• Samantha Balkaran

Quick Italian Chicken Recipe

Do you ever want a tasty and satisfying dinner during your hectic week, but just don't have the time to spend hours in the kitchen? Well sit tight because I'm bringing you a quick and easy Italian chicken recipe, complete with sides, that takes less than 40 minutes to whip up!

The most important thing about cooking efficiently is prepping and starting on whatever takes the longest. For this meal, it was the sweet potato side!

1. Get started by peeling and cubing your sweet potatoes. Rinse and season with any spices you prefer (less is more when it comes to sweet potatoes). I sprinkled some garlic salt, onion powder and red pepper flakes for a balance of heat and sweetness from the potatoes.

2. Coat with olive oil and throw in the oven at 400 Farenheit for 30-40 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and crispy on the edges.

Next up, the chicken! And while handling meat of any kind can be intimidating, cooking up chicken breasts is very simple. And the prep can be done in advance or right before throwing in a pan.

1. Season your thin chicken breasts with a little salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, any Italian blend powder (I used a blend by Mrs. Dash), red pepper flakes if you like heat, and last but not least, Italian bread crumbs. This adds not only extra flavor, but also a light breaded coating on the chicken.

2. You can either cook these up in the oven at 400 Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes, or in a pan on the stove with a little olive oil for about 4-5 minutes on both sides. Whichever you choose, you're guaranteed beautiful results.

Last but not least, your rice side! And this took no time at all because I used a quick fix helper. For busy weeknights, using all the help you can get counts, so I switched it up with using a packaged rice mix from my local grocery store. Super simple to cook up, this rice only took about 15-20 minutes to make.

Depending on the box you buy, the cooking instructions slightly vary. For the box I chose to go with, I toasted up the rice in some butter, then add water and let simmer on a low boil until all the water has been cooked out and the rice is tender and soft.

This has to be one of my faster meals to prepare, and a great option for those with larger families or even cutting back on meal prep time!

Happy cooking!


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