Homemade Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are a childhood classic, they are like that baby blanket we still sleep with because we just can’t seem to let them go. Though you can buy them pre-frozen in the store [no shame] you can make them just as easy at home, with a little extra clean up. I prefer panko breadcrumbs for these, it adds to the texture and gives you that crunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Garlic Powder
  • Chicken Tenders
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F. Combine the panko + chili powder + garlic powder + salt + pepper.

Crack the egg in the bowl to make an egg wash.

Dip the chicken in the egg wash, then coat in the panko bread crumbs. Line on a baking sheet.

Cook in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy warm and with whatever condiments you love most.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Steak Sandwich

Truly, is there anything better than a steak sandwich? It makes it 100x better when it’s homemade and used with bread that you made yourself. But it does not even have to be that extra. Most likely you have these ingredients hanging around in your fridge/pantry so why not make it into something beautiful.

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices of your fav bread (sourdough)
  • 1LB Bottom Round Steak
  • Pickles, sliced
  • Mayo, enough to spread on the bread
  • 1 Slice Provolone Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Onion, sliced
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • 1 Garlic Clove, diced
  • 1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Melt your TBSP of butter into a small pan. Add in the onions and begin to caramelize, this is a long process so if you don’t want to wait just saute them. If you would like to caramelize, let the onions cook in the butter on low for about 30-40 minutes.

While the onions are cooking marinate the steak. Season the steak on both sides with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, add in the Worcestershire sauce + garlic + steak. Let marinade for about 20 minutes.

Heat up about 1/2 TBSP of olive oil in a large pan. Add in the steak and cook about 4 minutes on each side for med-rare. Let the steak cool, then cut against the grain into strips.

Add the steak back into the pan with the heat on low, add on the cheese, and cover with a lid. Add a little extra water to create steam to melt the cheese.

Once the steak is ready, toast your bread and lightly coat one slice with mayo, add on the sliced pickles, steak, then caramelized onions.

Serve with french fries or whatever side you desire.

Made with Love,

Hannah

30 Minute Spicy Butter Chicken

After taking a week [or two] off for my birthday we are back with some new recipes! This recipe is from Half Baked Harvest who if you don’t know about, you’re missing out on some amazing recipes. I will say, be prepared, this recipe packs some heat, so be careful and maybe don’t make the mistake in taking this to work for lunch like I did.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken breast/thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 Cups Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP Ginger
  • 2 TSP + 1 TBSP Garam Masala
  • 2 TSP Cumin
  • 1 TSP Turmeric
  • 1-2 TSP Cayenne
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 TBSP Salted Butter
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1-2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 14oz Can Full Fat Coconut milk/ 1 Cup Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Steamed rice/naan

Let’s Get Cooking

Toss together chicken + yogurt + 3 garlic cloves + 1 TBSP ginger + 2 TSP garam masala + 1 TSP cumin + 1/2 TSP turmeric + 1 TSP cayenne + 1 TSP salt in a large bowl and let sit for 5-10 minutes. I let mine sit for about 2 hours in the fridge.

Heat your oil in a large skillet over MED-HIGH heat. Add in the chicken and any of the remaining paste and sear on all sides, about 2-4 min each side. The chicken will finish cooking in the sauce. Add in 1 TBSP of butter and toss to coat the chicken. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

In the same skillet add in the onion and cook until softened. Add in 2 TBSP butter + 3 garlic cloves + 1 TBSP ginger + 1 TBSP garam masala + 1 TSP cumin + 1/2 TSP turmeric + 1/2 TSP cayenne + pinch of chili flakes + salt + pepper. Cook until you begin to smell all the spices, it will take over the kitchen. Add in the tomato paste and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Reduce heat to low and add 1 cup water + coconut milk. Stir to combine, making sure the tomato paste is fully incorporated. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Add in 1 TBSP of butter. Add in the chicken and cook until the chicken is finished cooking, about 5 minutes. Stir here and there.

Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Serve with rice and naan.

Make sure you have a glass of water nearby, it has some spice, but won’t ruin your tongue.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Chorizo and Kale Soup

It’s February in Ohio, so that means it’s cold, like really freaking cold. It’s been 18 degrees the past week or so and that is just not a fun time. Soup is a cure all and when it’s so cold that you want to die outside, this is the soup for you. I got this recipe from Halfbaked Harvest, and if you haven’t checked out how amazing she is, you need to ASAP. This smoky potato soup has just the right kick to warm you up inside and out.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 LBS Smoked Spanish Chorizo, sliced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  • 2 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes, Chopped
  • 6-8 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 4-6 Cups Kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Manchego Cheese

Let’s Get Cooking

Heat the olive oil in a large pot in med-high heat. When the oil is starting to bubble, add in the chorizo and onions. Brown all over for about 5-8 minutes. Add in the garlic + paprika + cayenne stir and cook for about another 2 minutes. Add in the potatoes and toss to coat. Add in the chicken broth and lemon juice, season with salt + pepper. Simmer for med-high heat for about 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are fully cooked.

Remove 1/2 cup of potatoes from the soup and mash/blend them. Stir the mashed potatoes back into the soup with the kale + milk + manchego cheese. Cook until the kale has started to wilt a little for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with some crusty bread.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Homemade Hibachi

I freaking love hibachi, the food just tastes better when it’s made on a flat grill I guess. I have not been able to go to hibachi since this whole COVID thing so I figured I would try and tackle the challenge of making it at home. This is for a single serving, since I cook for one so if you need it for more people just bump up those numbers. It’s a super easy recipe and a lot less stressful than trying to catch broccoli in your mouth in front of all your friends and strangers.

Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken Breast, cubed.
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 1/2 TSP Butter
  • Black Garlic Salt (optional)
  • Hot Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • 1 Onion, cut into thick slices
  • Carrots, cut into match sticks
  • Sushi Rice, cooked by package instructions
  • Toppings: Yum Yum Sauce, Edamame

Let’s Get Cooking

I am not very good with measuring shit when I am free-handing it in the kitchen, I gotta get better at that. I apologize. Moving forward, start with cooking the sushi rice and let it cool.

While the rice is cooking, prep your veggies and cut the chicken. Heat a large pan and add the butter and about 3 TBSP of soy sauce. Once the butter is melted add in the chicken. Sprinkle with a little bit of the black garlic salt (if around) and add in the diced garlic + hot sauce. Cook until done and place into a separate bowl.

Place the chopped vegetables into the same pan you cooked the chicken in and cook until soft, feel free to add in a little more soy sauce and pepper. Once the veggies are done, add in the chicken and cooked rice. Make a well in the middle of the rice and add in the scrambled egg. Cook until done and then mix in with the rest of the rice.

Serve in a bowl with your fav toppings like, yum yum sauce, edamame, or whatever you’d like!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Moroccan Chickpea Bowl

Trying new food is one of my favorite things. If you told me “Hannah we are going try out new restaurants all weekend”, I am totally in! I love trying out new cuisines so I thought I’d bring in something new that I tried from a Pinch of Yum. This is another meatless meal focusing on chickpeas, which I love as the main event. Give this recipe a try when you want to focus on something new and cut out the meat once in awhile.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Chopped Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • 1 TSP Turmeric
  • 1 TSP Garam Masala
  • 1 TSP Sea Salt
  • Dash of Cinnamon + Cayenne
  • 2 14 oz Cans of Chickpeas, drained
  • 2 14 oz Cans of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • Coucous
  • Cucumbers, Sliced thin
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pita Wedges

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add in the onion and saute until soft and translucent. Add in garlic + spices + salt + Chickpeas. Stir until the mixture becomes fragrant. Add in the tomatoes and their juices and simmer for about 20 minutes.

With the chickpeas cooking, chop up your cucumbers and cook the couscous per the boxes instructions. When it’s time to assemble take whatever else you would like to add.

My bowl consisted of couscous, chickpeas, cucumbers, greek yogurt, and lemon on top. I ate this with toasted pita wedges and it was DELICIOUS. I hope you enjoy this easy weeknight meal.

Always hungry,

Hannah

Mac + Cheese

Everyone loves Mac + Cheese, it’s heaven in a bite. I have been in search of the best mac + cheese recipe, I need it to be overly cheesy, with strong flavors, and no soggy ass noodles. It looks like I finally found it! Recipe is from Stove Top Kisses, she has a wonderful video of the whole process on her page as well as so many other delicious recipes! Enough chit-chat let’s get into her recipe!

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock – enough to be able to boil your noodles in
  • 1 Package of Elbow macaroni or whatever noodle you prefer
  • 1 Stick of Butter, cut into smaller pieces
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 TSP Paprika
  • 2 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 2 TSP Onion Powder
  • 1 TSP Salt + Pepper
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese + extra
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese + extra
  • 1 Cup Provolone Cheese + extra
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F

Cook the noodles in the chicken stock, cook just under al dente.

Drain the noodles and place into a large bowl. Add in the stick of butter [no one said this was healthy] + Sour Cream + Paprika + Garlic Powder + Onion Powder + Salt. Mix well in the bowl.

Then you’re going to add in the cheeses, again stirring well in the bowl so that everything is mixed. In a separate bowl mix together the heavy cream + milk + 3 eggs.

Get out your pan and place a layer of the noodle mixture in the dish. Then pour over about half of the milk mixture over top. Finally, place a layer of the 3 cheese over top. Repeat this layering process until you run out. Top off with a little extra paprika and pepper.

Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes and enjoy the absolute gooey goodness that is this mac + cheese. Thank Stove Top Kisses for this one, it’s to die for.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Creamy Spinach Chicken

The inspo for this recipe comes from a recipe I saw on Pinterest. The recipe on Pinterest focuses more on a tray bake and sometimes I just do not want to do that whole mess. So instead I decided to scale it down, so I can enjoy this dinner nightly and don’t have to worry about leftovers. I hope you enjoy my switch up.

Ingredients

  • 2 Garlic Cloves, finely diced
  • Chicken Breast
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • Cream Cheese, enough to cover the chicken breast
  • Chicken Seasoning [Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, Paprika]
  • 1/4 Cup Mozzerella Cheese
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Pour the oil into a large pan and saute the garlic. Once the garlic is aromatic, add in the spinach until it is all cooked down.

Place the chicken on the pan and season both sides. Then spread on the cream cheese until most of the chicken breast is covered. Top the chicken off with the cooked spinach and then cover with the mozzerella cheese.

Cook the chicken for about 15-18 minutes depending on how thick the chicken breast is.

And sooo yeah, that’s pretty much it. Super easy and super delicious and creamy! I hope you love it!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Halušky

To complete this weeks theme of recipes from the homeland I bring you Halušky! One of the most simple, delicious meals you might ever have and guess what, it’s a no waste recipe if you are using the leftover cabbage from the Stuffed Cabbage recipe! Let’s get into this recipe and be sure to salute to the motherland before eating.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb Cabbage, cored, boiled, and sliced into long pieces
  • 6-8 slices of Bacon, diced
  • 6 TBSP Butter, cut into individual TBSP
  • 2 cups Onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Black Pepper
  • 6 oz Egg Noodles

Let’s Get Cooking

If you are using the left over cabbage that you already used for the stuffed cabbage, you are good to go, just slice length-wise the remaining cabbage. If you haven’t already boiled, don’t worry about it! Just core the cabbage and cut into length-wise pieces.

Get out a large skillet and add 2 TBSP of butter, left that melt and add the diced bacon, cook until it’s slightly crispy. Add in the diced onion and cook until they lighten in color.

Add in 2 more TBSP of butter + cabbage + salt & pepper. Mix until everything is combined, lower the heat to med & cook for about 10 min.

During this time cook the egg noodles by the package directions.

Check and make sure the cabbage is to the doneness of your liking, I like mine a bit more crunchy but that’s completely up to you. Once at your desired doneness, remove cover and add the cooked and drained egg noodles.

Add the remaining TBSP of butter and cook until all is combined.

Serve hot & with all the salt and pepper you desire!

You’ll want to eat the whole pan, trust me it’s hard not to.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Stuffed Cabbage

We are bringing it back to my Polish/Slovak roots this week with these two recipes. First this week is Stuffed Cabbage! This comes from my Grandpa Hanigosky, it’s hand written and I am only given amounts, so the technique of bringing it all together was up to me (& my moms childhood memories of making these) to bring it all together. The only way to eat these is with a big gob of mashed potatoes and some corn.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TBSP Lawreys Seasoning Salt
  • 1 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP Parsley
  • 1 Cup of Rice, boiled for 2 minutes
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 8oz Can Tomato Soup
  • 1 Large Cabbage/2 Small/Medium Cabbage

Let’s Get Cooking

First things first, we need to boil that cabbage, it’s gonna make your house smell a little but just get over that now. Get the water boiling and core out the hard stem so that the leaves can be pulled off, drop the cabbage in one at a time. Be sure to watch the cabbage during this, removing from water to remove the soft outer leaves. While making this I noticed I would be removing the cabbage from the water and putting it back in. You’re making sure that these leaves will be able to roll. You won’t end up using the smaller cabbage leaves so leave them attached to the main stem, keep them we will be using them later!

Grab out a large mixing bowl and place all ingredients in, besides the cabbage. Make sure to boil the rice for 2 minutes before adding. Mix the ingredients well.

Preheat the oven to 350F

Once everything is all mixed together, scoop out some of the meat mixture and form a log. Grab a cabbage leaf and place the meat log [gross I know] on the end, where the stem would have been. Roll the stem side over the meat log, then fold in the two sides and complete the roll. Continue until you use up all the meat mixture. If you have any left over leaves, chop them up so they can be placed over the rolls in the pan.

Grab a deep roasting pan with a lid. Place cabbage rolls in the pan, you’re going to have to stack them on top of each other. Place left over chopped leaves on top if you have any. Pour over the tomato sauce & cover.

Cook for about 30 minutes.

When serving make sure you get all the yummy gravy over top everything! I hope you enjoy some of my family’s traditional recipes!

Made with Love,

Hannah