Sunday, January 17, 2010

Baked chicken and brown rice with veggies!

Baked Chicken:
2 to as many as you want bone-in chicken breast.
1 zip top bag
2 tablespoons of good quality olive oil
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 lemon- zest and juice divided into 2 parts.
1 teaspoon of kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper

Place chicken in zip top bag and add olive oil. Rub the olive oil all around the chicken. Add all of the rest of the ingredients into the bag. Please only add 1/2 of the lemon juice. Place on baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven. I cooked 2 breast for about 30 minutes, and then I turn up the heat to 400 degrees to brown the skin. Let rest after cooking for 15 minutes with a piece of aluminum foil over the top. This will allow the juices to redistribute. Squeeze the rest of the lemon juice over the hot chicken. Enjoy!

Brown Rice:
1 + 1/4 cup brown rice
3 cups of chicken stock or veggie stock
1 to 2 cups of water- added as needed per the dryness of the rice.
1 large carrot- small dice
1/2 green pepper- small dice
1 cup frozen peas
1 + 1/2 cup of frozen broccoli florets

Place rice and chicken stock into a pot on high heat. Add 1 cup of water, carrot, and green pepper and boil until the rice is tender. This will take awhile about 30 to 45 minutes. Stir in the peas and broccoli florets. Simmer for another 5 minutes on low heat. Then stir in the vinaigrette.

1 lemon- zest and juice
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of good quality olive oil.
1/2 fresh garlic clove- grated on a micro plane.
kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
2 scallions- small dice
1/2 cup of minced parsley

In a bowl whisk Dijon plus the lemon juice. Slowly add the olive oil and keep whisking. This is called making an emulsion. You do this so your vinaigrette does not break- aka separate. Add all other ingredients and stir into the warm rice.

This rice is great warm or cold! This is a goto dinner. When we have been eating bad foods, or  rich foods this is a welcome change. I really love the nutty taste of the brown rice, and the great moistness of the baked chicken. I heard something once that oregano means joy of the mountain. I am full of weird info! Anyway, I hope you will try this. Remember, you can Rock That Plate!

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