Grilled Honey Lime Chicken Tenders!

You won't believe how easy and delicious these "Grilled Honey Lime Chicken Tenders" are!  They are very similar to the Grilled Chicken Tenders on Cracker Barrel's menu, but I think these are even better!   This is one the whole family will love also!  These aren't actually 'grilled' as on the grill, but results give you sort of grilled effect. 

 Here is what you will need:
12 chicken tenderloins or 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in 3 strips each
1 cup prepared Italian dressing (I used Olive Garden, use whatever you have on hand)
1/4 cup honey
juice of one lime
1 Tbs. minced garlic
seasoned salt
black pepper
If you are using the chicken breasts instead of the chicken tenderloins, cut each breast lengthwise in three even strips.  If they are really thick in the center, you might want to place between plastic wrap and flatten them out a little with a meat mallet.  This will make them more even like the tenderloins are. 
In a bowl, combine the Italian dressing, honey, lime juice and garlic.  Place the chicken in a gallon size Ziploc bag and pour the marinade over all.  Seal the bag and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour...2 is even better.  I don't like to leave it longer than 2 hours or the acid in the lime can start to change the texture of the chicken too much.

 In a large skillet over medium high heat, pour the chicken and all of the marinade in the pan. After they are in the pan, sprinkle each tenderloin with a little seasoned salt and black pepper.  Make sure your pan is big enough so you don't crowd them too tight.  This seems like a lot of liquid, but be patient it will reduce down.  Cook these on medium heat, uncovered.  Turn them every 7-10 minutes.

This is after about 20 minutes.  See how the liquid is reducing and they are starting to get some good color on them!

This is after about 35 minutes.  They need about another 10 minutes for a total of around 45 minutes. When all of the liquid has caramelized turn each one over really good in the glaze to coat and remove to a serving platter.

This is how they will look!  They are so full of flavor and delicious!

Serve them up and wait for the compliments!


Walking Taco Casserole!

If you are not familiar with the 'Walking Taco" concept,  it's an ingenious idea of taking a small bag of corn chips or Doritos and opening it up and putting seasoned taco meat over the chips along with your favorite taco topping...lettuce, taco sauce, tomatoes, onions, cheese on top.  You can then walk around eating this right out of the bag with a fork!  

This skips the whole eating out of the bag idea and turns the same thing into a casserole.   I actually prefer the casserole myself if you are serving this at home.   The true "Walking Taco" in the bag is great for selling at concession stands at ballgames and things like that. 

This casserole is a great idea for teen or preteen gatherings!  It will disappear fast! 

Here is what you will need:

1  1/2 lbs.- 2 lbs. ground beef
1  (1 oz.) pkg taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
1 (15.5) oz. pkg Fritos
3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
taco toppings of your choice...taco sauce, diced onions, olives, diced tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with nonstick spray.  Spread half of the Fritos in the bottom of the dish.

In a skillet brown the ground beef, add the taco seasoning and water and mix until blended.  Place 1/2 of the seasoned ground beef over the corn chips and top with half of the shredded cheese.

Repeat the layers, Fritos, taco meat and ending with the rest of the cheese.  Place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  To serve set out taco toppings of your choice and let everyone garnish their own serving! 
It's delicious!


Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie!

It is hot and dry here in Kentucky and the thoughts of being in a hot kitchen over a hot stove are not good right now.  This pie doesn't require any heat and it is cold and refreshing to eat, so it's just perfect for this time of year.  

I love strawberry lemonade to drink so the idea of putting it in a pie worked for me.  This recipe makes two pies, so you can share with a loved one or neighbor also.  The ingredients are pretty simple:
2 graham crack
er crusts
1 can sweetened condensed milk
16 oz frozen whipped topping
1 12 oz. can frozen lemonade
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut (optional)

With an electric mixer whip the condensed milk and the frozen lemonade together until it's thick. Do not thaw the lemonade beforehand. Blend in the whipped cream.  Only thaw it enough so that you can blend it in.  Keep it as frozen as possible.  I added a couple drops of red food coloring at this point.  Go easy on it though or your pie will resemble Pepto Bismol...not a good look for pie!

Mix in the confectioner's sugar and then the strawberries.

Fold in the nuts and coconut.  These are optional, if you don't like either one, leave it out and the pie is still really good. They do add something to it if you like them though.

  Pour into two graham cracker crusts, cover and place in a the freezer at least 6 hours or overnight.  Remove 30 minutes before serving.

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie!  Garnish with more whipped cream and sprig of KY mint!


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