Fiesta Lime Chicken (Applebees Copycat)

Fiesta Lime Chicken (Applebees Copycat): Juicy chicken topped with melty cheese and spicy pico. The most delicious thing you can do with chicken in 30 minutes!

Fiesta Lime Chicken

A wise blogger once said:

 


Fiesta Lime Chicken

Boneless skinless chicken breasts are a blank canvas. And they totally are! You can bake them, fry them, grill them ,you name it!

This is one of the MOST flavorful things you can do with chicken. The chicken features a tangy marinade, flavorful sauce,and spicy pico! It is a fiesta in your mouth!

I like making this on the outdoor grill, but if it is getting chilly where you are no worries! A grill pan, or even a cast iron skillet will do just fine.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Fiesta Lime Chicken (Applebees Copycat)
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4 Servings
 
Fiesta Lime Chicken (Applebees Copycat)
Ingredients
  • For the Fiesta Lime Chicken
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Water
  • ⅓ Cup Teriyaki Sauce
  • 3 Teaspoons Garlic
  • ½ Lime, Juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon Tequila (Optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • For the Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Salsa
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • ¼ Teaspoon Parsley, Dried
  • ¼ Teaspoon Hot Sauce, If Desired
  • 2 Cups Colby Jack Cheese, Shredded
  • For the Pico De Gallo
  • 3 Toma Tomatoes (Seeded and Roughly Chopped)
  • ½ Red Onion (Finely Chopped)
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper (Stems/Seeds removed, Finely Chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice, Freshly Squeezed
  • Salt, To Taste
Instructions
  1. In a plastic baggie combine water, teriyaki sauce, lime juice, garlic, tequila,Worcestershire sauce, and ginger. Place chicken into baggie and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  2. For the sauce
  3. In a medium bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, salsa, milk, cajun seasoning, parsley, and hot sauce. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. For the Pico De Gallo
  5. In a medium bowl combine tomatoes, red onion, and jalapeno. Add lime juice, and salt. Mix until well combined.
  6. Lightly grease outdoor grill or grill pan. Heat to medium high. Cook chicken until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  7. During the last few minutes or cooking, spread chicken with sauce and top with shredded cheese.
  8. Top chicken with pico de gallo right before serving.

Fiesta Lime Chicken adapted via Blog Chef

Fiesta Lime Chicken Tips:

  1. Adjust the heat in this recipe by adding more or less cajun seasoning and hot sauce. I also like to enjoy with a dollop of sour cream on the top to cool things down.
  2. You can sub Greek Yogurt for the sour cream in the sauce.
  3. Be sure to throw away and unused marinade.

Fiesta Lime Chicken
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Winner winner chicken dinners from blogs I Heart:

Southwest Chicken Chowder via Shugary Sweets

Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets via Fake Ginger

Southern Smothered Chicken via Grandbaby Cakes

What do you think of this fiesta lime chicken recipe? What if your favorite thing to do with chicken breasts?

Skinny General Tso’s Chicken

Disclosure: This Skinny General Tso’s Chicken recipe is sponsored by Buzz + Bloom Honey via Mom it Forward. All opinions on it’s spicy sweet finger licking deliciousness are my own.

Skinny General Tso's Chicken

Ever stop to wonder why some foods just taste better than others? For example, what makes your homemade pizza tastes 10x better than the big name chain?Or what about your favorite Chinese takeout dish. Authentic local restaurants blow the popular mall chains out of the water!


The deliciousness is in the details! And for our recipe the details=the ingredients.

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That’s why for this recipe I used Buzz + Bloom Honey. It provides the perfect sweet note to balance out the spicy chili paste. Buzz + Bloom Honey is as high quality as they come. It is sourced directly from places like Brazil and India! I’m sure you’ve heard of farm to table, get ready for hive to table!

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What their honey is made WITHOUT is also impressive. All varieties of their honey are gluten free, AND free of artificial flavors/preservatives.

 

Skinny General Tso's Chicken

5.0 from 2 reviews
Skinny General Tso's Chicken
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 4 Servings
 
Skinny General Tso's Chicken: Sticky sweet and spicy chicken that is lick your plate clean good. Tastes just like your favorite deep fried takeout dish.
Ingredients
  • For the Chicken
  • 1 Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Strips
  • 1 Egg + 2 Tablespoons Water, Whisked Together
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper, To Taste
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 Cup Buzz + Bloom Honey
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Hot Crushed Chilli Paste or Sauce
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Ginger, Freshly Grated
  • 2 Teaspoons Corn Starch
Instructions
  1. For the Chicken
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper, Dip in egg mixture. Then coat in seasoned flour mixture.
  4. Place onto prepared pan, and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Flip halfway through cooking time and spray again with non stick cooking spray.
  6. For the General Tso Sauce
  7. In a small bowl, stir soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, water, sesame oil, paprika, chili paste, salt, corn starch, garlic, and ginger together. Set aside.
  8. In a medium sauce pan or wok boil ¼ cup of water and honey. Pour in soy sauce mixture.
  9. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Cool slightly.
  10. Toss chicken pieces and sauce until well combined.

Recipe adapted via Rock Recipes

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Going to try my Skinny General Tso’s Chicken for yourself? Be sure to pick up some Buzz + Bloom Honey at BuzzandBloomhoney.com or select retailers.

What do you think of this General Tso’s Chicken recipe? How would you use Buzz + Bloom Honey in your everyday cooking or dessert recipes?

Copycat Pf Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

Copycat PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps: In the mood for PF Chang’s but don’t want to go out? Try these copycat Lettuce Wraps: savory chicken wrapped inside crisp lettuce. This healthy recipe is perfect as an appetizer or a light supper.

PF Changs Lettuce Wraps

I love to cook, but some days I am just SO SO SO SO SO tired. Heck, there are some days I barely have the energy to dial the pizza guy. (Thank gosh for online ordering, am I right)?


PF Changs Lettuce Wraps

This is one of those easy peasy recipes, you can make even on a busy weeknight. It takes less than 25 minutes from start to finish. You could even make the chicken mixture ahead of time.

The asian flavored chicken cooks up in no time. One pan, dump into lettuce leaves and you are good to go!

Copycat Pf Chang's Lettuce Wraps
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 4 Lettuce Wraps
 
Copycat PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps: In the mood for PF Changs but don't want to go out? Try these copycat Lettuce Wraps: savory chicken wrapped inside crisp lettuce. This healthy recipe is perfect as an appetizer or a light supper.
Ingredients
  • 1Ttablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Ground Chicken
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Sweet Onion, Diced
  • ¼ Cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger, Freshly Grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 (8-ounce) Can wWole Water Chestnuts, Drained and Diced
  • 2 Green Onions, Sliced
  • Salt and Pepper, To Taste
  • 1 Head Butter Lettuce
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned. Drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger,and Sriracha. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in water chestnuts and green onions. Cook for 1-2 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spoon chicken mixture into the center of butter lettuce leaves.

Recipe adapted via Damn Delicious

Copycat PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps

PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps Substitution Tips

1. Feel free to substitute ground turkey, or even textured vegetable protein for the ground chicken.
2. Swap soy sauce for liquid aminos to make this recipe gluten free.

PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps Tips

1. Remove butter lettuce core, and allow water to run through head. Drain on paper towels before separating. This will allow the lettuce to be crisp and refreshing.

What do you think of this copycat PF Chang’s Lettuce Wrap recipe? What is your favorite PF Chang’s Recipe?

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese: Creamy cheesy pasta loaded with crispy bacon and spicy jalapenos. Your favorite bar food turned into a decadent main dish!

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

You know what really grinds my gears?

 

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

I mean besides:
a. Crying kids at the supermarket
b. People who chew loudly (I want you to enjoy my food, but can you do it more quietly? Puh-lease!)
c. The constant stream of political posts on Facebook. Can it just be Christmas urgh!


Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

What really grinds my gears is mac and cheese recipes with just a few little things thrown in. You can’t just put a slice of bacon in regular Mac and Cheese, and call it bacon mac and cheese.Uh-uh!

That is why I didn’t hold back on this Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese recipe. Go big or go home (seriously go take that crying child home, I’m trying to browse the limited edition Chips Ahoy).

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

5.0 from 1 reviews
Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10 Servings
 
Creamy cheesy pasta loaded with crispy bacon and spicy jalapenos. Your favorite bar food turned into a decadent main dish!
Ingredients
  • 1 Pound Dried Pasta (I used Campanelle)
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter, Divided
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 8 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 8 Ounces Velveeta Cheese, Cubed
  • 4 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 Pound Bacon, Diced
  • 5 Jalapenos, Ribs and Seeds Removed, Sliced
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • Salt and Pepper, To Taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Cook pasta according to the box directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large sauce pan cook bacon until crisp. Drain grease, reserving ~1 Tablespoon. Drain bacon on paper towels.
  3. Saute jalapenos for 4-5 minutes or until softened.
  4. In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in milk until heated.
  5. Stir in velveeta, cream cheese, and shredded cheese. Stir until cheeses are completely melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Fold in bacon and jalapeno. Toss with pasta until combined.
  7. Pour into a 9x13 inch pan. In a small bowl, combine remaining 3 tablespoons of butter with bread crumbs. Pour over pasta.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

 

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Adapted via I’m Bored Let’s Go

 

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac And Cheese Trivia Tidbits:

  1. The World Record for eating Jalapeno Poppers is 118 in 10 minutes!
  2. Campanelle is Italian for little bells.

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Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

 

Mac and Cheese Recipes From Blogs I Heart:

Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese via Shugary Sweets

Baked Southern Mac and Cheese via Grandbaby Cakes

French Onion Mac and Cheese viaDinner Dishes Desserts

What do you think of this Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese? What is your biggest pet peeve?

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Turkey Chorizo Sliders

Turkey Chorizo Sliders: Juicy burgers topped with melty cheese and creamy guacamole. This summer supper is easy and so flavorful.

 

Turkey Chorizo Sliders

Haiiii! My name is Krystle, and I hate healthy food. Kale chips, green smoothies, and quinoa can take a hike. Byeeee!


 

I am all about food that is full of melty cheese, juicy dripping beef, and of course a good toasted roll. These turkey chorizo sliders are a little bit healthy and a little bit rock and roll!

 

Turkey Chorizo Sliders

The ground turkey is mixed with flavorful chorizo. Then the whole thing is topped with melty cheese and creamy guac!

 

Turkey Chorizo Sliders

5.0 from 1 reviews
Turkey Chorizo Sliders
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4 Sliders
 
Turkey Chorizo Sliders: Juicy burgers topped with melty cheese and creamy guacamole. This summer supper is easy and so flavorful.
Ingredients
  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey
  • ½ Pound Chorizo Sausage
  • 2 Avocados, Pit Removed
  • ¼ Red Onion
  • 1 Lime, Juiced
  • Salt and Pepper ,to Taste
  • 4 Slider Buns
  • 4 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Slices Tomato
Instructions
  1. For the Easy Guacamole
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados with the back of a fork until smooth. Stir in red onion, lime, and salt/pepper.
  3. For the Turkey Chorizo Sliders
  4. Preheat grill or large skillet.
  5. In a large bowl, combine turkey and chorizo. Form in 4 even patties.
  6. Use your thumb to make an indent in the center of the slider.
  7. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side turning only once. Burgers are done when a meat thermometer readers 165 degrees F.
  8. Place one slice of cheese on each burger. Cook over low heat until melted. If cooking in a skillet, cover with foil.
  9. Generously spread guacamole onto the bottom of half the buns. Top with tomato slice and slider patty.

Turkey Chorizo Sliders adapted via Table For Two

Turkey Chorizo Sliders Shopping Tips

  1.  I used Cacique chorizo in this recipe.
  2. Look for avocados that are slightly soft and dark green.

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Chorizo Recipes From Blogs I Heart:

Latin Burgers via Grandbaby Cakes

Easy Empanadas via The Wicked Noodle

Cheesy Enchilada Pie via I Breathe I’m Hungry

What do you think of these Turkey Chorizo Sliders?

Turkey Chorizo Sliders

Skillet Sausage Rigatoni

Skillet Sausage Rigatoni: Amazingly cheesy pasta with spicy sausage. This creamy comfort food is ready in 30 minutes!

Skillet Sausage Rigatoni

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Growing up one of my favorite meals was rigatoni with tomato sauce and cheese, or as we called them sewer pipes! However, our busy weeknight schedule doesn’t leave time for slowly simmered sauce and 1 hour+ in the oven.


Skillet Sausage Rigatoni

That’s why I love this skillet version. All the same flavors with half the time and effort!

You can skip the hours of simmering sauce with Ragu’s new Homestyle Traditional Sauces! This new line of thick & hearty sauces uses  peeled, chopped ,and simmered ingredients for taste that really is just as good as homemade.

Ragu Sauce

I love that they’re made without any artificial colors/flavors or high fructose corn syrup.

The result is a delicious and flavorful dish that’s sure to please the whole family for dinner. Leftovers are great heated up for lunch too!

 

Skillet Sausage Rigatoni

Ragu Homestyle sauces come in five delicious flavors. For this recipe I used the I used the traditional variety.

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Skillet Sausage Rigatoni
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6 Servings
 
Skillet Sausage Rigatoni: Amazingly cheesy pasta with spicy sausage. This creamy comfort food is ready in 30 minutes!
Ingredients
  • 1 23 Ounce Jar of Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Traditional Sauce
  • 1 LB Italian Sausage (or Plain Sausage with 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning)
  • 1½ Cups Heavy Cream
  • 15 Ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 2 Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
  • 1LB Rigatoni Pasta
  • 1⁄2 Cup Fresh Parsley, Chopped
Instructions
  1. Place pasta in bowl with boiling water & leave to soak. Stir 2­3 times in the first ten
  2. minutes.
  3. Combine ricotta cheese, cream and Ragu sauce.
  4. Heat sauce mixture and 1⁄4 cup parsley on stove over medium heat until bubbling.
  5. Add sausage and mash through with a potato masher, leaving some chunks. Simmer until the cooked through.
  6. Add 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and quickly stir through.
  7. Drain pasta and add to sauce, stirring through so that the pasta is evenly distributed
  8. through the sauce.
  9. Top with remaining shredded mozzarella and sliced cheese sticks. Cover and cook over a very low heat for ten minutes.
  10. Preheat oven broiler and place Ziti under broiler for 5 minutes.
  11. Garnish with remaining parsley and serve immediately.

Skillet Sausage Rigatoni

Looking for more easy Italian recipes? Check out the Ragu website!

What do you think of this Skillet Sausage Rigatoni?

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