Chicken Recipes – Dinner Tonight
I received this amazing new Bobby Flay™ Stoneware Oval Casserole Dish from Khol’s and then realized that I haven’t really made a casserole in years! That got me thinking back to what I used to make and I realized that none of those old chicken recipes would cut my new fresher outlook on cooking, so I took one of my favorites and updated it a bit. Sure, I cheated and used canned black beans, you could certainly soak some overnight, but either will work fine in this recipe (scroll down for the recipe).
Fast and Easy Make-Ahead Meatloaf
Since I was chopping anyway, I chopped extra onions and green peppers and put together a quick and easy meatloaf that I cooked at the same time so that tomorrow night’s dinner is heat-and-eat ready. I just combined 1 lb of extra lean ground beef, 1/2 chopped small onion, 1/2 chopped green pepper, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 1 egg, 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, 1 Tbl Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, and 1/4 cup ketchup. I mixed it all by hand and then divided into two of the 15oz Bobby Flay™ Stoneware Ramekins.
I baked it for 40 minutes at 375 (to an internal temperature of 160° F. I didn’t top the meatloaf with ketchup because I’ll be serving them with mashed potatoes and brown gravy. Since I don’t eat meat and none of the kids will be here the next few days, the hubby will have the 2nd meatloaf for lunch on Saturday.
- Chicken Coating Mix
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 3 - 3-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 4 Tbls olive oil, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ green pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- ⅔ c long grain rice (uncooked)
- ⅛ to ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 14-1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 2 c water
- 1 c frozen whole kernel corn
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- Heat oven to 375 degrees
- Coating Mix: Combine flour, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a gallon reclosable bag. Seal and shake to mix. Add the chicken pieces, a few at a time and seal, shake and coat. Toss extra coating.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, warm 2 Tbls olive oil and cook half the chicken. Cook until the meat is browned but not cooked through (about 7 minutes). Remove the meat and set aside. Repeat with chicken and the rest of the oil.
- Remove the chicken and set it aside. In the same pan on medium heat, add onions and green pepper. Cook for about 1 minute. Add rice, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring them to a boil (about 5 minutes)
- Meanwhile, prepare a 2-1/2 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray. Add the prepared rice/bean mixture to the casserole dish and arrange the reserved chicken pieces on top of the rice.
- Bake, covered for 40 minutes then uncover and cook for 10 minutes (or until chicken is no longer pink - thermometer should read 180 degrees in thickest part of thigh).
Don’t you love my new bakeware! The first is the Bobby Flay™ Stoneware Oval Casserole Dish ($50 on sale now for $35 and it comes in 4 colors – how random that the one I got is the one that matches my kitchen perfectly! ) and the little ones are from the Bobby Flay™ Stoneware 4-pc. Ramekin Set ($30 on sale for $20). They’re all oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe and I think they’re stunning! Granted, they match my kitchen so I suppose that’s partially why, but they’re also quality pieces that I’ll have for years.
The Bobby Flay™ Stoneware Oval Casserole Dish is family size! At 3-1/2 quarts it’s big enough and deep enough to feed 6-8; however, even small families like mine can use it to make dishes large enough for leftovers or parties. Because it’s lidded, it’s so versatile and can be used for tons of baking applications.
The Bobby Flay™ Stoneware 4-pc. Ramekin Set is my new fav in the kitchen. I use them for prep work, for making my morning oatmeal, and they’re the perfect size for sides for two. I’ll be making gratin potatoes in them very soon! They’ll also be perfect at 15oz for a deep dish berry crisp – likely blueberry will be made in them many times this summer!
I received these fabulous pieces of cookware from Khol’s. I haven’t shopped Khol’s in years and didn’t know they sold homegoods. They carry a full line of Bobby Flay and Food Network items including dish towels, griddles, cutting boards, paring knife sets, madoline, and more including ‘Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain” Cookbook and Bobby Flay’s Throwdown Cookbook.
Now that I’ve seen a list of all the great pots, pans, indoor grilling, and baking pieces they have available I’ll be checking them out in person soon. Until then, I think we’ll be having casseroles every night, I love them that much!
What would you make in this gorgeous casserole dish?
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