Tuscan Chicken Marinade Recipe

Tuscan Chicken Marinade
If you are looking for a good marinade recipe for chicken, you may want to consider making this Tuscan chicken marinade. It has great flavor and is easy enough to prepare. The Tuscan chicken marinade is used both as a marinade and as a sauce for serving after the chicken is cooked. If you don’t want to grill the chicken it can be baked in the oven. This recipe gets a lot of flavor from sundried tomatoes, vinegar, basil and oregano. The marinade is prepared in the blender and then can be used in a ziplock bag with the chicken. Enjoy.

Tuscan Chicken Marinade

Tuscan Chicken Marinade

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil (plus ¼ cup of oil from the jar)
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts

 

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients for the marinade in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour ¾ cup of the marinade into a large zip lock bag. Reserve about ¼ cup of the marinade for serving. Add the chicken breasts to the bag and marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  2. Lightly grease the grates of an outdoor grill. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade.
  3. Place the chicken onto the grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side or until the chicken is fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.). Serve with the reserved marinade. 

 

Adapted from The Seasoned Mom.  

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Smoked Sausage Spaghetti Recipe

Smoked Sausage Spaghetti
This smoked sausage spaghetti is easy to prepare and makes for a great dinner. The smoked sausage is sliced and then fried in the pan before the sauce is prepared. The sauce is a combination of crushed tomatoes, wine, and various seasonings. Fresh parsley and basil are added to give this dish a nice and fresh flavor. I like to serve this recipe with garlic bread. Enjoy.

Smoked Sausage Spaghetti

Smoked Sausage Spaghetti

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 13 ounces smoked sausage (cut into slices)
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1lb spaghetti noodles
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil (chopped)

 

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage slices in a single layer and cook, turning once until browned on both sides. Remove from the skillet and place onto a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.  
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of oil to the skillet and increase the heat to medium-high. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir around and cook for a few seconds. Add crushed tomatoes, wine, oregano, salt and stir. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-18 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cook the spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Once the spaghetti has finished cooking, drain and add the spaghetti in with the sauce. Add the smoked sausage, parsley and basil and stir. 

 

Adapted from My Sequined Life

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Mexican Breakfast Quesadillas Recipe

Mexican Breakfast Quesadillas

These Mexican breakfast style quesadillas consist of chorizo, egg, and cheese. There is just something about chorizo sausage that is amazing with scrambled eggs. The chorizo is homemade but if you want to save some time you could buy it from the store as well. However, I highly recommend preparing it yourself from scratch as it is so much better than what you can typically find in the store. If you want to prepare it yourself you can find the recipe here. For the cheese, you can use several different kinds but I like queso chihuahua. Enjoy.

Mexican Breakfast Quesadillas

Mexican Breakfast Quesadillas

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 (12-inch flour tortillas)
  • 2 cups queso chihuahua cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2lb chorizo sausage (homemade or store-bought)
  • Butter (for spreading)

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium fry pan cook the chorizo while breaking up into chunks with a spatula until fully cooked. Drain off any excess grease.
  2. While the chorizo is cooking, whisk the eggs and a little bit of salt and pepper in a bowl. Scramble the eggs in a large non-stick skillet until slightly firm. Set aside.
  3. Preheat a large nonstick skillet or griddle to medium-high heat. Butter one side of a flour tortilla. Cook the flour tortilla for 20 seconds, flip. Cover half the tortilla surface with shredded cheese and bits of chorizo sausage and scrambled eggs. Fold the tortilla in half and press down gently with a spatula and cook for 30 seconds on each side. Remove from the pan and cut the quesadilla into 3 wedges.

 

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Grilled Chicken Spice Rub Recipe

Grilled Chicken Spice Rub
Having a good dry spice rub on hand to prepare grilled chicken is a must. This spice rub uses a simple combination of spices to give your grilled chicken a delicious flavor. Sure, salt and pepper is fine but why not even add more flavor with a good dry rub? The best part is you probably have all or most of these ingredients on hand already. This spice rub is a combination of garlic powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, salt and pepper. This recipe makes enough rub to cover about 3 chicken breasts. You can easily prepare this rub in large batches and save some of it for future use. Enjoy.

Grilled Chicken Spice Rub
Grilled Chicken Spice Rub

Grilled Chicken Spice Rub

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix until well combined. Use for rubbing on chicken before grilling.
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