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Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Hello! This is Julia from the food blog JuliasAlbum.com (you can also find me on PINTEREST), and today I am sharing with you a delicious recipe for Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus and Tomatoes – healthy, low fat, low cholesterol, low calorie meal, packed with fiber (vegetables) and protein (chicken). It’s so delicious, you will wish all your healthy food tasted like it!

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This dish has a Mediterranean AND Italian flare about it, as it is packed with colorful veggies, and the ingredients include both olive oil and balsamic vinegar! This recipe is lean, healthy, yet will not leave you hungry thanks to all the protein and fiber!

balsamic chicken coated in a delicious Mediterranean sauce made with Italian salad dressing and balsamic vinegar

If you’re trying to incorporate more healthy delicious meals into your diet – this is the recipe to add to your recipe rotation list!

And, it takes only 30 minutes to make, from start to finish! Start by preparing all the veggies:

sliced veggies, slice carrots, asparagus, chopped tomato

Then, cook the chicken and mix it with the half of the balsamic vinegar mixture:

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Then, cook the vegetables (in the same pan – so you will only have to wash one pan!):

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Finally, combine everything for a delicious meal and beautiful presentation:

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Click here to get the list of ingredients and directions for this recipe

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

1) The recipe is very good as is. I would double the sauce as I always love to have lots of sauce! You can use leftover sauce as a salad dressing.

2) If you’re using a different cut of chicken (I actually did – I mistakenly bought boneless, skinless chicken thighs and not chicken breast tenderloins) – make sure to drain all the liquid that the chicken releases after being cooked, before you add the balsamic sauce. That way, the balsamic sauce will not be thinned out by the chicken juices (if you use skinless, boneless chicken thighs like I did). With leaner meat, such as chicken breast, this should not be a problem.


Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Hello again! This is Julia from the food blog JuliasAlbum.com (you can also find me on PINTEREST) with another recipe I made from the Better Homes and Gardens archives! This simple stir-fry of chicken and vegetables is not only delicious, super flavorful, and easy to make – it is also packed with protein (chicken) and fiber (vegetables). Chicken, broccoli, and yellow bell pepper stir-fried in Asian-flavored sauce make a great, healthy meal, low in fat, but high in protein and fiber. And, it takes only 30 minutes from start to finish:

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There are three things that I really love about this recipe. First, the Asian-flavored sauce is amazing! It gives flavor to everything: chicken, broccoli, bell peppers. The sauce is also super easy to make. Just mix together water, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, cornstarch, ginger, and sesame oil. This combination of ingredients creates a really flavorful, well-balanced Asian-style sauce. The second thing I really love is that this recipe uses lots of vegetables that don’t taste bland at all, quite the opposite, you’ll be craving for more. Thirdly, thanks to all the protein (chicken) and the fiber (broccoli and bell peppers), this meal will keep you full and satisfied for many hours!

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A simple Asian-style sauce uses just a few simple ingredients, like these:

ingredients for chicken stir-fry sauce

The recipe takes only 30 minutes from start to finish and you will need only one cooking pan:

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Click here to get the list of ingredients and directions for this recipe

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

- I used 1/4 teaspoon of dry ginger instead of 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger – worked great!

- Mix the cornstarch with a small amount of cold water until it has the consistency of cream. Only then add this cornstarch mixture to the rest of the liquid ingredients. This will help avoid lumps.

- You might have to add extra water at the end of cooking, if the sauce is too thick.

I hope you’ll like this dish as much as I enjoyed it – Julia from JuliasAlbum.com


Chicken Dijonnaise

Julia again here from the food blog JuliasAlbum.com (you can also find me on PINTEREST) with a delicious chicken recipe I just made from the Better Homes and Gardens archives! I love simple recipes that use easy-to-find ingredients and take only 30 minutes to make. This Chicken Dijonnaise is one of those recipes! It’s simple, delicious, and very presentable. It’s easy enough to be a perfect weeknight dinner – and can also be an elegant main dish for special occasions.

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Chicken Dijonnaise is a fancy name for a chicken dish with a creamy pan sauce (made with mustard, heavy cream, white wine or chicken stock). Although the original recipe calls for chicken breasts, I decided to try it with the chicken thighs, which turned out really juicy and super flavorful with this combination of ingredients! The recipe is SO EASY! You’ll start by pan-searing the chicken thighs in butter on medium heat:

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Then, transfer cooked chicken thighs to a platter, and add all the sauce ingredients to the drippings in the skillet. Cook the sauce until smooth and slightly thickened, just a couple of minutes.

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Then, add the cooked chicken thighs back to the skillet, and spoon the sauce over the top, garnishing with thyme, or chopped green onions:

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Click here to get the list of ingredients and directions for this recipe

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

  1. The recipe calls for 4 chicken breasts – I used 4 chicken thighs instead. Both chicken breasts and chicken thighs will work great!
  2. I just browned the chicken in 2 tablespoons of butter and completely skipped coating the chicken in flour. It made the recipe that much simpler and gluten free! Also, chicken thighs don’t really need to be coated in flour. I did sprinkle the chicken with a small amount of salt before pan-frying. Make sure to cook chicken thighs throughly until juices run clear and the meat is no longer red or pink.
  3. I garnished the chicken with finely chopped green onion instead of thyme – and I loved the flavor that the green onion added to the dish!

Chicken Piccata

Hello again! This is Julia from the food blog JuliasAlbum.com (you can also find me on PINTEREST) with a new recipe I made from the Better Homes and Gardens archives! This Chicken Piccata is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make! Just take a look at the list of ingredients and the recipe instructions – and you’ll see how easy this recipe is! But, for all of its simplicity, there is A LOT of flavor in this dish, and the chicken comes out moist and juicy every time! It’s a gluten free recipe, and it tastes so out-of-this world delicious! In a nutshell, it’s pan-fried chicken thighs with garlic, lemon, and capers in a juicy chicken broth:

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I followed the recipe instructions precisely, the only thing I changed was that I used chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. I was so curious to see how the chicken thighs would come out in this recipe, and they were outstanding! The presentation was beautiful (as I am sure it would be with the chicken breasts)! The chicken thighs were pretty juicy, and they released quite a lot of juice while cooking in the pan (in addition to the lemon juice and the chicken broth that the recipe calls for), so, to soak it all up, I’ve used plain white rice to serve as a side dish – which I highly recommend, especially if you decide to go with the chicken thighs (vs. not so juicy chicken breasts)! The recipe is SO EASY. First, you pan-fry the chicken thighs in butter, seasoned with salt and pepper:

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Then, remove the chicken from the pan, and quickly make a super-easy and super-juicy sauce according to the recipe instructions:

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Finally, return the chicken to the skillet to heat through. That’s pretty much it!

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Click here to get the list of ingredients and directions for this recipe

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

  • The only change (or substitution) I made was to use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. The recipe calls for 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally. I used 4 chicken thighs instead. It was more than an equal trade!
  • I served these thighs with plain white rice on the side – it was a perfect side dish for this recipe! The rice soaked up all the juicy deliciousness!

Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs

Greetings again! This is Julia from the food blog JuliasAlbum.com (you can also find me on PINTEREST). Looking through the Better Homes and Gardens recipe archives I’ve found and tested another dinner recipe that’s super tasty and super easy to make: Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs. What makes this particular recipe special (besides being exceptionally delicious) is that it is made with just a few simple ingredients and is very budget-friendly!

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This recipe uses bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs – and I love cooking with them! Chicken cooked on the bone always comes out so flavorful and moist! Not only are chicken thighs delicious and easy to cook, they are also affordable and easy on the budget!

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The preparation time for this recipe is really minimal as you’re dealing with so few ingredients, and the whole dish takes only 35 minutes to make from start to finish! The end result is guaranteed to be a success!

lemon zest and seasonings

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Click here to get the list of ingredients and directions for this recipe

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

  • The recipe calls for the juice of one lemon. But, the question is How much juice is in a lemon? I find that not all lemons are created equal, and they vary in juiciness and the amount of juice output :). The lemon I used was actually super juicy since it was right off the lemon tree, and I got 6 tablespoons of lemon juice out of it! Pretty good output! I omitted the 2 tablespoons of water the recipe called for since my lemon was so juicy! Use 6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and omit 2 tablespoons of water.
  • The recipe calls for fresh ginger, which I was too lazy to purchase, so I used 1/2 teaspoon of dried ground ginger instead. It worked great!
  • Also, in step 1 you’re supposed to combine fresh lemon peel with salt and ginger. What I did instead (and you can see it on the picture above that shows 2 red bowls) was to combine salt and dried ground ginger in one bowl and freshly shredded lemon peel in a separate bowl. Then, I rubbed the dry ginger-salt mixture under the skin of the chicken thighs first, and then I added lemon peel under the skin of the chicken thighs second. That distributed the seasonings quite evenly and perfectly!
  • Another minor change: as you can see on the photos, I used 7 chicken thighs, and not 8 that the recipe called for, because I could only fit in seven thighs into my largest skillet.

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By the way, if you use gluten-free soy sauce, this entire recipe is gluten-free! You can serve these chicken thighs as is, or with rice, quinoa, and even scalloped potatoes.


Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Looking for an easy (and delicious) weeknight dinner that you can make in under 30 minutes? I’ve got one for you right here! This is Julia from the food blog JuliasAlbum.com (you can also find me on PINTEREST) – and I love making easy recipes even simpler! That’s exactly what I did with this delicious pasta recipe that I found in Better Homes & Gardens archives – Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Noodles Recipe :

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It’s a delicious creamy pasta with chicken and peas in a homemade creamy sauce (basically, a simplified Alfredo sauce). The recipe uses very simple ingredients, it takes only 30 minutes to make this dish, yet it tastes like an entree from a fine Italian restaurant – you’ll love it! The bread crumbs really take this creamy pasta dish to the next level. Use regular bread crumbs, or, for even better results, seasoned ones!

creamy pasta dish with chicken, peas, garlic in a cheesy Parmesan sauce

Click here to get the list of ingredients and directions for this pasta recipe

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

  • I used just regular fettuccine pasta instead of wide egg noodles – because that’s what I had available.
  • I used half-and-half, not milk. It made the pasta dish creamier and allowed the sauce to thicken more easily.
  • You might need to use more Parmesan cheese to thicken the sauce.
  • Make sure to season your pasta dish with just enough salt before serving it on individual plates.
  • AND HERE IS WHERE I SIMPLIFIED THIS EASY 30-MINUTE RECIPE EVEN FURTHER: I skipped the step where you bake each serving in individual casserole bowls topped with the butter-breadcrumb-Parmesan mixture on top. I skipped this oven step completely. What I did instead was I used regular plates (not individual casserole bowls), and just topped each serving of pasta GENEROUSLY with seasoned bread crumbs. That’s it! No need to bake. Everything is made on the stove top. EVERYBODY loved it this way! Especially me (since it made this wonderful dish even simpler)!

Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Noodles

If you want to make the original BHG recipe gluten free, do the following TWO SIMPLE substitutions:

  • Use gluten-free brown-rice fettuccine or gluten-free egg noodles.
  • Use gluten-free bread crumbs or gluten-free stuffing, processed into fine crumbs in a food processor.

And, here are a couple of step-by-step photos of the cooking process. I used 2 pound purchased roasted chicken just like what the recipe calls for:

2 pound purchased roasted chicken

I removed chicken from bones, discarded skin and bones; and shredded chicken:

shredded chicken

Then, I combined shredded chicken with peas and garlic in a pan:

Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Noodles

Finally, I added half-and-half and the cheese, heated everything up to a boiling point and simmered the pasta in the sauce until the dish was bubbly, and the cheese melted (you might need to add extra cheese):

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Enjoy!


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