Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Better lucky than good!

We've been trying to use some of the older stuff out of the pantries and for the first time in a long time I'd felt a bit like experimenting with new things. I'd had a jar of oil-packed sun-dried herbed tomatoes hanging around for a while; the jar of capers that went with them had been purged in one of Dottie's "if it doesn't have a date it's going" rampages.

I went through my recipes and couldn't find the one that I originally was going to make...searched on-line and found something close. Modified it a bit, fixed it on Sunday and it was OK enough Dottie wanted it again last night (so the tomatoes that weren't used could go in the trash today since they were dated '07). Last night I hit it pefect:

Baked chicken and sun-dried tomatoes

For two:

Two thawed chicken breasts

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (original called for marjoram, didn't have it...)
2 tablespoons water
10-15 oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, sliced or chopped

Line a 9x9 glass pan with foil (because this burns a bit) then rub the foil with olive oil.

Place chicken breasts in pan

Mix vinegar, seasoning, water and tomatoes in a small mixing bowl; pour or spoon over chicken

Bake 25 minutes at 425 degrees or until chicken reaches 160 internal temperature.

Serve with the tomatoes spooned back over chicken...

Sunday night I sided it with some angelhair pasta and garlic bread; last night it was baked potatoes, which bake at the same temp, so it was an really easy meal.

The original recipe called for using a 9x13 pan with the 1/4 cup mix but that cooked up a bit dry; using the 9x9 last night it came out moist and perfect!

I hope the week is being kind to each of you!



zilla said...

Mmmmm, yummy.

Cookin' by the seat of your pants is the best cookin' ever.

(That didn't come out sounding quite right, did it?)

Connie in FL said...

I am drooling all over my keyboard!

This sounds delicious... especially with the pasta and bread. Hitting print right now!

Riot Kitty said...

Now I'm hungry! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Anji said...

It does sound good. I'm all for baked potatoes if I'm using the oven for something else.

Anonymous said...

I'm copying this and going to try it, I'm on a kick right now of making new food creations.

Sassy said...

You're making me hungry!

ryssee said...

Yum yum! Will have to try this.
I'll take chicken, cut it up, load it with olive oil, dump it in the pan with lemon-pepper spice, then mix it with egg noodles, a can of diced termaters and a jar of pesto and call it dinner! :-)

Samantha said...

Better that than cooking ON the seat of your pants I say!

I'll have to write up the recipe I use for Sun Dried tomates, pine nuts, parm cheese and rotini. Oh dear, just yummy!

I love jus creating something new from existing stuff on hand. Never fails to amuse and please my family. Plus I enjoy it. I'm very creative with food, never being limited by a style or location, so often my stuff can and is a fusion of influences.

Good for you Alan!

Green tea said...

A man that knows his way around the kitchen.. I love it.

Anji said...

I like Green tea's comment. My man isn't quite sure where the kitchen is!

Anonymous said...

mmmm...make some for me okay....? i'll be waiting expectantly... :)

Debbie K said...

Dear Alan
We are all so lucky to have you as such a good friend!
I feel hungry after reading your recipe.
Take care.

kath said...

Hello Alan dear!

Another week has passed, and spring is officially only days away.. imagine!

Sounds like some very nice cooking going on at your house. My highlight of the week was some baked with herbs all over it salmon and rice with broccoli.

Today? nachos for dinner. Maybe if I ate like a grown up I wouldn't be so round, eh?

be well and happy xo