July 19, 2011

The next cooking challenge...

If your family is like most out there, you're eating a lot of chicken.  I hear people all the time talk about how bored they are with the chicken recipes they have used over and over and over. Although I can understand where you're coming from, since Adam and I watched "Food, Inc" last year, I have a REALLY hard time buying chicken at the grocery store unless it's organic.  Organic meat is a lot of wonderful things, but it ain't cheap, therefore I just don't buy it a lot! However, when I do buy chicken, I also can fall into a routine of using some of the same recipes over and over. Adam would eat chicken alfredo every day for dinner if I'd cook it.  And well, I just won't :)

Which leads me to our next chance to give me a cooking challenge and this time we're focusing on taking boring chicken and making it DELICIOUS! You know the routine. Look over these recipes from Allrecipes and let me know what you'd like to see me make. All four recipes involve a technique or ingredient I've never used with chicken before and I'm excited to see what you choose!

1. Artichoke Chicken
I've never cooked with artichokes, and really haven't eaten a whole lot of them.  I will be looking into ways to cut back on the mayo that the recipe calls for.  Looks like some people replaced some of the mayo with sour cream.

2. Chicken-Asparagus Roll-Ups
I love me some asparagus, so I think I'll enjoy this one. I'm interested to see if we like the flavor of tarragon in this recipe.

3. Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers
I could eat my weight in coconut shrimp, so I'm wondering if I'll like this just as much.  The dipping sauce sounds interesting, too! I think it will be fun to add a little sweetness to dinner.

4. Honey Chicken Stir-Fry
I have sort of selfish reasons for including this one.  I've never made any type of stir-fry (I know, I know...) but a couple months ago I bought a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies in order to encourage me to try it! Let's get those veggies out of the freezer, shall we? haha

Leave me a comment below and let me know what sounds good to you! You have until Friday July 22nd 5:00pm Eastern Time to get your vote in. And just to make things interesting (and to entice you to actually leave a comment), one of you lucky commenters will be drawn at random to receive a free one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens! That's right, a giveaway! Be sure to include your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win.

On a side note, anybody ever come across Belly Flops?? They're irregular Jelly Bellies! I found them at my local Dollar Tree :)


  1. The Copper Kettle, in Nashville, serves coconut chicken on Wednesdays. It is their most popular day. I thought to myself, I can do this. Cooking fail. I, unlike you, look at recipes then fudge pudge and make up my own. Have you ever smelled burned coconut? Not pleasant. However, I suggest you try making this at home. It doesn't seem complicated, therefore you can memorize it for the next time. Also, the ingrediants are things you can just keep around. The apricot/dijon mustard sauce is delish. Hope you choose #3. Mindy C.

  2. I vote for Artichoke Chicken. Sounds good and I've never cooked with it either.
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  3. Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers! Yum!

  4. I vote for Artichoke Chicken! It just sounds very interesting!! Can't wait to see what wins and how you like it!

  5. Honey Chicken Stir-Fry! That sounds delish! And use up those frozen veggies!!

  6. I vote for Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers!

  7. I could eat my weight in coconut shrimp too!! Those sound amazing!


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