Monday, May 22, 2023

Lemon Garlic Chicken Bites with Asparagus

Sheet pan Lemon Garlic Chicken Bites with Asparagusis quick enough for a weeknight meal and the taste is out of this world! 

Lemon Garlic Chicken Bites with Asparagus

Ready for a new sheet pan dinner?  These lemon garlic butter chicken bites with asparagus are ridiculously easy.  Baked not fried, on one sheet pan in under 45 minutes. 

These saucy chicken bites come out juicy and tender and the asparagus crisps to perfection.  Say hello to your new favorite meal! 


What Ingredients do I need?

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • onion powder
  • Italian seasoning 
  • paprika
  • crushed red chili pepper flakes, optional
  • asparagus
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • garlic 
  • low-sodium chicken broth 
  • lemon
  • parsley

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can customize the seasoning to your liking: try honey and mustard, taco seasoning, cajun spices, etc.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Make sure to dice the chicken uniformly into 1 1/2 - 2 inch bite sized pieces to ensure even baking.
  • One good trick is to freeze the chicken for 45 minutes to make cutting the chicken bites easier and less messy, but make sure to bring it to room temperature before baking.

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Lemon Garlic Chicken Bites with Asparagus

serves 4-6

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
1 teaspoon paprika
pinch crushed red chili pepper flakes, optional
2 bunches of asparagus, rinsed and trimmed
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic, minced 
1/4 cup  low-sodium chicken broth 
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon minced parsley
Slices of lemon, for garnish

Preheat your oven to 400ºF.  In a medium bowl season chicken bites with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, red crushed chili pepper flakes, paprika, and onion powder. 

Arrange asparagus on one side of the baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter, olive oil, minced garlic, chicken broth and lemon juice.

Arrange chicken bites next to the asparagus on the sheetpan, then drizzle the chicken bites and asparagus with the lemon butter sauce.

Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink on the inside. Remove from oven, garnish with parsley, and lemon slices and serve.


Saturday, May 6, 2023

Mini Waffle Bar 3 Ways

Brunch isn't complete without some mini buttermilk waffles and all the toppings.  Celebrate spring and summer with 3 different ways to make mini waffles!

Mini Waffle Bar 3 Ways

Create a fun and festive way to eat breakfast or brunch this spring and summer by creating a mini waffle bar.  MGG gave me the cutest mini waffle iron for my birthday and it makes the cutest single serving waffles.  So to put it to good use I decided to create a waffle bar with various toppings.  Waffles 3 ways, what's better than that?

The waffle batter is my basic homemade buttermilk waffle batter and the topping include nutella, banana slices, strawberry slices, honey yogurt, raspberries, and powdered sugar.  Just place all the topping in bowls along side the waffles and set it all on a big board or platter.  Then let everyone serve themselves, and make some creative waffles.  It's fun to see what people come up with!

I made these three versions:

Waffle - Nutella + banana slices

Waffle - rasberries + powdered sugar

Waffle - Honey yogurt + strawberry slices


What Ingredients do I need?

  • For the waffles:

all-purpose flour
baking powder
baking soda
unsalted butter
vanilla extract
  • For the toppings:
nutella spread
greek yogurt
powdered sugar


Substitutions and Variations

  • Use your favorite waffle mix
  • Try one of these flavored waffles:

Lemon Sour Cream Waffles

Orange Eggnog Waffles

Chocolate Chip Pecan Waffles

Banana Waffles

  • Make regular sized waffles instead of mini ones
  • Get creative with the toppings - choose blueberries, blackberries, orange marmalade and yogurt, nut butters, kiwi slices, coconut shreads, granola, PB&J, chocolate chips and whipped cream

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • The mini waffles will take a while to make since it is one at a time.  Cook the waffles ahead of time and keep them warm in the oven at 200 degrees while making the rest of the waffles.

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Mini Waffle Bar 3 Ways


1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

bananas, sliced
strawberries, hulled and sliced
powdered sugar
Greek yogurt mixed with a little honey

Waffle directions:  In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Preheat a waffle maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Grease with non-stick spray. Pour batter into the hot waffle maker and cook until golden brown. Continue until all waffles are done.

Toppings:  Place topping in seperate bowls and arrange on a large board or platter along with the waffles to create a waffle board.


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