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Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe for an easy Chicken Dinner! | @bestrecipebox

Slow cooker chicken recipes are always wonderful to have on hand for those busy weeknights, especially this slow cooker roast chicken. An ideal one pot chicken dinner that’s versatile, quick and easy are cooking whole chickens in the slow cooker. What you’re not able to finish in one meal, this whole chicken recipe leaves you plenty of leftover chicken for chicken sandwiches and chicken salads for lunch the next day. It’s another one of the dishes that keeps on feeding.

{Video} How to cook a Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker

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Easy Cheesy, Saucy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe is Dinner Served! @bestrecipebox

If you’re ever craving spaghetti with sauce without the carbs and calories, you’re going to love this easy spaghetti squash recipe with as much cheese and sauce as you like. Cheesy, saucy spaghetti squash is a dinner that the whole family loves. It is a fantastic quick and easy dinner. And best of all, you can eat it straight out of the shell. Less dishes to do after dinner!

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How to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave | @bestrecipebox

Craving spaghetti squash but want to know how to cook spaghetti squash? Here’s how to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave that is easy and will get dinner ready on the table in less than 15 minutes!

All you need is a spaghetti squash and a microwave and 10 minutes of your time. You can certainly roast or bake your spaghetti squash. If you prefer that method, we have the technique here for you. But if you’re short on time, cooking the spaghetti squash in the microwave results in great tasting spaghetti squash without the hassle.

Here’s a video showing how easy it is to cook the Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave:

You must cut the spaghetti squash in half.  Folks, don’t microwave the whole squash or it might explode! Yes, people have exploded their squash when cooking the whole dang thing in the microwave. No joke, just google it.

So not only should you cut it in half, you can take further precautions and help it cook more evenly by poking holes through the middle of the squash with a fork before you microwave it. What you get are delicious strands of spaghetti squash that can be topped with tomato sauce, cheese, herbs, meatballs or what ever you like. Seriously, if you plan ahead and have your sauce all ready to go,  a spaghetti squash dinner can be finished in a matter of minutes.

Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the squash, so if it’s not cooked yet, cook it for about 3-4 minutes more until you reach the texture that you like.

here’s an easy spaghetti squash recipe with tomatoes and parmesan cheese!

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Easy Crispy Chicken Taquitos recipe or Rolled Chicken Tacos | @bestreicpebox

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Our first recipe for crispy tacos was in 2011 and we were hooked. For those times when we’re craving crunchy tacos or taquitos, we make sure we have extra roast chicken on hand for a big batch. On Christmas day we rolled up a huge platter of these chicken taquitos, served them up with some fresh salsa and everyone was thrilled to be eating something fun and filling.

Kids especially love these because it’s the perfect hand food filled with chicken and there’s a dip involved. Bingo!

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Originally posted in January 2013, here’s an update with a new video.

A basic oven roast chicken should be in everyone’s repertoire, unless you are a vegetarian and never want to cook chicken of any kind, but that is a completely different discussion.

Roasting or baking  a whole chicken in the oven is a simple as rinse, season, and roast. It’s that easy. If you want to start to get fancy, truss the chicken before roasting to plump up those breasts. It will taste better and look better.

Easy Roast Chicken Recipe that's juicy, crispy skin and delicious! @bestrecipebox

For those who love a nice crispy skin, the key is to dry the skin as much as possible. When we have the forethought, we’ll salt the skin a few hours beforehand and then allow the chicken to air dry in the fridge for a few hours or even up to overnight. First rinse and pat dry the chicken. Next, salt it liberally with kosher salt to help dry out excess water from the skin. As it sits in the fridge, the moisture will come up to the surface allowing it to cook off in the oven.

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Whipped Cream Stages

When whipping cream, recipes often call for one of two stages of fluffiness. Whipped cream beat to soft peaks. And whipped cream beat to stiff peaks. Here’s a visual guide and some tips to help you get to correct whipped cream stage.

Whipping Cream Tips:

1. You can whip the cream in a stand mixer, using a hand blender, or by hand using a whisk. For smaller amounts it is fairly quick to just whip by hand, reducing your cleanup to just a bowl and a whisk. If using a stand mixer and you don’t have a bowl splatter guard, wrap a piece of plastic wrap between the bowl and stand mixer head to contain the cream flings. Or start at a slower speed until it begins to thicken and then feel free to push the rpms.
2. Use heavy whipping cream. The higher the fat content, the better the whipped cream will hold firm. Or even follow the lead of the great chef Nancy Silverton and add some creme fraiche to the whipping cream.
3. Chill the cream, bowls, beaters, and or whisks. Usually we don’t bother chilling everything, but at least make sure the cream is nice and cold. However on those hot kitchen days, having everything chilled will make the whipping easier. If the cream gets too warm you may have issues getting it to hold up.
4. Add the flavorings (sugar, vanilla, etc…) towards the end of whipping the cream to maximize the volume.
5. Buy delicious cream. Not all creams taste the same. Try whipping creams from different dairies to find the one you love the flavor the most.
6. Watch for changes in stages closely. Especially with smaller volumes of cream, it will change form soft peaks, to stiff peaks, to over whipped fairly quickly. Even when whipping using a stand mixer, we like to finish to the final consistency by hand for better control. If piping the cream, whip just slightly under the stiffness you want since the action of piping the cream will actually whip it a touch more.
7. If you over whip the cream by a little bit (it just starts to get grainy) stir in more cold cream (a couple tablespoons – 1/4 cups worth) with a spatula. However if you’ve over whipped it too much, you might as well keep whipping a make some butter. There is no saving it for whipped cream at this point.

Whipped Cream Stages

1. No Peaks. After a couple minutes, the cream will have gone from runny and having big bubbles to thickening a bit and becoming smooth. At this point if you lift the whisk out of the cream it will still be too liquidy to hold its shape.
2. Soft Peaks. After lifting the whisk out the cream will hold its lines but the top peaks will be soft and after a second or two will fall back on itself.

soft peak whipped cream stage
3. Stiff Peaks. Now after lifting out the whisk, the peaks will hold firm.

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4. Over Whipped. If you whip the cream to much it will start to break down and become grainy. The fats and liquids are now separating. If it is just starting to happen you can save it (see Whipping Cream Tips #7), otherwise you might as well keep going a make some butter. Delicious cream it a too good to waste.

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Homemade Whipped Cream

Yield: nearly 2 cups

Total Time: 10 Minutes

This is a good, basic homemade whipped cream. It is easily scalable to you needs. The cream isn't sweetened too much, allow the flavor the the cream to be enjoyed, but feel free to sweeten to taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (240ml) cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine the whipping cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla in a high-sided bowl or mixer. Whisk to soft peaks.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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How to make homemade pumpkin puree. Make it fresh, you'll love it! on @bestrecipebox

Roasting a pumpkin for puree is one of the most minimal-effort-for-maximum-gain-over-store-bought things you can do in the kitchen. You don’t even need to bother pre-heating the oven for this pumpkin puree recipe. Turn the oven on, put the pumpkin on a baking sheet and place in the oven.

That’s it, done. We’ll almost. You’ll still need to scoop out the flesh and puree it up after everything is nice and tender, but oh is it so good. Your pumpkin recipes will never be the same again.

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How to Roast Beets in The Oven from @BestRecipeBox on BestRecipeBox.comRoasting beets in the oven are so much easier than you think. It only takes some time and a little patience to learn how to roast beets in the oven. Within about one hour you’ll have tender roasted beets for all your favorite beet recipes. From roasted beet salads to picked beets, all these recipes start with a great batch of beets roasted in the oven. The sweet flavors of this delicious vegetable become more rich and intense when they’re slowly baked in the oven. We usually roast our beets at 400 degrees F, but you can cook them at a slightly slower temperature 375 degrees F for a longer period of time.
Roasting time varies on the size of the beets. One tip in roasting them is to try to have all the beets around the same size so that they can cook together evenly. And remember that beets are really staining so use gloves to peel the beets once they cool. And don’t get your favorite shirt stained red! After the beets are roasted,  you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for about 1 week.

More great beet recipes: Kale & Beet Salad Recipe, Roast Root Vegetables Recipe, Baked Beet Greens Recipe

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Easy Oven Baked Salmon Recipe - A healthy and easy 30 minute recipe for dinner on BestRecipeBox.com

A healthy dinner can’t get any better, especially if you love Salmon. This really easy oven baked salmon recipe will be your go-to recipe for those busy weeknights that you’re craving something healthy but don’t have the energy to wash a load of dishes. The technique on how to bake salmon in the oven is also very simple and can have so many different variations on it that you won’t feel like you’re stuck with just one salmon recipe here.

The basic technique is outlined below and for variations, you can add a touch of lemon juice, different types of fresh herbs, fresh minced garlic and what ever spices you like. As long as you use the simple ratio, cooking time and technique below, you’ll ever be bored with baked salmon.

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Crispy Skin Oven Roast Chicken Recipe in Cast Iron Skillet on BestRecipeBox.com

There are many techniques on how to roast chicken with crispy skin. Here is one way that makes a a great crispy skin roast chicken that’s still moist and delicious. All it takes is a large cast iron skillet and you have a wonderful roast chicken dinner for the family.

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, definitely consider investing in one. They’re inexpensive, oven-proof and the perfect vessel for this roast chicken recipe. What the cast iron pan does so well is allow you to sear the chicken to a great crisp on all sides before the chicken bakes in the oven and then place everything directly into the oven.. You’ll be pleased at how easy this oven roast chicken is and how wonderfully juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside a baked chicken can be.

More Roast Chicken Recipes in the Oven and Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes and a great Sriracha Oven Roast Chicken Recipe.

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How to Roast Spaghetti Squash- the perfect healthy, low carb and low fat meal! on BestRecipeBox.com

Spaghetti squash is one of the most unique squashes to cook and eat. When roasted in the oven, the flesh of the spaghetti squash softens up to become long strands, similar to spaghetti or thin noodles. It’s one of the vegetables that is not only healthy, but it’s the perfect low carb and low fat substitute for pasta or noodles. Preparation for the squash has many options, including boiling, steaming and cooked in the microwave. But when the squash is roasted in the oven has a wonderful nutty flavor that can’t be beat.

So if you have the time, make this recipe for oven roast or baked spaghetti squash and it will quickly become one of your favorite squashes to cook. Spaghetti squash can be cooked as a side dish or even as an entree in many ways. Treat it as a salad and toss in some vinaigrette or dressing. You can even cook up the spaghetti squash (once it’s cooked already) with some sausage, chicken, turkey or other vegetables.

Baked spaghetti squash recipes are endless so have fun and enjoy! We can’t get enough of it and because it’s healthier, we don’t feel as guilty when we eat double portions!

Here’s more great spaghetti squash recipes., including a great spaghetti squash with sausage & parmesan recipe.

How to Roast Spaghetti Squash- the perfect healthy, low carb and low fat meal! on BestRecipeBox.com

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How to Poach Chicken Breasts for Moist, Juicy Chicken | @bestrecipebox

Video: How to Poach Chicken Breasts for Moist & Healthy Chicken

Poaching chicken is easier than you think and it’s not difficult at all to have moist and juicy chicken. Think of all the chicken salads and chicken sandwiches you can make with juicy poached chicken. Sometimes a chicken recipe calls for left over chicken, but if you don’t have any at your disposal, you can make a quick and easy poached chicken that’s moist and tender. Within a few minutes,  poached boneless skinless chicken breasts that’s simmered in water and herbs turns into a flavorful and perfect texture for healthy chicken recipes that are low in fat. Because there’s no oil or butter used in this poached chicken breast recipe, the only calories come from the actual chicken that you use.

You can also customize the flavor by adding smashed garlic and a multitude of other herbs and spices. A little bit of spices goes a long way for flavor!

This poached chicken recipe is made on the stove top and though the video shows you how to poach chicken breasts, you can certainly use chicken thighs or any part of the chicken that you want. But the timing for the recipe is set for boneless skinless chicken, so if you’re wanting to poach a whole chicken, we’ll have a video for this in a few weeks.

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Healthy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipes via ChickenRecipeBox.com

{Video} How to Bake Moist Chicken Breasts in the Oven

This is possibly the easiest healthy chicken breast recipe in our archive. It’s the base for anything that requires healthy pre-cooked chicken breast or it’s wonderful eaten by itself. This baked chicken breast recipe is made with boneless skinless chicken breast and baked in the oven with salt, pepper and apple juice. The apple juice gives an incredible fruity, naturally sweet and moist texture to the oven roasted chicken breast without having to use any olive oil or butter. Simply put, this is a wonderful recipe that is both easy and quick but at the same time, loaded with great flavor and moist texture.

By wrapping the chicken breasts in aluminum foil, the chicken breasts are poached in the oven with the help of the apple juice for moisture. The steam from within the foil pocket combined with the apple juice, salt and pepper cook the chicken breasts to a perfectly moist and tender texture. If you don’t want to use apple juice with the chicken breast, you can use some orange juice or what ever juice flavor you prefer. As long as it’s naturally sweet, you have a perfect balance with the salt and pepper. This technique is so simple and it can’t get any healthier than this chicken breast recipe.

More Chicken Breast Recipes and Baked Chicken Recipes

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How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock, Recipe and Video via ChickenRecipeBox.com

Don’t waste the left over chicken bones from your roasted whole chickens. You can make a quick and easy basic chicken stock or chicken broth from those bones and continue to enjoy dishes made from just one chicken. It’s wonderful to be able to make full use of your baked chickens without having to waste. It’s the chicken that keeps on giving. And there’s always a discussion on the difference between a chicken stock vs chicken broth. Here’s a great explanation.

Starting with the left over chicken bones and some simple celery, carrots, herbs and spices, you can have a wonderful batch of homemade chicken stock for soups, stews or just about any chicken recipe that needs a little chicken broth love. No need for it in the next few days? Just freeze it until you need some stock next! The fun part of making fresh homemade chicken stock is that you can add a few of your personal spices into the broth for your own flavor preferences.

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Why would you want to truss a chicken? When trussing a chicken, you’re tying it with kitchen string to keep it compact and tight. This technique holds the chicken parts compact together, keeping the tips from drying out and ensuring a juicier breast.  The chicken cooks more evenly and the presentation is simply prettier too.

Trussing particularly helpful when roasting whole chickens in the oven and you’ll get an more even browning over the whole bird. For slow cooker roasted whole chicken, you don’t really need to truss the chicken because the slow cooker pretty much holds the chicken to a nice even shape, however if you like the chicken nice and plump shaped, it helps to truss it then too.

There are several ways to truss a chicken and this particular method is our favorite. Simple and quick, after getting the hang of it, one can easily truss the chicken in about 30 seconds.

It is an easy kitchen skill, fun to do, and your chicken will be tastier and more better looking. Truss on!

More Chicken videos on our YouTube Channel

How to Truss A Chicken- Video and Easy Technique via ChickenRecipeBox.com

How to cook crispy chicken wings or buffalo wings: Fried, Baked or Pre-poached for healthy wings. via BestRecipeBox.com

There are a number of ways to cook chicken and buffalo wings, but which one is better? The real question should be “Which one is right for you, for your health benefits or your texture and flavor preference?” All these many factors come into discussion when choosing a which method to cook chicken wing and buffalo wing recipes. Serious Eats shared a great write up on this topic and the discussions there are worth your reading time.

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