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Most of you probably know that my family mostly eats dinner at home. I LOVE going out to eat (is it just me or does food cooked my someone else always taste better?!) but with a toddler, dining out isn’t always very fun or relaxing. By the time things are said and done, I look at the check and realize that I just spent $70 wrangling my kid and eating cold food. No thank you, sirs and ma’ams.
One thing I don’t think I’ve ever told you is that I have a date night with my husband every Tuesday night. We have had the same babysitter come over from 6-9pm for the last couple of years, and every Tuesday my husband and I head out to catch up and have some adult time. Sometimes that adult time looks like wandering the aisles of Target, sometimes it looks like a movie we’ve been dying to see, and sometimes it looks like drinks and conversation and eventually dessert. I cherish our Tuesday nights and what they do for my relationship with my husband.
I also schedule at least one Girl’s Night every month. Girl’s Night always looks more or less the same — dinner, drinks and conversation. And then more conversation. And then more conversation. The older I get, the more I treasure my friendships and work hard to maintain them. My friends are part of what keeps my heart whole and my brain sane, and time together is not optional.
One place I frequent for date night, girl’s night, and even the very occasional family dinner out, is Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. We actually have one just a couple of miles from my house right next to a Target, Ulta, and bookstore, which makes for a well rounded evening. What I LOVE about Cheddar’s is that they have a varied selection of dinners, from cozy favorites like chicken pot pie, to piles of thinly sliced onion rings, burgers, and salads.
Also, their cocktails are the most reasonable in town. Where else can you get a drink the size of a fishbowl for under $7? I’m just saying.
Right now Cheddar’s is celebrating National Chicken Month, and it just so happens that their Chicken Pecan Salad is one of my favorites. My husband and I occasionally sneak over for a lunch date while Lucy is at preschool and it’s my go-to. Grilled chicken, crunchy lettuce and veggies, candied pecans, and the BEST ranch ever. Any southerner worth her salt knows that a good ranch dressing holds the key to the universe. Sometimes towards the end of my salad, I find a candied pecan hiding under a piece of lettuce and it’s like buried treasure. THEY ARE SO GOOD YOU GUYS.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has lots of yummy options for you to try for National Chicken Month, like fried chicken tenders, barbeque ribs and chicken (my son’s favorite), chicken pot pie, grilled chicken pecan salad, and honey mustard chicken with mushrooms (another one of my favorites!). Isn’t it nice to enjoy a cozy, reasonably priced meal that you DIDN’T have to cook?!
We always get great service at Cheddar’s and whatever you do — DON’T FORGET TO REQUEST A HONEY BUTTER CROISSANT!! Omg you guys…it is probably what Beyoncé requests in her dressing room. If she eats carbs, which I’m not sure (does Beyoncé eat carbs? Let’s Google that). But if she did, she’d eat honey butter croissants from Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Not even kidding.
And because I want all of you to experience this gloriousness for yourselves…I’m sending one of you a $25 gift card to enjoy chicken at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen! My advice — go alone, bring a book, and order a dessert AND a Painkiller Cocktail to go with your meal. I’m *kind of* an expert at food, so you need to trust me, here.
(Make sure you join the Cheddar’s E-Club! You’ll get a free order of chips and queso, and their chips and queso is my favorite! You can get seasoned ground beef added for no charge! To join the E Club, click HERE)
To enter, just fill out the widget below. It’s so simple and takes just a second. I’m crossing my fingers that you win! Good luck!
A FEW FACTS FOR THOSE OF YOU COOKING CHICKEN FROM HOME:
For cooking chicken in a slow cooker: Make sure you have ONE QUART OF SPACE PER POUND. Too little space will dry out your meat (how did I not know this?!).
For nice, EVEN cuts, slice AGAINST the grain of the chicken.
Soaking chicken in beer for just a FEW HOURS will result in tender, juicy chicken!
Before freezing chicken, add marinade! It will be flavorful when you are ready to cook it!
Allow your chicken to “rest” after cooking. This will allow the juices to settle.
Marinade your chicken for a MINIMUM of 6 hours to allow flavors to soak into the chicken. For optimal results, allow 6 hours for marinating.
Good luck, friends! I hope these facts from National Chicken Month help you make your best chicken ever! Have a great day!