Thursday, October 27, 2011

Recipe: Jack-O'-Lantern Chicken Taco Cups

October 27: Jack-o-lantern Day!
How many of you remembered today was Jack-o-lantern Day? I almost forgot about it myself. I didn't have time to write a jack-o-lantern article for today so I had to see what I could find to celebrate and this is what I found. It's a great recipe from Pillsbury.com.

I think this is a great meal idea for those of you who have kids at home. Surprise them with this and there sure to get in the jack-o-lantern spirit.

Recipe: Jack-O'-Lantern Chicken Taco Cups

A bright Halloween smile tops a quick chicken stew in a biscuit bread bowl.

INGREDIENTS
8 slices (3/4 oz each) American cheese
1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands! refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 container (20 oz) refrigerated taco sauce with seasoned shredded chicken
1 1/2 cups Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers™ Niblets frozen corn
1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso chopped green chiles
1/2 cup sour cream
1 medium tomato, cut into 8 thin slices
Shredded lettuce

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 375°F. With top edge of custard cup as a pattern, cut out round from each cheese slice. In each round, cut out small triangles for eyes and nose, and small shape for mouth to resemble jack-o'-lantern. Set aside. Spray outside bottom and sides of eight 6-ounce custard cups lightly with cooking spray.
2. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Roll or pat each biscuit into 4 1/2-inch round. Place biscuit rounds over outside of sprayed cups; press to fit over bottom and part way down sides of cups. Place cups, upside down, in ungreased 15x10-inch pan with sides.
3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown.
4. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, cook taco sauce with chicken, corn and chiles over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thoroughly heated. Stir in sour cream. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, just until thoroughly heated.
5. Remove pan from oven. Carefully remove biscuit cups from custard cups; place biscuit cups, right side up, in same baking pan. Spoon chicken mixture evenly into each biscuit cup. Top each with tomato slice and jack-o'-lantern cheese slice.
6. Return to oven; bake 2 to 4 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle tops of cheese with shredded lettuce to resemble hair.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft):
Cook chicken mixture over medium-low heat. When biscuit cups have been filled, return to oven; bake 4 to 6 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

By the way.... today is traditionally the day that's best to carve your jack-o-lanterns. It's because jack-o-lanterns hold up the best for about a week. Having said that, why not have a pumpkin carving party and serve these cute jack-o-lantern cups to your guests. Great idea too right! Pam

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