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Good Morning, Friends! Today I’m bringing you a skillet of comfort at the end of a long and busy day. I can’t imagine wanting anything more. This uses ingredients that I usually have on hand so you probably have them, too. If not, they are easy to get and store. I am using Chicken Tenders that I purchased in bulk and preserved a while back by vacuum sealing them with my FoodSaver® FM5000 Series Food Preservation System.
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Vacuum sealing meat with a FoodSaver® Food Preservation System is the absolute best way to store meat in your freezer because it locks out air allowing your meat to last up to five times longer when compared to ordinary storage methods and combats freezer burn and damage. I can buy chicken tenders on sale, in bulk, store them with my FoodSaver® Food Preservation System, and know they will be just fine no matter how long it takes me to eat them all. These chicken tenders are shown vacuum sealed with a FoodSaver® Food Preservation System. I purchased two very large trays of them and separated them into family sized servings making it easier to incorporate the meat in meals such as this one.
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I’ve had a FoodSaver® Food Preservation System for years but recently I started using the latest model, the FoodSaver® FM5000 Food Preservation System, which has a few notable improvements over my older model. The main thing I love about it is that it has a separate sealer for the bags. Now, instead of having to make my bag and use the main sealer to seal them, there is a new Express Bag Maker that pre-seals your next bag every time you use the system. This cuts the bag making steps by 50% compared to previous models. You can purchase this machine for $149.00 – $199.00 at most department stores such as Wal Mart, Costco, Sam’s, Target, Amazon, or online at FoodSaver.com.
I seal all of my meat using the FoodSaver® Food Preservation System. I like to vacuum seal the meat in family size portions and store in the fridge (for use within the next few days) or freezer (for use the following week or years from now).
There are a lot of gadgets and appliances you can get for your kitchen which will take up space and rarely be used. This is a worthwhile machine that will save you money, make your meal planning easier, and make life infinitely more delicious.
- 1 -2 pounds chicken tenders
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoons ranch dressing mix
- 2 - 12 oz bags frozen mixed veggies
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup chicken broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place oil in large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add Chicken and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned and no longer pink in the center. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
- Place butter in skillet and melt over medium heat. Add flour and stir until blended in with melted butter. Whisk in milk, broth, ranch mix, salt, and pepper. Bring to a very light simmer while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and add frozen vegetables. Cook until veggies are tender, about ten minutes. Return chicken to skillet and stir to combine everything. Serve hot.
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