I am a fan of easy, low prep meals. I’m an especially huge fan of easy, low prep meals that are healthy. And when all you need is a knife, cutting board and baking dish I’m in tired-hate-to-do-dishes-wife heaven.
There are so many things I love about this recipe. I love that you can throw in any vegetables you find in your fridge. I love that you can mix up the spices however you want. And I love that it makes the perfect leftovers for lunch the next day. And, as an added bonus, it’s husband approved and it’s versatile enough to make for two people or in a larger batch for families.
All you need are vegetables, chicken (I only use boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they are usually on sale at Sprouts and well… they’re ready to cook!), olive oil and whatever spices you want. Easy peasy. Below is a version I made the other night that we LOVED. I honestly grabbed all of the veggies I found in our crisper, chopped them up, layered them in the dish and put the chicken on top. It can’t get much simpler than that.
Ingredients (serves 2):
1 large chicken breast
1 cup Brussels sprouts, chopped*
1 cup broccoli, chopped*
1 cup mushrooms, chopped*
1 cup asparagus, chopped*
2 Tbsp olive oil
Juice from 1 lemon
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Salt & pepper (for veggies)
*I said 1 cup of each vegetable, but that’s just an estimate. I just used what I had in my fridge!*
Preheat oven to 375F.
In a plastic bag, mix 1 Tbsp of the olive oil, the lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper. Place the chicken breast in the bag, seal it, and mix it up until the breast is fully coated. Let it marinate while you work on the veggies.
Chop the veggies and layer them in a glass baking dish (I used an 8×8 inch dish). Drizzle the rest of the olive oil onto the veggies and stir until they are fully coated. Salt and pepper the veggies to taste.
Place the chicken breast on top of the vegetables and drizzle the leftover marinade over the vegetables and chicken.
Bake the chicken and vegetables for 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is 165F in its thickest area. Baking times will vary depending on the thickness of the breast.
Dig in and enjoy!
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!