Tag: Weeknight Meals

Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce

Try Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce the next time you want to grill. This is a quick and easy recipe, perfect for weeknight meals. The chili sauce marinade is easy to mix up. Garlic, Lemon Zest, Olive Oil, and Chili Sauce. Dip the chicken in 

Easy Baked Potato Soup

Easy Baked Potato Soup

This Easy Baked Potato Soup is a recipe my mother-in-law gave me. It’s easy, creamy and delicious. So yummy. My mother-in-law uses crumbled fried bacon in her version, but I like to use chopped ham for a heartier soup. If you bake your potatoes ahead 

Spicy Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

Spicy Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

We love this recipe for Spicy Chicken and Cheese Taquitos. They are easy to make and perfect for weeknight dinners. 

(Recipe modified with new photos on 12/31/21)

When we’re traveling on the road with the Vogts Sisters, it’s not unusual for us to stop at a Quick Trip to grab a bite to eat, especially when it’s late at night. I like their hot dogs, but I also really enjoy their chicken taquitos. This past year, the music schedule has been severely lacking, and we find ourselves craving some of that “junk food from the road!”

Serving Chicken and Cheese Tequitos with Corn Chips

This recipe is one that I created as a way to satisfy that craving. And quite a bit more healthy, I’m sure.

 

Ingredients for Spicy Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

  • large bone-in chicken breasts (two of them)
  • salt and pepper
  • cream cheese, softened
  • Pepper Jack cheese
  • chopped jalapenos
  • dried minced onion
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • chicken broth
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • vegetable oil

 

What is the difference between a Taquito and a Flauta?

Recipe for Black Bean Beef Flautas

They are both stuffed with a meat and cheese filling. A flauta is rolled with a flour tortilla and a taquito uses a smaller corn tortilla. Both are fried. However, some cooks (like me) use the term interchangeably, and mine are baked. Because I have an insanely hard time rolling a corn tortilla without it breaking, I tend to prefer using flour tortillas for this recipe. See my recipe for Black Bean Beef Flautas Here.

 

Instructions on Making This Recipe

Ingredients to Make Taquitos

Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Place chicken breasts in a medium saucepan and add water to cover the chicken.

Sometimes, I will use chicken tenders instead of the breasts, maybe 6-8 of them, depending on how big they are. 

Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken to season it. Bring it to a boil, and then reduce heat to low. Cover with the lid slightly ajar, and cook the chicken for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.

While the chicken is cooking, shred the cheese and place in a bowl or plate until ready to use. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil, parchment paper, or a silicone baking mat. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, using convection, if possible. 

Strain the chicken from the pan and allow to cool on a plate or tray.

 

Prepare the Filling

Once the chicken is cool enough to work with, remove chicken and skin from the bone and shred it with a fork and knife into small bite size pieces.

Mix Shredded Chicken with Cheese and Spices

In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, shredded Pepper Jack cheese, chopped jalapenos, chili powder, garlic powder, and ground cumin.

Sometimes if I don’t have any jalapenos, I’ll use green chiles but they do not deliver as much heat to the rolls. 

Add to this the shredded chicken and mix well to combine. Season with more kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed.

 

Assemble the Taquitos

Rolling the Taquitos

Working one at a time, lay out a flat flour tortilla and spread two tablespoons of the filling along one edge. Roll up tightly and lay seam side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining flour tortillas and filling. 

Brushing Oil on Flour Tortillas

Pour vegetable oil in a small bowl, and using a pastry brush, cover each tortilla with oil on tops and sides. Bake in a preheated convection oven for 12-15 minutes until taquitos are light golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 7-10 minutes before serving. This recipe will make 8-10 taquitos.

Chicken Taquitos with Queso Dip

Serve Spicy Chicken and Cheese Taquitos with sour cream, your favorite Salsa, Guacamole, or Queso Dip.

See more Mexican Dishes Here.

 

Recipe for Spicy Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

Spicy Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

We love this recipe for Spicy Chicken and Cheese Taquitos. They are easy to make and perfect for weeknight dinners. Soft and Creamy Chicken Filling with Plenty of Jalapeno Heat.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chicken Breast, Cream Cheese, Jalapeno Peppers, Pepper Jack Cheese, Quick and Easy, Weeknight Dinners
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10

Equipment

Cuisinart Cookware
Glass Mixing Bowls
Baking Sheet
Pastry Brush

Ingredients

  • 2 large bone-in chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped jalapenos more or less according to your taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 cup chicken broth
  • 10 medium corn or flour tortillas 6" tortillas are a nice size
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts in a medium saucepan and add water to cover the chicken. Sometimes, I will use chicken tenders instead of the breasts, maybe 6-8 of them, depending on how big they are.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken to season it. Bring it to a boil, and then reduce heat to low. Cover with the lid slightly ajar, and cook the chicken for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.
  • While the chicken is cooking, shred the cheese and place in a bowl or plate until ready to use. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil or a silicone baking mat. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with convection, if possible.
  • Strain the chicken from the pan and allow to cool on a plate or tray.

Prepare the Filling:

  • Once the chicken is cool enough to work with, remove chicken and skin from the bone and shred it with a fork and knife into small bite size pieces.
  • Place chicken in a medium-sized bowl. Add to this the softened cream cheese, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, chopped jalapenos, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin. If needed add up to 1/8 cup of chicken broth to this so make a nice soft filling. Season with more salt and pepper as needed.

Assemble the Taquitos:

  • Working one at a time, lay out a flat flour tortilla and spread 2 large tablespoons of the filling along one edge. Roll up tightly and lay seam side down on the prepare baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining flour tortillas and filling.
  • Pour vegetable oil in a small bowl, and using a pastry brush, cover each tortilla with oil on tops and sides.
  • Bake in a preheated convection oven for 12-15 minutes until taquitos are light golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 7-10 minutes before serving. This recipe will make 10 taquitos.
  • Serve with sour cream, your favorite Salsa, Guacamole, Cheese Dip and corn chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg
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Easy BBQ Chicken Bites

Easy BBQ Chicken Bites

Easy BBQ Chicken Bites is a great recipe if you like barbecued chicken. They’re not complicated to make and they cooks up in less than 30 minutes. Done! This recipe was actually inspired by my shopping trips to Walmart with our daughters when they lived 

Stir Fry Vegetables with Shrimp

Stir Fry Vegetables with Shrimp

I love Stir Fry Vegetables with Shrimp and could eat this stuff all week long. And stir-frying is so easy. Perfect for a weeknight meal. Quick and Easy! This recipe has lots of vegetables, Green Bell Pepper, Onion, Mushrooms, and Zucchini. Plus cute little bow-tie 

Jennifer Slattery’s Southwestern Skillet Dinner

Jennifer Slattery’s Southwestern Skillet Dinner

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Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She’s the author of six contemporary novels maintains a devotional blog found at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud. She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

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Jennifer Slattery’s Southwestern Skillet Dinner

A Note from the Author

Recipe for Jennifer Slattery's Southwestern Skillet Dinner

If you’ve been around writers for any length of time, you likely know two things: 1) It’s not the most lucrative profession, and 2) when deadlines hit, there’s likely time for little else. Therefore, we’re always looking for quick, easy, and economical meals that can allow us to feel as if we haven’t completely neglected our family. I suspect all women trying to juggle the demands of family, careers, and just plain life can relate. If so, I hope you find this time-and-budget friendly meal helpful.

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Recipe for Jennifer Slattery's Southwestern Skillet Dinner

Jennifer's Southwestern Skillet Dinner

If you’ve been around writers for any length of time, you likely know two things: 1) It’s not the most lucrative profession, and 2) when deadlines hit, there’s likely time for little else. Therefore, we’re always looking for quick, easy, and economical meals that can allow us to feel as if we haven’t completely neglected our family. I suspect all women trying to juggle the demands of family, careers, and just plain life can relate. If so, I hope you find this time-and-budget friendly meal helpful.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cast Iron Cooking, Hamburger, Quick and Easy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients

  • 5 medium red potatoes
  • 12 oz frozen corn
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Optional Additions:

  • Jalepeño slices
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Cube potatoes and microwave, in a bit of water, for 2-3 minutes.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown meat. Drain grease, and mix in spices. Add corn and salsa and cook until thoroughly heated. Top with cheese if desired and serve. Serves 6-8.
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Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs

Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs are a perfect choice for summer grilling. Very easy and quick to make for a weeknight dinner. They are tender and delicious, with a light honey sweetness and a little tang from the soy sauce. 

Weeknight Mexican Cornbread

Weeknight Mexican Cornbread

(Recipe slightly modified on 9/7/21) Weeknight Mexican Cornbread is a recipe my mom made for our family when we were growing up. It comes from my Uncle Steve and Aunt Sheryl. It’s quite delicious and easy to prepare, so it’s great for a weeknight meal