Thursday, March 22, 2012

Recipe Reviews - Chicken Pot Pie, Alice Springs Chicken, and Energy Balls

****Editing Notes: After I posted this and went into the kitchen, I saw the recipe for Alice Springs Chicken on the refrigerator. Then it hit me, I didn't make Smokehouse Chicken, I made the Alice Springs Chicken. They're basically the same recipe, but I thought I would fix my review anyway. I'm definitely having a "duh" morning....

3 recipes to share with you today....

Chicken Pot Pie

Kerry first pinned this recipe on Pinterest. Chicken pot pie isn't something I think about making very often, mainly because I've been disappointed with recipes I've tried in the past. This recipe from Pillsbury sounded like it might be a winner because 1). It was easy, 2). Didn't use cream of chicken soup (which I try to avoid if possible), 3). Had a flaky crust instead of a biscuit-type crust I've seen in several recipes.

It really was very tasty and easy to put together. It was super creamy and flavorful! I did add a few extra spices to the filling (garlic, thyme, and oregano). One mistake I made was not letting the vegetables thaw out first. I thought they would be fine since the pot pie had to bake for 30-40 minutes. I was wrong. They were a bit crunchy!

Alice Springs Chicken

This recipe is supposed to be a knock-off of Outback's Alice Springs Chicken. I've never had it at Outback, so I can't make much of a comparison. This recipe was pretty tasty though! It could be a bit time consuming for those who might have to get supper on the table quickly, since you have to grill the chicken first, then broil it to finish it off. I loved the flavor of the Lawry's Seasoned Salt marinade with the dijon mustard. And anything with cheese and bacon is always delicious!

Energy Balls

I've seen this recipe floating around Pinterest and have been wanting to make it. I often get the munchies throughout the day (who doesn't?), so I like to find healthy snack ideas. The basic recipe is nut butter, oats, coconut, honey, and whatever you want to add in. I used peanut butter, oats, honey, coconut, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, raisins, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. They are so addicting! Next time I make them, I might try a few changes. I would like to get some local, raw honey, try an all-natural peanut butter, and use dark chocolate chips. I thought they would also be yummy with dried cranberries. I kept a small container in the refrigerator and put the rest in the freezer until I was ready for them. The whole batch (about 15-20 balls) only lasted about 5 days!

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

The energy balls sound yum!

I use creamed corn in our chicken pot pie (because it is gf and makes a good base). I think a flaky crust is a must, and canned veg-all or mixed veggies work great in it.