9.18.2011

AJ's chicken

hello, fellow meal-challenged friends! i have another ridiculously stupideasy meal for you.

growing up, every sunday my mom made a roast with carrots and potatoes in the slow cooker and had the whole family over for lunch after church. such wonderful memories! one sunday she realized she hadn't bought a roast and wasn't sure what to make for lunch so last minute. my little brother, who was probably three or four at the time, said, "use chicken instead!" so she did, and it was delicious, and from then on we called it AJ's chicken and it was a regular meal in our home. now, my slightly different version is my "oh my god i don't know what to make for dinner" meal. we almost always have chicken breasts and potatoes on hand, and i'm always buying carrots and then not eating them and letting them go bad. so before the life of the carrots end, i make this super easy, throw-together meal for us. these measurements are all guestimations, and this is enough to feed john, river and i with a little left over.



3 chicken breasts
3 potatoes, chopped (or about 1 1/2 cups)
2 whole carrots, chopped (or about 1 cup)
1/2 large onion, chopped (or about 1/2 cup)
3 tbsp butter
salt, garlic, and rosemary to taste

the night before, i put the frozen chicken in a baking dish in the fridge to let it thaw. when it's time to prepare the meal, i add the chopped veggies to the dish, season everything and toss, and then cut the butter into chunks and place it on top of the mixture. then i cover the baking dish (with tinfoil if it doesn't have a top) and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour, or whenever the chicken is cooked through. it's so easy and fast to make, and i love baking food rather than cooking it on the stovetop, because you don't really have to keep an eye on it. just leave it and forget it until the timer goes off. this meal is kind of hard to mess up, so just chop away at veggies until it looks right, and season until you think it'll taste good. ;)


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