Thursday, October 1, 2015

Easy Chicken Recipe -- One Pan, Complete Meal!

I grew up in the glory days of Hamburger Helper.

If you remember, their slogan was "One pound, one happy family!"

It was cute & catchy and well...practical. As a busy mom I'm not trying to wash 3,000 dishes after we eat and before the bedtime chaos. And, I really don't want to wash those dishes AFTER the bedtime chaos either!

So, I'm a lover of simple meals. Few ingredients, not a lot of chopping. Not a lot of washing or prep or any of that jazz. I love to meal prep & plan, but in the reality of life sometimes that doesn't happen and I need a simple back up plan!

This recipe is something I whipped up one day, without much hope. {Just being honest!} It was a chaotic day and we just needed "something" to eat so we could send the kids off to bed.

When the table was quiet because people were eating, I was impressed. When all my kids cleaned their plates without prompting, I knew I was on to something great!

It was so simple, and yet so wonderful.

You'll need:
Chicken to feed your family. I used thighs and then tenders once, but really you could use whatever cut you'd like. We feed 6, and I use about 1 lb.

2 Tbsp spicy mustard 
2 Tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste 
olive oil

Baby Red potatoes

1. Get out a large skillet and add olive oil. Two or three times "circling the pan" should do it! (I believe this works out to be 2-3 Tbsp)
2. Add chicken to pan on medium heat, adding salt and pepper to taste.
3. Combine mustard and lemon juice, pour over chicken.
4. Cook chicken on each side about 10 minutes. You'll add it to the oven later, so don't feel obligated to cook it through 100%.
5.  Cut potatoes {enough to feed your fam + some for leftovers if you want!} into small chunks.
6. Remove chicken from pan and add potatoes. Cook on stovetop for 10-15 minutes, moving around so they don't burn.
7. Put entire pan in oven at 350 degrees. I know. THIS SEEMS WEIRD. Trust me. Bake potatoes for 20 minutes.
8. Remove pan and add chopped asparagus and chicken. Stir all together to coat and put back in oven for 15-20 minutes. Add a little more olive oil if you find that necessary!

***That pan gets hot. Use a hot pad.*** 

I know that seems obvious, but I'm so used to being able to touch the skillet handle while cooking I've burned myself twice making this, so I thought the disclaimer might be necessary. ;)

And then, you have it. One pan, one whole {healthy} meal your family will love. Like Hamburger Helper but...better.

I'm experimenting with this here, but I think the image below should be an easy printable for you! Let me know how that works! <3

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