I can’t cook. I am clueless about most things involving food and kitchen appliances. However, thanks to my mother and her want to prevent me from becoming a starving student, she has sent me magazine tear outs in the mail for quick and easy recipes that anyone can do! So, for all my fellow students out there (from freshmen to doctorate students!), I give you: Quick and Easy Recipe Time (also known as “If I Can Do It, So Can You”!)
Chicken with Lemon and Butter
– Bone-in chicken breasts (with the skin. It tastes better. It just does)
– 1/2 stick of butter (melted)
– 2 cloves of chopped or crushed garlic
– 2 or 3 lemons
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Rinse your chicken pieces (I put the chicken directly into the pan, and my housemates looked at me like I was crazy)
Put chicken in a DISPOSABLE roasting pan (this saves you a ton of clean up time, when you’re in a rush. Which you probably will be.), make sure the meaty part of the chicken breasts are facing up, that way the juices run down into the rest of the meat.
Melt the 1/2 stick of butter, and pour it over the chicken
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano, and spread the garlic evenly over the pieces
Cover pan with foil, and put in the oven for 30 minutes
Uncover, and pour the lemon juice over the chicken pieces
Remove the foil, and cook uncovered for another 30 minutes
To check your chicken
Pierce chicken with a knife- the juice should run completely clear
If you’re not sure, just cut the damn chicken and and look for yourself. I played a guessing game for 15 minutes straight, and burned myself, trying to pierce the chicken and peek inside of it. You can just cut it. It’s ok.
Boil-in-a-bag rice is my best friend. It saves me from pounds of rice that I will probably never eat, or eat all of and then get sick (I like rice). So, I use Success Boil-in-Bag rice, and I always have the perfect portion.
Put bag of rice in pot of water
Boil water- when it comes to a full boil, let it boil for 8-10 mins
CAREFULLY drain the water and CAREFULLY cut the bag open (steam is really hot)
Serve next to, or under your chicken
*Side note* The lemon butter juice tastes great with the rice