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How to Cook Moist and Tender Chicken

How to cook moist and tender chicken.

We used to have so many problems baking, grilling, and slow cooking chicken breasts. It would always turn out dry and tough. Here are some tips that I have found help me get moist and tender chicken!

  1. Pound the chicken so that it cooks even. I use a gallon bag and a rolling pin.
  2. Marinade or season the chicken. I try to let it sit at least 30 minutes. (My favorite easy way is just olive oil and a dry rub.)    
  3. I usually cook it at about 400 degrees in the oven. I have found I can cook the chicken at slightly lower or higher temperatures and as long as I remove it when the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees it is still moist and tender. I would say follow what the recipe says for cooking temperature. On the grill, I generally am at medium low heat.
  4. I can remove it exactly at 165 degrees because I am constantly monitoring the internal temperature of the chicken with the Weber iGrill. This little handy tool is a game changer for getting perfect chicken (or any meat). I don’t have to guess and keep checking if the chicken is done. It alerts me on my phone or I can just look at the screen of the device! (If you are grilling you still need to make sure it isn’t on fire or getting burnt). I use it for grilling, baking, and even slow cooking in the crockpot!
  5. Make sure you insert the probes into the thickest part of the chicken breasts. Also it needs to be in the center of the thick part. I like to insert the probe parallel to the chicken (not up and down). You can use up to four probes at a time.   
  6. Once the chicken reaches temperature, remove it from the oven, grill, or crockpot, and let it rest covered for 5 minutes! I just put it on a plate and cover it with foil. Do not skip this step even though I know you want to dig in!
  7. Enjoy your moist and tender chicken!

 

Crab Rangoon Tacos

No Cook Meal: Easy Crab Rangoon Taco Recipe
Easy Crab Rangoon Taco Recipe

8 Tacos

Crab Ragoon Tacos

These crab rangoon tacos are a super easy no cook meal!

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Ingredients

  • 8 Small Flour Tortillas
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 2 Packages of Imitation Crab Meat (8 oz. each)
  • Bunch of Green Onions
  • Jar of Sweet and Sour Sauce

Instructions

  1. Soften Cream Cheese just enough to spread on tortilla.
  2. Lay out crab meat in the tortilla.
  3. Garnish with chopped green onions.
  4. Drizzle sweet and sour sauce over it.
  5. Serve with raw vegetables!
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Easy Taco Soup

This quick and easy taco soup is great for any week night!
This quick and easy taco soup is great for any week night… or weekend!

Serves 5-8 People (Each Serving: 1-2 Cups)

Easy Taco Soup

This taco soup is so easy to make on a cold day!

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 min

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef (93/7 is what I use!)
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes (15 oz.)
  • 1 Can Drained Corn (15 oz.)
  • 1 Can Black Beans (15 oz.)
  • 1 oz. Fiesta Ranch Seasoning (Plain Ranch Will Work Also)
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 t. Garlic Powder
  • 1 t. Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • Optional: Shredded Cheese and Sour Cream; Tortilla Chips or Cooked Barley

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef in skillet. (Drain Fat)
  2. Add seasoning and stir. Add remaining ingredients to skillet.
  3. Bring soup to a boil, then simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Serve with cheese and sour cream! (We have had ours with tortilla chips, or I have added some Barley)
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Baked Chicken Pizza

I wanted pizza, but chicken needed to be used so I just combined the ideas. This is easy dinner idea with not much cleanup. You could probably put on veggie toppings or just make it cheese. I had bought pepperonis so that is just what I used!
I am not very good about measuring ingredients because a lot of meals I just kind of throw together. The great thing about it is that they can be adapted a little bit if you need a little more or a little less servings. I cook for two usually so I don’t want a bunch of leftovers that we get tired of eating. You can also use more or less of ingredients you want or don’t want.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
I just tenderized the chicken breast by using a meat mallet. Don’t skip this step. The chicken bakes even this way. Then I put them in a 9×13 pan with foil on the bottom. I always cover the pan first… so much easier to clean.
 
I sprinkled the chicken with basil, oregano  and garlic powder. Then I put a 14 oz. jar of pizza sauce on top of the chicken. You could make your own sauce, but I wanted something fast and easy!
I added some mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese on top and put about 6 pepperonis on each chicken breast.
Bake until the chicken reaches temperature. I use an iGrill meat thermometer. This totally changes the cooking game! I don’t have to keep opening the oven and checking it. It did take mine about 25 minutes. It may vary depending on your oven.
Really chicken is so much better if you tenderize it and use an iGrill or something to constantly monitor the temperature!
I think it is important to note that how I plate things for my main pictures isn’t always how I eat them. I still wanted some bread to balance my plate with some grains so I ate about half the chicken breast and toasted some bread to go with it. Just remember pictures aren’t ALWAYS how people eat things.  I just think it is important to think about the fact that they eat more, less, or different things depending on what they need or what is available. 

4-6 Servings

Baked Chicken Pizza

This is a great healthier alternative to ordering a pizza and it is an easy meal on any night!

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 min

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Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 t. Oregano
  • 1/2 t. Basil
  • 1/2 t. Garlic powder
  • 14. oz Jar of Pizza Sauce (or a little less depending on how saucy you want it).
  • 1 C. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 C. Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 18 Pepperonis

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.
  2. Tenderize chicken with a meat mallet.
  3. Sprinkle, oregano, basil, and garlic powder on chicken. You can measure them out...I just shake some on though!
  4. Cover with the chicken with pizza sauce.
  5. Add cheese on top.
  6. Then put on the pepperonis.
  7. Bake until done. About 25 min. depending on your oven. I use the iGrill to constantly monitor temperature! It is seriously a kitchen game changer! I love it!
  8. Serve with some veggies and toasted bread!
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Chick-Fil-A Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich

I love the Chick-Fil-A grilled chicken sandwich, and I love the spicy chicken sandwich. Sometimes, I want the taste of the spicy chicken at home, but I don’t want to go to the work of breading the chicken. In addition, I always seem to want Chick-Fil-A on Sundays…. the day they are closed! This is an easy recipe on a Sunday, or any day, for something quick to put together and not much clean up. I could probably do a more natural seasoning, but I love Cajun and I love Chipotle so I thought why not combine them?! I just covered the chicken in olive oil and sprinkled both seasonings on the chicken breasts. Depending on how many servings you want you can easily adjust the amount of chicken breasts you cook!

I added some on both sides! Here is a picture of them before putting them on the grill!

I highly suggest getting an iGrill. It makes grilling… and baking so much easier! It is such a great kitchen tool and time saver!

8 Servings

Chick-Fil-A Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich

This grilled spicy chicken sandwich is so simple. I love Chick-Fil-A's spicy chicken sandwich. Sometimes, I want it grilled, not a breaded version though. This recipe is easy to adjust to how many servings you want too. If you want fewer servings, just grill less chicken breasts!

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 min

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Ingredients

  • 8 Hamburger Buns
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 T. Olive Oil
  • McKormick Chipotle Seasoning
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • 8 Slices of Pepperjack Cheese (or Monterrey Jack)
  • Pickles
  • Mayo

Instructions

  1. Start the grill and keep at medium heat.
  2. Tenderize the chicken with a mallet and beat until they are about the same thickness. Mine were about a half inch think. Pour olive oil over the chicken.
  3.  Sprinkle Chipotle seasoning and cajun seasoning on both sides of the chicken. 
  4. Grill until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. I use a Weber iGrill to monitor the temperature and don't even turn the chicken over! Makes it so EASY! (You could also bake at 350 degrees until it reaches temperature, but of course, you won't get the grill taste!)
  5. Add cheese and let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Cut the chicken breasts in half to make 8 servings.
  7. Serve on a bun with pickles and mayo!
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