Mochi Chicken Nuggets

Mochi Chicken Nuggets

These Mochi Chicken Nuggets are crispy, slightly sweet from the Mochi flour, and have a hint of kick from the Chinese 5 Spice!  They’re a delightful step up from chicken nuggets or fried chicken and are perfect for any potluck.  And you can easily make them gluten-free by using a GF soy sauce*.

This plate of nuggets got devoured so quickly, that I was barely able to take this picture before they were all gone!  Thank you, Brandy, for sharing your Mochi Chicken Nugget recipe!


2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast

1/2 cup Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour (found in the Asian section of the supermarket)

1/2 cup cornstarch or tapioca starch

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 tsp. salt

4 eggs, beaten

1 stalk green onion, chopped fine

4 garlic cloves, minced

Chinese 5 Spice

Cut the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine all of the remaining ingredients, except the Chinese 5 Spice, and mix well.  Add the chicken chunks and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

Deep fry at 350 degrees until brown and crispy.  Drain off excess oil on paper towels.  Dust them with Chinese 5 Spice and keep in a warm oven until it’s potluck time.  If you’re traveling to the potluck, don’t worry.  They’re great when served at room temperature, too!

* Note:  Typically, all of the other ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free, but make sure to double check all of your labels, to be safe!

Cannellini Bean Chili

Cannellini Bean Chili

Cannellini Bean Chili is the perfect alternative to the traditional chili and will warm up any potluck!  The combination of chile and spices make this an especially savory chili.  For a large crowd, you definitely want to double the recipe as it will go quick and definitely warrants a trip back to the potluck table for seconds.

Thank you, Mara, for sharing this wonderful recipe!


2 T. olive oil

2 lbs. boneless chicken meat, cubed

1/2 cup white onions, chopped

2 cup chicken broth

2 – 4 oz. cans chopped green chiles

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. oregano leaves

1 tsp. dried or 4 T. fresh, chopped cilantro

1/2 tsp. ground red pepper

2 cans cannellini beans and their liquid (white kidney beans or white beans are fine too)

Shredded jack cheese

Green onion

Heat olive oil in a stock pan.  Add chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until cooked completely.  Remove from pan.  Cover and keep warm.

Add onion to pan and cook 2 minutes.  Stir in chicken broth, green chiles, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, cilantro, and red pepper.  Simmer 30 minutes.  Stir in the chicken and beans with liquid and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Transfer to a crockpot on the warm setting for potluck time.  Serve with extra jack cheese and green onions for garnish.  It’s also great with tortilla chips.  And don’t forget the paper bowls and spoons!

Chicken Tortilla Dish

Chicken Tortilla Dish

This Chicken Tortilla Dish is a rich and buttery version of white chicken enchiladas!  The combination of butter and jack cheese makes the tortillas crisp up perfectly, while the green chiles give it just the right amount of kick.  These are absolutely delicious and perfect for any potluck.   Thank you, Mara, for sharing this recipe!


8 flour tortillas, dipped in butter

4 chicken breasts, cubed and cooked

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 oz. can green chiles

2 T. fresh cilantro, chopped



1/4 cup cooking sherry

1/2 lb. grated jack cheese

1/2 pint heavy whipping cream

Coat a 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix together the softened cream cheese, sherry, chicken, chiles, cilantro, salt, and pepper.  Put some filling  in the center of a tortilla, roll it like an enchilada, and place it in the baking dish.  Repeat until you’ve rolled all the tortillas, making sure to divide the mixture evenly between all the tortillas.

Sprinkle jack cheese on top of the tortillas and then pour the whipping cream over the top evenly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Costco Chinese Chicken Salad In A Bag

I had to include this because every time someone brings this salad to a potluck, everyone always talks about how much they love the Costco Chinese Chicken Salad!


Costco Chinese Chicken Salad Kit

1 large or 2 small bags of cut romaine lettuce

Take all of the ingredients out of their bags.  Toss salad in a large bowl and serve!