Easy Peazy, Chicken Squeezy

We had an awesome snowstorm this past Wednesday that was quite abrupt {it was 65 degrees the day before}, and here in Colorado, you have to be prepared. They say everyone should have a change of clothes in their car {for hot weather or cold} because the climate can change drastically at any moment – literally.

After having a lazy morning, AJ and I got all bundled up to play in the snow – there was approximately 6 inches, and after our “snow walk,” we came inside to get toasty and bake some S’Mores bars. It was the perfect day for me to reminisce on my wonderful childhood, when after a day of sledding and snowball fights, we would open the door to a burst of fragrance of something that had been cooking all day.

On a frigid day, there is truly nothing more pleasing than the aromas of wintry seasonings, like sage, bay leaf and thyme – especially when it’s least expected.  I wanted to create this sentiment for my husband when he came home after a long, cold day of work – and I didn’t have to cook all day.

This recipe isn’t hard, it’s actually very easy, and I trust that ANYONE can make this delicious meal without fail – and maybe impress some individuals along the way.

{This is perfect for a double date on a budget, by the way.}

What you’ll need:

4 Large Chicken Breasts

1 Large Sweet Potato {you can substitute a regular Russet, if that’s more you’re style – they cook the same}

1 – 12 OZ Package of Frozen Brussel Sprouts

1 Large Red Onion

1 C Mini Carrots

3 Cloves of Garlic

Spray Cooking Oil

2 TSP of Pepper

1 TBS of Salt

4 Sprigs of Thyme

1 TBS Italian Seasoning {I’m quickly finding out that this is my go-to spice}

2 Bay Leafs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover a 9X12 baking dish with foil, letting some hang over the sides. Spray the inside of the foil with a thin layer of cooking spray.

Cut Sweet Potato and Onion into bite size pieces and slice garlic into small slivers. Throw in a large bowl, with chicken, Brussel Sprouts  and baby carrots. Spray this concoction to coat with cooking spray. Mix pepper, salt and Italian seasoning in a different, small bowl, and coat the chicken and veggies with this spice mixture.

Toss the entire combo into your baking dish. Gently nestle the time sprigs so they are each cuddling a piece of chicken, then burrow a bay leaf in the middle of each side. Gather both sides of the excess foil, and fold the ends together, as though you are tucking in your yummy creation, taking the greatest of care.

Place in the oven for about 45 minutes {oven temps may vary} or until the chicken is cooked through. Open the foil up and put the dish back into the oven on broil for 2 minutes, to brown the tops of all the components. No longer than that, because broil will brown things QUICKLY, and you definitely don’t want this burnt.

Serve up everyone a chicken breast and a large spoonful of veggies, and you have yourself a delicious, HEALTHY, and filling cold-weather meal.

You can play around with the veggies – it’s also delish with grape/cherry tomatoes and quartered or button mushrooms.

It’s very important that you use Chicken Breasts rather than any other part of the chicken. It is virtually free of fat and has more protein than the other parts. Breasts are a POWER house, so cook with them frequently! Also, to cut fat, use spray oil {the fat content is essentially nonexistent} – the can says 0 calories, but there are a few.

Stats {approx.} Per Serving

 Calories 363.8
  Total Fat 3.6 g
  Saturated Fat 0.9 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
  Cholesterol 136.9 mg
  Sodium 1,954.3 mg
  Potassium 1,253.9 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 23.1 g
  Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
  Sugars 6.6 g
  Protein 58.5 g
  Vitamin A 145.5 %
  Vitamin B-12 14.9 %
  Vitamin B-6 86.9 %
  Vitamin C 107.2 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 8.1 %
  Calcium 10.3 %
  Copper 19.3 %
  Folate 18.4 %
  Iron 22.2 %
  Magnesium 25.0 %
  Manganese 34.9 %
  Niacin 141.0 %
  Pantothenic Acid     30.7 %
  Phosphorus     57.5 %
  Riboflavin 22.6 %
  Selenium 63.2 %
  Thiamin 23.6 %
  Zinc 17.3 %
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