Easy Cheesy Chicken

March 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Chicken | 41 Comments
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Whew! I’m out of breath. Busy, busy, busy at work coupled with a quick road trip back to Kansas to celebrate Mom’s birthday hasn’t left much time for me to blog or to even read yours. Just so you don’t forget about me, here’s a quick meal that allowed me to cook during all of the hullabaloo.

In spite of our 12 inches of snow a couple of days ago, it is Springtime in the Rockies. I love this time of year in Colorado. Our big spring snows followed by 65-degree days equal quick melts revealing green grass that wasn’t there before the snow, irises poking up through the dirt and a Weber grill that has come out of hibernation.

So let’s grill some chicken.

This is a throw-together meal using ingredients I had on hand. No recipe required. 

I call it Easy Cheesy Chicken…

I simply pounded a couple of chicken breasts with my meat mallet to an equal thickness. Sprinkled with Mexican oregano, salt and pepper I threw them on my pre-heated grill…

Meanwhile, I sautéed some sliced green onions in a butter and olive oil mixture…

Whisk in some milk and shredded cheddar cheese…

Add enough cheese to obtain that ooey-gooey consistency…

Add a couple of tablespoons of your favorite bottled salsa…

Add a few shakes of handsome (and well dressed) Mr. Tapatio Hot Sauce.

Plate the chicken, drizzle on some of the ooey-gooey cheese, top with a beautiful handful of cilantro and voila!  Easy and cheesy.

So, let’s talk about Spring. Spring’s is a great time for us.  As you know, we’re avid birdwatchers and the miracles of migration are about to unfold all around us. Birdwatching is our favorite spring activity…what’s yours?

Did I mention there is another foot of snow in our forecast for this afternoon?  Which will make for some grumpy little migrants.

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  1. Fabulously easy!!! My kind of meal!

    • I just left your blog and now all I can think about are Chili Dogs – darn you! As always thanks for stopping by

  2. Yea, you’re back!!! This looks easy and delicious – two very important criteria on weeknights.
    As for spring – we are currently watching a great horned owl nest that she conveniently built on an osprey platform near the road. Our migratory birds are starting to show up as well and we’re noticing them while we cut down trees and get the garden ready. LOVE getting outside again!

    • Perfect nest platform for a GHO. They start nesting in January so you should be seeing babies by now. I always think they look like dryer lint. Anyway, they should be out of there by the time those Osprey return. I’m not quite at the “getting outside” stage yet. Still too much weather going on, but at least that grill has been faard up. (translation: fired up)

  3. Geese are flying over my house daily now, saw first robin, finches are more active, and I’m listening to the cardinals…That chicken with rice would be a treat!

    • hmmm, trying to think about your location. I bet you have Greater White-fronted, Snow and Canada Geese over head. Wonder if your finches are Purple or House. Colorado doesn’t have Cardinals. We’ve really been cheated on that one. I’ve even seen people get mad when they move here and figure that out. I love that ringing song of theirs almost as much as I love that brilliant red. And see, I told you those Robins were headed your direction! :-)

      • Canadian geese, couple of colors of finches-woodpecker colored!, Forgot the Blue Jays- loud birds!

      • Blue Jays are raucous. Canada Geese are not Canadian…hey? Woodpecker colored finches are beautiful singers.

  4. That looks wicked good. I love grilled chicken and if it’s smothered in cheese so much the better!

    • Thanks Bob! I’m back in the saddle now and have some pretty good dinner plans up my sleeve for tonight! 🙂

  5. I’ve been wondering where you’ve been, hope you had a nice trip. I’ve been to Colorado in the summer and the winter so I’ve seen it brown and white, but never green. The chicken looks simple and delicious.

    • oh Larry!!!! I think spring and early summer in the Rockies is the most beautiful time. Come on out and I’ll even fix a great dinner!

  6. Chicken and cheese. How much more heavenly can you get?

    • Hey, that cilantro isn’t any chopped liver! 🙂

      Thanks Joanne

  7. Welcome back! I broke out the grill a few weeks ago, then it got buried under snow. But that’s all better now, and I can’t wait to get grilling! Or should I said i can’t wait to make my husband get grilling 😉

    And just to clarify, you *did* say 12 inches of snow, right? That’s not metric or anything, is it?

    And next time you’re in Kansas, let me know and we’ll do coffee 😀

    • LOL, 12 inches a few days ago, and 12 tonight. It’ll probably end up in Wichita in the form of a great thunderstorm! Lots of moisture.

      Coffee??? Heck, I’m thinkin Amish Lunch – great blogging material

  8. So, how was Kansas? Someday I plan on getting homesick.

    • Kansas was just fine and dandy! I ws a little surprised things weren’t greening up yet. Windy. I visited my favorite little market that I can’t wait to blog about.

  9. Delicious! I am excited for spring too – it is a little chilly here this week.. but I have faith it will be here soon. Bring on the grill!

  10. You have inspired me to fire up the grill tonight! GREG

  11. Terrific throw together recipe! I hope things slow down for you soon!

    • Well at this moment, things have come to a screeching halt. We’re snowed in. yipeeeeee

  12. This looks wonderful! Happy Spring!

  13. Hello LeaAnn.,
    Glad you and Bob are back safely. This looks like my kind of recipe. Thanks so much.
    -Robin

    • Thanks Robin, seems we got in and out of town inbetween snow storms.

  14. Mmm…the chicken looks so cheesy, decadent and good!

    • Thanks Deb and as always thanks for stopping by and the comment.

  15. I’m sitting here watching the weather channel while I read the paper and it looks like winter has slipped back into Denver – more moisture for a green spring.

    • We’ve got 12 inches so far and it’s still snowing. And by the way, we’ll have to shovel to find our paper. I’m sure it’s out there somewhere buried.

  16. There is a webcam from Highlands Ranch on Wunderground.com, but it’s hard to tell the snow depth from it.

    • Trust me, it’s around 15 inches. I know cuz I shoveled…and shoveled…and

  17. Glad everyone is finally having some spring weather! Is it grilling time yet??
    Love your cheesy chicken, Lea Ann!

    • Spring with 12 inches plus snow. That’s springtime in the Rockies.

  18. wow this is simple take some snaps of the flowers in CO for us lol

    • I’ll check back with you in June!

  19. This is my kind of recipe! Looks great. It’s making me hungry here at work.

    • thanks Steph and as always thanks for stopping by

  20. Wow, this is so easy and delicious looking all at the same time! You’re driving me to spring! The cheesy goodness and grilled chick will be finding it’s way to my Egg soon.

    • Thanks Chris, don’t forget that cilantro. As always thanks for stopping by

  21. This is my kind of dish, easy yet delicious 🙂


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