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#AD BBQ Crack Chicken Casserole – Tots, Crispy Bacon, Cheeeeese and BBQ Ranch Sauce!

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Seriously this BBQ Crack Chicken Casserole is LEGIT!  This is the PERFECT tailgate/pot luck/office lunch/brunch/because-it’s-Wednesday casserole you’ll ever make!  Folks will be begging for the recipe!


Okay people we need to get real here for a bit.  So right now we’re into the 5th week of Football season which mean it’s time to put on the big girl panties, buckle down and get into the zone.  Growing up in Pittsburgh it’s all about sports.  We’re the City of Champions – we live and breathe football, hockey and baseball.  And for the mass majority of us that don’t play the actual game for bajillions of dollars, we can still be the MVP of the game; that is MVP of the food game!

What’s served during the game is just about as big as the actual game itself.  We take huge pride in our tailgating skills, our backyard cookouts or our home man caves.  This BBQ Crack Chicken Casserole is the dish of all dishes that will make you the MVP of the entire season!
This dish is LEGIT and a total WINNER!

2 Seriously Delicious Game Time Recipes

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Growing up in Pittsburgh there were a few things that you were born into.  You were born with the notion that all salads come with fries on them.  You were born into a language of it’s own – Pittsburghese.  And you were born into Pittsburgh Football nation. You were a die-hard black ‘n gold football fan.  And lastly, you were born into serving killer food during those football games. Being that house that hosted the games was a right of passage. Some folks waited decades to become the house where we gathered.  Some just impressed right out of the gate and they took over the hosting.


Up until we started the remodel on the house, mine was that house that hosted the games.  I’d put out a spread that would rival any Vegas buffet. Now to know me you know I never do simple.  While I love simple chips and Pace® Salsas, I need to take them to another level. That’s why I’m super stoked share with you 2 seriously delicious game time recipes featuring Pace® salsa and picante sauces.  We’re making game time saucy!  Today I’m sharing with you 2, yes TWO, recipes. One is for my Creamy Chicken & Salsa Pinwheels and the other is for my famous Double Bean Cheeeeesy Bean Dip.
Today I’m serving you up 2 killer recipes that will go perfectly with the big game!

One Pan Mexican Chicken & Rice Casserole

So one pan cooking has been around forever.  Mom threw everything in a roaster or crock pot.  In college everything I made went into a hot pot and nowadays things are either in a baking dish or a stock pot.  It’s not new but it sure is awesome.  I mean HELLO… one pot to clean (well okay minus the plates or utensils… that is unless you’re a caveman).  This recipe I’ve been making ever since I bought my first house.  I had bought some chicken breasts and veggies.  I had rice on hand and a half open jar of salsa in my fridge.  Working long hours at my day job, helping to run my family’s pizza shop and running my own web company I didn’t have much free time.  Cooking back then wasn’t really a priority.  I mean I loved it but it wasn’t a priority.  Sad I know but it’s the truth.

I can still remember the first time I made this.  I had just got home from tutoring on a Saturday morning at the local library and I had 4 hours of down time until I went into the pizza shop.  I fed the cats (because lord knows if you didn’t feed them as soon as you walked in the door there was hell to pay) and put the rest of their canned food in the fridge.  It was there that I saw the chicken (that I had to use up), the half full jar of salsa, cilantro and stock.  This dish just kind of was a ‘dump it all in the pool’ type recipe.

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I’d love to tell you that it turned out amazing the first time I made it.  Yeah, no, it didn’t.  It was HORRIFIC!  The rice was hard as a rock, dry as I didn’t use enough liquid and the chicken was rubbery.  I way under cooked it. So I tried it again… and again.. and again.  Honestly this dish took me about 8 times to get right AND to make it repeatable quality-wise. Remember, I’m a perfectionist.
All you need is a 9×13

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Years ago when I heard someone mention them making chicken that had a peanut butter sauce on it I thought they were nuts.  I mean peanut butter on chicken?  For real?  I mean bacon sure because bacon literally goes with EVERYTHING! Yes, EVERYTHING!  Name one thing that it doesn’t… go on, I’ll wait.


Yeah, thought not. LOL But anyway, peanut butter… that’s just weird, right?  NOPE!  OMG Thai Peanut sauce is the BOMB!  OMG!  Seriously I would not steer your wrong on this.  It’s not your typical pb&j taste but rather it’s creamy, nutty (duh) and with the Thai flavors a bit of heat on the back end of your throat. You can add as little as much heat as you like.  For me it’s just a beautiful well-balanced flavor that is killer!  And OMG that sauce on a chicken or turkey burger!!!  For real, it’s off the hook!

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Wait, did I just write “off the hook”???  What am I 21 (I wish!)?  Dear lord I’m losing it.  HAHAHA  So let’s dish about this dish.  If I had to describe it in one word I’d have to say fanfriggentastic!  It’s light but filling.  I don’t have to feel guilty eating 2 or 4 of them as the carbs are almost nil and it’s healthy. Yes I know it has peanut butter in it but it’s not a huge amount.  Plus it’s high in protein!  GO CHICKEN!
Ditch the bun and go for this healthy wrap!

Pressure Cooker Sticky Hoisin Ginger Sesame Wings

It’s funny ever since I came up the BEST WAY TO MAKE CRISPY OVEN “FRIED” wings I’ve been in love with these suckers! I’ve shared with you countless wings recipes throughout the years.  Then when I bought my first pressure cooker (Emeril by T-fal CY4000 Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Electric Pressure Cooker) I became addicted to ’em. It’s funny because for decades you couldn’t pay me to eat a wing let alone chicken with bones in it.  Oh trust me it was awesome going out on wing night with my friends and Mr. Fantabulous only I was the one ordering something other than wings. OR better yet I’d order wings and use a fork to pick the meat off.  God forbid I hit something icky while taking off the meat – yeah I was done and often went hungry.  I know, I’m weird.

But slowly I started to appreciate them and realize that meat is often richer and have a more depth of flavor if it’s cooked with the bone. Or as Mr. Fantabulous would say I “suck it up buttercup and put on your big girl panties”! FYI I tried that same tactic with him when it came to telling him to kill the ginormous (when really it was maybe the size of a dime) spider.  Yeah I’m pretty sure that I didn’t step in and kill it he was pretty much going to set the house  on fire to kill it.

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Now if this recipe looks a tad familiar it is.  It’s kinda sorta like my Pressure Cookier Asian Sticky Ginger thighs but the ingredients vary slightly. And plus it’s wings. LOL Truth be told he’s odd when it comes to thighs. If we went to say KFC (which has happened maybe 3 times in the bajillion years we’ve been together) he’ll only ever get a breast and to boot he picks off the crispy part. I know, right!  Crazy!  HOWEVER any time I make thighs he inhales them saying how much he loves them.  Yet when I tell him they are thighs he just shakes his head telling me no that I’m mistaken.  LOL  Ah okay baby.

These wings will leave you licking your fingers and begging for more!

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