Saturday, June 13, 2009

Crockpot Chicken Cordon Bleau

Recipe Courtesy Marcia Evans

YUM YUM YUM... and it's so easy.

6 large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Halves
6 slices fully cooked ham (you can substitute bacon ifyou wish)
6 slices swiss cheese
1/4 cup Plain Flour
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp sage (dried herb)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup chicken broth
tooth picks or skewers

1.Combine: Flour, Parmesan cheese, Sage, Paprika and Pepper in a bowl.

2.Flatten Chicken to 1/8 inch thickness
3.Place ham and cheese on inside part of chicken. Roll up tightly and tuck in the end. Secure it with toothpicks (you don't want the cheesy goodness to ooze out!).
4. place chicken roll-ups in the bowl and coat them completely with the flour mixture. Pat it on to make sure it sticks all over.
5. Cover and refridgerate for an hour
6. Heat oil in a pan and and brown the chicken on all sides.. do not cook it all the way (get a nice crisp coat on the outside ... it will help it hold together while it cooks)
7. Transfer to slow-cooker.
8. Mix chicken soup and broth together and pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
Remove toothpicks and garnish with parsely if desired.
Serve with steamed rice.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Crockpot Chicken with an Italian Twist

While I was putting together my regular crockpot chicken for sunday dinner I decided to add some more ingredients and change it up a little. While it's always a great dinner of tender creamy chicken I was craving a little more flavor and I think I got it right first try. See what you think.

6 chicken breast halves (you can use frozen chicken as well. it cooks for so long it doesn't matter)
1 regular sized container of Sour Cream
1 small can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Small can of cream of Mushroom soup
1 packet of chicken maggi noodle (ramen) flavoring (or I guess just a teaspoon of powdered chicken bullion)
1 cup uncooked bacon with fat cut off chopped into small pieces
1 tsp italian seasonings (basil, oregano,thyme)
1 cup sundried tomatoes chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese to taste


Spray inside of crockpot with non stick spray.
Mix together sour cream, and soups, italian seasonings, bacon, place in crockpot.
Place chicken in the sauce and wiggle it around to fit, spoon over creamy mixture on top of the chicken, making sure each breast is covered in sauce. Sprinkle half the chicken flavoring on top.
Turn crockpot on low and cook for 8 hours. (Stir occasionally and halfway through add the rest of the chicken seasoning.. this isn't absolutely necessary though.. if you have to leave it cooking all day while you are at work just add the rest at the end)
Turn off crockpot and add sundried tomatoes.
Serve with Rice or pasta noodles, sprinkle parmesan cheese generously on top while it's hot.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Chocolate, Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies

2 cups plain all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup salted butter
1/2 cup crisco butter (If you don't have crisco then just use regular salted butter like above)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut (or more or less to your taste)

1 cup brown sugar
3/4 Cup chopped unsalted macadamia nuts ( Or more.. depends on how nutty you are)


On a cookie sheet spray with non stick spray, barely spread out the macadamias and sprinkle the 1 cup of brown sugar on top of it. BROIL or grill in a pan , watching closely to make sure they only get lightly toasted and do over cook and burn. If they go dark brown it's too much, they essentially will just get more crunchy and the sugar will create a sweet crunch on them. Remove from heat and allow them to cool and harden . take the nuts out of the surrounding leftover sugar and have them ready to add to the cookie batter. This really is just an extra step that I like to take. I have done it with just plain macadamias but I really like the added flavor from toasting and the sugar.

PREHEAT oven to 375 F (185 Celsius)
Combine flour baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time.. whipping well after each addition. Gradually sprinkle in flour mixture with mixer running. Add coconut, mix. Stir in by hand the macadamias and the chocolate chips, making sure it is evenly distributed through the batter.
Drop heaped spoonfuls of mixture onto a sprayed cookie sheet. Bake 9-12 minutes or until just starting to barely brown on outside edges.
Cool.. and EAT!