Friday, May 18, 2012

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Freezer to Dinner in One Hour!

This has probably never happened to you.....

You walk in the door after a long, hard day at work (and a really bad start to your morning) and the first question that greets you is...."What's for dinner?"


Earlier in the day, after you found your daughter's gerbil had made a new bed out of your shoe, the toilet had overflowed and there was no hot water for your shower....the last thing on your mind was taking something out of the freezer for dinner.

So, now what?  Don't worry, I've got you covered with this super easy dish that uses frozen chicken breasts and gets dinner on your table in an hour!  Add some noodles, rice or mashed potatoes and you have dinner!

OH, one more thing....don't tell the family, but, this dish is VERY healthy!  YAY!!!

Baked Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts

  • 3 or 4 frozen (or thawed) boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1 can (14 ounces) quartered artichoke hearts in water
  • 1 cup sliced white or crimini mushrooms
  • 3 - 4 scallions, white and green parts, sliced thin on the diagonal (optional)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) chicken broth (can be fat free)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 2 quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Place chicken breasts in a single layer on bottom of baking dish.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Evenly layer the artichoke hearts, mushrooms and scallions over the seasoned chicken breasts.

In a small bowl, whisk the chicken broth and flour together, pour over chicken, artichokes and mushrooms in the baking dish.

Place, uncovered, in oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until chicken is cooked thru and the juices from the chicken run clear when cut into with a knife.  Remove chicken from pan and stir juices to blend.

Serve with rice, brown rice, mashed potatoes or noodles.

Serves 4

If you don't like artichokes, use broccoli!  No fresh mushrooms, add a can of mushrooms!  No scallions, finely chop some onion!

Don't sweat it...YOU'VE got this!!!

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