Over the last few years I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to cook more. Usually this means finding a crock pot version of whatever we want to have for dinner so it is ready when we get home. By the time all of us are home for dinner, the night is in full swing and Little Man only has a little time before bed. Last year I came across One Pan Chicken and Vegetables and it has been a discovery worth mentioning.
First things first, I found the recipe at Trey And Christy’s site with One Pan Chicken and Potatoes. I very quickly realized that not only was this recipe easy, it can be modified for whatever we have in the kitchen. Generally speaking it is a meal that pleases everyone in the house, as long as Little Man likes chicken that day.
The Basics of One Pan Chicken and Vegetables
The thing about One Pan Chicken and Vegetables is that there really is no exact recipe. It uses whatever different vegetables you have in the house and one pound of chicken breast.
On the original recipe I found, they suggest using green beans (or broccoli) and potatoes. For some reason I am the only person in our house who likes to eat potatoes in any form but mashed, and even then we still have a toddler who hates potatoes. I tend to make our One Pan Chicken and Vegetables with more green vegetables than others since that is what I know everyone will eat.
Not only do we almost always have a few extra pounds of chicken in the freezer, every week at the store I pick up a few different types of frozen vegetables. As much as I LOVE cooking with fresh vegetables, it is not something that financially makes sense year round. We almost always have 3 or 4 different types of vegetables in the house to grab quickly for dinner. This is also helpful with a toddler who suddenly changes his mind every other day as to what his favorite vegetable is.
I also substituted out the butter for two tablespoons of olive oil. This is something I do often and love that you can interchange the two as it drops the calories and fat a tiny bit. I also found that to cover all of our vegetables I only needed about a half a packet of the Italian seasoning, so I fold up half in a ziplock bag and save it for another day. This is awesome because you can get two meals out of one packet and don’t have to remember to add it to your grocery list as often.
Whenever we are running out of ideas dinner I throw this together. It is easy to prepare in the morning before I leave for work and is something that no one really has to do anything for when they get home other than throwing it in the oven.
[yumprint-recipe id=’5′] What is your go to easy recipe?