3 Quick Ways to Use Your Leftover Chicken

hello loves!

I am back today with a simple way to utilize left over chicken, whether it be rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken breast, or baked chicken.  For us a family of three we sometimes will tend to have left overs just depending on how hungry E is that night.  I usually like to get the most out of our dinners, especially since eating out can get real pricey fast.

Besides utilizing them the next day for left overs of exactly what we cooked the night before sometimes I can stretch them for another dinner completely, that way we use all of our food, without having to throw out too much or do too much work every single night. 

 

3 Way to Use Your Leftover Chicken

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1. Chicken Salad

Once you take your chicken out of the container start to shred it so that you get smaller pieces of chicken instead of legs, thighs, breast, etc.  Whatever cut you have make it smaller, by shredding it with your hands it gives you more chicken, plus it will give the chicken the ability to mix better with the mayo and other ingredients.  

Note: You can use a food processor instead of using your hands that is totally up to you just know that you will have finer pieces of chicken.

Directions:
I typically will dice a tomato and red onion, but on occasion Eric will add in celery [not my thing] he will add it into his portion.  Then once everything is in the bowl, I add the mayo and mix it all together.  I sometimes get a little cajun seasoning and season it after the mayo has coating everything well, just for a little extra taste.  

If you make your own baked chicken and season it really well, then you can probably avoid this step.  Sometimes when I am in a rush I get the store bought chicken and they aren't really seasoned all the way through.

2. Chicken Pizza

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Ugh I love me some pizza, like it is one of my favorite food but the regular pizza places just aren't doing it for me anymore and I am liking the gourmet pizza places more and more.  Especially the ones that use a brick oven, YUM!

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I recently had some left over baked chicken and I decided make a homemade pizza.

Directions:
To start shred the chicken by hand, throw on your favorite pizza ingredients or mine: white sauce, red onions, mushrooms, mozzarella, and parmesan.  I added all of that on top of a gourmet store bought pizza dough, sauce first then cheese, and finally the chicken.  

3. Chicken Tacos

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If you have already shredded your chicken by hand for the chicken salad and the pizza you can always save some of it to make, tacos!  

All you will need is:

  • Tortillas or Crunchy Taco Shells
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Beans [we eat black beans, yum]
  • Guacamole
  • Pico  

And there you have it 3 simple ways to utilize your left over chicken.  

I know our house can get busy around here, E will get off later than expect, J will not be in the mood to go down for his nap and we have to use what we got to get what we want, dinner!  I know there are a lot of busy moms out there so I hope this helped you loves!

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If you love this post, please let me know so I can come up with some more great ideas for you guys.  

Toast2Texas: Kerrville, TX

I am finally diving into our trip to Kerrville, TX that I gave you guys a sneak peek on my insta-stories, if you don't follow me on Instagram then this is all new to you and you should definitely keep reading. 

A couple of months ago we had the most wonderful trip to Kerrville, Texas and it is exactly what this mom needed. We drank wine, ate well, and had so much fun with the locals!  

We stayed at The Garrett House which is hosted by Kim Richards, she fully remodeled this cozy two bedroom house and made it into this beautiful, comfortable, chic home away from home. You can find her on instagram here, and her AirBnb here

This trip was hosted and set up with Lauren from Toast from the Host, Stacy Anderson of The Hurried Hostess and in collaboration with Amanda Hewitt from A Positively Beautiful Life, and myself!

You can find all of their Instagrams below, and they are a definite must follow, tell them I sent you over.  

 @toastfromthehost

@thehurriedhostess

@positivelybeautifullife

Above photos credit: Stacy Anderson Photography

The first day we had the cutest set up from Lauren of Toast from the Host, in collaboration with Master of Mixes and y'all there Peach Margarita Mix is soo damn good! I could've had the entire thing in one day.  The food was all prepped and set up by Lauren who is absolutely amazing at hosting and also the sweetest person ever.  If you are hosting, or need help with party ideas, tips and tricks, get in touch with Lauren.  

Our first morning Lauren had the most delicious-ness of a breakfast set up for us and before diving in we actually took some photos, because as they say if you didn't photograph it, it didn't happen. 🤔 .

It was waffles, sweet rice, fresh strawberries and mimosas, yes please!  

Before we left, we had the pleasure of stopping at Pax Coffee and Goods and it has been one of my favorite places to visit. Besides having some great coffee, the employees are kind, and the decor is just beautiful.  It is definitely a place to stop while in Kerrville, daily!Sponsors:

House: @thegarretthouse

Flowers: @viridiandesignstudio

Invites/labels/menu - @kandsdotco

Confetti Poppers - @dopeassconfetti

Margaritas - @masterofmixes

Home - @thegarretthouse

Bath bomb - @whippedupwonderful

Candles - @circle21candles

Necklace - @beadedbayjewelry

Mask - @thecomfyden

Grape Juice - portion of lunch

Rails, a Cafe at the Depot - dinner

Bikes - Hill Country Bicycle Works

Cookies - @sprinklepopdotshop , @trulymadplastics @tudorhousecookies 

 

Cream of Mushroom Chicken and Rice

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This recipe is one of my all-time go to for a simple and easy dinner. It is filling and delicious. 

Ingredients: 

1lb of chicken breast

1 cup of rice

1 handful of asparagus

1 can of cream of mushroom/chicken

Shredded Parmesan

Juice from half a lemon

Salt & Pepper for taste

Garlic powder

2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

 

Depending on if you have a rice cooker or if you just cook yours on the stove top you'll want to put one cup of rice with two cups of water to boil or in your rice cooker per the instructions.

Then season your chicken breast to your liking, I usually use a Tone's seasoning in combination with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

Once the chicken is seasoned. In a large skillet heat up the olive oil on medium heat, once oil is hot put in the chicken cook until both sides are golden brown.  

Transfer the chicken to a plate, then put the cream of chicken/mushroom into the skillet. I typically leave all of the seasoning and oil from the chicken so that it seasons the cream of chicken/mushroom if you are doing this as well, make sure to pick up the low sodium version of the cream of mushroom/chicken.  

Mix the cream into the drippings of the chicken and keep warm you can start on your asparagus with a little salt and pepper then before serving you’ll want to squeeze the lemon juice and sprinkle the parm. 

You can transfer the chicken back into the cream of chicken/mushroom or you can just pour the mixture on top of your chicken totally up to you.  

Plate, Serve + Enjoy!  

 

Tip: You can also use cauliflower rice to make this gluten free!  

 

 

Dinner at Los Cucos + Giveaway

*this post is sponsored by Los Cucos but all opinions are my own. 

Good morning loves!

I wanted to share with y'all a recent opportunity I had to visit a local Los Cucos and all the yummy treats I was able to try. 

Los Cucos isn't anything new to me, we actually live pretty close to one and we frequently get their fajitas for two but to go, so having the chance to go into the restaurant and try new things on the menu and have a couple of drink was such a treat and great experience.  

I ordered the Fajitas a la Poblanas and Oh em gee they are so good, they have such flavor and now I'm making myself hungry. If you don't like mushrooms definitely ask for it without them because I wouldn't use it as an excuse not to get them because you'll definitely be missing out. 

Los Cucos was nice enough to give me a gift card to giveaway to some of my friends 🙂 . So if you don't already go on my Instagram and click the follow button and enter the giveaway.  

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Easy Turkey Breakfast Bowl

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Good morning my loves!

I am so excited to get back to blogging and reaching out to the people I love. Honestly as much as compliments are few on here from my readers and family I love hearing them but I also love your feed back whether it is good or bad.

So if you want me to keep my food recipes or post I can't really say recipes then let me know, if you want them gone let me know!

Today's food post is all about breakfast, the most important meal of the day and most of the time like all mom's my breakfast is coffee in a tumbler, or sippy cup of I'm being real. But on the weekends when E is actually home we make breakfast.

This recipe is simple cut up all of your veggies, I did yellow bell pepper, onions, and garlic but you can add red bell peppers, green, and orange to add color totally up to you.

Cut all of those up and set them aside, because you'll want to cook your ground turkey, or beef if you prefer. We are trying to eat leaner so turkey is best.

Once your meat is cooked add in your vegetables and let those get tender, once those are tender make a hole in the middle of it all to add your eggs. This allows your eggs to cook in the middle without mixing it into your meat which will make it harder for the eggs to cook evenly.

Once your eggs cook somewhat then you can fold in your meat and veggies, I made the mistake of adding my eggs and mixing everything into them and it took much longer to cook the eggs. E loves soft scramble eggs so those weren't achieveable when you mix everything together initially.

I buttered some french bread slices and then toasted them in a nonstick skillet and added them to the bowl. Topped with spicy sauce of your liking and enjoy.

Pork Chops and Mash Potatoes

For dinner last night, I made these glorious Pork Chops. They were delicious and cooked to perfection.  

I forgot once again to take something out for dinner and needed to come up with something quick, a couple of posts back you read that I was opting out of eating as much beef as possible.  I have been making Mediterranean Turkey Meatballs, Turkey Burgers, and Turkey Breakfast Bowls, so I decided it was time to add a little Pork into the mix.  Normally we don't do pork much either but we haven't had it in a while so I figured tonight was a good night to do so.

I picked up these gorgeous chops at our local Kroger, I was going to make some potatoes on the side with some canned green beans because well #momlife. 

Before I did any seasoning of these chops, I coated them with EVOO, so that when I did season them none of the herbs would burn in the pot.

I seasoned the Pork Chops with Himalayan Pink Salt, black pepper, thyme, Italian seasoning and Tone's Garlic and Herb seasoning as well.  The Garlic in the Tone's does burn as any garlic would if you don't have enough EVOO, so I added some extra into the pot and let it heat up before placing my meat into it. 

Like the steaks I made last week you can totally put them in the refrigerator or you can cook them right away just depending on how much time you have on your hands.  I didn't have much time because I have been trying to get organized with this blogging of mine.  

Into the pot they went for about 8-10 minutes on each side [depends on the thickness of the cut] then another 15 in the oven at 425 degrees, my issue is undercooking chicken and pork so I always cut them to make sure they are cooked before serving.  I do have a meat thermometer, however, I don't have batteries for it yet.

I personally think they turned out well seasoned and cooked perfectly, but I can be biased because after all, I did cook them.  

I have been debating on removing the food posts on my blog but I do love cooking now and I guess it is a big part of my life since I try as much as possible to cook for my family. Next thing I need to learn according to E is cooking Caribbean Style food, but it is definitely time 🤣. 

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