Saturday, December 9, 2023

Italian Chicken Bake with Mushrooms



This easy Italian Chicken Bake with Mushrooms took 15 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to bake. I love the Bertolli Rustic Cut Sauces and used the Sweet Peppers & Mushrooms sauce for this recipe. Serves: 4 Total Time: 60 minutes 


Olive oil non-stick spray
4 chicken breasts 
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoon Italian seasoning, divided 
4 slices of mozzarella cheese 
6oz brown mushrooms, chopped 
1 jar Bertolli Rustic Cut Sweet Peppers & Mushrooms 
1 cup Tuscan Cheese Blend with Fontina & Parmesan Cheese, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste 


Preheat oven to 375F. While preheating chop mushrooms. In a 9x13 baking dish use a non-stick olive oil spray. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and put them in the baking dish. Sprinkle on 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning and top with sliced mozzarella. Add your chopped mushrooms and pour in the sauce. Top with 1 cup Tuscan cheese blend, sprinkle on remaining Italian seasoning and salt and pepper, to taste. Bake 45 minutes. Check to see if internal temperature reaches 165F. Enjoy! 😉 

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Cheesy Chicken Casserole with Vegetables

 This was a last minute dump meal I made and it turned out pretty good. I added rice at the end, but you could easily add in some cooked pasta. Serves 4 Total Time: 55 minutes 


1 boiled chicken breast, cut up into bite size pieces 

1 12oz pkg of broccoli, thawed and cut into bite size pieces. (if it’s a frozen steam bag of broccoli, microwave 2 minutes to soften then cut up)

1 8.5oz can of sweet peas

10 baby carrots or 2 medium size carrots, diced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cups chicken broth 

1 cup milk 

1 8oz pkg shredded cheddar cheese, divided 

1 tablespoon parsley 

Salt and pepper, to taste 


Preheat oven 350F. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with a nonstick olive oil spray. On the bottom add the vegetables then the chicken. In a medium size sauté pot heat up the chicken broth then stir in the milk. When hot add in 1/2 the bag of shredded cheddar cheese, stir until melted. Pour over chicken/vege mixture and bake 35 minutes. When done remove from oven, this is when I stirred in the cooked rice and topped with the remaining cheese. Cooked and additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese melted and bubbly. 

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Kat’s Easy Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

 This recipe got a thumbs up from my 16 year old granddaughter. Between the two of us it was enough for 3 nights, so it makes 6 servings. Two nights we had it on top of spaghetti and the other with rice. I preferred the pasta. Total time: 20 minutes prep with either 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. I opted for the 4 hours as I started later. 


2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (mine were rather large, add more if yours are on the smaller side)

5 small mini sweet peppers, diced (I used ALDIs brand)

1 yellow onion, diced 

4 oz mushrooms, sliced

1 tablespoon minced garlic 

1 jar Bertolli’s Rustic Cut with hearty Vegetables (I can only find this at Walmart)

1 small can of tomato paste 

1 tablespoon each of oregano and parsley 

Salt and pepper, to taste 


Put your chicken in the bottom of the crockpot top with mushrooms, onions and peppers. In a bowl add the sauce, tomato paste and minced garlic, stir to combine. Pour on top of chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle on seasonings and salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and cook 4 hrs high or 6-8 hours low. Cook long enough that chicken falls apart easily. I tore mine apart prior to serving in the crockpot. Cook rice or spaghetti according to package instructions. Add chicken cacciatore on top of spaghetti or rice. Enjoy! 

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Chicken Alfredo Roll-Ups ..Homemade Alfredo Sauce

 Why buy Alfredo sauce when you can make a healthier version at home! 



4 tbsp. butter
2  garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cup milk (preferably 2% or whole)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 cups shredded cooked chicken 
12 cooked lasagna noodles
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Whisk in flour and cook until mixture is bubbling and golden, 1 minute more. Gradually pour in milk, whisking constantly. Bring mixture to a simmer, then stir in cream cheese and Parmesan. Let simmer until sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Add lemon juice and parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions.
  1. Spoon a thin layer of sauce onto bottom of a large baking dish. 
  2. Lay cooked noodles in a single layer on a cutting board or baking sheet. Spread alfredo mixture on each noodle, top with shredded chicken, and roll up. Lay roll-ups seam side-down in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce on top of roll-ups. 
  3. Bake until sauce is bubbly and golden, 20 minutes. 
  4. Garnish with more parsley before serving.  Yum Yum!
  5. Thanks Delish for the loved it!

Monday, April 17, 2023

Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

 Mouthwatering, juicy chicken cooked in your crockpot makes any day an easy dinner day. We are using boneless, skin-on chicken thighs to get a crispy sear prior to cooking them in a honey, garlic sauce. Serves 4 Total Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes 


8 boneless skin-on chicken thighs 

1 tablespoon olive oil 

Salt and pepper, to taste 


3/4 cup ketchup 

1/3 cup soy sauce 

1/3 cup honey 

3 tablespoons minced garlic 

1/2 teaspoon onion powder 

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 

1 teaspoon dried parsley 

1/4 teaspoon dried mustard 

Garnish: 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley, optional 


In a medium size skillet on med/high heat add the oil. Season thighs with salt and pepper, to taste. When heated add the thighs skin side down and sear until golden. Place thighs skin side up in crockpot.

In a medium size bowl add all the sauce ingredients. Whisk together and pour over chicken. Cook 3 hours on high or 5 hours on low. Check internal temperature of chicken to see if it has reached 165F. 

Remove to serving platter. Spoon sauce over chicken and top with freshly chopped parsley, if using. 

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole

 This Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole is best with leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken. Only 40 minutes from prep to table, this recipe will become a staple in your household. If you don’t have cream of chicken soup you can substitute cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup instead. Add broccoli 🥦 or peas 🫛, to make this recipe your own. Serves 4-6


4 cups cooked chicken, shredded or chopped 

1 can cream of chicken soup 

1 cup sour cream 

1 tablespoon dried minced onions 

2 teaspoons minced garlic 

1 teaspoon onion powder 

Salt and pepper, to taste 

1 sleeve ritz crackers, crushed 

1/2 cup melted butter 


Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9”x13” baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl combine the first 8 ingredients (also any vegetables).  Spread evenly in the baking dish. Top with the ritz crackers. Drizzle the melted butter over the crackers. Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Enjoy! 

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Mediterranean Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives

 This Mediterranean Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives, that’s Kalamata olives is packed with Greek flavors. And it’s my What’s for Dinner tonight! You can use breasts or thighs for this recipe just remember per serving it’s usually 1 breast vs 2 thighs. But if your like me 1 thigh is enough as long as I have a couple sides and tonight it will be a Baby Potatoes Mushroom Bake and applesauce (I love something cold with a hot meal). 

If you are planning this meal it requires you to marinate the chicken for a minimum of an hour, but preferably overnight. I usually just use a vinegar and oil dressing and some dried oregano. Serves 4


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs 

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 

1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives 

1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Directions:

    After marinating preheat oven to 350F. Place chicken in a baking dish. In a bowl combine the remaining ingredients and spoon evenly over the chicken. Bake 30-45 minutes depending on breasts or thighs. I’d start checking the chicken’s internal temperature at the 30 minute mark. If it reaches 165F they are done.