Cheesy Rotisserie Chicken Enchiladas

These easy  (e x t r a) cheesy chicken enchiladas are perfect for any night of the week. I’m a rotisserie chicken fan..I mean, how can you not be? I love the taste of them and they are also so perfect and full of flavor. They also can save you when you are in a pinch for time.

So you may have a question: why red enchilada sauce over green enchilada sauce? The answer is you can totally use either for this recipe. The red sauce is a bit more pungent to me and the green is slightly sweeter. Keep in mind the red enchilada sauce is typically made with more vinegar so it has a distinct flavor. Both sauces are made with different chilies.. so it’s really up to what you prefer and how much spice you like :).

Cheesy Rotisserie Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy Rotisserie Chicken Enchiladas

These lightened cheesy chicken enchiladas have a creamy cheesy topping and filling. They are filled with just the perfect amount of chicken. This is a win for an easy week night meal!

Ingredients

6 flour tortillas

1 10 oz. can of red enchilada sauce

1 cup of sour cream; I used lite sour cream

2 Tbsp. low-sodium chicken broth

2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken

1/3 cup yellow onion; chopped

¼ tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. black pepper

¼ tsp. salt

1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese; shredded

½ cup of sharp cheddar cheese; shredded

½ cup green onions; sliced

Sliced avocado; garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For the enchilada sauce: in a medium bowl, whisk together ½ cup of sour cream, chicken broth, and 1 can of red enchilada sauce until creamy and smooth--set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, onion, garlic powder, pepper, salt, ½ of the jack cheese, a ¼ of the cheddar cheese ¼ cup of enchilada sauce from step 1, and ¼ cup of green onions. Mix until all ingredients are combine.
  3. In a 13” x 9” glass baking dish, spread the enchilada sauce to coast the bottom of the baking dish. Get a torilla and fill each tortilla with about 1/3 cup of the chicken filling, then sprinkle more cheese inside—this is completely up to you of how much cheese you want but we love cheese in our enchiladas! You can totally omit these cheese in this step if you prefer. Roll the each tortilla and place on the baking dish.
  4. Top the tortillas with more enchiladas sauce until coated, then sprinkle more cheese and green onions on top. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with sliced avocados and sour cream!
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I typically don’t like the taste of enchilada sauce straight from the can. I promised myself I would never by sauce from the can because I had horrible experiences with it and it basically ruins the taste of everything. It always tastes bitter to me so my trick to making it taste semi-homemade is by adding a couple tablespoons of chicken broth and a few dollops of sour cream..this will also make the sauce a bit creamy. I do this every time and it tastes a million times better (I  promise!). If you have more time on your hands and want to make your enchilada sauce from scratch: try my Homemade Enchilada Sauce! Beware: it has a spicy kick to it, but it is SO worth it!

Skillet Chicken Marsala

I was craving this Chicken Marsala recipe this week and so I made it! I am particular when it comes to eating chicken breast because they tend to be dry and I have to season the breasts well to decently enjoy it. However, this recipe makes eating chicken breast enjoyable because of the flavors it has in this dish- mostly thanks to the Marsala wine!

Skillet Chicken Marsala

Skillet Chicken Marsala

Make this favorite restaurant dish at home! Simple, creamy and bursting with sweet Marsala flavor!

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts

½ cup flour; plus 1 Tbsp.

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp. olive oil

¼ cup yellow onion; chopped

3 cups of sliced mushrooms (I used Cremini and White mushrooms)

1/2 cup Marsala Wine

2 Tbsp. butter

¼ cup parsley; chopped

Instructions

  1. Slice each chicken breast in half. Place each chicken breast in between a long piece of plastic wrap on a cutting board. Pound with a flat meat mallet or tenderizer—this will thin out each piece of chicken and make it extra tender. You will be happy you did this! Each chicken piece should be about ¼ inch thick. The chicken breast pieces will expand so I like to cut each piece in half to make smaller serving pieces so you should have a total of 8 chicken pounded pieces.
  2. In a dish or shallow platter add ½ cup of flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix together with a fork and coat each piece of chicken in the flour mixture- coating the front and back of each piece. Heat a large skillet or frying pan to medium heat and add olive oil. When olive oil becomes hot, place the chicken pieces in the pan. Cook the chicken until both sides are golden brown- about 5 minutes on each side. Make sure chicken is fully cooked, then remove from the skillet and set aside. If your skillet or frying pan isn’t large enough, you can cook the chicken in batches.
  3. Keep the heat on and add the butter and onions until onions look softened- about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté until they are nicely browned. You will notice that some of the moisture will absorb. Add the Marsala wine and flour; stir often. The wine will turn into a slightly thick sauce, almost like a gravy consistency. Stir in parsley and add the chicken back into the pan to warm before serving. Top with more parsley to garnish. Enjoy this simple hearty meal!
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My favorite part of this whole dish is the mushrooms… sometimes I will make this dish and skip the chicken and make Marsala Mushrooms instead. The best part about this is it only takes about 20 minutes to prepare and cook- it’s really that easy! Don’t let the pounding to tenderize the chicken step intimidate you! It is great for any busy or late week night dinner. This dish is sure not to disappoint and it makes great leftovers as well. If you are wanting to add more to this too, this dish is commonly served with pasta and the ‘Chicken Marsala’ is used as the pasta sauce. I just bought a OXO Spiralizer from Sur La Table so instead of pasta, my boyfriend and I wanted to make zucchini noodles (zoodles) instead for a healthier alternative. More recipes to come with zoodles once I get the hang of how it works!

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Asian Salads are one of my favorite mostly because of the dressing! This dressing is light and bursting with flavor. This salad makes the perfect lunch or dinner with all of the vibrant colors—you can’t help but be happy when you eat it! Despite all of the wonderful veggies and toppings of choice, the dressing is still the best part about this salad. It is creamy (hint the peanut butter), and loaded with fresh citrus, garlic and the salty-ness from soy sauce—but not too salty because I used low-sodium.

Not a fan of chicken? Top it with steak. Not a fan of meat? Top it with shrimp! You can create this salad the way you like. I used peanuts and crunchy Chow Mein noodles for an added crunch.

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

This salad is loaded with plenty of texture, nutrition and most of all—FLAVOR!

Ingredients

Asian Peanut Dressing:

 

½ cup creamy peanut butter

2 tsp orange zest.

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. fresh ground ginger

1 small garlic clove; finely chopped

Salt and red pepper flakes to taste

White sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

 

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing:

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

½ tsp salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce

4 cups romaine lettuce; shredded  

1 red bell pepper; chopped

1 cup red cabbage; shredded

½ cup shredded carrots

¼ cup salted peanuts

½ crunchy Chow mien noodles

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:In a microwavable safe-small bowl, melt the peanut butter for 15-30 seconds until runny. Whisk in the remainder of the ingredients and whisk until all ingredients are well combined. The dressing should be slightly runny.
  2. For the Chopped Chicken Salad: Heat a medium frying pan to medium heat and add oil. Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and ginger on both sides. Add chicken to frying pan and let cook on each side until brown about 5 minutes. Add soy sauce to pan and let cook until chicken is completely cooked and not pink in the middle. Once chicken is cooked, let it rest until you are ready to mix it in with your salad.
  3. For your salad: in a medium bowl, add romaine lettuce, bell peppers, cabbage, carrots, peanuts and crunchy noodles. Dice chicken and add on top of the salad. Drizzle the fresh Asian peanut dressing and enjoy!

***Store salad dressing in an airtight container up to a week in refrigerator. The consistency may thicken—if it does, let it come to room temperature for a creamy dressing consistency and stir to combine as ingredients may saturate.

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French Onion Crusted Chicken

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I accidently bought a Knorr french onion mix packet one day at the grocery store and I had noooooo idea what to do with it…Opps!!  I was going to toss it out but then I discovered this simply amazing recipe on the back of the packet….Chicken can tend to be bland and boring if you don’t use the right seasonings and cook it just right.  This seasoning mix (which is seasoned just right) and chicken goes perfectly together. You will never have a bite of boring or bland chicken again–I promise!

Ingredients:
1 packet of Knorr French Onion mix
1 cup plain dry bread crumbs; or panko
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (or you can use chickne tenders)
1/2 cup mayonnaise

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large gallon-sized baggie (or bowl), combine, french onion mix, and breadcrumbs.

2. Brush chicken on all sides with mayonnaise. Add chicken, one piece at a time to baggie. Close bag and shake until chicken is evenly coated. Repeat until all pieces are done..

3. Place chicken on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Quinoa Asian Chicken Salad

quinoa pomegranate

I love experimenting with quinoa because the possibilities are endless! This is a new favorite lunch I started making and it will last me the whole week. Quinoa is the new super health food so I am completely ok with indulging in it. I also love any recipe where I can use a rotisserie chicken because they are almost impossible not to buy at the grocery store. This sweet healthy salad is loaded with all kinds of flavor and texture. Pomegranates are also jam packed with a ton of antioxidants so this salad is a great way to get them! You only have one body so feed it right because ultimately, you are what you eat :). Enjoy!

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:
2 cups of cooked quinoa
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 cups of shredded red cabbage
1/4 cup green onions; chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
2 cups of shredded chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)
Pomegranate Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup pomegranate juice concentrate (mine was from FruitFast)
​3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (optional) ​

Steps:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together pomegranate juice, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and pomegranate seeds. ​Whisk until well combined.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the quinoa, dried cranberries, shredded cabbage, green onions, shredded carrots, and pour vinaigrette until salad is mixed together. Top with shredded chicken and more green onions! Enjoy!