Monday, January 9, 2017

Two mini Chicken loaves! My way!!

This is a throw back recipe of my from several years ago and I thought being it's Monday I'd share it again with you.  Enjoy!

 Keeping up with my Meatloaf Monday theme here is an early posting,  hoping you'll find it useful if you are doing some grocery shopping today.  Using approximate 1 lb. of ground chicken I decided to make two different chicken loaves..I have used ground chicken but only several times so this was a first try in a loaf type meal. In the ingredients section  I have labeled #1 and #2 hoping it will be helpful trying not to confuse you.

Note:  Be creative try making these with some add in's you and your family might enjoy!  

In a medium bowl place ground chicken, beaten egg, onion , salt, pepper and parsley.  After working through chicken mixture, separate into two small loaf size portions. Place in two separate bowls.

Chicken loaf #1

To ground chicken mixture (note basic ingredients) add 1/2 cup crushed Town House crackers or bread crumbs if you prefer, 1/4 cup cheese blend, such as mozzarella, Parmesan and provolone. ( Cheddar cheese an option too!)

If you like broccoli  and want to add it to the sauce cheddar cheese may be a better choice. 

  Bake 350 degrees uncovered for 45 minutes to one hour.    I topped this loaf after baking with a white broccoli cheese sauce. Serve warm with a salad or vegetable. Note:  This loaf can also be used to make meatloaf sandwiches.  Cold or warm on fresh bread or crusty rolls topped with either ketchup, dijon mustard or your condiment of choice.

To make a nice gravy type topping . I made a white sauce with broccoli.

Spray pan and place loaves in oven to bake. You can freeze one for later use.
 White Sauce for topping!

I used chicken drippings, added enough water to make 1 cup.  Placed approximated 1/8 cup flour, pinch of salt and whisked until smooth.  Cooked on medium heat until it started to thicken and added approximate 1/4 cup cheese (I used blend but Cheddar might be better and will add some color).  After all had thickened added some chopped broccoli that was already seasoned with olive oil and garlic to make a great topping for the chicken loaf..  Yummy!!! 

Chicken loaf #2

To ground chicken mixture(note basic ingredients) add 1 slice bread that has been moistened with milk or water while breaking apart, 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, 1/8 tsp. garlic powder, pinch of thyme..Set aside..Top with 1- can tomato and diced Chilies. Cover tightly and Bake 350 degrees approximate 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Note:  As a last minute thought I filled one large hollowed out and cleaned green pepper, covered with 1 can tomato, chile or jarred pasta sauce.. This one is a bit spicy so some nice marinara on top may be a better choice for those of you who don't care for spicy..

I used easy throw away disposable pans in case you want to freeze one and I  stuffed a green pepper with the mixture for another day! 

 Ingredients for two mini  loaves: (Basic ingredients are not numbered)

 1 lb. ground chicken (you can use a little more than a lb.)

1/2 cup Town House Crackers (crumbled fine)( Bread crumbs can be substituted) #1
1 slice bread broken in pieces #2
1 egg slightly beaten
1/2 + cup Pecorino Romano cheese (the best cheese for flavor)#2
1/4 cup cheese blend #1
1/2 minced onion
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
pinch of dried thyme
1+ tsp. parsley(save a little for top of meatloaf #1)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 -10 oz. can  Diced tomatoes with green chilies( drain slightly)or pasta sauce  #2
1 large green pepper (optional) #2

Happy Cooking from my  kitchen to yours,


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