So….How Does One End the Perfect Day?

Last night, I made the “perfect meal” to end my wonderful day.  Mark and the kids gave me the thumbs up and ate everything I prepared!

The chicken package below is Tyson breast fillets that I purchase at Sam’s Club.  Although they are more expensive than the chicken breasts that are found in the grocery store when they are on sale, these pieces are always uniform in thickness, meaning that the entire piece is always tender. The chicken breasts in the store are typically thick on the side where the two breast halves join together, and very thin on the rib side. If cooked without pounding them to a uniform thickness, the thick part is juicy and tender, whereas the thin part turns “rubbery” and dry.

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I used the Tyson chicken last night, as I wanted everything cooked evenly. Here is what I did…..

I marinated the breasts in Teriyaki Sauce. (I used the Kikoman sauce in a bottle) I left them in the sauce for about an hour.  Then, get a small amount of olive oil hot in a skillet. Add the chicken and brown. (takes about 5 or 10 minutes)

Remove the breasts from the skillet onto a foil-lined cookie sheet. (I always use foil on the sheet, as I get lazy and don’t want to scrub) Add about 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped onion, 1 tablespoon bacon bits (I don’t *do* pork, so I use the turkey bacon), and 1 tablespoon ranch dressing drizzled over the top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet and add a small handful of shredded Cheddar cheese over the tops. Place back in oven and continue baking another 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted!

That is it. AND, if you serve this, your family will think it is every bit as good as restaurant fare! Better, though, as YOU made it for a WHOLE lot less!

I served baked potatoes along with this. I prepare them like this….scrub the potatoes well, then rub a small amount of Olive Oil on the skin. Roll the oil coated potatoes in your favorite steak or chicken seasoning. A little bit goes a long way, so don’t over-season them! Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. My family likes the skins chewy. If you would prefer a more tender skin, wrap aluminum foil around each potato. Serve with butter, salt and pepper, and sour cream.

I was going to photograph the chicken fresh from the oven, but forgot. These are what I thought were leftovers, but the only remains are two baked potatoes!

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We also had steamed veggies and for dessert, I made Jello flan.  I normally would have made a salad, but we had big Greek salads for unch earlier in the day.

That’s it. If you try this, please let me know what you and your family think!

5 Responses

  1. Have you ever tried cooking in sesame oil? It burns at a much higher temp. than olive oil so it is easier to cook with without burning. It also adds a nice flavor to whatever you are cooking. The chicken looks good anyway! It’s so hot right now, I can’t imagine firing up the oven, or even the stove for that matter!

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