Saturday, February 5, 2011

Thighs and fries

Hehehe. I'm a sucker for a rhyme.

Anyway, this latest endeavor of the Pantry/Freezer Challenge yielded a succulent supper in under 30 minutes. The chicken was moist and flavorful, and the potatoes were just crispy enough on the outside yet had still soaked up some of the chicken flavor. As much as I love to be adventurous and play around in the kitchen, sometimes after a long day I just want to tune out and get a no-nonsense dinner on the table. When I use timeless flavors (like garlic and herbs) and methods (like broiling), I can put my brain on autopilot. 

Broiled Garlic-and-Herb Chicken Thighs and Oven 'Fries'
(serves 2, with leftovers)

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of any extra fat (F)
1 medium russet (or other baking) potato, cut into wedges
1/2 oversized sweet potato, cut into wedges
2 cloves garlic, minced (keep each clove separated)
2 T fresh herbs, chopped (keep each T separated)
1/4 c olive oil (2 T separated)
salt and pepper

Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, and preheat your broiler (mine doesn't have a tempt - it just says 'broil'). In a bowl, add your potato wedges, 2 T of olive oil, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 T of fresh chopped herbs (I used rosemary and oregano) and salt and pepper, and toss everything together until the herbs and garlic are distributed and the potatoes are well coated.

Unceremoniously dump your potatoes onto the baking sheet and spread them out in one layer.

In the same bowl, add your chicken thighs and the other T of oil, herbs, clove of garlic and salt and pepper. Toss to coat them well with everything, and also dump these unceremoniously onto the baking sheet in one layer (hey - we're tuning out, right?)

Nice autopiloting, people. That was the hardest part of this recipe. Stick the sheet in the oven and broil about 17-20 minutes, until the thighs and fries are cooked through (on a thermometer the thighs should read 165 degrees - or just give one a little cut and peek inside).


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