At almost the last minute I got asked at Church if I could take dinner to a family who's wife/mom is recovering from surgery. I turned to an idea I use frequently for just this purpose. It's simple yet yummy and perfect for taking dinner to others. You can take it over un-cooked, for them to cook also, but potatoes don't freeze well, so this dish is best done at the last minute, which is good since it is super fast to throw together!
Bonus Idea: At the end of the post I'll also show you how I used the same idea along with using up this & that from my fridge and made a similar dinner for my own family on the same night.
|This is the assembled dinner just before I popped it into the oven.|
Bake & Take Chicken Dinner:
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (at least enough for one chicken breast per person )
2 cans green beans drained
4-5 red skinned potatoes, cut into quarters.
1 stick butter/margarine melted
1 envelope Italian dressing herbs
In a disposable 9 x 13 roasting pan, layer 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts down the middle of the pan.
Layer the drained green beans along one side of the chicken breasts.
Layer quartered potatoes down the other side of the chicken breasts.
Drizzle melted stick of butter over the entire pan of food.
Sprinkle the dry Italian Dressing herbs over the entire pan of food.
Bake at 350 degree's for 45-min-1 hour till potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through.
|Sorry for the bad picture, I forgot to take a picture of the finished meal till|
just as I was leaving to deliver it, then I rushed, so
it's lighting is atrocious!
Jan's Tips: Remember that the chicken will produce some broth, so when you pull it out of the oven, don't panic and think it is swimming in melted butter! I usually drizzle a little broth over the top and then remove much of the broth before taking it over
During last 30 minutes I popped a Pillsbury french bread loaf on a cookie sheet on the upper rack and baked it at the same time and took them a warm loaf of bread with the dinner.
|This is the uncooked dish, just prior to popping it into the oven.|
When I made the friends dinner above, I had used my last bag of frozen chicken breasts. I had a few smaller pieces of chicken left over, but not enough for a second dinner. ( This may be my hubby's favorite dinner!)
Here's what I mixed together in my 9 x 13 baking dish and baked for my own dinner:
I chopped up the remaining small pieces of chicken breasts into bites sized pieces, threw them in the pan.
Diced a Kielbasa into bite sized pieces into the pan
Browned lightly and then cut into bite sized pieces 3 Brat's that I had in the fridge
Drained a can of asparagus spears and tossed into the pan.
Threw in some chopped onion, green peppers, and orange peppers that I had left over.
Quartered about 3 red skinned potatoes into the pan.
Drizzled the entire pan with melted stick of butter
Sprinkled entire pan with a packet of Italian Dressing herbs.
Baked in 350 degree oven for about an hour till potatoes were tender and meat was cooked through.
(Baked a loaf of Pillsbury french bread for us too, during the last 30 minutes of baking time!)
|Dinner is served!|
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