That’s what’s for dinner like two to three times a week up in here.
It just works.
I do NOT like ground beef. Steak is too expensive. Fish can be too expensive too. Plus, it’s not always filling enough for these guys. And, pork is kinda blech (unless it’s bacon and we can’t eat bacon every night).
You have to remember I am basically feeding three grown men and myself. Dude 1 eats more than the average adult and if you combine the other two you have a man right there too. Plus me and DudeDad.
It can just get costly quickly. And we need energy boosting food that is nutritious and filling. They are super active, they are all growing, and they get next level hangry when my meals don’t meet the needs of their bellies.
Chicken, particularly thighs are pretty reasonably priced and, when you buy them in bulk like we do, you have them coming outta ears.
The struggle is being creative.
I am not that in the kitchen and making something other than plain fried, plain baked, and plain-but-insanely-delicious roasted is really never happening.
The best part about it is that they are universally good with plain-but-insanely-delicious roasted and it is really so, so easy.
You can get fancy with fresh lemons and shallots and all that jazz but, keeping it real, delicious roasted chicken isn’t about all that. In fact, I pulled a moldy onion out of the fridge tonight and haven’t had a real lemon in this house since summer.
I still make-a-the-magic.
On a weeknight no less!
You too can make the magic.
Simplify Your Mom Game: The Only Roasted Chicken Recipe You Need
- Bone in chicken thighs (however much you need to feed your people)
- Garlic powder (lightly sprinkled on)
- Salt & pepper (just lightly coat it, however you normally season your meat)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (and yes, that plastic, lemon-shaped bottle is a-ok)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or any oil you have on hand for pan frying)
- 4 tablespoons butter (I used the real deal, you can totally go with margarine)
- Put oven on to broil (rack should be closer to bottom, like one below middle)
- Heat coconut oil in pan
- Wash and season your meat
- Add to pan and brown on both sides for about 5 minutes each (you want it to look a little crispy)
- While cooking meat, put butter on flat pan to melt in oven
- Place browned chicken on flat pan and into oven to broil
- Broil for ten minutes and flip
- Broil for another five minutes or until cooked through (might take 10)
- Remove to cooling rack (try not to put on a paper towel to cool because the crispy part that isn't super good for you but you're eating anyway might come off and that would be sad. So sad.)