Flavor Combo Meal Medleys- Combo #1 Buffalo Chicken

It’s hard to find meals that all five of my kids will like. I began to feel like I was stuck in a rut of always making the same meals over and over. And when I would venture out to try something new, I would inevitably find myself making a handful of PB&J sandwiches halfway through the meal for the kids that didn’t like my new creation.

Rather than fighting at dinner every night about expanding their palates or making the same five meals night after night, I decided to take what they like and shake it up every once in a while. Over the years they have grown to enjoy some new dishes, but I still have my handful of tried and true flavor combos that I know can produce any number of delicious meals my children will love.

The next few posts will cover some of those flavor combos that they love, the basic recipe, and a number of dishes you can make from them!

First up- probably our family’s favorite- buffalo chicken!

I. Mission: To create a basic buffalo chicken recipe that can be used in multiple dishes.

II. Service Support:
*Cooked, shredded, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
*Cream Cheese
*Shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese, or a combo of both
*Blue Cheese Dressing
*Ranch Dressing
*Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
*Blue cheese crumbles, optional

buffalo chicken ingredients

III. Execution

Melt the cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl. Stir in all other ingredients to form the flavors and consistency that you desire. Not a big fan of blue cheese? Omit it or only put a little in. Love your cheddar cheese? Be generous with it, then! This is your flavor combo. Flavor it up any way that you like! Add the buffalo sauce last and add it in slowly, tasting the mixture as you go. Consider the whiniest member of your family and how much heat they can tolerate.

Buffalo Chicken mixture on top of homemade pizza crust

Buffalo Chicken mixture on top of homemade pizza crust

Now you have the base of one of our favorite flavor combos! So what are you going to do with it?

Here are some suggestions that our family loves:

*Spread the mixture on top of homemade (or store bought, if you prefer) pizza dough. Buffalo Chicken Pizza!
*Spread the mixture inside a tortilla shell. Roll tight. Cut in half. Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups!!
*Put mixture in a dish, top with extra shredded cheese, bake until melted. Serve with chips. Buffalo Chicken Dip!
*Add some chopped celery for crunch. Be generous with the ranch and blue cheese dressings. Spread on sandwich buns. Buffalo Chicken Salad Sandwiches!

Baked Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Baked Buffalo Chicken Pizza

You get the idea! The possibilities are endless.

How would YOU serve up our buffalo chicken flavor combo??

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Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Homemade Guacamole

I love making homemade meals….from scratch…like some kind of domestic goddess. I love kneading bread dough and simmering soups and dicing fresh veggies. But sometimes I really just enjoy popping open a bunch of cans, plopping all the contents into one big dish, baking it at 350, and eating it 20 minutes later on paper plates. Don’t judge. We’ve all been there.

I present to you Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole also known as We Have To Leave For Church In An Hour Casserole. Same thing. While the simple-to-make casserole is cooking, I dice up some fresh veggies for the guacamole and I don’t feel like a total failure. Who knew guacamole could be so tasty AND so redeeming?

I. Mission:

Produce a savory meal that can be prepared quickly and devoured even quicklier. I know that’s not a word. I don’t care.

II. Service Support:

*2 pkgs Uncle Ben’s Brown Basmati Ready Rice, cooked (It only takes 90 seconds!!!)
*1 can of black beans, drained
*1 can of green chile enchilada sauce
*1 can of corn, drained
*Three boneless, skinless chicken breasts that you’ve baked, shredded, and refrigerated ahead of time because you’re either more organized than me or you ran out of time to make dinner the night before and was left with a pile of shredded chicken (like me)
1 can of queso blanco (white cheese sauce)
*shredded cheddar or Colby-jack cheese to top

III. Execution:

*Empty heated contents of rice bags into a spray 9×13 baking pan
*Pour black beans on top, spread
*Pour green chile enchilada sauce on top, spread
*Pour canned corn on top, spread
*Pour cooked, shredded chicken on top, spread
*Pour queso blanco on top, spread
*Bake at 350 for 15-20 min
*Remove and sprinkle with shredded cheddar or Colby-jack cheeses
*Return to oven and bake for 5-10 more minutes until cheese is melted

The Result:

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Homemade Guacamole

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Homemade Guacamole

For the homemade guacamole on top, I simply add 2-3 chopped avocados, 1 chopped tomato, 1/4 chopped red onion, a handful of chopped cilantro, a few dashes of sea salt, and a big squirt of lime juice. Mix together and serve. Ole!