Orange chicken casserole

Orange chicken casserole

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Orange chicken casserole




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.

gotta try this hella good orange chicken casserole recipe its the bst thing going hella good chinese chicken


Orange chicken casserole

  • 4 Boneless Skinless chicken breast, thawed, and diced
  • ¾ cup Smuckers Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • ¾ cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce 
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup of chicken broth
  • dash of salt

in large bowl mix all ingredients together stirring to mix everything well, pour into casserole dish that has be sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with Tin foil and bake for 2 hours at 350 degrees then uncover and bake an addition 12 to 15 minutes until broth has thickened the broth will thicken more as it cools so don't let it get too dry in the oven.


Recipe level : NO LEFTOVERS




Barista Cafe Flavored Latte Foam (French Vanilla) - product review



Im not sure I would call myself a coffee drink as much as a coffee sipper, but I do love my coffee, and when I get the chance I love those fancy coffee beverages from the fancy places too.. So I was pretty excited when I saw this in the store the other day.

barista cafe vanilla latte foam, product review, love this stuff, latte foam for regular coffee


I can say this about Barista Cafe Flavored Latte Foam, it has staying power, I cannot fully enjoy a cup of coffee until it has cooled some, and this foam stayed foamy until my coffee reached that drinkable level of hotness. The vanilla flavor came through excellently, and I might venture as far as to say I am hopelessly in love with this product. I am half way through my cup of coffee and considering going back for a second squirt or two of foam cuz this stuff is just so fricken awesome.. I will most certainly buy it again, and I think the grandbaby might enjoy a squirt or two on her next chocolate milk or hot cocoa too.. Wonderful wonderful stuff.


Simple 5 ingredient dinner in 15 minutes chicken rotel nachos



dorito rotel chicken cheese nachos quick easy delicious meal in a hurry


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.

15 minutes to dinner deliciousness quick, fast, and in a hurry


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..

chicken rotel nachos, quick 15 minute supper menu, crowd pleasing quick dinner


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

add-in ideas

jalapenos
chili
sour cream
avocado
guacamole
french fried onions
bacon (when is bacon ever wrong)
chives
shredded cheddar



Loaded brownies with monk fruit sweetener and coffee flour



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.

delicious prize winning brownies to feed the masses, the best brownies ever

I baked brownies today because I had some ingredients that I ordered from nuts.com that I was dying to try. If I haven't mentioned it before. I love Nuts.com
they always have some new ingredient for me to experiment with. 
fun delicious cereal marshmallow ideas,  great brownie recipe

Plus, their packing is so cute and fun. They might be one of my favorite sites to  order from. Isn't the packaging awesome? I love them so much that I am not affiliated but I am plugging them in this post anyway. Now that is love eh?

My brownies tho, that is what we are here to talk about. Those jokers we're all eaten. In my opinion they were better when they were warm, but still good cooled.

What makes them "LOADED" you ask? 
I call them loaded because they had coffee flour in them, Yes, I said Coffee flour, it's a thing. You see coffee is made from the seed that is inside of the fruit of a coffee plant, and the coffee fruit pulp is normally left to rot or dumped into the river. You can read more about coffee flour and the jobs it creates here

Here is what coffee flour looks like...
loaded brownies from job creating coffee flour made from the pulp of the coffee fruit

take a look at tis coffee flour it is yummy good in brownies try this recipes for loaded brownies

The brownies also had cereal marshmallows in them.. YUM!!!
Its lucky charms without the lucky. Totally to die for..

gotta love cereal mallows, sweet tasty goodness that melts in your mouth
helped hid th
The coffee flour and the cereal marshmallows in these awesome brownies both came from nuts.com I also added some Reese's peanut butter chocolate to these brownies for the sugar that it contained because after already starting the brownie mixture I realized I was out of sugar so I had to use sweetener made from monk fruit. I didn't tell them I used monk fruit sweetener and they didn't notice, so shhhhhhh... 

I used chocolate chips, cereal marshmallows, and Reese's peanut butter chocolate spread in the brownies so I think the sweetness from the three sweet ingredients helped camouflage the fact that I had not used actual sugar and as I mentioned they loved these brownies.

made with a healthier sweetener monk fruit sweetener in the loaded brownies

So here is the recipe for the fudgey brownies I made tonight...


Fudgy loaded brownies with monk fruit sweetener and cereal marshmallows

3/4 cup coffee flour
3/4 cup plain white flour
1 1/3 cups monk fruit sweetener (1 cup if using white sugar)
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup cereal marshmallows
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup milk
1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or flavoring
3 tbsp Reese's peanut butter chocolate spread

Preheat oven to 350 
Mix all dry ingredients, coffee flour, all purpose flour, monk fruit sweetener, chocolate chips, cereal marshmallows, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda together until mixed well

in a bowl whisk together your milk, eggs, and melted butter until well mixed and add to dry ingredient mixture and mix well

add Reese's peanut butter chocolate spread mixture to all ingredients and lightly mix

pour into greased casserole dish

bake at 350 degrees until knife poked in center comes out clean about 15 to 18 minutes

let cool 10 minutes before cutting and serving

This brownie recipe would be great with ice cream or whipped cream, maybe even dusted with powdered sugar..

All I know for sure is that it was a hit here on the plantation, and i hope you enjoy it too..

#lifeontheplantation

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