Other than eggs, chicken is probably the most versatile ingredient college kids can have on hand at all times (hmmm, wonder if there is some connection there). Since this is our first recipe for chicken we are keeping it simple, hence, “Weeknight Chicken” or chicken you can easily cook on a weeknight. We guess that’s a bit self-explanatory, and so is this recipe…
So quick, so easy, and oh so healthy. Yes, it is possible to eat chicken without having to stick the words Kentucky fried in front of it, or wings after.
- Servings – 2 to 3
- Prep time – 5 minutes
- Cook time – 25 minutes
- 2 to 3 boneless chicken breasts
- Garlic Powder
1.) Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.) Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over high heat for 1 minute.
3.) Add chicken into the pan and sear each side for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
4.) Spray baking dish with Pam and place chicken in said dish, leave at least 2 inches of space between them.
5.) Cover dish with aluminum foil and place in oven for 15 minutes.
6.) Is there still bits of left over bits of “burnt stuff” in the pan? Don’t rinse it out yet! Save what ever is left over in the pan to make a delicious pan sauce. Here’s what you can do:
- Turn the stove down to medium heat
- Add about 1/4 cup of either wine (if you are 21 of course!) or cider, and 1/4 cup of chicken stock.
- Reduce (allow it to become syrupy) by one third by scraping off the “burnt stuff” with a wooden spoon and continuing to stir the sauce.
- Once reduced, melt in a tablespoon of butter, add salt and pepper to taste and voila!
- There are many more variations to pan sauces, but here is a great guide to refer to.
7.) Check chicken after 20 minutes to make sure it is not pink in the middle. If it is, return it to the oven for another 5 minutes, if it isn’t serve with the pan sauce and enjoy!
P.S. – Let us know of any more great pan sauce ideas. Seriously, you can turn an average meal into something amazing with a little creativity!
P.P.S. – For you Arrested Development fans, here is a chicken dance video.
P.P.P.S. – Last one, if you have any left over chicken, save it for this Thursday’s post.