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Lemon Basil Chicken Bake

Lemon Basil Chicken Bake

Lemon Basil Chicken Bake

Ingredients

  • penne pasta- 1 lb
  • cooked chicken, chopped (perfect with leftover chicken from Lemon-Braised Chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • fresh basil- 2 cups, chopped
  • Asiago cheese- 16 oz. (2 cups), shredded (or a blend of Asiago and Parmigiano-Reggiano)
  • Parmesan cheese- 8 oz. (1 cup), shredded or grated
  • STAPLES
  • milk- 1 cup
  • butter- 2 tablespoons
  • bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in salted water until tender then drain and return pasta to pan
  2. Heat oven to 375⁰
  3. Add to pasta: chicken, juice squeezed from lemon, basil, milk and Asiago cheese or cheese blend; mix
  4. Transfer pasta mixture to oven-safe casserole or baking dish
  5. Melt butter in bowl in microwave
  6. Add Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs to melted butter and mix well
  7. Using hands sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over the top of pasta
  8. Bake until pasta begins to brown on top, approximately 15-20 minutes
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Reincarnate The Leftover

Lemon Basil Chicken Bake is the perfect recipe to make with leftover chicken from Lemon-Braised Chicken:

braised chicken recipe

Lemon-Braised Chicken

 

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Katsu Sauce Recipe

Of course you can purchase prepared Katsu Sauce to make Chicken Katsu, but to be honest, I haven’t found one that doesn’t contain high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil.  Therefore, I make my own.  It’s super simple using ingredients you most likely have on hand.

Katsu Sauce Recipe

Katsu Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • ketchup- 1 cup
  • Worcestershire sauce- 3 tablespoons
  • dry mustard powder- 3 teaspoons
  • ground ginger- 1 teaspoon
  • garlic powder- 1 teaspoon
  • ground black pepper- 2 teaspoons

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Check out our simple Chicken Katsu Recipe
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Check out our simple Chicken Katsu Recipe here:

Chicken Katsu Recipe

Chicken Katsu Recipe

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Lemon Braised Chicken

Lemon-Braised Chicken

Lemon-Braised Chicken

Ingredients

  • whole chicken- 5lbs
  • lemons- 2
  • cinnamon sticks- 2
  • fresh rosemary sprigs- 4
  • STAPLES
  • poultry seasoning (like Lawry’s perfect blend), or a combination of salt, pepper, paprika and thyme
  • butter- 2 tbspns (to sauté chicken)
  • milk- 2 cups

Instructions

  1. Remove and discard neck from chicken then rinse and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Season chicken generously with poultry seasoning.
  3. Melt butter over medium-high heat in Dutch oven or large skillet that can be transferred to oven.
  4. Saute chicken in butter breast side up first for 20 minutes until brown, then turn over with breast side down
  5. Add milk, zest from both lemons, juice from one lemon, cinnamon sticks and rosemary.
  6. Heat oven to 325⁰.
  7. Cover chicken with oven-safe lid or aluminum foil and transfer to oven to cook for 45 minutes.
  8. Remove lid and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until internal thermometer reaches 160⁰.
  9. Serve chicken carved with sauce from pan spooned over the top.
http://tonispilsbury.com/lemon-braised-chicken/

Reincarnate The Leftover

Don’t throw out leftover roasted chicken!  Instead, reincarnate it into something fabulous like Lemon-Basil Chicken Bake:

Lemon Basil Chicken Bake Recipe

 

Meal Planning For Busy Families

Weekly Meal Plan

The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System

 

Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red

I had been wanting the Le Creuset cookware set for some time but had always let the price deter me from purchasing.  Then I realized that buying these beautiful pots was well worth the investment.  Made in France, each pot is cast iron and enamel coated, so no worrying about chemicals leaking into your food.

I love the way my food cooks in them, especially my French Oven.  The cast iron heats up and keeps a steady temperature to cook the food and is perfect for stews and braising.

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Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red, on sale $299.95

 

 

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Flag Pizza

Flag Pizza

Flag Pizza

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces part skim mozzarella cheese slices
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter or Country Crock® Spread
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce or Ragu® Pizza Quick Sauce
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise and cut into slices or 1 sliced red bell pepper or a mixture of the two
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Take two slices of mozzarella cheese and stack together.
  2. Use kitchen scissors or small knife to cut a few star shapes out of the cheese. Slice remaining cheese slices into 1-inch strips.
  3. Preheat oven to 450°.
  4. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Stretch pizza dough to fit a rectangular pan. Spread sauce evenly over dough.
  6. Sprinkle spinach over top left corner of dough. Place stars on the spinach. Lay tomatoes (or peppers) and cheese strips in alternating strips on rest of the pizza.
  7. Bake 10 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted and starting to turn golden and crust is starting to brown. Remove from oven and serve with crushed red pepper flakes (if using).
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star cookie cutters

miniature star cookie cutters from Pampered Chef $5.99

 

Saute Spinach

Saute spinach in butter

 

Sauteed Spinach

Sauteed Spinach- so delicious

 

Flag Pizza Recipe

time to assemble flag pizza

 

Flag Pizza Recipe

It almost looks too delicious to eat

 

For more great Fourth of July recipes, check out:

Fourth of July Barbeque Menu

Serve Up Simple This Fourth of July

 

 

 

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