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Monday, September 27, 2021

Recipe for Italian Chicken

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This recipe for Italian chicken skillet dinner is so easy, you will make it again and again.  Easy Italian chicken recipes are my favorite to make.  We even gave an idea what to serve with Italian chicken to prevent any waste with this dinner recipe.   

Mr. VS brought home fresh mozzarella this past weekend and wondered what we could come up with to make with it.  I decided Italian chicken of course is what we would make!

Recipe for Italian Chicken  

What you will need to make this recipe:

  1. 3 T butter
  2. (1) package of chicken thighs (thawed) 
  3. 1 onion diced
  4. 1 1/2 t Italian seasoning
  5. 1/4 t Red pepper flakes
  6. Sea salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1/4 c chicken broth
  8. (2) Roma tomatoes (sliced)
  9. Sliced mozzarella cheese (for each piece of chicken) 

I was all ready to make dinner tonight and when I went to open the package of chicken, the chicken was bad.  It smelled horribly so I was like what do I do now?  I had just removed it from the fridge, not sure what happened here, but I needed dinner, and quick.  I had an hour!

I removed a package from the freezer, I only had one hour to get this Italian 
chicken from frozen to plate.  What one hour?  Frozen chicken to a yummy Italian chicken dinner?  Whew!  I must be crazy to try to pull this one off, but I had nothing else as back up dinner waiting in the wings to be made.  Do I make it or not?  Let's see.

I removed the frozen chicken from its packaging.  I took out a large glass bowl, added the chicken to it and put about 1/4 c of water in the bottom of the bowl.  I turned on the microwave for 10 minutes.  

Three minutes in, I stopped the microwave and was able to remove the padding from the bottom of the chicken.  I threw it in the trash, and turned the microwave back on for the remaining 7 minutes.

Talk about being under the gun.  I was feeling a little like a Gordon Ramsay contestant on MasterChef.  I do not think I could ever participate in a show where I am constantly wondering if I will be cut and dinner could possibly be a flop for millions to see!  

Good thing I was only in my own cozy kitchen and it was just me and the pup so if it was a fail, we would be the only ones to know!    

I removed the chicken from the microwave when it went off.  I put each piece of chicken in the skillet with the diced onions and about a tablespoon of olive oil.  Below is the directions for this recipe if you already have your chicken thawed.  You know, if you do not open that stinky chicken and just know it is spoiled.  

How to make our recipe for Italian Chicken:

  1. Place thawed chicken thighs in skillet with butter in bottom 
  2. Add diced onion
  3. Season with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper
  4. Add chicken broth
  5. Cover and let cook until chicken is no longer pink
  6. Add tomatoes 
  7. Add sliced mozzarella cheese
  8. Cover and cook until cheese is melted

Okay, next... it's like you do not know me at all if you thought I would leave you with the rest of a can of chicken broth and no way to use the rest of it.  I am not one who likes to be wasteful so of course, I will show you how to use the leftovers!   

So, no time to make mashed potatoes from scratch so it was instant mashed potatoes all the way, I substituted water for chicken broth in the recipe.  Just use the rest of the can, bring to a boil, add the potatoes, and then I used almond milk instead of regular milk (use what you have).  

These potatoes were so creamy made with chicken broth... and they were pretty flavorful too!  We did not even need to salt or pepper them much.    

Waste not, want not... the entire can of chicken broth is used so no need to figure out another menu using it or wasting it.  If you are anything like me, I save the remainder of chicken broth and it ends up in the back of the fridge unused and I end up throwing it away.  I really do hate that when it happens and so I decided that was not happening this time around.

Well, in case you were wondering, dinner was mighty fine, and Mr. VS was a huge fan of this Italian chicken recipe.  Also, can you believe I made it in an hour from frozen chicken to Italian chicken dinner plated in one hour?  Yeah, I could not believe it either!  Whew... so happy to add another recipe to our arsenal that is decent health wise and of course gluten free for me.

Do you make different things every week, or does your menu consist of a lot of the same items?  Honestly, we used to make a lot of the same things every week... it was just easier for me to do that.  I knew what I was making, what to expect when it was completed, if it was something hubby would like, and I just got in a groove.

The groove needed to STOP!  So I let my hair down and got crazy in my kitchen.  

Now?  I enjoy changing menu items up and making new foods for us to try.  Dinner shouldn't be more of the same, and going through the motions.  Reminds me of a commercial, but I do not recall what dinner item they were promoting.  Ha!  Don't get me wrong, I have been guilty of this for years, but now?  I actually look forward to throwing new dinners together and having hubby try them.

Secretly, I think Mr. VS the fact that he has different dinners from week to week.  There is no time for him to tire of more of the same.  I never give him that opportunity now.  

The only thing he can complain about is being a VSG taste tester.  He has the honorary job around here, no pay, and never knows what he will be subjected to, but he does it gracefully, and lucky for him he does it nicely when those dinners that are not worth sharing with y'all are a flop.  

Oh yes, there are those dinners that never see the pages of this blog because they are a debacle.  I just brush myself off, and give it another one of those old college tries and hope for the best the next time around.

Let me know if you give this one a try, we highly recommend it!  Enjoy your week!  Somehow, that day, you know, Monday keeps popping up...  

Interested in other VSG recipes?  Click to read:
  1. Pork chop recipe fried 
  2. Smoked sausage 
  3. Mac & Cheese easy baked
  4. Shrimp stir fry rice
  5. Chicken skillet 

Below are some of my favorite kitchen items and few extras thrown in.  

I can tell you Lock and Locks are the best.  You can throw your leftovers for lunch into your purse, and it will not leak out!  My mother introduced me to these lovelies, thanks Mom!  

These knives are the best I have used.  You do have to be careful when washing them though, I nearly sliced the end of my finger off the first time I washed them.  Now I know better, but they slice right through anything like butter.  I have two sets now.    

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