Let’s face it: Between shuttling the kids back and forth from school,
folding massive piles of laundry on a regular basis, and coming up with a
schedule of meals that doesn’t bore everyone in the family to tears, the life
of a stay-at-home mom can sometimes feel a bit, well… less than glamorous. But
never fear; there’s an easy way to jazz up your dinner menu and eliminate the
dreaded “We’re having chicken AGAIN?” whining. These four chicken recipes are not
only simple to make, they’ll dress up that most mundane of domestic fowl with a
look and flavor that’s downright fierce.

Aside from cooking while wearing heels, a feather boa and sparkly eye shadow — which
you may as well do anyway, because it’s fun — what’s the trick to creating
captivating chicken? It’s simple: Incorporating a range of colorful, fresh
ingredients that create an unexpected burst of flavor… and look pretty at the
same time.

Seeking out seasonal produce is one
of the best ways to add flair to your chicken recipes. Not only do fresh
veggies and fruits provide attractive color and bright flavor, they’re packed
full of nutrients and make a nutritious complement to grilled chicken.  And don’t be afraid to try new
seasonings, as well. A sprinkle of fresh or dried herbs can really spice up
your chicken dishes – literally or just metaphorically, if you’re not into the
hot stuff.

Chicken
and Three-Berry Salad


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For a light dinner that’s packed full of color, toss this simple salad
together. Fresh berries add a touch of sweetness while snow peas and pecans
provide a satisfying crunch.

What you need for 6 servings:

  • 8 cups
    torn salad greens
  • 1 lb.
    boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into strips
  • 2 cups
    fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries)
  • 1 8 oz.
    pkg. frozen sugar snap peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup
    chopped, toasted pecans
  • 1 cup
    prepared Italian dressing mix

How to make it:

Toss greens with all remaining ingredients except dressing in large
bowl. Add dressing just before serving; mix lightly.


Fruity
Chicken & Couscous

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For a taste of the tropics that’s all dressed up in dazzling, fruity
deliciousness, create this slightly spicy dish on your stovetop. Serve on a
soft bed of couscous for a striking presentation.

What you need for 4 servings:

  • 1 tsp.
    ground ginger
  • 1 tsp.
    ground cinnamon
  • 4 small
    boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
  • 2 tsp.
    oil
  • 1 cup
    whole wheat couscous, uncooked
  • 2 mangos,
    peeled, chopped
  • 1/4 cup
    orange juice
  • 1/4 cup
    Asian toasted sesame dressing
  • 2 Tbsp.
    finely chopped red onions
  • 2 Tbsp.
    chopped fresh cilantro

How to make it:

Mix spices; sprinkle over both sides of each breast.

Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 to 7
min. on each side or until done (165ºF). Meanwhile, cook couscous as directed
on package, omitting salt and oil. Combine remaining ingredients.

Spoon couscous onto platter; top with chicken. Cover to keep warm. Add
mango mixture to skillet; cook 1 min. or until heated through, stirring
occasionally. Spoon over chicken.

This week, make it work in your kitchen with these four chicken recipes.
The fabulous results might even lead to a request you probably never thought
you’d hear: “Mom, can we PLEASE have chicken AGAIN?”

 

South
African
Chicken

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On busy days when you’re running to and fro, the slow cooker is your
BFF. This set-it-and-forget-it chicken recipe has just the right touch of sass,
making it the perfect choice for chilly fall and winter weather. Deck out your
table in the warm, golden tastes and colors of South Africa.

What you need for 12 servings:

  • 3 lb.
    boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1-1/2
    cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup
    chicken broth
  • 1 onion,
    chopped
  • 1/2 cup
    dried apricots, quartered
  • 1/2 cup
    golden raisins
  • 1 Tbsp.
    curry powder
  • 3 cloves garlic,
    minced
  • 6 cups
    hot cooked long-grain brown rice

How to make it:

Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine all remaining ingredients except
rice; pour over chicken. Cover with lid.

Cook on LOW 8 hours or on HIGH 5 hours.

Serve over rice.

 

Chicken
Sausage, Bell Pepper and Tomato Linguini


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Mmmm, comfort food. This light, bright Italian dish is packed full of
bold flavors and fills the air with mouth-watering aromas reminiscent of
Grandma’s kitchen. This updated version of a timeless classic adds a fresh twist
to linguine that’ll never go out of style.

What you need for 6 servings:

  • 1/2 lb.
    linguine, uncooked
  • 1 12 oz.
    pkg. chicken sausage links, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3 bell
    peppers (assorted colors), coarsely chopped
  • 3
    tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup
    grated parmesan cheese, divided

How to make it:

Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.

Meanwhile, cook sausage and peppers in large nonstick skillet on
medium-high heat 4 to 6 min. or until sausage is heated through and peppers are
crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes; cover. Simmer on
medium-low heat 5 to 6 min. or until tomatoes are softened, stirring
occasionally.

Drain pasta. Add to skillet with 2 Tbsp. cheese; mix lightly. Sprinkle
with remaining cheese.

Enjoy these recipes!

– Jennifer U. Williams for TheMomsBuzz.com

 

 

About The Author

My real job in life is raising my 3 kids and having a nice, healthy and active family life. Along the way, I realized that motherhood didn’t come with a manual and frequently asked questions so I had to learn my way through with the help and advice of other mothers and that is how I decided to start a blog about tips for busy moms, The Moms Buzz, a lifestyle blog about only the buzz that matters. Modern moms are busy busy, and whatever tips make our lives easier we are ready to try them, we don’t have the time to read and read lengthy advices, but we can certainly read 1-2-3-SOLVED. Adriana is also the founder of ModaPreviewInternational.com and an established fashion/portrait photographer.

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