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9 In food/ Recipes

Nicolle’s Chicken Broccoli Ziti – CBZ

Nicolle's Chicken broccoli ziti, cbz - pasta with chicken tenderloins and roasted broccoli with a creamy alfredo sauce

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This is one of our family’s favorite dinners, my chicken broccoli and ziti, or CBZ as we call it. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli are served over ziti with an easy, creamy homemade alfredo sauce. This is a great comfort meal for a busy weeknight or if you are looking to take dinner off of a friend’s hands. I’ve made this meal several times for people and it is always well loved.  Sharing my recipe below.

Nicolle's chicken broccoli ziti - cbz. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli over ziti with a homemade alfredo sauce

Nicolle’s Chicken Broccoli Ziti- CBZ

Ingredients

  • 1 box pasta
  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 1 pack of chicken tenderloins
  • salt/pepper
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt (to taste)
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice to taste

 

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2.) Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.

3.) Divide the baking sheet into two halves. On one half of the baking sheet add the broccoli. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss.

4.) On the other half of the baking sheet, add the chicken tenderloins. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic salt and toss until coated evenly.

5.) Bake in the oven until roasted, about 20 minutes.

6.) While the chicken and broccoli is roasting, bring a pot of water to boil.

7.) To the pot, add pasta and cook until al dente then strain and add pasta back to the pot and drizzle with olive oil so that the pasta doesn’t stick.

8.) In a saucepan, melt the butter.

9.) Add the heavy cream to the saucepan and simmer for about 5 minutes, until thickened.

10..) Stir in Parmesan cheese and continue to stir until the cheese has melted.

11.) Pour the sauce over the pasta.

12.) Once the chicken and broccoli are roasted, remove from the oven and add to the pot with the pasta, stir until combined.

13.) Top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some more freshly grated Parmesan.

Serve and enjoy!

Nicolle's chicken broccli and ziti, or CBZ. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli are served over ziti with a homemade alfredo sauce.

 

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Nicolle's chicken broccli and ziti, or CBZ. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli are served over ziti with a homemade alfredo sauce.

Nicolle's chicken broccoli ziti - CBZ

Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli are served over ziti with a homemade alfredo sauce. This is an easy weeknight meal and one your whole family will love.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta
  • 2 heads broccoli florets chopped
  • 1 package chicken tenderloins
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • lemon juice freshly squeezed to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Divide the baking sheet into two halves. On one half of the baking sheet add the broccoli. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss.
  • On the other half of the baking sheet, add the chicken tenderloins. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic salt and toss until coated evenly.
  • Bake in the oven until roasted, about 20 minutes.
  • While the chicken and broccoli is roasting, bring a pot of water to boil.
  • To the pot, add pasta and cook until al dente then strain and add pasta back to the pot and drizzle with olive oil so that the pasta doesn’t stick.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter.
  • Add the heavy cream to the saucepan and simmer for about 5 minutes, until thickened.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese and continue to stir until the cheese has melted.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta.
  • Once the chicken and broccoli are roasted, remove from the oven and add to the pot with the pasta, stir until combined.
  • Top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some more freshly grated Parmesan.
Keyword dinner, pasta

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The best chicken broccoli and ziti, CBZ. Nicolle's recipe. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli served over pasta with an easy homemade alfredo sauce.

28 In food/ holidays

Leprechaun Bait Chex Mix Recipe

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

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This Leprechaun Bait chex mix recipe is a great snack for St. Patrick’s Day! This is a favorite recipe amongst all my boys, my husband included.  It is seriously addicting and won’t last long! This chex mix is also a cute snack to give to friends at school. I’m sharing the recipe below.

Leprechaun Bait Chex Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Honey chex cereal
  • Lucky charms cereal
  • pretzels
  • white chocolate chips
  • green M&M’s
  • chocolate gold coins

Directions:

Start by lining a large baking tray with parchment paper.

Pour the cereals and pretzels on the parchment paper.

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

In a bowl, pour the white chocolate chips. Melt in the microwave, stopping at about 30 second intervals to stir.

Once the chocolate is melted, use a fork to drizzle on top of the cereal and pretzel mixture.

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

Add the green M&M’s on top.

Leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

Mix together then allow to cool.

leprechaun chex mix recipe

Break apart into pieces.

Add in some chocolate gold coins. I like to store this chex mix in a large glass canister because it looks cute on the counter or table and then just scoop out into bowls as you snack. Or you can bag for little treats for school. I’ve linked some cute gift tag stickers below.

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

If you have little ones, this is fun to make after reading “How To Catch A Leprechaun”.

 

Leprechaun chex mix recipe

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I love to see what you create! If you make this, be sure to share a photo on Instagram and tag me @ourtiny_nest!

Here are some of our other favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes:

Lucky charms ice cream sandwiches

Lucky St Patrick’s Day pancakes

If you liked this chex mix, you might also like this bunny bait that is perfect for Easter!

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leprechaun bait snack mix

5 In food/ Recipes

Easy Taco Pizza

Easy Taco Pizza

We celebrate Taco Tuesday weekly in our house. But sometimes, I like to switch it up from your typical tacos.  Recently I made Taco Pizza and the entire family loved it! It’s super easy, and quick which makes for a great weeknight meal.

Check out my recipe below. And if you make it, be sure to share with me on Instagram and tag me @ourtiny_nest so I can see how it came out!

Easy Taco Pizza

Easy Taco Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Ground turkey or beef
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 2 packages of refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • chopped lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese
  • Optional – black beans, avocado

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Roll out your crescent roll dough and lay it out on a greased cookie sheet, making the crust for your pizza dough and being sure to pinch the perforations.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. While your crust is cooling, mix the cream cheese and sour cream together until smooth.
  5. Brown your ground beef or turkey, adding the packet of taco seasoning.(You can have this done ahead of time too!) Then drain any liquid.
  6. Once the crust is cooled, spread the cream cheese/sour cream mixture over the crust.
  7. Layer the ground meat on top.
  8. Top with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, corn or any other toppings you desire. (We love to add black beans and avocado too!)
  9. Sprinkle with cheese.

You can enjoy this warm or cold! And for an added crunch, add some crushed nacho chips or Doritos (The way Dude Man prefers)

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And for more easy weeknight dinners check out

Chicken sausage arugula pasta

Honey mustard pretzel chicken

 

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Easy Taco Pizza