Posts tagged: Italian Seasoning

BBQ Chicken Strip Salad

By , February 5, 2013

bbq chicken salad BBQ Chicken Strip SaladSubmitted by Kay A.

Fast (frozen to ready to serve in 35 minutes) Delicious Healthy

If you divide the chicken to make four servings, the chicken alone will be 215 calories a serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup water

BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick’s Barbeque Seasoning (or any brand you like) • Dash red pepper flakes • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning • 2 teaspoons honey

Salad fixings

  • Lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, pine nuts, walnuts, flax seeds, shredded cheeses, etc.
  • Salad dressing of your choice (yogurt based dressings are especially delicious)

Directions

Spray the bottom of the Instant Pot with nonstick spray. Place the frozen chicken breasts and 1/3 cup of water in the pot and put the lid on. Press  the steam button and set the time to eight minutes. (The pot will come to pressure in about eight minutes and then cook for eight minutes.)

While the breasts are thawing in the Instant Pot

  1. Prepare your salad fixings and place them in into serving bowls.
  2. Mix together in a separate bowl the BBQ sauce (ketchup, BBQ seasoning, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and honey.) 3. Taste the BBQ sauce and adjust it to make sure it is the way your family prefers. We are a fairly low sugar family, so you may want more honey.

When the Instant Pot beeps that it is finished, throw a dish towel over the top and do a quick pressure release. Remove the top. With the chicken still in the pot, use a large fork and long sharp knife to slice the chicken into 1/2 inch strips being careful to not touch the sides of the hot pot. The chicken will be raw in the middle but easily sliceable. Pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken and mix with a heat safe spoon. At this point, it looks like chicken in a watery tomato soup.

Press the sauté button and set the time for 18 minutes, which will likely be too much time. This will come to a good boil, but will not splatter on your kitchen because the Instant Pot insert is so deep. For the first 10 minutes you can work on other things in the kitchen and just visit the pot, stir a little, turn chicken over, etc., as you monitor the progress. However, as the sauce thickens, it is important that you stay with the pot and monitor the sauce. So, for the last five minutes, you move the chicken around in the pot a little while the sauce thickens and sticks to the chicken. When almost all of the sauce has stuck to the chicken, remove the chicken to a serving tray. Turn the pot off. IMMEDIATELY pour 2-3 cups of water into the Instant Pot to keep the remaining sauce reside from sticking and burning to the pot.

Lay the chicken on top of the salads and serve. It is so good.

 

Comforting Potato Soup in under 30 minutes

By , January 25, 2013

Potato soup Comforting Potato Soup in under 30 minutesSubmitted by Kay A.

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 slices nitrite free bacon
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • a dash of dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • black pepper to taste

 Instructions:

  1. Press Saute on Instant Pot. Add onion, bacon, garlic and olive oil. Stir while sauteing for 3-4 minutes. Do not walk away or this will burn.
  2. Add 1 cup of chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, red pepper flakes, and Italian Seasoning. Stir. Placed lid on pot, press steam button and set minutes to 10. (It takes about 10 to come to pressure and then cooks for 10 minutes.)
  3. When beeps, do a quick pressure release. Remove bacon and discard. Add 2 cups of chicken broth and evaporated milk. Insert an emersion blender and run on short bursts until a creamy consistency that you like, but make sure to leave chunks of potatoes. Don’t puree it all. Add salt and pepper to taste, stirring gently to incorporate.
  4. Makes 8 cups of creamy, comforting potato soup. 250 calories per cup.

 

 

 

Super Easy Chunky Chicken and Veggie Soup

By , January 23, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb frozen chicken breasts (3-4)
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 carrot, chopped chunky
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped chunky
  • 2 t diced garlic
  • 2 squash or zucchini, chopped chunky
  • 2 medium potatos, skin-on, quartered
  • 1 can Progresso Parmesan Recipe Starters
  • 1 T Italian Seasoning
  • 1 T ground flaxseed (optional, just for added nutrition not flavor) Salt to taste Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in Instant Pot except salt and pepper. Stir a little to distribute. Close lid, push rice button and set for 12 minutes.
  2. When beeps that finished, allow to depressurize normally.
  3. Remove lid. Using two forks, shread chicken breasts as much as desired in your soup. (Chicken should shred easily and be thoroughly cooked. If not, replace lid, push poultry and cook a few more minutes.)
  4. Stir the soup a little, but not too much or you will mush the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste. Replace lid and let sit on “keep warm” for about 30 minutes to fully integrate the flavor in the chicken.
  5. Serve with freshly baked whole grain rolls. Yummy.