Monday, May 9, 2011

- quick recipe of the week -

One of my biggest struggles with juggling work, home, and little miss E is finding the time to cook inexpensive, easy, quick, and somewhat healthy meals during the week. I work M-Th, so on those days, I find it almost impossible to get home and have time to cook as well as watch little miss E until the hubby gets home. (Oh, and forget having time to workout everyday like I used to!) Obviously it's not cheap to just buy take out food every night (although that would be so much easier and make for a much happier momma at our house!), and it's not healthy to eat frozen/processed dinners all week long.

I do my best to find quick recipes (literally 15 minutes or less prep time) with very few ingredients to keep it easy and inexpensive. But, of course, they have to be tasty and somewhat good for you as well! I have quite a few recipes in my collection so far, so I decided to start a weekly series of some quick, yummy recipes geared towards mom and dad's that don't have the time or energy to be gourmet chefs and spend hours in the kitchen anymore! I would love to feature other bloggers and their family friendly recipes too, so feel free to leave me a comment with your email address (or another way to contact you) if you have a recipe you would like me to feature on this series.

This recipe is a favorite around our house....enjoy!

Foil Pack Taco Chicken
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves or  approx 1 lb chicken thighs
4 teaspoons taco seasoning mix
1 cup mexican style shredded cheese
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup sour cream (I use "light" to keep it a little healthier)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle chicken evenly with seasoning mix. Place 1 chicken breast or thigh on top of each of four large sheets of heavy-duty foil; top each with 1/4 cup of the cheese and 2 tablespoons of the salsa.Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and both ends to seal each packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Place in single layer in 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (170 degrees F). Remove packets from oven. Let stand 5 minutes. Place one packet on each of four dinner plates. Cut slits in foil with sharp knife to release steam before opening. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon of the sour cream. Serve with spanish rice, beans, or a vegetable. Variation: Add some diced chilies to the chicken packets before cooking to add a little kick


Kara @ Tizzi Lish said...

This looks great! I will be trying this for sure because I too need to make dinner in 15 mins :) I'm a new follower and LOVE your blog! said...

Following from mbc. Great idea to feature recipes. I will definitely be back for more! Thanks Kristy from

dreamachine said...

Mmm that looks delish!! Just started following you from MBC! Hope you'll follow back!

Mare said...

Great recipe ~ sounds really yummy and one I will definitely try. If you have a crockpot, it's a great way to have dinner ready when you get home. I'll find a few quick recipes for you and send them. Have a great week!

sasha said...

looks delicious! thank you from stopping by Diaper Style Memoirs. hope to
see you back soon ;) following you back!


Amy said...

Just started following! I cooked this tonight for my husband and myself and it was great! :)

Samantha said...

That looks so good!

New Follower from MBC :)

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