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13 January, 2016

Oven-Baked Chicken and Vegetables

If you watch my vlogs, I think it's safe to say that you know I love cooking. I enjoy the time it takes to make a beautiful and tasteful dish, the way you can experiment with different spices or ingredients, and the satisfaction you get after the first bite. But now and then I do love using quick and easy recipes because sometimes life gets in the way and I just do not have time for anything! I know I'm not the only person with this problem. So I have tweaked a recipe I saw online to share with my readers as my first ever recipe post here on my blog!

This recipe is perfect as a quick dinner meal for two! You put the ingredients on one baking sheet, doctor it up in whatever way you like, put it in the oven and forget about it! These are my favorite types of recipes because it's more convenient for me to just throw something in the oven than waiting over a hot stove for something to cook. I'm a busy busy person! I make film, produce, and edit my own YouTube videos, I now manage this blog, and I actually have a part-time job in hospitality as well (not many of you know that). I pride myself with how much I can get done in one day and if that includes a palatable meal that I and whoever else can enjoy, than that just makes my whole day better. 

(PS, you can go all the way down to the bottom of this post to get the instructions and ingredient list).

In this recipe, you don't have to use the vegetables I provided. That's the beauty of it! Use whatever veggie is your favorite and rub it down with olive oil and your favorite spices and herbs. Here, I used brussel sprouts, cauliflower, sugar plum tomato, and mushrooms. I seperated them on each side because I just feel like the pairings went well together, but feel free to put whatever veggie on whatever side. I added the usual salt and pepper, fresh thyme, paprika, garlic infused oil, and red chili flakes. I got my garlic infused oil from a brand called Garlic Gold and let me tell you.. it is like GOLD! I need to get more of that stuff. It give your dish a very subtle garlic flavor which I know more people enjoy. I cut the brussel sprouts in half in order to get them thoroughly cooked, pulled apart of florets for the cauliflower, sliced up the mushrooms, and left the sugar plum tomatoes whole.

In the center of the baking sheet is where I placed my two chicken breasts. I bought these at Ralph's and they are organic and free range. I'm sure you could add one or two more, but you may have to increase the cooking time and use a bigger sheet. I then added the same spices as I did to the vegetables but I also added fresh sage right on top to give it a little more flavor. Rosemary, thyme, and sage are my all time favorite herbs to put on top of chicken! As I was enjoying this meal afterwards though, I did notice that the bottom of the chicken had no flavor (obviously). So before you put the chicken on your baking sheet, make sure you do add seasoning to the bottom side of the chicken since that is the first part that touches your tongue.

You then place it in your pre-heated oven for only 35-40 minutes, depending on the intensity of your oven. And voila! That's it! You created a beautiful, delicious dish for two (or one if you're really hungry!!). I'm already so hungry just staring at these pictures as I write this blog post!

If I could put emojis in this blog post I'd show the face that is drooling and sticking it's tongue out. Doesn't it look absolutely delicious?! I love when I roast my vegetables and get that beautiful browning on the top. Semi-burning your veggies gives it another layer when it comes to flavor. Any longer in the oven and it probably would have ruined this dish but it is absolutely perfect!

Below I added the full list of ingredients and all the instructions but I'm sure you could do this with a blindfold on. It's simple, quick and easy.. just how I like most things! If you try this recipe, please comment below or email me at info@dianafvmoore.com and let me know what you think!

I hope you enjoyed my first ever recipe post and I can't wait to post more in the future!!

x Diana Moore

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Oven-Baked Chicken and Vegetables for Two
This recipe is a quick and easy way to make a hearty, healthy, and tasty dish for you an another person!
  • 6-8 Brussel Sprouts
  • 1/4 of a head Cauliflower
  • 3 Mushrooms
  • about 20 Sugar Plum Tomatoes
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Red Chili Flakes
1. Set your oven to 400 degrees and line your baking sheet with foil. (you may have to lower the temperature depending on how strong your oven is).2. Prepare the brussel sprouts, cauliflower, mushrooms, and tomatoes by cutting them into whatever size you prefer and then put them in a mixing bowl.3. Combine the oil and all the spices and herbs (except for the sage) in the bowl and massage the vegetables with your hands.4. Arrange the veggies on both sides of the baking sheet, leaving room in the middle of your chicken breasts.5. Season the bottom of your chicken with all the spices and herbs except for the sage.6. Place the chicken in the center of the baking sheet and season the top as well. Add a few leaves of sage right on top.7. For added moisture, sprinkle olive oil over the veggies and the chicken.8. Place it in the over for 35-40 minutes depending on the intensity of your oven.9. Remove from oven, plate, and ENJOY!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings
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