What to Watch: Chill Out on The Kitchen, and Fried Chicken 3 Ways on Chopped

Get all the details on the upcoming premieres this weekend on Food Network.
By: Nora Horvath

As seen on The Food Network's, The Kitchen. Photo By Todd Plitt BSTV

Photo by: Todd Plitt

Todd Plitt

First up, Ree Drummond’s boys are out boxing, so she’s cooking them a knockout dinner of Italian Sloppy Joes with garlic toast for when they get home. Then on The Kitchen, the hosts are looking for creative ways to beat the sweltering August heat. They’ve got tips for elevating your iced coffee, a recipe for chilly Sweet Corn Summer Gazpacho and Frozen Blueberry Daiquiris to top it all off. After that, Valerie Bertinelli’s son, Wolfie, is home to celebrate his birthday. She’s whipping up a spread of all his favorite dishes, and she is surprising him with his favorite Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. Next, Patricia Heaton is throwing a pampering party with healthy picks, including citrus chicken lettuce cups and Avocado Hummus.

Then on Sunday, jet off to Florence, Italy, with Giada De Laurentiis as she reminisces about her grandmother, a stunning Italian beauty-turned-movie star known as Nonna Luna. Giada’s cooking some of grandmother's favorite dishes, including Bitter Rice and White Chocolate Orzo Pudding. Up next, it’s the cheesiest episode of Guy’s Grocery Games ever, complete with cheesy dishes and an even cheesier joke counter. After that, Chopped is back with a fried-chicken-themed episode in which the chefs will have to incorporate the salty meat into every dish — even dessert.

It's boxing night, so Ree's running her sons to town for practice. She bakes them fruity Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies and prepares a knockout dinner of champions for when they get home: Italian Sloppy Joes with delicious garlic toast. Then, she also drops off a fabulous Lemon Meringue Pie with her father-in-law.

Saturday 10a|9c
The Kitchen: Chill Out

The Kitchen hosts are chillin' out in the summer heat with Marcela Valladolid's Cilantro Pesto Pasta Salad, Jeff Mauro's Sweet Corn Summer Gazpacho and Katie Lee's Chilled Beet Soup with Yogurt and Pepitas. Learn new ways to elevate your iced coffee, four ways to keep cool at your next summer cookout and products to help you beat the heat. Plus, Sunny Anderson makes her Magical No-Bake S'mores and Katie shares her recipe for Frozen Blueberry Daiquiris.

Saturday 11a|10c

Valerie pulls out all the stops to celebrate her son Wolfie's birthday. She's got all of his favorites on the menu: Spatchcock Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde, Fusilli with Garlicky Broccoli, Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Ranch Dressing — all expanded to feed a party that just keeps on growing. For the birthday boy's dessert, she makes his very favorite Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting!

Saturday 12|11c

Patricia is turning the tables on the team that keeps her looking gorgeous by treating her "glam squad" to a special Patty pampering party. On the menu: a refreshing Cucumber-Mint Sparkle that's sure to make everyone's skin glow, crisp and tangy citrus chicken lettuce cups, creamy Avocado Hummus, and delicious Mini Crab Cakes with Mango Salsa.

Saturday 12:30|11:30c

Giada’s grandmother Silvana Mangano was a stunning Italian beauty-turned-movie star affectionately known as Nonna Luna. Giada and her Aunt Raffy reminiscence about Nonna Luna and her love of rice while making some twists on northern Italian favorites: Bitter Rice, White Chocolate Orzo Pudding, and Artichoke and Fennel Crudo.

Sunday 12|11c
Guy’s Grocery Games: Cheesy Special

Four chefs compete in the cheesiest showdown in Triple G history, highlighted by GGG's first-ever Cheesy Joke Counter! First, the chefs are asked to make an ooey-gooey, cheese-filled dish with big limitations. Next, the chefs must prepare a cheesy sandwich with an unbelievable twist. Finally, the two remaining chefs must each make their own spin on an elevated cheese dish.

Sunday 8|7c

Comfort food king fried chicken gets the royal Chopped treatment for three rounds! A weird syrup and a savory pancake are two of the ingredients that the chefs must use in their fried bird appetizers. The poultry party continues in Round 2 with fried chicken entrees that have to include peach cobbler. And what will be expected from the chefs in a fried-chicken-themed dessert round?

Sunday 9|8c
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