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Sharing my favorite breadsticks recipe today!  Wait until you try these Cheesy Chicken Taco Breadstick Dippers! They couldn’t be more simple to prepare and are flavor packed, not to mention perfect for parties!

breadsticks recipe

 

Breadsticks Recipe

This breadstick recipe is also a chicken taco all rolled into one!  One of my kids favorite weeknight meals…even so great for parties!  I thought it would be fun to develop a fun party recipe great for serving a house full of guests.  These are so simple, the kids will love helping put these breadstick dippers together. Watch the smiles across the room when you bring these to the table. Cheesy and chicken taco delicious!

Try my Chicken Enchilada Chicken Tacos too!  Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration!

How To Make Breadstick Recipe

breadsticks recipe

Start by combining your Taco Seasoning Mix with your shredded chicken. Stir to combine.

breadsticks recipe

Press your pizza dough into a rectangle over your parchment paper.

breadsticks recipe

Top half of pizza dough with shredded cheese.

breadsticks recipe

Top with taco chicken mixture and a little more cheese.

breadsticks recipe

Fold your pizza dough over the chicken/cheese side and press edges to seal.

breadsticks recipe

Take a knife, scissors or pizza cutter and cut 1 inch strips.

breadsticks recipe

Time to sprinkle with a little more taco seasoning 🙂 Perfect! Time to bake.

Cheesy Chicken Taco Breadstick Dippers

Bake until slightly golden and cooked through. Let cool for 5 minutes before separating.

Cheesy Chicken Taco Breadstick Dippers

Mix up a little sour cream and taco seasoning, separate your breadsticks and you are ready to enjoy!  Amazing that with just a few ingredients, you get these flavor packed breadsticks. So simple too! Enjoy.

Cheesy Chicken Taco Breadstick Dippers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: breadstick recipe, breadsticks recipe, cheesy breadsticks recipe, chicken taco recipe, easy chicken taco recipe, easy weeknight dinners, easy weeknight dinners for family
Servings: 8
Calories: 239 kcal
Author: Jenny
Ingredients
  • 1 cup finely shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Old El Paso Taco Seasoning divided
  • 12 ounces prepared pizza dough
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place chicken and 1 teaspoon Old El Paso Taco Seasoning into a medium mixing bowl, stir to combine. Press your pizza dough into a rectangle filling most of the space on your baking sheet. Top half of dough with cheese then evenly place shredded chicken mixture over cheese. Top with additional cheese and fold dough over filled dough, pressing edges firmly to seal. Doesn’t have to be perfect, just mostly sealed. Sprinkle with an additional 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning and use a pizza cutter to cut 1 inch “breadstick” strips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before separating into breadsticks. Place sour cream and 1 teaspoon taco seasoning into a small bowl, stir to combine and use for dipping.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken Taco Breadstick Dippers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 474mg21%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was in partnership with Old El Paso in 2016.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Cookies

These Reese’s Puffs Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly crispy with the slightest hint of peanut butter from the cereal. You have to try them!
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing like a batch of homemade cookies. The cookie dough, the warm cookies right out of the oven. Just doesn’t get much better! Sharing one of my favorite cookie recipes with you today that you are going to LOVE. I added some Reese’s Peanut Butter Puff’s to the dough and these are delicious!

Try my Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies too! Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make the best chocolate chip cookies, you want to start with the best ingredients. Make sure your eggs are fresh, you have pure vanilla extract and real butter. These are some of my must do’s when making my cookie recipes. Invest in a nice cookie sheet from your favorite kitchen store. I really enjoy the ones from Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table. It’s also helpful to have a great cookie scoop. I look for a medium sized one that gives me uniform cookies when placing onto my baking sheet.

These really are some of the best chocolate chip cookies. Love the texture with the cereal and buttery crisp edges. A family favorite for sure. I had all of my ingredients and I was ready to start my cookies!!

 

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This dough is amazing!!!

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I mean come on!!!

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

With this recipe, I’ve included one of my favorite simple buttercream recipes that you can use to make a chocolate chip cookie sandwich. You spread a couple tablespoons onto a cookie, top with another cookie then press some Reese’s Peanut Butter Puff’s Cereal onto the buttercream. These are decadent and perfect for entertaining your family and friends.

Be sure to store any leftovers in an airtight container, chilled in the refrigerator or at room temperature on the kitchen counter.

Reese’s Puffs Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

These Reese's Puffs Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly crispy with the slightest hint of peanut butter from the cereal. You have to try them!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best cookie recipes, chocolate chip cookie recipe, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies recipe, peanut butter cookies easy, peanut butter cookies recipe, peanut butter crunch cookies, peanut butter crunchy cookies, the best chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 303 kcal
Author: Jenny
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely ground Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Buttercream
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butters and sugars in large bowl or stand mixer. Add eggs and vanilla beating until well combined. Stir in flour, cereal, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. Using a medium-large cookie scoop at least 2 tablespoons, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet at least 1 inch apart from each other. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden edges and baked through. Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring.
  3. If making cookie sandwiches, prepare frosting. In a medium mixing bowl, cream peanut butter and butter until smooth. Stir in powdered sugar until thick and spreadable. Spoon frosting on inside of one cookie and top with a second cookie. Place Reese’s Puff Cereal on outside of frosting if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Reese’s Puffs Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 186mg8%
Potassium 205mg6%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Dinner

This Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal is perfect for taking dinner to a friend or having on hand for a last minute dinner!
Enchiladas

Enchiladas for dinner are one of our very favorite dinner recipes. Having freezer meals are so great to pull out when time is short for is dinner. Some nights I am scrambling to get dinner on the table, so I appreciate having freezer meals available. These chicken enchiladas are going to knock your socks off!

Be sure to check out my Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas too!

Such a pleasure partnering with Frigidaire Gallery® to bring you new recipes that the whole family will enjoy and saves you time in the kitchen. I prepared a simple freezer meal with only a few ingredients that you can put together in no time. I like to have freezer dinners on hand in case a friend is in need or when I run out of time during my busy week. So nice to pull something out that you’ve prepared ahead of time.

How To Prepare Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas

To start, spoon some enchilada sauce to cover the bottom of your disposable baking dish.

Enchiladas

Warm your tortillas so they don’t break when you roll them and place into dish.

Enchiladas

Layer each tortilla with some shredded cheese, chicken and black beans. Be sure to not overfill the tortillas, makes rolling and transferring to dish difficult.

Enchiladas

Transfer rolled enchiladas seam side down into dish, keeping as tight as possible.

Where Can I Find Disposable Pans Like This?

Find these 9×13 inch disposable baking pans in the baking section of your grocery store. If not there, check where the tin foil and ziplock baggies are sold. These are so great to have on hand for freezer meals and storing leftovers in. They come in a variety of sizes

Enchiladas

Fill pan like so.

Enchiladas

Spoon remaining enchilada sauce evenly over top.

Enchiladas

Top with shredded cheese.

Enchiladas

At this point, cover tightly with foil or press and seal wrap. Label and get ready for the freezer.

 

Enchiladas

Place your baking pan so the label is visible and easy to see. Love how nice and bright the LED lights are in this freezer. Makes it so convenient.

Enchiladas

Loving the adjustable door bins and shelves you can organize to your liking for the different items you might have in your freezer. When you are ready to serve the enchiladas, thaw to room temperature and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until hot.

Enchiladas

Enchiladas

When you are ready to bake, top with your favorite ingredients. These are fantastic!

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken enchilada recipe, chicken enchiladas, enchilada recipe, enchilada sauce, enchiladas
Servings: 8
Calories: 397 kcal
Author: Jenny
Ingredients
  • two 10 ounce cans mild red enchilada sauce
  • 12 white corn tortillas taco size
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 cup cooked black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped, optional
  • 1 cup sour cream optional
Instructions
  1. Spoon enchilada sauce into bottom of 9×13 inch disposable tin baking dish. Should be enough sauce that covers the bottom evenly.
  2. Warm tortillas in microwave until softened and hot. Layer each tortilla with cheese, chicken and black beans. Be sure to not overfill tortillas. Carefully roll tortillas with filling and place seam side down into baking dish. Continue filling tortillas to fill pan. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas and top with shredded cheese. Cover tightly with press and seal or foil. Label with title of recipe and date prepared. Freeze until ready to serve, up to 3 months.
  3. When ready to serve, thaw then bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes, until hot. Serve warm and top with chopped fresh cilantro and sour cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 392mg17%
Potassium 255mg7%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 880IU18%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 478mg48%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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Breakfast and Brunch

Sharing my Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Recipes with you today! Perfect way to start your day. Having healthy smoothie recipes is going to make your mornings a delight! Enjoy 🙂

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs
Delicious smoothie recipes sure make my mornings less hectic! Having these smoothie freezer packs ready to go in your freezer make for a simple and healthy breakfast choice.

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Frigidaire Gallery® to bring you new recipes for the whole family. Having our newly remodeled kitchen with Frigidaire Gallery appliances has given my kitchen new life. Can’t tell you enough how great it is cooking and baking now. What a difference! Be sure to check out the full kitchen remodel HERE.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

I selected some of my boys favorite smoothie fruits and place them into separate bowls for easy assembly.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

I always like to add a handful of baby spinach leaves for some extra greens.

Smoothie Recipes

 

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Write down the flavor of smoothie and any special instructions to complete your smoothie. Spoon your fruit and vegetable choices into your zip top bag, seal and continue preparing.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Get the kids involved too! They’ll love creating their own special smoothie blends.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

For this batch, I prepared three different varieties. Create as many or few as your family prefers.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Ready for the freezer!

 

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

I like to place my smoothie packs where I can easily read the labels. Also, low enough where the kids can grab them.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

It’s so great having all of this extra storage. Makes all of my weekly grocery shopping trips less stressful knowing I’ll have plenty of room for my things. Loving the bright LED lighting in the freezer. Everything is easy to see and nicely lit.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Get creative with your smoothie packs. Use your families favorite smoothie ingredients. Other great add ins are chia seeds, kale, nuts, peanut butter and other nut butters. You can also adjust your door bins and shelves to your liking for the different items you might have in your freezer.

Make Ahead Smoothies!

Freezer Smoothie Packs

Hope you enjoy your convenient make ahead smoothie packs!

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best smoothie recipe, best smoothie recipes, breakfast smoothie, breakfast smoothie recipes, breakfast smoothies, fruit smoothie recipes, healthy smoothie recipes, smoothie recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 295 kcal
Author: Jenny
Ingredients
Strawberry Peach Smoothie
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 3-4 slices fresh or frozen peaches
  • 1 large banana peeled
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • Bumbleberry Banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 large banana peeled
  • 1 cup losely packed spinach leaves
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
Blueberry Peach Smoothie
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3-4 slices fresh or frozen peaches
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
Instructions
  1. For each smoothie pack, place into high powered blender and add juice and yogurt. Blend until well combined and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 1104mg32%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1780IU36%
Vitamin C 106.8mg129%
Calcium 251mg25%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®, 2016. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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Dinner

Sharing a favorite cornbread recipe today!  You are going to love these Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges! A fun dinner recipe the whole family will go nuts for!

cornbread recipe

Cornbread Recipe

Can’t wait for you guys to try this cornbread recipe!  Packed with the best chicken taco flavors that have the whole family so happy for dinner time!

Be sure to try my Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe with amazing cornbread pieces too!  Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.

cornbread recipe

So many fun memories writing this post today. Many of you probably don’t know that quite a few years ago I started my cooking career as a competitive cook! It’s funny even saying that because I am not really a competitive person! I really enjoyed writing recipes and just kind of fell into this fun world of competing.

One of my favorite cook-off’s was definitely the Martha White Cornbread Cook-Off in 2007. Here I am preparing my dish for the judges. Talk about being a nervous wreck! I remember getting all of my cute food props at World Market. My father-in-law flew with us and the boys and we got to play in TN for a few days. The Cornbread Festival was so much fun. So much good food to try.

So…..did I win the cook-off? …..

I won! I got the famous skillet champion hat plus $5000 to take home. What a fun weekend that was.

I ended up competing from 2004-about 2007. So many great memories and friends made. I’ll never forget it. When I was done competing, I started Picky Palate and here I am still creating recipes. It’s the perfect job for me 🙂

Hope you enjoy my winning cornbread recipe, give it a try, you’ll be glad you did!!

Cornbread Casserole

cornbread recipe

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: best cornbread recipe, cast iron cornbread, chicken taco, chicken taco recipe, cornbread, cornbread casserole, cornbread recipe, cornbread salad, how to make cornbread, mexican cornbread, mexican cornbread recipe, skillet cornbread, sweet cornbread
Servings: 8
Calories: 287 kcal
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves
Filling
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
Crust
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 7 oz. pkg. Martha White® Sweet Yellow Cornbread Mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup crushed corn tortilla chips
Toppings
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded romaine
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 717mg31%
Potassium 301mg9%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1985IU40%
Vitamin C 11.8mg14%
Calcium 174mg17%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Dinner

This Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake is the perfect quick fix dinner that everyone loves. With great flavors and simple ingredients, you’ll love making this yummy recipe!
Rigatoni

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you family friendly Mexican style recipes. I always love creating weeknight dinners, because I know how crazy weekdays can get while the kids are in school with all of their activities. This is a great one you can even whip up in advance and bake when you need it.

Cheesy goodness packed with great Mexican flavors. Love this one. Hope you enjoy!

How To Prepare This Rigatoni Bake

Rigatoni

5 ingredients are all you’ll need to make this simple dinner recipe. Seriously! I used Old El Paso’s Chicken Taco Seasoning. That’s the only seasoning you need for the whole recipe.

Rigatoni

I used some rigatoni noodles, any small pasta noodle will do.

Rigatoni

Add cooked pasta back to dutch oven or large bowl.

Rigatoni

Stir in tomatoes with chilies.

Rigatoni

Chicken up next.

Rigatoni

Chicken Taco Seasoning into the pot.

Rigatoni

Sprinkle in the chopped cilantro and give a good stir.

Rigatoni

Pour half into a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Rigatoni

Add a layer of cheese.

Rigatoni

Mmm 🙂

Rigatoni

Top with remaining pasta, top with more cheese and time to bake!

Rigatoni

Gorgeous cheesy goodness.

Rigatoni

The family is going to love this one!

Rigatoni

 

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake is the perfect quick fix dinner that everyone loves. With great flavors and simple ingredients, you'll love making this yummy recipe!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cajun chicken pasta recipe, chicken pasta bake, chicken pasta dishes, chicken rigatoni, easy dinner ideas, easy dinner recipes, pasta bake, pasta bake dishes, pasta bake recipe, pasta bake with chicken
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 499 kcal
Author: Jenny
Ingredients
  • 1 pound dry rigatoni pasta
  • two 10 ounce cans diced tomatoes with chilies mild
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Chicken Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar and mozzarella mixed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package direction, drain and transfer back to pot. Add diced tomatoes, chicken, taco seasoning and cilantro. Mix to combine. Transfer half to baking dish. Top with a layer of cheese then layer with remaining pasta. Top with the rest of the cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted and hot. Remove and serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 499 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 384mg17%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 685IU14%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 422mg42%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with Old El Paso, 2016. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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Dinner

Sharing my favorite Mexican chicken soup today! My Zesty Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe is simple to prepare for those busy weeknights and is full of great Mexican flavor!

Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

Doesn’t get much better than this Mexican Chicken Soup! I am celebrating with this delicious and so simple to prepare Mexican style soup. It’s packed with my homemade spanish rice, vegetables and chunks of chicken in a flavorful zesty broth. Cholula is my go to hot sauce for everything. It flavored my broth perfectly without being too spicy. We love it in my house!

Try my Weeknight Chicken Tortellini Soup too! Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for your soup. Simple pantry and refrigerator items. To save yourself some time, cook your chicken ahead of time so it’s ready to go 🙂

Mexican Chicken Soup

 Start by sautéing your onions.

Homemade Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

Add your carrots and some fresh garlic. Cook and stir until slightly softened.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Add your cooked rice. and seasonings.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Finish up the spanish rice by adding salt, pepper, tomato sauce and chicken broth to start the soup.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Dice your chicken and add it to the pot.

Mexican Chicken Soup

 Season the soup with Cholula hot sauce. I used 4 tablespoons, but use more or less to according to your liking.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Add some fresh cilantro and or parsley and simmer on low until you are ready to serve!

Mexican Chicken Soup

Spoon into your favorite bowl and enjoy!

Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken soup, chicken soup recipe, easy chicken soup recipe, easy mexican recipes, homemade chicken soup recipe, mexican chicken and rice soup, mexican chicken soup, mexican chicken soup recipe, mexican soup recipe, the best chicken soup
Servings: 12
Calories: 272 kcal
Author: Jenny
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked rice of choice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 64 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 10 ounce can Rotel diced tomatoes mild
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup Cholula Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onions, carrots and garlic for 5-10 minutes, stirring often. Add rice, cumin, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Stir in tomato sauce.
  3. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, lime juice and hot sauce and cilantro, stirring. Simmer on low until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Chicken Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 428mg19%
Potassium 466mg13%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1098IU22%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Desserts

These Homemade S’mores Granola Bars are the perfect snack to satisfy that sweet tooth! Oats, graham crackers, dark chocolate and marshmallow bits? Heaven 🙂
Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

These homemade granola bars are the perfect family friendly snack recipe that will have everyone smiling ear to ear. The perfect after school snack for the kids!

Partnering with Frigidaire Gallery® today! With just a few pantry staple ingredients, you’ll have these homemade granola bars ready in no time. S’mores is one of our very favorite dessert flavors so I knew they’d make a great granola bar.

Hope you enjoy this fun recipe that makes the perfect after school snack!

Ingredients for Homemade S’mores Granola Bars

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Here are the ingredients I used for my bars.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

To start, you’ll toast your shredded coconut in the oven.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

You’ll want to toast the coconut until golden brown.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Add your oats to a large mixing bowl.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

The crumbled graham crackers.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Cereal next 🙂

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Marshmallow bits! You can find these at your grocery store either by all of the other marshmallows or by the ice cream toppings. You can also order them on Amazon. They’re so great in cookie and brownie recipes too.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Aren’t they cute?

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Add your toasted coconut to the bowl.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Prepare sauce and pour over your oats mixture.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

At the very last minute before transferring, drizzle with a heaping tablespoon more honey and stir in your chocolate! I used dark chocolate chunks, but any chocolate chip works great.

Press Mixture Into Baking Dish and Refrigerate To Firm Up.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Press firmly into your baking dish. Let refrigerate for a good hour before slicing.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Cut into bars!

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Not only are these adorable and perfect for snacking, they’ve got all of the right flavors that make for a fun granola bar. Enjoy!

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Homemade S’mores Granola Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: afterschool snacks recipe, granola bars recipe, homemade granola bars, how to make homemade granola bars, kids recipe, the best homemade granola bars
Servings: 12
Calories: 283 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup graham crackers crumbled
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallow bits
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place shredded coconut evenly onto baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until browned. Remove.
  2. Place coconut, oats, graham crackers, cereal and marshmallow bits into large bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt butter and honey, stirring until melted. Remove and stir in brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla. Pour mixture over oat mixture stirring to combine. Right before transferring to 9×13 dish, drizzle with additional honey and stir in chocolate chunks, without stirring too much. Transfer to dish, pressing evenly. Refrigerate for one hour before cutting into bars. For best results, keep bars chilled until serving.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade S’mores Granola Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 201mg6%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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