Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sweet & Spicy "Dump" Chicken

The idea behind "dump" chicken is that it has few ingredients that you can just "dump" into a skillet or slow cooker or baking pan or freezer bag - so easy.  I've had this recipe on my new recipe list for a long time, but never tried it until now.  It was surprisingly tasty.  We ate it rice bowl style (over rice with toppings like black beans, corn, cheese, green onions, tomatoes, etc.), but it would make delicious tacos or burritos, too.

Sweet & Spicy "DUMP" Chicken

Recipe By: Soopermom at
Servings: 6

1 Package Taco Seasoning Mix (I used Karla's recipe)
8 oz Apricot Jam
12 oz Salsa
1 1/2 Pounds Chicken Pieces

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place all ingredients into a large baking dish, turn chicken to coat. Bake until chicken juices run clear (45-60 minutes for chicken pieces, or 20-30 minutes for chicken breasts). Or grill or cook in a skillet or slow cooker.

PREPARATION: Place all ingredients into a 1 Gallon freezer bag. Lay flat to freeze.
TO SERVE: Thaw. Follow the above cooking instructions.

GLUTEN FREE and SOY FREE DIRECTIONS: Use gluten and soy free taco seasoning, jam, salsa, and chicken.

LOW IODINE DIRECTIONS: Use LID-safe taco seasoning, jam, salsa, and chicken.

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Serving Ideas : Serve as is, or shred and serve as tacos, burritos, or rice bowls.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Taco Seasoning Mix (Karla's)

I found this taco seasoning mix on a Yahoo group for allergen-free recipes that I'm new to.  Couldn't find the recipe in their recipe database ( to post the link, so I will include it here.

I've found it's nice to have a few taco seasoning recipes, otherwise every recipe that calls for a taco seasoning mix tastes the same.  This recipe makes enough seasoning for 4 packets.  I didn't make any *changes* to Karla's recipe - it's really good as is.  However, I do always add bouillon granules or Better than Bouillon (about 1 tsp) to whatever I'm making in the flavor of meat that I'm making (for chicken add chicken bouillon, etc).  It just adds another layer of flavor that I love.  Anyway, here's the recipe!

Taco Seasoning Mix (Karla's)

6 tsp chili powder
5 tsp paprika (smoked paprika is yummy)
4 1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried oregano
3 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine chili powder, paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and cornstarch. Close lid securely, and shake well to mix contents.

7 teaspoons equals 1 package of taco seasoning. Makes about 28 tsp.

Source: Karla on the Yahoo GFCF Recipes group

Yield: 4 packets

KARLA'S NOTES:  Here is the recipe I use. If I want to scale back the heat, I reduce the cayenne pepper to 1/8 tsp and increase the chili powder by 1/4 tsp.

JEN'S NOTES:  I don't think I put any cayenne pepper in, maybe just a dash, and the heat was just right.