Archives for category: Chicken pieces

Welcome to Themed Thursday — every third Thursday of the month, I post a themed blog. This month, it’s all about Alfredo sauce. I made a batch of it and there was a lot left over! I don’t like to waste food, so I  had to figure out how to use it all. Below are the recipes I came up with using the sauce.

What are your favorite dishes using Alfredo sauce?

Alfredo sauce (from allrecipes.com. Click here to view original)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 2 tsp garlic powder (I sometimes use fresh, minced)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 oz grated Parmesan cheese
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Melt butter in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring until smooth. Add milk, a little at a time, stirring to smooth out lumps. Stir in Parmesan and pepper. Remove from heat when sauce reaches desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly. Thin with milk if cooked too long.

alfredo sauce

Cajun style pasta

  • Your favorite type of pasta such as spaghetti, angel hair, macaroni, or spiral (I used spaghetti)
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Red bell pepper, diced
  • Tomato, diced
  • Spinach
  • Pre-cooked, Cajun-seasoned chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces

Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat Alfredo sauce, adding Cajun seasoning to taste. When pasta is cooked, toss all ingredients together. Add extra Cajun seasoning to taste.

Alfredo pizza This is based on the ingredients I had on hand that day. Feel free to add your favorite pizza ingredients.

  • Alfredo sauce
  • Your favorite pizza crust (I used Boboli)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Spinach
  • Red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • Store-bought meatballs, diced (I used Aidells)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Spread Alfredo sauce on the crust. Layer with cheese and top with remaining ingredients. Bake in oven 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Alfredo and meatballs

  • Your favorite type of pasta such as spaghetti, angel hair, vermicelli, or fettuccine (I used spaghetti)
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Store-bought meatballs (I used Aidells)
  • Broccoli, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat Alfredo sauce. Over med-low heat, in a small non-stick pan, heat meatballs, turning to evenly brown. When pasta is cooked and meatballs are heated through, toss all ingredients together.

There’s not really much of a story to this one. Wing and I were hungry, it was dinner time, we had chicken out, and we happened to have buttermilk, so we made food with it all. This is a combination of two recipes I have (goodness knows where I got them originally) in my recipe box.

Parmesan Chicken bites

Parmesan Chicken Bites

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 or 3 garlic clove(s), minced
  • Shallots (we used dried shallots from World Market, so I’m not sure what the fresh equivalent is)
  • Garlic and wine seasoning from The Melting Pot (for those who don’t wish to run to The Melting Pot to buy the seasoning, it includes salt, dehydrated garlic, undisclosed spices, wine solids, garlic powder, parsley, and other things I didn’t mention because they are preservatives, etc.)
  • Herbed poultry seasoning
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into pieces no larger than 2×2 inches
  • Oil for frying

Pour buttermilk into a medium-sized, shallow bowl. Set aside. Combine in a large shallow bowl all of the remaining ingredients except the chicken and oil. Dip chicken in the flour mixture, then dip in the buttermilk, then dip it in the flour mixture again, making sure each chicken piece is thoroughly coated. Heat oil in a large, deep sauce pan or wok. Fry the chicken until cooked completely, or no longer pink.

Tip: poke holes in the chicken pieces with a fork to promote more even cooking, and it helps prevent the chicken from drying out (or so is our theory).

No condiments were necessary because the chicken was just so good, but I would recommend Ranch dressing or BBQ sauce if you must have something. We ate this with a salad.