Monday, October 12, 2015

Simple Greek Chicken

Last night was one of those what do you do when you really don't want to cook nights.  For the past 4 days all I have done is cook.  We had one of those crazy good grocery store ad weeks.  The Pig had incredible prices on chicken and ground beef, so I have processed and frozen 30 pounds of now cooked chicken, and have cooked and frozen many packs of spaghetti sauce, chili and picadillo, as well as meatloaves put together but only partially baked before freezing. Add that 20 or so hamburger patties that were seasoned, pressed and frozen, 5 spaghetti squash baked, scraped and frozen, 5 cartons of now dehydrated mushrooms, frozen raspberries, broccoli and brussels sprouts, plus 4 different quick breads.  There seemed to have been no end to food prep.  I didn't mind doing it, but I was tired and wanted something simple with an easy clean up.  So I reached for one of our good old simple and simply delicious stand-bys.

Baked Greek Chicken

1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
2 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon mint
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced onion
salt and pepper to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon of each but taste and adjust upwards as needed)
1/3 cup olive oil
juice of 2 medium lemons
6 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Mix all the ingredients except for the chicken in a bowl and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes so the flavors can become well acquainted.  About 10 minutes before the "getting to know you" time is up preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place the chicken pieces in a 9x13 pan.  Stir the olive oil mixture well then spoon all that deliciousness equally over the chicken pieces.  Put them in the oven, uncovered and leave it alone until the breasts are cooked through.  Since I always use small breasts for this it takes about 30 minutes until they are done.  Only you know how large or small the ones you use are, so vary your cooking  up or down time to accommodate their size.

Serve and spoons some of the goodness from the bottom of the pan over each piece.  Enjoy!

Because I was in a no prep zone, I heated some canned green beans and sliced some tomatoes and called it done!  There were no complaints from the peanut gallery and after a quick clean up TheHub went with me back to The Pig for more ground beef and more chicken.

Now guess what I am doing tomorrow?


  1. Oh, that looks good- and so easy to prepare!

    Wow, Miss Anne, you have really been busy! You are inspiring me! I keep thinking how easy it will be for you in the days ahead when you are making your meals because of the time you took to prepare ahead! :)

    1. Dawn, I will be really happy when this sale is over. It is so good that I would be foolish not to take advantage of it. Chicken quarters are just 39 cents a pound and I know I would regret not stocking up. The ground chuck is a dollar per pound cheaper than the normal sale price here, so I would feel guilty not buying a boatload of it also. At the same time Aldi and Sprouts have fantastic produce buys I stocked up on. The value there is roughly the same as the chicken and the beef so I bought tons. Now it is mostly processed and the future me will be very happy. But you would not believe the messes I have made and what a hit the grocery budget has taken this week

  2. I picked, cleaned, cut, processed and froze collard greens on Sunday. Only a fraction of what is out in the garden and it about did me in! Either I am getting old or I had forgotten how much work prepping collards is! lolz

    I'll be having an all day session on collards again very soon, but first we need a frost here. ;-)

    1. Sometimes I have prep amnesia also!
      I am not growing collards but I buy them regularly at the farmers market and they are a pain in the rear to make, but so delicious. I find washing them about the hardest part of the whole process. They seem to exude grit and dirt. When I was little my neighbor washed hers in her top loading washing machine, but I don't remember her specifics. I would try it but I have a stupid front loader.

  3. Wow, you've been busy. After all you just fixed with your grocery store bargains, I can't believe that you didn't eat some of that for supper--like a meat loaf. You are certainly set for a while now with easy to prepare meals if you want.

  4. I am set, but I will probably keep them for nights when life gets crazy.

  5. It seems that your Pig is better to you than my Pig. But they do have oreos on sale this week so I will cut them some slack.

    1. I buy all my meats and chicken at the Pig, but mine has these incredible sales 4 times a year. It will be a long dry spell now, but I am very well stocked up. I think an Oreo sale trumps all other good sales!