Jul 19, 2012

How to Boil Water: Easy Baked Chicken and Potato Dinner for Two

I cooked once again. And this one was delicious and fairly easy. I found it a while ago on the Betty Crocker website and hadn't cooked it. Not sure why - maybe because I misplaced the recipe until recently. So since I have located it and there just happens to be two of us in this household, I thought we would give it a shot. I'm back to cooking regularly again - mostly - so here's a perfect time to eat a home cooked meal for two.  

Ingredients:
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1/2 pound)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup Bisquick Heart Smart mix or Original Bisquick mix
3/4 pound small red potato, cut into fourths
1 small red or green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces - I skipped on this one. I'm not a big fan of peppers of any kind.
1 small onion, cut into 8 wedges - I cut i into more than 8 wedges so my pieces were slightly smaller and that worked just as well. 
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking dish, 13x9x2 inches, with cooking spray.
2. Brush chicken with 1 tablespoon of the mustard, then coat with Bisquick mix. Place 1 chicken breast half in each corner of pan. Place potatoes, bell pepper and onion in center of pan; brush vegetables with remaining mustard. Spray chicken and vegetables with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with cheese and paprika.
3. Bake 35-40 minutes, stirring vegetables after 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender and juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut. 





So it doesn't look that fabulous by that last finished picture. My piece of chicken was small, but it was truly delicious. And it wasn't dry. It was actually really good. I have learned to make sure to keep it on the middle rack in the oven to make sure it cooks evenly. I have never had more than one shelf in an oven before. This is very exciting for me. And the potatoes aren't as tender as I might have liked but the middle rack thing might help. The other thing that I learned to do for next time is line the pan with foil first then spray and cook that way that way it is super easy to clean up next time. I love that idea! And this is definitely going on the favorites list. We both loved it. It was a good home-cooked send-off meal for Rob before he heads to Arkansas for a couple days. Yum!


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