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A Chicken & A Chance

I can’t wait until Monday to tell you all about the phone call I got on my way home. So I’m posting now.

Do you remember last year when I beat out thousands of other people to get a chance to cook my Pulled Chicken Sliders at the Foster Farms Chicken Cook-off?

(Photo: Foster Farms)

As you can tell by that fact that I am not holding a giant check with my name on it, I didn’t win.

I did have a great time, a fantastic trip to San Deigo, cooked in a fancy commercial kitchen, ate some incredible food, and met some great food industry people. But, I didn’t get one of those big checks that I really wanted.

And since I know how smart you are, you probably already put 2 and 2 together to realize that 4 equals:

I’m going again this year! My recipe (Spice Rubbed Chicken Thighs with Chipotle Béarnaise over Avocado Lime Quinoa Salad) was chosen to compete in this years contest! And the rumor on the cooking contest strip is that more people than ever entered this year. So that makes me even more grateful to be in the running for that Big Check.

And the guy who called to congratulate me said this:

"The fact that your recipes have been chosen two years in a row speaks volumes of your talent."

In which I responded with a silence because the gigantic smile on my face was preventing me from speaking.

Two years in a row, and this time I mean buisness. I want to move on to the next stage, which is the finals in Napa Valley. In which the Grand Prize is Ten Grand.

In honor of my Chicken Chance at the cook-off on September 7th, I’m giving you a great round up of fabulous chicken dishes from my blogger friends:

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken: Damn Delicious

Take-Out, Fake-Out: Sweet & Sour Chicken: Table For Two


Grilled Chili Lime Chicken: Fearless Homemaker

Buffalo Chicken Salad: Bake Your Day

Szechuan Chicken: Wanna Be A Country Cleaver

Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Waffles: Foodness Gracious



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Jen @ Savory Simple August 10, 2012 um 5:27 am

Good luck! That spice rubbed chicken looks delicious!


Jackie August 10, 2012 um 11:41 am

I’m so excited to share that recipe once I get a chance. Win or lose that recipe will go on the blog!


Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} August 10, 2012 um 5:45 am

Ooo!! So exciting!! Congrats on being chosen again! And GOOD LUCK this year!! Let’s hope for a giant check in your future!!


Jackie August 10, 2012 um 11:42 am

I hope so! I also really really really want to win the Peoples Choice Award, almost more than the Big Check!


Cassie August 10, 2012 um 7:48 am

AWESOME roundup!! And thanks for including my salads! 🙂 And a BIG congrats to you, I know you are coming home with that check this year, you so deserve it!!


Jackie August 10, 2012 um 11:42 am

I love that salad. Seriously would devour it right now if I could.


claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 10, 2012 um 11:12 am

OH MY GOSH!!! You’re going to do great!!!


Jackie August 10, 2012 um 11:43 am

Thank’s Claire 🙂


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies August 10, 2012 um 11:33 am

Congratulations, Jackie! That is so awesome–you deserve it! Your recipes are incredibly innovative, but not in a trying-too-hard way. (You know what I mean, right?!) I can’t wait to hear how the cook-off goes–good luck!


Jackie August 10, 2012 um 11:41 am

HAHA! I know what you mean, I have to pull myself away from, "And with biscoff! And Nutella! And Bacon! And spun gold! Shaped like a Piñata!"


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 10, 2012 um 11:53 am

Good luck, Jackie! Just the name of your dish sounds amazing! I am sure you will win this year!


Bree August 10, 2012 um 1:07 pm

Woo woo! I am super excited for you and can’t wait to hear all the awesome details!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 10, 2012 um 3:27 pm

Dude, congrats! You’re totally getting that check this year. I can feel it!

And thanks so much for sharing my honey sesame chicken! I think I need to make all these chicken dishes, starting with those waffles and fried chicken!


Julie @ Table for Two August 10, 2012 um 7:10 pm

thanks for the link up girl! i’ll be cheering you on on the east coast!! go kill it!! xoxo


Valerie @ From Valerie’s Kitchen August 11, 2012 um 2:49 pm

Oooohhh Jackie, good luck! How fun to just be able to participate but the cash would be nice! Love the yummy chicken roundup.


Baker Street August 13, 2012 um 5:58 am

congratulations, jackie! and good luck for this year! the name alone is making me drool!


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 14, 2012 um 2:30 pm

Aww thanks so much for featuring my chicken and waffles dish!! Wow that meal was tasty as heck with the fried chicken and syrup and….but wait this post is about you, congrats and as long as you don’t have to dress up like a Fosters Farm Chicken your a winner to me 🙂
Good luck..


fatpiginthemarket September 8, 2012 um 9:24 pm

Awesome…two years in a row. I love your ideas about food and am handing you a ginormous check with your name on it. Okay…so maybe it is payable in only applause, jazz hands and admiration but you can cash it!


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