Tuesday, October 20, 2015

“Mushroom Chicken Balsamico” & “Zucchini Cake With Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting” For "Wordless Tuesday"

Welcome to “Wordless Tuesday!” Today I am sharing two mouthwatering recipes, which I know you will absolutely love….. Enjoy! 
This elegant skillet supper features sautéed chicken, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, and garlic in a Marinara Pasta Sauce seasoned with a touch of balsamic vinegar. I know you will love this dish, so flavorful and so very simple. When I make this recipe I serve mine on a bed of white rice.

Mushroom Chicken Balsamico

Serves: 4      Takes: 30 minutes to cook

3 teaspoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast half (about 4 breast halves)
12 oz (about 3 cups) assorted mushrooms (Portobello, Shiitake, Oyster, Crimini, or Button) sliced
1 medium zucchini, sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups Marinara Italian Sauce (homemade or your choice)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste

Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 10 min or until it's well browned on both sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet. Heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, zucchini, onion, and cook until they're tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir the sauce and vinegar in the skillet and heat to a boil. Return the chicken to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with black pepper.

Make some white rice (your favorite brand) according to package directions…then add the “Mushroom Chicken Balsamico” on top of rice. So delicious, you will want to make this over and over…again. 


Zucchini Cake With Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting

There is something about this easy cake that is flavored with zucchini and sweetened with pure maple syrup with a warm touch of cinnamon that makes me smile. It will make you smile as well especially when you are reaching for a second piece.

1 box Deluxe butter recipe golden cake mix
3 Eggs
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups grated Zucchini
1/2 cup chopped walnuts 

Preheat oven to 375°F Grease a 9×13 pan. Combine cake mix, eggs, butter, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Beat at low speed until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Stir in zucchini. Pour into pan; sprinkle with walnuts. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until tested done. Dust with powdered sugar or use frosting below….

“Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting

4 ounces softened cream cheese
3 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 cups confectioners' sugar

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and cardamom until smooth and creamy. Add confectioners' sugar and mix well. Frost cake with icing once completely cool.

Till Next Time………………………………...................

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  1. Good afternoon dear Dottie ,
    I will have to try the chicken dish , love all the ingredients , my family will live it .
    I needed a good zucchini cake recipe , I know I will smile when my family gets a taste after dinner tomorrow . The maple cream cheese frosting will give it that extra kick .
    Hope you are feeling better my dear friend , I put you and your dear family on out prayer list .
    Have a good rest of the week . Thanks for sharing (((HUGS))) :) Nee

    1. Good evening Nee,
      Thanks for your comment...I am sure your family will love this dish. It really is so tasty and very good for you, between the zucchini, and the mushrooms. The Zucchini cake is simple and yummy but you are correct the frosting is what gives it that extra something which is amazing...Wish we could eat the cake before the meal, right? You are such a dear, sweet friend to think of me and my family on a prayer list. That is so nice of you..yes we do need all the prayers we can get..but I say prayers for you and yours also.. Thank you again for visiting..always love to hear from you... Have a good rest of the week (hugs) back to you...
      Dottie xx :)

  2. This chicken must be a melt-in-your-mouth experience! The balsamic vinegar is fantastic with meat. I keep a few jars in the house to make sure I never run out. I like that you have added zucchini too. Beautiful dish. You are a good cook Dottie. Your zucchini cake is healthy and I am sure my kids will love that too. I have never made it (yet!). Next on my list!
    Hope all is well with you. Ciao!

    1. Dear Alida,
      Thank you for your comment...Yes, I agree with you balsamic vinegar is good on many different meats...It is very good! The zucchini is a no brainer as my family loves this squash. The cake is fantastic and so yummy with that frosting. You could just use powdered sugar, but the frosting is awesome...I know that your children will love this dish and dessert. So glad that you liked this post..enjoy and thanks for visiting...Have a great rest of the week...
      Dottie xx :)

  3. What a terrific dinner you've dished up! I love the combo of chicken and mushrooms, and the balsamic vinegar is an inspired touch. And that dessert is terrific -- love the flavor of maple. Fun post -- thanks.

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment..Yes, that balsamic vinegar really takes it to the top...with a great combo of veggies. Who doesn't love dessert? Have to have something sweet at the end of this delicious dinner. Love that maple flavor too..just the right amount of sweetness and you don't feel so bad as the cake is made with the zucchini! Have a great rest of the week, friend...
      Sottie :)

  4. Oh my gosh, Dottie! Your recipes are always the best and they leave me drooling over them! Temptation with that cake, it would be hard to resist with that great maple frosting. I love that flavor and have to try this.
    Oh la la! Cake mix, nuts, zucchini and maple! Sinfully delicious!!!
    And the mushroom chicken, you had me at mushroom!
    Printing both and thinking ahead to another couple of added pounds! :-)

    1. Hi Pam,
      Thank you for your comment....So glad that you enjoy reading my stories and recipes. Yes, the cake is awesome...I love maple anything so this was a perfect way to have that little bit of maple! Yes, dear friend, anything with mushrooms seem to be such a comfort to me. Love them and the zucchini is one of my favorite veggies...to pair it with the chicken is simple but delicious. Enjoy and I hope that you love it if you make these dishes...Have a wonderful weekend!
      Dottie :)

  5. Dear Dottie, I love the cake and the chicken. The flavor of the balsamic just adds so much to the sauce for the chicken.
    I hope all is well and that you have been enjoying the nice few days we have had.
    xoxoxo Catherine

    1. Dear Catherine,
      Thanks for your visit and comment...I agree with you dear friend, this combo is so yummy, but the balsamic just seems to pull it all together...Love the flavor too. I am doing well, thanks for asking...yes, these days are lovely....today is a little cooler, but I can see the leaves are really getting some colors now, especially those Maple trees..Beautiful...have a blessed weekend...
      Dottie :)