Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Look Out Martha!

The past two nights, I gave in to the desperate calls from the kitchen to "stop ignoring the fact that I exist" and cooked two pretty fabulous meals (and I have people to vouch for me I swear).

So do you want to know what I made? I thought you might, so I'm sharing the recipes below. And please link to a recipe that you love in the comments (or email me!). I am excited to try new recipes out on Clancy, my guinea pig. For some reason, even with all the mishaps, he still likes my cooking!

Garlic Cheddar Chicken

1/2 c butter
4 cloves of minced garlic (I use the pre-minced garlic that you can buy in a jar, much easier!)
3/4 c dry bread crumbs
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 c shredded cheddar
1/4 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp oregano
salt and pepper for flavor
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Melt butter in saucepan and cook garlic until tender
-In a shallow bowl, combine everything but the chicken and butter/garlic mixture
-dip chicken breasts first into butter/garlic mixture, then dip into bread crumb mixture
-bake for 30 minutes

**The only thing I would change if I made this again would be more cheese! I think I would add a layer of shredded cheese a few minutes before it was ready to come out of the oven.

Shortcut Chicken Manicotti

1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
1-1/2 cups water
1/4 lb. (4 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut up
2 cups frozen broccoli florets
12 manicotti pasta, uncooked
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
1/4 cup KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese

PREHEAT oven to 400ºF. Mix soup, water and VELVEETA in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 3 min. or until VELVEETA is melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 2 min. Pour one-third of the soup mixture onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; set aside. Add broccoli to remaining soup mixture.

STUFF pasta with chicken strips; place in baking dish. Cover completely with remaining soup mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil.

BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until pasta is tender and chicken is cooked through.

**Again, I would add more cheese to this recipe. And the broccoli turned out a little overcooked, so I might add that in halfway through next time.

Happy cooking! Enjoy! And let me know if you try either of the recipes. I know there were quite a few of you that enjoyed my Tater Tot Casserole :)


Julie Q said...

yay!!! more recipes to try (i love how quarter life crisis coinsides with learning how to make actual meals!)

brandy said...

Nice! I think I have the stuff to try the first dish out tonight. Hooray!

Angela said...

I haven't tried this out yet, but we bought all of the ingredients and will probably cook it this weekend. It looks so delish!

Spiced Eggplant with Peas and Yogurt:

Silverstar said...

Looks good..I'll have to give those recipes a try. Thanks! :)

Katelin said...

Oh those sound delicious! I may have to try them out.

Trish Ryan said...

Those look great! I'm so new at this cooking thing that you probably don't want any recipe I'd link to. But if you ever need to know how to twirl a baton, I'm your girl :)

Jamie Lovely said...

Those sound so good!

I'm totally not a good cook but here is my favorite dish: mini penne pasta, a jar of pesto and cut up chicken. It's simple and easy so it's good for me! haha

So delicious and I can eat it every day, well I would, but I'd get fatter from all the carbs!

Tia said...

i LOVE that clancy the guinea pig eats with you.

however, for a split second, i thought to myself "guinea pig eating chicken seems cannibalistic to me". haha i have no idea why.

Tia said...

i LOVE that clancy the guinea pig eats with you.

however, for a split second, i thought to myself "guinea pig eating chicken seems cannibalistic to me". haha i have no idea why.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

I see a new voacation for you, Michelle, as a television chef with savage style!

Passionista said...

I think I'm definitely going to try the Garlic Cheddar chicken! I have recipes, but none on the internet. Maybe I'll get to typing them to email you :)

Jess said...

Mmm. These sound delicious. All of my favorite recipes at the moment are from Weight Watchers--not exactly buttery, cheesy goodness. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

I will have to try them out. Last night I made red velvet cookies with fresh cream cheese frosting. They are very good!

Here is the link:

Anonymous said...

You know if I wasn't chowing down on some mac and cheese at this very moment I would totally go to the store and get the ingredients for these! They look delish!

Julie said...

These look awesome.

I'm going to try them this weekend.

cdp said...

Girl, I am so hungry now. I think I'm going to try the garlic cheddar chicken tonight. I'll let you know how it works out!

Eve said...

That garlic chicken sounds awesome! Was it crunchy? Or did the cheese make it bubble? Make it again and take pics! :)

Abbie said...

Taught my 11 year old how to make your tater tot casserole, he finished the entire dish in one night- that's because he's growing,not because it tastes good.
Because heaven forbid anything that's not fast food tastes good.

Andrea said...

Those sound pretty good. This one I found and it really turned out awesome (and it is easy)

brookem said...

Those both sound SO yummy! Thanks for sharing!

nancypearlwannabe said...

I still need to try that tater tot casserole... yum.

Yoda said...


I may try one of this the coming weekend with J!


And I'm trying to convince J to come to Columbus with me in the fall to see a certain team play ;-)

Susie said...

Oooh these recipes sounds yummmy. Nice work!

Obvi all my fave recipes are at :)

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

mmmm delishhhhhhh, manicotte makes me happy anytime. lol.

JMC said...

These sound good! I will get around to trying them soon!