Wednesday, May 21, 2014

At-home Rotisserie Chicken

We enjoy this super easy and inexpensive way to make a yummy dinner on a busy day - make your own rotisserie chicken in the crock pot!  It's tasty, everyone loves it, and takes me less than 10 minutes.  The best part?  You will probably have lots of leftover meat to use in another meal.  We're making chicken enchiladas tomorrow with the leftovers.  

  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-4 lbs.) 
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 
  • 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder 
  • 3 cloves of diced garlic (or 2 Tbsp. garlic powder) 
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 
Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl and add water by the teaspoon until a paste forms. Stir until well combined. Place 4 tinfoil balls in bottom of crock pot for the chicken to rest on, so it won't stick to the bottom, and lightly spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray. Rub entire chicken with spice rub and place in the crock pot, on top of the foil balls. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Creamy Chicken Lasagna

Make this.  You will thank me later.  And so will everyone you serve it to.

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts 
  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped 
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA, divided (Plain mozzarella can work, too.)
  • 1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese 
  • 1/2 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes 
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil, chopped, divided 
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked 
HEAT oven to 350°F.
COMBINE chicken, artichokes, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan and tomatoes. Beat cream cheese, milk and garlic powder with mixer until well blended; stir in 2 Tbsp. basil. Mix half with the chicken mixture.
SPREAD half the remaining cream cheese mixture onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; cover with 3 noodles and 1/3 of the chicken mixture. Repeat layers of noodles and chicken mixture twice. Top with remaining noodles, cream cheese mixture and mozzarella; cover.
BAKE 25 min. or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining basil. Let stand 5 min. before cutting to serve.