Baked Chicken Breasts with Vegetables

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Baked Chicken Breasts are a great way to…

…..put together a quick and easy supper on a busy weeknight.

Add the veggies and you could have your entire dinner all in one pan and leaving you free to tend to other matters while it’s in the oven.

This is what we used  along with the chicken tonight but you can make it with all kinds of variations of the meat and the veggies.

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Turn on the oven and set it at 400°F/204°C.

Slice up the veggies while the oven heats up.

Lay the chicken breasts out on a baking sheet and salt and pepper both sides.

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Lay the tomato slices out on the chicken.

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Then the onions. and the garlic.

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Sprinkle with salt and pepper then top it off with the lemon slices, grated parmesan and the rosemary. You could use dried rosemary if you would rather.

 

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About ten minutes in the oven. When the juices run clear from the chicken or it reads 165°F on an instant read meat thermometer switch the oven to broiler and push the veggies off to the side of the pan.

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Give it about 3-4 minutes under the broiler and serve up your Baked Chicken Breasts with Vegetables. This combo of the vegetables turned out to be a real tasty compliment to the chicken breasts.

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We knocked off a chilled bottle of Italian Soave with our Baked Chicken Breasts with Vegetables and it paired up real well.

 

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  1. Turn on the oven and set it at 400°F/204°C. Slice up the veggies while the oven heats up. Lay the chicken breasts out on a baking sheet and salt and pepper both sides.
  2. Lay the tomato slices out on the chicken. Then the onions. and the garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then top it off with the lemon slices, grated parmesan and the rosemary. You could use dried rosemary if you would rather.
  3. About ten minutes in the oven. When the juices run clear from the chicken or it reads 165°F on an instant read meat thermometer switch the oven to broiler and push the veggies off to the side of the pan. Give it about 3-4 minutes under the broiler and serve up your Baked Chicken Breasts with Vegetables. This combo of the vegetables turned out to be a real tasty compliment to the chicken breasts.
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Little Italy Garlic Chicken – Butter – Garlic – Parsley – Lemon

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Little Italy Garlic Chicken is…

….Butter, Chicken, Garlic and Parsley plus a little lemon added to it. That is the whole shebang.  

Once again we have a “Quick and easy Recipe for Busy People” that is real real good.

Way back, when we lived in New Jersey we would frequently zip over to Little Italy in Manhattan for dinner.

Our very most favorite restaurant was this little place on Mulberry Street in Little Italy called the Grotto Azzurra aka The Blue Gratto in street speak.

It was opened in 1908 by a family of Italian immigrants and was named after the Blue Grotto on the isle of Capri. Which is just offshore from Naples.

When we were going there it was one level below street level and only had about 10 tables.

Frank Sinatra used to go there when he was in town as did Robert Dinero.  

Whenever we were there there were always a few “mob” looking types that you did not make eye contact with.

When we got in – after a wait in line – the server would immediately – and before any conversation – put a pitcher with some slices of oranges and lemons in it on the table and then pour in a bottle of red wine which then became Sangria. No questions asked, they would just do it for every party that came in.

I would almost always order the Garlic Chicken. It was, like so many good Italian recipes, simple and made with just a few fresh ingredients.

What I was served at the “Blue Gratto” very apparently was chicken thighs – skin on and bone in –  marinated in a garlic and oil mixture for at least a few hours, more likely over night.

Dredged in flour and sautéed in good olive oil with sliced garlic added at the last minute of the frying process. 

It would arrive with the garlic slices spooned over the chicken and topped with some chopped parsley and with just a little taste of lemon. 

It was fantastic!

After dinner we would walk around Little Italy for a little while and find our way around the corner to Ferrara’s Bakery and Cafe and have some of their world class Sfogliatella and/or……

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…..Cannoli

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with their made to order espresso that was brought to the table in the pot that it was made in and if you asked nice and had a history of tipping good a little Sambuca would magically appear in the bottom of your cup.

Forgive me when I say that I think that I have improved a little on the Blue Gratto version of Garlic Chicken….

….well,, for our “Quick and Easy” requirements anyway.

We don’t have time to marinate the chicken like they did at the Blue Gratto so let’s do it like this.

You can get pre trimmed and flattened chicken breasts in the grocery store or you could butterfly your chicken breasts and flatten them a little while wrapped in glad wrap.

For quick and easy I always have some of the pre trimmed version in the freezer and just thaw them out in the microwave.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom. 

Salt and pepper both sides of the breasts and pan fry them in the skillet for about 4-5 minutes a side.

When the liquid sneaking out of the breasts is clear and/or they are firm to a finger poke remove them to a plate that will catch the drippings.

While the chicken is cooking chop up the garlic cloves or just go with that pre chopped version that you can find in jars in the produce section and chop up the parsley leaves. Have the fresh lemon ready.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the butter, let it melt and put the garlic in the skillet. Give the garlic just a minute or just until it starts to become fragrant. Put the chicken breasts and the drippings back in, squeeze the lemon juice in and toss in the rind. Turn them and spoon the butter and garlic on them as they warm back up. 

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When the chicken is warm, almost hot to the touch put in the parsley and do a little more of the turning and spooning.

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Serve it up!  Buon Appetito! 

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I put together some sautéed spinach as our veggie tonight and since we had some garlic and good extra virgin olive oil on hand (always) I had some pasta aglio e olio. Gammy eats gluten free so I put together some “spaghetti squash aglio e olio” for her.

 

Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio was our vino of choice to go with our Little Italy Garlic Chicken.

 

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  1. Salt and pepper both sides of the breasts and pan fry them in the skillet for about 4-5 minutes a side. When the liquid sneaking out of the breasts is clear and they are firm to a finger poke remove them to a plate that will catch the drippings.
  2. While the chicken is cooking chop up the garlic cloves or just go with that pre chopped version that you can find in the produce section and chop up the parsley leaves. Have the fresh lemon ready. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the butter, let it melt and put the garlic in the skillet. Give the garlic just a minute or just until it starts to become fragrant. Put the chicken breasts and the drippings back in, squeeze the lemon juice in and toss in the rind. Turn them and spoon the butter and garlic on them as they warm back up. When the chicken is warm, almost hot to the touch put in the parsley and do a little more of the turning and spooning.
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One Pot Weeknight Chicken Dinner – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes

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 One Pot Weeknight Chicken Dinner will be….

 ….real good on the weeknight that you make it and also the leftovers will be great as a lunch at work or as a “weeknight nuke it no brainer” on one of those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking.

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A lot of my readers are working moms and/or dads so I hope, no I’ll bet, that  this recipe helps.

It’s quick,  easy, and delish!

First get out your dishwasher safe cutting board and cut up the chicken. In the pursuit of quick and easy I just thawed out some tenders in the microwave and cut them into pieces.

Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Put in the chicken pieces and stir them around a few times as they cook.

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When they have browned add the carrots, salt, pepper and dried basil.

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Mix it up a few times until the carrots just begin to get a little soft. I test them with a table fork.

Add the broth and let it come up to a fast simmer. Then…

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…..put in the gnocchi.  Stir a few more times until the gnocchi starts to float, 2-3 minutes. You could use cut up potatoes or some small piece pasta like penne or rigatoni instead of gnocchi. Just put it in at the same time as the broth.

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Then add the peas.

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Mix the peas in and when broth starts to simmer again throw in the grated parmesan.

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Stir in the parmesan and it’s ready to enjoy! Top it off with a little more grated parmesan when you serve it. 
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A nice chardonnay goes along real good with your One Pot Weeknight Chicken Dinner.

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  1. First get out your dishwasher safe cutting board and cut up the chicken. Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil in to coat the bottom. Put in the chicken pieces and stir them around a few times as they cook. When they have browned add the carrots and the salt, pepper and dried basil. Mix it up a few times until the carrots just begin to get a little soft. I test them with a table fork.
  2. Add the broth and let it come up to a fast simmer. Then put in the gnocchi. Stir a few more times until the gnocchi starts to float.
  3. Then add the peas. Mix the peas in and when broth starts to simmer again throw in the grated parmesan. Stir in the parmesan and it's ready to enjoy! Top it off with a little more grated parmesan.
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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner – One Pan – Quick and Easy – 30 Minutes – Gluten Free

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner…..

 ….is done all in one pan and oven baked. All in 30 Minutes, or less.

And,, it turns out great!

When you get home from a busy, tiring day and you want to put a real good meal together but with minimal work and cleanup…..

……this Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner definitely fills the bill. You could substitute any kind of potatoes that you have on hand but the sweets shown here were a nice change from the norm. 

The time in the oven could range from 15 to 20 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the chicken. I used these thin filets that we buy frozen and it helps both the prep and the cooking time. Tenders will also work good.

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Let’s get going. 

Set the oven at 450°F/232°C and put the chicken in the microwave to thaw. 

Peel and cut up the sweet potatoes into bite sized pieces.

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Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. I have started using these nonstick cookie sheets and they work out real well. Spread the potato pieces and the broccoli out on the pan. Lay the chicken in the pan. Salt and pepper everything and shake a layer of grated parmesan cheese on the chicken. Lightly drizzle the chicken with olive oil, turn the chicken pieces over and do the same treatment on the second side.

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Into the oven it goes. When the chicken reads 165°F/75°C on an instant read thermometer or is leaking out clear liquid or is firm to a poke it is done. You might like to then switch the oven to broiler and put the pan on a top shelf for a minute or two to get things a little crusty. You don’t have to but,, well,, I like to. 

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It’s time to serve up and enjoy your Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner.

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We had a nice bottle of Ruffino Reserva Ducale Chianti with our Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner. 

It was on sale!

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  1. Set the oven at 450°F/232°C and put the chicken in the microwave to thaw. Peel and cut up the sweet potatoes into bite sized pieces.
  2. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. I have started using these nonstick cookie sheets and they work out real well. Spread the potato pieces and the broccoli out on the pan. Lay the chicken in the pan. Salt and pepper everything and shake a layer of grated parmesan cheese on the chicken. Lightly drizzle the chicken with olive oil, turn the chicken pieces over and do the same treatment on the second side.
  3. Into the oven. When the chicken reads 165°F/75°C on an instant read thermometer or is leaking out clear liquid or is firm to a poke it is done. You might like to then switch the oven to broiler and put the pan on a top shelf to get things a little crusty. You don't have to but,, well,, I like to.
  4. It's time to serve up and enjoy your Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dinner.
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