Breaded Garlic Chicken Chunks Dinner Recipe #recipe #foodie

I have been on a mission to stop cooking boxed meals for dinner. Being that I wasn’t that great of a cook and didn’t spend time learning, I always reached for that boxed meal. The time came when I realized I could get more for my dollar if I started cooking from scratch. The first cookbook that really helped get my creative cooking juices flowing was $5 Dinner Mom, I highly recommend this book. I now work to create my own dinner meal ideas so that my large family can have more food without us breaking the bank to feed them. Today I share with you my Breaded Garlic Chicken Chunks Dinner recipe, the other day I shared my Chicken Parm for Larger Families Recipe.

Breaded Garlic Chicken Chunks Recipe for Dinner

Breaded Garlic Chicken Chunks
Serves 5
A delicious treat of garlic and chicken for the cold winter season.
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 tbs minced garlic
  2. 1 1/3 cups olive oil
  3. 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  4. 2 cups bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Heat garlic & olive oil until warm on stove top.
  3. Cut chicken breasts into 1" chunks
  4. Place chicken chunks in a bowl. Place breading in a bowl. Place the garlic & oil mix in another bowl. 3 Bowls total.
  5. Dip chicken chunks into garlic and oil bowl.
  6. Dip same chicken chunk into bread crumbs, ensuring the chicken chunk is completely covered in bread crumbs.
  7. Place in a casserole dish in a single layer at first, adding second layer of chicken if necessary.
  8. Repeat prior steps of dipping chicken chunks until the casserole dish is full of raw breaded chicken chunks.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until chicken reaches the recommended temperature for fully cooked chicken.
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It is How it Is, Just Deal With It

Three kids in the woodsI can be what some call a pushover mom or a softy with some things that have to do with parenting my children, or being in charge of any children for that matter. I firmly feel that there is a different between choosing when you can be somewhat “soft” and when you have to be firm with a child. The theme that comes to mine is “pick your battles”, obviously if you have said no and the child continues to ask why or debate the topic with you then you stand firm. With that being said if you chose not to quite give a solid yes or no to a question, bad idea by the way, then you can be soft on the topic if it’s not some major thing.

There is a few areas where I am firm and simply tell my kid that this is how it is. There is no negotiating. There is no changing my mind. My decision has been made. That is when it comes to meals, I work from home. I don’t make that much money each year when you consider the size of my family. If I were not a Mom and simply just a woman working from home, well I would be made financially probably. That is not the case. I am a Mom of three. My money is hard earned and I buy food to keep the kids healthy and nourished but cannot afford to have many extras all of the time.

With breakfast and lunch there are usually choices. Basically for breakfast I let the kids order from me as if we are in some restaurant because I enjoy cooking a nice breakfast for the kids. With lunch there are usually two options laid out because it’s just not as important of a family meal to me as dinner time. Speaking of dinner, that is the one meal where I cook what I cook and you just accept that. There is no ordering as if we are in a restaurant. Deal with it.

Thankfully my kids have grown up knowing that I am this way, that they have some negotiating room for lunch as well as breakfast but dinner is set in stone. The way I deal with dinner is that I do take into consideration what each child likes to eat combine that with maybe a new food option here & there, this enables them to have something they like while also requiring that they at least try something new.

Christmas Tree Cut DownEach child must try a new food before attempting to plead they do not like it. If they do not try the food, they go without. I stick firm by this. There are many a nights where my youngest went to bed that night without dinner. Being that my youngest is super stubborn there were weeks where he would go 4-5 nights without dinner because he would flat out refuse to try anything new. Then finally once I stood my ground forever, he finally started to try new things, just to determine that he truly doesn’t like anything.

It is difficult to find any meal that my youngest actually likes because every sort of meal option I serve for dinner, he has tried without successfully liking it. My oldest and middle child usually like whatever they try, even my six year old will admit “well I don’t really like this a lot but it’s okay” and he will eat it.

I love that I have taught my kids that in some areas of life I stand firm and they accept that without question. There isn’t a fight about it, there isn’t this big issue over the food, nothing. They simply accept the rules and are just fine after trying the meal.

Campbell’s Skillet Sauces – Chicken Marsala #food #dinner

Anyone ready for a quick 15 minute dinner? Well I know I am. As a busy work from home mother of three, I am always on the look out for a yummy quick dinner option.

Campbell’s Skillet Sauces knows busy families need delicious quick meal options and they nailed it with their skillet sauces that come in the following flavors:

  • Creamy Chipotle with Roasted Corn & Black Beans
  • Marsala with Mushrooms & Garlic
  • Thai Green Curry with Lemongrass & Basil
  • Toasted Sesame with Garlic & Ginger
  • Fire Roasted Tomato with Red Bell Peppers & Chiles
  • Scampi with White Wine & Garlic

I decided to go with the Marsala option first as it’s something I know I really love and was curious how good it tasted. I have only tried chicken Marsala in restaurants before so this was a fun test drive for me.  First you brown the chicken and then in just about five minutes you have the sauce simmer after being brought to a boil in the skillet pan.  Simple. Easy. Quick.

This is the first time I think I have ever made a delicious looking meal at home and it tasted great too. The person who I had over to eat dinner with me on this particular evening gobbled this meal down so quick and stated they may have to purchase this their own self. It was that good.

The taste was just as good as what I have had in restaurants in the past and for much lower of a price. Campbell’s Skillet Sauces are available at grocery stores nationwide alongside boxed dinner kits, marinades, sauces, gravy or broth. If you’re unable to find the sauces in your local grocery story, please ask the store manager or contact Campbell’s Consumer Response Center at 855.374.6588.

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If Only the Big Bad Wolf Was Real…

My three year old son is obsessed with the big bad wolf, if you ask him he will tell you he “isn’t scared of anything, not even the big bad wolf”. Then he will proceed to tell you that he will just punch him in the face. This kid has a mouth on him the size of Texas, no joke. Since he will be in preschool soon, hopefully, I am working on figuring out how to properly redirect his amazing imagination with a less mouthy touch. It’s. not. working. yet.

The other night I needed to cook dinner because the children need to eat. My daughter was at her Dad’s house so it was just the boys and me. It’s easy to cook dinner, most nights, when all three kids are home because Ki and Mister K usually do something fun together, but when Ki is gone that leaves Mister K near me either whining or trying to cause trouble. Some nights nothing works, and this was one of those nights.

I thought and thought about what would distract Mister K from his overtired whiny self and assist to keep him entertained while I cooked dinner. Then it dawned on me, the boy loves “helping”. Since he couldn’t help with what I was cooking for dinner on this particular night, I thought I would give him a pan, some water, a small amount of butter and some seasoning. This way he could make his own little creation to feel like he was helping me.

What Mister K came up with was…. a mixture of spicy seasoning, butter, milk and water. He called this mixture the “big bad wolf potion”. When you feed this to the big bad wolf he will run away and never ever come back again!

So there you have it, my three year old has figured out the secret remedy of keeping big bad wolves away… maybe he can sell it to the three little pigs.

Meal Time Troubles Are Frequent in My Home & $50 AMEX Giveaway

Having three children means that there are sure to be some meal time battles in the home. Whether it’s the oldest who all of a sudden doesn’t like something she has loved for years or the five year old who is convinced hot dogs are a vital part of the food chain or better yet the three year old who will lick something and say he doesn’t’ like it or flat out refuse to try dinner therefore going to bed without any dinner, it’s always an adventure here in my house during dinner time.

While I have never done anything as embarrassing as this mom shown above in the video did, I can say that I have tried to be creative. I can’t seem to think of anything I would call embarrassing, I usually just try to bribe the kids with fruit for dessert for eating their dinner. Basically dinner is the only meal that is not a choice for the kids, while breakfast and lunch are more of a “what do you want” type situation with a couple of choices provided, dinner is pretty much set in stone.

I cook what I cook and the kids are required to taste the food, if they determine they truly do not like it I probably would make something small for them, however, once the kids are able to try it they usually like it. The three year old is my biggest dinner challenger and as much as wearing spaghetti on my head like that would amuse him, I highly doubt it would work to get him to eat and if for some odd reason it worked – he would expect me to do it at every meal.

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Answer this: What is the most embarrassing thing you have done to get your kids to eat their meal?

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