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Recipe: Spicy Chicken Burger – Bring Chick-Fil-A Home

Spicy Chicken Burger

Spicy Chicken Burger

If you’ve ever been craving Chick-Fil-A but you didn’t want to get in the car, pay $$, and eat ingredients that may be a bit fattening, then this is your solution! Here is my imitation spicy chicken burger. Also, at the end is a regular, non-spicy, chicken burger too. Serves 4


4 Chicken Breasts
8 Slices Bacon
2 Lettuce Leaves
1 Avocado, sliced
4 Burger Buns
4 tsp Frank’s Hot Sauce
4 oz. Jalapeno Cheese
4 tsp Mustard (optional)
Mayo (optional)
Ketchup (optional)


Cook bacon on a griddle. At the same time, grill up the chicken. Once the bacon has cooked, let drain on paper towels until assembly time. When the chicken has nearly finished cooking, lay the cheese on top and cover with a lid to melt. Now toast your buns while the cheese is melting. Once the cheese has melted, top with hot sauce. OK, assembly time. Spread a little mustard on your buns (or mayo and ketchup in my case) or whatever condiments you will be using. Then add your chicken, bacon, lettuce, and avocado. Top with the other half of your bun and squish down enough to eat.

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And just in-case you are like me and prefer a chicken burger without the cheese and spice, here is what mine looks like (before squishing down):


I’ve left off the mustard, jalapeno cheese, and hot sauce. I added in mayo and ketchup. Enjoy!

Recipe: Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup

This soup is an easy way to use up some carrots. It gets a lot of heat from the cayenne pepper. Makes 2 “bowls” or 4 “cups”.


2 Tbs Butter
2 Tbs Dried Minced Onion (1/2 c fresh chopped onion)
1 Tbs Flour
1 c Milk
1 1/2 c Chicken Stock
2 1/2 c Carrots, sliced
1 tsp Dried Parsley
1 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp Dried Minced Garlic (2 cloves, minced)
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
4 Tbs Sour Cream
1 Carrot, shaved
1/2 c Shredded Sharp Cheese (optional)

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Melt butter in a stock pot, saute onion, whisk in flour to make a roux. Whisk in milk so no lumps form. Add in stock and carrots. Add in spices (parsley, basil, cayenne pepper, garlic, black pepper). Bring to a boil, then let simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Purée with an immersion blender. Serve topped with sour cream and shaved carrot or cheese.

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If you like my carrot soup, you’ll love my other recipes!

Recipe: Pad Prik (Spicy Thai Beef)

Pad Prick

Pad Prik (Spicy Thai Beef)

Years ago, my husband and I went to a great restaurant that served Thai and Chinese food. This is my take on one of their dishes.

Pad Prick Spices


2 Tbs Olive Oil
2 oz. Curry Paste
1 lb Beef, thinly sliced
2 tsp Palm Sugar
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/8 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Lime Juice
1/4 tsp Fish Sauce, to taste
1 Head of Cabbage, steamed
2 c Jasmine Rice


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Cook rice according to directions on package. Steam cabbage and set aside. Heat oil in a high sided skillet (or wok). Add curry paste and stir fry it a bit. Add your beef and stir fry it as well. Add in sugar, garlic, pepper, lime juice, and fish sauce. Stir to combine and remove the meat when everything is heated through. Turn off the heat to the pan. Put your steamed cabbage in the pan and swirl it around, tossing to coat it in the curry spices. To serve, place meat over a bed of steamed cabbage and jasmine rice. Enjoy!


If you liked my Pad Prik, you’ll love my other recipes!

Recipe: Spicy Pasta with Asparagus and Ham


Spicy Pasta with Asparagus and Ham

I just came up with this recipe tonight and we loved it! The bit of crushed red pepper flakes gives a great kick and contrast to the asparagus.


2 C pasta
2 C asparagus
Olive Oil
3 C diced tomato
1 C diced ham
1 1/2 Tbs dried parsley flakes
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 C parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to directions on box.
  2. Cut asparagus into nice 1 1/2-2″ lengths
  3. Dice tomatoes and ham
  4. Cook asparagus in olive oil until tender
  5. Toss in tomatoes and ham and heat through
  6. Stir in parsley, salt, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes
  7. Add pasta (drained) and stir to combine
  8. Dish up and top with parmesan cheese
  9. Enjoy!