Okay. So generally I’m a nonconformist. Not nonconformist a la South Park…
I just tend to find that the things society dictates aren’t necessarily for me. I tend to question things which makes my lifestyle somewhat weird to most people. However, I caved. I’ll admit it.
I joined Pinterest!
See, for the last month or so anytime I did a search on Google, the best results I got were on Pinterest. So a few days ago, while I was lying nearly comatose in bed (I was massively sick), I caved and signed up. Sigh.
But I have found that it’s actually quite a useful tool, even though I don’t do the things most people do. I don’t pin or make boards or network or whatever else it’s supposed to do. I just like the things that interest me so that I can check them out at my leisure.
One thing I found was our dinner tonight. Now, like I said, I’ve been sick. Meaning I have absolutely ZERO motivation to do much of anything. Well, except for scroll around on the iPod. But ya know.
I saw this on alot of people’s boards or lots of people were pinning it–I’m not sure of the correct terminology, but I saw it alot. And it looked SO easy that I figured I’d give it a try. And lo and behold–miracle of miracles–it was pretty damn good. I’m not gonna go touting the merits as the best dish ever, but for what was in it and the distinct lack of effort and time it took, it was pretty amazing.
I’m going to call it:
Baked Pinterest Chicken
4-6 chicken breasts
Green beans (fresh or frozen) **The recipe also says you can use broccoli, and I’d venture to guess cauliflower would work equally well**
Italian dressing packet
Stick of butter
First: lay the chicken out in a baking dish. Depending on the number of breasts, you can use a bigger or smaller pan. Mine was 13×9 and I had 6 breasts. (Wow, that makes me sound like a freak…)
Second: Trim your green beans (if needed) and lay them out on one side of the chicken breasts.
Third: Depending on the size of your potatoes, cut them into manageable pieces. I cut mine into quarters. Since Sweetbay didn’t have bulk new potatoes, I bought a bag of Sunset Fingerlings. I used maybe 2/3 of the bag. Then you want to lay them out on the other side of your chicken breasts.
Fourth: Sprinkle your Italian dressing packet over everything. **Next time I plan on using 2 packets. It’s a preference, but it tasted slightly bland in places to me.**
Fifth: Melt your butter and pour it over everything.
Sixth: Cover with foil.
Seventh: Pop in into an oven that’s pre-heated to 350 degrees **I never preheat mine unless I’m baking, FYI** and bake for an hour.
It came out very well. I thought the green beans would be way too mushy for me, and they were mushier than I tend to like, but overall they were very good. I don’t even like potatoes normally, but these were delicious! I swear it’s the butter.
I paired ours with some simple rotini and Italian dressing with Parmesan sprinkled on it. Our kids are weird with food, so pasta was a safe thing to make sure they ate. And it did add a dimension to the meal that I think enhanced it.
Like I said, for what it is, it is pretty delicious. I’m definitely keeping it in the dinner rotation. I would highly recommend-especially for people who don’t necessarily cook or cook well-that you try this!
**Mike’s Opinion: It was delicious! “Deliciously bathed in the perfect amount of butter for a simple yet elegant meal.” Yes, that’s verbatim. **