Sometimes you just don’t want to plan or make dinner. Sometimes you’re just so sick and tired of eating fast food or take out. Sometimes you just have zero motivation to do a dang thing! This type of mood/motivation usually hits me around February… well it’s only October so this winter is going to be a doozy. So with zero interest in going out and socializing or even making the decision to figure out where to order food from or the motivation to go get it, I decided on the easiest meal I could make that wasn’t just noodles out of a bag/box…
I, for one, have only ever been able to bake chicken if I toss it in shake and bake and follow the directions. For years I was scared of chicken. I was even nervous cooking shake and bake chicken for 20 minutes, 20 minutes? For real? Only 20 minutes? Doesn’t it need longer than that? I have never had food poisoning, or even really gotten sick from food. But, I have been real sketchy about chicken for as long as I can remember. For years when I ordered food from certain restaurants, I would order it without chicken. For example Szechuan Chicken No Chicken. People used to laugh at me but I just couldn’t risk getting a sketchy piece of chicken or chicken that tasted chewy, overcooked, or worse undercooked.
Shortly after we moved in, my sister Cati was over to help us paint our living room and she brought chicken to cook for us. I was NERVOUS lol. I really thought this was going to taste awful! Baked chicken? Yuck! But it really did turn out amazing. Color me impressed.
On Sunday Stella had taken out some chicken cutlets to make something ( I don’t recall what as we never got around to it), so lucky for me I didn’t have to thaw anything.
- Chicken Cutlets – 1 lb
- Cooking Spray
- Your favorite seasonings or your favorite combination.
- Garlic Salt – 1 Tsp
- Garlic Powder – 1 tbsp
- Onion Powder – 1 tbsp
- Season Salt – 1 tbsp
- Pepper – 1 Tsp
- Italian Seasoning – 1 tbsp
- Paprika – Per Stella, for color (See the last photo)
- Parmesan cheese – We’ve discussed my love for cheese right? – This was also Stella’s contribution.
So I got my lazy butt up, preheated the oven and got to work. I wanted dinner to be close or mostly close to being done by the time Stella got home so we could hurry up and start binge-watching the rest of Season 1 Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. I am pumped for the first time in years I have been able to watch something “spooky” with Stella. As far as sleep goes, well we haven’t been getting much now that we hear all the bumps in the night. Also weird, Letti started barking at random noises in the middle of the night before Luci even hears them. Now, it could be that Luci is losing her hearing or is familiar with the sound and it doesn’t bother her, but it is super odd that Letti has started barking for any other reason than she is bored or smelling bacon.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Spray glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- Arrange chicken.
- Sprinkle with seasoning.
- Pop into the oven for 10 minutes.
- Flip Chicken.
- Sprinkle with a little more seasoning.
- Pop back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
- This step is optional, you can leave the chicken in the oven for the full 20 minutes without having to flip and re-season.
As you can see from above, Stella added cheese right after the chicken was pulled out of the oven. She knows I dearly love chicken and since I was feeling “under the weather” translation Crabby, haha, she finished up dinner. She also made some peas (we absolutely love canned peas) as well as some garlic pasta we picked up at some point anticipating being lazy. Welp, there you have it folks, my lazy chicken.
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-Stella & Jay