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perfect chicken


I started to write this post a few weeks ago but didn’t have time to finish it.  Then the holidays and visiting family kept me busy, but now I finally have time to finish it.  yay!  I hope you will give this chicken a try and enjoy it as much as Russell and I did!

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Today (12/15/12) I tried a recipe that I have had pinned on my Pinterest food board for a while: Perfect Chicken.  There’s a reason it’s called perfect, and that’s because it is.  The combination of spices is AWESOME!  And the chicken doesn’t come out dry.  I was planning to shred and freeze what I didn’t use in a pot pie for tonight’s dinner, but it was so good I’m just gonna serve it with a side for dinner tomorrow.  (please forgive the low quality photos; there isn’t really any good natural lighting in my kitchen.)


Perfect Chicken
from the kitchen of: The Recipe Crayon Box

1/2 tsp each: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika
1-1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used thighs.)
2-3 tbsp olive oil (I used canola and cooking spray.)
*I had 4 lbs of chicken, so I quadrupled the spices.*


  • Heat oven to 350.
  • Mix salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika in a small bowl.
  • Pour olive oil in the bottom of a Dutch oven, and heat to med-high.
  • While the oil heats up, rub the spice mixture all over the chicken breasts.
  • Once oil is heated carefully add chicken to the pan (in batches if necessary). Cook 2-3 min per side.
  • If cooking in batches, return all chicken to the Dutch oven. Place uncovered Dutch oven in preheated oven, and bake for 25 minutes or until the juices run clear.
  • Remove from oven and place chicken on a plate. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting, shredding, or eating.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Note: I do not own a dutch oven, so I browned the chicken in a pan then baked it in a 9×13 glass baking dish. UPDATE: You could also use an iron skillet, which can be used on the stove top and in the oven.


easy crock pot chicken & stuffing


This is a dish I’ve made once before.  It is quite easy (as the title indicates) and pretty tasty.  Last time the chicken came out nice and moist, but sadly this time the chicken was dry.  I’m not really sure why it was dry but possibly due to a little bit of frostbite on the chicken.  The stuffing was still quite yummy, though!  You can find the recipe at The Pursuit of Happiness.

*For anyone wondering: I used 98% fat-free soup, and it worked just fine.

*A warning for those who don’t have a salty tooth like I do: this can be kinda salty with the combination of boxed stuffing and canned soup.  A possible way to decrease the saltiness is to make your own dried stuffing mix and/or to use a “heart healthy” soup (I’ve found this to be a better balance of fat and salt ratios than reduced fat soup).


p.s. I totally wasn’t expecting anyone to read, let alone “like”, my first post.  Thanks to the 11 bloggers who “liked” my post!