Orange-Sauced Chicken Recipe from Cooking Light!

My adaptation of Cooking Light’s Orange-Sauced Chicken

I love running across a tasty recipe, especially one that is quick to make and healthy as well. This one appealed to me because it’s something different to do with chicken. A different taste – chicken can get tedious if you let it. Don’t!

Normally I prefer to post an image of the finished product and then the recipe, but Facebook usually chooses image #2 to post, so… that would explain the backwards way I post recipes…

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Greek Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken… will transform your thoughts on grilled chicken!

Greek Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken - Recipe inspired by Bon Appetit Photo by Mark Peterson
Greek Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken – Recipe inspired by Bon Appetit

Ahhh, I ran across a fantastic recipe in Bon Appetit. It turned typically dry boneless skinless grilled chicken breasts into something absolutely heavenly! The secret? Yogurt! I made very few variations. Instead of regular yogurt I used Greek Yogurt and I did not use Cilantro. Pretty much everything else was the same.

This is what I did… click HERE for the link to Bon Appetit to see the original recipe! This will change the way you think about boneless/skinless chicken… I PROMISE!

Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken on the Grill…

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (pound between wax paper to make an even thickness, so you don’t end up with shoe leather on one end and not quite done in the thicker areas).

In a bowl, mix together:

1 cup Greek Yogurt (plain, not flavored!)

1/2 cup chopped Onion

1/4 cup Olive Oil(or a wee bit less, use some to coat the grill good)

2-3 Garlic cloves, minced (or use the microplane, that’s even better)

1/2 Tablespoon Lime juice

1/2 Tablespoon Garam Masala (spice) – if you aren’t a fan of Indian cuisine, you may want to go lightly on this spice.

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt and 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper

1″ ginger, peeled and microplaned (or minced)

Stir ingredients together and put in a zip top storage bag.

Add the chicken and squish it around until its coated. Place it in a dish and let it soak in all the heavenly flavors for at least 3 hours (or overnight).

Heat the grill (coat the grill with oil).

The recipe says to wipe off the marinade, before putting on the grill which is good, and looks prettiest. The first time we did it, we didn’t see this step, and put it on the grill with the marinade. It was far tastier BUT it was white with grill marks… the flavor was overwhelming! It will transform what you think about grilled chicken. Cook until chicken is done!

I serve with cucumbers sliced, in a mixture of Greek yogurt and a splash of vinegar with some dill… It’s a nice combination!

Photo by Mark Peterson via

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:           Artist Hollis Dunlap!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:        Charleston Photo of Light & Shadow…

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:   Tivo!

[ r e c i p e ] Pasta with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil!


This recipe is too good to be true! A perfect combination of healthy ingredients, chicken sweet Italian sausage, fresh spinach, fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, fresh basil and white wheat pasta… these ingredients together with a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar will make you so happy… W A R N I N G :  You may crave this after you’ve made it once. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Print the recipe below, minus all the photos… by clicking on the red link…

Pasta with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

1 – 12 oz pkg white wheat pasta (like Barilla)

1 pkg Chicken Sweet Italian Sausage (like Al Fresco), skins removed, cut into small pieces

1 container of FRESH Mozarella, cut into fairly small pieces

1 large container (or 2 small) Grape Tomatoes, cut in half

Fresh Basil (to taste)

⅓ – ½ cup Olive Oil

⅛ – ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar




In a large nonstick frying pan add a small amount of olive oil. Cook cut up sausage until browned. Remove from pan and place on a plate that has a few paper towels on it.


Start a large pot of water to boil the pasta, while you’re waiting for it to boil,…


Cut the grape tomatoes in half, set aside.

Wash the basil and chop it up, set aside.

Cut the mozzarella into small bite sized pieces, set aside.

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In a large bowl, add the balsamic vinegar. I never measure, I just eyeball it to see what I will need to coat the pasta well, it’s ok if it’s more on the heavy olive oil side, you’re going to put this salad on top of fresh spinach, so you will need it! Slowly whisk in ⅓ – ½ cup of olive oil. If you whisk it slowly it will emulsify (become one where it won’t separate). Add some pepper. Go ahead and toss in your cut up tomatoes into the olive oil/balsamic mixture so they can be absorbing those wonderful flavors!


Once your pasta has finished cooking to the al dente stage (firm to the bite), drain it well, and place it in the large bowl with the oil/vinegar. I give it a quick stir to coat the pasta well and then I cover the grape tomatoes with the hot pasta and let it sit for a few minutes.


After a few minutes add the fresh mozzarella, the cooked sausage and the fresh basil. Stir to coat.

You can eat it like it is, or wait until it’s chilled. I usually will take it out of the fridge for 5-10 minutes so that the olive oil will have a change to un-congeal… Place several large handfuls of fresh spinach and then a few large scoops of pasta salad… it melds together wonderfully! Enjoy!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…  Sonoma Plein Air Event… October 1-6, 2012

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O… Approaching Mackinac Island, MI – Island Inn Hotel and the East Bluff!

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The Best Baked Chicken Breasts… Quick, Easy and sooo good!


Ina Garten’s recipe for baked chicken is the easiest and the tastiest that I’ve found. To smell that chicken in the oven, ahhhh… whip up some mashed potatoes, or some sweet potatoes, quinoa, rice or just some veggies and you have yourself a meal fit for a king! It gets deeply brown like fried chicken. The skin gets crispy… Ina says she bakes the chicken on the bone and WITH the skin, then peels the skin off before eating (which is mighty hard to do, let me  tell you!).

This is all you do.

Buy however many chicken breasts you want (or other parts, but time may be different).

Put heavy duty foil on a cookie sheet (something with a rim to catch the grease).

Olive oil on the chicken, rub it around, coat both sides.

rub the chicken with olive oil

Salt and pepper.

Oven at 350 degrees. Bake 45 minutes to an hour OR until the temperature of the chicken reaches 180 degrees. If they’re small it could take about 30 minutes. Ours are usually close to a pound each (I KNOW!)… hefty for sure!

The. Best. Ever!


Shown above with sweet potatoes… recipe coming soon! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Pasta Recipe: Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce – OH HEAVENS!


Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce by Cooking Light (Image and Recipe)

Yet another fabulous recipe from Cooking Light magazine! This one will blow you away! I saw this in the magazine and quickly tore that page out and set it on my desk… MUST. GET. MUSHROOMS. I had everything else… We had this last night and oh, were we ever happy!

First, the recipe:


Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce


Put this Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce recipe together in less than 25 minutes, probably without a trip to the store. It’s adaptable to your pantry–if you don’t have egg noodles, use another kind of pasta, and if you’re out of tarragon, try basil, oregano, or thyme.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2012

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 ounces uncooked medium egg noodles
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 (8-ounce) package presliced exotic mushroom blend (such as shiitake, cremini, and oyster)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese


Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.

Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Place chicken breast halves in a shallow dish. Combine 1 tablespoon flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, stirring well with a whisk. Sprinkle flour mixture over chicken; toss to coat.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until browned. Remove chicken from pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add garlic, tarragon, and mushrooms to pan; sauté for 3 minutes or until liquid evaporates and mushrooms darken. Add white wine to pan; cook 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring frequently.

Return chicken to the pan. Cover and simmer 2 minutes. Uncover; cook 1 minute or until chicken is done. Stir in noodles; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Place about 1 1/2 cups chicken mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese.

Note:This recipe originally ran in Cooking Light November, 2006 and was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.


I had taken step by step photos of this recipe, but since this recipe is so self explanatory I don’t think they were necessary. DO take time to read through this recipe a few times AND have all your ingredients ready to go (chicken dusted with flour, oil in pan, garlic minced (I used microplane), mushrooms sliced if you didn’t buy pre-sliced (I didn’t), wine measured, chicken broth measured,  1T flour measured, salt and pepper set out, tarragon chopped and ready. Oh, and water boiling for pasta… parmesan on counter so you don’t forget 😉 My recipe that was in the magazine says SUPER FAST 20-minute cooking. To that I say… No. Way. Unless you’re Cat Cora I don’t see how you’re going to pull that off… then again, I was taking photos of each and every step… and I bought cremini mushrooms that I had to clean and slice… I didn’t have chicken broth so I made a cup of chicken bouillon and only used half). So maybe it’s possible… next time I will see! Also, I didn’t have a chunk of parmesan, I only had grated which tasted great and worked fine but… the shaved parmesan pieces would have added a nice elegance. Next time, maybe even more mushroom, they were wonderful!

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Tyler Florence’s Chicken Noodle Soup recipe… (just like grandma’s!)

I’ve made so many different chicken noodle soup recipes. Most were good, a few weren’t great… None were the WOW recipe I had been searching for. Then one day as I sniffled, sneezed and coughed with the crud that’s going around, an email appeared in my Inbox… Tyler Florence’s Chicken Noodle Soup. JUST WHA T THE DOCTOR ORDERED! What could I lose? I mean chicken noodle soup has been proven to help make you feel better when you’re sick… so off I went to hunt and gather my ingredients and I threw together a perfectly wonderful soup. It was fabulous… I deviated from the recipe slightly… using only chicken breasts (they were GIGANTIC) instead of a whole chicken, which I don’t have a pot large enough to stuff one into… See my notes at the end… Thank you Tyler!

Before you start, watch this video (Food Network, Tyler Florence), it shows in 3 minutes how he made the stock and the soup… it could not be easier – The video begins with a quick commercial and then shows the soup making process in short order.



  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • bay leaf
  • 2 quarts chicken stock, recipe follows
  • 8 ounces dried wide egg noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped


Place a soup pot over medium heat and coat with the oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Pour in the chicken stock and bring the liquid to a boil. Add the noodles and simmer for 5 minutes until tender. Fold in the chicken, and continue to simmer for another couple of minutes to heat through; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

Chicken Stock:

  • 1 whole free-range chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), rinsed, giblets discarded
  • carrots, cut in large chunks
  • 3 celery stalks, cut in large chunks
  • 2 large white onions, quartered
  • 1 head of garlic, halved
  • turnip, halved
  • 1/4 bunch fresh thyme
  • bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

Place the chicken and vegetables in a large stockpot over medium heat. Pour in only enough cold water to cover (about 3 quarts); too much will make the broth taste weak. Toss in the thyme, bay leaves, and peppercorns, and allow it to slowly come to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and gently simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, partially covered, until the chicken is done. As it cooks, skim any impurities that rise to the surface; add a little more water if necessary to keep the chicken covered while simmering.

Carefully remove the chicken to a cutting board. When its cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones; hand-shred the meat into a storage container.

Carefully strain the stock through a fine sieve into another pot to remove the vegetable solids. Use the stock immediately or if you plan on storing it, place the pot in a sink full of ice water and stir to cool down the stock. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze.

Yield: 2 quarts

MY NOTES: I only had 2# chicken breasts with bones and skin, so I made the stock as directed, adding just enough water to cover the chicken. 2 chicken breasts was plenty of meat, however, I had to supplement the stock by using one carton of Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock since mine didn’t make as much. I caution against using ALL chicken stock from a carton. By cooking the chicken with these veggies that are unpeeled and quick to throw together it imparts such a fabulous homemade taste, I would not skip that step. 

Manischewitz Wide Egg Noodles – Image: Meijer

I also didn’t have fresh thyme or bay leaves. Next time I will use dried bay leaves again, but buy some fresh thyme, it will have a fresher taste. The recipe calls for 8 oz. of dried wide egg noodles. In the video he uses a few handfuls. Since I’ve made soup in the past that has sucked up all the liquid with the noodles I used 3 handfuls, about 1/2 of a 12 oz. package. I also used Manischewitz Wide Egg Noodles, which can be found at your local grocery store, usually in the Jewish section. They are a bit thinner and easier to eat. Very taste.

This soup was fabulous and made quite a bit – hope you enjoy!

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Featured Artist… Brad Betts!

“Teaching” by Brad Betts – Image: DownEastGalleryFacebook

Brad Betts is usually known for painting waterfront scenes… boats, ships, water… The above painting “Teaching” is a deviation that I think is wonderful! The light on the chicken… fabulous! I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to that window with the shelf and blue bottle. Drawn in a good way. You can feel the bright light penetrating through the window, can’t you? Nice painting indeed… the dark background with the nice sunlit chicken makes for some pretty snazzy contrast! Great job!

“Cozy Harbor” by Brad Betts – Image:

“Cozy Harbor” is one of the paintings along the lines that Brad normally paints, very nice! I just love all these seaside villages throughout Maine!

Read a blip about Brad from the Art Collector Maine website:

Brad Betts has been an artist for over 20 years and is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).  His paintings have appeared in solo and group shows throughout New England, including the Mystic Seaport Gallery’s acclaimed “International Marine Art Exhibition” for the past 7 years. In 2006, he received the “Maritime Gallery Yachting Award” at this exhibition and in 2008, was recognized as one of “Four Distinguished Artists” at the Mystic Seaport Gallery.

In 2011, Brad’s maritime painting “Cup Challenge” was selected by internationally renowned author Ferenc Maté for the cover of “Sea of Lost Dreams”, the second book in the Dugger / Nello series.  Brad is currently working on a book cover for Maté’s first book in the series, “Ghost Sea”.

His inspiration to paint all things nautical is an outgrowth of his youth, which he spent around the Gulf coast waters, deep sea fishing and sailing.  Today, his paintings reflect his life-long appreciation of the sea. His work is filled with movement: schooners under full sail battle through wind-driven seas; and Friendship sloops glide through the calm waters of Maine’s inlets. The classic Betts oil is a summer day in Maine—blue skies, billowing sails, and shimmering seas.

In 2007, Brad and his wife Danielle made the decision to move to East Boothbay Maine, the beautiful seaside village famous for boat building. Living in an area with a rich maritime history and active working harbor offers Brad the opportunity to connect daily with classic scenes that most inspire him.

Brad has achieved his mastery of maritime painting through a blend of both technical discipline in the studio and a focused effort to retain his natural, inspired style. He seeks this through outdoor painting, “When you paint outside, the light and conditions change constantly. This forces you to simplify your decisions and rely completely on practiced techniques and natural instincts. In these moments, you connect most with yourself as an artist and the energy that comes from within.”

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What’s for dinner? Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken – quick and delicious!

Just seeing this salad makes my mouth water… It. Was. That. Good. Super healthy with a high tasty factor built in. Did I mention how quick it is to whip together? An added bonus for sure. Like all salads you can add whatever toppings you like. I kept mine simple. Tomato, Cucumber, Olives, Grilled Chicken and Feta. Period. OHMYGOSH. That hot grilled chicken makes the feta a little soft and to-die-for… There really isn’t a recipe per say, just tossing ingredients together… this is what I did:

Coat the skinless boneless chicken breasts (or whatever parts appeal to you) with olive oil. Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper. Once the grill is hot, toss it on and cook like you normally would. Make sure it’s completely cooked.

Meanwhile, assemble the salads, if you finish before the chicken is done, place them in the fridge and keep them cold…

Place the salad in bowls, this time I used FRESH EXPRESS TRIPLE HEARTS which was really nice, it’s a combination of Romaine, Green Leaf and Butter lettuce.

Cut up a Tomato and a Cucumber and add to the salad. Toss on some Olives and sprinkle (I like copious amounts) of Feta, this is what makes it special!

Drizzle a little olive oil and a little rice wine vinegar (very mild, or another vinegar if you prefer)… add a light sprinkle of Salt and Pepper. You can add a small sprig of fresh Thyme if you like, I didn’t… it truly doesn’t need it!

Once the chicken is done, cut it into bite size pieces and place on top of the salad… you can serve with a baggette if you like. We didn’t and it was plenty of food for dinner!

This salad is so refreshing on a hot day! I hope you enjoy!

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Indian Chicken Curry Recipe – you MUST try this!

If you like chicken curry, you will LOVE this recipe. I wasn’t exactly sure WHAT chicken curry tasted like, but after mastering Chana Masala, I thought I would give this a whirl, and WHOA! Enough said! This is seriously good stuff! It’s not difficult, so give it a try!

I got the original recipe “Indian Chicken Curry II” from After reading all the reviews there were several changes. I left out several ingredients and used different quantities of other ingredients… this is how I made it…

The lineup of ingredients… I like to have them measured, chopped and ready to go!



3 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil if you don’t have coconut oil)

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, (I use a microplane, or you could mince)

3 (heaping) tablespoons curry powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon paprika

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon ginger root (I use microplane, or you can grate or mince)

Salt to taste

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces

1 tablespoon tomato paste (buy it in the tube!)

1 cup plain yogurt (NOTE: most yogurt is 6 oz, not 8oz…)

1 can coconut milk (13.5 oz)


Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until translucent.

Nice to toast the spices before you add… Easy! Add spices to nonstick pan (dry), turn heat on medium and roast until fragrant. Turn off. That’s it!

Stir in garlic, curry, cinnamon, paprika, bay leaf, ginger and salt.

Stir 2 minutes, then add…

Chicken pieces, tomato paste and coconut milk.

Bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer 20-25 minutes. SLOWLY add yogurt. Remove bay leaf. Simmer 5 minutes. Serve over rice.

You simply will not believe how good this is, and how it creates the most wonderful smells in your kitchen! A nice accompaniment to this dish is a fresh salad with avocado, rice wine vinegar and olive oil and some Naan bread… It’s good warm or cold (can wrap in foil and place in oven until warm) serve with olive oil for dipping. TASTY!


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Recipe for a crowd… Chicken Sausage Jambalaya with Shrimp!


A few years ago I ran across this fantastic recipe at Whole Foods…Chicken Sausage Jambalaya with Shrimp. It made a good bit and it was TASTY with a capital “T”! If you’re having a group over for New Year’s Day, this might want to be something you consider?? Here ya go…


Serves 12

This one-pot meal is great for feeding a crowd of friends.


2 tablespoons safflower oil, divided
2 (12-ounce) packages pre-cooked spicy Italian chicken sausage, sliced diagonally
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, diced
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
2 1/4 cups long-grain brown rice
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
3/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1 (1-pound) bag frozen okra
1 (1-pound) bag frozen Whole Catch® Tail-On, Peeled & Deveined, 41/50 Cooked Shrimp
Hot sauce for serving


In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Add sausage and cook until lightly browned. Remove from pot and set aside. Add remaining oil, celery, bell pepper, onion and garlic. Cook until softened. Stir in tomatoes, broth, water, rice, thyme, salt and cayenne. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer 35 minutes, stirring now and then. Add frozen okra and reserved sausage. Cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, until rice is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add frozen shrimp and continue cooking until heated through. Taste and season with more salt or cayenne if desired. Serve with hot sauce.


Per serving: 320 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 90mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, 34g total carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 23g protein

Thanks to Paula Deen’s sons for a lighter fried chicken recipe!


I am excited to try this… long ago, Oprah Winfrey had her chef, Rosie talk about the different recipes she made for Oprah, she then came out with a cookbook, I bought it and one of my favorite recipes was the unfried fried chicken. It was fabulous. This one is different and worth trying! This recipe came to me in an email from Doctor Oz. No, I don’t know Dr. Oz personally, but I do subscribe to his newsletter, full of fabulous information, and here’s a great recipe to try… It’s from Paula Deen’s sons… From the newsletter:

When Jamie and Bobby Deen heard how unhealthy Vita’s fried chicken recipe was, they had no choice but to show up at her door. Below is their alternate recipe: a healthy twist with un-fried chicken that still packs a satisfying crunch. Click here to purchase your copy of The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up.

Now… for the recipe! Click HERE to go directly to the link on Doctor Oz where you can easily print the recipe…



Serves 8

8 skinless boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of all visible fat (about 1 1/2 lbs)

1/2 tsp Paula Deen’s House Seasoning (1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper, 1/8 tsp garlic powder)

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 egg white

1/2 tsp hot sauce

1 1/4 cups cornflake crumbs



Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a large shallow baking pan with non-stick spray. Sprinkle the chicken with the house seasoning. In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest, juice, egg white, and hot sauce. Add the chicken; toss to coat. 

Place the cornflake crumbs on a sheet of wax paper. Dip the chicken into the crumbs pressing so the crumbs adhere. Place the chicken in the pan and lightly spray with nonstick spray.

Bake until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 40 – 45 minutes. Do not turn.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:

227 calorie

25g protein

11g total fat

3g saturated fat

4g monounsaturated fat

5g carbohydrates

0g fiber

0g sugar

13mg calcium

1mg iron

288mg sodium

87mg cholesterol

Original Recipe courtesy Paula Deen. Revised recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen.

Oh yum, does that ever sound good right now!

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Something quick and easy to toss on the grill!

We had been out all day and were starving! What’s quick and easy to throw on the grill and call a meal?? Kabobs! We picked up some chicken Italian sausage, whew! It was out of this world, along with some potatoes, onions and peppers we had a meal! It’s important to use cooked Italian sausage unless you’re really going to monitor to be sure it’s completely cooked… this meal was QUICK… To keep this moving along quickly, we did put the potatoes in the microwave until barely able to pierce with a fork, then finished on the grill. We quickly soaked the skewers while we cut up the veggies and sausage… anything else that sounds good, go ahead and add it!  Corn on the cob broken into 2-3″ sections would have been good. Prior to adding to the grill we brushed with olive oil and lightly sprinkled with salt and pepper… had some nice sweet watermelon afterwards. Yum!

It would have been really nice if I would have taken more than a “before” photo… Trust me… the “after” photo would make your mouth water… I guess I was too hungry to snap a quick picture, heavy sigh…

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PANERA update… (thank you Mollly!)


An update from a reader on the Panera Chicken Soup debacle… apparently, when you speak someone actually IS listening (woohoo to Panera for that!)… This was a comment on a previous post from Molly (thank you Molly!!):

Has everyone seen that they are making changes to the soup to make it more like the old one now! I hope “heartier with more noodles and carrots” basically just means bringing back the old one? Anyway, here is what is currently posted on the Panera Facebook page by Dan Kish, Panera’s head chef:

“I’m Dan Kish, Panera’s head chef. I want to update everyone on some new developments with our all-natural Chicken Noodle Soup. We are closely monitoring the conversations on this tab and all conversations on our Facebook page, as well as listening to what our guests are saying in our bakery-cafes. While we’re happy to know that many of you like the change in our soup, we do understand that some of you preferred our old recipe.

We believe that continuing to provide great soups to our guests means remaining flexible and open to suggestions. While we remain committed to our new low-fat all-natural recipe that many of you have commented on, we wanted to act on the suggestions from many of you to make the Chicken Noodle Soup heartier with less broth and more noodles and carrots.

These changes may take a month or so to begin to make their way into each bakery-cafe. We’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available throughout the country so you can stop by and ask for a sample. In the meantime, we respect how passionate our fans are and appreciate you telling us how you feel. We are listening. ”


Wooooo-hooooo is right Molly… let’s hope! If nothing else, it’s a step in the right direction! THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR UPDATE!

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For dinner tonight… chicken pita with tzatziki!

Chicken Pita with Tzatziki

This is such a quick and fabulous meal! Perfect for those hot days when you want to get out of the kitchen as quickly as possible. You can also add whatever you like, add onions, olives, cheese, you could use steak instead of chicken, endless possibilities, so see what you have hanging out in your fridge and toss this together, sit down and enjoy!!


2 Chicken Breasts (boneless/skinless)
1-2 T Lime Juice (more or less to taste)
2 Fresh good pitas
1 Tomato, chopped

Tzatziki: 1 cucumber, greek yogurt, some garlic, fresh or dried dill and a splash of lemon juice.

In a skillet with olive oil (or canola) sauté the chicken, when its close to being done cut it up (while it’s still in the pan) into bite size pieces (I use scissors, it’s much quicker), then continue to cook until just about done. Squeeze the lime juice over the chicken in the skillet, and cook until absorbed. This makes the chicken turn a beautiful golden brown color. You can also throw in some onions if so inclined..

Finely chop up a cucumber with seeds removed, add to plain greek yogurt with fresh or dried dill and a splash of lemon (squeeze a wedge). You can use a microplane to get a little (or a lot) of garlic added, stir it together and set aside while you assemble the pita.

I like the pita heated. It’s not necessary, just a personal preference. I heat the pita wrapped in wax paper and a tiny sprinkle of water and put in microwave just until warm. Take it out and place one pita on each plate, put chicken on top, cut up tomatoes, a spoonful of tzatziki, some black pepper and a sprinkle of dill. 
Oh la la….  ENJOY!

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Parmesan Chicken (with salad) – Ina Garten

Ina Garten's Chicken on Salad

Oh do I have a tasty treat for you today! If you haven’t made Ina Garten’s (aka, Barefoot Contessa) Parmesan Chicken I encourage you do so… you will be oh so thrilled. The chicken coated in parmesan has SUCH fabulous flavor. I like how she puts the salad on top, I usually put the chicken on top of the salad… the light and fresh tasting lemon vinaigrette compliments this nicely. Tasty without being overpowering!

Click HERE to print this recipe!

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/3 cup unbleached flour

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

1 egg

1/2 tablespoon water

1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving

Unsalted butter

Good olive oil

Salad greens for 2, washed and spun dry

1 recipe Lemon Vinaigrette, recipe follows


Pound the chicken breasts until they are 1/4-inch thick. You can use either a meat mallet or a rolling pin.

Combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a dinner plate. On a second plate, beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. On a third plate, combine the bread crumbs and grated Parmesan. Coat the chicken breasts on both sides with the flour mixture, then dip both sides into the egg mixture and dredge both sides in the bread-crumb mixture, pressing lightly.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of butter and 1/2 tablespoon of canola oil in a large non-stick sauté pan and cook 2 or 3 chicken breasts on medium-low heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Add more butter and oil and cook the rest of the chicken breasts. Toss the salad greens with lemon vinaigrette. Place a mound of salad on each hot chicken breast. Serve with extra grated Parmesan.

Lemon Vinaigrette:

1/8 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemons)

1/4 cup good olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Yield: 2 servings