I was browsing Pinterest the other day, looking for an easy, healthy recipe for dinner that night (yes, for that very same night). I came across a chicken and veggie recipe that looked like a winner because it checked both my boxes: easy – check; healthy – check. I didn’t feel like heading out to the grocery store to pick up all the ingredients I was missing, so I decided to change the recipe and use what I already had in the fridge. This is a bold move because I am no creative chef here. Luckily, it worked out and I have officially added a staple recipe (I don’t know if this qualifies as a recipe because it is so easy…) to my list of about 10.
First, I marinaded the chicken. I usually pick my marinade by looking in my refrigerator and picking the dressing or marinade bottle that is the most full. It’s like a surprise every time! This time I selected a rustic italian dressing and poured it into a large Ziploc bag along with the 4 pieces of chicken I was going to use. I always shake up the Ziploc bag a couple times just to make sure the chicken is completely covered in the marinade. I put my bag of chicken into the fridge for about an hour to soak in the marinade. If I had planned ahead I would have let it marinade for longer, but you know… Next, I preheated the oven to 375. I chopped up my vegetables and tossed them in a little oil, salt, and pepper. One of these days, I plan on adding a little thyme or something to my veggies but I haven’t done this yet. I ripped aluminum foil into 12-16 inch pieces and added 1 piece of chicken and vegetables to each piece of foil. Hint: If you use a sturdy aluminum foil the juices from the chicken and veggies will stay inside your foil packet leaving you virtually no cleanup! I closed and repeated with each piece of chicken. I really love that the individual packets allow me to cater to the tastes of each member of the family. For example, I do not put asparagus in the kids packet and I have an all vegetable packet for myself. Last, I placed the aluminum foil packets on a cookie sheet and baked in the oven for 30 minutes. TaDa! Super easy and healthy!
- 4 pieces of chicken
- Marinade, enough to cover the chicken
- Asparagus, chopped
- 2 cups of baby carrots
- 3 potatoes, sliced
- 2 cups of broccoli
- Canola oil, enough to coat veggies
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Aluminum foil, cut into 12-16 inch pieces
- Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade on top. Place in fridge.
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Chop veggies and toss in oil, salt, and pepper.
- Place chicken in the center of a piece of aluminum foil and add veggies. Fold and enclose.
- Place on cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
This is seriously one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. If you use a sturdy aluminum foil then it is also one of the cleanest recipes, too! I love that you can customize almost everything about this dish to cater to the different ingredients you have on hand and the different mouths you are feeding. Enjoy!