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5 minutes prep and one pan is all you need to make this Chicken and Broccolini®. There is no better busy weeknight dinner than one that gives time to have a glass of wine while dinner makes itself ;)
There are days you come home from work completely exhausted. And you pretty much feel like even preparing a fried egg is too much. All the oil sprays out of the pan and someone’s got to clean up that mess later on.
There are days you simply want dinner to prepare itself while you sit down, put up your feet and relax. Well, here you go my friend! I just created YOUR recipe!
Chicken and Broccolini® the best dinner combo ever
Here is why I love to combine chicken and broccolini® so much. Well, chicken breasts to be precise. They need the same amount of time in the same heat to cook to perfection in the oven. There are not that many vegetables that cook to absolute perfection in the same time chicken breasts do. Which is why usually chicken is cooked separately. It took quite a while to figure out how to cook this One Pan Curried Chicken Cauliflower for example. And it requires to pay attention to the pan.
I really wanted to create a basically hands-off one pan dish so you can spend your coming home from work time enjoying a glass of wine while dinner cooks itself. This Chicken and Broccolini® needs 5 minutes of work, maybe a couple more minutes of waiting until the oven finished preheating and then only 15 minutes of waiting while chicken and broccolini® cook to perfection. BLISS!!!
Broccolini ® are like asparagus. They taste best when still crunchy but it’s easy to overcook them. 15 minutes roasting in the oven in a hot cast iron skillet is by far the best way to prepare them. Even without chicken, that’s the way I always make them.
Best way to bake chicken breasts in the oven
I’ve tried several different methods and my favorite is by far this method:
*Take chicken breasts out of the fridge a good 30 minutes before cooking. This is not absolutely necessary but recommendable.
*Place a cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat to 450F.
*Dry chicken breasts with a disposable kitchen towel and generously salt and pepper on both sides.
*Take smoking hot pan out of the oven, add a splash of high smoke point oil such as avocado or coconut oil.
*Add chicken breasts to pan, add a vegetable that takes only 15 minutes to cook, such as broccolini®.
*Pour melted butter and crushed garlic over everything and place in the hot oven for 15 minutes.
I’ve tried with different sizes and thicknesses of chicken breast and they were all cooked through but still juicy. The reason I preheat the cast iron pan is to achieve a little bit of browning. Usually baked chicken breasts are pale and not browned. With a hot cast iron skillet you get a tiny bit of “frying” done with only a fraction of the oil.
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