Friday night my dad and step-mom (in town from Texas) and my two brothers with their families came over for dinner. Awesome yes? Yes!
My dad, one brother, and (of course) my two kids are picky eaters. Like ridiculously so.
Add the fact that I am making a concerted effort to make healthy meals and I was placed with a bit of a dinner dilemma.
I could have barbecued except:
a.) My barbecue is down to two burners and I was serving 10 people
b.) I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my family and as little time as possible cooking. (It’s hard to hang with the family when you’re stuck outside flipping chicken and everyone else is inside drinking wine.)
So I made a rosemary-lemon-garlic chicken dish I found from my friends Google and Rachel Ray, added green beans and broccoli, a simple salad (made with iceberg lettuce due to picky eaters… sigh…) and some easy-peasy Minute® Rice. FAB!
Okay, in truth I made one dish of the awesomely delicious rosemary-lemon-garlic chicken and one dish of plainish-tiny-bit-of-lemon-even-tinier-bit-of-garlic-chicken for aforementioned picky eaters.
I prepped everything before my guests came over and once everyone arrived popped my chicken in the oven. After the chicken was in the oven for 2o minutes I started the veggies and the rice and dinner was ready in 30 minutes. I loved that I didn’t have to fuss over anything. This dinner was a hit – even for the picky eaters. My non-picky brother had 3 plates full! This will definitely be making its way to my table again.
Here is the recipe from Rachel Ray and the Food Network:
2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
6 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves stripped from stems
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon grill seasoning blend (I used Montreal Seasoning) or, coarse salt and black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
*For picky eaters eliminate the rosemary (boo!), and cut the garlic and lemon zest in half.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Arrange chicken in a baking dish. Add garlic, rosemary, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon zest and grill seasoning or salt and pepper to the dish. Toss and coat the chicken with all ingredients, then place in oven. Roast 20 minutes. Add wine and lemon juice to the dish and combine with pan juices. Return to oven and turn oven off. Let stand 5 minutes longer then remove chicken from the oven. Place baking dish on trivet and serve, spooning pan juices over the chicken pieces.
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