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Tonight we had orange chicken casserole. It has all the goodness of orange chicken from the Chinese place, but its easy peasy casserole style so you don't have to fuss over it, just pop it in the oven or crock pot and let it tend to itself.
As I have mentioned before I can turn anything into a casserole. Haha you thought I was exaggerating I bet.. But nope.. I can literally turn anything into a casserole. I have self proclaimed myself the casserole queen. But living with all the Plantationites a girl gotta do what a girl gotta do. Casseroles get the masses fed.
So this recipe started with my love for the orange chicken out local Chinese place serves, and when I found a recipe for for orange chicken that seemed fairly "no fuss" I also noticed that in the original recipe tat I tweaked, the orange chicken was served over rice. So I thought hey. Why couldn't I impart all of this orange chicken goodness into the rice too and make it a flavor fest of orangy goodness all around. So I did, and I am very very glad I did. I will be glad again when I make this in the future too. Cuz it was AWESOME!!!
I mean come on folks, why would you have plain white rice when you could so easily have all the flavors of orange chicken running rampant throughout chicken and the rice? Makes no sense to me why you would ever NOT casserole the delicious flavors of orange chicken. I just don't grasp the concept of it ever being done any other way.
I have to level with you.. There were two plantationites who would not even touch it because it wasn't "pretty enough", but I am guessing that if I had thrown some green onions on it, or sesame seeds and dolled it up a bit they would have been on it like white on rice.. Hahaha or orange on rice in this case. But those who ate it, me, Ryan, Traci, Clarissa, and roman we loved it, and 4 out of the 5 of us went back for seconds..
The others were not home on a weekend night. So they ate I'm guessing something super processed from some fast food place. God Love 'em.
But that's OK, cuz the rest of us had orange chicken and it was hella good.
HERE is the original recipe for orange chicken that I tweaked, then below the image you can read the recipe I followed that includes my changes to the orange chicken recipe. Made either way I think you will love this orange chicken recipe, and its simple and easy, you can cook it in your crock pot, or slow cooker, or in your oven like I did, and it is still going to be dynamite... I hope you enjoy.
Orange chicken casserole
So, compliments of my wonderful, kind, giving, mother. I inherited a 40 lb box of chicken leg quarters, that I appreciate very much. Thanks Mom!!!
But the thing about this 40lb box of chicken leg quarters was they were all froze together in the box.
I've always heard that once meat has been froze and thawed it cannot be refrozen unless it's cooked. I'm not sure why, I never googled it, I just have always taken it for the gospel and never refroze without cooking.
unbeknownst to me, Thawing a 40lb box of chicken is not unlike thawing a turkey. So I was in a pinch, when 4:30 pm rolled around, and supper was late, and that chicken that had been thawing since 8am was still a frozen solid meat brick.
Supper time around here is 5pm. I don't know how other folks do it, but here on the plantation 9 out of 10 times when hubby rolls through that door at 5pm there is a piping hot plate of food ready and waiting for him. This however was that 10th time. But I had a plan.
I messaged him to grab a few simple ingredients and I turned a dip quick dip recipe into a nacho supper fit for a king. The crowd loved it. I'll deffinately put this one in my recipe roll-a-dex to use again. I don't actually have a roll-a-dex but remember when my parents did, and am thinking I should.
This nacho recipe only calls for 5 simple ingredients and cook time is just a matter of melting velveeta which is like no time at all.. This isn't something I would serve every day, but in a pinch, or if I'm looking for something fun and quick I would serve rotel chicken nachos again, even the 3 year old approved of this meal.
What the recipe? YOU CAN"T HANDLE THE RECIPE!!! hahaha.. just kidding, here it is..
Rotel and black bean chicken nachos
2 cans swanson grilled chicken breast drained
2 rans rotel tomatoes
1 can black beans drained
3/4 block velveeta cheese cubed
doritos (your choice of flavor)
pour all ingredients except doritos into a cast iron skillet and simmer on medium heat stirring frequently until cheese has completely melted then serve over a bed of doritos in your choice of flavor, we used nacho cheese flavored
*** this recipe would also work well with fritos, tortilla chips, french fries, tater tots, maybe even over a baked potato...
it might possibly be the fast supper I ever cooked on a budget and that pleased the masses... Recipe level - NO LEFTOVERS
french fried onions
bacon (when is bacon ever wrong)
I love cooking meals, but I never bake sweets. That is my oldest daughters department and I let her have at it cuz I hate measuring and having to be so precise. But I baked brownies today, LOADED brownies at that. I put so many things in there, its insane. But they were a hit, they were moist fudgy type brownies, my son said they reminded him of little Debbie cosmic brownies, which are a favorite of his.
Fudgy loaded brownies with monk fruit sweetener and cereal marshmallows
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