Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets

Just like Chick-Fil-A, but it tastes 10000x better! And the homemade honey mustard is out of this world!

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets - Just like Chick-Fil-A, but it tastes 10000x better! And the homemade honey mustard is out of this world!

I have always been somewhat of a late adopter in almost all aspects of life. I was one of the last people on earth to start wearing converse “chucks”. Or make the switch to skinny jeans. I was also very late on the iPhone adoption. And now I’m one of the last people to finally try Chick-fil-A.

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One Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta

A super easy one pot cheesy pasta dish loaded with tangy BBQ sauce and crisp bacon – even the pasta gets cooked right in the pot!

One Pot BBQ Chicken Pasta - Loaded with tangy BBQ sauce and crisp bacon. It's so easy, even the pasta gets cooked right in the pot!

It’s been a bit hectic here the last couple of days. Butters was neutered and Jason had LASIK surgery so between taking care of my boys, I’ve had very little time in the kitchen! Thank goodness for the one pot meal. It saved us from ordering mediocre take-out! Plus, with BBQ sauce, cheese and bacon, you just can’t go wrong.

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Quinoa Chicken Parmesan

With an amazingly crisp quinoa crust, you’ll never guess that this is actually so healthy and packed with tons of protein!

Quinoa Chicken Parmesan - With an amazingly crisp quinoa crust, you'll never guess that this is actually so healthy!

I had a random craving for chicken parmesan the other night so I set out to the kitchen to whip up my favorite baked chicken parmesan recipe. But I quickly realized that I was out of breadcrumbs, so I took a risk and tried out a quinoa crust instead – and boy, was I in for a treat.

Quinoa Chicken Parmesan - With an amazingly crisp quinoa crust, you'll never guess that this is actually so healthy!

Quinoa Chicken Parmesan - With an amazingly crisp quinoa crust, you'll never guess that this is actually so healthy!

Quinoa Chicken Parmesan - With an amazingly crisp quinoa crust, you'll never guess that this is actually so healthy!

I was definitely a bit skeptical about the use of quinoa but it worked out so well. With a simple flour-egg-quinoa prep, the quinoa is baked to a wonderful crispness right in the oven. And when you slather on that melted mozzarella and marinara sauce, you’ll completely forget that this is actually completely healthy and nutritious!

Quinoa Chicken Parmesan - With an amazingly crisp quinoa crust, you'll never guess that this is actually so healthy!

Quinoa Chicken Parmesan

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Quinoa Chicken Parmesan

With an amazingly crisp quinoa crust, you'll never guess that this is actually so healthy and packed with tons of protein!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise in half
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, homemade or storebought
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  • In a large saucepan of 1 1/2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions. Stir in Italian seasoning.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Working in batches, dredge chicken in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in quinoa mixture, pressing to coat.
  • Place chicken onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Top with cheeses and marinara. Place into oven and bake until cheeses have melted, about 5 more minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with basil, if desired.

Notes

Adapted from Closet Cooking

http://damndelicious.net/2014/06/23/quinoa-chicken-parmesan/

Bang Bang Chicken

Amazingly crisp chicken bites drizzled with sweet chili mayo – so good, you’ll want to double or triple the recipe!

Bang Bang Chicken - Amazingly crisp chicken bites drizzled with sweet chili mayo - so good, you'll want to double or triple the recipe!

So our move back to Los Angeles has officially begun. The movers came yesterday and after 8 very long hours, they packed everything into a truck and started making their way down south. We will be meeting them at our new place on Monday but until then, we will be cruising along the California coast with our puppy. We’re both so excited since this is our first family trip with Butters!

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