A Guide to Faking It…By Baking It
Let me preface what I’m about to tell you with this: I love food, but I’m the take-out/frozen meal queen. I’d like nothing more than to spend two hours a night whipping up something of the quality of Julia Child, Eric Ripert, or Anthony Bourdain, but alas, when it comes to creativity in the kitchen, I never know where to start.
A couple weeks ago, I suddenly got the urge to cook myself dinner from scratch. Looking for inspiration, I pulled out the Joy of Cooking: All About Chicken which, I might add, has done nothing but gather dust for the past four years I’ve owned it. This book’s got it all; you can learn everything from different types of preparation to the full-on butchering of the bird. Opting for a less intensive process, I landed on baked chicken. The trick? Cooking the chicken inside tin foil. Not only is this a quick and easy way to make (and clean up) a meal, but every time I’ve done it (4x now), the chicken comes out perfectly cooked and quite flavorful.
Two of my favorite toppings:
1) Sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), kalamata olives, fresh basil, and a splash of olive oil
2) Mango, jalapeno peppers, lime juice, fresh cilantro, salt, and a splash of olive oil
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2) Wash and season boneless, skinless chicken breasts with salt and pepper
3) Dice/chop and stir the above ingredients together in a bowl
4) Tear a 12” square of tin foil for each piece of chicken, and lightly oil the shiny side.
5) Place chicken on foil, dressed with desired amount of topping
6) Fold foil over, and tightly seal all ends
7) Bake for 20 minutes, and voila!
Thanks to my newfound obsession, I’ve convinced myself that I’m actually a great cook. So, try it out! But don’t blame me if you suddenly get the urge to apply for “The Next Food Network Star!”
Posted by Haley