Cast Iron Skillet Meals – Harvest Chicken

Summer vacation is finely upon us! No more alarms, no more bagged lunches to make, the kids sports slow way down…we have total freedom until September! To say I’m happy would be a total understatement! Without all the rushing around everywhere, I seem to do my best cooking during the summertime. I actually make real meals and not quick things that can be heated up on the go or eaten quickly before bed! One thing I like to make are cast iron skillet meals. They are easy and really really good! Not to mention…clean up is really easy when you’re only using one pan!

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Harvest Chicken – Cast Iron Skillet Meals

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups Tomatoes
  • 1 large Zucchini
  • 1 large Yellow Squash
  • 2 TBSP. Lemon Pepper Seasoning (I like this onecast iron skillet meals)
  • 1 TBSP. Garlic Salt
  • 1 TBSP. Ranch Dressing Seasoning
  • 3 TBSP. Olive Oil
  • Curled Parsley

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add your chicken thighs and evenly coat with lemon pepper, garlic salt and place in your refrigerator for one hour to marinate.
  2. In your cast iron skilled, add 3 TBSP. of olive oil and place on your stove top at medium to high heat.
  3. Once the pan is hot, add your chicken thighs. Cook on high for 6 minutes on each side.
  4. Reduce your heat to medium and cook on both sides for an additional 5 minutes to insure it is completely cooked.
  5. Pull the chicken thighs out of the pan and place on a plate. Set aside.
  6. Slice your yellow squash and zucchini into round circles about 1/4 inch in thickness.
  7. Add your zucchini and yellow squash to the pan, sprinkle with ranch dressing seasoning and saute for 8 minutes on medium, tossing often.
  8. Now add your tomatoes to the vegetables and continue to saute for another 5 minutes.
  9. Turn your stove top heat off and place the chicken back in the skillet.
  10. Garnish with the curled parsley.

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Doesn’t this look delicious?!? Not only is it super easy to make, but it’s a dish your entire family will like! If you don’t have any cast iron skillets, I like this onecast iron skillet meals. For other really good cast iron skillet recipes, try this Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner!

 

What are your favorite cast iron skillet meals?


Spicy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Since starting the Keto diet, I have learned to love chicken thighs. I know that sounds weird, but up until about a month ago, I never bought chicken thighs before. Honestly, I don’t know why…they are so much cheaper than chicken breasts AND they have a lot more flavor too! One of my favorite recipes that uses chicken thighs is this Chorizo Chicken Soup recipe. It’s delicious! The other day I picked up a package of chicken thighs and made one of the best dinners, even my son declared it a winner! This spicy chicken thighs recipe is also Keto friendly!! Not only is it Keto friendly, but it is also the best chicken thigh recipe EVER!

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Spicy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Ingredients

  • Package of Chicken Thighs w/Skin (I used a 5.5 lb package)
  • 6 TBS Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • Garlic and Pepper Seasoning (I used my favoritespicy chicken thighs blend)

Pro Tip…pick up this silicone baking mat. It really helps to crips up your chicken thighs. I use it ALL the time!

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Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season your chicken thighs on both sides with your garlic and pepper seasoning.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Mix the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce in with the butter.
  4. Dip each chicken thigh into the butter and hot sauce mixture, allowing excess to drip off before placing it on your baking sheet with sides, skin side down (I like the Norpro Stainless Steel Baking Panspicy chicken thighs). For more even cooking, place a rack on top of the baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. After the time is up, take the chicken out of the oven, turn the oven to broil (on high), flip the chicken over so it is skin side up, and broil for 15 minutes to get the skin nice and crispy. You may want to rotate the pan halfway through. Don’t they look like the best roasted chicken thighs?

spicy chicken thighs

If you are looking for recipes for chicken thighs, this is a must try recipe! I think next time I make them, I will use this spicy garlic seasoningspicy chicken thighs I picked up to add an extra kick! I know some people prefer boneless skinless chicken thighs and that’s OK. I’m sure you could use them in this recipe. You may want to reserve some of the butter/hot sauce mixture to brush on to the chicken periodically while they cook, but it should still turn out great. I haven’t made it this way, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t. Now I’m on the hunt for some good slow cooker chicken thighs recipes! I’m all about those chicken thighs!

What are your favorite spicy chicken thighs recipes?


Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe

For a little over a week now, I have been following the Keto Diet. If you aren’t familiar with the diet, Google it. I’m telling you, this is the first diet I have ever done that doesn’t feel like a diet at all. I’m never hungry; I have plenty of foods to eat; and most importantly, I’m losing weight and inches. Lots of weight! My first week I lost 7 lbs. I know I also lost inches too. A pair of jeans that couldn’t button two weeks ago, can now! I’ve also lost ALL cravings for food. Here’s a great book I found on Amazon about the Keto diet: Keto Diet for Beginners. Seriously…get the book and give this diet a try! One of the amazing foods I’m eating this week is Chorizo Chicken Soup.

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Chorizo Chicken Soup

chorizo chicken soup

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 lb Hot Chorizo
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 can Stewed Tomatoes with garlic
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

For the rest of the recipe and directions, please visit Caveman Keto.


When I ran across this recipe, I knew I had to make it! It sounded (and looked) absolutely delicious to me. My recipe varies slightly from the original in that I chose to use hot chorizo instead of regular. We like spicy foods in our house! I also added 2 TBSP of shredded Parmesan Cheese when I ate it. If you are following the Keto Diet and you decide to make this soup, be sure to put all of your ingredients into a recipe on My Fitness Pal to get the correct calories/fat/protein/carbs for your ingredients. I scanned each of mine and came up with slightly different numbers than what is shown on the original site. Not a huge discrepancy, but definitely different!

Variations you can make with this recipe:

  • Use a precooked rotisserie chicken to cut down on time.
  • Regular Chorizo vs Hot Chorizo.
  • Fresh minced garlic vs. dried minced garlic (I used dried. My jar of fresh smelled funky).
  • There are a variety of different kinds of stewed tomatoes. I bought the can with garlic in it…we like garlic here!

If you are doing or decided to do the Keto Diet, let me know! I’d love to chat with you about it!

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Keto Recipe – Cheesy Bacon Chicken

About a week ago, I decided to start following the Keto diet. The Keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein and low carb diet. I do all of my tracking on My Fitness Pal. Making the decision to switch to this way of eating was a real difficult one for me. I kept going back and forth. Finally I got a book that was recommended to me (Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It) and began reading. Every single thing I grew up knowing about food or thought I knew, completely went out the window. I decided to give this diet a try. Now I thought I felt good after eliminating gluten. My goodness…I feel like a million dollars eating on this new plan. I am no longer craving sugar, I have an infinite number of things to eat when I am hungry, and most importantly, I feel light. I don’t know if that makes sense, the feeling light part, but that’s the only way I can think of to describe it. You really have to give this a try to know what I mean. Before you get started, read, read, and read some more about the Keto diet. There is a TON of info out there. You can also feel free to ask. If I don’t know the answer, I will definitely try to point you in the right direction where you can get the answer!

The other night was my FIRST attempt at making a total Keto dinner. Here’s what I came up with:

Cheesy Bacon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts
  • 1 TBS Unsalted Butter
  • 6 slices Fully Cooked Bacon
  • 1/2 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter the bottom of your glass baking dish (I used the butter wrapper). You can probably skip this part, if you wanted too.
  2. Place your thin sliced chicken breasts in the glass baking dish.
  3. Cut your butter into thin slices and place over top of the chicken.
  4. Place the bacon on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the half a cup of cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes covered. Uncover and bake for about 10 minutes more (or until the chicken is done).

keto cheesy bacon chicken

One piece of advice…use a wide spatula to help you get the chicken out of the baking dish or it will end up looking like that piece on the far right! We devoured the chicken! It was so delicious! I debated about putting the butter on it, but I think it was a good call. It prevented the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pan and it also kept the chicken nice and moist. Ugh. I hate that word, but it’s true. The chicken was very moist. There’s that word again…

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Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner Recipe

Eating healthier is always a goal in this family. In fact, over the last couple months, we have really done a good job cutting out a lot of sweets and adding in more vegetables. Even the kids! They have discovered that they love broccoli (so long as their is Ranch to dip it in) and they also like the “white broccoli” a.k.a. cauliflower. We also eat a lot of chicken.

Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup Broccoli, cut into small pieces
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

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Directions

  1. Prep the cast iron skillet by adding the olive oil to it.
  2. Cook the chicken in the skillet on medium heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken.
  3. Cook the chicken while adding the juice from both the lemon and lime.
  4. Add the chopped onions and continue cooking the chicken and onions until the onions are almost soft (about 10 minutes).
  5. Cook chicken until it is brown on both sides.
  6. Add tomatoes, peppers and broccoli to the skillet and continue cooking until the veggies are tender (about 10 minutes).

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Doesn’t it look delicious?!? You really can customize this to your own tastes. Don’t like broccoli…not a problem. Take out the broccoli and put in cauliflower or even zucchini would be good! I showed this chicken skillet dinner to my kids and they both admitted that it looked really good! I may get them to try peppers and possibly even eat an onion that’s not the Bloomin’ Onion from Outback! Enjoy!

What are you having for dinner tonight?