Nini’s Best Chicken Salad Recipe EVER!!!

Nini’s Best Chicken Salad Recipe EVER!!!

Whenever we have a finger food event and sometimes just to have on hand at home, my chicken salad recipe is ALWAYS a huge request! Now I’m gonna share it with you….but only this once 😉 so pay attention!! 🙂

Chicken Salad 2

 

Shopping list:

1.5-2 lb Chicken Breast 

Chicken Bullion Cubes

Onion

Celery

Seedless Red Grapes

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder

Salt

Pepper

Miracle Whip

Mayo

Now let’s whip up some chicken salad!

Chicken Salad 1

First boil the chicken breast in water with 3 bullion cubes for about 15 minutes. I cut the breasts in half or thirds and stab little holes in them so they cook faster and absorb the flavor and moisture while they cook!

While that’s cooking chop about 1/2-3/4 of the onion (depending on how much your bunch likes onion!) and 1-2 celery stalks. I chop mine very small because mine like the flavor of them but they aren’t much on the texture! You can sit this aside or put it in the bottom of your big mixing bowl…just be sure if you do you mix good from the bottom once its all together!

While you’r waiting you can also 4th or 6th your grapes….I don’t chop them because they get a little too mushy and they do better crisp in the salad. 

Once your chicken is finished drain and shred the chicken (these small pieces make this much easier than if you had left them in huge pieces, you’re welcome) I just use 2 forks and shred away. Add them to the big mixing bowl and before you put anything else in mix the onions, celery and grapes with the shredded chicken. 

Next add garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to taste. I use 1+ tsp of these. Maybe I use a little more, but we LOVE some garlic and onion powder around here 😉 Now mix all this good again!

Last but not least add the miracle whip and mayo. I use about 2 Tbsp of Miracle Whip and 3 Tbsp of Mayo mixed in and then just add by the spoonful until I feel like its enough. Mix very well. 

Now I like to pack mine in an airtight container and let it all mesh together a few hours or overnight before serving. 

I serve on croissants but its great on regular bread or rolls as well!!!

 

Enjoy!!

Chicken Salad 3

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Ninis Best Chicken Salad Ever

Delicious Buffalo Chicken Casserole!!!

Want to wow the fam for dinner? Need a casserole to take to a potluck? Try this easy Buffalo Chicken Casserole!!

This is a great meal and it serves well leftover so I ALWAYS try and make some extra. Usually the extra disappears pretty quickly too though!!

Let’s go to the grocery:

1.5 lb chicken (either breast or breast tenderloins, 1 inch cubed, I’ve used both)

1/3 cup hot sauce

5 1/2 cups shredded frozen potatoes

1 can condensed chicken soup

1 cup ranch dressing

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Panko bread crumbs

Now let’s get cookin!!

Preheat oven to 375

Spray 13×9 (or 2 8×8) pans

Cube your chicken and put in a large bowl buffalo1

Add 1/3 cup hot sauce and toss chicken in itbuffalo 2

Spread into bottom of pan

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In the same bowl add potatoes, chicken soup, ranch, and cheese and mix them all up (I also add a few dashes of hot sauce back into this mixture)

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Spread over the chicken

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Now sprinkle Panko bread crumbs over the top 

 

Cover with foil

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Bake 30 minutes then remove foil and bake another 25 minutes. (I low broil for about 4 minutes at the end too just to get a good color on top!)

 

Take out and let sit 15-20 minutes before serving! 

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Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!!

buffalo plate

I’d love to say refigerate leftovers and take them for your lunch but unless you do what I do and double or triple the recipe your unlikely to be so lucky!!!

 

Heres the recipe without the pics!

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Cool and Creamy Cucumber Salad~ A Summer Fave!!!

Summer is all about good food….

Cool side dishes to go with whatever you are grillin are a must!!!  As the garden starts producing cucumbers start coming in by the bucket fulls!!! This summer salad is a delicious dish for any meat or even to sit around and snack on!

Run to the store:

1 Cup Mayo

1/4 Cup White Sugar

1/2 tsp dried dill weed

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

3-4 medium cucumbers

Peel the cukes and slice em up real nice

Cucumber 1

Mix the mayo, sugar, vinegar, dill, seasoned salt in a large bowl

Cuke 4

Cucumber 3

Add your cucumber slices then refrigerate and serve. 

Cucumber 4

Enjoy!

 

Puffed Oven Pancakes

Wanna try something new for breakfast?

I gotcha covered! All breakfast is good…fabulous even…but now and then its fun to try a new recipe. This quickly became a request for birthday mornings and special occasions. And sometimes just because. Long weekends are especially popular for this! 

 

First lets shop: (most of this you’ll already have!)

Now this recipe is per 9 inch pie plate…and depending on your crowd you’ll need a few

Sticks of butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk

Powdered sugar

Lemon juice (fresh lemons or bottled, your choice)

Now lets make em:

Preheat oven to 400

While its preheating put 2 TBSP butter in each dish then place in oven to melt while its preheating

Butter Pie Plates

Next, in your mixing bowl,  slightly beat your 2 eggs. Add flour, salt, and milk. Mix just until combined, your batter will be lumpy…if you mix to much they will not puff! And pour over the sizzling hot butter in your pie plates!

 

Poured into the butter

Bake for 25-30 minutes

While its baking you’ll wanna get your table set with powdered sugar, lemon juice, and plates!

Out of the oven

 

Cut into slices and top with lemon juice then the powdered sugar! If you like you can use fruit and I have a kid who still uses syrup. Really there’s no wrong way to dress it!

 

Serve

 

Broccoli Salad with….thats right BACON in it!

Need something quick and easy to make for that 4th of July get together?

I have it right here for ya!

This cool summer broccoli salad is the perfect pairing to any backyard bbq! Whether you’re grilling beef, chicken, or pork it compliments it fabulously and is SOOOO easy to make and go!

Here’s whatcha need:

3 broccoli heads, cut the tips off

1 red onion, chopped

1 cup raisins

1 cup almonds or sunflower seeds

1/2-3/4 lb bacon, fried and crumbled

1 cup mayo 

1/2 cup sugar

2 TBSP white wine vinegar

Now here’s whatcha do!

In a huge bowl mix the broccoli, onion, raisins, almonds, and bacon together real mixed up good!

Mix All

In a separate bowl mix the mayo, sugar, and white wine vinegar and whisk together well.

Mix to pour over

Pour it over the bowl and mix it up!

Ready fro fridge

Refrigerate in the fridge till you’re ready to eat or take it to go!!!

 

Serve it up and enjoy!!!

Served

 

Mama Georgie’s Old Fashioned Banana Pudding!

MOUTH WATERING….better than that favorite restaurant!

My grandmother always made the BEST Nanner Puddin and I would stand and watch and help her stir and layer and whip and bake! And for the very first time…I’m going to share the recipe with you! 

First lets shop:

6-7 Ripe Bananas

1 Box Nilla Wafers (don’t skimp on the cheap brand for this part)

1 1/2 cups sugar, then 6 Tbsp sugar

1/3 cup flour 

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups milk (whole milk is best but 2% does ok too)

4 eggs, separated, you’ll need the yolks first then set the whites in the fridge till the end

1 tsp vanilla

Now let’s get this started…can you almost taste it?!?!

Preheat your oven to 425*

In the top of a double boiler start with the 1 1/2 cups sugar, flour and salt and whisk together then add the milk and mix up good. Separate your eggs and slightly beat the yolks and stir in. Put the egg whites in the fridge while we do the rest. Now you will stir this until it is custard like. This WILL TAKE A FEW! Don’t get discouraged it will thicken. This kind of yummy love takes a little time!

NP double boiler

 

While this thickens, line your dish with a single layer of the Nilla wafers…now…I break up a few to fill in the cracks between the round cookies 🙂 Then slice up 3-4 of the ripened bananas atop these. 

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Once the pudding thickens, remove from heat and add your vanilla extract and stir in about a minute. Pour HALF the mixture into your dish over the banana and cookies you’ve layered. 

NP Add half pudding

Now another layer of cookies and bananas then the other half of the pudding…

Np 2nd layer cookie

Np more nanners

Np other half of puddin

Now remember we preheated the oven….hopefully its beeped and up to temp because we are almost there….but first…

Get those egg whites out o the fridge and get your mixer ready because its MERINGUE TIME!

Beat the eggs on HIGH and add 6TBSP, 1 TBSP at a time and beat until stiff peaks form. (God bless my grandmother and those who made meringue before we had electric mixers! SHEESH!)

Np meringue

 

Now spoon this over the top sealing in the pudding, it should look like this (OMG we are alost done…I smell it…I do!)

Np ready for oven

Bake at 425 about 5-6 minutes until the top gets golden brown. CHECK ON IT OFTEN because ovens vary…but with meringue it REALLY varies. Once its done, take out and let it sit to room temperature before you put it in the fridge. Chill for 2 hours before serving for best results. 

ENJOY!!!

Np enjoy!

 

Sisterhood of the traveling….PLATE!?!

Yep you heard it right….

Remember the movie about the pants…well, we don’t wear the same size pants….but we do share the love of goodies! 

My friends, Dina, Kryss and I try to see each other once a month at least. And this past week we met for lunch and Kryss presented us with the cutest travelling plate. My birthday was the most recent so I got it first to start a new tradition. So this evening as we cookout I will present it to Dina  with a completely insanely yummy coconut cream meringue pie (don’t worry, I wouldn’t leave ya hangin, I put the recipe below 😉 )! Then it’ll be her turn to put something on the plate and get it to Kryss…and so on and so forth!!! Ahhhhh I can’t wait to share with you when it gets back to me…..and whatever I decide to sent it forth with!!!!

 

Pie

Coconut Cream Meringue Pie

1 – 9 inch pie shell, baked

For the filling:

2/3 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Cups Milk

3 egg YOLKS lightly beaten (save the whites!)

1 cup flaked sweeten coconut finely shredded

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan mix sugar, corn starch and salt. Add milk until mixed and bring to a boil on medium heat until thickened and it’ll get bubbly too. (Be patient, it’ll thicken) then add a little hot mixture into the egg yolks and mix and pour back into saucepan and bring to boil on medium and cook 2-3 min more. Remove from heat and add coconut, butter and vanilla and whisk until smooth!

Now pour the filing into the pie crust!

For the meringue:

3 egg whites

6 Tablespoons sugar 

1/2 Cup flaked coconut

Beat egg whites adding each Tablespoon of sugar one at a time until still peaks form. Spoon over filling sealing against the edges of the crust. Sprinkle top with coconut and bake on 375 until top starts to golden brown.

 

Enjoy! Maybe get a plate, or container, and start your own tradition! <3 I’ll let you know when it gets back 😀

Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass

 

To see or not to see? SEE!!!!

I loved it! Go see it tonight…or tomorrow…but go see! A wonderful sequel to the original! 

 

The Hatter isn’t well…can Alice save him?

After returning to London Alice finds her Mother and the world she’s been away from very changed. Unable to process these changes right away Alice stumbles upon Absalom who leads her to a room with a looking glass.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

Arriving on the other side of the Looking Glass in Underland, Alice finds the whole crew, minus the Hatter, awaiting her arrival.

They tell of the Hatter, he’s not well. They fear…and hope… the only solution is Alice.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. In the all new adventure Anne Hathaway returns as the White Queen, Matt Lucas is the Tweedles, Stephen Fry is the voice of Chessur, Michael Sheen is the voice of the White Rabbit, Timothy Spall voices Bayard, Paul Whitehouse is the voice of the March Hare and Barbara Windsor is the voice of Dormouse.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. In the all new adventure Anne Hathaway returns as the White Queen, Matt Lucas is the Tweedles, Stephen Fry is the voice of Chessur, Michael Sheen is the voice of the White Rabbit, Timothy Spall voices Bayard, Paul Whitehouse is the voice of the March Hare and Barbara Windsor is the voice of Dormouse.

 

Where is the Hatter?

In his Hatter house of course. Alice finds him and its true, the Hatter isn’t well. Isn’t well at all. But oh, can Alice really help him?

 

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

Where to start?

Alice’s quest begins as impossible, just as most days start for Alice. Can she accomplish the impossible? Can she find the chronosphere? Can she convince Father Time to help her travel back in time? 

Sacha Baron Cohen is Time in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Sacha Baron Cohen is Time in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

Remember you can’t change the past…only learn from it…

Can Alice’s race against time save The Hatter? Be there Friday to find out!

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and encounters Iracebeth, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and encounters Iracebeth, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

 

AliceThroughTheLookingGlass Alice and AbsalomHatter

 

In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an
all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters
from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical
world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the
spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in
Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters
created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and
Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive
producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast
from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne
Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices
of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are
also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans),
the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar
creature who is part human, part clock. Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska)
has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and
sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a
magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland
and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the
Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The
Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a
quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of
the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes
across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and
embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.

LITTLE CHICKIES / LOS POLLITOS by Canticos

Little Chickies is a fun interactive read for our Littles

 

Straight out the little cardboard bookcase you can choose either the English or Spanish side. 

LITTLE CHICKIES COVER copy 3spanish chickies 2

The pictures and storyline are the same whichever you choose. Little Chickies are born, then want food, then need sleep. They shout “¡pío! ¡pío! ¡pío!” (Cheep cheep cheep). Flaps are lifted on each page to interact and engage them in the story of this tired mother hen feeding, and warming, and cuddling her chickies. 

chickies 1

 

I love the book folds out and they can share looking and playing with it!

chickies 2

 

The app on my phone provides for long lasting fun as they sing and crack eggs to watch the chickies hatch, make flower boquets, and sing and dance to the pio sounds and songs of the chickies!

 

Its fun, fun , fun as they ask me to read it again! And can we play chicks on the phone!

 

For every Canticos book or app purchased, a portion of the proceeds goes to provide books and apps to children in low-income communities.

 

– Link to website (for book purchase and more info):

http://www.littlepicklepress.com/product/canticos-los-pollitos/

– Links to app in iphone app store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/little-chickies-los-pollitos/id1090230039?mt=8

– Link to app in android app store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.encantosmedia.lospollitos&hl=en

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