iCANcook: Buffalo Chicken Soup

Ever wish you had time to make meals, but your schedule simply does not allow for hours of food prep? Then this mini food series is for you! Each week this October, I’ll post a new recipe starring canned food + spices + fresh meat. The preparation for each meal will be so minimal or…

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Bake

For the homemade cheese sauce: 1 tbsp butter or olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp cornstarch 1/3 cup cool water 1/3 cup warm milk 1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheddar* 1/2 cup skim shredded mozzarella* 1/4 cup reduced fat grated parmesan Dissolve the cornstarch in the cool water and set aside. Melt the butter…

Crockpot Peach Chicken

1 cup red onion, diced 4-5 med/large boneless chicken thighs, cut into serving pieces 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce 1 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 4 tsp fresh grated ginger 1 med jalapeno, diced small (seeds discarded) 2-3 ripe peaches, cut into 1/4″ slices In bottom of crockpot* spread red onion evenly. Lay…

Buffalo Chicken Salad

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed 1 single-serving container of plain nonfat Greek yogurt (5 to 6 oz) 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp buffalo sauce, divided (I like Frank’s Red Hot) 1 Tbsp ranch dressing mix 1/2 cup sliced baby carrots (approx 8-10 med/large baby carrots) 1/2 cup diced celery (approx 1 stalk) 1/2…

Spicy Thai Chicken Salad

2 Tbsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp soy sauce (pref low-sodium) 2 Tbsp Sriracha hot chili sauce* 2 Tbsp powdered peanut butter (I use PB2) 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 2 cup cooked chicken, cubed or shredded 1-3 Tbsp water or chicken stock (**optional) 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts (can be chopped into…

Buffalo Chicken Chili

1 1/2 cup cooked chicken, shredded or cubed (OR cooked ground chicken/turkey*) 1 can fire roasted tomatoes 1 can great northern beans 1 cup chicken stock 1/2 onion diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup frozen corn 2 celery stalks, diced 1/4 cup blue cheese Greek yogurt dressing (I recommend Bolthouse)** 1/4 cup buffalo sauce…

Apple Chicken Salad

2-3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-3″ pieces 2 apples – cored, skinned, and cubed – separated 1/2 small sweet onion, diced 1 tsp cinnamon 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup cashew pieces 1/3 cup apple butter* Add chicken, half of the cubed apple (approx 1 apple’s worth), onion, and cinnamon to crockpot. Stir to…

Amigo Soup

I call this soup “Amigo Soup” because of its Mexican flavor and the ingredient “friends” that pair so deliciously together. I have the ingredients wittingly listed in pairs – flavors and textures that complement each other in this dish! This is such an easy throw-together recipe and freezes well, so it’s a great meal to…

Middle Eastern Chicken Salad

2 cups cooked chicken, cubed and cooled 16 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced 8 greek olives, sliced (recommended: use feta-stuffed olives) 1 small cucumber or 2 mini cucumbers, diced 2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 tsp zahtar (or za’atar) spice juice of 1 lemon 1/2 tsp dried minced onion…

Pre-cooking Chicken

Several of my recipes call for “cooked chicken,” and how annoying is it to have all of the other ingredients ready, but have raw chicken instead of cooked?! It can sabotage your whole meal! Cooking chicken ahead of time can be one of the easiest tasks you do. With the amount of cooking that I…

Pumpkin Chicken Chili

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, cubed 1 can pumpkin puree 1 can fire roasted tomatoes 1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock 1/2 med onion diced (optional: sautee onion before adding to crockpot) 1 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 1/2 tsp…

Tropical Salsa Chicken

1/2 pineapple, cubed (I prefer fresh) 4 chicken breasts, cut into 2″ strips or cubes 2 cups fresh salsa 1/4 cup chili lime hot sauce (I prefer the Cholula brand) (optional) 1 cup fresh vegetables (green beans, broccoli, bell peppers, etc) Mix chicken, vegetables, salsa, and hot sauce in crock pot. Top with pineapple chunks….