This post is a first for me. Last week I was cooking up some breakfast (at around noon) and was watching the Food Network. Rachael Ray was making some chicken dish that looked damn good (and simple) and I told myself “That is my next meal”. I do that quite often, and then the next day I can’t even remember what show I was watching, let alone what the recipe was.
Well, this time I had the foresight to actually write it down! I then promptly went to the website and bookmarked it. Fast forward to today and we have a fully functioning recipe… Exciting!
When it comes to the cooking, there were also quite a few firsts for me… and I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that I’ve never done some of these things before. The first: making garlic chips.
Quite simply, we sliced up the garlic really thin and then fried them in 1/4 cup of olive oil. The garlic gets nice and crispy and the oil gets nice and garlicky… win/win!
The second first: Using my food processor… which is older than I am.
I decided to trust Ms. Ray’s judgment on this one and follow her recipe for the sauce (even though the ingredients sounded a bit odd). I tossed some roasted red peppers, fire roasted tomatoes, almonds, dried stale bread, garlic chips, and olive oil in the food processor and “processed” the hell out of it until it was nice and smooth (as smooth as I think it could have gotten).
As for the chicken, that was sliced in half to make it nice and thin, and seasoned with a hefty amount of paprika, parsley, and some orange zest (which can be left off if you don’t have an orange on hand). That was simply cooked in some olive oil over medium high heat, flipping occasionally.
While the chicken cooked, I dumped the sauce in a small pot and kept that warm over (very) low heat.
So now we have the chicken cooking, the rice cooking, and the sauce heating… all we have left to do is wait. This is where I get bored and eventually turn to the dogs to entertain me.
On very rare occasions I can snag a decent picture of them. I present to you (from top-left to bottom-right) Buddy, Emma, and Sage. They look much more innocent than they are.
Hey look, the chicken is done! Serve the chicken over a hefty amount of sauce accompanied with some rice or smashed potatoes. I made sure to smother every bite of the chicken and rice with the sauce as it is most definitely the hero of the dish.
Chicken with a Spanish seasoning served over a tomato based sauce