Recipe Share : Chris’ Hot Chicken Salad

With a post drought well in effect here on my blog.  I figured I’d share a pretty good recipe I came up with.  (Not like it’s an earth shattering recipe in cooking)  

As a parent whose got the opposite work schedule as my wife and daughter, it’s pretty hard to balance chores family time and responsibilities.  (Which is ultimately where my lack of time for here comes in.)

So most of my work at home is done in the kitchen.  (Usually, she doesn’t get home until 6ish, so dinner has to be done!)  This has been like this for about 8 months.

Since then, I’ve gone from making boxed Hamburger Helper meals and Stuffed Peppers to entries featured at your local mom and pop diners.  Honestly, I’m kind of shocked on how I’ve grown as a cook since then!  

Anyhoo, I’ll stop rambling and get down to what may be my own creation!  Or at least my own take on a nice bowl of chicken salad!

CHRIS’ HOT CHICKEN SALAD (Serves 4)

(FYI, yeah this is my first name…so yeah SPOILER!)

Ingredients

1 Green Pepper

1  Zuccini

1-2 Dozen Cherry Tomatoes 

1 Yellow Onion

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (enough to generously coat 2 large skillets)

Dry Dill Weed (4 tsp)                          

Italian Seasoning (2 tsp)       

Poultry Seasoning (4 Tbl spoons)   

1.25 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

2 Tbl spoons Lemon Juice

4 tsp Kosher Salt

6 tsp Black Pepper

1/2 Bottle Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (or any ranch dressing)

1 box Stove Top stuffing (Chicken, Turkey or Savory Herb flavors)

4 Tbl spoons butter or margarine (for stuffing)


INSTRUCTIONS 

Dice all vegetables leaving them semi-thick, for the exception of the cherry tomatoes.  

Cut the chicken into quarters, lightly salt and pepper, generously coat with poultry seasoning.

Cook stuffing a medium sauce pan (Which can be done anytime really.) Just follow the directions on the box.

Begin heating two large skillets with Olive oil, making sure to coat the pans well.  Sprinkle in Italian Seasoning into the coated pans.  Heat them on medium heat to warm the oil.  

Add in chicken into one pan, then use the other for the veggies.

Cook chicken 2 mins on medium, turn and repeat until turned 5 times.  (Obviously until there is NO PINK)

Cook veggies until they soften, but DO NOT sautee and make them mushy. Lower heat for veggies and turn off heat for the chicken.  

ADD 2 tsp of black pepper and 2 Tbl spoons of lemon juice to VEGGIES.

Drizzle ranch dressing onto the vegetables the same way you would a normal salad.  

Plate the cooked ingredients veggies, chicken and a 3/4-1 cup of stuffing on top.

Rest assured, this is a delicious and health conscious dish even a 4yr old would like.  And here the proof!!

See!!!!

Anyways, hope you enjoy this as much as we did!!  

Be sure to LIKE, REBLOG, COMMENT AND SHARE if you did!!

Before I go, I’d like to thank you guys for all of the comments, follow, shares, etc throughout the year and a half I’ve been writing.  YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!

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Crash!!

Yeah…so this what sound my family wakes up to yesterday.  Wonderful!

This is why people gotta keep their eyes on the road and get your sleep.

Everyone was okay and nobody got hurt.  (Including the incompetent driver)  Although Grace, Louie and my neighbor were all within 5ft of being killed by the truck.  
 

Tuesday Feature: “Does this go in the Garbage or the Recycle Bin? – XP and Leveling up!

As a new feature for Tuesday, I’ll be going over things seen in video games of the past and current.  Things that WERE great, should be added or just plain taken out of games.  The purpose of this is purely thought provoking and I hope you enjoy it!

Back in the day, pen and paper games ruled the terms “leveling” and gaining “experience”.  Once games caught onto how “rad” this concept was, fantasy games began featuring them on a standard basis.  Which is ultimately where the modern-day fantasy RPG (Role-playing game) came in.

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Ahhhhh….the memories!     CRED

Both of these concepts gave new depths to the games we played, by allowing new abilities and tweaks to the gameplay, through progression.  Which is great, as you get to truly see your characters grow as you play.  What made it great then, was that every action you performed was tracked numerically and you were able to be aware of any character progression.

In RPG games, it worked so damn well, that everyone wanted to get onto the xp and level-up bandwagon.  Why not?  Leveling up, getting loads of experience and reaching greater heights in progression can be addictive.  It is, REALLY addictive and pretty fuckin’ fun.  But at what rate has it become too much?  Why does it have to be included in the development of a title?  But is this the addiction talking?

Borderlands, CoD, Battlefield, Dynasty Warriors, Online Fighting games, Far Cry, the list goes on.  There aren’t many  current non-RPG AAA games that carry some sort of XP system.  Is it really necessary?!  Do we HAVE to get the endless progression points to be able to really get joy out of our gameplay?

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Dew check….Doritos…check.  Rinse/Repeat 100 times.  DIABETES                  CREDIT

Personally, I feel it’s saturated beyond belief, it doesn’t need to be trashed from triple AAA games.  It just needs to be executed well!!

Rachet & Clank is a perfect example of the blend.  The game is all about blowing shit up, and that objective NEVER changes!  Gaining levels gives you not just more powerful guns, it evolves them!  Which feels nice and rewarding!

Honestly, you have Call of Duty, Battlefield and all other shooters, that reward you xp for everything.  It’s one thing, to make a headshot from 200+ meters, but simply killing people is just a way to make shit addictive.  However, one thing I did love were the side objectives, like say killing 3 in a row with a knife; that’s cool and requires a little skill.    The little tasks are just gameplay, which

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What can I say, earning XP here felt like an accomplishment!!  – CREDIT

What I’m getting at is, that we need to stop chasing numbers and grinding.  WE ALL HATE GRINDING!  But gaining XP for everything, jumping through hoops to gain a level or two, just isn’t worth it people.

There games that would be nothing if you took away the grind from them.  Would you miss them? Truly?

We all grind not because we want to, but because we have to, in order to progress.

What does that statement remind you of….

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Yup…..work.     CREDIT

Games aren’t work, they’re entertainment!

 

New Weekly Post Feature!!! You hated me or didn’t realize I existed! – Resident Evil Outbreak!!

Okay!  Before I begin, just letting you know, I won’t be making ANY posts on THURSDAYS and FRIDAYS!!  This is my personal and family time!  Also, I considering making weekly themed stuff for my posting days and I’ll try to keep those consistent.

With that said, I wanted to make my first venture into the titles that most either hated, got ignored were overall under-appreciated.  Now these are my games that I’ve played, not a title somebody else put up.

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Image Cred – www.warnerbros.com/

This title was WAYYYY ahead of its time!  First, it was designed to be a three-person ONLINE co-op survival horror game!  That’s right, this was AFTER the Gamecube got Resident Evil 4 and I just before the Resident Evil Remake.  Capcom was kinda torn on which way it was going with the series and figured they should visit Raccoon City, one more time!

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Okay, reporter lady, which way do we go?  Through the window?  Ladies first!

First, this game was separated into two different installments under: File #1 and File #2.  Each had different settings in Raccoon City, which were: downtown area, Umbrella’s underground lab, hospital, a hotel ON FIRE, university, a zoo, subway, Raccoon Forest, Police State (RPD) and the big finale escape.  All of these, lengthy scenarios that take you through many of the areas, seen in both Resident Evil 2 and 3 (Nemesis).

Here is one of the most badass intro movies in video games

Much of the game plays like the old Resident Evil games; with tank controls, item menus, limited ammo, being outnumbered by enemies.  Along with it; there is melee combat, degrading weapons, special abilities and all the classic RE elements.  Another great feature is the ability to chose from 8 different characters, whom have their own abilities, unique personalities, response and storylines.

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Hey, what’s in that capsule?!  Is that… Akuma, from Street Fighter?!?!

Image Cred – Playstation.com

Clearly, the name of the game is survival, which can be done solo, with two AI partners or other players online.  Not only, do you have to keep an eye on your health gauge and condition, there is the virus meter.  If you get to 100% your just as dead as you would be if you run out of health, and if your online; you had the chance to return as a zombie and kill the other players.    (Yeah Valve, Left 4 Dead was a pretty unique concept!)

If that wasn’t enough, most enemies will not go down without unloading your weapons into them.  Sometimes you have to fight, other times you don’t, very much like the earlier RE games.

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Oh no!  It’s a Pincer Attack!!        

Image Cred – http://www.meristation.com/

Once you start getting through scenarios, you soon learn, that there is more than one way to beat each scenario, tons of things to unlock and cutscenes only seen through certain characters eyes.

So, WHAT KILLED IT?

The game was mired by all kinds of shit; no voice chat support, NPC emote responses that were annoying, high difficulty, unreliable AI partners and WORST OF ALL, it required a broadband connection.  So what? SOOOOO??????

Okay kiddies, if you don’t remember, back then, if you wanted to use broadband, you had to buy an expansion pack, just so you could play online.  In 2004, Broadband was just getting into most households and was a poor marketing decision on Capcom’s behalf.  Had it been released when the PlayStation Network kicked off, this game would’ve been a monumental success.  But it didn’t, Capcom tried to be bold in a time when .com bubble was just beginning to expand and lost.

In my opinion, having these not available on current gen systems IS A CRIME.  I still own both Outbreak file 1 and file 2.  Nearly completed each one and WILL NEVER GET RID OF THEM.  To this day, I’d still go back and play it!  (That’s how good this was!!)  Although, playing through these games offline are an extreme challenge, I highly recommend them!

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Your gonna make it….to the bathroom….I PROMISE!

Don’t let the reviews fool you, this is one of those cult classic video games, all horror fans will love!

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Make it happen, Crapcom!

 

 

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