This is an easy one dish wonder. It’s perfect for the weeknight. I love how this one braises itself with all the herbs, spices and lemons. I was so worried the chicken would be dry on this one because I went the healthy route and used boneless skinless chicken breast instead of skin on. Well it wasn’t, there is truly magic in lemons when it comes to tenderizing chicken. This came out just delicious, and I love the flavors that everything had right down to the beans. There was not a serving left except for one small side of green beans which was perfect for me to take to work the next day.
You will need:
- 1 pound of fresh green beans washed and deviened
- 16 small Yukon potatoes red and gold
- 3-4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 1 packet of veggie soup mix any kind
- 1/2 cup of fresh basil and parsley each chopped
- a few sprigs of sage chopped
- 2 large cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 white onion chopped roughly
- 1 cup of artichokes marinated is fine or frozen
- 1 cup of water
- Olive oil for drizzling about 1/4 of a cup
- 2 lemons ( 2 quarters for squeezing the rest sliced)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
First thing you do is something I forgot to take the picture for! so I will walk you through. You take your fresh green beans and wash them, cut the tips off and find that string on both ends running down the both sides of the green beans and strip them off. I used pole beans right from the garden so these were huge! Once you do that, you layer them in the bottom of your baking dish and that is step one. Next you start dicing those potatoes, onions and garlic.
Layer those right on top of the green beans.
Add one cup of water in the bottom. Take the veggie soup packet and sprinkle half right into the potatoes and onions.
Then take 1/4 of a lemon and squeeze right across all those veggies. My Daughter is helping with this one. I love knowing she will know how to cook when she gets older. You do not know how many people I have come across that never cook. I guess it has just always been a part of my life and I am so glad it is now a part of hers.
You can now add those artichokes. Remember it really does not matter if they are frozen or marinated.
Chop all your herbs roughly and set aside, you will need these for the chicken.
Take your chicken and lay the pieces across the veggies. Start sprinkling onto the herbs. If you have more in your garden than I have listed above, by all means throw them in!
Take the other half of the soup mix and sprinkle this right on top of each piece of chicken. If it spills over into the potato mix no worries there!
And now all those fresh herbs….yum.
Finally those sliced lemons. Layer those all across the chicken.
Put into a 375 degree f. oven for about 1.5 hours or until chicken is done and potatoes are tender with a fork. I used tin foil as well to keep the chicken moist. Fold it around the dish.
The house smells wonderful and the dish looks beautiful.
I kept thinking greek seasoning would have been wonderful with this dish. If you don’t have any dry soup mix on hand this would be a wonderful substitute.
And there she is, the perfect dish. The meat, the veggie and the starch. Enjoy!