Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Impromptu Chicken Spicing

The other night, I made what I thought was going to be a killer sauce for some baked chicken.  I mixed cream of chicken soup & cream cheese w/ a bunch of yummy spices.  My plan was to cover some chicken, bake it, and add a sprinkle of cheese to the top at the end.  Mmmmm.  I was so excited!  

And then, I thought I should add some veg into this dish.  Sadly, this was the dish's fatal mistake.  The veg I chose came in a type of sauce of its own, a garlicky sauce which I thought would be okay because the garlic would go well w/ the other flavors.  Alas, it was not to be.  It was gross.  : (  I ended up pitching the leftovers.  *pout*  

So, because of that experience, I wasn't too keen on making more chicken tonight.  However, I thought if I just salt & pepper & basil it, w/ a little cheese melted on top, I can't go wrong.  I baked a potato and cut up a fresh garden tomato to serve w/ my baked chicken breast tender.  And then I thought - I can make a dry rub w/ basil, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and lemon.  Mmmm!  So, I took a chance, and I did it (adding in 1/2 a pat of butter so it would stick better and a little oregano), and it was delicious!!  

I will definitely use that spice combo again.  I'm back, baby!  

Also - how great are baked potatoes??  If you get the right one, the skin is sooooo tender & yummy, and packed w/ nutrients!  

Until next time - what's your favorite garden gift to eat this time of year?  Tomatoes, corn, green beans, peas, rhubarb, carrots... do share!  My favorite - much as I love fresh corn - is definitely tomatoes.  Store bought ones are never as tasty as garden tomatoes.  le sigh!  : )