Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

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Cracker Barrel is one of this Southern Girls all time favorite restaurants. I have been looking for a good copycat Cracker Barrel grilled chicken tenders recipe. Whether served with veggies, on a sandwich or a big green salad the grilled chicken has a very distinct flavor. Since we changed our diet earlier this year (you can read about it here) I’ve been trying different recipes. Since I already knew how much my family loved Cracker Barrel’s grilled chicken, I was hoping that the copycat recipes I found online were going to be turn out much like the original. I changed up the recipe a little, most called for lime juice I substituted lemon and adjusted the amount of salad dressing and honey.  You can find various versions of this recipe online all over the web.  Some of my favorite versions can be found at mommyskitchen.net, food.comsouthernplate.com, ahensnest.com, and everydaysistersblog.com to name a few.

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Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

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marinate chicken

 

Here’s a tip for you if raw meat freaks you out like it does me.  I won’t touch it.  I go to great lengths during meal prep to only allow raw meat to touch surfaces that can be thrown away, like a zip lock bag.  I know you can marinate in a bowl, or tupperware dish but then I’ve got to make sure that I disinfect everything.  Since I am obviously a little  extremely OCD about germs from raw meat it just works out better if I use zip lock bags.  If you’ve ever tried to dump chicken and a marinade in a zip lock bag you know it can be a little challenging.  If I fold my zip lock bag over the rim of my 4 cup measuring cup like in the image above clean up is a breeze.  I don’t get any ooey goey chicken juice on the outside of the bag or my counter. Laugh if you want to, but I KNOW I can’t be the only one who is grossed out my raw meat.

My family LOVED this recipe.  They ate every single bite of chicken, and asked when I was going to make it again.  The clean up was minimal, I made with green beans and a fresh salad for a healthy low fat, low carb dinner.

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Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup low fat zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon + an extra squirt of honey
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice(may substitute lime juice)

Instructions

  1. Combine Italian dressing, honey and lemon juice in a measuring cup. Whisk together until blended.
  2. Place chicken tenderloins in a gallon sized zip lock bag.
  3. Pour marinade over chicken, squeeze out excess air and seal.
  4. Turn bag over several times to make sure that the marinade covers chicken completely.
  5. Marinade at least an hour, or overnight in fridge.
  6. Pour all ingredients into a skillet (I used a cast iron skillet) and cook over medium heat.
  7. All of the extra liquid will evaporate, don't worry.
  8. Cook over medium heat for 40-45 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
  9. I set my timer for 10 minute intervals so I wouldn't forget.
  10. Each time the timer goes off, stir then reset timer for another 10 minutes.
  11. After 40-45 minutes the liquid will have evaporated leaving a yummy browned caramelized coating on the chicken.
  12. Enjoy!
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DIY Water Balloon Flip-Flops

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Dollar Tree has a summer collection of colorful flip-flop that would be perfect for this DIY!  Does anyone wear anything but flip-flops in the Summer? We spend so much time at the pool, or out playing in the sprinkler in our backyard that flip-flops are our regular attire. For a crafting project, I thought it would be fun for my daughter and I to decorate a pair of flip-flops. What better place to go shopping than Dollar Tree, where we can take advantage of their incredible already low prices during their Summer Fun flip-flop frenzy?

Flip-Flop Frenzy Details:

  • Flip-flops are available in solid colors (blue, black, pink, lime, turquoise, yellow, purple, and orange), as well as colorful patterns and styles. Colors and styles vary by store.
  • Flip-flops are available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.
  • Also check out colorful Summer Fun housewares, party supplies, and toys.

After seeing so many different fun flip-flop crafts on Pinterest, my daughter and I settled on water balloon flip-flops. I’m not super-duper crafty, so I wanted to make sure we didn’t bite off more than we could chew.

Water balloon flip-flops are fun, easy and inexpensive to make. I’ve included the supply list and details below.

What you need:

  • flip-flops
  • 1 to 2 packs of water balloons

You’ll want to begin on one end of the flip-flop. First, gently stretch the balloon, then tie tightly in a double knot. Alternating the direction of each balloon, continue until the straps are covered. Make sure to tie balloons closely together. You can follow a color pattern or change it up, depending on your preference.

You’ll have lots and lots of water balloons left over for fun summer water balloon fights. You could probably get away with one pack, however I went ahead and grabbed two just in case. Even so, I ran out of green balloons quickly. My kids are already planning a water balloon fight this afternoon after they finish their school work.

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Homemade Apple Chips

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Last week  my hubby and I ran into TJMaxx to look for some new pants. With his 42 lb weight loss, nothing fit. At the checkout line they had bags of yummy apple chips that looked delicious, until we saw the $8.99 price tag. Seriously $8.99 for a bag of apple chips? No way, not when I knew I could figure out how to make them for much cheaper. Here is an easy recipe for homemade apple chips. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have freshly baked apple chips and your kitchen will smell amazing!

This recipe is AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge friendly.

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CopyCat Chick Fil A Frosted Lemonade

 

My friend, Cortney, has been telling all about Chick-Fil-A’s new Frosted Lemonade. Although, I’m trying to stay away from sweets, I think this will be a fun summertime treat for my kiddos. You can buy pre-made lemonade at the grocery store, or opt for a lower sugar version with lemonade flavored Crystal Light. This recipe is so easy your kids may be able to jump right in and help. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Lemonade (you could also use Lemonade Crystal Light for a lower sugar version)
  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream (optional sugar free lemonade)
  • Lemons for garnish (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend lemonade and ice cream together.
  2. Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with lemon slices.

**Make sure to use a good quality Ice Cream otherwise it can get foamy when blended.

 

You might also want to try these other Summer Dessert Recipes!

How to Save on Your Next Trip to Disney

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How to Save Money on Your Next Disney Trip 

It doesn’t matter if you’re heading to Disneyland or Disney World, it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg! But wait, it doesn’t have to. Use these tips to save big on your next Disney trip! We went to Disney World two years ago, and my kids are still asking to go back. They said it’s their favorite family vacation. [Read more...]