Monday, October 11, 2010

Columbus Day and a Simple Dinner

Some October quirkiness coming your way on today, Columbus day, which is reported to be the least observed national holiday.
Anyway, if you have today off for the least observed holiday, then take advantage of making this delicious and easy meal. Perfect from now until the buds are blooming in the Spring.

Roasted chicken breasts with fresh herbs. This is a lovely meal that you can pull together in no time, and impress your guests. Fresh green beans broiled in minutes.

Go ahead, celebrate Columbus, apparently no one else is today.

Roasted Chicken

4 bone in chicken breasts with skin

1 stick butter- softened to room temperature

1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon

1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

Olive Oil for top of chicken

Preheat oven to 500 degrees

In a small bowl, stir together the butter, tarragon, chives , salt and pepper to taste. Separate the skin of the chicken from the breast but not pulling off, make a little pocket. Spoon the butter mixture on the skin of the breast and smooth out with your fingers. Repeat with other chicken breasts. Drizzle olive oil over top of chicken.

Roast until the chicken registers 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer. When chicken is ready, transfer to a platter and let rest for 5 minutes.

Green Beans:
1 pound of fresh green beans- washed
6 white pearl onions- sliced thinly
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons capers
Olive Oil

Lay green beans out on baking sheet. Cover with sliced onions, capers, soy sauce and olive oil on top. Place in 500 degree oven and broil for 10 to 15 minutes.

Simple and ready in minutes. You will have a beautiful dinner that is elegant enough for guests, and fast enough for a weekday meal.

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