Nashville Hot Chicken Hoagies

The Year’s Top Recipes

You browsed, baked, roasted, cooked, and commented on hundreds of our recipes this year. Some of your favorites have been in our recipe box for awhile, and some were developed and tested by our Test Kitchen this year. Two of the top dessert recipes are made in the new egg cooker that just launched this spring!

Here are your top 10 favorites from 2017 based on how often you viewed them.

Top 3 Main Dishes

1. Rush Hour Chicken Fajitas. These fajitas come together in a hurry when you microwave the vegetables and chicken. Hearty enough to serve the whole family, but quick enough to make it feel easy even at the end of a long day.

Rush Hour Chicken Fajitas

2. Bruschetta Pasta. When you cook your pasta noodles in broth, you get a little extra flavor. Combine that extra flavor with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil, and you have another easy weeknight hit.

3. Juiciest Roast Chicken. This classic recipe uses herbs and spices to add flavor to chicken without adding extra sauce and fuss. It comes together quickly, and the delicious smell will have everyone’s mouths watering as it roasts.

Top 3 Desserts

1. Chocolate Mug Cake. Our egg cooker cooks more than eggs! This mug cake’s a great option when you want a little something sweet, but don’t want an entire cake in your house tempting you.

Chocolate Mug Cake

2. Dessert Pizza. This a perfect seasonal recipe to have in your apron pocket. During the summer, strawberries and blueberries make it a patriotic favorite, and during fall and winter, you can get creative with carmelized pears, pomegranates, and kiwi.

3. Blueberry Lemon Microwave Muffin. Our fantastic egg cooker jumped in with another dessert recipe in the top three. This muffin recipe is quick, easy, and, according to one of our younger reviewers, “Half of it was purple and all of it was delicious!”.

Bonus! Basic Vanilla Ice Cream. This basic ice cream recipe was just barely edged out of third place, so we’re giving it an Honorable Mention award. Our ice cream maker creates silky, sweet ice cream and you have been wowing us all year with fabulous variations. In July, we held a contest and you inspired our Test Kitchen to create new flavors including Blueberry Waffle Cone, Honey Butter Shortbread, and Thai Toffee Chip.

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

Top Newcomer

Zucchini Noodle Carbonara. This recipe was included in our Fall Winter 2017 Season’s Best recipe book, which showcased one-pot meals that are ready in around 30 minutes and cost about $2 per serving. This lighter variation of the classic carbonara uses zucchini instead of pasta.

Zucchini Noodle Carbonara

Classic Favorite

Chicken Broccoli Braid. This main dish has been a top recipe for many years. It’s comfort food that accomodates whatever leftover meat you have on hand, sneaks in a few vegetables, and makes an impressive display whether you’re serving it to your family on a Tuesday or to guests on the weekend.

Most Overlooked

Nashville Hot Chicken Hoagies. All our recipes are tested thoroughly in our Test Kitchen and are both simple to make and delicious, but some recipes are special. This recipe is one our Test Kitchen especially loved, but it hasn’t gotten a lot of attention.

Using pickle juice for fried chicken is a classic trick for Southern fried chicken. We use it as a marinade for the chicken before it’s grilled. Also, we use the coleslaw dressing on the buns to grill them before making the sandwich—it works in the same way butter does, but it doesn’t burn as easily. A lot of people use a little mayo on their grilled cheese for that reason.

Nashville Hot Chicken Hoagies

Was your favorite on the list? Tell us in the comments below.

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10 Responses to The Year’s Top Recipes

  1. Linda O’Connell December 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    Juiciest Roasr Chicken has got to be my favorite “go to” recipe. First a great quick meal, then so many options for the leftover chicken!

  2. Tanya December 28, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    My 11 year old did the Nashville Hot Chicken Hoagies for her monthly meal night. She did it on her own from start to finish. We are a family of 6 so she doubled the chicken recipe and cut the cayenne in half, but kept the slaw recipe the single and followed to a T! These were great! I think they get overlooked because of the “hot” in the title, then the use of cayenne pepper might deter people from trying It!

  3. Betty December 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    I was just wondering if the ice cream freezer has to be put in the freezer before you make ice cream?

    • Sallie M January 2, 2018 at 11:12 am #

      Betty, the Ice Cream Maker needs to be in a freezer (0*) for about 8 hours prior to use. It makes the BEST ice cream! I scoop the extra into a glass container, then clean the bowl and put it back in the freezer, ready for the next batch.

  4. Wendi Quidort December 31, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    Hi Linda,
    The Deep Covered Baker is perfect for making the best roast chicken!

  5. Glen Biggs January 2, 2018 at 10:48 am #

    The Nashville Hot Chicken Hoagies are one of my all time faves and my friends love them as well~! ….but again….I do live in Nashville. 😉 I agree with ALL of these fantastic recipes.

  6. Nadeen Reinhold January 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    The dough wouldn’t come out of the cookie roller. What did I do wrong?

    • Karen Olewnick January 26, 2018 at 4:14 am #

      Dough cannot be too thin; a thicker roll works best. And use a quick roll action while being sure your board is covered with ample flour. Have fun!

  7. Ann January 5, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

    Two of my family’s favorites did not make this list: Warm Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad and Grilled Chicken Penne Al Fresco. Every time I make either of those I have to double the recipe and there is never any left. But, the question is “what is your favorite on this list?” That would have to the Chicken Broccoli Braid, which coincidentally is on my menu for this coming week.

  8. Jodi Clark January 16, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    The chicken and broccoli braid is a family favorite! Love making this one since everyone eats it. It works well with ham, too! Pillsbury has been very accommodating by making the roll sheets, which cuts down prep time by a LOT!

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