Garlic Parmesan Chicken Strips

If you want a really easy and tasty meal idea, these chicken strips are it! I love the crunchy exterior with the moist chicken. These take no time at all to throw together and have so much flavor!
Feel free to dip them into whatever sauce you love, but I loved them sans sauce. One thing that would be amazing with them are some garlic mashed potatoes! Yum.
Easy, family-friendly and delicious! What more could you ask for?

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Strips
Adapted from The Recipe Critic
2 large chicken breasts, cut into large strips
½ cup white flour
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. olive oil or melted butter
3 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. paprika
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Set out three bowls. Fill one with the white flour, pepper and salt. Stir. Fill the next bowl with olive oil or butter and minced garlic. Stir. Place the basil, paprika, panko, and parmesan cheese in the last bowl and stir to combine.
3. Place the strips in the flour mixture, then the garlic oil, then the panko mixture making sure to evenly and thoroughly coat each piece.
4. Place the strips on the sheet and place them in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes and then flip the tenders and cook for another 5-8 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.

Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels

Ever since I made these Cranberry Feta Pinwheels during the holiday season, I've been dying to try other varieties. I'd had these turkey cranberry pinwheels saved on my Pinterest for a while now and I decided to finally try them out.
I'm so glad I did because they were so good and would not only make a great appetizer, but an easy, delicious lunch as well!
Only 5 ingredients and you have yourself a winner! The flavors pair so nicely together and I love the soft, chewy texture of these. You've got to try them out!

Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels
Adapted from I Wash You Dry
4 large (10") soft flour tortillas (La Banderita are some of my favorite)
1 (8 oz.) container chive and onion cream cheese
12 deli slices of turkey
1 cup spinach
1 cup dried cranberries

1. Spread 2-3 Tbsp. of the chive and onion cream cheese over one tortilla. Lay 3 slices of turkey, 1/4 cup of spinach and 1/4 cup of dried cranberries on top. Tightly roll up the tortilla into a tube. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Slice into 1-inch pieces when ready to serve.

Thai Coconut Chicken Curry Soup

If you have followed me for a while now, you know that I love all things curry, especially coconut curry. Add some chicken, veggies and tons of other fresh ingredients and you've got one of my favorite meals.

This soup is SO flavorful, comforting and totally hits the spot. I love how it is not only tasty, but good for you as well. This is the perfect "feel better" soup and is a definite crowd pleaser.

Thai Coconut Chicken Curry Soup
Adapted from Cooking Classy
6 oz. pad thai rice noodles or linguine
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. curry powder
2 tsp. red curry paste
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 red bell pepper, sliced into small, thin strips
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (13.5 oz.) can regular or light coconut milk
3 cups cooked and shredded chicken
2 Tbsp. packed light-brown sugar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
salt
5 oz. fresh spinach (4 packed cups)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a large saucepan. Once boiling, add noodles and boil according to directions on package. Drain and rinse with cold water.
2. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 3 minutes, then add another 1/2 Tbsp oil, garlic, curry powder, curry paste, turmeric, and coriander. Sauté 1 minute, then add last 1/2 Tbsp oil and bell pepper and sauté 1 minute more.
3. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir in coconut milk, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in chicken, brown sugar and soy sauce. Season with salt to taste and cook 2 minutes.
4. Stir in spinach, cilantro and lime juice and cook until spinach wilts. Toss in noodles. Serve warm.

Eggnog Brulee Pie

I know, I know...Christmas is over and so are all things eggnog, but I HAD to post this recipe before I completely forgot about it. We had this after Christmas Eve dinner and it was amazing!

I love anything to do with eggnog so this pie was a dream. It had a creamy custard filling and an awesome crunchy cinnamon/sugar brûlée topping that you broiled in the oven. I didn't even know you could do that without a torch!
All in all, this was a perfect way to celebrate the holidays and I think a Christmas Eve pie might become a tradition.

Eggnog Brûlée Crust
Slightly Adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled (I used a store-bought one)
4 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup white sugar
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 1/2 cups eggnog
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Topping:
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
4 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1. In a medium-sized saucepan, whisk together cornstarch and sugar. Whisk in the 4 tablespoons melted butter, eggnog and whipping cream. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is the consistency of a thick pudding. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
2. Preheat oven broiler to high. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
Pour mixture into pie crust and spread evenly. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top. Place under the broiler until the butter and sugar begin to bubble all over the surface--keep a close eye because it doesn't take long.

3. Let pie cool to room temperature, then chill several hours before serving.

My Favorite Recipes of 2016

While I love all the recipes I post, here are some I couldn't get enough of or have made multiple times. They're tried and true and completely delicious!

Baked Monte Cristo Sliders - If there is one thing you need to make in your lifetime, it's these sandwiches. I am not exaggerating either. These are my absolute favorite and I've already made them too many times to count. And even though it sounds weird, do not skip the raspberry jam and powdered sugar. Do not!

Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Oh man these cookies. I'm drooling just looking at them. They are surprisingly so good and you're bound to always have the ingredients on hand. Bananas and chocolate together can never be a bad thing, am I right?

Strawberry Sweet Rolls - These sweet rolls were a bit of a creation of mine and we LOVED them. They have an incredibly soft roll, amazing strawberry filling and delicious strawberry cream glaze. You've got to try them!

Ranch Chicken Enchiladas - I'm pretty sure I made these twice in the same week that I first tried them because they're that good. I'm a huge enchilada and ranch dressing fan so it was a match made in heaven. So good and so easy to throw together!

Broccoli Cheese Pie - Broccoli and cheese were meant to be together and this pie does the combination justice! And that cheese crust??? I don't think I've ever eaten anything more satisfying. It's as amazing as it sounds!

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