Category Archives: Chicken

Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip

Shredded chicken, chopped green chili’s, black beans, cheese, and ranch seasoning are combined and baked to bubbly perfection in this easy Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip. Grab your chips and get to snacking!

Green Chili Chicken Ranch Dip...super easy dip that is full of flavor! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I love appetizers.

I love appetizers so much I have no idea why I actually cook meals.
Aren’t they so much more fun?! Dips and spreads, and bite sized things.

Yum, I love it!

Green Chili Chicken Ranch Dip...super easy dip that is full of flavor! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

So, the other night as I was getting ready to make Cheesy Chicken and Rice my love of appetizers got the best of me. I scoured the cabinets to see what I had to work with. Black beans, ranch seasoning, green chills, chips…Mexican it is!

This turned out perfect, so full of flavor, and because it was loaded with meat, beans, and reduced fat cream cheese it felt way more sinful then it really was!

Green Chili Chicken + Ranch Dip, SO easy and gluten free! www.maebells.com

So just in case you find your self in need of a good game day snack or a fun dinner idea keep this one in mind!

Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 8 ounce package reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1 small can chopped green chili
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, ranch seasoning, green chili's, and drained and rinsed black beans.
  4. Fold in half of the shredded cheese.
  5. Place dip mixture in casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake 25 minutes until gold and bubbly.
  7. Garnish with tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and avocado if desired.

 

 

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers

If that title doesn’t thrill you, I just don’t know what will.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!

Shredded chicken mixed with creamy ranch flavored cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese and zesty buffalo sauce stuffed into sliced mini sweet peppers.

Hello, dinnertime!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!

I shared these Pesto Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers a few weeks back and showed you just how easy it is to make a meal out of these little sweet peppers. I am totally in love with these things! They are making weeknight meals so easy!

The prep for these Buffalo Sweet Peppers is very similar to the prep for the Pesto version. You simply mix the shredded chicken with cream cheese, ranch, buffalo sauce, stuff it in the peppers and top with cheese!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!

This is also really easy to adjust based on you personal preferences. I would recommend just using my measurement for buffalo sauce as a guideline, since everyone has different tastes. As written, this is just enough for a nice bit of spice, but it won’t set your mouth on fire.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!

Try them! I bet you won’t be able to eat just one!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound mini sweet peppers, tops removed and sliced
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • ¼ cup of Frank's original Buffalo sauce
  • 1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Place sliced sweet peppers in a single layer
  4. In a medium size mixing bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, ranch dressing, and buffalo sauce.
  5. Place a spoonful of the buffalo chicken mixture in each pepper.
  6. Top with shredded cheese.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
  8. Garnish with additional buffalo sauce and green onions if desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Balsamic Vinegar Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Skewers

We grill a lot. Which is weird because I have a food blog and only like one real “grillin” recipe. There is a really simple explanation.

Balsamic Vinegar Chicken and Zucchini Skewers, super simple and healthy!

I cannot operate our grill.

It is a charcoal smoker/grill and I just don’t get it. There is some sort of science behind lighting a charcoal grill and it makes no sense to me. The placement of the coals, the air flow…I know all of those things matter, but I don’t know why. After about year five, Mr. Maebell stopped trying to teach me and just accepted the fact that the grill is just his territory.

Do you see me complaining? Nope.

Balsamic Vinegar Chicken and Zucchini Skewers, super simple and healthy!

The only time it is inconvenient is when I want to grill something for the blog, and he isn’t around. Which has been the case lately. Fortunately, we had the same night off and I put him to work. I actually had no idea what I was making when I started this meal. I had chicken and zucchini so I just kind of rolled with it. I marinated all of the ingredients in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, a little dijon and a handful of spices. I put the chicken and zucchini on skewers, grilled them, and topped with crumbled feta and freshly chopped basil.

Balsamic Vinegar Chicken and Zucchini Skewers, super simple and healthy!
It was fantastic! It had a ton of flavor, it was super easy, and made a quick healthy meal. Usually, when I make kabobs I use different meats and lots of different veggies. This was a less fussy version with simple well chosen ingredients.

Balsamic Vinegar Chicken and Zucchini Skewers, super simple and healthy!

Sometimes less is more!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Balsamic Vinegar Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Skewers
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into small chunks
  • 2 medium sized zucchini, cut into small chunks
Instructions
  1. In a measuring cup or bowl mix the first nine ingredients (balsamic vinegar-salt). Make sure your marinade is well combined.
  2. Place your cut up chicken breast into a plastic bag and pour in half of the marinade.
  3. Place the zucchini pieces into a plastic bag and pour in the second half of the marinade.
  4. Let your meat and veggies marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Heat your grill to 400 degrees.
  6. (If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes before assembling your kabobs.)
  7. Assemble your skewers, alternating chicken and zucchini.
  8. Grill for 5-6 minutes on each side.
  9. Garnish with freshly chopped basil and crumbled feta cheese.

 

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken

Do you remember anything from the speeches said at your graduation? Probably not. Most people don’t. However, Mr. Maebell and I remember one thing very clearly from our high school graduation. Chinese food makes you smarter.

Our class Valedictorian was the daughter of the couple that ran the very best Chinese restaurant in town. When speaking to her success, she said it was actually very simple. Chinese food makes you smarter so everyone should go eat at Hong Kong Chinese Buffet.

Of course, this got a big laugh from the crowd and years later it still proves to be one of the most memorable moments of the night. However, now anytime I make anything even remotely Asian inspired, we always joke we are getting smarter by the bite.

So make this and see what happens!

Kung Pao Chicken

This has become the most requested meal in our house. I absolutely crave it! It has a bit of spice to it and a rich flavor from the sesame oil. It is really a guest worthy dinner. The flavor is spot on to Pei Wei’s Kung Pao chicken, and it is gluten free!

Don’t shutter when you see the ingredient list. It does call for a couple things you may not keep in your pantry, however if you like Asian food I highly recommend taking the plunge and keeping these around. They aren’t expensive and you only need a couple tablespoons so they last forever. You can use this sauce for anything!

Kung Pao Chicken

For this dish I cut up a couple chicken breasts, tossed them in corn starch, and fried them in a little oil. I find that by breading them you get that crunch and the sauce tends to stick to it a bit better. However, if you want to lighten it up you can definitely do grilled or baked chicken or shrimp. The possibilities are endless!

The sauce is really simple. You just mix your main ingredients together in a small bowl, then in another bowl mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with one tablespoon of water. When you’re ready to coat your chicken with the spicy sauce you just mix the two together and it thickens up beautifully! Just like what you find in a restaurant.

Kung Pao Chicken

So, the next time you have a hankering for Kung Pao skip the take out and try this version!

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • ¾ cup corn starch + 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (La Choy is gluten free)
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha (You can half this amount if you don't like spicy things. I'm looking at you, Mom!)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Cut up your chicken breast into bite sized pieces, place in a large plastic bag with ¾ cup of corn starch, lightly shake until all of the chicken is coated well.
  2. Heat a large 12 inch skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat, pour in just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Cook chicken in batches, take care not to over crowd your skillet. I cooked about 4 minutes on each side. Remove chicken from pan and place on a paper towel lined baking sheet in order to drain off as much oil as possible. Continue until all chicken is cooked.
  4. Combine the next 6 ingredients in a small bowl or measuring up to make your sauce. Set aside.
  5. Combine one tablespoon of water with one tablespoon of corn starch and mix well.
  6. Drain off any oil that is in your pan and wipe clean, heat to medium, add in soy sauce mixture and corn starch mixture, add in chicken and stir until mixture is evenly coated and heated through.
  7. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds, and crushed red pepper if desired.

Just a Tip: Normally you can find sesame seed oil in the ethnic food section and in the baking section next to the regular oils, check both places. Chances are one is much cheaper than the other! 

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

I am emotionally spent after Wednesday’s post, so no cute stories today, just a really good recipe! :)

We are buffalo chicken fanatics in this house.

We have buffalo sauce on pizza, baked potatoes, chicken tenders, mac and cheese, chicken casserole, fries, basically anything. Which is why if I am feeling uninspired for our dinner menu I know anything with that flavor combo is going to be a big hit. This was no exception.

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

I kind of used the flavors from buffalo chicken dip and just wrapped it up in corn tortillas and baked. How simple is that? And because I just threw the chicken in the crock pot before I went to work I didn’t even actually have to cook.

Just shred, mix, roll, bake, eat. My kind of dinner.

This also makes a ton, I actually made half this amount because there is only two of us and if I would have made the full recipe Mr. Maebell would have felt obligated to eat all of them. Every single one.

Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

This is a great one to keep handy because it makes a quick dinner, or a great lunch with things you probably already have on hand. Serve with a great big salad and you have a crowd pleasing dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese (reduced fat is fine)
  • 1 package of ranch seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce (or to your taste)
  • 30 corn tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Cook your chicken, I just put the chicken breast in my smallest crock pot with about a cup of chicken broth cooked on low for 8 hours. Then I shredded them using my stand mixer when I got home. You can also bake it if you prefer.
  3. Mix shredded chicken, softened cream cheese, ranch seasoning, cheese, and buffalo sauce until well combined.
  4. Go ahead and spray two cookie sheets with cooking spray and set aside.
  5. Work with about 6 corn tortillas at a time, put them in a clean dish towel, microwave for about 45 seconds, you want them to be pipping hot so they will not crumble when you roll them.
  6. Add a tablespoon or two to one side of the tortilla and roll, lay seam side down on the cookie sheet. Repeat this until all your filling is gone.
  7. When your cookie sheet is full of taquitos lightly sprayed the top with cooking spray just to help them brown a bit.
  8. Bake about 20 minutes, serve with ranch, enjoy!

I made half this recipe and filled mine pretty darn full at it made 14 big taquitos.