Baked Chicken Breasts with Hummus – Whole Meal on One Baking Sheet – 30 Min.

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Baked Chicken Breasts with Hummus turned out real good,,, and I don’t like hummus!

But, used like this as a light coating on the Baked Chicken Breasts was a nice new twist on our many ways to use chicken breasts for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Gammy likes hummus so, yes, there is always some in the fridge. But I never have or want any of it.

Well, I saw this recipe on Google while looking for new ideas for my blog and made it last night. It resulted in the only time, ever, that I enjoyed hummus.

Plus it’s gluten free and gets a green light for paleo.

Just pick any veggies that won’t cook real quickly and get mushy in the oven i.e. peas, spinach, etc.

Turn the oven on set at 450°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil.

Cut up the veggies and put them on the baking sheet. Drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese.

Toss it all together with a pair of tongs or just get adventurous and do it by hand. Spread the veggies out flat.

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Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts and lay them on top of the vegetables. Spread a thin coat of your favorite hummus on top of the chicken then…….

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….into the oven it goes. For 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. When they are firm to a finger poke or read at least 170° on a meat thermometer take  the pan out of the oven and serve your Baked Chicken Breasts with Hummus.

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We had our go to chianti with this quick and easy weeknight meal and it all was real good. Hummus not withstanding.

 

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  1. Turn the oven on set at 450°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Cut up the veggies and put them on the baking sheet. Drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese. Toss it all together with a pair of tongs or just do it by hand. Spread the veggies out flat.
  2. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts and lay them on top of the vegetables. Spread a thin coat of your favorite hummus on top of the chicken then into the oven it goes. For 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. When they are firm to a finger poke or read at least 170° on a meat thermometer take the pan out of the oven and serve your Baked Chicken Breasts with Hummus.
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Just pick any veggies that won't cook real quickly and get mushy in the oven i.e. peas, spinach, etc.

 

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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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Chicken Parmesan – Quick and Easy – 30 Minutes

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Chicken Parmesan…..

………is a traditional Italian recipe that uses just a few ingredients. It’s a great way to quickly and easily come up with a restaurant quality meal on a busy weeknight. 

We really like it and often serve it up for guests and it always goes over great.

I found these pre trimmed and portion size breasts that eliminate the trimming and hammering process. You just thaw them in the microwave and you are ready to go.

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Just go with tenders if that’s all that you have on hand. It will still turn out great.

If you don’t make your own marinara sauce – Poppop’s==> recipe – just get some off the shelf at your grocery store. I recommend Biutoni.

Here is a 3 ingredient 30 minute recipe for marinara sauce from a really good book of simple traditional Italian recipes called Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. I have it in my iPad and often refer to it .

Set your oven at 350°F/177°C. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl just enough olive oil to coat the bottom.

If your chicken is frozen thaw it out in the microwave oven. While it’s thawing slice up or grate the mozzarella or use some of the pre shredded stuff.

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and….

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…….fry in the skillet just enough to sear the outside. They are going to cook some more in the oven.

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In a shallow bowl or baking sheet spread a little of the marinara sauce. Then……

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……… lay the chicken out in the bowl – or pan – and top it with marinara sauce. A thicker layer than you have on the bottom.

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Put on a layer of the mozzarella and just barely get it coated with a tiny bit of marinara just to keep it from getting any burnt crusty patches.

Then a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese, Sprinkle the dried basil, and lightly drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil.

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Then, into the oven it goes until the liquid on the bottom of the dish is bubbling and the cheese has melted. About 8 – 10 minutes. Then serve up and enjoy your Chicken Parmesan!

Buon Appetito!

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Chianti fo course!  And, some of Poppop”s homemade bread for dipping.

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  1. If your chicken is frozen thaw it out in the microwave oven. While it's thawing slice up or grate the mozzarella or use some of the pre shredded stuff. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and fry in the skillet just enough to sear the outside. They are going to cook some more in the oven.
  2. In a shallow bowl or baking sheet spread a little of the marinara sauce. Then lay the chicken out in the bowl - or pan - and top it with marinara sauce. A thicker layer than you have on the bottom. Chicken Parmesan-4-poppopcooks.com-chicken parmesan recipe-easy chicken parmesan-easy chicken parmesan recipe chicken recipes-quick and easy recipes-parmesan-chicken Put on a layer of the mozzarellaI and just barely get it coated with a tiny bit of marinara just to keep it from getting any burnt crusty patches. Then a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese, Sprinkle the dried basil, and lightly drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil. Chicken Parmesan-5-poppopcooks.com-chicken parmesan recipe-easy chicken parmesan-easy chicken parmesan recipe chicken recipes-quick and easy recipes-parmesan-chicken Then, into the oven it goes until the liquid on the bottom of the dish is bubbling and the cheese has melted. About 8 - 10 minutes. Then serve up and enjoy your Chicken Parmesan! Buon Appetito!
  3. Put on a layer of the mozzarella and just barely get it coated with a tiny bit of marinara just to keep it from getting any burnt crusty patches. Then a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese, Sprinkle the dried basil, and lightly drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil. Then, into the oven it goes until the liquid on the bottom of the dish is bubbling and the cheese has melted. About 8 - 10 minutes. Then serve up and enjoy your Chicken Parmesan! Buon Appetito!
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Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner – 20 Minutes – Gluten Free

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Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner….

…….is done in 20 minutes and is good,,REAL good.  So, if you are in a rush and tired but still want to come up with a tasty supper this one will work really well.

It sure did for us. In fact this is my plate after I finished my second helping of this quick and easy one pan chicken dinner.

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Put a big skillet or sauté pan on the stove and set it at medium high. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8″ deep.

Cut the potatoes into slices about 1/4″ wide and add them to the pan.

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Using a dishwasher safe cutting board cut up the chicken into about 3/4″ cubes and……..

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…..put the chicken in the pan, the cutting board in the dishwasher and clean the knife with soap and water.

Chop up the onion and when the chicken has started to get tan colored, but not brown yet, add the onion and the salt, pepper and garlic powder.

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Toss it a few times as it all cooks and when it all has browned real well….

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…..put in the frozen peas.

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Mix it all together and turn it all over a  couple of times. The peas will be ready when they have warmed up – about 1 – 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Then serve up and enjoy your Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner.

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And I’ll bet that your plate looks just like mine when you are done.

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  1. Put a big skillet or sauté pan on the stove and set it at medium high. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8" deep. Cut the potatoes into slices about 1/4" wide and add them to the pan.
  2. Using a dishwasher safe cutting board cut up the chicken into about 3/4" cubes and put the chicken in the pan, the cutting board in the dishwasher and clean the knife with soap and water.
  3. Chop up the onion and when the chicken has started to get tan colored, but not brown yet, add the onion and the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss it a few times as it all cooks and when it all has browned real well put in the frozen peas. Mix it all together and turn it all over a couple of times. The peas will be ready when they have warmed up - about 1 minute. Then serve up and enjoy your Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner.
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