Archive for October, 2016
Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Chili | The best darned chili in the world! Grab a slow cooker, chicken breasts and chili and give this one a try!

We know just how tired the dinner hour finds you on some days. After a morning of go-go-go, an afternoon of rush-rush-rush and an evening of carpooling, it’s hard to come home and find enough energy to cook a square meal. Which is why, this month, we’re focusing on simple slow cooker chicken dishes. We’ve all got that uninspired bag of frozen chicken in the freezer, why not pull it out, pop it into your slow cooker and prep a meal in minutes that will be ready for you when you get home?

Though you’ve likely already got 1,001 chili recipes saved in your archives, here’s one that is just unique enough, you’ll feel like you’ve treated yourself to a big bowl of gourmet goodness. Creamy and spicy, this Queso Chicken Chili is slow cooked with cream cheese, then has mounds of shredded cheddar stirred in just before serving. Rich and delicious, it’s a fantastic twist on a familiar favorite. Perfect for weeknight dinners, we also think this meal makes a perfect party food.

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Personalize Your Party!

Serving a crowd of hungry guests? Place a variety of chopped toppings in Good Cook Touch Measuring Cups and let them make their own bowls of loaded chili. Everyone will love piling their bowl high with these favorites:

    • Sour Cream
    • Shredded Cheese
    • Salsa
    • Chopped Jalapeno
    • Chopped Onion
    • Diced Tomato
    • Diced Green Onions
    • Chopped bell peppers
    • Chopped cilantro
    • Sliced Olives
    • Diced Avocado
    • Corn Chips

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Crockpot Queso Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Queso Chili

Preparation 10 Serves 12     adjust servings

Cook up a batch of this creamy, cheesy chili. Easy to make and ideal for game day parties, autumn dinners and lazy weekend meals, this simple recipe can be prepped in less than 10 minutes, then set aside where it will simmer until it’s time to serve dinner. Enjoy with corn chips for dipping, or serve on top of white rice for a filling dish that everyone will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (1.5 oz) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen or canned fire-roasted corn
  • 1 (14 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14 oz) can black-eyed peas or white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14 oz) can chili beans
  • 8 oz cream cheese, diced
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro

Instructions

Place the chicken breast, salsa, broth, taco seasoning, jalapeno, corn and beans in a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 5-7 hours. Remove the chicken breasts from the slow cooker, shred with two forks. Return shredded meat to slow cooker. Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Cover and cook for an additional 15-30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the chili is warm. Serve topped with sour cream and cilantro, if desired.

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Chicken Fried Ramen Skillet

  Chicken Fried Ramen | A quick and easy twist on college cooking, this dish takes everyone's favorite fast dinner-- chicken fried rice -- and turns it into a quick and tasty skillet.

Make a fresh and tasty family meal out of classic college packs of ramen! In this delicious Asian recipe, ramen noodles take the place of rice. Quick and simple, this meal tastes like takeout, but you don’t have to wait for the deliveryman. Total cost for this budget-friendly dish? Less than $2 per serving. What a deal!

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  • 2qt sauce pan
  • 10” sauté pan
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • 1-cup liquid measuring cup
  • 6-pc tool set
  • pizza cutter
  • can opener
  • pizza pan
  • 13 x 9 cookie sheet

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Quick Ramen Skillet: Easy College Cooking the Whole Family Will Love!

 

Chicken Fried Ramen Skillet

Preparation 25 Serves 4     adjust servings

Get the taste of Chinese takeout in this fresh and tasty stir fry recipe. Ramen noodles replace rice to make this an easy weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 3 packages (3 oz each) ramen noodles (any flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 piece (1 inch) gingerroot, peeled, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups small fresh broccoli florets
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup diced green onions
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

Discard seasoning packets from noodles or save for another use. Cook noodles as directed on package in an 11-inch Good Cook Stir Fry pan [LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Good-Cook-Classic-Inch-Stir/dp/B001CCY7XG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1438276817&sr=8-2&keywords=Good+Cook+wok ]. Drain. In a large bowl, toss noodles with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil (to keep the noodles from sticking); cover to keep warm. In the same pan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, garlic and gingerroot; stir-fry 5 about minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add broccoli, mushrooms and bell pepper. Stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes or until broccoli and bell pepper are crisp-tender. Stir in sesame oil, broth and soy sauce. Add noodles; toss until combined. Remove from heat. Toss again with onions and cilantro. Serve immediately.

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Breakfast Biscuit Pizzas

Warm and hearty, plus they're personal sized! Make pizza for breakfast with this easy idea. Homemade biscuit crust, topped with a baked egg and lots of cheese make for the nicest morning ever.

Breakfast Biscuit Pizzas

Breakfast is the best meal of the day. But so is pizza. So we decided to get the two together for a menu match made in heaven. Quick, simple and splendidly hearty, these simple breakfast pizzas are a simple way to enjoy all the flavors of biscuits, gravy and eggs, all in one tasty personal-sized pizza. 

Though we call ’em breakfast pizzas, this easy recipe is ideal for lunch or dinner, too. Everyone loves breakfast for dinner. Especially when it’s as tasty as this one!

Biscuit Breakfast Pizza

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Add Bacon. Or Sausage. Or any of your favorite breakfast meats.
  • Switch the Sauce. Lots of different sauces taste great here. Try pesto or alfredo. Or go homestyle with your favorite gravy.
  • Make It Quick. Don’t have time to make homemade biscuits?  Storebought work as a nice stand-in.

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Breakfast Biscuit Pizzas

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Biscuit and Egg Pizzas

Serves 4     adjust servings

Put a twist on your morning fare with this simple Southwestern inspired breakfast pizza. Salsa and cheese melts over a freshly baked biscuit. An open-face eggs cooks to soft-baked perfection in this easy-to-make dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, slightly softened
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • ½ cup picante sauce
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack or Colby jack cheese
  • 4 medium eggs
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

In a Good Cook mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Use a fork to cut the butter into the flour mixture. In a small bowl, whisk together milk and vinegar, allow to curdle for 1 minutes. Then, pour milk mixture into flour mixture, stirring just enough times to make the dough start following the fork around the bowl—about 6-8 stirs. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dump dough onto a parchment-lined work area. Knead 4-5 times, then flatten dough to about 1 inch thick. Cut with a large Good Cook biscuit cutter. Transfer cut biscuits to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press down flat, until about ½” thick, forming a small well in the center of the biscuit (this will keep the egg from running off the edges of the biscuits). Spread 2 tablespoons of picante sauce atop each biscuit. Sprinkle ¼ cup of shredded cheese on top of each biscuit, then crack an egg on top of each pizza. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or just until the edges of the biscuits are golden brown, the egg whites are firm, and the egg yolks are soft cooked. Remove from the oven. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve and enjoy!

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Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Put a delicious twist on traditional nachos with these Buffalo Chicken Nachos, which take all the tangy flavor you love with Buffalo Chicken, turning it into a loaded plate of cheesy baked nachos no one can resist! Great for game day, this easy appetizer also makes a tasty dinner or party eat!
Just when you thought nachos couldn’t get any more tasty, these Buffalo Chicken Nachos come walking through the door. And normal ol’ nachos will never be the same.

Instead of gloppy cheese sauce, these zingy nachos use buffalo sauce to build layers of tangy goodness. With two kinds of cheese–cheddar and bleu–and more toppings than a buffalo at a rodeo, this recipe is a gotta-make party pleaser that no one can resist.

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • BBQ Chicken Nachos. Swap out the buffalo sauce for BBQ sauce. Top with green onions, toss on some pineapple. Omit the bleu cheese for mozzarella, instead.
  • Buffalo Buffalo Nachos. Instead of chicken, top with cooked ground buffalo for an even heartier option. Burger lovers will love this version!
  • Spice It Up. Wanna sweat while you eat? Shake a couple dashes of tabasco for extra kick.

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Put a delicious twist on traditional nachos with these Buffalo Chicken Nachos, which take all the tangy flavor you love with Buffalo Chicken, turning it into a loaded plate of cheesy baked nachos no one can resist! Great for game day, this easy appetizer also makes a tasty dinner or party eat!

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Put a delicious twist on traditional nachos with these Buffalo Chicken Nachos, which take all the tangy flavor you love with Buffalo Chicken, turning it into a loaded plate of cheesy baked nachos no one can resist! Great for game day, this easy appetizer also makes a tasty dinner or party eat!

In a large saucepan, whisk together cheddar, butter, buffalo sauce, and half and half. Cook over medium heat until smooth and hot. Drizzle over tortilla chips. Top with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup Buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots finely diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons purple onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  • 1 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 6-8 cups tortilla chips

Instructions

In a large saucepan, whisk together cheddar, butter, buffalo sauce, and half and half. Cook over medium heat until smooth and hot. Drizzle over tortilla chips. Top with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Baked Chocolate Biscuit Donuts

Chocolate Biscuit Donuts | No Rise, No Yeast, Baked Chocolate Biscuits with a Delicious Chocolate Sprinkle Glaze. Perfect for Halloween parties, afterschool autumn snacks and fall brunch.
What better way to celebrate your morning than with donuts! Rich and chocolaty, these festive donuts make your day a little sweeter. Moist, chewy baked donuts are glazed with a fudgy icing and dotted with colorful sprinkles for an irresistible treat. Bake up a batch of these Chocolate Buttermilk Biscuit Donuts for a surprise breakfast or special occasion brunch. Either way, these tasty donuts are a great way to welcome your day!

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

      • German Chocolate Donuts. Skip the sprinkles and top the icing with ¼ cup chopped pecans and ¼ cup toasted coconut flakes
      • Cookies and Cream Donuts. For the icing, cream together 4 oz. softened cream cheese, 2 Tbsp butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, and 2 Tbsp milk. Top donuts with 1 cup chopped Oreo cookies
      • Chocolate Truffle Donuts. Melt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips with 2/3 cup heavy cream and a pinch of salt. Spread over donuts and top with chocolate sprinkles

Chocolate Biscuit Donuts | No Rise, No Yeast, Baked Chocolate Biscuits with a Delicious Chocolate Sprinkle Glaze. Perfect for Halloween parties, afterschool autumn snacks and fall brunch.

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Chocolate Biscuit Donuts | No Rise, No Yeast, Baked Chocolate Biscuits with a Delicious Chocolate Sprinkle Glaze. Perfect for Halloween parties, afterschool autumn snacks and fall brunch.

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Baked Chocolate Buttermilk Biscuit Donuts

Preparation 10 Serves 8     adjust servings
Chocolate Biscuit Donuts | No Rise, No Yeast, Baked Chocolate Biscuits with a Delicious Chocolate Sprinkle Glaze. Perfect for Halloween parties, afterschool autumn snacks and fall brunch.

Baked biscuits that taste just like chocolate donuts! These quick and easy no-rise, no-fry donuts are sure to disappear in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Heat oven to 450ºF. In a large bowl, stir together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add butter to the mix, work into flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork, until small crumbs form. Add buttermilk to the flour mixture, stir just until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a parchment-lined workspace. Knead several times, until dough is smooth. Press to 1” thick. With the Good Cook 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, cut dough into 8 rounds. Transfer rounds onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Press a paper straw into the center of each biscuit. Leave straws in place for baking. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or just until donut set. Allow to cool slightly. Stir together icing ingredients, whisk until smooth. Dip or drizzle donuts with icing, decorate with sprinkles.

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Pumpkin Apple Jack Punch

Boozy Halloween Party Punch | Smoking Apple Jack Punch served with the Good Cook Pumpkin Tap. Simply carve a pumpkin, fill with this smoking apple jack and apple cider cocktail punch, add dry ice and enjoy! This tasty treat is perfect for fall! Tastes like autumn..will a leetle bit of alcohol.

Amp up your party with this boozy party punch. It’s got all the special effects you’ll need for a spooky Halloween celebration or groovy fall hoedown. Put this hollowed out pumpkin on your punch table, pour in some libations, and let the dry ice steam away. A little creepy and totally refreshing, your guests will be seriously impressed! If kids are your target audience, swap in ginger beer for the apple jack. You’ll be amazed that a single bowl of punch has an incredibly infectious party vibe.

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Salted Caramel. Replace the Apple Jack with a bottle of salted caramel vodka
  • Vampire Punch. Replace the recipe with 4 cups rum, 4 cups orange juice, 6 cups pomegranate juice, 1 liter seltzer water, and ½ cup lemon juice
  • Pumpkin Spice. Replace Apple Jack with 4 cups bourbon and combine with a bottle of apple cider, 1 cup honey, and 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Boozy Halloween Party Punch | Smoking Apple Jack Punch served with the Good Cook Pumpkin Tap. Simply carve a pumpkin, fill with this smoking apple jack and apple cider cocktail punch, add dry ice and enjoy! This tasty treat is perfect for fall! Tastes like autumn..will a leetle bit of alcohol.

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Boozy Halloween Party Punch | Smoking Apple Jack Punch served with the Good Cook Pumpkin Tap. Simply carve a pumpkin, fill with this smoking apple jack and apple cider cocktail punch, add dry ice and enjoy! This tasty treat is perfect for fall! Tastes like autumn..will a leetle bit of alcohol.

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Smoking Apple Jack Punch in a Pumpkin

Preparation 20 Serves 12     adjust servings

A quick and simple boozy party punch. When making this for all ages, swap in ginger beer, instead of Apple Jack.

Ingredients

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 1 (89 oz) bottle apple cider
  • 1 bottle Apple Jack or Fireball Whiskey
  • 2-4 pounds dry ice
  • SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Good Cook Pumpkin Tap

Instructions

With a sharp knife, cut the top from the pumpkin. Remove top and discard. With a large metal spoon, scrape pumpkin clean. Discard pumpkin seeds. Press the Good Cook pumpkin tap into the lower 1/4 of the pumpkin. Remove the cutting portion from the back end of the tap. Fill pumpkin with apple cider and Apple Jack. Just before serving, place 1 pound of dry ice in the pumpkin. Drink will fog for about 20 minutes per pound of dry ice. Replenish as needed.

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Brulee Bars

Pumpkin Butterscotch Brulee Bars: Perfectly pumpkin spice, these easy baked cookie bars are the texture of a firm custard. Insanely delicious. Topped with pecans and toffee bits, this recipe is one you'll want to make for every autumn, fall and Halloween party ever ever. | sweets, dessert, cookie bars, dessert bars, brulee bars, pumpkin bars, easy dessert, easy party dessert, party desserts for a crowd\

Irresistibly delicious, these Pumpkin Butterscotch Brulee Bars are moist and chewy, making a perfect fall-inspired treat. A hint of pumpkin pie spice comes together with sweet butterscotch notes for the ultimate flavor combo. Your taste buds will go wild for these bakery fresh autumn goodies. Serve as an afternoon snack, sneak in your child’s lunchbox, or surprise your family with this mouthwateringly good dessert. There’s no better way to say “Happy Fall” than with these Pumpkin Butterscotch Brulee Bars.

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Chocolate Butterscotch. Mix in 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips with 6 ounces of butterscotch chips to satisfy the chocolate lover in your life
  • Toffee Crunch. Swap out the butterscotch chips for an equal amount of toffee bits for a crunchy surprise
  • White Chocolate Pecan. Replace the butterscotch ships with 1 cup of white chocolate chips and add in ½ cup chopped pecans

Pumpkin Butterscotch Brulee Bars: Perfectly pumpkin spice, these easy baked cookie bars are the texture of a firm custard. Insanely delicious. Topped with pecans and toffee bits, this recipe is one you'll want to make for every autumn, fall and Halloween party ever ever. | sweets, dessert, cookie bars, dessert bars, brulee bars, pumpkin bars, easy dessert, easy party dessert, party desserts for a crowd  

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Brulee Bars: Perfectly pumpkin spice, these easy baked cookie bars are the texture of a firm custard. Insanely delicious. Topped with pecans and toffee bits, this recipe is one you'll want to make for every autumn, fall and Halloween party ever ever. | sweets, dessert, cookie bars, dessert bars, brulee bars, pumpkin bars, easy dessert, easy party dessert, party desserts for a crowd

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Brulee Bars: Perfectly pumpkin spice, these easy baked cookie bars are the texture of a firm custard. Insanely delicious. Topped with pecans and toffee bits, this recipe is one you'll want to make for every autumn, fall and Halloween party ever ever. | sweets, dessert, cookie bars, dessert bars, brulee bars, pumpkin bars, easy dessert, easy party dessert, party desserts for a crowd

Pumpkin Butterscotch Brulee Bars

Preparation 10 Serves 24     adjust servings

Pumpkin spice and everything nice! These easy dessert bars are reminiscent of creme brulee...but they make a whole batch. Perfect for sharing.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 12 oz butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

Heat oven to 350ºF. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt together butter and butterscotch chips. Stir until smooth. Stir in pumpkin, spice, sugar, flour, salt and eggs. Pour in a greased 9 X 13 inch baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with pecans and toffee bits. Return to oven and bake 10 minutes more. Allow to cool and set for at least 1 hour before slicing into bars. Serve and enjoy!

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