1 cup BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Original)
1/4  cup light corn syrup
1 small can chopped green chiles, drained
1 bunch green onions, finely minced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime

  • In a small saucepan whisk together the BBQ sauce, corn syrup, garlic powder and cumin.
  • Stir in green chiles and onions.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Whisk in lime juice and set aside.

2 pounds chicken tenders
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Fresh ground salt and black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Line baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick spray.
  • Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and pepper on chicken pieces.
  • Arrange chicken in a single layer.
  • Bake 25-30 until cooked through.
  • Brush with glaze last 10 minutes.
  • Serve with remaining sauce and ranch for dipping.

2 cups buttermilk
2 cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon crushed parsley flakes
2 tablespoons Penzey’s California crushed jalapenos
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

  • Whisk all together and chill overnight before serving

1 pound small white beans, soaked over night, drained and sorted
1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped
1 large shallot, sliced
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 bottles Angry Orchard Summer Honey hard cider or Shocktop
1 1/2 cups hot water
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 KNORR chicken gel bouillon
Fresh ground salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large skillet cook bacon, reserving 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease.
  • When bacon is done, add onions, shallot and garlic to bacon grease sauteing until opaque.
  • Whisk together the beer, hot water and bouillon. Add to onion mixture and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Add honey, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Add beans and return to a boil.
  • Transfer to baking dish baking until beans are tender and moisture is absorbed.
  • Stir in bacon just before serving.

My family added some of the extra wing sauce from above to the beans and LOVED it.


One of the things I love best about this recipe is the tenderness of the chicken.  Marinating in buttermilk (especially for beef) is one of the best tenderizers available.


1 chicken breast per person
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried red jalapenos
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried chives
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried garlic
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

  • Whisk together marinade and soak chicken for at least 4 hours.  I prefer overnight.

2-3 tablespoons butter or avocado oil
salt and pepper to taste

  • Heat butter or oil over medium high heat.
  • Dredge chicken in Wondra.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Brown first side and then turn.
  • Now cover and cook until cooked through.

1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried red jalapenos
1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze dried garlic

  • Blend together in small food processor and serve room temperature over chicken breast and veggies. Can be made ahead and refrigerated, but bring to room temperature while cooking the chicken.

When I’m making a couple of veggies and want less clean up, I cover the cookie sheet with foil and then make foil dividers.  These Brussels Sprouts were roasted in a balsamic glaze while the asparagus was done in a lemon butter.


I love to cook.  I love to rehab recipes that I found in magazines or the bottom of my gram’s kitchen drawer. I found this recipe in a Sunset magazine and then changed it to fit our likes, but on the whole it was VERY tasty.  I should have made mashed potatoes though to go with it.

6 chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste (I use fresh ground Himalayan Pink salt and black pepper)
2 tablespoons butter +1/2 cup butter
1 or 2 large leeks (white and light green sections), halved and sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Wondra flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups white moscato wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
Juice of 1 lemon
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
baby Asparagus spears

  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in skillet.
  • Add chicken breasts, salt and peppering to taste. Saute’ until golden on each side. Keep warm.
  • Melt 1/2 cup butter in large saute’ pan over medium high heat.
  • Add leeks and garlic, sauteing until soft and tender.
  • Add asparagus spears, sprinkle with sugar and cover for 3-4 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon remove asparagus and leeks to chicken plate.
  • Add flour whisking until golden.
  • Add wine, lemon juice, chicken pan drippings and chicken broth to remaining butter and bring to a boil, reducing to about 2 cups.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and whipping cream.
  • Gradually add a small amount of the wine mixture to the egg mixture to temper it.
  • Gradually add egg mixture to pan and whisk until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Plate chicken and vegetables.
  • Ladle sauce over and enjoy.
Fire Day Friday: Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Manchalapeno sauce

Never heard of Manchapeno sauce before?

Me either until I made it up the other day when I made up this summery grilled chicken sandwich inspired by the Kentucky Hot Brown. Manchapeno sauce is a white sauce powered by a fire roasted jalapeno pepper and the salty nutty taste of manchego cheese.

The result was decadent. If it wasn’t for the sound of the crispy bacon as I bit into this, I think I would have been able to hear my taste buds sing.
Open Faced Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Manchapeno Sauce
3 large chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
Chicken Rub (see recipe)
3 sliced Italian bread
2 ea roma tomatoes, sliced in 1/4” pieces
6 slices bacon, cooked
Manchapeno Sauce (see recipe)
NMT Basic Chicken Rub
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp turbinado sugar
Manchapeno Sauce
1 Tbsp butter, unsalted
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp flour, all purpose
1 cup milk
1 cup manchego cheese
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp salt
1 jalapeno (red if possible), fire roasted, peeled and seeded
2 Tbsp parsley, finely diced
Season chicken with the chicken rub. Feel free to substitute a purchased chicken rub if you have it on hand.
Make the “manchapeno sauce”. Melt the butter and saute garlic over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the flour and stir until well blended in (2-3 minutes), starting to form a roux.
Add in the milk and lightly simmer for 5-6 minutes. Stir in the cheese in small batches until all blended. Stir in the salt, pepper, jalapeno, and parsley. Keep warm on low, stirring occasionally.
Grill chicken over direct heat at 400f for 4 minutes. Flip can cook another 4 minutes.
Boneless thighs are thin and cook quick, keep an eye on them.
Flip again and cook 1-2 minutes. Flip last time and cook 1-2 minutes until chicken is an internal temp of 160f.
Toast both sides of the bread over the flames.
Top each piece of bread with a piece of chicken, slices of tomato, and 2 slices of bacon. Then ladle the sauce over the sandwich and serve immediately.
Note: I used a red jalapeno from our front yard. Fire roasting the pepper gives it a smokiness like a “quickie chipotle”. Feel free to use a regular jalapeno or any other fire roasted chili. If you don’t like heat, you could use a roasted red bell pepper instead.
Fire Roasted Cordon Bleu
I paced the meat department and produce department a couple of times trying to find something to inspire dinner for me. It was just one of those long days at work, it was hot out, and nothing was capturing my attention.
I called my wife and 21 y/o son, but neither of them had any suggestions either. Don’t you just hate those kind of days?
So I called the 10 y/o and without hesitation, he offered, “Salmon or cordon bleu.”
Not burgers or pizza…..he wanted salmon or cordon bleu. He’s a good kid;)
Cordon blue it is. This is a Fire Day Friday item, but you can do it just as easily in your oven. (But I do think the hint of cherry wood from the fire roasting is a nice addition.)

Fire Roasted Cordon Bleu
Source: Nibble Me This
3 ea chicken breast, boneless skinless
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 slices smoked ham
3 slices Swiss cheese
1 ea egg
1 Tbsp ice water
1 cup panko bread crumbs
3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp butter
1 ea shallot, diced
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Place the chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound to 1/2″ thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Top with smoked ham and swiss.

Roll the chicken up lengthwise and seal up as best you can, using toothpicks to secure the edges. Make an egg wash by whisking the egg and 1 Tbsp ice water. Roll the breast in the egg wash and then the panko. Place in a baking dish. Top each with 1 Tbsp of butter.

Preheat your grill or oven at 375f. For grilling, you should set up for indirect heat (fire/burners to the sides but not directly under the cooking area). Cook them for 30-35 minutes with the lid closed until the breasts hit an internal temp of 160f. Don’t worry if some of the cheese starts leaking out, it happens.

When the cordon bleu come off, let them rest in a 200f oven or warming drawer and start the sauce. Melt the butter and saute the shallot over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and continue cooking until the wine is almost evaporated.
Reduce heat to medium, whisk in the cream and parsley. Cook until the volume is reduced by half. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
When ready to serve CAREFULLY REMOVE ANY TOOTHPICKS YOU USED to seal the chicken. Ladle some of the sauce onto the serving plate and top with a cordon bleu.

This was the first time I’ve done cordon bleu on the grill but it worked out very well and the family devoured it. I’ll be doing this one again, for certain!
Have a grillin’ weekend!
Fire Day Friday – Grilled Lettuce Wraps

Welcome to the inaugural Fire Day Friday!

Yes, I know, not a very original concept for me, “Gee, Chris is going to cook something on a grill? I’m SOOOOOOO shocked!” [sarcasm inflection]

But I am going to take a different approach with this theme than on Nibble Me This. There I’m just having fun on my grills without regard to whether someone else could replicate it. Sometimes I am cooking something on a grill to prove it can be done (like recent spaghetti).
Fire Day Fridays are about cooking something with live fire that anyone else can make on any other type of grill. No Big Green Egg required. No special equipment. Fire Day Fridays are about inspiring and getting people to use their own grills.
So it is Friday night, you have gotten home from work and you are ready to relax. You want to enjoy the evening in your back yard spending quality time with your favorite adult beverage, not spend all night in the kitchen, right? Here’s a quick and very easy “Friday night bites”.
Grilled Lettuce Wraps
source: Chris of Nibble Me This
3 ea chicken breasts or thighs, boneless, skinless, cut into 1″ cubes
bbq skewers (if using wood, soak for 1 hour in advance)
8 oz can whole water chestnuts
1 cup Mr. Yoshida’s sauce (or sub a teriyaki sauce)
6 Tbsp chunky peanut butter
2 ea dried red chili pepper (sub 1 Tbsp of red pepper flakes)
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 head bibb lettuce, leaves separated and washed
2 cups cooked sweet jasmine rice

Whisk together the Yoshida’s sauce, peanut butter, sesame seeds and chili pepper. Don’t be afraid of the pepper, it isn’t really that hot in the final product. Divide the sauce into 3 portions. You will use them for a marinade, a glaze, and a dipping sauce.

Marinade the chicken with one portion for an hour. If you’re in a hurry, you can skip the hour marinade time, just toss the meat in the mixture.

Skewer 3 pieces of chicken, a water chestnut, and 3 more pieces of chicken. Repeat.TIP: If using thick round skewers, you might split the water chestnut if not careful. Spin the skewer as you push into it so it drills rather than pierces.

Preheat your grill to 350f. If you are using a gas grill, that’s about medium. Place the skewers over the direct heat for 2 minutes. Turn them 1/4 turn, and cook another 2 minutes (4 total so far).

Turn and cook another 2 minutes (6 total so far). Brush with sauce and cook another 2 minutes (8 minutes total cooking time).
Remove from the grill. (You could serve these just as kebabs at this point with the rest of the sauce as a dipping sauce.)
Serve each kebab with a bibb lettuce leaf filled with about 1/4 cup of rice, dice the water chestnut, and top with some rice noodles. Serve with the rest of the dipping sauce.

Then sit around on your patio or deck and enjoy the evening with your family and friends as you eat these. They are a bit messy to eat after the third bite so have plenty of napkins on hand!
Chicken Enchiladas & Refried Beans
Recently FIL wanted chicken enchiladas. He said 2 different granddaughters would come up and make them in the past and then freeze them so he’d have them later. So I made a big batch and froze them in 2 packs for him.

OOPS there is no picture with the sauce poured over them, but don’t forget this very important step.

2 pounds boneless chicken breasts (or bone in if your prefer), cooked & shredded*
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup sour cream +
4 oz. can chopped green chiles, drained
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 can Rotel mild original tomatoes with green chiles, drained
1 14 oz. can mild enchilada sauce, green
2 cups finely shredded jack and cheddar cheese
corn tortillas
Avocado slices
  • Place chicken in stock pot with enough water to cover, salt and pepper. Bring to a low rolling boil until chicken is cooked through. Cool, de-bone if necessary and cut into bite sized pieces, preferably shredded.
  • In a large bowl mix together the chicken pieces, Rotel tomatoes, green chiles, 1 cup of the cheese and 1/4 cup of the sour cream. Mix well.
  • Lightly spread a thin layer of sour cream on each tortilla. Divide the chicken mixture amongst all the tortillas and roll them securely. Place each one seam side down, side by side in a lightly sprayed rectangular baking dish. Pour the sauce evenly over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake foil covered for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.
  • Uncover and bake another 15 minutes until cheese is melted and crisp.
  • Serve with avocado slices and home made refried beans.

*Tonight I used rotisserie chicken

slow-cooked tex-mex chicken & beans

This is a great recipe to try! It came from Everyday Food magazine, November 2007 issue. A slightly spicy mix of chicken and beans, served in a bowl or with tostadas, tortillas, tortilla chips, you get the picture! My friend JennyLee’s husband told her he could eat this for dinner every night. I guess it really is that delicious. Our whole family loves this too.

You can also make this dish in your slow cooker, which takes about 8 hours. You can find those instructions here. With two ways to cook it, what’s not to love?

Don’t forget to visit me at The Bad Girl’s Kitchen for more fabulous recipes!

Slow-cooked tex-mex chicken & beans

serves 4 · prep time: 15 min. · total time: 2 ¼ hr.

2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 jar (11 ounces) mild or medium salsa (1 ½ cups)
2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (comes in a small can, usually in the Mexican aisle. I just used one chile and chopped it up small)
2 tablespoons flour
1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 8)
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper (ribs and seeds removed), chopped
¼ cup sour cream, for serving
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, for serving (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a 5-quart Dutch oven or large pot, stir together beans, salsa, chiles, flour and 2 cups water. Season chicken with salt and pepper; arrange on top of bean mixture.Scatter onion and bell pepper on top of chicken.
  1. Cover pot and bring to a simmer on top of the stove, do not stir.
  1. Transfer to oven, and cook until chicken is tender, 1 ½ to 2 hours.

Remove chicken from stew; shred into large pieces, and return to stew. Serve topped with sour cream and cilantro. (also good with tostadas or tortilla chips)

Italian BBQ Chicken & Corn Casserole
With the big move I was reaching for recipes that would work around the things I had on hand. I came up with this recipe and it was a huge hit and sooooooooo easy, not that I’ll let hubby know that LOL.

2 pounds chicken tenders
2 cans whole kernel corn, drained well
salt & pepper
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic, jar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2/3 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup Classico sun-dried tomato pesto

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Arrange chicken tenders in the bottom of a buttered glass baking dish.*
  • Salt and pepper well.
  • Spread corn over chicken.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter until frothy.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook a few minutes until translucent.
  • Whisk in the remaining ingredients and simmer over medium high heat until thickens.
  • Pour over the chicken and corn.
  • Bake 45-60 minutes.
  • Serve with Beer Bread for a yummy cold night meal.

*If you want to cut down baking time, brown the chicken first and decrease baking time by 30 minutes.

Try a New Recipe Day: Zesty Braised Chicken with Lemon and Capers

I’m so excited to share recipes here on Try a New Recipe Day! If you’d like to know more about me, you can read my first Guest Post here for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, or check out my blog, The Bad Girl’s Kitchen!

For the first recipe, I chose a fabulous family favorite, Zesty Braised Chicken with Lemon and Capers. It contains simple ingredients which combine for amazing results. Once you get the technique down, it’s not too difficult to prepare. This is one of the dishes that inspired my Chicken in a Fabulous Sauce category over at The Bad Girl’s Kitchen! So far there are only six dishes that qualify for inclusion in the category, so take it from me, this chicken is special.


The recipe comes from the Food & Wine Annual Cookbook, 2008. The book contains the entire year of recipes from Food & Wine magazine, and is also the “Special 30th Anniversary Edition.” I can’t see any difference between this one and previous years (which were not the “special 30th anniversary editions”) but whatever. There are some amazing recipes in there, along with gorgeous photography.


This chicken is savory and delicious, with a hint of lemon in a complex, scrumptious sauce. Fairly easy to accomplish. We usually serve it with wild rice and a fresh loaf of Artisan Bread for mopping up the fabulous sauce.

This dish is easy enough for a family dinner, but special enough for Christmas Eve. Try it and see!

Zesty Braised Chicken with Lemon and Capers
–Grace Parisi

Active: 25 minutes; Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
4 servings
Wine: Lively, tart Sauvignon Blanc (we finished off the lovely bottle I opened to make the sauce)

8 bone-in chicken thighs with skin (6 ounces each)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dusting
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 cups Sauvignon Blanc
1 1/2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
Four 1-inch strips of lemon zest
4 thyme sprigs (I used 1 or 2 heaping teaspoons dried thyme leaves)
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1 bay leaf

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dust with flour. In a large ovenproof skillet, melt the butter in the oil. Add the chicken skin side down and cook over high heat, turning once, until browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a large plate and pour of all but 1 tablespoon of the fat.

2. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and boil over high heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, lemon zest, thyme sprigs, capers and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up. Transfer the skillet to the oven and braise for about 45 minutes, until the meat is tender.

3. Return the skillet to the stove and boil until the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Discard the thyme, bay leaf and lemon zest, if desired, before serving.