Parmesan Chicken Bites

Anita mentioned these Parmesan chicken bites the other day. I made them a long time ago and posted them on our old blog, Crossroads of America, and somehow had forgotten about them. That’s a shame because they’re really great. They aren’t nuggets like you might think. And they aren’t crunchy because they aren’t fried. They have a light coating, with a great herb-and-butter flavor. They are very addicting.
Parmesan Chicken BitesI continued the herb theme and served these Parmesan chicken bites with a cool Ranch dressing for dipping. A Dijon dipping sauce also works great, as does blue cheese. These little yummy morsels are a great alternative to deep-fried chicken nuggets.

Want ’em crunchy? Try my homemade chicken nuggets.

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Parmesan Chicken Bites

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • Your favorite dipping sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil and spread out in a pie plate.
  • Working in batches, dip the chicken pieces into the melted butter and shake off the excess. Roll in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Place chicken on foil and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the thickest pieces are cooked.
  • Serve with your favorite chicken nugget dipping sauce.

Quick Fix Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich

I love cooking meals from scratch. But sometimes reality hits and I have to throw something together that doesn’t require a lot of preparation. That’s where this quick fix copycat of McDonald’s chicken sandwich comes in. In less than 30 minutes I get to enjoy a rather tasty chicken sandwich. Heck it even has fresh toppings on it and a rather tasty (but incredibly simple) sauce. Hey, it’s not bad when you’re in a crunch, and I often find myself making little changes to mix things up a bit.
quick-fix-copycat-mcdonalds-chicken-sandwichAdd a little kick to your quick fix copycat McDonald’s chicken sandwich by substituting Tyson’s spicy chicken patties, adding a slice of pepper jack cheese, and adding Sriracha instead of onion powder when making the sauce.

Also try my copycat of McDonald’s addicting French fries.

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Quick Fix Copycat McDonald's Chicken Sandwich

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

For the McChicken sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 dash onion powder

Instructions

  • Heat the chicken per package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce by whisking together the ingredients.
  • Toast the buns if desired. Slather both bun halves with the sauce.
  • Add the heated chicken patties, lettuce and tomato (and onion if using) and serve.

White Garlic Chicken Pizza

This white garlic chicken pizza reminded me that I really need to eat more white sauce pizza. I usually opt for red, making my own sauce, but the creamy, garlicky, cheesy sauce on this pizza was fantastic. Black olives, shallot, moist and tender chicken and Mozzarella topped it all off delicious bite-after-bite.
White Garlic Chicken PizzaI used chicken that I had roasted on my Char-Broil Big Easy when making this white garlic chicken pizza, but any cooked chicken will do. Grab a rotisserie chicken next time you’re at the store and shred or chop it. Perfect.

Also try my BBQ chicken and muffaletta flatbread pizzas.

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White Garlic Chicken Pizza

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 pizzas

Ingredients

For the white garlic pizza sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano dried
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

For the pizza

  • 2 10 " pre-made pizza crusts
  • 10 ounces cooked chicken shredded, chopped or cubed
  • 2 medium shallots sliced thin
  • Black olives sliced
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, if desired

Instructions

For the white garlic pizza sauce

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in the flour, pepper, salt and oregano. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Slowly add the milk while whisking.
  • Remove from heat and add the cheese. Stir to melt.
  • Use sauce immediately.

For the pizza

  • Preheat oven per package instructions.
  • Spread sauce out on both crusts.
  • Add chicken, shallots and olives, followed by the cheese.
  • Bake until the crusts are crisp, golden brown, and the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with parsley, slice and serve.

Garlic and Herb Marinaded Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Weber has a line of marinade mixes that you add juice to that are really, really good. And they’re perfect for flavoring chicken before cooking it on the Char-Broil Big Easy. I picked up a package of each and used them to marinate my favorite, split chicken breasts. The garlic and herb marinade is mixed with lemon juice to produce wonderfully seasoned chicken. A hint of garlic, a hint of lemon, and a mix of earthy herbs.
Garlic and Herb Marinaded Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasySince the Big Easy cooks at a high temperature you do have to watch that your chicken doesn’t char. One way to help prevent that is to not use marinades containing substances that might burn, like sugar or honey. The other is to rinse the chicken before cooking. Now, you’re going to lose a bit of flavor doing that, but if like me you’re going to remove the skin before eating, it really doesn’t make that big of a difference.

Weber makes all sorts of great flavored Just Add Juice marinades. I’ve also made chicken marinaded in their fantastic citrus herb marinade.

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Weber Marinades

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Garlic and Herb Marinaded Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: I prefer to rinse the marinade off the outside of the chicken since it will tend to burn. The meat has already absorbed the flavors of the marinade.
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 -4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches 165 F as checked in several places.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

I made a batch of tremendously good baked smothered chicken burritos the other day. The chicken was cooked slow all day, resulting in the perfect tender filling. I was still flashing back to them when I came across this idea for slow cooker cream cheese chicken taquitos. Just like the burritos, these taquitos are stuffed with fantastically tasty chicken that just falls apart as it cooks.
Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken TaquitosThe creamy chicken and melted smooth cheese needed a little kick in my opinion, so I topped the taquitos with diced jalapenos and spicy salsa. Then all was right in the world again!

Also try my slow cooker creamy Italian chicken.

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Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time8 hrs 35 mins
Course: Main

Ingredients

For the cream cheese chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 1/3 cup water

For the taquitos

  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese or combine shredded extra sharp cheddar with taco seasoning
  • 12 6 inch flour tortillas
  • Your favorite toppings extra cheese, chopped fresh cilantro, salsa, jalapenos, green onions, etc

Instructions

For the cream cheese chicken

  • Add all of the chicken ingredients to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or until the chicken is fall-apart tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the chicken and shred or chop as desired.
  • Return chicken to the slow cooker, stir, and cook another 15 minutes.

For the taquitos

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Lay tortillas out onto a flat surface.
  • Spoon 2-4 tablespoons of chicken into the middle of each tortilla.
  • Top with 1-2 tablespoons of cheese.
  • Roll tortillas up tightly and place seam-side down into the baking dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the tortillas are lightly browned and hardened.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.

Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Fowl Play marinade by The Shed BBQ adds tremendous flavor to any cut of chicken. As soon as I opened it I knew that I was in for nothing but goodness. I detected soy sauce. Apple juice. Citrus. It’s tangy with a slight hint of vinegar. Fowl Play Chicken cooked on the Char-Broil Big Easy comes out incredibly flavorful all the way through.
Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI used split bone-in chicken breasts, marinating them for 4 hours before placing them into the Big Easy. The skin doesn’t get crispy because of all that time in the marinade, but the meat… oh my goodness. So tender and juicy and good! Incredible. If you’re looking for a quick, painless way to make masterful chicken on the Big Easy this is it.

I was a bit worried that maybe some of the spices in Fowl Play might burn from the high heat in the Big Easy but they did not. You have to watch for that if you’re using anything with large chunks of things like minced garlic.

I’m a big fan of store-bought marinated chicken like this Fowl Play chicken or Chiavetta’s chicken cooked on the Big Easy. It’s as simple as it gets.

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Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches 165 F as checked in several places.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Oh me how happy was I with this pizza? Darned happy, that’s how happy! All of my favorite things. Crunchy pizza crust. Moist, tender chicken, cheese, smoky BBQ sauce, and of course, some heat! BBQ chicken pizza was a big hit in our household, that’s for sure!
BBQ Chicken PizzaBBQ chicken pizza is also the easiest, tastiest way to use up leftover cooked chicken. You can also make this same recipe using leftover pulled pork or smoked brisket.

I used a smoky, hickory-flavored BBQ sauce since the chicken I used was roasted and didn’t have that much smoky flavor. If I was going to use smoked pork or beef I’d use a sauce without a smoky flavor since there’s already enough of that in the meat.

Also try my white garlic chicken pizza.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 1 pizza
Author: Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 large pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce use a thinner, hickory-flavored sauce for the best results
  • 10 ounces cooked chicken chopped or shredded
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped roasted jalapenos or substitute sliced pickled jalapenos
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven per pizza crust instructions.
  • Brush some of the BBQ sauce over the pizza crust.
  • Combine chicken and BBQ sauce. Spread evenly over the crust.
  • Add onion, cheeses, and jalapenos.
  • Bake per crust instructions.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro, slice and serve.

Spicy White Chicken Chili

Whew, oh boy! This spicy white chili chicken isn’t some boring, barely-seasoned, overly-tame, put-you-to-sleep white chicken chili, no sir! You pretty much open your pantry and grab everything in it that is spicy and throw it in a pot with some chicken, some beans, some roasted peppers, and some broth. Done!
Spicy White Chicken ChiliI really enjoyed the smokiness of this spicy white chicken chili. There are so many different flavors coming together in every spoonful. I’m thinking you could easily make this a beef chili by substituting cooked crumbled ground beef (or small pieces of chuck) along with beef broth. Or you can easily go the turkey route, using crumbled cooked ground turkey.

Also try my 6 bean chili. Because more beans is more better.

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Spicy White Chicken Chili

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin optional, or use less if you wish
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 poblanos roasted, stems and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno roasted, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 cans chopped roasted green chiles
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 cups chicken broth divided
  • 3 cups cooked chicken chopped or shredded
  • 1 lime juiced and zested
  • 3 15 ounce cans cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Your favorite toppings shredded cheese, tortilla strips, sour cream, etc

Instructions

  • Heat oil in large Dutch or pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add cumin, chili powder, cayenne, chipotle powder and salt and pepper and stir.
  • Add roasted poblanos, roasted jalapeno, green chiles, cilantro, 3 1/2 cups of the chicken broth, chicken, lime zest and juice.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes.
  • Add the beans and cook another 15 minutes, adding more broth if necessary.
  • Serve with desired toppings.