Category Archives: Chicken

Cajun Gumbo Soup

This is an easy Gumbo.  You can put it together in less than 30 minutes and let it simmer for 3o minutes. It is better the next day.  The flavors have time to develop and the zucchini can thicken the gumbo.  That’s right!  The squash is a substitute for okra which is usually used in most gumbos.  It is hard to find fresh okra in the winter so the zucchini is perfect.  For me this soup ranks right up there with this and also with this.  It  has been a favorite for years while  the other two are new kids on the block.  

Pair this with cooked rice and crunchy buttered toast and you will satisfy any hunger.  

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Chicken Salad

Here is what I cooked up for lunch today!  Very quick and very good!

Yesterday when preparing another chicken dish I had an extra boneless chicken breast.   Being extremely busy with  two  recipes going at once I put the chicken breast in a small saucepan and cooked in water for about 10 minutes.  Cooked, cooled and put in the refrigerator.  Job done!  I  did not want to waste the chicken.  Really I had no plans for it until I was on my way home from work starving!!

I do love chicken salad.  One of my favorites is on the menu at the  Swan House in Buckhead along with their frozen fruit salad.   Anyway cooked chicken is so versatile it can put together in many combinations.  So go for it! It  is a perfect dish for the novice cook.  All cooking required is the chicken.  And really you don’t even have to do that.  Use a rotisserie chicken!  In some stores you can buy them for a cheaper price than you can cook at home.  So don’t be afraid go make an original chicken salad that you and your family can enjoy.

Here is how I put this together:

  • 1 large cooked chicken breast ( Use leftover chicken or turkey) cut into chunks
  • 1/2 celery stalk thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green onion top thinly sliced
  • 10 red grapes halved
  • 8 pecan halves broken into pieces
  • Hellman’s mayonnaise enough to make slightly creamy
  • Paula Deen’s seasoned salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together and serve over salad greens and enjoy every bite!  Serves 1 hungry person.

Happy Cooking,

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Filed under Chicken, chicken salad, Cooking, easy, fruits, grapes, healthy, quick, Recipes

Chicken Pie

This takes 10 minutes to put together!

This is one of my favorite comfort foods.  Chicken Pie!!!  This is quick to make and easy.  While it is baking you can do whatever for 45 minutes.  You know fold laundry,  help with homework, call your mother.

To make this even easier I just pulled leftover turkey out of the freezer.  I have used a roasted chicken purchased at the grocery or just cooked 2 large chicken breast.  Any method is a snap.

I paired it here with a salad , but any steamed or roasted vegetables will do.  I just don’t think that there is a serving of vegetables in the pie.  Okay here is the recipe for the easiest Chicken Pie ever!

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Parmesan Chicken and Pasta with Anna’s Easy Tomato Sauce

They got the most votes!

Yesterday my room was as if we were in a famous Italian restaurant.  I had teachers, administrators and students sticking their head in the door to see what we were cooking up.  Garlic in olive oil, then add oregano and  basil.  It permeated the halls making everyone hungry.  The food both classes made was the best!  All involved had really paid attention to the demo and seemed to know what they were doing.  

They had a lot of fun setting up for the photographs for the blog.  It is so funny to see some of the students wiping off the plates to make a better presentation.  The food network  has really changed the way we do a lot of things in the kitchen.   

This is a quick and easy meal to put together.  You can prepare it  and plate it up in about 45 minutes.  

Let’s get to the recipes.  The Parmesan Chicken came from Gracious Goodness  by The Junior League of Macon.  This cookbook is fantastic.   The Easy Tomato Sauce came from my best friend Anna.  She is a fantastic cook and you will be seeing more of her recipes later.  

Here are the photos to help you along and the recipes after that.  ENJOY! 

Butterfly 4 large boneless chicken breasts

Bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese

Half stick butter cubed

Dip chicken in milk

Coat with crumbs (I use a fork)

Place a cube of butter in skillet and top with a piece of chicken

 Cook for about 7 minutes on each side. Here we used an electric skillet at 325 degrees.  I like using the skillet because you can get about eight servings in at once.  Adjust the temperature according to your skillet.  Some may cook faster and you will need to turn the heat down.  If yours seems to cook slower turn it up a bit.  Peak at it before the time is up.  It should be golden brown.  Your timing is important ,too.  Chicken cooked too long will be very dry. 

Why do some want to take a bent-edge spatula and push all the juices out of  the chicken?  I don’t understand it!!  I guess they don’t realize they are pushing out all of the juice and making it dry and tasteless.  

Notice another cube of butter on chicken before turning

 Cook for another 7 minutes or until it is done.  Remember don’t overcook it.  

2 Cans of Italian Tomatoes

Before you add 2 cans of diced Italian tomatoes saute a clove of garlic diced in a little olive oil.  Forgot to take that picture.  Sorry.  Then add seasonings 

Add 1/2 teaspoon of oregano

1/2 teaspoon of Basil ( add bay leaf,too)

Simmer for about 15 minutes and serve over your favorite pasta.  Top with parmesan cheese.  So easy and so delicious.  Thanks to Anna!!! 

Second place only by 10 Votes!!

Here are the recipes for both: 

Parmesan Chicken 

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or more to taste
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • milk

Mix all dry ingredients together.  Dip chicken in milk, then in bread crumb mixture to coat.  Saute in butter over medium heat until done. About 7 minutes on each side.  Chicken will be browned and crisp. 

Anna’s Easy Tomato Sauce 

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 28 oz. Italian tomatoes or 2 small cans
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cooked pasta of your choice about 14 oz.

Saute garlic in olive oil.  Add tomatoes and seasonings.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Serve over pasta.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 


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Filed under Chicken, Cooking, easy, pasta, quick, Recipes, Tomato

Paula Deen’s Szechaun Chicken

1st Block Kitchen 5

1st Block Kitchen 5

These last two days have been really crazy for me.  Yesterday the local government station here came to film my class.  Yes, they did!!  I have never done anything quite like this.  Years ago I was on WSB radio, but you know no one can see you. All you have to worry about is what you say.  On TV you have to worry about how fat you look, or did you have a stupid grin on your face or if you have lipstick on your teeth and much much more.   I was a little scared.  No ! I was alot scared. My Tennessee friend called the day before to see if she could help with makeup and hair.  I needed some mental help…….but  I made it through without doing anything really stupid.  At least I think I did.  We’ll see when the broadcast is played for God and everyone to see .  Oh my Gosh,  I don’t know if I can stand to watch myself.  I have never watched a video of myself.  I’m too scared!!

Because there were six extra  people in my room some of which had cameras or lights it was hard for my students to concentrate on my demonstration.  At least that’s the excuse  I’m using for why some of them had no clue as to what they were doing in class today.  Now mind you 60% of them knew when to add the soy sauce or how to mince the ginger, but the other 40% were really struggling and I do mean struggling.  I will say that they all finished in time to eat,  clean their kitchens and get to the next class on time.  That is a good  thing!!! We are definitely discussing why it is important to know what you are doing before class.  It was if someone hit instant replay on my name all morning.  I must have heard it a million times!

This recipe is from Paula Deen”s  first cookbook and it is delicious.  Very Healthy!!  Very Tasty!!

I did not take pictures yesterday. Too nervous and forgot!  So today I took pictures as my students prepared their meal. Great job!!

This should make it easy for you to prepare for yourself and guests.  Let me be the first to say that this recipe is going to get you a lot of compliments.  No more Chinese takeout for you.   By the way my perfume of the day was sesame oil and hot chili paste.  I was a walking advertisement for my class.

3- 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts Butterflied

Butterfly with kitchen shears

Green Onions

Slice a bunch of green onions

Yellow Pepper

Slice a Yellow and Red Pepper

Broccoli Florets

Need a bunch of broccoli Florets

Fresh Ginger

1 1/2 tsp. minced fresh ginger

Sesame Oil

1 T Sesame Oil

Soy Sauce

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

I did not take pictures of two items.  I was busy running around putting out fires.  Not really, just helping the lost.

4 Tablespoons of Chili Paste

                                                                                   2 Minced garlic cloves

Cooking Chicken

Cooking Chicken in Sesame Oil & 2 T chili Paste

What happened to this photograph?  Oh my!!!!!!

We used an electric skillet for convenience in class.  I recommend that you use a large skillet or wok.  Do not worry about the paste turning a dark color and sticking to the pan.  I panicked the first time I prepared it, but you will deglaze the pan in the end.  The flavor will be incredible.

Take the chicken out after cooking about 4 minutes on each side.  Let it rest 5 min. and slice with the grain into long strips.  Let your husband, children, or guests do this while you finish the vegetables.

Angel Hair Pasta

Keep Angel Hair Pasta Hot

The recipe calls for 1 lb. of angel hair pasta.  I found this to be too much.  The chicken and vegetables make about 6 servings so make pasta accordingly.

Cooked Vegetables

This looks so good!

Add broccoli, onions, and peppers to the skillet as soon as you take out the chicken.  Pour soy sauce, 2 T of Chili paste, garlic, and about 1/4 cup of water and cook vegetables until just tender.

Sliced Cooked Chicken

Good job slicing the chicken!!

Add the sliced chicken to the vegetables and serve over hot angel hair pasta.  This is too good to be true.

Thanks to Paula Deen .  Here is her original recipe.

Szechuan Chicken with Angelhair Pasta

  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chili-garlic sauce ( I found this in the vegetable section of the grocery.  It comes in a tube like toothpaste)
  • 4 boneless chicken breast ( I butterfly them so they will be thinner and cook faster)
  • 1 lb. of angelhair pasta ( I decreased the amount)
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli crowns cut into florets
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut into strips
  • 12 green onions thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 11/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup water ( I added this especially if the skillet is hot a lot of the liquid will evaporate and you will need more)

Heat the oil and 2 tablespoons of the chili sauce in a large skillet over medium heat: add the chicken, and cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.  Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to boil for pasta.  Add pasta to boiling water, cook as directed on package, and drain.  Remove the chicken from the pan and cut it into strips.  Add the broccoli, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, remaining chili sauce, soy sauce and ginger to the skillet.  Cook the vegetables stirring until they are crisp tender.  Add the chicken strips and cook until heated through.  Serve over the pasta.

Here is the 2nd place winner of the Iron Chef!

1st Block 3rd Kitchen

1st Block 3rd Kitchen

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks


Filed under Chicken, Chicken stir fry, Cooking, easy, quick, Recipes, vegetables

SOUP Day—Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup --yummy

Chicken Tortilla Soup --yummy

I am on a mission for the next couple of weeks!  That is nothing unusual though.  Having a mission in life is a good thing.  I have to present four twenty minute talks to about two hundred freshmen parents.  The topic is feeding hungry teenagers with good healthy food and doing it quickly.  What popped  in my mind first was the crockpot.  You have to use this if you walk through the door at 6:00 PM and the teens are demanding food at 6:01PM.  This is a recipe that I have used many many times .  The name says soup, but to me it is more like a stew.  To make it more of a soup add more tomato sauce.  Try it when you are in a time crunch it will be a hit!!

Chicken Tortilla Soup (Stew)

  • 4 chicken breast
  • 2 15 oz. cans of black beans                                                                 

    Here is what you need

    Here is what you need

  • 2 15 oz. cans of Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 cup salsa ( I used the whole jar)
  • 4 oz. chopped green chilies
  • 1 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • Tortilla chips
  • Monterey Jack cheese


 Put all the ingredients except tortilla chips and cheese into the crockpot.  Cook on low for about 8 hours. Just before serving take out the chicken and shred with a fork.  Place back in the crockpot.  In a bowl place chips with cheese and ladle soup on top.  This makes about 10 servings.  You can easily half the recipe.  The shredded chicken is great in chicken quesadillas . 


Using a liner saves on clean up

Using a liner saves on clean up










Remove chicken from the crockpot

Remove chicken from the crockpot


Shred with a fork

Shred with a fork and add back to crock pot

Cube or shred cheese

Cube or shred cheese

Add chips and cheese .  Then ladle in the soup!

Add chips and cheese . Then ladle soup!



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Filed under Cheese, Chicken, Crock Pot, easy, healthy, quick, Soup, Tortilla Soup