We’ve talked about one of my childhood favorites before and here is a nother one.
When I was younger, my mom would make what she called Italian Chicken. Basically she would take chicken, defat etc, cut into pieces and put in a baking dish with Italian Dressing, carrots and onions. Cover, put in oven, wait for chicken to be done (flipping occasionally if needed), uncover to brown and serve with white rice. Sometimes it got marinated ahead of time, sometimes not.
It’s really yummy and one of the few dishes that both The Bro and I could agree that we loved.
Last night for dinner I wanted something awesome, but I’m limited by my Pantry Challenge to what I have on hand. I looked and had chicken in the fridge that needed to be cooked and I knew I had rice on hand so I decided to make Italian Chicken!
When I was at Ocean State Job Lot one day I picked up some mixed dried mushrooms (porcini, shitaki, oyster and woodear blend) and have been using them for different things. I know it might have been a risky move to buy and try these, but it’s worked out quite well for about $2. I had no idea what they were or how they’d taste, but I am glad I took that risk.
I’ll tell you a secret about them: They’re so easy. All you have to do is put them in some water (or wine or chicken stock) and wait a few minutes for them to come back to life and they’re pretty much ready to go. Bonus? They’re quite tasty.
(I smash them up an extra little bit before I bring them back to life so that they go with the rice better, but you don’t have to do this part.)
At this point, between the chicken in the oven cooking in the Italian Dressing and the garlic, mushroom and sage smell coming from the stove top, I was totally ready to eat.
Chicken was cooking, rice was almost done, but I had one more thing to make. I needed to cook a veggie since I didn’t throw any carrots into the oven with the chicken and we know that veggies are important.
Oh it smelled divine! (Can I say that at this point, I was so hungry from all the wonderful smells that I thought about just eating a sandwich and putting everything else in the fridge? I didn’t, but it was tempting! After all, I have those Sweet and Spicy Red Peppers to use.)
I didn’t though and waited patiently for everything to be done. This is what my plate looked like when I was ready to eat. Isn’t it lovely? It was DELICIOUS too.
Do you have a childhood favorite that you make with a grown-up twist? Or do you stick to tried and true things you know you like?
Have you taken a risk on a food item like these dried mushrooms and loved them? Or was it a risk you wish you hadn’t taken?