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March 27, 2008

Baked Marinated Chicken & Roasted Asparagus

No, I didn't win anything to get this chicken dinner but the dinner itself was quite a winner! Before leaving for work yesterday I knew I had to pull some chicken out of the freezer for a simple baked chicken for dinner. Well, I decided to throw together a marinade too since I had no desire to get in to work on time (long story...) So, with not much in the pantry and fridge I think I came up with a really amazing marinade to make this basic chicken still simple but not so basic. To go along with it, I made some baked potatoes and roasted asparagus. All very simple but still so good. Seriously does not get any easier than this!

Baked Marinated Chicken
Ingredients (just eyeball measurements based on how much chicken you're marinating and how much flavor you want!)
2 b/s chicken breasts
Extra virgin olive oil
fresh lemon juice
garlic (I used garlic powder)
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (lightly smashed in palm)
Dried Italian Seasoning
S&P
Directions
- Place marinade ingredients in zip-top plastic bag (including squeezed lemons for added flavor!) and add chicken
- Seal bag and shake ingredients around, getting all over chicken
- Marinate chicken in marinade mixture (refridgerated) for at least 30 minutes but up to a few hours (we did 3 hours)
- Bake in 400 oven for about 20 minutes or until internal temp. reaches 170


Roasted Asparagus
Ingredients
Asparagus
EVOO
S&P
Directions
- coat asparagus in EVOO
- sprinkle with S&P
- mix together
- place on baking sheet and roast in 400 oven for about 10-15 minutes until tender but not too soft

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