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Friday, November 13, 2009

Baked Chicken with Dried Beef and Bacon

I had this at a friend's house as her "company meal". And as the way of most "company meals" it got my compliments and request for the recipe. So I thought I would share it with the rest of you...

8 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of sour cream
4 oz jar dried beef
8 slices of bacon
Place 2 slices beef on each chicken breast. Wrap bacon around the meat to hold it together. Mix mushroom soup and sour cream together well and pour over chicken spreading evenly. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 300 degrees for 2.5 hours. (I don't think it hurts it to cook at a higher temp like 350 or 375 to cut back on some of the time.) Also note that this chicken is somewhat tinted pink from the bacon, so don't freak out about it being pink, make sure it is cooked all the way through however.
Taste Rating: 3.5
Difficulty Rating: 3 (not really hard to do, but timely on the cooking)
Great served with rice! Also another variation of this that I tried was instead of using dried beef I used a thin slice of deli ham, actually I prefer the ham over the dried beef, but that is just me, let me know what you like.

Sweet Catalina Chicken

I got this recipe from my aunt. Now I know you can do chicken and rice about 5000 different ways, so if you don't know of this one, you may want to add it to the list...

Sweet Catalina Chicken
4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
Mix together:
1 small bottle catalina dressing
1 cup apricot or peach preserves
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
Pour over chicken in casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve over rice.
Taste Rating: 4
Difficulty Rating: 2.5
Let me know what you think, or what your favorite chicken and rice dish is.

Unstuffed Peppers

This I learned from a friend who is way into health foods, so I am proud to present a dinner that is not only healthy for you, but also tastes great!!!

Unstuffed Peppers
1 lb ground turkey (sometimes I cheat and use ground beef)
1 pkg sweet peppers (they sell this at walmart they are just small red, yellow, and orange peppers, but you don't have to use all of them, just put in how many you would like)
1/2-1 cup traditional ragu sauce (be careful, you don't want to make it soupy)
garlic salt (season to taste)
salt (season to taste)
pepper (season to taste)
brown the ground turkey/beef in skillet, add diced peppers, and ragu sauce. Season to taste and voila!! I love to serve this with brown rice to keep with the healthy theme.
Taste Rating: 4 (I make this a lot, and my kids love it!!)
Difficulty Rating: 2.5 (it is quick and easy!!)