Ingredient of the month: Cream of Chicken Soup

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Better late than never!

Okay, I'm trying to redeem myself. I never got around to posting a recipe for last week's ingredient, so I'm going to do both last week's and this weeks. Too bad you can't really put chicken and chocolate together!


Lately, my favorite thing to do with shredded chicken is make pizza. I cook a bunch of chicken in my crockpot, shred it, and then freeze it. So when I do pizza, I just make the crust (or use store bought), and then spread it with BBQ sauce, shredded chicken, cheese, green onions, black beans, corn, and usually more cheese. Then bake it and enjoy - my whole family LOVES this pizza and it's good for you!!

Chocolate Pudding Cake - this is to die for!
(It looks intense, but it is very easy. The recipe is from Family Fun, so it is written so kids could easily follow it. Also, I'm not a soggy food fan, and I know at first glance you think this will be a soggy cake, but it really does take the shape of pudding... not sog - if you know what I mean. It really is a hit!)

1 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups boiling water

1. Generously grease a 9-inch square cake pan with butter. (You can also use a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie pan, provided that the sides measure at least 2 inches high.) Heat the oven to 350° F.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons of the cocoa powder, the baking powder, and the salt.
3. In a medium-size bowl, stir the remaining 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the brown sugar. Rub the mixture with your fingers, breaking up any sugar lumps, until evenly combined. Set the bowl aside.
4. Make a well in the flour mixture. Add the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk the liquids to blend them, then briskly stir the entire mixture, pulling the dry ingredients in from the sides to make a uniform batter. 5. Scrape the batter into the buttered pan and spread it evenly with a spoon. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the batter. Then spread all of the brown sugar mixture evenly over the top.
6. Slowly pour the boiling water over the batter. Place the pan on the center rack and bake the cake for 30 minutes. When it's done, the cake will be baked through, but there will be a thick layer of chocolate pudding at the bottom. Because this is difficult to check with a toothpick, it's best to rely on time to determine when the cake is finished.
7. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let it cool for about 10 minutes before serving. You can cut the cake into squares or slices, or simply spoon it out of the baking dish. Serve topped with whipped cream or ice cream. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Shalee said...

Jeremy and I LOVED Kara's BBQ chicken pizza! It is delicious with the corn and the black beans! YUM...I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

Shalee said...

P.S I am dumb but when you cook a lot of chicken in your crockpot to shred and then freeze what do you add to the crockpot with the chicken?

Christine Archibald said...

I want to know about this chicken shredding business too! Fill us in.