Thursday, November 17, 2011

Marinated chicken & sweet cranberry bread recipes!

Tonight, I decided to make a couple of old favorites, and I'll share them with you, and hopefully you'll share them with your fam.  I made a great marinated chicken recipe that is really wonderful and so easy!!!  We love easy and delicious!  Served it up with a side of spaghetti, tossed in Italian dressing, and sprinkled with fresh parmesan cheese, and Italian style green beans.  Then, I made cranberry orange bread for the finish!  So, here's the recipes:
Marinated chicken
1 cup of Italian dressing (kraft)
2 teaspoons of lime juice
2 teaspoons of honey
2 packages of chicken tenders
Mix the dressing, lime juice and honey, and put the chicken tenders in a large plastic storage bag, (one that will seal well) pour the dressing mixture over the chicken and marinate it in the fridge overnight.  Next day, or evening, pour the chicken and all the marinade in a large skillet and cook it on med high heat for at least 30 minutes, then turn heat down to med low, to low, and cook another 30 minutes.  If your stove gets really hot, you'll have to adjust the temps.  Just make sure you cook the chicken and marinade for an hour, and the chicken is tender enough to cut with a fork. 
Cranberry orange bread:
2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
Sift above ingredients together
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon of grated orange peel
3/4 cup of orange juice
3 Tablespoons of oil
Combine above and add to dry ingredients and stir only til moistened
1 1/2 cups of chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (pecans)
fold into batter
Bake in a greased loaf pan on 350 for one hour. 
(I doubled this and baked it in an 8 X 11 dish for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
You can serve this buttered, or with honey butter, or..I prefer to ice this with cream cheese icing, or drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze.  Whatever your favorite it's a great bread! 
TIP, after I take this out of the oven, I cover it with foil, and leave it sitting until cool.  It really helps to keep the bread moist and flavorful.  I hope you enjoy both these recipes!
Tomorrow I'll be giving some information about a great site from a wonderful Italian designer.  They have great coats, sweaters, etc.  So please tune in then, and hope you enjoy the recipes, cheers!

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