Tuesday, March 9, 2010


As I was waiting in line in the grocery the other day I spotted the new Taste of Home 2010 Chicken Cookbook.  Actually, It's a magazine with 250+ chicken recipes for Appetizers, Skillet & Stovetop, Oven, Casseroles, Grilled, Slow Cooker, Cooking for 1 or 2, and Soups, Salads & Sandwiches. What's really great about it is..theres is a photo for every recipe! (I like to visualize what it is supposed to look like!)

First one I tried is the Catalina Chicken... only one substitution.  I didn't have grape jelly, so I used blackberry.  Turned out great...the chicken was nice and moist and the sauce flavor was superb.  Next time, I may decrease the amount of onion soup mix... it tends to overpower the other two ingredients in the sauce.  Even the oldest son gave his approval!

Make sure you brown the chicken breasts before putting it in the oven...I know how easy it is for SOME people to forget steps!

Catalina Chicken
Yield 2 servings

Recipe from Frances Roberts, Silver Springs Maryland

Taste of Home Chicken Cookbook 2010

2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)

2 tsp canola oil

¼ Cup Catalina salad dressing

4 ½ tsp onion soup mix

1 Tbsp. Grape jelly

In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil. Transfer to a shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine the salad dressing, soup mix and jelly; pour over chicken.

Bake uncovered, at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170.

Serve over rice, if desired.

I used the rest of the package of onion soup mix on the roasted potatoes and added some sugar snap peas to round out the meal..  I will be making this again!

Look for the magazine...


Cynthia said...

Barb, great new look on your blog. Love the header picture and the green writing.

Fun recipe, Barb, and an unusual combination of flavors. I agree, I want to see photos with recipes. I'm looking forward to reading about and seeing more chicken recipes.

Debbie said...

Barb, your new blog header is great!

I would like to use the recipe for chicken appetizers. I know it would be a big hit. If your son liked it, I'm sure mine will :-)

Marsha said...

I too think the new header is great - Is there really a Foley's pub or only in NW IA?,

The chicken looks good - was it really sweet with the jam? I've never not liked a recipe I have tried from TOH - all shared by good home cooks.

Kathleen said...

That sounds good! Nice and moist and a little hint of sweet!
Sounds like a great dinner!
Love your new blog decor, mavourneen!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Love the St. Patty's Day look, Barb! The chicken dish sounds wonderful with those ingredients. I'm sure I've told you already but did you know that Reiman Publications (Taste of Home, Birds in Blooms, etc) is published in my little town in Wisconsin?

Mary said...

I haven't had this recipe in years. It looks delicious. I love the "new look" you've given your blog. It really is very nice. Have a great day...Mary

Cathy said...

Your blog looks so festive, Barb, all ready for St. Pat's Day. Your catalina chicken looks delish. I'm looking forward to trying it.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a cute St. Pat's look your blog has Barb. This chicken looks soooo good. I'm saving this recipe. Thank you for sharing it. laurie

pierre said...

this chicken is amazing !! bravo to you
cheers from Pierre in Paris

Helen said...

What an unusual assortment of ingredients ~ looks and sounds delicious!