A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish

Best Chicken Pasta Salad

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A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish

Carrie’s Chicken Pasta Salad

My husband and I love a really good pasta salad, so I tweaked and experimented and created the Best Chicken Pasta Salad, which I named after me:) 

With it’s creamy perfectly balanced flavored dressing, crisp  tart apples, smoky Gouda cheese, velvety avocado, crunchy almonds; combined with the other scrumptious ingredients, we think you will agree too that this is the Best Chicken Pasta Salad!

This will generously serve 4-6 adults with a loaf of crusty bread.

It’s a great recipe for a picnic, just be sure to keep it cold because of the mayonnaise and the chicken.

Carrie’s Chicken Pasta Salad

Salad Ingredients:

2-3 green apples, cored and cut into small bite-sized pieces; my handsome hubby prefers I peel the skin off, so that’s a personal preference too (the tart balances the other flavors and compliments the smokey cheese)

3-4 cups of cooked chicken,  A rotisserie chicken is fabulous here and what I generally use.

3/4 – 1 cup celery, chopped into small pieces

8-12 oz. Gouda cheese, cut into small pieces (the package of sliced is the usually the most cost effective, just dice it up)

2-3 avocados, diced

2 cups seedless red grapes, cut in halves (they look pretty, but can use green grapes if they are sweeter and in season)

1 cup sliced almonds, toasted* and cooled

16 oz / 1 lb. package of Rotini style pasta (corkscrew type to hold all the good dressing in and sturdy enough for the other ingredients – use a GOOD brand or it falls apart when you add in the other ingredients.  I prefer Barilla pasta)


Dressing Ingredients:

16-18 oz. light mayonnaise (2 – 2 ¼ cups), only real mayo here, please don’t use Miracle Whip.  You can use regular if you’d prefer over light

1/2 cup light sour cream (you can use regular instead of light)

1 ½ Tbl. poppy seeds

2 Tbl. honey

5 Tbl. lemon juice (bottled or fresh)

3 Tbl. seasoned rice vinegar

1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

1/2 – 1 tsp. roasted garlic seasoning, optional, but balances the sweet nicely – I use McCormick Grill Mates Roasted Garlic & Herb

1/2 tsp. Emerill’s original seasoning


First toast the nuts as shown below*

Cook pasta as directed on package.

When the pasta is al dente (not mushy or too soft), rinse and drain to remove the starch so it isn’t sticky and clumpy later after it sits.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

Pour the dressing ingredients over the salad ingredients and combine gently.

Gently toss in the pasta and fold till all mixed through.

 It is best to serve this salad chilled for at least an hour. It sits well over night too.

Carrie's Chicken Pasta Salad *To toast nuts, pour them into a non-stick pan and cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly until the nuts are a slightly browned.

It only takes a few minutes but it brings out a delicious deep flavor.


My Carrie’s BEST Chicken Pasta Salad would be perfect to take to a neighbor, friend or family member in need.  If you’d like to know more, I have this post:  What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

And even more information at    How Can I Help When Someone Is Sick And Show I Care?

A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish

Carrie’s Chicken Pasta Salad

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

Copyright and recipe by Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

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Taking in a Meal to a neighbor or family

What food to make and tips to make it easier on you and the person you are helping

 Have you been asked, or even offered to take in a meal to someone?

I’ve got you covered here in  What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal that They Will Want To Eat, and I can help you with this situation.

Even though you want to do this act of kindness, does the thought of taking in a meal, send panic running (or galloping) through your body?

Or do you get cold sweats worrying about what to take that they would want to eat?

And how in the world do you approach them in the first place?

Don’t worry, I’ve brought together valuable information just for you!

  • Everything from how to comfortably ask the day and time for bringing in the meal; making it convenient for all involved.
  • What type of food they would actually want to eat while keeping you in control of what the meal is, so you can stay in your budget.
  •  Ideas for you to know how to be approachable when wanting to help, so it’s not awkward for anyone.


So, if you’re looking for tips on taking in food when there is a new baby,  someone had surgery, there’s an illness in the family, unfortunately a death – or just because you know it would cheer them up—

I’ve got What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat, along with recipes that are easy and varied for you to choose from.

These handy tips will  make your meal not only one that is enjoyed, but remembered as thoughtful and extremely appreciated.  

What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal they Will want to eat

A meal is always welcome and a VERY thoughtful gesture of friendship and kindness.

However, it can be a scary idea to think about feeding other people,  or their kids; especially if you don’t know them very well.

So, when do you take in a meal? What are the circumstances that says: FEED US PLEASE

Then, what do you say when contacting them about taking in a meal? 

Most importantly, how do you find out what they like, so they will enjoy it, meaning your time and resources are useful and not wasted?

I have it all covered, so you don’t need to worry.  


When should you take In A Meal?

There are so many opportunities, but here are the most common:

  • A new baby.
  • Someone is ill or had surgery.
  • There has been a death in the family.
  • A job loss.
  • They are getting ready to move and everything is packed away (*see special moving tips below in this post)
  • Moving in (*see moving tips, again below in this post)
  • You know they are struggling with something personal, a family member’s situation, or outside circumstances that are challenging.  A meal can make the world seem gentler and a more compassionate place to be.
  • A traumatic event of any type. I have a post you might like How Can I Help When Someone Is Sick And Show I Care?
  • Anytime you want to help out, be kind, and especially when you feel impressed to, that is the perfect reason to take in a meal.


The Appreciation Comes From The Details

Let’s be real, we all say ‘thank you’ to a meal and that we ‘like it’.

However, if we ask a few questions, we are going to be HERO’s as well as taking in a meal that will be REALLY enjoyed and EATEN.

Details such as:

  • Use disposable pans, bags and dishes to deliver the food in. I like to prepare as many of the items I am taking  in the same type of pan if possible. The reason for this, is that I only have to have one to purchase and store one type; saving money and space.  Something like THIS would be good for everything from salads, to jello, to rolls to a main dish. You could  use two of these pans  for the main dish if you are taking the meal to a large family.


       Using something disposable avoids situations such as: whose bowl does this belong to?                Which unmarked pan does the young boy at the door want returned while his mother                  waits outside, not wanting to ‘be a bother’, as you are frantically trying to find the right lid          to ‘her pan’ in the myriad of  dishes stacked on the kitchen counter….which makes you                want to scream/cry/wish you had ordered out pizza that night.  Disposable dishes all the            way baby. They make everyone happy!

       Or there’s the well-meaning neighbor stopping by to collect their dishes – when you’re not           feeling well as you recover, or finally just got the newborn to sleep… gggrrrr….So if that’s             you, neighbor….please do a favor and call ahead:) Actually, please just use disposable.


  • Ask if anyone in the family has food allergies, or if there is anything they simply will not eat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Of course you, kind person, need to stay in your budget and fix a meal that you are comfortable making.  However, if you take in something they cannot, or simply will not eat, it’s a waste for all involved.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For instance:  Some people really cannot force themselves to eat rice – it’s a texture thing. And some cannot tolerate the taste of spaghetti sauce.                                                      Despite your best effort in making a meal, and their gratitude in your gift, it will not be as useful as it could be. (For example, I will not, cannot – not in a boat, not with a goat, not in the rain, not on a train….I will NOT eat eggs as the major ingredient.  So a beautiful quiche would be devoured by my husband and family, while I would have to open a can of something or other.  I would still send a thank you note of course, but if the meal were to help me out—-hhhmmm—–you get the point)


  • If you know your neighborhood well, and others are also taking in a meal(s) to the same family, it would be a good idea to ask the family what food(s) they have already had brought in. You don’t want to be the third well intended person in a row to bring in, say…. chili. 


  • If you are dropping the meal off early, or a freezer meal, be sure to label the food with what it is, the date to use by, along with any special cooking or reheating instructions.


  • Ask if there is a certain night they would like a meal brought in. Or let them pick from two or three nights that are convenient for you. 


  • If you have the means, taking in a freezer meal, along with a meal for that night, would be very appreciated.  


After delivering 5 cesarean babies,  several knee surgeries,  then total knee replacements on BOTH knees TWICE, adding in several other surgeries myself; not to mention all that has happened with 5 kids and a handsome hubby over upwards of 40 years of marriage; I have been a blessed recipient of numerous meals.  Truly they have been such a gift.

I have also taken in, or delivered more meals in my adult life now than I can begin to count. 

So, from receiving, and giving, so many meals, I’ve learned some tips that I’ll share with you about how to make it a win-win situation for everyone involved, as well as EASY too! 


Did you know there’s Etiquette to taking in a meal?

1 Ask what time they would like the meal brought in to avoid any embarrassing complications.


2- Should you take in a homemade or pre-made/frozen/purchased meal or dish? That’s up to you.


3- Make sure whatever the meal is, that it’s completely ready to serve to make it easy on the person you are helping. Meaning, they do not have to prepare it in any way, shape or form.


4- This is not the time to try to impress them with your amazing culinary skills of grandeur – imagined or real, lol.  Good old fashioned – comfort food is a winner every time.


5- Let the person know who you are bringing the meal into that you are:

A) just dropping off a meal (hot or one to be warmed up)


B) helping the kids have their dinner, cleaning up the dishes, getting the adults their dinner and tidying up afterwards – maybe you could even do a bit extra with the help of the kids:)

Only do what is comfortable for that person you are helping and best for you also.  You don’t want to put yourself in a situation that is awkward, anymore than you do the person you want to help.  It is very important to get the details clear before the meal is brought in.  Either way, let them know you have only the best intentions and can leave it with the kids at the door if that’s best.


6- Give a couple of choices that you are able to make or provide for the meal; meaning within your budget and ability.

For example, I have a grand daughter who at the age of four will eat Kim-chi and we are not Korean.  The girl will eat about anything and try everything that doesn’t run faster than her.

I have another grand daughter who likes……fast food pizza….oh and donuts:)

So ask the parents what ALL their kids will enjoy. Because you aren’t doing anyone a favor if they have to pull out the pans and make dinner after you leave to feed the kiddos. 

It’s not being picky in my opinion, it’s just life, and if we are there to support a friend in that situation, let’s be a help and not a hindrance. (Meaning no comments or judgments, that are not charitable in nature or nice in tone at this sensitive time for the family.)


7- Let the person know if you are bringing in the entire meal; meaning sides and dessert.  Or if you are just bringing in the main dish so they know what to plan on, and can make arrangements for the rest of the meal if needed.


8- Do all you can to NOT to be late or cancel.  Confirm the day or night before so it is clear that you are bringing in what you have discussed, as well verify the time.

If something does come up that is completely unavoidable and prevents you from taking in a meal, make sure to apologize and take in a meal soon as possible, along with one for the freezer due to the inconvenience.


9- If taking in meals for a new baby, I have special ideas in my post ALL THINGS BABY


10- Sometimes the situation is more complicated and you need to know how to handle the emotions and what is happening with the person or family that you are serving. It can be hard to know what’s appropriate when illness, tragedy, suicide or any other situation of deep mourning occurs.  What do you do? What do you say, or not say, is even more difficult. How can you help that is actually of benefit?  I have some great information at my post: How Can I Help When Someone Is Sick And Show I Care?

ways to help a person or family when tragedy, illness or hardship strikes their home. What to say, not to say, what to do and more


TIPS for taking in meals when someone is MOVING in or out

Take everything needed for the meal including:

  • ALL the paper products such as paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins


  • Drinks. Ask what they like and allow the kids to have; such as water bottles, type of perferred soda pop and kids punch pouches.


  • Ask if they will have access to the oven or stove to warm up the food.  If not, it would be considerate to take in (on a smaller scale of course) as I show in my post a COLD PASTA BAR or build-your own sandwiches with the ingredients and condiments in separate containers.  Or simply a variety of Sub Sandwiches for them to choose from. 


  • Find out if it would be more convenient to have the food transportable if they are moving from one location to another, and take the food in a disposable foam cooler.  THESE DISPOSABLE BOWLS  would be great to have on hand for this reason.  These recipes would work GREAT for this type of meal:



A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish


Asian Chicken and Orzo Pasta Salad

An oriental style bowl filled with a refreshing salad made with Orzo pasta, rotisserie chicken, fresh vegetables and a light refreshing dressing with a little spice from chili sauce and cool from Ranch dressing


The Easy Chicken Pot Pie and the Best Homemade Manicotti can be made and baked the same day or frozen for later use. 

Both come with printable baking instructions to include with the gifted dish

Click HERE for the Easy Chicken Pot Pie

This easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe tastes like homemade but it's with premade pie crusts, frozen vegetables and rotisserie chicken. The homemade savory sauce is gourmet and brings it all together. Freeze one for later

Best Chicken PotPie






Click HERE for Best Homemade Manicotti

A plate with green beans and manicotti stuffed pasta shells. The shells are filled with ground beef, cheeses and seasonings. They are topped with marinara sauce and more cheese then baked till warmed through

Easy Stuffed Manicotti Pasta







More ideas:

Best Chicken Fajitas

Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.


Best Anytime Chicken Tacos

Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.









Easy Vegetarian Fajitas also Gluten Free, and these are really

A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.


Best Homemade Meatballs








Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Easy Hot Cheese & Ham Sliders on Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

A Hawaiian sweet roll with ham and Swiss cheese in the middle along with a complimentary mustard sauce. Topped with the traditional Poppy Seed sauce all warmed up to melt the cheese and heat the ham.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

Best Anytime Chicken Tacos

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Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

Fast Mexican flavored Chicken tacese Best Anytime Chicken Tacos


I wanted to create for you a really quick taco with all the flavor of a street taco that you can make  at home anytime.  That’s how these Best Anytime Chicken Tacos were born.

Using a rotisserie chicken, it’s so convenient to easily shred the meat.

I have a homemade seasoning that is simple you can put together in just minutes, and the flavor is terrific.  

Combine these, and there you have a great meal for busy weeknights or lazy weekend meals. 

These Best Anytime Chicken Tacos would be fabulous to take to friends and neighbors if they need dinner.  I have more for you in  What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat



Best Anytime Chicken Tacos


Rotiserre Chicken 3-4 cups of meat 

3 Tbl. oil, your preference


Seasoning – 

1  1/2  tsp chicken bouillon

1  1/2  tsp. brown sugar

1  1/2  tsp. corn starch

1  1/2  tsp smoked paprika

3/4  tsp. onion powder

3/4  tsp. garlic powder

1/2  tsp. cumin

1  1/2 Tbl. oregano leaf (not ground)

3/4 tsp. chili powder

1/2  tsp. salt


Condiments – 

Tortillas, hard or soft

Chopped tomato

Shredded lettuce


 Sour Cream



Take the rotisserie chicken off of the bones and shred.

Mix together the seasonings in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat the oil in a frying pan.

Once it’s heated, add in the meat.

Pour in the seasonings Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.



And stir to coat evenly.Fas

Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

Fast Mexican flavored Chicken tacos

xican flavored Chicken tacos

Cook through till warmed and hot.

Serve with condiments. Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

Fast Mexican flavored Chicken tacos


Carrie Groneman’s recipe

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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Asian Inspired BBQ Chicken

Barbecued Asian Chicken Thighs

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Asian Inspired BBQ Chicken

Flavorful, Tender and Tasty BBQ Asian Chicken Thighs

This little recipe of mine has just the right balance of flavors and the chicken thighs come out so tender and moist. I think you will really enjoy how easy this is to make, and how amazing the taste is too!

I also have some tips for you when working with chicken – just in case you might want them:) 



4-5 lbs. chicken thighs; boneless, skinless  

2 Tbl. grated ginger root

2 Tbl. garlic, minced or chopped

1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

1/4 cup oyster sauce

2 Tbl. hoisin sauce

3 Tbl. fish sauce, optional

1 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup lime juice 


Combine all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a gallon zip lock bag.

Squish a bit to mix well. Drop the chicken in to the marinade.

Notice my tip of lining the drinking picture to hold the bag steady.Barbecued Asian Chicken Thighs 1

Flip the bag over a few times to evenly distribute the marinade with the meat.

Place in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours, flipping 2 times during the marinading time.Barbecued Asian Chicken Thighs 2When ready to cook, heat barbeque grill to medium-low. Barbecued Asian Chicken Thighs 3Place meat on grill and cook turning frequently until chicken is cooked through.

Place meat on a plate or on a tray, cover with tin foil and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve.

*When choosing fresh ginger root, make sure it is firm and not wrinkled. You can/allowed to break off the section or length desired; you do not have to purchase a larger piece than you need.

Peel with a vegetable peeler or with a knife then grate on a grater.  If  it’s juicy when grating, you know it’s fresh.Barbecued Asian Chicken Thighs 4**This marinade lends itself perfectly to chicken due to its slightly salty ingredients which fill the cells of the meat so that when it cooks it releases the excess liquid maintaining moist and tender meat; even when using boneless and skinless thighs.  


  • When working with chicken, know that there are special ways to handle the meat so as not to risk bacteria or contamination.
  •   Once you touch the raw meat with your hands or any utensils, or any areas, do NOT touch anything else, until proper cleaning with hot water and soap, or diluted clorox with water to avoid contaminated which could lead to sickness.
  •   After placing the chicken in the marinade do NOT taste the marinade, or use it for any other purpose, discard it. It now has the same risk for illness due to the raw meat in the sauce.
  •   Cook chicken to a proper temperature using a meat thermometer, or until there is no longer any pink in the meat – however, this does not mean you must overcook for dry meat.
  •   Clean your hands, kitchen counter, sink, cutting board, utensils or anything else that has come into contact with the raw chicken with Clorox diluted with water to sterilize and kill all the bacteria.
  •   As you grill the chicken, use separate tongs, or utensil of choice, to turn the raw meat and when the meat is cooked through to then take off heat. Do NOT put cooked meat on the same platter you had the raw meat on, unless it has been sterilized.


Recipe by Carrie Groneman, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow. 2013

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Frosted Chicken Sandwich

Frosted Chicken Sandwich

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Frosted Chicken Sandwich

Frosted Chicken Sandwich

  Stan and I stopped at a restaurant and he ordered a chicken sandwich with something they called ‘Chicken Frosting’.  I HAD to replicate that amazing work of art.  We have longed for that sandwich for weeks now….so here is my version, and Stan says it is even better, which is quite a compliment.  When you have a bit of a food blog as I do, the critique is honest around my house:)   Drum roll—–I am pleased and thrilled to give you my own concoction of the Chicken Sandwich with Chicken Frosting and I can’t wait to make it again; neither can Stan, heehee.

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Thick bread or bun of your choice

Butter for toasting Poblano peppers, 

1/2 – 1  per sandwich 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1/4 cup honey Montreal Chicken Seasoning

Chicken breasts/cutlets/tenderloins; boneless and skinless

Pepper Jack cheese

Real Mayonnaise

Ripe tomatoes

Romaine lettuce (this type holds up on the sandwich)


Begin by roasting the Poblano peppers. 

This can be done in the oven on broil or on the grill outside.  If being done in the broiler, line a cookie sheet with tin foil for easier clean up.  Put the pan under the heat and watch closely. When the pepper is charred and very dark…   Frosted Chicken Sandwich 1

Frosted Chicken Sandwich 2Then turn onto another side and continue broiling until it is black and charred on all sides.   The same would be done on the grill; turning and charring on all sides.   Frosted Chicken Sandwich 3

Frosted Chicken Sandwich 4When the peppers are very dark and charred, wrap separately in plastic wrap and leave to cool down while continuing with the recipe. Frosted Chicken Sandwich 5

Make the ‘Chicken Frosting’. In a bowl cream together the cream cheese and the honey until well mixed and creamy.  Set aside.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 6Now for the chicken.  If you are using a thin cutlet or a thin tenderloin, you do not need to do anything for this step. If you are using a breast, you may need to cut in half if it is very large.  Put on a piece of parchment paper.  Place another piece of parchment on top.  Using a rolling pin, or a heavy pan, pound gently to make a thin cutlet, however do not tear or damage the meat.   Frosted Chicken Sandwich 7

Frosted Chicken Sandwich 8Place the meat, whether you have had to pound it or not, on layers of paper towels and dab the top with paper towels also to dry. Sprinkle the top lightly with Montreal Chicken Seasoning.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 9

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In a medium-hot fry pan add in oil and bring to a hot point.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 10Gently lay down the chicken and do not crowd the meat. Sprinkle this side lightly with the Montreal Chicken Seasoning.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 11When cooked on one side, turn and cook on the other side; making sure to cook through, but do not over cook – we don’t want dry meat.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 12When the meat is cooked, place on a plate and continue cooking.  For the Poblano Peppers, unwrap from the plastic wrap, carefully scrap off the outside charred layer.  Then open and scrap out the seeds and pull off the top.  Do this with all you have prepared. Set aside.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 13Now the fun begins!  On a griddle, or your fry pan, place cooked chicken, the size of your bread or bun and lay Pepper Jack cheese over top to melt.  I put a lid over it to help it get all melty and wonderful gooeyness.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 14

Frosted Chicken Sandwich 15

Meanwhile, spread a nice layer of butter on the outside of your slices of thick sliced bread OR the inside of your bun and set on griddle or fry pan to toast.
OK, for the CHICKEN FROSTING!  On one slice of your toasted bread or the bun GENEROUSLY spread a layer of the fabulous cream cheese and honey mixture – this stuff makes the sandwich!Frosted Chicken Sandwich 16On the other slice, spread a thin layer of real mayonnaise.  I’m usually a Miracle Whip girl, but you really do want to use real mayo so it compliments all the wonderful other components going on here.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 17To assemble:  On your bread, or bun, lay the chicken with the melted ooey, gooey melted cheese.  Next up is the roasted Poblano Pepper.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 18Slices of ripe tomato and then the crisp lettuce come up next.Frosted Chicken Sandwich 19Adorn with the other slice of bread or bun and there you have a masterpiece that could very well be in a museum – except, then they would have to have a snack bar, hee hee!  Hope you enjoy this one as much as we do; happy eating!Frosted Chicken Sandwich 20Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015COOKBOOK - CFK Ad buttonDon’t miss out on additional yummy recipes!  Join for our newsletter by clicking HERE

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Balsamic Chicken & Strawberry Relish

Chicken with Balsamic Glaze and Strawberry Relish

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Balsamic Chicken & Strawberry Relish

Balsamic Chicken & Strawberry Relish

This chicken dish is AMAZING. The meat is tender and juicy.  By marinating it in my balsamic glaze, it adds a wonderful depth and flavor to the chicken.  By grilling, it gives a smokey essence to the dish. 
Now to top it off, I created a Strawberry Relish to compliment and bring it to a gourmet level.
Come check out this fabulous recipe and make it up tonight.  Click HERE

Sweet Chili Quesadilla 1

Quick Sweet Chicken Chili Quesadilla

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Orient savor fused with Latin flavors makes this a fabulous Quick Sweet Chicken Chili Quesadilla

 This amazing quesadilla features Asian sweet chili sauce, toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, caramelized onion, a touch of hoisen sauce and tender chicken; all warmed between crunchy toasted tortillas and melted gooey cheese. Scrumptious and mouthwatering!


Quick Sweet Chicken Chili Quesadilla

This makes 1 quesadilla

1 Tbl. butter

1/8 tsp. salt

½ tsp. sugar

1 Tbl. Hoison sauce

1/2 – 1  small onion, sliced

2   8”-10” inch tortilla
1/4 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded

1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1/3 – 1/2 cup warm, cooked, shredded chicken (rotisserie works well for this)

1-2 Tbl. sweet chili sauce

1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

1 Tbl. cilantro, torn


Place sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium-high heatSweet Chili Quesadilla 2

Keep them moving by shaking the pan, toasting them as the pan heats and cooks themSweet Chili Quesadilla 3

Until they are nice and toasty brown.  Pour into a bowl and set aside.Sweet Chili Quesadilla 4


In the same skillet heat the butter in a pan over medium-high heat.Sweet Chili Quesadilla 5

Put in the onion rings or slices.Sweet Chili Quesadilla 6

Add in salt and cook on medium-low for 5 minutes.Sweet Chili Quesadilla 7

Add in the sugar and saute as they start to caramelize, about 7-10 minutes until they are soft and tender.Sweet Chili Quesadilla 8

Now the Hoisin sauce and cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.Sweet Chili Quesadilla 9

Pour the onion mixture into a bowl and set aside.

Wipe the skillet out with a paper towel.

In the same skillet, place a tortilla in the pan.  Sprinkle half of the cheese and the chickenSweet Chili Quesadilla 10

Next, layer the caramelized Hoisen onions

(Tip:  cut cooked onions in bite-sized pieces to make eating easier) 

toasted sesame seeds and torn cilantro leavesSweet Chili Quesadilla 11

On the other tortilla, spread the sweet chili sauceSweet Chili Quesadilla 12

Place the tortilla on top of the other in the panSweet Chili Quesadilla 13


Cover with a lid to help heat the quesadilla through.Sweet Chili Quesadilla 14

Cook until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side. Serve hot.

Sweet Chili Quesadilla 15

And then you have a masterpiece!

Sweet Chicken Chili Quesadilla

Sweet Chicken Chili Quesadilla

Adapted by Carrie, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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White Chicken Chili 1

Best Ever White Chicken Chili

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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

I love this wonderful chili.  It is so simple to put together, especially if you use a rotisserie chicken, you can toss this together in just a few minutes.  It so satisfying and filling.  Not to mention how delicious the flavors combine for a comforting meal. 

Best Ever White Chicken Chili


3 cans great Northern beans, not drained or rinsed if using canned (Or 1 lb. dry *)

1 can chopped green chilies

¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter

3-4 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces

1 onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

4-5 cups water

2 Knorr chicken bouillon cubes

1 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. rosemary, crushed

¼ – ½ tsp. hot pepper sauce (Tabasco) or red pepper flakes

½ tsp. Montreal Chicken Steak seasoning

½ tsp. Emerill’s Essence, original

½ tsp. smoked paprika

½ tsp bunch cilantro leaves, chopped

½ lb. (approx. 3 cups) grated pepper jack cheese

1 cup sour cream


In a pan add butter, onion and chicken; sauté until the chicken is cooked through; add in the garlic the last 3-4 minutes of cooking.

(If using cooked chicken, cook the onion, then add in the chicken with the beans and other ingredients.)White Chicken Chili 2Rinse the canned beans.White Chicken Chili 3

To chicken mixture add beans and crush the rosemary in your handWhite Chicken Chili 4

Then add to the pan with all the other ingredients.

White Chicken Chili 5Simmer 15 minutes.White Chicken Chili 6

Serve with Sour Cream and cilantro leaves. 

Best Ever White Chicken Chili

Best Ever White Chicken Chili

Carrie Groneman’s recipe. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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