Sunday, May 15, 2011
I have taught cooking classes for ten years. My specialty is cooking fresh, from scratch, easy meals...I try to make gourmet look cool and attainable. My classes are attended by busy men and women alike, just trying to put a good meal on the table. Many are just lacking in time and are looking for a more efficient way to get it done. With that said, Tyson has introduced a new product, that just might give those of you who are hoping for the same, a little break. TYSON GRILLED AND READY, is a line of fully cooked chicken and beef products, that are ready to be inserted in just about any recipe. Ranging from a fully cooked chicken breast, to seasoned steak and chicken strips, to fajita style chicken and beef, each package found in the freezer, will serve six people.
Last month, I was excited to receive a coupon in the mail courtesy of Tyson and FoodBuzz, to try this product out for free. Click on the FOODBUZZ window to the right--}} and join...if you do, you can hang out with me and tons of other talented foodies virtually! And when you join, be sure to go to the TYSON page and become a fan. I had my mind set on trying the Tyson Steak Strips, but alas, they must be so popular that both stores I checked were out of them. So I purchased the TYSON FULLY COOKED CHICKEN BREASTS. The instructions indicate that they can be brought to temperature in the microwave or convection oven. I chose to try the microwave, since I feel that is the least desirable way to prepare chicken, and I wanted to see if it stayed juicy. Prepared according to Tyson's Instructions, it in fact was still juicy and ready to slip into my recipe. In hindsight, I would have preferred to use the Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast for this recipe, but wasn't able to get it either. But by using the whole breast, was able to get nice shreds of chicken to add to my dish.
So, what did I whip up? BUFFALO CHICKEN NACHOS, a totally fun and versatile mash up of a two classics....Nachos and Buffalo Wings. Give it a try for an interesting dinner or serve it as a fun summer appetizer...either way, you are sure to be the MVP of the night.
8 tablespoons Hot sauce,like Franks Red Hot
8 Tablespoons butter
1 garlic clove, mashed and minced
2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Dash of Worcestershire
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on medium for five minutes.
BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 cup good blue cheese
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until blended. Refrigerate and serve.
BUFFALO CHICKEN NACHOS
4 Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Fillets
1 recipe wing sauce (above)
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup green onion, chopped
1 cup garbanzo beans, mashed
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 bag multi colored tortilla chips or tostada tortillas
2 cups jack cheese, shredded
Prepare the chicken, according to instruction indicated on package and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing or tearing into strips. Toss chicken strips in wing sauce. Spread mashed garbanzo beans on tortillas and top with the chicken. Sprinkle with celery , onion, and cilantro. Drizzle with blue cheese dressing and top with shredded jack cheese. Place in oven under the broiler for 8-10 minutes until bubbly.