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Cheesy Chicken, Black Bean and Rice Casserole


If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I love a good Mexican Dish. So I decided to give Cheesy Chicken, black bean and Rice Casserole a try  The meal was tasty, but it was even better wrapped up in a tortilla! Instant burrito.  Add a little sour cream and you’ve got a great meal.

Cheesy Chicken, black bean and Rice Casserole

  • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 4 cups Cooked Brown Rice
  • ¾ cups Frozen Corn
  • 15 ounces, fluid Can Black Beans, Drained And Rinsed
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt (or Sour Cream)
  • 4 ounces, fluid Can Green Chilis
  • ½ cups Salsa
  • 1 cup Low-fat Cheddar Cheese, Plus More For Topping
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro For Garnish

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for cilantro and mix thoroughly to combine. Make sure the yogurt and cheese are stirred in throughout the entire bowl. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Transfer to an oven-safe dish and top with extra cheese if you would like. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

To make this process easier, I always have cooked chicken on hand, and use Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice. If you have those two things, this can be throw together in a matter of minutes! It can also easily be made ahead of time and reheated.

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this meal since I pinned it last week.  Crispy Cheddar Chicken: . The caption read “one pinner says–“one of, if not THE BEST, recipe I’ve made from Pinterest so far!! this one is a keeper!” With that, I was sold.

I was very excited to try this new recipe.  However, as I looked through the list of  ingredients I was struck by how many calories this meal must be. 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers?  Eek.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it tastes amazing. But sure enough, a little digging led me to find that this chicken is 514 calories per serving!!  Yikes!  So I modified it, slightly. I only used half of one sleeve of crackers and filled in the rest of the breading with bread crumbs. I also added a little paprika and seasoned salt to the breading.

Also, I found that the milk dip suggested did not hold the breading to the meat.  Next time I’ll try egg or, gasp, butter.

End result was pretty good.  Though if I had to choose between 2 recent chicken recipes I’ve made lately, I would pick Cinnamon Lemon Chicken hands down:

I served this meal with Parmesan Cilantro Skillet Rice, which was delicious:  I left out the heavy cream, which was not listed in the original recipe.  Next time I would use a little less cumin, but other than that, this side dish is definitely in the  “make again” pile.

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Time: 15 minute prep + 35 minutes baking
Yield: 7 servings
Recipe from adapted from What’s Cookin’ Chicago via Pinterest
 4 large chicken breasts
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1/2 C milk
3 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 t dried parsley
Heat oven to 350° F.In a bowl, combine the crackers, cheese, parsley and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Dip the pounded chicken in the milk, then in the cracker mixture, pressing gently to help it adhere, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle any remaining cracker mixture on the chicken and drizzle with any remaining butter. Bake until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 20-25 minutes.

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Parmesan Cilantro Skillet Rice

Serves 4-6. Inspired by this recipe from Bon Appetit.

3 Tbsp butter
4 cups fresh corn kernels (approx 6 large ears)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. When butter is foamy add the garlic and corn, stirring to coat with the butter. Cook stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Add lime juice, cumin, and cayenne pepper and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in cheese, and then add heavy cream. Continue to stir so corn won’t stick to pan. Add salt and pepper. Cook corn until most all of the cream has absorbed about 5 minutes more.

Remove from heat, stir in cilantro and serve hot.

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Avocado Chicken Parmesan

Saturday my husband and I celebrated our 5 year Wedding Anniversary.  We had plans to attend a concert at the Hollywood  Bowl later that evening, but we elected to stay in for dinner.  I made this tasty little dish I pinned the other day, Avocado Chicken Parmesan:  I also made Easy Parmesan Couscous as a side dish:

Dinner turned out great!  The babysitter arrived early and we enjoyed Diana Krall at the Hollywood Bowl.

I forgot to take a photo of this one.  But I think I have a pretty good excuse.  You’ll just have to check it out on Pinterest!

Avocado Chicken Parmesan Recipe

2 Chicken Breast Fillets, halved lengthways
1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 Cups Dried Breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup Tomato Pasta Sauce
2 Avocados Sliced
1/2 Cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Place breadcrumbs in a bowl and and melted butter in a bowl.

Dip your thawed chicken in your melted butter and then into the breadcrumbs- cover the whole chicken with breadcrumbs

Place the breadcrumb chickens on a baking tray that is lined with foil and bake for 10 minutes

Remove from oven and on each chicken breast spread 1 heaped tablespoon of pasta sauce. Arrange avocado slices over sauce and sprinkle with decent amount of mozzarella cheese.

Return to oven and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until golden and chicken is cooked through.

Serve with salad or serve over cooked pasta.

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Easy Parmesan Couscous

1 1/2 C. dry couscous
1 1/2 C. chicken stock
1 clove garlic, minced
3 green onions, sliced
2 Tbsp. butter
Salt (optional. I rarely add salt because my chicken stock is salted)
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add garlic and onions and saute until soft. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add couscous. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for five minutes, then fluff with a fork. Add remaining ingredients: pepper, balsamic vinegar, and grated Parmesan. Fluff again and serve while hot.  Voila!  Easy Parmesan Couscous.

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Cinnamon Lemon Chicken

Tonight’s menu: Cinnamon Lemon Chicken.  I pinned this lovely dish from my good friend, Meghan, who said it was it was a “big hit” for her fam:  I definitely agree, this is a great dish.  The chicken was really moist.  Next time I think I’ll use a little less salt and a little more oregano.  But it is definitely a “make again”.

Though, I think my favorite part was it made the whole house smell like Fall.

I served this meal with Sweet Potato Gnocchi from Trader Joe’s and fresh cut cantaloupe.  Hey, it is summer.

Cinnamon Lemon Chicken

10 Pieces Chicken (Legs and Quarters work best)
1/2 C Olive Oil
1/2 C Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
2-3 tsp Oregano
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Put all ingredients except chicken into a large baking dish and mix well, making a marinade. Once mixed completely, begin adding the chicken one piece at a time, coating each piece completely in the marinade.

Bake, uncovered at 425 for approx 1 hr or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Several times during baking, baste the chicken with the marinade in the pan.

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Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust

I have had chicken pot pie on the brain ever since my failed attempt the a few weeks ago.  I scoured Pinterest for another recipe for “easy” pot pie. Needless to say, there isn’t one. Not at least that will taste good.

In my search I cam across a recipe that I already have in my repertoire! Chicken Pot Pie with cornbread crust  I made this yummy recipe the day of Thanksgiving 2010 with leftover turkey, but I haven’t  made it since.

So I decided it was time.  In August. On one of the hottest days of the year. Hmmm.
Maybe my timing was not the best, but I will say, dinner was delicious! No regrets.

Happy Cooking!



Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust

  •  Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium Onion , chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups chopped Roasted Chicken
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet petite peas
  • 1 potato , diced and boiled
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped, cooked carrots
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Cracked pepper
  • 3/4 cup white or yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
To make filling:Preheat the oven to 400°. Spray a 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil and unsalted butter together. Add onion and sauté until tender, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add in flour until blended. Slowly stir in 2 cups of heated chicken stock, whisking well. Cook mixture over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 4 minutes. Stir in chicken, peas, potato, carrots, salt, pepper and Tabasco®. Pour into a 2-quart ovenproof casserole dish coated with cooking spray and spread mixture evenly.To make crust: In a bowl, stir cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Stir milk, egg and canola oil until well combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Spoon the batter evenly on the filling. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 22 to 25 minutes.

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Here I am in 2010, pregnant and very proud of my Turkey Pot Pie

Chicken Tamale Pie


I have become quite the fan of Mexican Food since moving out to LA.  As long as it is not too spicy, I am all about it!  I had my first tamale, ever, in 2009 and became a fan.  So when I saw this pin for Chicken Tamale Pie, I was sold  This recipe is super easy and extremely tasty.

First I baked the chicken and shredded it.  Then I (Gasp!) made a couple changes to the recipe below.  I’m feeling a little bolder in the kitchen, these days.  First, I omitted the red pepper flakes.   Second, I used a green enchiladas sauce instead of red, it’s just a preference. Lastly, I used a Mexican Cheese blend and omitted the Cotija cheese topping.

The final result was a delicious casserole that tasted just like a plate of tamales.  My hubby even said this was one of his favorite dishes yet!  This will definitely become a regular in our household!

He took the photo above for facebook and it hit me, I should be photographing these meals.  So I’ll try to post photos from now on.

Chicken Tamale Pie

Author: Pinch of Yum, adapted from Cooking Light
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 8
  • 1/3 cup fat free milk
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon taco seasoning, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (14 3/4 ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8.5 ounce) box corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce – I recommend going with an authentic Mexican brand
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup shredded white cheese
  • cilantro and crumbled Cotija cheese for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine the first 7 ingredients (milk through green chiles), using just 1/2 tablespoon of the taco seasoning, in a large bowl, stirring just until moist. Pour mixture into a round pie plate (mine was glass) coated with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400° for 20-30 minutes. While corn is baking, toss the chicken in the remaining 1 tablespoon taco seasoning. When corn is done – it will be just barely set and golden brown – pierce entire surface liberally with a fork (it might stick a little bit to the fork). Pour enchilada sauce over top. Top with chicken; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces; top each serving with cilantro and Cotija cheese.


Creamy White Chicken and Artichoke Lasagna

My friend Jennifer and I scheduled another cook/play date. We have different tastes, so I try to be a little more adventurous when we are looking at recipes together.  We finally agreed on a recipe for creamy white chicken and artichoke lasagna

We met at Jennifer’s apartment again to cook.  Jennifer invited another friend with kids over and all the littles played.  I picked up a box of No Bake Noodles hoping that it would make our meal cook a little quicker, but the cook time was actually longer by 20 minutes.  Live and Learn.

The hubbies all finished work in time and were able to join us as well.  It was quite a nice little dinner party.

The end result was pretty good. It was perfectly tasty, I could see that anyone who is an artichoke fan will love this dish.  But for me it was just a nice dish to try, but I probably won’t make it again.

If you like artichokes, this is the dish for you:

Creamy white chicken and artichoke lasagna


  • 2/3 cup butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1-3/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips and halved
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, melt 1/3 cup butter. Stir in the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, nutmeg and pepper until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • In large a skillet, cook chicken in remaining butter until no longer pink. Stir in the artichokes, thyme and remaining salt; heat through.
  • In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer about 1/3 cup white sauce, three noodles, 1/2 cup sauce, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and about 3 cups chicken mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce

My awesome friend Jen came over today and watched my little girl for me (yes, I have a lot of friends named Jennifer).  So I invited her to join us for dinner. Usually, as a rule of thumb, I do not try out new dishes with guests. What if it didn’t taste good?  Then I would be completely embarrassed that I served it to a guest.  But I’ve been feeling bold, so I decided to try out a new recipe for Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce:


This was another recipe I found when a Pinterest Pin led me to Food Gawker:  I’ve been really excited about this one.


Jen kept me company in the kitchen while hubby took the sweet pea out to play.  Once again I baked the chicken, 350 for about 30 Minutes.  If there is a better way to cook the chicken, please feel free to comment. I baked it instead of sauteing it in the skillet because in the end I wanted to shred it for the enchiladas.  I knew if I cut it up in chunks, I wouldn’t be able to shred it.


When I first mixed in the flour and butter is clumped into a big, doughy ball. But once I mixed in the chicken broth and later the sour cream, everything smoothed out into a nice cream sauce.


A quick 30 minutes in the oven and the meal was ready!  And I have to say, that this is one of the best meals I’ve made from Pinterest.  If you are looking for creamy, chicken enchiladas, this is definitely the recipe to make.

Linguine with Zucchini Pesto, Roasted Pine Nuts and Dried Tomatoes

I’m a mom to a very active 18 month old.  I  have a couple “Mom Friends” and we schedule playdates for our little ones.  During a recent playdate I was telling my friend, Jennifer, about my cooking challenge. She likes to cook, so she suggested that we cook together sometime.  I jumped at the chance.So we looked around Pinterest and Jennifer found a recipe for linguine with zucchini pesto, roasted pine nuts and dried tomatoes:

Upon first look, I would have guessed it was too difficult. And had too many steps.  I’m still a beginner, afterall.  But Jennifer was confident we could make it.

We met at Jennifer’s apartment.  Our kiddos played and colored while we cut and sauteed the zucchini.  I learned a lot from cooking with Jennifer.  Little things, like adding salt to the zucchini, will speed up the process of cooking.  And Jennifer had made pesto before so she added a few things to the recipe.  Such as fresh basil, which was not included in the recipe we found, but is apparently used in most pesto recipes.  She also suggested we add chicken to the recipe.


The end result was DELICIOUS. And both our kids loved it too!  That was the really kicker. You just never know with kids. And Jennifer suggested we double the recipe so that we had enough for both our hubbies as well.  And we had PLENTY of leftovers.

4 servings

400 g pasta
8 small zucchini
3 whole sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
3 tblsp pine nuts
1 clove garlic, optional
chili pepper in flakes and powder
extra-virgin olive oil

Cook the pasta.

While the pasta is cooking you slice the zucchini and slowly cook it in olive oil, chili pepper and the garlic cut in 4 until the zucchini is golden.

Put the zucchini, garlic and some of the olive oil in a blender and run it until they are smooth and creamy.

Mix the freshly cooked pasta with the zucchini cream and serve topped with the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and some pine nuts.

Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

Three weeks ago a pin on Pinterest led me down the rabbit hole to a website called Food Gawker, This is a really cool site which collects and categorizes recipes.  While on the site I pinned a couple different meals, including Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde Sauce: And today I decided was the day to try it out.

I’ve never made enchilada before.  in truth, I never had a real enchilada until i moved out to CA at 25. We don’t eat a lot of Mexican food in Ohio.  And I don’t think Taco Bell counts.  When I was dating my now husband, he took me out to eat at a little Mexican place.  He ordered a burrito and i probably ordered something familiar, like tacos.  I watched him enjoying his burrito and finally I asked, “What’s in a burrito?” He stopped and looked at me in  horror (so I made be exaggerating slightly) and said “You’ve never had a burrito before?” I shook my head and he insisted I try it.  From that point on, Mexican Restaurants became a favorite of ours.  Though, I have to admit, I usually order the same two things every time we go.

But I digress.

I picked up all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s, my favorite place to get groceries.  The recipe was really easy to follow.  I baked the chicken in the oven and upon completing, but together the enchiladas. After covering them with salsa verde, the baked for a quick 30 minutes.
The result?  Delicious enchiladas in the comfort of my own home. Hubby came home from work and was quite pleased.  He even did all the dishes!  This is definitely a dish to make again!


Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake

I knew my hubby was having a round day on Tuesday, so I wanted to make sure that he had an awesome dinner waiting for him when he got home.  I know how much he likes Chicken Parmesan, so I was intrigued by a pin for Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake:

Tonight was definitely the night!

This recipe does not using breading.  It uses croutons for a crispy crust.  I was intrigued, so i decided to give it a try.  The result was a nice casserole.  I thought it was pretty good overall.  But when hubby came home, he loved it!  He said it was definitely something to make again.  Thanks Pinterest!

Below are the Ingredients, but go to the website and watch the video to prepare this dish:


2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 5, but they were huge!)
2 cups marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped basil
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
4 oz Parmesan, grated
1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons

Honey Mustard Chicken in the Crock Pot

I love my crock pot, but I only have about 3 recipes that I know how to make.  So I turned to my new BFF, Pinterest. And I quickly found a pin for Summer Slow Cooker Meals: I looked through the list and picked out Honey Mustard Chicken in the Crock Pot.  Chicken, Honey Mustard, what’s not to like? It was an easy peasy meal.  But truth be told, it was just so/so.  I won’t be making this meal again, but I will try a few of the others on the list.



Avocado Chicken Salad

I’ve taken a big step.  I am trying something new in the kitchen.  You don’t understand how big this is.  I bought cilantro.  Seriously.

I bunch of my friends have been pinning recipes on Pinterest, and so have I. But I never actually tried to make any of it.

It all started when I was talking to my husband about dinner.  I was planning on making Unstuffed Pepper Casserole.  This is a great casserole made with red and yellow peppers, ground beef and tomatoes.  I make it all the time.  Apparently too often, though.  My doting husband told me he was getting tired of the casserole.  What?!?  “Tired of the casserole?  This is a good casserole!”, I thought. So I listed off a few other casseroles and chicken options that I have, and he wasn’t excited about any of them.

Now, I have to admit, cooking is not my strong suit.  I have a small repertoire of recipes, and that is it.  My husband likes to cook and cooks several times a week.  However, he also told me he didn’t want to cook much anymore.  He wanted to dinner ready when he came home.  I get it, he works hard all day.  It is not too much to ask.

But I was at a loss.  What can I make that is not pasta, quesadillas, casserole or something frozen from Trader Joe’s?
And then, I saw it. Avocado Chicken Salad:  I like Chicken.  I like Avocado.  I can learn to like Cilantro. It seemed easy enough.  So I boldly went to Trader Joe’s and picked up my supplies.   And making this dish was a snap.  I baked the chicken in the oven, shredded it, and stirred in the avocado and spices.

I was a little nervous when hubby took his first bites.  He didn’t say much. I mean, what if he didn’t like it.  He has cheerfully suffered through many an “experimental” meal, and always has a good thing to say, but I still feel awful when something doesn’t turn out right.  I want to retreat back to my casseroles.  But much to my surprise, he said he liked it. And went back for seconds!  Success!!  I just might try this Pinterest Meal thing again.