Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lemon Parsley Chicken

Sometimes I feel like taking a nap. And sometimes when I lay on the couch I get the urge to try out a new recipe. Today was one of those times.

I got off the couch and browsed my fridge and pantry and brainstormed. Lemon parsley chicken! I love using fresh herbs when I cook, so I was excited to use the parsley I bought yesterday.

So gather your ingredients and follow along...

Chicken breasts. Fresh parsley. Lemon. Olive oil. Honey. Salt. Pepper. That's all you need.

Chop up a bunch of fresh parsley and put it in a bowl. Drizzle some olive oil over it, squeeze the juice out of a whole lemon into it, add a little bit of honey, and throw in some salt and pepper. Combine all of this together and pour over some chicken breasts in a shallow dish or container. Mix it all together and admire how pretty the chopped up parsley looks on the chicken.

Cover the dish and stick in the fridge for at least 15 minutes so all of the flavors can get inside the chicken.

While the chicken is marinating, maybe sneak in a quick nap. Or clean the bathroom that you've been telling yourself you would get to for the past 3 days. Or do some laundry. Or watch more Friends reruns, because let's face it, that's all you ever do anymore.

After the chicken has been marinating for about 15 minutes (or a few hours because you got distracted and went for a run after you watched a few episodes of Friends), take the chicken out of the fridge and place the breasts in a single layer in a glass baking dish. Make sure you pour all the remaining marinade over the chicken.

Put it in an oven that you had preheated at 400 degrees. Bake about 20 minutes-ish on each side. Take out of the oven and look how pretty!

When you put it on your plate, salt and pepper to taste, and pour a little of the marinade over it. Serve with some sesame sauteed carrots and oven roasted rosemary fries and enjoy!

How do you make the carrots and fries? Well I'm glad you asked! Both sides are ridiculously easy to make and ridiculously yummy.

For the fries, grab a couple potatoes, any kind. I used a sweet potato and a regular baking potato. Slice them up, then throw them in a bowl.

Pour some olive oil over the potato slices, then season with some salt, pepper, and dried rosemary. You could really use any herb you want. I've been on a rosemary kick lately, so that's what I went with. Toss everything together to combine, then spread the slices out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Throw in a 425 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes. Give the pan a shake a few times.

Enjoy a small snack while the fries are baking, silently cursing your roommate under your breath for leaving Hershey's bars on the kitchen table.

Once they're out of the oven and cooled, put them on a fancy plate so that you don't feel guilty about eating french fries for dinner.

For the carrots, slice up a couple carrot sticks. It's ok if they don't look pretty. They're still going to taste fantastic.

Heat a little olive oil over medium high heat on the stove. Toss in the carrot sticks and some sesame seeds (and a little salt and pepper) and sautee for about 10ish minutes, or until the carrots are tender. Once finished, drizzle a little honey over them.

Finish the dish with one of the chicken breasts.

You can now sit back and enjoy your dinner and relax. Until you realize that you still haven't cleaned your bathroom or done any laundry. Realize that you can either do those things now or watch more Friends reruns while finishing the last of your fries. Realize that you have a Friends addiction. Weep silently to yourself. Eat more fries. Everything will be ok.


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