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Crispy Chicken Salad with Sriracha Honey BBQ Dressing

Crispy Chicken Salad with Sriracha Honey BBQ Dressing

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Learn how to make a crispy chicken salad that’s drizzled with sriracha honey bbq dressing! The chicken tenders are perfectly juicy and tender on the inside with that crispy panko crust on the outside. You’ll love this easy crispy chicken salad!

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And we’re kickin’ Monday off with a crispy chicken salad!

Here’s the salad I shared with you guys on Instagram last week and promised that it was coming very soon.

  1. It’s fresh.
  2. Homemade crispy chicken tenders.
  3. It’s loaded with dressing.
  4. I’m pretty sure it’ll please even the significant others that don’t care for salads.

What I love about this salad is that it defies the general norms of what we think of when we think salad. You know, greens, low-calorie toppings, grilled chicken, shrimp or fish. Ours is a whole different beast. It starts with homemade breaded chicken tenders. Load a bed of romaine up with sliced avocados, a few sun-ripened cherry tomatoes, and a few shavings of red onions for a kick. Then comes the fun part. A generous (maybe a little too generous sometimes) drizzle of my homemade sriracha honey bbq dressing. Just like that, you have a homemade crispy chicken salad that tastes better than anything you’d get at a fast food restaurant.

It’s a real salad, for real people who are feeling really burnt out on salads. You feelin’ my drift here?

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Lunches and dinners seem to get boring around here sometimes. We keep things light around lunchtime with a salad of some sort, but when you make the conscious decision to have salads for lunch 365 days out of the year, they seem to feel pretty monotonous, day in and day out. So to liven things up a little bit, I decided we needed a crispy chicken salad topped with sriracha honey bbq dressing. And guess what?

It did the trick.

This salad is not only so satisfying from all those crispy chicken chunks, but it’s also loaded with the most addicting dressing! A little iceberg lettuce for crunch. A handful of sliced almonds. Anees asks for the sriracha honey bbq dressing to be made on the regular. I wholeheartedly concur. We both could put it on just about everything!

It’s seriously the perfect balance of spice, sweet, and smoky bbq goodness.

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Crispy Chicken Salad with Sriracha Honey BBQ Dressing - homemade crispy chicken tenders tossed with all your favorite salad toppings and drizzled with homemade sriracha honey bbq dressing! So good it's sure to become a family favorite! #crispychickensalad #chickfilasauce #honeybbqchickensalad #salad | Littlespicejar.com

Let’s make the Sriracha Honey Mustard Dressing for our Crispy Chicken Salad:

  • The sriracha honey mustard dressing plays a two-part roll. First, it flavors the chicken tenders as they hang out in the buttermilk. And second, we’ll use the remaining sauce as the dressing on our salad. 
  • To make the dressing, grab your favorite bbq sauce, honey, sriracha, mustard, mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar. Then just combine it all in a bowl with a whisk, no need to get the blender out or anything! 
  • Have you ever used mayonnaise to marinate meat or poultry? If not, you’re in for a big surprise! It’s something that I picked up from my mom, and it’s the most essential ingredient in her homemade Persian chicken kebabs. The mayo tenderizes the chicken to the point where it just melts in your mouth. Holy deliciousness! Since then, I’ve been using it in my grilled chicken marinade and the tenders for today’s crispy chicken salad.
  • My sriracha honey mustard dressing is just like the sauce you get at Chick Fil A; only you can make it anytime you want, including Sundays! 🙂 

Putting the ‘crispy’ in crispy chicken salad

There are a few different ways to make sure that your chicken is super crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Here are some tips for success:

  • Don’t fry chicken cold from the fridge: If you’re marinating the chicken for a quick 30 minutes, this won’t be a problem, but if you’re letting it hang out in the refrigerator overnight, make sure you’re not frying the chicken straight from the refrigerator. You’ll want it to hang out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before dredging it and frying
  • Use a cast iron skillet: my cast iron skillet (affiliate link) is one of my favorite kitchen workhorses. A thick skillet will retain the heat and fry the chicken more evenly, so you don’t need a deep fryer for this recipe. In fact, I almost encourage you not to ever get one!
  • Use a meat thermometer: When you’re frying the chicken tenders, make sure they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Investing in a digital meat thermometer (affiliate link) will take the guesswork out of it! Just insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken (making sure only to go ½ way through) and let the thermometer read it for you. The chicken tenders will take anywhere from 5-9 minutes to cook all the way through depending on the thickness.
  • Don’t use an oil that has a low smoke point: olive oil is not your friend when you’re frying chicken tenders. Instead, use peanut oil, canola, corn or vegetable oil for best results.

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WHY I LOVE HOMEMADE CRISPY CHICKEN SALAD:

  1. You can toss the ingredients for the chicken marinade together in a zip-top bag, add the chicken and freeze it immediately. Pull it out closer to the middle of the week and let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight. It’ll marinate the chicken as it defrosts!
  2. It pleases parents and children alike. I’m sure there are more than a few parents out there who have the hardest time getting their kids to eat anything green. Here you can pop a couple of chicken tenders on their plates and some of that homemade sauce and continue building a salad for yourself. One meal that’ll please the whole family.
  3. Not only are homemade chicken tenders a 1000 x healthier than the store-bought alternatives, but they’re also a lot more delicious!

You need a crispy chicken salad in your life this week 🙂

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ORIGINAL CRISPY CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE PUBLISHED JULY 2018. RESHARED WITH  MINOR EDITS MAY 2019.

Crispy Chicken Salad with Sriracha Honey BBQ Dressing

Learn how to make a crispy chicken salad that’s drizzled with sriracha honey bbq dressing! The chicken tenders are perfectly juicy and tender on the inside with that crispy panko crust on the outside. You’ll love this easy crispy chicken salad!

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Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • ¼ cup EACH: honey AND bbq sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons EACH: dijon mustard AND apple cider vinegar 
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 – 3 teaspoons sriracha (or more to taste)

Chicken:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless chicken tenders (or breasts)
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour (or whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoons EACH: garlic powder AND smoked paprika
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Peanut or canola oil, for frying

salad:

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup EACH: toasted sliced almonds AND sliced red onions
  • 10-ounce romaine, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 avocados, sliced

Directions:

  1. DRESSING: Whisk the ingredients for the dressing along with a big pinch of salt and black pepper. Continue to whisk until you’ve got a smooth dressing.
  2. MARINATE: Add the buttermilk, ¾ teaspoon of salt, a big pinch of black pepper and ⅓ cup of the prepared dressing to a bowl and stir to combine. Add the chicken tenders into the bowl and allow the chicken to marinate for 30 minutes (you can also marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours covered in the refrigerator.)
  3. PREP: When you’re ready to cook the chicken, Combine the flour, garlic powder and the smoked paprika in a shallow baking dish, in another one, combine the panko and the parmesan cheese and set them side by side. We’re going to set up a dredging station. Start by removing a chicken tender from the marinade and allow the excess to drip off, then dredge the strip into the flour mixture, then the beaten egg, then the panko mixture and place the tenders on a clean baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tenders.
  4. COOK: Add about an inch to an inch and half of the oil to a cast iron skillet (or anything you usually fry stuff in) and allow the oil to heat up on medium-high heat. Once then oil is hot, add a few tenders and allow them to fry for 5-9 minutes, flipping as required to cook the tenders all the way through. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel and continue to fry until done. Slice the tenders into pieces or chop them up.
  5. ASSEMBLE: Add the greens to a large bowl, top with cherry tomatoes, sliced onions, avocados, sliced almonds, and add the chicken on top. You can also just make individual bowls if you didn’t want to serve this family style. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately! 

Notes:

  1. I suspect that you could possibly cook these tenders in an air fryer but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say with certainty! If you give it a try, would love to know how it went for you! Haven’t tried baking the chicken tenders so, unfortunately, not sure at all how that would go!

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

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Learn how to make delicious Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers. These peppers are all the things you love about a traditional Philly Cheesesteak but made low carb by using peppers as our serving vessel!

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It’s low carb Monday!

Okay, I know that’s not really a thing, but I’m so gosh darn excited to tell you about my homemade Philly Cheesesteak stuffed peppers! All the things you love about a traditional Philly cheesesteak, minus the bun. And if you’re one of those people that like Philly Cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz, I apologize now, because there’s none to be found in this recipe.

What you will find though is lots of melty, gooey cheese, perfectly seasoned strips of steak and of course, onions, peppers, and all the garlic your heart desires. All of that neatly put together in a [over] stuffed pepper and serve bubbly hot from the oven.

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Stuffing veggies full of protein is sort of my jam. When I’m on a low carb kick (which let’s be honest is all the time,) I’ll stuff shrimp into portobellos mushrooms, or even Mexican stuffed avocados, and now, these Philly Cheesesteak stuffed peppers. 

Philly cheesesteak flavored stuff is some of my favorite things to make. I’ve made Philly cheesesteak pizza before and even turned it into a dip when the Eagles made the Super Bowl in honor of my husband’s favorite team!

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK STUFFED PEPPERS?

  • green bell peppers
  • sirloin or flank steak
  • olive oil
  • mushrooms
  • red onions
  • seasonings
  • garlic
  • mozzarella or provolone cheese

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CAN I USE A DIFFERENT COLOR OF PEPPER FOR THESE CHEESESTEAK STUFFED PEPPERS?

Of course! If you prefer the taste of red, orange, or yellow peppers instead, feel free to swap the green ones out for your color of choice!

HOW DO YOU PREPARE THE PEPPERS FOR CHEESESTEAK STUFFED PEPPERS?

Start by making a vertical cut down the stem of the pepper through to the base. Then take one half of the pepper and carefully use a paring knife to cut a semi-circle around the stem and remove. Use the same paring knife to remove the ribs and seeds, and your pepper is ready to stuff!

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HOW TO MAKE THE BEST PHILLY CHEESESTEAK STUFFED PEPPERS

  • Roast the peppers for a few minutes ahead of time. I don’t love super soft peppers, so I only give them a few minutes head start. However, if you usually prefer your peppers on the softer side, I suggest upping the prebake on the peppers to up to 10 minutes. I found six minutes was perfect for us!
  • Sauté your veggies. Cook the mushrooms until they’re sautéed perfectly, season them with garlic, and onion powder. Then remove them to a plate, and cook the onions separately. This ensures that none of the veggies get soggy.
  • Sear the steak. While the peppers are baking, heat the oil in a pan and sauté the steak, remember, since they’re really small pieces, you’ll only need to cook it for about a minute. Season with onion powder, garlic powder, soy sauce, paprika, red pepper flakes, and cayenne if you’d like along with salt and pepper. Place the meat in the same bowl as the veggies and toss to combine,
  • Stuff the peppers and bake. All the peppers to cool slightly as well as the steak mixture. Once cooled, stir in the shredded cheese and stuff the peppers. I save some of the cheese for the top and sprinkle it on and then pop it in the oven to bake. That’s it!

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WHY DO YOU BAKE THE PEPPERS BEFORE STUFFING THEM?

Baking the peppers ahead of time takes away some of that raw flavor. You have a choice of baking them for longer if you prefer softer peppers or cooking them just a tad bit to take away that raw pepper flavor. I usually prefer bright green and somewhat crispy peppers, so I don’t bake them for too long. However, this is entirely up to personal preference!

CAN I MAKE THE FILLING FOR CHEESESTEAK STUFFED PEPPERS IN ADVANCE AND THEN STUFF THEM RIGHT BEFORE SERVING? 

Absolutely! You can make the filling earlier in the day or even up to a day in advance. That way, all you need to do is bring the filling back to room temperature and just clean and stuff the peppers.

WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH PHILLY CHEESESTEAK STUFFED PEPPERS?

I usually keep things pretty simple, just a side salad. Cauliflower rice is also another option. If you aren’t doing a low carb thing, garlic bread on the side would be yummy or even cilantro lime rice as it works surprisingly well here!

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Learn how to make delicious Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers. These peppers are all the things you love about a traditional Philly Cheesesteak but made low carb by using peppers as our serving vessel!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 green bell peppers, cut in half + seeds/ribs removed
  • 1 pound beef sirloin or flank steak cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons EACH: onion powder, garlic powder, AND low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: smoked paprika AND red pepper flakes 
  • ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese

Directions:

  1. VEGGIES: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425ºF. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and push them around the pan and let them cook for 4-5 minutes or until they brown. Season them with the minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of onion powder, a big pinch of salt and pepper and let them cook for 30 seconds before removing to a large bowl; set aside. Add a little more oil if needed and sauté the onions for 1-3 minutes; season with salt and pepper, remove to the same bowl as the mushrooms.
  2. PEPPERS: Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (or place a piece of foil in for even easier cleanup, and then spray with cooking spray.) Line the peppers cut side up and spray the peppers with cooking spray, and bake for 6-10 minutes in the preheated oven (6 mins if you prefer them crunchy, longer for softer peppers.)
  3. STEAK: While the peppers are roasting, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the same skillet and cook the meat for roughly 1 minute. Season the meat with the remaining 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 2 teaspoon garlic powder, soy sauce, paprika, red pepper flakes, cayenne (if using), and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place the meat in the same bowl as the veggies.
  4. BAKE: Toss the veggies and meat together so it’s evenly mixed. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes. Remove the peppers from the oven when done. Stir 1 cup of shredded cheese to the prepared mixture. Divide the prepared meat and veggies evenly among the peppers. Top with the remaining ½ cup of cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts. Remove and serve warm.

Notes:

  1. See post for how I clean and prep the peppers.
  2. if you don’t have smoked paprika, you can also use sweet paprika here!

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Easy Blender Crepes

Easy Blender Crepes

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 Learn how to make an all-purpose crepe batter! My Blender crepes are easy to make because it’s as simple as tossing everything into the blender and blending until smooth. Just heat a pan, and you’re ready to make French-style crepes!

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It’s brunch season!

And normally, around this time I’d be sharing casseroles of all sorts because we all need a little something special on the table for mother’s day and all the spring and summer brunches you’re planning on hosting this year.

But this time, I’m bringing easy blender crepes! Okay, if you’re wondering what in the world, allow me to explain. Blender crepes are crepes where the batter is made entirely in a blender as in press one button and you’ve instantly got crepe batter that you just need to pour into a hot skillet! 

Take it from someone that hardly ever made crepes in the past (because for whatever reason, I found them terrifying) crepes are so easy when you make the batter in the blender!

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I’m always looking to share easy brunchy recipes with you guys. Quite possibly because the lines are so easily blurred between breakfast, lunch, and even dessert sometimes. In the past, I’ve shared my veggie breakfast casserole with you, sun-dried tomato and basil strata, as well as my blueberry cheesecake casserole, breakfast croissant boats, blender hollandaise, breakfast migas, oh, and breakfast pizza, my smoked salmon casserole, then there are also breakfast sandwiches, and basically, you can see how much I love my brunchy foods just my scrolling the recipe index.

The one thing that was missing? BLENDER CREPES.

WHAT ARE CREPES?

A crepe is a lighter, thinner version of a traditional American pancake. Crepes can be made savory or sweet. Sweet crepes often involve adding sugar to the crepe batter. Savory crepes can be made with a variety of fillings such as vegetables, seafood, chicken, or meat.

Since there are no leavening agents in crepes, prepared crepes are much thinner than pancakes. The lack of leavening agents also allows us to make crepes much further in advance. Making the crepe batter in advance is actually preferred as it allows for the flour to soak up all of the liquid in the batter.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED TO MAKE BLENDER CREPES?

  • milk
  • water
  • eggs
  • ghee (or melted butter works too)
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • sugar (for sweet crepes)

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WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO MAKE CREPES:

Okay, first and foremost, you don’t need a crepe pan. You might want want to invest in one if you make crepes very often, however, for this recipe all you need is a trusty nonstick skillet, and it will work beautifully.

But here’s what you will need:

  • Blender: they are blender crepes after all! I usually prefer to use my high-efficiency blender (affiliate link) however; you can easily make this batter is a regular blender (affiliate link) as well. I’ve tried it with both; both worked well.
  • Nonstick skillet: I’ve got a few different skillets that I put to the test, and though this (affiliate link) is the skillet I prefer to use, it is a bit on the pricier side. This (affiliate link) one is way more affordable and works well too.
  • Offset spatula: The offset spatula (affiliate link) comes in handy when you need to flip crepes. I didn’t have such great success with a rubber spatula, a regular spatula, or any other tool, so I highly suggest investing in one of these if you don’t already own one.
  • Pastry brush: you’ll need this (affiliate link) to brush melted butter onto your skillet before you pour in the crepe batter and allow it to cook.

WHAT CAN I STUFF INSIDE WHEN I MAKE BLENDER CREPES?

For sweet blender crepes:

  • vanilla yogurt + sliced bananas, strawberries, granola with almonds and a drizzle of honey
  • Nutella with strawberries
  • sweet whipped cream and jam
  • cinnamon caramelized apples, with vanilla ice cream on top
  • whipped cream and lemon curd
  • stuffed with banana, topped with cinnamon sugar, and toasted coconut, drizzled with dulce de leche
  • Nutella with sliced bananas
  • whipped cream, strawberries, and topped with sugared lemon zest

The best thing about my blender crepes recipe is that you can make them sweet or savory by making a couple of minor adjustments. Just drop the sugar down to ½ teaspoon and increase the salt to ½ a teaspoon! That’s it!

For savory blender crepes:

  • scrambled eggs + gruyere cheese and sautéed spinach 
  • smoked salmon + pickled red onions, scrambled eggs, and capers
  • scrambled eggs + sautéed spinach, sautéed mushrooms, feta cheese
  • scrambled eggs + refried beans, leftover carnitas, chipotle sauce, sliced avocados, and cilantro
  • grilled chicken + mozzarella, sautéed mushrooms, cream sauce
  • turkey + walnuts, spring mix, dijon vinaigrette

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TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST BLENDER CREPES:

  • Let your crepe batter rest overnight if time allows. However, 1 hour of rest is enough for the crepe batter but the longer the batter rests the better the overall taste and texture will be. Resting allows the gluten int the batter to relax and thus creates a more tender crepe. The crepe batter can be made up to 48 hours in advance, making it ideal for when you’re cooking for large parties.
  • Crepes are best made in a 6-8 inch frying pan. You want to make sure to heat the pan on medium heat and brush it thoroughly with melted ghee (or butter) before pouring the liquid in the pan.
  • Make sure to start tilting and rotating the pan as you pour the batter in so that it distributes in the pan evenly without making thick pockets.
  • Cook until the tops look dry and the edges start to lift up from the pan.
  • Use a thin flat spatula to help turn the crepes. A thick spatula might end up ripping the crepes.
  • Stack the crepes once you take them out of the pan. This helps keep them from drying out while you’re preparing the rest.
  • Crepes can be frozen once cooked. Just be sure to defrost completely in the refrigerator overnight before trying to separate them (you can also add sheets of freezer paper in between the crepes to make this easier.

TROUBLESHOOTING FOR HOMEMADE CREPES:

  • If the batter doesn’t spread easily, it might be that the heat is turned up too high (causing the batter to cook before it spreads) or that it might be too thick. In which case, a little bit of milk can be added to thin it out.
  • If large bubbles are forming on the surface of the crepes as they cook, this is an indication that the batter is too thin and needs a little more flour.

The batter should be about the consistency of heavy cream, thick but still pourable.

I have so many childhood memories attached to this blender crepes recipe. My mom would make savory crepes for dinner all the time, but there were always a few extras for my brother and me to have with golden syrup while she popped them out hot and fresh. My hope is that you’ll share these with your mom for Mother’s day! 🙂

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Easy Blender Crepes

Learn how to make an all-purpose crepe batter! My Blender crepes are easy to make because it’s as simple as tossing everything into the blender and blending until smooth. Just heat up a pan and you’re ready to make French-style crepes!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (whole, 2%)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • additional melted butter, for brushing

Directions:

  1. BLEND: Add all the ingredients for the crepe batter into a blender, with the liquid ingredients on the bottom so things blend smoothly. Allow the blender to run until the batter is mixed and smooth. Stop, pour the batter into a measuring cup, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 48 hours.
  2. CREPES: Heat an 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Brush the skillet with melted butter. Lift the skillet with your dominant hand and pour a ¼ cup of the prepared crepe batter into the skillet with the other hand, as you tilt and rotate the pan to spread the batter evenly so you don’t end up with thick pockets of batter. Crepes are like pancakes, so the first one may not be perfect! Allow the crepes to cook, about 1 – 2 minutes or until the tops look dry and the edges start to lift up and away from the pan. Flip them at that point, they should be slightly golden with bubbly brown spots. The second side will only take about 30 seconds or so. Remove to a plate and continue to cook additional crepes, stacking one on top of the other. Crepes can be made 1 day in advance, stacked, covered with plastic wrap (on a plate) and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Notes:

  • crepes can be frozen once cooked. Just be sure to defrost completely in the refrigerator overnight before trying to separate them (you can also add sheets of freezer paper in between the crepes to make this easier.
  • savory crepes: My blender crepes recipe can be made sweet or savory. Just drop the sugar down to ½ teaspoon and increase the salt to ½ a teaspoon for savory stuffed crepes.

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Easy Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

Easy Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

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Homemade cheesy chipotle chicken taquitos or flautas! Basically, your favorite tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken and cheese. You can fry the taquitos or bake them! Serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole or sour cream!

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The easiest chipotle chicken taquitos!

Over the years, I’ve learned that some of our most favorite dinners are the one that I’ve thrown together quickly and that happens to be the story behind today’s chipotle chicken taquitos. The story starts with a batch of cooked chicken in the refrigerator, a bag of shredded cheddar, a bottle of salsa, and of course, tortillas that I bought intending to make something completely different.

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What I love most about recipes like my chipotle chicken taquitos is that they’re perfect when you want to make it for a child approved family dinner, but also as an appetizer for a Cinco de Mayo party, super bowl, or a new years eve get together. Also, I’d like to point out that homemade taquitos basically give you the right to eat all your favorite dips for dinner. I mean, at this point I’m just using the taquitos as a vessel to fill up on guacamole, salsa, and pico. Side note, my cheese lovers, this would be so good with melted queso!

Honestly, the other night we sat down with these taquitos for dinner, and I ate an entire ½ cup of guacamole salsa with a single taquito. I double dipped, a whole lot and I’m not even ashamed.

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WHAT ARE TAQUITOS?

Taquitos or flautas as they’re more commonly referred to south of the border, are tortillas rolled up with filling. Though corn tortillas are more commonly used to make flautas, you can also make them with flour tortillas, which is what I’ve done today. The filling can be anything from chicken, cheese, or shredded or ground beef. Once you roll the taquitos up, you can either pan-fry or deep fry them until they’re perfectly crispy. Taquitos are topped with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.

For those that don’t like to fry things, I’ve also shared my method on how to bake them!

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE CHIPOTLE CHICKEN TAQUITOS?

  • cooked, shredded chicken
  • chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • seasonings
  • shredded cheese
  • flour or corn tortillas
  • oil (for spraying or frying)

WHERE CAN I FIND ADOBO SEASONING?

Adobo seasoning is available in most grocery stores in the spice or ethnic foods aisle. It’s a general all-purpose dry seasoning that consists of ingredients like black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and turmeric. Other ingredients may also be included in the seasoning. It’s important to note that the seasoning is different from the adobo sauce that the chipotle peppers come packed in. I know, it can get a little confusing if you don’t use these ingredients very often so I just wanted to take a second to point that out.

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HOW TO COOK THE CHICKEN FOR CHICKEN TAQUITOS?

I poach the chicken the same way for all the recipes that require cooked chicken breasts or thighs.  I start by heating a 2-quart saucepan with water, along with ½ an onion, a few cloves of garlic, 6-8 black peppercorns, and a tablespoon of salt. When the water comes to a boil, I gently lower the chicken breasts into the water and reduce the heat setting so that it just simmers. Let the chicken breasts or thighs cook until they reach 165ºF on an instant read meat thermometer (affiliate link.) But typically it’s in the 12-18 minutes ballpark depending on the side of the chicken breast/thighs. 

Once the chicken cooks, I remove it to a bowl or cutting board. Allow the chicken to cool completely before shredding so you don’t burn your fingers! You can shred the chicken using your hands, two forks, or some people like throw them in their stand mixer and let the paddle break the chicken down.

CAN I USE ROTISSERIE CHICKEN IF I WANT TO  MAKE TAQUITOS EVEN QUICKER?

Yes, absolutely! Using rotisserie chicken anywhere where cooked chicken is called for is a great hack to get dinner on the table much faster. I’ve got a recipe for a 1-hour oven roasted chicken recipe that you can make for dinner one night and use the leftover chicken in these chicken taquitos for another dinner during the week. You’ll need roughly 2 ½ cups of shredded chicken.

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CAN YOU AIR FRY CHIPOTLE CHICKEN TAQUITOS?

I don’t own an air fryer (I know, gasp!) so I can’t say I’ve tried this before but, after a lot of research and by research I mean Youtube videos, I feel confident enough to say you can air fry these chipotle chicken taquitos. But just keep in mind that every air fryer is different and that you might need a little more/less time depending on the model/size of your air fryer.

HOW TO AIR FRY CHIPOTLE CHICKEN TAQUITOS:

  1. Preheat your air fryer at 400ºF. Once preheated, open the air fryer, spray the inside basket with cooking spray. 
  2. Place the taquitos in the basket, but do not overcrowd or allow them to touch; depending on the size of your air fryer, you can probably fit 3-5 taquitos at a time. 
  3. Spray the tops of the taquitos with additional cooking spray.
  4. Air fry them for 6-10 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown. Repeat with the remaining taquitos.

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WHAT DO YOU SERVE CHIPOTLE CHICKEN TAQUITOS WITH:

  • pico de gallo
  • guacamole salsa
  • crumbled cotija cheese
  • salsa verde
  • shredded lettuce
  • blender salsa
  • sour cream
  • avocado dip (coming soon)

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Easy Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Taquitos (Fried or Baked!)

Homemade cheesy chipotle chicken taquitos! Basically, your favorite tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken and cheese. You can fry the taquitos or bake them! Serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole or sour cream!

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Ingredients:

Chicken Taquitos:

  • 2 ½ cups cooked shredded chicken (see notes)
  • 1-2 minced chipotle peppers + 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: adobo seasoning, ground cumin, AND garlic powder
  • 2 ½ cups shredded cheese (use shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, pepper jack, etc.)
  • 16-18 flour tortillas (taco sized)
  • Oil, for frying/baking

To serve:

  • Guacamole Salsa
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded lettuce
  • salsa
  • Crumbled cotija cheese

Directions:

  1. FILLING: in a medium bowl, toss the shredded chicken, chipotle peppers + adobo sauce, adobo seasoning, garlic powder, ground cumin, shredded cheese, and a big pinch of salt together. Taste and adjust with additional seasonings as desired.
  2. ROLL: Place a tortilla on a clean work surface and fill with about ¼ cup of filling or more depending on the size of your tortilla. Roll the tortillas up and either secure with a toothpick or place seam side down. It’s easier to fry/bake if you insert a toothpick to hold the taquito together.
  3. COOK: 

    1. FRY: preheat 1 cup of oil in a medium frying pan over medium-low heat until it reaches 350ºF. You don’t want to deep fry, so just enough oil to come ½ way up the frying pan. Once heated, slowly lower 4-6 taquitos in the oil at a time and allow them to fry for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove to a baking tray lined with a cooling rack and allow them to rest while you fry the rest.
    2. OR BAKE: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425ºF.  Pour 3-4 tablespoons of oil in a small bowl. Place an oven-safe cooling rack on a large baking sheet (line with foil for easier cleanup). Place all the taquitos seam-side up on the cooling rack brush them with the oil. Then, flip them all over (seam-side down) and brush them with oil again so the entire taquitos are coated. Bake the taquitos for 14-17 minutes or until the taquitos are golden brown and crispy! 
  4. SERVING: Remove toothpicks before serving or warn the guests! Serve alongside all your favorite taquito toppings – guacamole salsa, blender salsa, pico, sour cream, shredded lettuce, and cotija cheese.

Notes:

  • please note that if you do not have cooked and shredded chicken already, it will take you an additional 20 minutes to make this recipe.

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5-Ingredient Pico de Gallo

5-Ingredient Pico de Gallo

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Learn how to make a quick 5-ingredient Pico de Gallo! This recipe calls for easy ingredients, and Pico de Gallo can be used on tacos, fajitas, or served straight with your favorite tortilla chips!

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It’s chip and dip season!!

A batch of homemade Pico de Gallo is a staple in our house once spring hits. Nevermind the fact that my husband won’t even look in the general direction of raw tomatoes. Okay, it’s me. I eat all the pico in the house, alright! I admit it! It’s a simple, low-calorie, and rest assured, a healthy recipe that adds tons of flavor to salads, serves as a quick snack with tortilla chips and goes with any and all kinds of meat that you throw on the grill this season!

I ate pico by the buckets on our honeymoon, is that even a surprise now? And years and years later, I still remember the way it tasted. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, and they made pico fresh with the most delicious ripe tomatoes. So needless to say, I was piling it high on my eggs, loading it up in my shrimp tacos, and for dinner, you got it, more pico de gallo on the side, please!

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My favorite thing to make come April is all the things for Cinco de Mayo. And since I shared blender salsa the other day, I figured it was time for Pico. Living in Texas certainly has it’s perks, like having full access to the best Tex-Mex food. That means I get to try all the things and then come back here and share them with you! This is without a doubt the best job perk.

In previous years, I’ve shared how to make elotes (grilled corn with all the things), Mexican street corn salad, Mexican shrimp cocktail stuffed avocados (a personal faveee), street tacos, easy refried beans, shrimp enchiladas in cheesy sauce, avocado corn and rice salad and the list goes on and on,

What I’m trying to say is that if you haven’t planned your Cinco de Mayo menu, rest assured I’m going to be bombarding you with a few more Cinco de Mayo recipes before the big day!

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WHAT IS PICO DE GALLO?

Depending on where you are in the world, pico de gallo is also referred to as salsa fresca. It’s a blend of fresh tomatoes and a few select ingredients. Pico de Gallo tastes great on homemade tacos and burritos, but you can also serve it with tortilla chips.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PICO DE GALLO AND SALSA?

Pico de gallo or salsa fresca uses fresh ingredients as the name suggests. Salsa can also be made with fresh tomatoes, but some salsas are made with canned tomatoes and some with canned fire-roasted tomatoes (and sometimes the onions and peppers are roasted too.) The ingredients in pico de gallo are the starting point of salsa, but salsa often contains fresh garlic and spices, which Pico does not. Pico de Gallo is made by chopping onions, tomatoes, and peppers finely whereas most salsas are made in a blender or food processor.

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE PICO DE GALLO?

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Jalapeños
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Salt

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HOW TO MAKE THE BEST PICO DE GALLO

I have a special trick to share with you if you want to make the best restaurant-style Pico de Gallo. Start by mincing the onions finely and allowing them to sit in the lime juice while you chop the remainder of your ingredients. I find this small little step helps take away the harsh bite from the onion and makes it much more pleasant to eat in a gathering!

HOW TO USE HOMEMADE PICO DE GALLO

You can pretty much use Pico de Gallo on anything you like! I love it with homemade taquitos (coming soon), but also with my chicken or beef fajitas, served simply with chips for a dip trio, along with my homemade avocado dip (coming soon) + blender salsa. You can also serve it with my chicken carnitas, or street corn chicken tacos. Plus, my homemade Pico de Gallo can be used anywhere you see fit!

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5-Ingredient Pico de Gallo

Learn how to make a quick 5-ingredient Pico de Gallo! This recipe calls for easy ingredients, and Pico de Gallo can be used on tacos, fajitas, or served straight with your favorite tortilla chips!

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Ingredients:

  • 5-6 Roma tomatoes, chopped (about 1 ¼ pounds)
  • ½ cup onions, finely minced (or more to taste)
  • 1 -2 minced jalapeños, seeds and ribs removed
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped (use stems too!)
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (plus more as desired)

Directions:

  1. Add onions and jalapeños to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice and salt, and stir to combine, let sit for 5 minutes while you chop your tomatoes. Add the tomatoes and cilantro. Taste and adjust with additional salt or lime juice as desired. Allow the Pico de Gallo to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes (or refrigerate for 2 hours, covered) and then serve with tortilla chips or on top of your favorite foods!
  2. Leftover pico de gallo can be kept covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Notes:

  1. I like to remove the seeds from my tomatoes, however, this is entirely optional.

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5 Minute Resturant-Style Blender Salsa

5 Minute Resturant-Style Blender Salsa

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The quickest, most delicious blender salsa recipe ever. This restaurant-style blender salsa takes just 5 minutes to whip up, and it’s so so good. Serve it with chips or use it anywhere salsa is called for. Everyone is going to LOVE this!

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I have a confession to make.

I have a borderline inappropriate love for salsa. There; I said it.

Promise, if there is a will, there is a way. I will sneak salsa into almost ANYTHING. Okay, not like dessert or anything, because that’s just weird. But pretty much everything else. I’ve used it as dressing on a salad. Healthier, and so much tastier than salad dressing. And just plain old, gosh-darn good. I almost always have to have blender salsa with scrambled eggs in the morning — yuh huh.

I scramble the eggs up in a skillet. Then toss in some crushed up tortilla chips (just like a tablespoon or two or three) and some cheese and let it all melt. Put all of that on a warm tortilla and top with a couple of tablespoons of homemade blender salsa. That’s it. <– It’s basically migas shoved into tortillas. You’ve got to try it. It is seriously the best breakfast taco of your life. If I could, I would eat this for every meal of the day.

No joke!

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Making homemade salsa isn’t tricky; however, if you’re like me and like a nicely balanced red salsa, it’s important to get the proportions right. Like any other recipe, making salsa is all about balance. Too much lime juice and it’s too tart, too many spices and you can’t taste the tomatoes. Too much garlic, and you would be scaring away an army of vampires for life.

But salsa isn’t the only thing I love whipping up quickly. Homemade Pico de Gallo (recipe coming soon), salsa verde, slow cooker queso, chili cheese dip, and guacamole salsa are just some of the other homemade dips I like to add to my Cinco de Mayo menu or Saturday nights for game night.

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE 5-MINUTE BLENDER SALSA

  • tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Lime juice
  • White onions
  • Cilantro
  • Diced green chilies
  • Garlic
  • Sugar/ salt
  • Spices

HOW TO MAKE 5-MINUTE BLENDER SALSA

Making blender salsa is the easiest thing ever! 

  • You don’t have to mince any veggies; just a rough chop does the trick.
  • Toss it all into the blender along with the spices and pulse until the veggies breakdown.

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WHAT TYPE OF TOMATOES WORK BEST FOR THIS BLENDER SALSA RECIPE?

I prefer to use diced fire-roasted canned tomatoes. I know that not everyone loves the taste of canned tomatoes, but I find that the canned tomatoes have that perfect texture for a good homemade salsa. You’re welcome to use fresh tomatoes and then grill them on your own or roast them in the oven. However,  I find that using fresh tomatoes doesn’t yield that same taste and texture for me as the canned tomatoes, but it’s an option if you’d like to use it.

DO YOU DRAIN THE TOMATOES BEFORE MAKING BLENDER SALSA?

It’s entirely up to you. If you prefer a more liquidy salsa, I suggest using one can undrained and then draining the other can. I prefer a thicker salsa, one that won’t make my chip soggy, so I like draining both cans of tomatoes (and even the diced green chilies) before adding them to the blender.

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CAN YOU MAKE BLENDER SALSA IN THE FOOD PROCESSOR?

Yes, you can! If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry, this is just as easy to make in your food processor. Just add all the ingredients into the food processor and be sure to use the pulse setting. That way, you get to control the texture.

TIPS FOR THE BEST BLENDER SALSA:

  • Make sure all your ingredients are fresh! Check the expiration date on your cumin, oregano, and chili powder if you don’t cook with these spices often! Trust me; it makes a big difference in terms of flavor.
  • Pulse the salsa, don’t puree. So important I had to say it twice! Pulsing creates that perfectly minced texture without causing the salsa to turn into picante sauce!
  • Let it chill. I learned this when I was testing my Pico de Gallo recipe. The tomatoes need a chance to hang out with the salt, onions, and garlic to make the most flavorful salsa! Ten minutes does the trick, 20-30 minutes is even better!

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Other recipes that I love to make for Cinco de Mayo or when I’m making blender salsa:

  • elotes (Mexican street corn)
  • chicken tortilla soup
  • Mexican street corn salad
  • Mexican shrimp stuffed avocados
  • Street corn chicken tacos
  • Chicken Carnitas
  • Mexican fruit salad
  • Black bean soup
  • Homemade taco seasoning
  • The best fajitas
  • Chicken street tacos
  • Sopapilla cheesecake bars
  • Mexican chili

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Original blender salsa recipe shared April 2015, updated April 2019 with new pictures.

5-Minute Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa

The quickest, most delicious blender salsa recipe ever. This restaurant style salsa takes just 5 minutes to whip up and it’s so so good. Serve it with chips or use it anywhere salsa is called for. Everyone is going to LOVE this!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (28-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes, drained for a chunkier salsa
  • 1 jalapeño, ribs and seeds removed
  • 1 lime, juiced (2 ½ – 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 small white onion, cut into chunks
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies, drained
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (use less or omit if you wish)
  • 1½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: salt, oregano, AND chili powder (omit for milder salsa)

Directions:

  1. Pulse ingredients together in a food processor or blender until you reach desired consistency. Adjust seasonings to taste. Allow the salsa to sit for 10-30 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  1. Serve fire roasted salsa fresh from the blender or place in a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. I love storing it in my weck jars (affiliate link.)

  2. Make sure to purchase fire roasted tomatoes that do not contain any seasonings. Some stores sell ‘salsa style’ fire roasted tomatoes. Those already contain salt and that’s why I’ve listed only ½ teaspoon. If you’res doesn’t contain salt, feel free to up the salt to your taste!

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    Easy Lemon Rosemary Chicken

    Easy Lemon Rosemary Chicken

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    An easy lemon rosemary chicken recipe that requires just ten simple ingredients! The chicken is seasoned with lemon pepper seasoning, seared and then cooked in a simple lemon rosemary butter sauce.

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    Mondays are for easy chicken dinners!

    I declare this Monday to be Easy Lemon Rosemary Chicken day! It starts with the humble chicken breast, just a few shakes on lemon pepper seasoning and a quick sear in a hot skillet. While that’s happening, we’re going to just combine a few ingredients in a measuring cup and make the sauce in the microwave. And once it’s all hot and bubbly, we’ll pour the sauce into the skillet and throw it all in the oven and sit back while the chicken practically cooks itself.

    Quick Monday night dinners make life worth living.

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    Secretly, I’ve started a new Monday tradition in our house – EDM. As in, we’re not having any electronic dance party! My type of EDM is all about Easy Dinner Mondays.

    But in all seriousness, what I love most about my lemon rosemary chicken recipe is that you can make it as simple or fancy as you’d like. Serve it with steamed veggies and fluffed rice or quinoa to keep it weeknight friendly. Make it with homemade focaccia and roasted brussels sprouts if you want to impress your guests.

    And there are other options too! Easy chicken dinners are totally my jam. Starting with the first of its name, one skillet lemon garlic chicken, which you guys have loved and made as much as we have! Seriously, it’s the most popular recipe on Little Spice Jar. In recent years, I’ve shared my mozzarella chicken, bruschetta chicken, honey lemon chicken, balsamic tomato baked chicken, cheesy bbq chicken, which is basically a bbq chicken pizza gone crustless, and the list goes on and on.

    What all of these recipes have in common is that they’re all big on flavor, easy on clean up, and quick to make.

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    WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN

    • boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
    • lemon pepper seasoning
    • salt
    • lemon rosemary sauce (ingredients listed below)

    WHAT IF I ONLY HAVE CHICKEN THIGHS, CAN I USE THEM FOR LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN?

    Yes, you can swap the boneless, skinless chicken breasts for chicken thighs here. Just be sure to use the same amount of chicken required. Please also remember that the cooking time may vary. Be sure to use a meat thermometer to be check and make sure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches a 165ºF.

    WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR THE LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN SAUCE?

    • butter
    • lemon juice
    • minced garlic
    • chicken broth
    • chopped herbs
    • red pepper flakes
    • honey

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    WHAT CAN I USE IN PLACE OF THE BUTTER IN LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN?

    If you’re lactose-free, follow a paleo/keto diet you can also swap the butter for ghee. If you’re dairy-free, you can use margarine or olive oil/avocado oil in place of the butter.

    HOW TO MAKE THE LEMON ROSEMARY SAUCE

    I’ve never made anything easier:

    1. Place the ingredients for the sauce in a microwave-safe measuring cup and zap it till the butter melts! That’s it!

    DOES THIS MAKE ENOUGH SAUCE TO DRIZZLE ON VEGGIES AND RICE/PASTA?

    Yes! I removed most of the sauce from the skillet before shooting this recipe, so what you see in the pan is only a portion of the sauce (I’d say there’s at least just as much I didn’t picture.) A lot of you have mentioned you like having extra sauce with your recipes, so I’ve specifically made this recipe with extra sauce! Drizzle it on rice/ pasta or your veggies!

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    WHAT VEGGIES CAN I SERVE WITH LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN?

    You can serve this simply with steamed broccoli, green beans, sautéed zucchini, steamed or grilled asparagus, over cauliflower rice/gnocchi. Really, the possibilities are endless.

    WHAT ELSE CAN I SERVE WITH LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN?

    • mashed potatoes
    • the best brussels sprouts
    • zucchini and corn saute
    • twice baked potato casserole
    • superfood broccoli salad
    • roasted garlic Italian couscous salad
    • rosemary focaccia

    P.S. The lemon slices that you see in the pictures aren’t really a part of the recipe. I just sliced fresh lemon and heated it in a warm pan and used it for pictures. If you’d like to do the same, feel free to do this in the skillet before searing the chicken breasts to make it easier for cleanup!

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    Easy Lemon Rosemary Chicken

    An easy lemon rosemary chicken recipe that requires just 10 simple ingredients! The chicken is seasoned with lemon pepper seasoning, seared and then cooked in a simple lemon rosemary butter sauce.

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    Ingredients:

    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts ( 1 1/4 pounds total)
    • 1 ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
    • 3 tablespoons EACH: butter AND lemon juice
    • 5 cloves garlic minced
    • ⅓ cup chicken broth
    • 1 ¼ teaspoon EACH: freshly chopped rosemary AND parsley
    • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (more/less to taste)
    • 2 teaspoons honey (or maple syrup)
    • additional lemon slices, for garnish

    Directions:

    1. PREP: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425ºF. 
    2. SAUCE: In a 1-cup measuring cup, combine 2 tablespoons of butter, lemon juice, minced garlic, chicken broth, freshly chopped rosemary, parsley, red pepper, and honey and microwave in 30-second increments until the butter melts. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t boil over!
    3. CHICKEN: Season the chicken breasts with lemon pepper seasoning on both sides and a big pinch of salt. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to an ovenproof skillet placed over medium-high heat and when it’s hot, sear the chicken breasts. Do not overcrowd the pan or your chicken won’t brown. You may want to do this in two batches. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side. If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, transfer the chicken to a 9×13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. 
    4. BAKE: Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken. Bake for 13-17 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165ºF. Feel for firmness on the thickest part of the breast if you don’t have a thermometer. Spoon the sauce over the chicken breasts a couple of times during the baking process to keep the chicken moist! The amount of time required for the chicken to bake just depends on the thickness.

    Notes:

    1. The lemon slices that you see in the pictures aren’t really a part of the recipe. I just sliced fresh lemon and heated it in a warm pan and used it for pictures. If you’d like to do the same, feel free to do this in the skillet before searing the chicken breasts to make it easier for cleanup!

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    Easy Texas Blueberry Cobbler

    Easy Texas Blueberry Cobbler

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    Less than ten ingredients in my homemade Texas blueberry cobbler. Texas style cobbler has more of a cake-like texture, and you drop the fruit on top, and as it bakes, the cake rises on top. So good when it’s warm right out of the oven topped with vanilla ice cream!

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    Would you believe I’d hadn’t even heard of a Texas blueberry cobbler up until last year? 

    At this point, I’ve lived in Texas most of my life now, and somehow I’d skipped right over the worlds easiest dessert, right on to all the other things. I had my first Texas blueberry cobbler at a local bbq joint. I can still remember the day; it was blustery cold outside, and we stood in a line that seemed like forever. This place is so well known for their bbq, their ribs sell out within minutes of opening! And yes, they make more every single weekend and somehow, they still disappear!

    So while we were waiting in what I call the worlds longest line, I happen to spot a worker bringing trays of what looked like blueberry cobbler and warm chocolate cake out of the kitchen. And though my husband was so hoping I’d go for the chocolate cake, I, of course, went for the cobbler. And I’m happy I tried it. Texas blueberry cobbler is like nothing you’ve had before. Especially when it’s warm, you can taste the cinnamon and the hint of cornmeal that gives the cake a little crispy texture and the warm blueberries as they melt in your mouth.

    It’s a cake; it’s a cobbler, it’s basically the best thing ever.

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    Take it from someone who loves blueberry crisp or a good blueberry muffin; I take my blueberry desserts very seriously. So when I found something that tastes like a cross between a crisp and a muffin, you bet I’ve already made and shared this with everyone I know. Have you ever made or tasted a snack cake or a dump cake? Texas cobbler is very similar to those.

    While still recipe testing, I made a batch for a dinner party I was hosting for ten people, and you know what? Every single person helped themselves to seconds. 

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    WHAT IS TEXAS BLUEBERRY COBBLER?

    Like with most things, Texas has its own way or doing things! A Texas-style cobbler is a buttery cake speckled with fresh fruit or berries and bakes up with a buttery snack cake. The coolest part is that the berries start on top and as the cake bakes, they move towards the middle, and the bottom and the cake develops a buttery golden top!

    HOW IS TEXAS BLUEBERRY COBBLER DIFFERENT FROM REGULAR COBBLER?

    Regular or traditional blueberry cobbler is made with a biscuit topping – whether homemade or store-bought. The fruit filling (which can be anything from apples, to peaches, to berries, sits on the bottom of the pan and the biscuit topping bakes up on top. But if you ask a Texan, they’ll probably tell you that biscuits go with gravy and not on your cobbler!

    Our Texas blueberry cobbler is much more simple to make and uses a cake mix. The edges get nice and golden brown and extra buttery. Trust me, once you have it, you’ll think twice before deciding what kind of cobbler you want to serve at your next shindig!

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    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE TEXAS BLUEBERRY COBBLER?

    • butter
    • blueberries
    • sugar
    • vanilla
    • cinnamon
    • nutmeg
    • yellow cake mix
    • cornmeal
    • buttermilk

    A NOTE ABOUT THE CAKE MIX:

    Though you can use just about any brand you like, I suggest making sure that your box mix is 16 ounces. Make sure you don’t use a family size or anything like that!

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    HOW TO MAKE TEXAS BLUEBERRY COBBLER:

    1. Add four tablespoon of cold butter to a baking dish and allow for it to melt in the oven while you prep the batter.
    2. Mash the blueberries with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some of the sugar. 
    3. Combine the cake mix and the cornmeal in a bowl. Slowly pour in the remaining melted butter and the buttermilk.
    4. When the baking dish is hot, pour the prepared batter into the baking dish and top with the mashed blueberries. 
    5. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and bake until it sets; about 45 minutes.
    6. Serve warm out of the oven with vanilla ice cream! You must. 

    WHAT SIZE BAKING DISH DO YOU USE TO MAKE TEXAS BLUEBERRY COBBLER?

    I suggest using a 9×13 baking dish. This is so that the baking time is accurate. Pictured is a dish that was slightly smaller than the size I mentioned, and it took several additional minutes. The things I do for a good picture! If I were to make this for us, I’d make it in a 9×13!

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    WILL I BE ABLE TO CUT THE TEXAS BLUEBERRY COBBLER INTO PIECES.. LIKE A CAKE?

    No, Texas blueberry cobbler is better served with a spoon, the way you’d scoop out a traditional cobbler as this many berries does make the cake a little unstable!

    CAN I USE SOMETHING OTHER THAN BLUEBERRIES?

    You can make this with canned peaches or even raspberries if blueberries aren’t your thing! Anything that you’d use in a fruit snack cake, or make a cobbler with, would work well here.

    Happy baking!

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    Easy Texas Blueberry Cobbler

    Less than 10 ingredients in my homemade Texas blueberry cobbler. Texas style cobbler has more of a cake-like texture and you drop the fruit on top and as it bakes, the cake rises on top. So good when it’s warm right out of the oven topped with vanilla ice cream!

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    Ingredients:

    • 12 tablespoons salted butter (8 tbsp melted + 4 cold, cut into cubes)
    • 1 (16-ounce) box yellow cake mix
    • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
    • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
    • 1 teaspoon EACH: vanilla AND ground cinnamon
    • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 16 ounces fresh blueberries 
    • 1¼ cup buttermilk
    • ice cream, for serving (optional)

    Directions:

    1. PREP: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven o 350ºF. Once the oven reaches 350ºF, add the 4 tablespoons of cold butter into a 13×9-inch baking dish. Place the baking dish in the oven and allow it to melt about 8-10 minutes. Once melted, swirl the dish so the butter coats the bottom evenly. Spray the sides with cooking spray or carefully tip the tray and cover the sides in the melted butter.
    2. BLUBERRIES: While the butter is melting, in a large bowl, mash the blueberries using a drink muddler or a potato masher just a couple of times and add 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, vanilla, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg; set aside.
    3. BAKE: In another bowl, whisk together the cake mix and cornmeal. Add the melted butter, and buttermilk to the mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour the batter into the baking dish, while it’s still hot from the oven. Dollop the mashed blueberries over the mixture evenly. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar over the cobbler and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly around the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream!

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    Amazing Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

    Amazing Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

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    Eight simple ingredients in my southern buttermilk biscuits! These buttermilk biscuits have a gazillion flakey, buttery layers! Once you make them at home, you’ll never buy biscuits in a can again!

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    Praise be.

    Southern Buttermilk Biscuits. Cold grated butter, a few cups of flour, and a whole lot of love! Southern buttermilk biscuits are known for their golden brown exterior with a gazillion layers of fluffy, buttery dough tucked underneath. These buttermilk biscuits are so easy to make and take about 15 minutes of hands-on time. To be completely transparent, my recipe for homemade biscuits is probably very similar to the ones you’ve used in the past. But, there’s one ingredient that I like to use when making baked goods that really elevates the flavors and makes them so much better. Also, the most significant difference in my buttermilk biscuits recipe is the method we use. I’ll give you a few essential tips to ensure your homemade biscuits are a hit with everyone you share them with.

    And is there anyone in this world that doesn’t love a good biscuit?

    I think not!

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    Biscuits! Rolls! And just bread, in general, are my kryptonite. In the years past, I’ve shared my garlic and herb butter rolls, cheddar bay biscuits, and my flakey 1-hour potato rolls with you guys and this year for Easter I thought, why not introduce you to my southern buttermilk biscuits?

    Of all the dinner rolls I’ve made, I think these southern-style buttermilk biscuits are my favorite. And you know those freezer breakfast sandwiches I shared the other day? How much more delicious would they be tucked inside a homemade biscuit?

    Have mercyy.

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    WHAT ARE BISCUITS?

    Depending on where you are in the world, the word ‘biscuit’ means something completely different to you. ‘Biscuits’ in the United States and most of North America, is a term used to describe a flakey, buttery dinner roll (one that’s made without yeast.) Biscuits are very similar to scones as they rely on baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent.

    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE BUTTERMILK BISCUITS?

    • all-purpose flour
    • cold butter
    • powdered milk
    • sugar
    • baking powder
    • baking soda
    • salt
    • cold buttermilk 

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    WHY DO YOU USE POWDERED MILK IN YOUR HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK BISCUITS RECIPE?

    Powdered milk is an ingredient I often use when making most types of baked goods. In this case, it enhances the biscuit dough and gives it a bakery-like flavor. It also increases the browning ability of the crust. Since it’s a fine powder, it quickly disperses throughout the dough and results in a more tender biscuit. The sugars in milk powder also help give the biscuits a more vibrant color.

    I can’t take the credit for the addition of powdered milk though! It’s a trick I picked up from my mom; she almost always uses it in her rolls or biscuit recipes!

    WHERE CAN I FIND POWDERED MILK IN STORES?

    Powdered milk is usually found next to the sweetened condensed milk and the evaporated milk in the baking aisle of almost all grocery stores.

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    HOW DO YOU MEASURE THE FLOUR?

    I find the best method of measuring out flour for buttermilk biscuits is the ‘spoon and sweep method.’ Use a smaller measuring scoop or cup to spoon flour into a 1-cup measure. Then use a knife and sweep from one side of the measuring cup to the other to level it off. Do this four times to make a total of 4 cups.

    THE BEST TIPS FOR PERFECT HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

    I’ve been making homemade biscuits for years, and along the way, I’ve picked up a few tricks that I want to pass on to you. Trust me; if you follow these few tips, you’re sure to end up with a better buttermilk biscuit.

    1. Keep it cool. Keep the butter as cold as possible. If you store your butter in the refrigerator, pop it into the freezer the night before or the morning of for a few hours. I usually buy and store butter in the freezer until ready to use! The cold butter creates pockets in the dough that melt in the oven while the biscuits bake, creating a more flakey biscuit.
    2. Grate it good. Grate the butter while it’s frozen. You can do this by hand on a box grater or in a food processor. I live in Texas and grating butter by hand is as good as melting it in the microwave. What I’m trying to say, is that it’s not an option. Also, it takes forever. I highly recommend the food processor. Feel free to store the grated butter in the freezer if you plan on making biscuits later in the day.
    3. Work it, but not too much. Combine your dry ingredients, then add in the grated butter using a fork so that all the butter is evenly coated in the flour mixture. Slowly pour in the buttermilk and combine to mix with the fork. When the dough is still shaggy and crumbly, dump it out onto a clean, floured surface. A crumbly mixture is ideal here.
    4. Envelope style. We’re going to envelope fold that dough like we’re making croissants, even if we’ve never made croissants before. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle. Then grab one side and fold it towards the center, to the same thing with the other side, but fold it over the first fold you made (see the picture above.) Then, flatten the dough again and fold the side you didn’t fold last time towards the middle, again envelope style. Turn the dough 90 degrees and repeat this one more time.
    5. Give it to me straight. Using a large dough cutter, go straight down when you’re cutting the biscuit dough. Do not twist the cutter. Twisting is the worst thing you can do for biscuits as it seals the edges and doesn’t allow them to rise properly.
    6. Stay in touch. Bake the biscuit touching. For this recipe, I suggest using a 9×13 sheet pan (a quarter sheet pan) or a 9×13 baking dish so that the biscuits all touch when they bake. This allows for the biscuits to rise taller and maintain a better shape.

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    Can we take a second to appreciate all the flakiness of these buttermilk biscuits? ↑ The trick to making perfect buttermilk biscuits is that ‘croissant dough process’ that we use that makes these biscuits so gosh darn picture perfect. Also, I love good rustic biscuits. All those crackly bits at the top give these buttermilk biscuits so. much. texture.

    A VARIATION ON MY SOUTHERN BUTTERMILK BISCUITS:

    If you’re serving these for breakfast, I highly recommend brushing them with a combination of honey and butter. One tablespoon of honey along with two tablespoons of butter is my winning ratio. However, more honey won’t hurt if you like things a little sweeter.

    I prefer biscuits brushed simply with a little butter while they’re fresh out of the oven. That way, you can make breakfast sandwiches, smear on some strawberry jam, or serve them up with gravy! 

    Once you serve these homemade buttermilk biscuits, the fam is so not letting you get away with that stuff that comes in a tube anymore!

    Seriously, these southern-style biscuits are the bomb-diggity!

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    Amazing Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

    Eight simple ingredients in my southern buttermilk biscuits! These buttermilk biscuits have a gazillion flakey, buttery layers! Once you make them at home, you’ll never buy biscuits in a can again!

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    Ingredients:

    • 4 cups all-purpose flour (see notes)
    • 1 tablespoon EACH: powdered milk AND granulated sugar
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder 
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 cup salted butter, frozen and grated (see notes) + 3 tablespoons melted
    • 1 ¼ cup cold buttermilk (plus 1-2 tablespoons)

    Directions:

    1. MIX: Combine the flour, powdered, milk, baking powder, granulated sugar, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Fold in the grated butter and then using a fork, mix as you pour in the buttermilk. Add half and check and see if the mixture needs more. The dough should be shaggy but not wet, if the dough is really dry, add another tablespoon of buttermilk (up to 2 tablespoons) until the dough is shaggy. 
    2. DOUGH: Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gather the dough into a ball. Roll the dough out into a ½ inch thick rectangle (roughly 9×12.) Then fold in thirds (basically grab each side and fold it towards the middle overlapping the second side over the first.) Like you would a letter to put in an envelope. Then, flip the dough 90 degrees, so one of the sides you didn’t fold is in front of you. Roll it out again (½ inch thick.) Then, flip the dough 90 degrees, and repeat this step one more time. Roll the dough out into a 1-inch thick rectangle the last time and then cut out biscuits using a 2 ½ – 3-inch cookie cutter going straight down. DO NOT TWIST THE BISCUIT CUTTER. Gently reshape the dough (using that same envelope method, just once and rolling out the dough so it’s 1-inch thick) then cut out additional biscuits.
    3. BAKE: Transfer the biscuits to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (placing them so they’re touching.) And freeze the biscuit dough for 8-10 minutes. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375ºF while the biscuit dough is cooling. Brush the tops of the biscuits with a tablespoon of melted butter. When the oven is hot, bake the biscuits for 30-35 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the biscuits rise nice and tall. Brush with the remaining two tablespoons of butter before serving. Serve warm!

    Notes:

    1. I find the best method of measuring out flour for buttermilk biscuits is the ‘spoon and sweep method.’ Use a smaller measuring scoop or 1/4 cup measure to spoon flour into a 1-cup measure. Then use a knife and sweep from one side of the measuring cup to the other to level it off. Do this four times to make a total of 4 cups.
    2. I suggest grating the butter on a box grater or in a food processor. Pop the grated butter into a bowl (or in your food processor bowl is fine too) and then freeze it for 5-10 minutes before adding it to the dough. This way, the biscuits develop those beautiful butter pockets that make these biscuits extra yummy!
    3. For a sweeter biscuit, combine 1 tablespoon of honey with the butter or brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a tablespoon of granulated sugar!

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    Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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    Learn how to make an easy, rich and delicious old-fashioned sour cream coffee cake. The sour cream leaves this cake extra tender and so flavorful! And the pecan crumb topping is so addicting!

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    Sour cream coffee cake aka my coffees BFFL.

    I made a large pan of homemade sour cream coffee cake the other day because I was itching to bake something and because my coffee was lonely in the morning. It’s the perfect spring weekend baking project but also doubles as a great addition to the Easter or Mother’s Day brunch table.

    The second batch of this sour cream coffee cake went right to work with hubby because otherwise, it was doomed to end up going straight to my thighs.

    Let’s face it, anything that’s got a layer of cinnamon built in and one on top makes my heart skip a beat.

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    A homemade sour cream coffee cake is an essential breakfast treat that doesn’t require much work and makes enough to share with family or friends. It’s one of these easiest recipes I’ve shared that has a crumb cake filling and a topping. The nutty topping on top is the same and the filling in the middle of the cake.

    Cinnamon and I weren’t always friends. As a child, I loathed anything that had cinnamon in it or on it. And then all of a sudden, I started going backwards. Just making up for lost time now, I guess. It’s my secret ingredient in my homemade key lime pie bars; and if that sound weird, look at the ratings on that recipe. Cinnamon is also the star of my cinnamon swirl bread, duh right? And if you haven’t made my 1-hour cinnamon rolls, I have to say; please consider this your personal invitation. They. Are. So. Good.

    WHAT IS OLD FASHIONED SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE?

    Coffee cake, also referred to as a crumb cake, is a tender, lightly sweetened cake, usually paired or served with coffee. It sometimes contains a cinnamon streusel-like crumb topping and occasionally, some cakes also have this in the center. Icing or glaze is often used but isn’t mandatory. We call this a sour cream coffee cake because sour cream is used to make this breakfast cake more tender and flavorful.

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    WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE CRUMB FILLING AND TOPPING

    To keep things simple, I made us a crumb filling that also doubles as the topping

    • light brown sugar
    • granulated sugar
    • chopped pecans
    • melted butter
    • salt
    • ground cinnamon
    • ground nutmeg

    A couple of notes:

    1. The nutmeg is optional. I like to use nutmeg in recipes that call for cinnamon as it just helps bring out the taste of cinnamon. However, feel free to leave it out if you don’t have any on hand, it’s just ⅛ of a teaspoon!
    2. I usually buy pecan halves in bulk from the grocery store and then run them through the food processor. You don’t have to run out and buy ‘chopped pecans’ for this recipe.

    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE HOMEMADE SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE BATTER

    • all-purpose flour
    • baking powder and baking soda
    • salt
    • salted butter
    • granulated sugar
    • eggs
    • vanilla extract
    • sour cream

    If you don’t have salted butter for this recipe, feel free to use unsalted butter. But be sure to up the salt to ¾ teaspoons in the coffee cake batter.

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    HOW TO MAKE SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE

    Please note that this sour cream coffee cake batter will be a litter thicker than most cake batters we’ve made in the past. 

    1. Start by whipping the butter and sugar together on medium speed in the mixer. This step will help make the cake nice and fluffy.
    2. Add the eggs one at a time. Wait until the first is entirely incorporated before adding the next. Then, flavor with vanilla.
    3. Have the dry ingredients all mixed and ready to go in a bowl.
    4. Lower the speed on the mixer, add ⅓ of the dry ingredients. Save the rest for later.
    5. Add ½ the sour cream.
    6. Then, repeat. ⅓ of the flour, the remaining sour cream and follow it up with, you guessed it, the remaining flour.
    7. Stop the mixer when *just combined*

    THE BEST TRICK TO SPREAD THE COFFEE CAKE BATTER:

    Since this coffee cake batter is quite thick, I’ve found the best way to ensure the second cake layer goes on smooth is to drop the batter in dollops all over the cake and then gently spread it using an offset or rubber spatula. I like to spray my spatula with just a bit of cooking spray to keep the batter from sticking to the spatula too much! Works like a charm!

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    WHAT SIZE BAKING DISH DO I NEED?

    You’ll want to make this homemade sour cream coffee cake in a 9×13 baking dish. It’s the right size for our cake to crumb ratio and will bake up in the time listed. When you look at the cake batter, it’s gonna look like it’s not enough but trust me; the leavening agents are going to help make the coffee cake rise nice and tall.

    HOW TO MAKE A GLAZE FOR HOMEMADE SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE

    First off, the icing or glaze for this coffee cake is completely optional. Except, I don’t think I could ever eat a coffee cake without a hint of that powdered sugar goodness. If you’d like to make the glaze, it’s just a ½ cup of powdered sugar (also known and confectioners sugar) and 1-3 teaspoons of milk. Start with one teaspoon and if that glaze is too thick, add more milk until it just pours easily!

    HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVER SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE?

    Leftover cake should be wrapped and covered tightly and kept for up to 4 days at room temperature. 

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    Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Coffee Cake

    Learn how to make an easy, rich and delicious old-fashioned sour cream coffee cake. The sour cream leaves this cake extra tender and so flavorful! And the pecan crumb topping is so addicting!

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    Ingredients:

    Crumb:

    • ¼ cup EACH: light brown sugar AND granulated sugar
    • 1 ¼ cup chopped pecans
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • ⅛ teaspoon EACH: salt AND ground nutmeg

    Cake:

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon EACH: baking powder AND baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup salted butter, room temp
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs, room temp
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1¼ cups sour cream, room temperature

    Directions:

    1. PREP: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside for later. In a small bowl toss together the light brown sugar, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, pecans, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and melted butter; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk; set aside.
    2. CAKE:  In a large bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer) beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, waiting for one to incorporate before adding the next, then add the vanilla. Lower the speed on the mixer to medium-low, and add in one-third of the flour mixture, followed by half of the sour cream, then one-third of the flour mixture, the remaining sour cream, and finally the last third of the flour mixture. Allow each to combine before adding the next. 
    3. BAKE: Pour about half of the batter into the prepared baking dish. Then sprinkle half of the crumb mixture from step one, evenly over the batter. Drop the remaining cake batter in dollops over the cinnamon sugar mixture and carefully spread using an offset spatula or knife. If the batter sticks to the spatula, just spray the spatula with cooking spray. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the cake batter and bake the cake for 30-36 minutes or until a toothpick comes out without any wet cake batter. Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool before slicing and serving. Check the post for how to make a yummy glaze!

    Notes:

    1. If you’d like to make the glaze, it’s just a ½ cup of powdered sugar (also known and confectioners sugar) and 1-3 teaspoons of milk. Start with one teaspoon and if that glaze is too thick, add more milk until it just pours easily!

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