Monday, January 30, 2012

trying new recipes

with my husband working 6 12 hour night shifts a week right now (he does a lot of the cooking), i need fast, easy recipes that my kids will actually eat.  luckily i don't have to feed troy, so i can try some things he wouldn't care for (he doesn't like cream sauces, or green peppers, or jalepenos, or green chiles, or soup...) 

i found this applesauce chicken recipe from a favorite site, a year of slow cooking, and luckily had four apples in the fruit bowl.  first, i made some quick chunky applesauce:

4 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
3/4 c. water
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

cook, covered, over medium heat, for 15-20 minutes.  mash and go.  mine weren't quite done, but i figured they'd continue to cook in the crockpot, so i threw them in anyways.

i dumped all of the ingredients in the crockpot and walked away.  i made some brown rice to serve with it, and corn and a salad too. just pretend i took a pic of it.  here's the thing.  my kids didn't like it!  it was sweet and the chicken didn't dry out, but aj said the apples tasted like potatoes.  in the recipe it says to use red pepper flakes, which i left out, but i think it could've used some zing.  i'm not sure if making it with jarred sauce would make more of the sauce for the chicken - it could've used more something, that's for sure.  but, i had a lot of it, so...

i made apple chicken quesadillas for lunch the next day!  these were pretty good!  i think they'd be even better with some pepper jack cheese, but it definitely helped add some more flavor to the chicken.   if you have a great kid friendly crock pot chicken recipe, please share!


Brandie said...

Have you seen that ranch house pork chop reciepe on pintrest. I don't like pork so I make it with chicken and it's super yummers. I make it with the large can of low sodium cream of chicken soup. Although if you pintrest, i'msure you've seen the mae your own cream soup. 1 package of ranch dip powder stuff and I add like a .25 cup of water. I make it with about 4 chicken breasts. Cook on Low for like 6 hrs I think. It's good with mashed potatoes or rice or noodles. Oh and my 10 yr olds loves it and she's picky as well

Skooks said...

I've made that applesauce chicken recipe a bunch of times and used jar sauce with the red pepper flakes and the kids always eat it.

One of our super easy go-to crockpot recipes is salsa soup. A can or 2 of black beans (rinsed), enough chicken for however many people will be eating (I usually throw in 4 breasts or thighs), a bag of frozen corn, sliced mushrooms (I've done it with or without . . . it's fine both ways), 1 jar of your favorite salsa (we use Herdez), one carton of chicken broth (we use low sodium). 4 hrs on high or 8 on low. Garnish with sliced avocado, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and sour cream. :) It's a big hit with both adults and kids in my house!


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