for a simple and good one dish casserole recipe, give this one a try – it doesn’t take that long to prepare, and it’s really good.

Smothered Chicken Casserole
 
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Serves: 3 - 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 ounces uncooked thin spaghetti
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (10¾ ounces)
  • 1¼ cups half-and-half
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh broccoli florets (cut into smaller pieces)
  • 3 slices cooked bacon (crispy) if you want to save some time purchase the precooked.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Season chicken with pepper and garlic salt. In a large skillet over medium high using the oil cook chicken on both sides until nicely browned and juices run clear; set aside on a plate.
  3. While chicken is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the soup, half-and-half, smoked paprika until thoroughly combined; reserve ¾ cup of the sauce and then fold in the spaghetti and broccoli.
  5. Lightly spray a 2 ½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray and layer the spaghetti mixture over the bottom. Arrange the chicken thighs on top and spoon the reserved sauce over the chicken; sprinkle the bacon over the top.
  6. Bake covered for 20 minutes, uncover and continue cooking until mixture is bubbly about 10 – 15 minutes longer.
  7. Serve Hot
  8. Adapted from Betty Crocker

Adapted from Betty Crocker