Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken & Cauliflower Casserole!

How many times are you going about your day, jumping from one task or errand to another and then realize that you didn’t figure out anything for dinner? Happens to me more times than I care to mention. Happened this afternoon, in fact. I hate when this happens because I’m using starving and don’t want to take a long time to make dinner so I end up eating take-out. Not only is that not good for me or my family, but it costs money…money we really don’t need to spend since we have a freezer and fridge full of food. If this sounds like you, then you will really like this buffalo chicken and cauliflower casserole!

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The other day I picked up some new Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower that I was dying to try. I love buffalo chicken and cauliflower, so I figured buffalo cauliflower would be awesome (I was right). I’m also a huge fan of the grilled chicken strips (or the diced chicken) because I like to have salads during the week and add a little chicken to it. So I decided to combine those two things (with a few other ingredients) to make a delicious and QUICK meal!

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Buffalo Chicken & Cauliflower Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 packages of the new Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower
  • 1 lb cooked chicken cut into bite size pieces (I used the grilled chicken strips found in the refrigerator section at the grocery store)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used the Fiesta blend)
  • 2 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Real Crumbled Bacon
  • 3 tsp Buffalo Sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne Pepper, to taste

Directions

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place the Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower in the microwave and cook on high for 6 minutes (time may vary depending on your microwave). Be sure to do one package at a time.

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Step 2: While you are steaming the cauliflower, cut your chicken into bite sizes pieces and place in a bowl with the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and buffalo sauce. Stir to completely mix all the ingredients.

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Step 3: In a baking dish, put a layer of chicken and cauliflower, followed by cheese, green onion and bacon. Repeat one more time.

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Step 4: Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.

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Not only did this dinner use up what I already had available in my kitchen, but it took next to no time to make. All in all, I had the food on the table in just under 30 minutes! Both kids tried it (which is HUGE) and my husband devoured it! I think this is my new favorite dinner!! Check out that bite sized deliciousness!

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Whether you choose to incorporate the new Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower into one of your recipes or use it as a side dish, you won’t be disappointed. The cauliflower was so delicious and crunchy. Frozen veggies can be rather iffy sometimes, but I’m telling you, the Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower was, by far, the best frozen vegetable I’ve ever had!


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Roasted Whole Chicken with Delicious Dry Rub

Over the weekend, we were watching some cooking show competition on television and one of the contestants made a dry rub for chicken that sounded absolutely delicious. I knew I wanted to make an oven roasted whole chicken recipe. Of course, I did not write the dry rub down. However, while I was grocery shopping, I picked up a whole chicken and decided to put together as much of the dry rub ingredients that I could remember and then hoped and prayed it turned out OK!

Pro tip…pick up a pack of these inexpensive slow cooker liners on Amazon! Makes your clean up a breeze!

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Roasted Whole Chicken Dry Rub Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 TBS Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBS White Sugar
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 TBS Butter, softened 
  • 5 lb Whole Chicken (or meat of your choice)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° or use your slow cooker!
  2. Remove the nasty stuff inside the chicken and rinse it inside and out. Pat the chicken dry with paper towel. Place in a baking dish or on a baking sheet with sides breast side up.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients (except the butter) in a small bowl and mix it together.
  4. Rub the butter all over the chicken. Be sure to cover the legs and wings well.
  5. Rub the dry rub all over the chicken and inside the chicken.
  6. Cover the chicken with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the foil and bake for another 45-50 minutes. * If you are using your slow cooker, be sure to use slow cooker linersroasted whole chicken and place a few balled up pieces of foil at the bottom, place the chicken on top and cook for 6-8 hours on low.

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How Was It?

You guys…this was the best roasted chicken recipe ever! My kids DEVOURED it! The skin was crispy and delicious!  This tastes really good if you wanted to use your slow cooker to make the roasted whole chicken. Place balls of foil on the bottom of the slow cooker and then place the chicken on top of the foil. No matter how you choose to make this recipe, it is a very easy roasted chicken recipe!

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I have made this roasted chicken recipe a bunch of times and it is ALWAYS a favorite in our house! I’ve never had it turn out bad! Definitely put it on your weekly menu. Whole chickens are usually pretty inexpensive, so stocking up on them when they are on sale is a good idea! I think I have four or five in my freezer right now!

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*Baking time depends on the weight of your chicken. A good rule of thumb is 20 minutes per pound.

Catalina Crunch Chicken Fingers Recipe

I love making my own chicken fingers. Growing up, I can remember my mom buying the Shake ‘n’ Bake stuff to bread the chicken…I’ve done that before, but I very much prefer making my own breading. Once I breaded the chicken with sour cream and onion potato chips…so good! I’ve also breaded chicken with pretzels…I thought it was absolutely delicious, my husband did to…kids, not so much.

Tonight I decided to make an old favorite, baked Catalina Crunch chicken fingers!

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Catalina Crunch Chicken Fingers

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Bottle Zesty Catalina Dressing
  • 2 cups Fiber One Cereal, crushed
  • 2 lbs Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenderloins
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Garlic Powder, to taste
  • 1 cup flour

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Cover two baking pans with foil (makes clean-up so much easier).
  2. Crush the Fiber One cereal (a blender works really well…and quick!). Using three bowls, place 1 cup flour in one bowl, Fiber One cereal in the second bowl and the Zesty Catalina dressing in the third bowl. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to the Fiber One cereal and mix lightly.
  3. Roll each chicken tenderloin in the flour first, then in the Catalina dressing and end with the Fiber One cereal. You can skip the flour step, if you want, but by rolling the chicken in the flour first, it allows the Catalina dressing to stick to the chicken better.
  4. Place each chicken tenderloin on the baking sheets and bake for about 30 minutes.

These chicken fingers turned out absolutely delicious! Both kids devoured them, which is awesome! Bella normally turns her nose up at everything that we all like. The kids liked dipping them in ketchup and Ranch dressing, but they were really good all by themselves!

What is your favorite thing to bread chicken in?

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Recipe

I love spaghetti squash. Absolutely love it! So much so, I don’t mind eating that in place of pasta noodles and I also love noodles! I’ve used spaghetti squash in place of rice for stir-fry (so good!) and I made a spaghetti squash salad that was also really good! Today, as I was looking through the fridge, trying to figure out what I was going to make for dinner, I decided to use leftovers to make the best spaghetti squash recipe ever! Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Spaghetti Squash.

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Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Breaded Chicken Breast, cooked
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Garlic Powder, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°. Prepare a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Cut your spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Take the 1/2 tsp of olive oil and put 1/4 tsp on each half of the spaghetti squash. Make sure the inside is completely coated. I like the Evo Sprayer!
  3. Using your salt, pepper and garlic powder (or other seasonings you prefer), sprinkle all over each half of the spaghetti squash. You don’t need a lot, but you want to make sure it is evenly covered. I used a lot of garlic because I really like garlic!
  4. Place the spaghetti squash face down on the baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes. Try not to drool…your house will smell so good for those 50 minutes! Don’t turn off the oven!
  5. Using a fork, gently pull the strands of squash away from the sides of the squash.
  6. Cut up your cooked chicken breast and place the chicken breast on top of the spaghetti squash.
  7. Either make your own marinara sauce or use your favorite jarred sauce. I used a jar sauce that we really like and used a large soup spoon to spoon the sauce over top of the chicken and spaghetti squash. I put about 2-3 spoonful’s on each half.
  8. Sprinkle your desired amount of Mozzarella cheese on each half and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly!

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This Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Spaghetti Squash was not only VERY delicious, but it was also extremely filling! Zack even tried it. I got an “eh” response, which means he likes it, but doesn’t want to admit he likes it, for fear I may make him eat this instead of the noodles he loves! When I make this again, and I will, I will probably play around with the seasonings a bit. I think this would be really good as a spicy dish. What do you think?

Tips on How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

There are many different ways you can prepare this type of squash. You can bake spaghetti squash in the oven like I did in this particular recipe. However, some like to microwave it. Simply poke holes in the squash, put in a microwave safe dish covered with plastic wrap. You can use any method and still make this delicious recipe!

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Sour Cream and Onion Crusted Chicken

Have you ever had dinnertime approach and think “oh shoot, I didn’t plan anything”? Yea that was me yesterday. I had a package of chicken tenderloins thawed, but really no plan for them. All I knew was that I needed something that wouldn’t take very long to make and something the kids would eat. And then I came up with the delicious recipe, sour cream & onion crusted chicken.

Sour Cream & Onion Crusted Chicken

Ingredients

  • Chicken Tenderloins or Chicken breasts
  • Flour
  • 1 egg
  • Sour cream and onion potato chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare three shallow bowl; one with flour; one with a beaten egg; and the last one with crushed sour cream and onion potato chips.
  2. Rinse each chicken tenderloin with water and then lightly dip each tenderloin in flour, making sure to have a light, but even coat. Next, dip the tenderloin in egg, again making sure to evenly coat the tenderloin. And finally, roll the chicken tenderloins in the crushed sour cream and onion potato chips.
  3. Place each tenderloin on a baking sheet (I used a baking rack on top of a baking sheet to more evenly cook the chicken).
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes; time depends on the thickness of the chicken. Flip the chicken over about 10 minutes before it’s finished.

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Did the kids approve?

Zachary devoured them! I should have made two packages, with the way he ate it! Bella…not so much. But she was in a funk and when she found out that it had sour cream and onion chips on it, you could tell she wanted to eat it, but because she said she didn’t like it, she wasn’t going to give in. That child…she’s going to be the death of me!

What do you like to bread chicken in?