Smoky Mountain Chicken with Rosemary french fries

Hello. Yes, it’s been awhile…a long while!! I started a p/t job in October and with the busyness of life, a daughter in college, a husband getting back into drag racing, misc trips, and other activities, etc etc., well, there’s just not been much time for blogging. Oh I still cook dinners 6-7 nights a week, and I do love to cook/bake, I just haven’t had the time to snap pics and get recipes up on the blog. I’ve had some recent feedback that my recipes have been missed…so I’ll try to do better at posting more often 🙂

For now, here’s a quick week night meal that packs alot of flavor. It’s not a calorie friendly meal so I don’t fix this too often, but it is a favorite of ours. Ahem, I may have only taken one picture, but it’s an easy “recipe” so just read on… pic at end 🙂

I first enjoyed Smoky Mountain Chicken years ago for lunch at Ruby Tuesday when I worked at an electronics company in Oak Ridge (wow that was almost 20 years ago now!) …This recipe is a spin off of the famous Ruby Tuesday’s menu item.

Smoky Mountain Chicken

  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts, thawed
  • 1-2 Tbsp Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute (my favorite seasoning mix!!)
  • Olive oil and/or non-stick spray
  • Favorite BBQ sauce  (I prefer Stubb’s)
  • 4 slices deli ham (I prefer “Ham off the bone” at my local deli)
  • 4 slices colby jack cheese (provolone is another option)
  • Diced tomato
  • Chopped green onion or chives

Rub chicken with olive oil, season the chicken with Trader Joe’s seasoning. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray then bake chicken @ 350 for 20 minutes or grill chicken just until juices run clear and chicken is done, do not overcook/grill the chicken.

Brush BBQ sauce on both sides of chicken, layer 1 piece of ham and one slice of cheese on the topside of each piece of chicken. Place chicken back on grill or in oven until cheese is melted…5-8 minutes.

Dice tomatoes. Rinse, dry and chop green onions then set aside.

Immediately after chicken comes off the grill (or from oven), sprinkle with diced tomatoes and green onions. Extra BBQ is always a good thing to have on the side.

Serve with Rosemary french fries – recipe to follow…



Rosemary French Fries

  • storebought Shoestring fries (Signature Kitchens is the brand I use, from Safeway)
  • Olive oil or Vegetable oil
  • 3 sprigs rosemary, chopped fine
  • Sea Salt (coarse)

Preheat oven to 425. Pour 2 Tbsp Olive oil onto baking sheet and spread evenly around the pan. Place pan in oven for approx 3-5 minutes so oil will heat. Carefully pour shoestring fries onto hot oil/pan, shake or toss a bit to combine with oil. Bake for 16-18 minutes. Chop the rosemary and set aside. As soon as the fries come out of the oven, sprinkle sea salt all over and toss or stir to mix. Sprinkle rosemary on top, toss to mix. Enjoy!


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