One Pot Chicken and Dumplings

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One pot food ideas are perfect for those days when you have a lot to do, and you still want to put a good meal on the table. A one pot recipe means fewer dishes at the end of the day, and a recipe that you can feel good about serving your family. For this chicken breast recipe, you'll need a large chicken breast, and vegetables to include peas, carrots, green beans along with thyme and rosemary. For the dumplings, the base of the recipe uses Bisquick mix and dried seasonings for an easy recipe that you will be sure to try again. For the full step by step recipe, you'll want to take a look at The Cozy Cook site.

Chicken breasts are the secret weapon of any weeknight food idea and recipe. You can grill them, bake them, and toss them into stir-fry recipes. You might have some chicken breasts in the freezer to use in your chicken breast recipes. It is important to safely handle raw chicken when you are storing and preparing any poultry. Salmonella poisoning is a real threat if raw poultry isn't handled properly. If you plan to portion the poultry and freeze it for later after a trip to the store, then you want to be sure and do it as soon as you get home from the grocery store. Or after purchasing put the poultry in the refrigerator right away until you have time to package and freeze it. It is important to keep the chicken in the fridge no longer than two days before either cooking or freezing. After handling raw poultry, it's important that you thoroughly clean everything that the chicken came into contact with such as knives, kitchen countertops, cutting boards, and your hands. One thing that you don't need to wash is the poultry itself. A rinse under the kitchen tap could splash onto the kitchen counters and utensils, which raises the risk of contamination.

There is a proper way to store poultry. You don't need to remove the chicken breasts from the packaging before freezing, but for flavor and protect the moisture in the chicken breasts, it's a good idea to repackage. The best way to package chicken at-home is with a vacuum-sealing machine such as a FoodSaver, which helps to remove the air from the packaging and heat-seals the edges of the bag. If you don't have a Food Saver, you can package the chicken breasts in freezer bags and then manually push out as much of the air as possible before zipping the bags closed. If you want to leave the poultry in the store packaging it came in; the USDA advises that you wrap the store container in some aluminum foil, freezer paper or plastic wrap. This helps to add a barrier between the chicken and the air in the freezer. The goal of doing this is to prevent freezer burn, which can happen when the poultry is exposed to freezer air and becomes dehydrated and oxidized. If the frozen poultry has spots of freezer burn, it's okay to trim that off once the poultry is thawed. If chicken breasts are frozen at or below 0°F, some say the poultry will stay safe indefinitely. But it is best to use within one year of purchasing.

You will find this chicken breast recipe on The Cozy Cook site. On the site, you will find chicken breast recipes, main dish food ideas, easy weekday food ideas, one-pot recipes, slow cooker recipes, appetizer food ideas, side dish recipes, soup recipes, Instant Pot recipes and so much more. **

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