Baked Chicken Parmesan Sliders With New Foster Farms Baked Chicken + Giveaway



After-school activities, late workdays, and long commutes often make it difficult to have family dinners. But they are so important because when kids experience family dinners on a regular basis, they tend to eat more vegetables and fruits,  fewer fried foods, sodas. I find that frozen foods are often an easy fix for me when I need dinner in a pinch.  Thankfully, Foster Farms has a new line of  frozen, breaded, Never-Fried, Chicken Breast Nuggets, Chicken Breast Tenders and Chicken Breast Fillets. With the same great taste and crispy texture of traditional nugget and tender choices, the new Baked varieties are fully cooked and contain half the fat and 25 percent fewer calories than traditional offerings. Baked Foster Farms Chicken products are currently only available on the West Coast at participating retailers. You can find them in the frozen aisle of your participating grocery store.

 Foster Farms Frozen Baked Chicken

  • 100 percent natural with no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
  • They are made with 100 percent white meat Foster Farms chicken
  • Naturally lean, juicy chicken on the inside with a crisp, flavorful baked exterior.
  • The fully-cooked chicken varieties can be prepared in the oven or microwave with cooking times of around 20 minutes (oven) or less than four minutes (microwave).2

Recently I tried the new chicken tenders and made a delicious dinner that was quick, tasty and everyone loved it.  Chicken Parmesan sliders only take about 15 minutes and are super easy to make!

You can find Foster Farms Frozen baked chicken varieties in the frozen aisle of your grocery store. In Southern California I found them at Albertsons and Vons.

  1. First, Bake Chicken according to package. While they are cooking in the oven, assemble the buns in a 9×13 baking dish. Place 16 bun bottoms across  lengthwise. Put bun tops aside.
  2. Once chicken is done baking cut them in half. Place  a half on each bun.
  3. Cover chicken with marinara sauce.
  4. Top with Mozzerella/Parmesan cheese mixture
  5. Brush tops with butter/seasoning mixture

Bake them in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes covered with aluminum foil. After 10 minutes remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes. You will have a golden crispy bun, melted cheese, and tender chicken covered in marinara sauce ready to be gobbled up by your family.

With 16 sliders you can even put some away for after school snacks the next day. They heat up great in the microwave!

Serve up these chicken Parmesan sliders with a crisp green salad or perhaps some green beans or peas and you will have a complete meal. These would even be great for a potluck or office party.

The new Baked Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Tenders and Chicken Fillets are an easy-to-prepare staple for satisfying snacks and meals.  So give your family the taste they want and the healthfulness you’ll feel good about. There is BAKED IN Goodness in every bite! 


Baked Chicken Parmesan Slider
  • 16 Hawaiian Bread Buns
  • 8 Frozen Foster Farms Baked Chicken Tenders , cooked (weight is approx.)
  • 1 c Pasta Sauce
  • 1 c Mozzarella Cheese , shredded
  • 1/2 c Parmesan Cheese , shredded
  • 3 Tbsp butter , melted
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt (more to taste)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  1. Cook chicken tenders according to package instructions. Half Each Tender.
  2. Cook Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Place the bottom half of the slider buns in a greased casserole dish.
  4. Place chicken tenders on the bottom buns and then cover them in sauce.
  5. Combine the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and sprinkle it over the sauce.
  6. Place the top buns on the sliders.
  7. Melt the butter and mix the seasoning salt until it is thoroughly combined.
  8. Pour the melted butter over the buns and then sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  9. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for another 10 minutes.

One reader (U.S. Only) will win this prize. Please enter below for a chance to win!

Prize: $70 in Foster Farms Coupons!

7 of the Foster Farms Baked Never Fried Chicken Coupons (up to $9.99 value)]

Please Note: The Foster Farms Baked Chicken products are currently only available on the West Coast at participating retailers. 

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Farm Fresh To You is unbelievably awesome!



Farm Fresh To You

I love getting stuff delivered to me. If it will make my life easier I want it to come straight to my door. Which is EXACTLY what Farm Fresh To You does. They deliver organic produce from their family farm directly to my (or your) doorstep. First of all they had me at deliver…and second of all it’s organic! BONUS! I could see it now….no more going to the grocery store every couple of days to get my fresh produce and no more looking through the mounds of fruits and veggies with no idea where they came from. Farm Fresh to you has been growing organic produce since 1976 and they have over 60 different types of fruits and veggies! And you get to choose which box you want. They have over 14 different boxes to choose from including the mixed fruit and veggies box, the no cooking box (Helloooo! My fav!) and the fruit only or veggie only.


Farm-Fresh-To-You box

I know it’s close to the holidays so I can say that when my box arrived I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning. It came straight to my door in the time frame that they told me it would be delivered. My kids were home and they started to wonder what fabulous fruits were inside. They really didn’t say much about the veggies but my husband sure did. He loves my cooking and was excited to get to try some new veggie dishes.

Farm-Fresh-To-You Smell

And let me tell you something about the wonderful smell!! When I opened the box the smell that came out was so fragrant and fresh. It was like we were in the middle of the farm smelling all these wonderful organic things. Inside the box you also get a newsletter directly from your farmer. It includes info about the farm, some recipes and usually a coupon if you share this wonderful service with a friend.

Farm-Fresh-To-You Veggies and Fruits

Here is what came in this weeks box:

  • 3 Ruby Grapefruits
  • 4 Fuji Apples
  • 4 D’Anjou Pears
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 1 lb Russian Banana Potatoes
  • 2 lbs Satsuma Mandarins
  • 2 Naval Oranges
  • 1 bunch Nantes Carrots
  • 1 bunch Celery
  • 1 King Richard Leek
  • 1 bunch Broccoli
  • 1 head Lettuce
  • 1 bunch Spinach
  • 4 Kiwis
  • 2 Mango Oranges
  • 2 bunches mixed herbs
  • 1 Meyer lemon

Farm-Fresh-To-You Lunch time

The next day for lunch I was so excited to dive right into all the yummy fruits and veggies I got. I decided to have a gigantic Satsuma Mandarin and a few stalks of celery. Now normally I put peanut butter or ranch on my celery but these were so sweet I didn’t need anything! And the Satsuma Mandarin was juicy and delicious. I perfect pairing with my home-made French Onion Soup.


Farm-Fresh-To-You Ingredients

There were 2 recipes included in the newsletter. They were both broccoli recipes. Now I have to be honest and tell you that my family aren’t big broccoli fans unless its slathered with cheese sauce. When I told me husband I was making broccoli with no cheese sauce he politely said he would try it but to not get my hopes up. I decided to make Magic Broccoli. It sounded magical so I thought what the heck….why not? The ingredients are:

  • 1 medium head of broccoli
  • 1 garlic cloves finely sliced (I used the pre-cut garlic that you can buy in bulk…we like garlic so I used a tad more than 1 clove)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil separated (you are going to use 1 tablespoon before cooking and 1 tablespoon after cooking)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (adjust to your taste)
  • Black Pepper
  • Zest of a quarter of a lemon
  • 3/4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan (I used the non freshly grated but it’s what I had in my cupboard)

Farm-Fresh-To-You chopped broccoli

So the first step is to pre-heat your oven to 350 degree F. Then you cut the broccoli into florets and pile onto a baking tray.

Farm-Fresh-To-You broccoli and garlic

Drizzle with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, scatter with garlic, salt and pepper. Use your fingers to toss, then spread out over tray in a single layer. Adjust the salt to your taste. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the tips of the florets are slightly browned. The broccoli should be “tender crisp” meaning just cooked through, not overcooked and floppy.

Farm-Fresh-To-You magic broccoli

Remove from the oven and immediately drizzle over lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Toss to combine. Scatter over lemon zest and Parmesan cheese then serve immediately.

Farm-Fresh-To-You Dinner

I served it with ribs and mashed potatoes. My husband took one bite and was floored at how good it was. He actually admitted it didn’t need cheese sauce! I was impressed with myself as well because I liked it so much. This is definitely a fan favorite and will be served again. As long as my Farm Fresh To You boxes keep coming with broccoli I will keep making Magic Broccoli!

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Go check out their website and all the different options you have that suit your tastes:

20 Mouthwatering Recipes Using Chicken Thighs


Chicken Thighs are the most flavor part of the chicken and will liven up any recipe! They are also inexpensive and easy to cook. They can be seasoned, or shredded, and cooked in any form and they will still come out tasting terrific. Here are 20 fool-proof recipes using chicken thighs that will please most any palette.

20 Recipes Using Chicken Thighs

A Mother Thing – Lemon Mushroom Chicken Skillet

All My Good Things – Skillet Garlic Tomato Chicken

Nerdy Foodie Mom – One Pot Creamy Garlic Chicken Thighs

More With Less Today – Chicken Thighs with Bacon Ranch Cream Sauce

Simply Stacie – Peking Chicken

The Gracious Wife – One Pan Garlic Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Mom Foodie – Smokey Thai Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Living Sweet Moments – One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice

The Rebel Chick – Mexican Chicken Stew

The Complete Savorist – Miso Chicken Stiry Fry

Eat Picks – Chili Lime Chicken Thighs

Keto Connect – Crispy Chicken Thighs

Cafe Delites – Easy Thai Satay Chicken

Julia’s Album – One Pot Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Lime Black Beans and Rice

Recipes That Crock – Mississippi Chicken Thighs

Plain Chicken – Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Sugar Dish Me – Garlic Chicken Thighs

The Chunky Chef – One Pot Chicken Dirty Rice

Recipe Tin Eats – One Pot Greek Chicken Lemon Rice

Baking Mischief – Chicken Shawarma with Yogut Sauce

School of Fish After School Snack


Just Keep Swimming Directions

How cute is this apricot pretzel snacks from Family Fun Magazine! They are so creative. Here is how to make them:

  • For the orange fish, use a knife to slit one end of several dried apricots and insert the bottom of a mini pretzel inside each one.
  • Pinch the apricot around the pretzel to hold it in place.
  • For a fish eye, add a small dot of cream cheese and then press on a mini chocolate chip.
  • Finish off the scene with a jellyfish: Use kitchen shears to slice in half a piece of dried pear and then cut up the bottom part to use as tentacles.

Peach Mango Cobbler Recipe


Peach Mango Cobbler

Peach Cobbler is a summer time favorite for many due to the freshness and quality of ripe peaches in season. There are many ways to make a Peach Cobbler, yet finding a great, easy recipe is hard to find. However, we found the perfect recipe. It’s from Seaspice’s Executive Pastry Chef Jill Montinola. She thinks outside the crust with her reinterpreted version in an easy to follow, and even easier to execute, recipe. Her twist to the classic dish? Add mangoes!

Peach Mango Cobbler Recipe

All purpose flour 2 cups
Sugar 1/3 cups
Baking powder 1 teaspoon
Baking soda ¼ teaspoon
Salt ½ teaspoon
Butter, frozen and cut small 8 tablespoon
Crème fraiche 1/2 cup
Egg 1 each
Mango chips, cut small ½ cup
Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then slowly add the butter. In a separate bowl, mix the crème fraiche and egg, then add to the dry ingredients and butter mix. Then add the mango chips. Gather the dough together into a disc, wrap and let it rest in the cooler for at least 30 minutes.


Peaches, peeled, no pit, sliced 8 each
Sugar ¼ cups
Brown sugar ¼ cups
Lemon juice 1 teaspoon
Cornstarch 2 teaspoon
Lavender, dried 1 pinch
Mix together.
Bake at 375F for 10 minutes.
Then drop the filling on top of the peaches, glaze with hea
vy cream and sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes

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