Quick and easy chicken recipes for dinner

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Everyone loves chicken right? Not only is it healthy and reasonably priced, it's also versatile enough that you can serve it frequently by preparing it a variety of ways. Professional chef Cricket Azima for the Betty Crocker kitchens reveals two of her favorite chicken dinner recipes that are bound to become your family's favorites too.

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Quick and easy chicken recipes for dinner Ultimate Chicken Fingers

2/3 cup Original Bisquick® mix

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt or Garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips

1 egg, slightly beaten

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  1. Heat oven to 450ºF. Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix Bisquick mix, cheese, salt and paprika in 1-gallon resealable plastic food-storage bag. Dip half the chicken strips into egg; place in bag of Bisquick mixture. Seal bag; shake to coat. Place chicken on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken. Drizzle butter over chicken.
  3. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, turning after 6 minutes with pancake turner, until no longer pink in center.

Makes 4 servings

Salsa Chicken Fiesta

2 1/3 cups Original Bisquick® mix

1/2 cup water

3 eggs

3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (12 oz)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 lb), cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 1/2 cups Old El Paso® Thick 'n Chunky salsa

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 3 (8- or 9-inch) square pans with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir together Bisquick mix, water and eggs. Spread evenly in pans. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese over batter in each pan.
  2. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil, stirring frequently, until outsides turn white; drain. Stir in salsa; heat until hot. Spoon evenly over batter in pans to within 1/2-inch of edges.
  3. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until edges are dark golden brown. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the remaining cheese over each pan. Bake 1 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Loosen from sides of pan; cut into squares.
Makes 18 servings
Transcript

Cooking chicken for your family and friends has a ton of advantages. It's reasonably priced, healthy, low fat, and versatile. But it sure is easy to get tired of the same old chicken dishes.

Hi, I'm Cricket Azima. I want to show you two fast, simple chicken dinners that are bound to be family favorites. Kids and chicken fingers. A classic love affair. Why not try a baked version?

Let me show you a really easy way to make restaurant style chicken fingers right at home. Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees. In a large gallon plastic bag, start with some Bisquick, then Parmesan cheese, salt or garlic salt, and a touch of paprika for flavor.

Then, you're going to take an egg and lightly beat it. Dip the chicken tenders first in the egg. It's going to act as the glue for the mix. Then, you take the chicken tenders, put them in the bag. You seal it up really well, especially if the kids are helping. And then, you're going to have fun shaking up your bag so that your chicken tenders are completely coated with the Bisquick.

Then, you're going to take a cookie sheet that's been lined with foil and grease, you're going to lay out the chicken tenders. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, flipping about halfway through to make sure you have a nice, brown color on both sides. These chicken tenders are right out of the oven, look delicious, and there's no doubt your kids are going to love them.

The next easy chicken dinner we're going to make is perfect for having a party. Salsa chicken. I'm going to make a smaller batch to show you. But you can make this really easy dish in only 20 minutes and feed a large group with absolutely no stress.

First, I've taken some chicken cut into half inch cubes, and I sauteed it so that it was cooked all the way through. I then poured in some salsa. Next, I'm going to preheat the oven to 400. And now, I'm going to make my crust using Bisquick, eggs, and water.

After that, press the crust into a greased, 9 by 12 pan. You simply take some shredded cheddar, then you take the chicken, and simply spread it over the crust and the cheese in an even layer.

Then, I'm going to pop it in the oven. It's going to bake for about 22 to 25 minutes. I added a little more cheese on top, and I popped it back in the oven for a few minutes until it fully melted. Then, I'm going to cut it into squares and serve. Salsa chicken. It's a quick, easy, delicious way to feed a large group.

I'm Cricket Azima, bringing you great ideas from Betty Crocker with Howdini. To see more of our videos for easy recipes you can make with your kids or for your family, visit us at bettycrocker.com/bisquickideas.


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