Friday, March 22, 2013

Pan Roasted Chicken

Phew! I'm finally feeling back to normal with very few coughing fits these days, so I decided to make a real meal.  I saw it on Pinterest and it looked amazing.  But then I read some reviews and got a little nervous.  A lot of complaints as to how oily and lemony it was so I changed the recipe.  Here's what I did.

What You'll Need
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved length wise
3-6 red potaotes
1 bunch of green beans, washed and trimmed
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 clove garlic, sliced

Pre-heat your oven to 425*F

Slice about 4 thin slices from 1 lemon and place at the bottom of a casserole dish.

I used about 3 medium sized red potatoes.  I halved them and then quartered the halves and placed them in the casserole.   Then I trimmed my green beans and placed them on top.  Slice up a clove of garlic and add it in with the veggies.

I created an olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper "sauce" and poured it over the veggies.  Stir to coat.  I used the juice of about half the lemon and maybe 1/4 EVOO?  I eyeballed it.

Next I decided to sear my chicken so they looked nice.  When you bake chicken, especially boneless, skinless chicken breasts like I was using, it sometimes doesn't look very appetizing, read it's a bland white hunk of meat.  So I basted my chicken with a pre-made seasoning.  You could use basic lemon pepper or salt, pepper and rosemary would work really well!  Crank the heat up under a skillet and sear the chicken on both sides.

Then place the chicken on top of the veggies and pop in the oven!

I baked mine for 45 minutes at 425*F.  I ended up popping it back in the oven for an addition 10 minutes to finish up the potatoes and make sure my chicken was really cooked.

Then serve it up.  I didn't season the veggies very much, so I added a bit of salt and pepper when I served it.
I was incredibly pleased with how it turned out.  Not overly lemony, the chicken was well cooked but not dry, it was quite delicious.  Even enough for another meal tomorrow!

Keeping It Simple


Anonymous said...

Wow, looks super yummy! Great job Leslie :) Since you are super crafty have you ever thought of doing nail tutorials with some cute yet easy designs? Would love to possibly see that on your blog one day!

L.A. said...

Ha ha ha...maybe one day when I have nails? LOL