PW Wednesday – Ranch Style Chicken
PW Wednesday is winding down folks! This week, in our final week of recipes, Rachel chose Ree’s Ranch Style Chicken. And dare we say it almost boarders on healthy? Well, thats before the bacon and the cheese additions make their appearance. NOT that they weren’t worth it – because lets face it – everything is better with bacon and my heart skips a beat for cheese.
And if this were sammiched between some hefty bread, as Ree stated she normally serves it – this would be absolutely divine and a bane to my waistline. Man food – all the way.
But seeing as I’m a girl with a figure to look after and a dress to rock in less than a month – I had to nix the extra carbs and go the route of slicing this up and tossing it over a bed of spinach.
With a little extra bacon left over, I couldn’t let it go to waste – so it only seemed appropriate to sprinkle it over the top. Natch.
While I was making the marinade for the chicken – of dijon, honey, paprika and crushed red pepper – some of it was reserved before the chicken was added so that I could make a quick salad dressing out of it by whisking a little olive oil into the reserved and untarnished marinade. It worked like a charm. The vinegar in the dijon mustard and the olive oil played nicely together and danced nicely all the way down to my tummy.
All in all – Rachel picked good. Well. Perfectly. (Yay, grammar.) We’ve been sweeted out, gluttoned out, and all out fattened up. This was really simple, delicious and even though it wasn’t the healthiest dish we could have eaten, I didn’t leave the table needing brooms used as levers to hoist my daintiness.
Will I made this again? Yes. Just as the chicken though. But if I’m feeling like a rebel – I’ll make this sammich style. With le bacon and le chez. 27 days from now, that might just happen. Post wedding diet and all.
Go check out the rest of the girl’s take on this last PW Wednesday!
Rachel – Baked by Rachel
Gina – Running to the Kitchen
Julie – Table for Two
And check out the rest of our recipes from the PW Wednesday series. Break out the stretchy pants, now!
Swiss Mushroom Sliders with Spicy Fry Sauce <— Full Recipe Here
Orange Sweet Rolls <— Full Recipe Here
Thanks, Liz!! It was a little ridiculous how quickly it was devoured. haha
Love what you did with it! Although I can see that it would be an amazing sandwich, a salad is definitely a better idea for those of us who need to get into a bikini in the next couple of weeks…
I ended up making the other chicken breast I had left over into a lunch wrap with a whole wheat double fiber tortilla – so I got some of the carbs, but not enough to regret the whole thing. Worked like a charm.
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I love that you made yours into a salad!
Thanks Rachel, The ciabatta you made your chicken into looked divine. And really I was also too lazy to go to the store for more bread. haha
Pretty awesome! Great job ladies with PW recipes! 🙂
Thanks, Kay! We’ve had a lot of fun doing these recipes. Except now we have to all go to the gym and burn them all off! Whew! We’ll be doing a new cookbook series in the coming months, I can’t wait!
ooo look at you with the salad!! i ALMOST did that but then i didn’t cause i’m unhealthy like that 😉 looks awesome, Megan!
Unhealthy is so much fun though!! I took the easy “healthy” way out. Geez, I’m such a loser! I should have gone to the store and slapped this between the breads. There are no heros here! Give into the carbs 🙂
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Love this on top of a salad! Way to make it a bit guiltless!
Well it was covered in cheese and bacon, so still far from guiltless – but it was amazingly tasty – so its okay haha
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I don’t know that I’ve ever put cheese on a chicken breast, but I love cheese on everythting so why not? I trust Ree’s taste – I’m sure the chicken turned out terrific! And what’s that beer you’ve got going there? I haven’t seen that one before and am always up for a great new brew!
Hey Julia – The beer in the background of the photo is actually a hard cider. I’m trying all these new ciders now – they’re so tasty! This one is called Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Cider. It’s about $7 for a 6pk. They also have two other varieties as well.
Love that you served yours over spinach. while i love bread (who doesn’t?!), i like that your version saves some calories + carbs – always a good thing. And it looks delicious!
Good idea on making this into a salad and using the marinade for dressing! Smarty-pants 😉
It makes me want to run to the kitchen and make immediately…for breakfast. I’m sure no one will mind.
I love the idea of serving it over a bed of spinach! That’s actually exactly what I would do too! I’ll miss PW Wednesdays, you girls did a GREAT job!
This looks delicious, I love that you made it into a salad!
While I definitely love the idea of making this a sandwich, your salad looks fantastic, and perfect for summer dinners!
Who doesn’t like cheddar and bacon?
I personally can’t imagine.
I say, bring it on!
It’ll totally be worth the wait!
Mmmm, I love what you did putting it in a salad instead! Plus the bacon?!? I mean! YUM!
Yum!! This looks incredible! Great way to “health” it up with the spinach.