Easy Spicy Chicken

When I was looking through this recipe, I clicked on the link and scanned the Baked Sweet and Sour chicken.  I assumed the that they would be oven baked chicken.  I should have read both the recipes more thoroughly.  The chicken was still fried on the stove and then baked for an hour.  Not something that I can conceivably do after work during the week.

Ingredients
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All mixed up in a glass measuring cup – because I am cool like that
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Confession time.  I did the above a few days ago, before I realized that the chicken I was going to use went bad.  No biggie, I just threw it in the fridge.  I cut up two chicken breasts (about a pound), nuked the sauce and poured it over the chicken.  I baked it in the oven at about 350-375 (how ever my oven was feeling today).

This is it after 15 minutes.  I stirred it and put it back in for another 15 minutes
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After another 15
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And this was my dinner
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As you can see, the sauce was thin.  At first, I wasn’t a fan, but the more I ate it, the more I liked it.  I think there is a little off about the ratios.  I could taste the wing sauce more than anything.  Maybe a little more vinegar or sugar.  Maybe cut down on the sauce.  I do think that the next time, I will be making it in a pot on the stove and letting it thicken up some more before adding it to the chicken.

It is worth making again.  With the changes I made, it only took a half hour to cook.  The sauce was simple to make, too.  This could very easily be a weeknight dinner.  The original post is correct – it is not as spicy as you would thing.  There was no lasting heat, just a hint of it.

 

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Queso Pasta Bake

Queso Pasta Bake really means cheese sauce and more cheese on top!  This is basically a beefed up mac and cheese recipe – literally – it has beef in it 🙂  I am a sucker for pasta dishes.

Ingredients.  It looks like a lot, but it really is an easy dish to make
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Beef and tomatoes all cooked up and ready to be mixed
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Cheese Sauce (I was gonna show you the pasta next, but who wants to see plain cooked pasta?  Although, it is curly pasta which is always fun.
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All mixed up and ready for more cheese!
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Cheeese!  Or should I say Queeeeso!
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All baked and lovely
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This made 8 HUGE servings for me.  So large, I am contemplating giving some servings away.  I liked this.  It isn’t as cheesy as a normal mac and cheese, but it is definitely in there.  I think it could use a little more seasoning, though.  It has a tablespoon of cumin and I added who knows how much garlic, but I still couldn’t taste any of it.  The salsa and rotel contribute some flavor, so it isn’t bland.  Next time, I am going to add some spice and maybe do the cheese sauce at 1.5 recipe.  Using both the rotel and salsa adds a few too many tomatoes for me.  Just one would suffice.  I would probably go for the salsa before the rotel next time because I always have it in my fridge and it has more ingredients than the rotel.  Definitely looking forward to making this again.

Just whipping it up

It’s not what you think.  I am not whipping anything….or anyone (wink, wink).  I bought a pizza crust from the store (will I never learn?)  I was too lazy to actually make a pizza, but I thought maybe calzones or breakfast pies.  Yea……that didn’t work.  I think it still worked out, though

Ingredients
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Separating the dough
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This is the point that I got annoyed with trying to roll out the dough big enough to make a decent sized pie/calzone.  I had a thought and decided to put the dough in an individual ramekins.  I thought INDIVIDUAL DEEP DISH PIZZAS!!  Woot!
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The dough didn’t quite stretch enough, but I still went with it.  I layered sausage and cheese to be under the sauce – cause you know, deep dish = sauce on top
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This was the point that I realized there was NO WAY I had enough sauce to make all 6 pizzas.  I had a brainstorm and thought “Hmmm.  Breakfast pizzas”.  See the sad sauce on the right side?  Yea.  Obviously the left is the egg one
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It was also at this point that I realized that I didn’t have enough eggs to make more than 2 pizza.  Le sigh.

Here they are baked.  Two of each.  I have two ramekins with dough, sausage and cheese in them and nothing else.  I am still deciding if I want to make them into eggs or pizzas
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I haven’t had the breakfast ones, yet.  I am saving them for work for the week.  I DID have the sausage pizza, though.  It was pretty good.  Not as filling as I had hoped, but I think I can add some vegetables to make it more filling.  Peppers and onions would be good with sausage.  Maybe I need more cheese.  Ooooh, chicken and BBQ sauce pizza.

I like the idea of the individual deep dish pizzas, though.  I am going to definitely be trying this again.  Most likely with a different dough and NOT store bought.  I may use the dough from the original deep dish recipe I have one here.  I wonder if I can stretch that to 6 servings.  I will update you on my success/failures – lol 🙂