I ate garbage last week. Not literal garbage, but it could have been based on how I was feeling by the end of nightshift. I’ve been trying to make an effort to make healthy changes in my life. I want to walk more. I want to eat better. I also want to sit on my couch, eat chocolate and watch several hours of the multiple shows I have on the go on my Netflix. That is the constant battle I am waging.
In order to do both things at once, I went on a search for a healthy way to eat the old standby chicken breasts that I had floating around the freezer. First off, baked chicken breasts are hella boring. Seriously. Best case scenario: they don’t look insipid and have some flavour. Almost every time I eat a boneless, skinless chicken breast it is covered in a multitude of sauces that try to make it not taste like boneless, skinless chicken breast. I think this is my new challenge: find a recipe that spruces up the lowly chicken breast. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know because I’ve been trying. Oh that’s right, you can expect a follow up chicken breast recipe next week.
The principles are straightforward. Heat your oven to 400F. Coat your ovenproof pan in butter or olive oil. Add your chicken breasts, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a handful of your favourite chopped fresh herbs and some lemon wedges. I used chopped cilantro because the only other available fresh herb I had was mint. So….wasn’t going to have minty chicken. Cut a piece of parchment to cover your meat and coat one side with butter or olive oil. Place the parchment, oil side down, on your chicken and pop the pan in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
Overall, it wasn’t bad. It tasted healthy, and by that I mean still boring. It took very little effort though, so if your in a rush and want to sooth your conscience, have a go. I’ll keep looking for interesting recipes.