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Family movie night is a fun and special tradition in our household. It’s a great way for to slow down, take time and bond together as a family after a busy week filled with school, work and activities.
During the summer we like to set up a big screen and projector in our backyard and host our own “drive-in” movie, complete with a cartoon feature and movie trailers.
Now that a chill is in the air, we’ve moved the theater inside to our living room and watch movies snuggled up with blankets on our couch and a fire going in the background.
Each week a different family member gets a turn at picking the movie we’ll watch. I usually have an idea of kind of movie we’ll be watching by whose turn it is to pick that week…
If it’s my son, it’s likely to be a sci-fi or fantasy movies. My daughter loves anything animated. I tend to go for big production musicals. The Hubs? Well, he’s a bit of a wildcard. With him it could be anything — a comedy, western or some creaker of a movie, but somehow his picks always seem to be a crowd pleaser.
I like to keep dinner simple on these nights, so I can focus on spending time with the family and have fun watching the movie. I like to look for foods that I can us to quickly create one or two different meal options from.
One recent family movie night meal that was a big hit was chicken quesadillas for the kids and chopped chicken salads for us adults, both using Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips. These dishes are not only great for dinner but also for when you want to enjoy a great protein powered snacking meal!
I picked up two bags of them from the frozen food aisle of my local Walmart.
There wasn’t much prep work or ingredients for either dish, so it didn’t take long to make. Here’s how I did it…..
Place 4 Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips on a microwaveable plate and follow the cooking instructions on the bag. It’s best to let the chicken strips cool for a minute before handling them, so you don’t get burned. Once cooled, cut up all four chicken strips into bite-sized chunks and then gather all the other ingredients.
For the quesadillas, you’ll need (makes two servings):
2 Pre-cooked Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips, cut up into bite-sized pieces
4 tortillas (I used flour ones)
¾ cup shredded Cheese (I used a Mexican cheese blend)
Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and place a tortilla in it.
After a minute on the heat add an even level of shredded cheese, and give it a minute to start melting.
Add the cooked Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips that were cut up into bite-sized pieces and cover with a second tortilla.
Remove pan from heat and let quesadilla cool in pan for 3 minutes before removing and cutting into wedges.
My kids like to eat their chicken quesadillas with ketchup…but you could fancy it up for adults with a little diced tomato and some sour cream.
For the chopped chicken salad, you’ll need (again, this makes two servings):
3 Pre-cooked Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips, cut up into bite-sized pieces
3 cups pre-washed lettuce (I used a Spring Mix)
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 cup cucumber, seeded and diced
¼ red onion, Julienne
Salad dressing of your choice
In a big bowl mix pre-wash lettuce, cut up tomatoes, cucumber and onions. Using tongs, mix together with salad dressing. Add the pre-cooked Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips that were cut up into bite-sized pieces.
Place into serving bowls. You could even add chopped olives, feta cheese or even some cranberries for more texture and flavor.
Two pretty awesome meals for our family movie night, wouldn’t you say?
Do you want to know something else that’s awesome?
When you buy any two (2) specially marked packages of Tyson® Chicken Products, like the one pictured below, or State Fair® Corn Dogs, you can receive up to $9.00 toward one child admission to The Peanuts Movie Only in Theaters.
All you have to do is visit the website indicated on the sticker and enter in your two codes at the same time to receive your voucher, just like I did!
Now that’s going to be a great savings for an extra special family movie night! I can’t wait to take the kids to go see Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and the rest of the Peanuts gang. You can check out a trailer for The Peanuts Movie here.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite way to eat chicken? Who is your favorite Peanuts character?
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