Three Simple Chicken Recipes

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The ingredients for the Jerk Chicken marinade.

Hey everyone! Its been a while since I’ve written.   I have done a lot of eating of delicious foods this summer.  I’ve tried to keep menu planning simple too by eating our favorites on a more regular basis.  I also have tried to cook meals that do not require a stove which heats the house too much.  Today’s post will focus on three of my favorite chicken recipes: a marinade, a pasta salad, and burritos.

1. Jerk Chicken

I got this recipe from my friend Jen during a freezer meal making event.  It makes a great marinade that freezes well, but we usually eat it right away).  I recently doubled the marinade, so I could make a meal for a friend who just had twins, and it made enough for us and them to eat.  It is definitely one of our favorites.  I’ve used both boneless, skinless chicken breasts as well as chicken drumsticks/ thighs (bone-in) for this recipe and both are great! Here is the link to Simple Caribbean Jerk Chicken.  Note: I do NOT put ground red pepper in my marinade, but if you like it spicy, why not try it.  It can also be cooked in an oven instead of grilling.

2. Chicken Pasta Salad

This is a great cold pasta salad that is great for a picnic or potluck.  I found recipe online several years ago, and jotted it down on a card without a reference.  Oops! I would love to give the author credit, so if anyone knows it’s source, please help me credit it. Of course, my changes to it are in bold.  I also think the original recipe called for garlic too.

Pasta Salad with Chicken


3 cups uncooked pasta (bow tie or penne)

4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast (I’ve used canned, Rotisserie, or cooked it myself)

2 cups chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped red onion

4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled ( I use more)

1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (I’ve also used Feta or grated Swiss)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup minced fresh basil (or dried basil to taste)

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar (or less is fine)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 pepper

1/2 grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: Cook, drain, and rinse pasta.  Add chicken, tomatoes, onion, bacon, and cheese.  In a small bowl whisk oil, basil, vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.  Drizzle over salad and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

3. Chicken Avocado Burritos

This is a new family favorite that I found on Pinterest.  What I like is that these burritos are different that traditional burritos that are often loaded with beef and beans.  The avocado adds excellent flavor, and I usually add extra mozzarella cheese inside.  When I make it I slightly change the recipe to make the burritos smaller and serve more. I buy fajita sized tortillas (8-10 in a pack), and I fill the tortillas with less mixture. I still usually have left over mixture at the end.  Here is where you can find the recipe for Chicken Avocado Burritos.

So, there you have it.  Feel free to try these great chicken recipes.  I am currently on the lookout for homemade kid friendly chicken nuggets, so if you happen to know of a great recipe, please share!  Happy Wednesday!