Summery Treats: Grilled Mustard Chicken and Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Apparently I made a bunch of seasonal summery foods this year, and I am running out of time to share them before it is essentially Christmas. I apologize. But at the same time, I don’t. If you’re like me, you might make some recipes immediately upon seeing them, or you might save them for later to get re-excited about them, OR you might even make dishes during the “wrong” time of the year.

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Throw-together Grilled BBQ Chicken

Now that we have a grill, I have been using it multiple times a week each week. It’s less about not heating up the house and more about just enjoying the way the food tastes. Most weeks I grill chicken thighs with some seasoning and either yogurt/sour cream/mayo/olive oil rubbed on top. The second part helps keep the chicken moist as it grills. K really likes the outside of the chicken to get a little dry and this technique has allowed me to do that, making almost a bit of a crust, while allowing the inside to be moist and tender.

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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

I’ve made jambalaya, and I guess I assumed I had made gumbo…but nope. This was a first. I don’t even know if I’ve eaten it before. So, this is not the place to come for confirming authenticity. In fact, I’m pretty sure this should be spicy. I omitted the cayenne pepper because we are weaklings here. I also added more vegetables because I wanted it to be more of a one-pot meal (1 bell pepper and 2 ribs of celery to serve 6?). I also could barely find kielbasa at my local grocery store, so andouille was out of the question. We enjoyed this, and I liked the mix of chicken with sausage.

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Chicken and Green Bean Stir Fry

I’m here to share a relatively simple recipe that I’ve been making many iterations of recently. To start, you could change the meat and/or vegetable. You could also change the ingredients and amounts…this is a working recipe you can follow strictly, but it is best if you experiment. Sometimes I need more or less of an ingredient (or cooking time) depending on how everything is cooking.

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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Sandwich

Sometimes I get really tired of slow cooker meals. They can be easy but not always full of flavor. This one manages to still pack flavor while being relatively simple with the ingredients. I also like that it uses boneless and skinless chicken thighs, which aren’t often called for with slow cooker recipes.

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Chicken Ghee Skillet Roast

This was a recipe I had to make. I had all of the ingredients…I did end up buying some extra chicken to make a larger batch for leftovers, and I needed a lime, but that was minor. I love recipes where I can just use my pantry. Don’t you?

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Spanish Braised Chicken with Sherry and Saffron

I know, I know, here I am with another braised chicken recipe. Well, whatever, it seems to be the thing to do these days. At least in my world. Or in my house. I’m not saying you have to do it, but here is another option to tempt you. This one seems kind of weird, but I was able to convince K when he knew egg would be in the sauce and on top. That sounds like a win for him.  I’d rate this dish as middling-fussy. You have to do a little stove cooking and then wait for a bit with it in the oven, and then finish with a sauce. But, you could read a book during the oven time, browse the internet, play a video game…I don’t know what you people without kids do with your free time. I don’t remember free time. Aaaaannnnyyyway, if you have made braised chicken before and want to try something different, or just were waiting for a different recipe to make you start braising chicken, here you go.

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