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The Staple of Winter Cooking: Root Vegetables

How to Incorporate Root Vegetables into Your Family Dinners


As the cold weather continues, let me introduce you to the staple of your winter cooking: root vegetables! While it’s always important to have vegetables in your kitchen, winter is a great time to stock up and be intentional about incorporating them into your family’s diet. And the best part? There are endless easy ways to make this happen!


What are Root Vegetables?

Root vegetables are any vegetables you eat that are grown underground. The most common examples would be carrots, potatoes, and onions, but that’s just the beginning. They are rich in nutrients and can be prepared in countless ways.


Examples of Root Vegetables

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Ginger


Nutritional Benefits of Root Vegetables

While vegetables are inherently healthy, root vegetables boast numerous additional nutritional benefits. They’re low in fat, calories, and cholesterol, and they provide nutrients, vitamins, minerals and more. Experts say a colorful plate is a healthy plate, and root vegetables truly take you across the rainbow. This is because they’re an excellent source of carotenoids, or naturally occurring pigments that can decrease the risk of certain cancers and disease.


Other Nutritional Benefits:

  • Are packed with antioxidants and fiber
  • Help boost immunity
  • Fight inflammation
  • Promote healthy bones
  • Improve eye health
  • Prevent chronic conditions


Root Vegetables are Generally Good Sources of:

  • Vitamins A, B and C
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Folate
  • Manganese


Easy Ways to Incorporate Root Vegetables into Your Dinner

With so many types of root vegetables, there are endless ways to prepare them and add them to your nightly dinner.


  1. Serve them as a side

Some root vegetables can stand by themselves as a side, like carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes.


  1. Make a vegetable melody

You can combine multiple of your favorite root vegetables into one dish. You can cook them in a skillet, on a sheet pan, in an air fryer, or even in the grill. Add carrots, potatoes, onions, radishes and more. The more colorful, the better!


  1. Put them in a salad

Root vegetables also make a great addition to any salad. Depending on the type of salad, you can slice up some radishes, carrots, onions or beets. You can top it with horseradish sauce, just to get one more root vegetable in there. To add some protein, we recommend our frozen individually pouched chicken breast tenderloins or our thin-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts. If you want some already-seasoned chicken, try our applewood marinated boneless skinless chicken breasts.


  1. Make a stew

In the name of all things winter, we can’t forget about stew! Root vegetables are the perfect addition to any stew. Start with potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic and, of course, chicken!



Favorite Potato and Chicken Recipes

As I’m sure you know, there are endless ways to prepare potatoes. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated potato, here are two of our favorite recipes that combine potatoes with our namesake: chicken.



  1. BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes

Step up your baked potato game by adding a southern favorite — BBQ chicken. This hearty recipe will quickly become a family favorite. 

Prep + Cook Time: 4.25 hours

Servings: 4

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  1. Loaded Potato Stuffed Chicken

Instead of putting the chicken in the potato like the last recipe, you can also put the potato in the chicken instead. It works both ways!

Prep + Cook Time: 55 minutes 

Servings: 4

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As you prepare your root vegetable-filled meals this winter, I hope you choose chicken as the main dish. Find a store near you today!


Stay warm, friends!

Our Favorite Recipes for this Holiday Season

Check out our go-to recipes for all your holiday hosting and guest needs.


As the holiday season approaches, I’m sure your schedule is beginning to fill up — holiday get-togethers, dinners with friends and family, Christmas parties and potlucks, and so many opportunities to gather with others. And so many reasons for recipes!

Having a few go-to recipes can help you navigate the stress of the holiday schedule. Whether you’re the host or a guest, here are a few of our favorite recipes you can use on repeat all season long.





One Pan Cranberry Rosemary Chicken

While I’m not sure how cranberry became the unofficial berry of the holiday season, it does make our cranberry rosemary chicken the perfect addition to any holiday party or get together. Not only does it look festive, but it tastes delicious! For larger parties, you can increase the recipe as needed. You could cook this recipe for every get-together all season long and no one would complain. 

Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes 

Servings: 4

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Smoked Chicken

Want to escape the heat of the kitchen and pull out the grill? This one is for you. For this recipe, you’ll combine a mixture of rice, brussel sprouts and seasoning into a cheesecloth, then put it in the chicken and place it on the grill for two hours. The result? A mouth-watering dinner that will put you at the top of the hostess list for years to come.

Prep + Cook Time: 2 ½ hours

Servings: 4

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Herbed Chicken

Looking for a quick and easy main dish? Look no further. Pull out your instant pressure cooker and dig into your spices to bring this whole chicken to the table. Paired with pasta, everyone will be racing for seconds.

Prep + Cook Time: 60 minutes

Servings: 4

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If you’re tasked with bringing an appetizer (or if you just want to be a gracious guest), here are three of our staple appetizers to keep everyone happy before the main course.



Chicken Bacon Ranch Crescent Ring

Quick, easy and delicious. What more could you want? This appetizer is a crowd favorite with all ages, and it’s the perfect finger food before dinner.

Prep + Cook Time: 45 minutes   

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Don’t let the cook time on this one scare you away — it requires minimal prep. Just put the ingredients for this dip in the slow cooker and let it cook as you go about your day.

Prep + Cook Time: 6 hours  

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Chicken Salad

Sometimes a classic staple is all you need. You can serve this light and refreshing treat with crackers or croissants. To save some of the day-of-party stress, you can also whip it up the night before and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s time to head to the party.

Prep + Cook Time: 70 minutes

Servings: 4     

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As you enjoy your holiday season with friends and family, I hope our recipes help take away some of the stress of your holiday schedule — and that you find your new favorite go-to recipe!


Happy holidays, friends!

Talk of the Tailgate: Four Tailgate-Ready Recipes That Will Get Everyone Talking

The best of fall is finally here, which means cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes and, most important, football season! As you scramble to get everything ready for this weekend’s tailgating, forget the traditional burgers and hot dogs and bring out the chicken.

After all, fowl and football go together quite well.


Here are four tailgate-ready ideas people won’t be able to stop talking about.


Chicken Kabobs


Bring the perfect combo of chicken and veggies to your tailgate. They’re as satisfying to eat as they are easy to make! With some quick prep the night before, game day will be a breeze.

Use George’s chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces and put them in your marinade of choice overnight (or for minimum an hour). You can also chop your vegetables the night before. The best part? You can easily adjust what you include on your kabobs based on what you like.

Choose your favorite vegetables to include:

  • bell pepper
  • zucchini
  • potatoes
  • red onion
  • mushrooms
  • cherry tomatoes
  • asparagus

On Game Day: Thread the marinated chicken and veggies onto your skewers, then stick them on the grill. Cook for 5–7 minutes on each side, and make sure the meat temperature is 165 degrees Farenheit. The smells will have people swarming!

Pro tip: Make sure you soak your wood skewers in cold water for 20–30 minutes. This helps prevent them from burning, catching on fire or breaking.


Fajita Station

Everyone loves a good fajita — especially on game day. They’re easy to make and easy to eat. Stick the chicken on the grill and fill your table with all the fajita fixings: peppers, onions, guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce, cheese, lime and cilantro. And don’t forget the tortillas!

Pro tip: Season and marinade your chicken the night before. 

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Crispy Ranch Chicken Bites

Chicken bites are perfect for snacking before the big game. Substitute out the air fryer in the recipe for your game-day grill, and you’ll be good to go. Don’t forget the dipping sauce. These pair great with celery or carrots, just for a small healthy addition.

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Chicken Salad

Sometimes, something nice and easy is exactly what you need — especially on a hot day. Whip up the chicken salad the night before, then stick it in the ice chest for game day. You can serve this light and refreshing treat on crackers as a snack, or stick it on bread or croissants for something more filling.

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We hope chicken makes a special appearance at one of your tailgating weekends this year, in whatever form you prefer! You also can switch out your burgers for a chicken sandwich, try your choice of chicken bite flavors, or switch fajitas for tacos. Remember, the more you prep beforehand, the more time you’ll have to kick back and relax.

Happy tailgating, friends!