Baked BBQ Cheddar Chicken #Recipe #StubbsBBQsauce

**Full Disclosure: As part of the Stubb’s Insider Program, I am provided with Stubb’s products and reimbursed for the ingredients I used to make this recipe.  All opinions are my own.

Baked BBQ Cheddar Chicken Recipe |

BBQ sauce wasn’t my favorite before I tried Stubb’s.   I wouldn’t cover my food in it, use it for dipping and I definitely didn’t use it to cook with.  But my husband and kids enjoy the savory flavor that it gives their food so I try to incorporate it in dinner dishes when I can.

I gave it another try last week and it resulted in the easiest dinner on the planet!  Baked BBQ Cheddar Chicken. You can thank me later because this will be your go-to from now on!

BBQ Cheddar Chicken |

5.0 from 2 reviews
Baked BBQ Cheddar Chicken #Recipe
Recipe type: Dinner
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  • 3-4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 jar Stubb's Original BBQ sauce (or whatever flavor you prefer)
  • ½ large sweet onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Arrange the chicken breasts in a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Pour Stubb's BBQ sauce over the top - as much or as little as you'd like.
  4. Slice the sweet onion, sprinkle the slices on top of the BBQ sauce.
  5. Cover with shredded cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes (or until cooked through).
  7. Serve and enjoy!
I didn't really measure anything in this recipe. Make it to your liking!

Baked BBQ Cheddar Chicken Collage |

Baked BBQ Cheddar Chicken takes nearly an hour to cook, but you don’t have to hover over it.  Just think about what you could do with that time – a load of laundry (blech!) or a fun craft or game with the kids.

I served it over a salad bed and it was perfection.  My kids didn’t love the onions but next time I’ll only put them on half.

Baked Chicken with Stubb's BBQ Sauce |

What would you make with BBQ Sauce?

How to make a Minecraft Cake

Minecraft is huge in my house.  My kids and husband are (slightly) addicted.  All they talk about over dinner is what they’re building and how to make whatever.  It’s not my favorite topic but if they are happy, I am happy.

James wanted a Minecraft-themed party, which meant we had to have a Minecraft cake!  But I can’t do complicated cakes, so I needed to find a way to simplify any one of those fantastic cakes I saw on Pinterest.

First I tried chocolate cake, but the cake fell apart too easily.  My sister suggested Rice Krispies, but James wanted chocolate so I tried again with brownies and that worked perfectly!

How to make a Minecraft Cake |

Minecraft Cake
  • 2 boxes brownie mix + everything you need to make both boxes (plus 1 extra egg per box!)
  • 2 tubs frosting - one chocolate, one vanilla
  • Green gel food coloring
  • (Also, foil zippered baggies and a frosting knife.)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Adding 1 extra egg per package, prepare the brownie mix as directed.
  3. Line two square baking dishes with foil (leaving 2 inches over the edge on two sides) and thinly coat with cooking spray.
  4. Put half of the batter in each baking dish.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Using the foil 'handles' pull the cake out of the dish.
  8. Remove from foil and place in freezer. (I wrapped mine in saran wrap before putting them in the freezer, but I don't know how necessary that is.)
  9. Trim the edges so you have clean squares (make sure they are the same size!).
  10. Putting a thick layer of frosting between the two brownie squares, stack them together.
  11. Coat the bottom ⅔ of the cake with the chocolate frosting (dirt).
  12. Mix the green gel coloring into the vanilla frosting.
  13. Coat the top ⅓ of the cake with the green frosting (grass).
  14. Serve and enjoy!
If you are frosting the cake directly on your cake plate, take a large piece of wax paper and tear it into quarters. Cover the cake plate entirely. Put the cake on top then frost. When you're done, gently pull out each piece of the wax paper. You'll probably want to pipe frosting around the edge of the cake, but the cake plate won't be covered with icing.

Adding grass to a Minecraft Cake |

Topping the Minecraft Cake with ‘grass’ is time-consuming and tedious, but so worth it in the end.  James loved his cake and I had lots of compliments on it!

Easy Minecraft Cake |

Don’t forget the TNT party favor boxes!

Who would you make a Minecraft Cake for?

Kids in the Kitchen: Tomato Basil Chicken

Kids in the Kitchen

It’s rare to see James help in the kitchen anymore.  He’s ‘too old‘ to help and when I ask, he does it – but only after he rolls his eyes.  It’s so much fun {ahem} to have a tween.

Colin, on the other hand, loves to help!!  I appreciate his assistance and relish the time I get to spend teaching him valuable skills.

This week we made Tomato Basil Chicken.

Tomato Basil Chicken Recipe |

Colin did most of the work – he cut the tomatoes and basil.  Measured the olive oil, garlic and butter.  I cut the ‘yucky’ parts off the chicken and then he salted and peppered them.

Kids in the Kitchen Tomato Basil Chicken |

4.7 from 3 reviews
Tomato Basil Chicken
  • 2-3 Chicken Breasts
  • 3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1½ cups Tomatoes (grape or cherry), halved
  • ½ cup fresh Basil, chopped
  • 2 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 4 TBSP butter, cold
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese, optional
  • 8 ounces Pasta, any kind
  1. While the extra virgin olive oil heats in a large skillet, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Start the pasta water.
  3. When the oil looks shiny, add the chicken (the oil should sizzle!) and cook on each side for 5 minutes.
  4. After the first side of the chicken is cooked, turn the chicken and add the tomatoes and basil.
  5. About 4 minutes later, add in the butter and garlic. You can also add a little more salt and pepper, if you'd like.
  6. Finish cooking your noodles and drain off the water.
  7. Serve the chicken over a bed of pasta and enjoy!

Dinner was SO GOOD!  Both boys finished their plates of Tomato Basil Chicken and went back for a little more.  I hadn’t made this meal before, but I’ll definitely put it back on the meal plan again!


Quick and Easy Dinner Idea |

Would Tomato Basil Chicken be a hit in your home?

Did you have fun in the “kitchen” this week?  Did you try a new food or a new kid friendly restaurant?  Did your little ones use their snacks to count to 10?  We invite you to share your experiences, photos, stories or recipes that include your #kidsinthekitchen!

Come join me each week by linking up a post, new or old, that features the theme Kids in the Kitchen.  It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

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Cheese Puffs Bread {Recipe}

Biscuit Cheese Puffs |

Two things I can’t get enough of are cheese and bread.  Combining the two to make Cheese Puffs Bread ( Pão de Queijo) is heaven!

Cheese Puffs Bread (Pão de Queijo) is a Brazilian recipe I got from a friend.  I don’t know where it has been all my life but I can’t get enough of little bread rolls!  They are a chewy, practically bite-sized, deliciously addictive bread that puff when you bake them.  Bonus: It’s also gluten-free!

It’s easy as 1) measure ingredients, 2) blend until smooth and 3) bake.  But be ready – when the cheese puffs come out of the oven, you aren’t going to want to share!

Blender Bread |

5.0 from 1 reviews
Cheese Puff Bread {Recipe}
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Serves: 24
  • 1¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (any variety)
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°
  2. Measure all ingredients and toss into your Nutri Ninja (or blender).
  3. Mix until smooth.
  4. Coat a cupcake pan well with cooking spray.
  5. Spoon fill each space in the cupcake pan ⅔ full with the cheese puffs mixture.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!

I know what you are thinking, ‘Where in the world do I buy tapioca flour?’  I found the Bob’s Red Mill brand at my local grocery store near the all-purpose flour.  It was less than $4 about 20 ounces.

Cheese Puffs |

I won’t tell you how many Cheese Puffs I ate out of the first batch I made, but I will say I’ve made them a couple of times (with different cheeses) since I got the recipe.  They are so yummy!!

What would you serve them with?  

Or would you eat the Cheese Puffs alone?