Chicken Cordon Bleu

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For this classic dish, we are going to need a considerable amount of pent-up frustration to pound out Zaycon chicken breasts, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner! Rough day at work? Perfect. Did the kids paint the dog? Even better! Partner has anger management issues? THE BEST – have him do it!


DSC_5691DSC_5677We start with our old friend, the giant double boneless skinless breast that we are oh, so familiar with. Do a trim up, remove the rib meat lobe & any extra fat that might be there. Admire your work.

Next, you’ll want to butterfly the thick part of the breast to approximate the thickness of the thinner area. This might take two cuts.

Between two layers of plastic wrap, place the chicken sprinkling a bit of water between the chicken and the plastic wrap. This will help the chicken move and slide a bit during the gentle slams.

Grab your whacker implement and have fun. You’re going to try and get these to be as thin as possible – like 1/8” to ¼” in thickness. The thinner they are the better your result will be.

Brush the chicken with Dijon mustard, then place sliced ham and then cheese of your choice. Traditional cheese to use here is Swiss, I like gruyere too. If you want a really nice, long, stringy melty one, provolone would be great. Roll them up, tucking in the sides as you go to form a chicken burrito-looking roulade.

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Put this in the fridge for 30-60 minutes or more. This will firm up the chicken making it super easy to pan fry. Dip your chicken roll, first, into flour, then into an egg bath and then in bread crumbs. I used just regular bread crumbs here, but you can use panko if you like.

In a large skillet, add a tablespoon or so of olive oil and equal amount of butter. Pan fry each side for a couple of minutes, then into a 350 pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or so, when they are done, they will want to sit and rest for 4 minutes or so.

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Get ready for the compliments.

Welcome to Zaycon Fresh with Chicken Across America – A Note From Mike Conrad, CEO

Hey from Spokane, Washington!

Lots of exciting things happening here. First, I’d like to introduce you to Zaycon Fresh. It’s our new name. And it’s a better way to describe what we do: bring farmhouse-fresh food to families at warehouse prices.

But it’s more than that. We’re also bringing you more opportunities to save throughout the year, hitting over 1,200 locations across the country. Our trucks (and our friendly drivers!) will be coming your way for at least one major event every month or so. Check out our 2015 Calendar, where you can see all our upcoming events and pick-ups for the rest of the year at a glance.

Check Out Our 2015 Calendar
But I’ve got even bigger news! To celebrate, we’re launching “Chicken Across America”— our biggest sales event ever. For just $1.69/lb. you can buy the fresh, all-natural, boneless, skinless chicken breast that’s our claim to fame. Now that’s something to get excited about!
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So stay tuned and keep an eye on your inbox for opening day on April 13!

Zaycon Fresh is the next step on a journey that started a few years back. I was just a guy struggling to put food on my family’s table, any way I could. I was on food stamps. I did whatever it took.

Feeding your family shouldn’t be that hard. That was the idea behindZaycon. Some people told us we’d never get consumers to buy meat off a truck. We knew that to make this work, our products had to be extra-fresh, our prices had to be beyond good, and our drivers had to be super-friendly.

Since we had that bright idea, we’ve served hundreds of thousands of families in every corner of the country. Our drivers have become familiar faces in the community. Some of you even bring us cookies. We’ve built more than just a customer base. We’ve built an extended family.

We’re honored to have you as part of that Zaycon family, and we can’t wait to see you again.  We’re taking orders now for Bacon, Sausage Links, and other great products – and in just a few days, our signature chicken at just $1.69/lb!

You can save even more with our Refer a Friend program.  Share your personal referral link with friends and family and receive $5 in Zaycon Fresh credits the first time they order, and $1 for every order after that*. As long as they order, you keep earning! And there’s no limit to the amount you can earn. But hurry, because the $5 reward for the first-time orders ends on June 30, 2015.

So make room in the freezer. Fire up the grill. We’ll see ya in the parking lot!

Mike Conrad, Co-Founder and CEO
Mike Conrad
Co-Founder and CEO
*Credits issued after referred customer picks up prepaid order at a sales event. See details atzayconfresh.com/referrals.

Chicken and Lentil Bowl with Collard Greens Recipe & Giveaway | Chicken Soup for the Soul and Zaycon Fresh

Thanks to artscrackers.com we have a new healthy option for your family table! Chicken and Lentil Bowl with Collard Greens have two of our favorite ingredients! Chicken Soup for the Soul broth and Zaycon Fresh Chicken Breast!

Pin it here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/515802963549199036/

For Zaycon Fresh orders: http://bit.ly/17cwdvw

Chicken and Lentil Bowl. Click the picture to get the recipe.

Eggs! Eggs it is my Precious.

Too far?

It’s Spring! It’s Easter! Re-birth time, so I got to looking at eggs and realized that eggs are such a daily staple in our lives, it’s easy to overlook their beauty. Such a simple and such a wondrous thing. Beautiful no?DSC_5606

“A box without hinges, key or lid

Yet golden treasure inside is hid”

………Bilbo Baggins

“Wishing you the happiest Easter from Zaycon Foods!” ~ Matt Hinckley, CSO

Jamaican Dr. Pepper Glazed Ham by Spiceologist

Easter is here! If you’re still looking for a ham recipe that will knock everyones socks off, then look no further than this creative recipe from our friends at Spiceologist!  This Jamaican Dr Pepper Glazed Ham is easy and oh my goodness is it delicious.  Spicologist used Rasta Rub which is packed with cinnamon, clove and allspice – all perfect accompaniments to ham.  Add in some spicy Dr. Pepper and well, you just need to make it.  A few hours in the oven going low and slow and this ham will have your house smelling amazing.

Check it out: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/515802963549092651

Easter is HERE! That Means Leftover Ham In Your Fridge.

Easter time may leave you wondering what to do with all of the leftover ham from your family gatherings? We’re excited about all of the potential our Carvemaster ham has for the main course and leftovers too. We have curated some recipes from some of the best bloggers in the country on our “Ham” Pinterest board.

What is your favorite “leftover ham” recipe? Share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Twitter!


Greek Freak Zaycon Foods Ground Beef Empanadas

Greek Freak Zaycon Ground Beef Empanadas

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling over to Spokane, Washington to visit the Zaycon Foods offices and meet the Zaycon team! The weather was beautiful, and I was even sitting on the mountain side of the plane and had such a beautiful view. There’s really nothing like snow covered mountains.

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It was such an awesome trip, and I had such a great time. I knew I loved Zaycon Food’s product before this trip. After, I’m fully on board with the whole team and the business. Everyone was really warm, welcoming, and friendly! Thanks to the entire team for an awesome couple of days. I can’t wait to come back!

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While I was there we got together in the Zaycon kitchens to prepare a little meal for the crew, and share this awesome recipe for Easy Greek Freak Zaycon Ground Beef Empanadas.

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There was much debate over just what to call these little pockets of fusion. Zaycon Ground Beef is seasoned and combined with onion, garlic, some awesome Spiceologist Greek Freak seasoning, olives, and feta cheese.

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Then we stuffed it into puff pastry pockets, baked it, and served it up with some homemade tzatziki whipped up by the talented CSO (Chief Snack Officer) Matt!

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The hardest part about these was stuffing the pockets, and that was actually simple. Just stuff them, crimp the edges, bake on parchment paper, and you are DONE.

Greek Freak Zaycon Empanadas

If you are like me and like to pre-brown a bunch of your Zaycon Foods Ground Beef when you pick it up before you freeze it, these will be even faster. I LOVE freezing some pre-portioned pre-browned ground beef to pull out of the freezer and add to spaghetti sauce, mix up into sloppy joes, make a quick beefy noodles, or tacos on busy nights. It also works really well to toss into crock pot soups and stews. You can even add in some onions and garlic while you are browning it so you don’t need to saute those while you are whipping up your quick and easy dinners.

These greek freak zaycon ground beef empanadas would also be fantastic stuffed, and then frozen so you can toss them right into the oven.

Greek Freak Zaycon Empanadas

Greek Freak Zaycon Ground Beef Empanadas
Author: Nicole Johnson
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Zaycon ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Spiceologist Greek Freak Seasoning Rub
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup of chopped olives – we used a mix of black olives and kalamata
  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry – thawed according to package directions
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place ground beef, onion, garlic, and seasonings in a large frying pan and brown well. After the meat is browned, remove from pan and mix in the olives and feta.
  3. Unfold your puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface, and roll out slightly to enlarge. Cut 3-4″ circles out of the sheet, and place a few heaping tablespoons on one side. Brush one half lightly with the egg wash, and fold over and pinch shut. Repeat with the remaining filling and pastry circles. Crimp edges completely shut with a fork. Brush lightly with egg wash.
  4. Bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed.

Need more ideas of things to make with your Zaycon Ground Beef order? Check out this awesome ground beef round-up!

What should I make with ground beef?

Nicole Johnson is a Zaycon Foods Ambassador and blogs at Or Whatever You Do. You can also find her on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Instagram.

Thanks to you we’re helping others!

Thanks to you we’re helping others! We wanted to take a few minutes to share some photos some of our drivers got while dropping some foods off at some of our nations local food banks.

Our driver Terry Couron delivered meat to Eight day’s of hope & Hope Reigns from Zaycon Fresh to feed volunteers helping families that where affected by last Mother’s Day Tornado in Van, Texas.0515151259a

Our driver John Dowell dropped off 240 lbs of Zaycon Foods Pullled Pork and donated to the Good News Rescue Mission in Reddiing California. They’re on Facebook and Twitter too…please help them out by spreading the word!

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Ty Carey dropped off 140 lbs of Zaycon Foods Pullled pork and donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. You’ll find them on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Jason Fletcher dropped off 130 lbs of Zaycon Foods Pullled Pork and 30lbs of Patio Steak and donated to the Lancaster County Council of Churches who also gets donations from Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. You’ll find them on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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#ZnapShot by Faith Bontrager Kumher

Our first ever #ZnapShot: “Zaycon Foods ham and gravy with smashed taters and asparagus.” ~ Faith Bontrager Kumher

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Thank you for your photo Faith!

We want to share your creative Zaycon Foods photos too. Use #ZnapShot when posting on our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram…we’ll pick from the best and share them soon.

*Be creative 🙂

Photos we’re excited to see:

  • Raw Zaycon Foods Chicken
  • Zaycon Foods Bacon
  • Zaycon Foods Pulled Pork
  • Zaycon Foods Chicken Fritters
  • Zaycon Foods Ham