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One Dish Italian Chicken and Sides

Five ingredient one dish meal!

Five ingredient one dish meal!

After a friend shared the recipe Green Beans, Chicken & Potatoes – Julie’s Eats & Treats, she raved on and on about how easy and great it was.  I immediately made it and let me tell  you she was right.  I don’t think dinner can get easier or more family friendly than this recipe.

This meal was a one dish Italian flavored chicken and sides dish.  No need for anything else besides maybe some dinner rolls if you have them around.  Moist flavorful chicken, tender potatoes, and perfectly cooked green beans.  Both kids loved this meal and ate seconds and leftovers the next day.  Not to mention my 5-year-old decided she did like green beans.

The only thing I would do differently and I will keep you all posted is to create my own Italian seasoning mix.  I am not a fan of packaged seasoning mixture because they are usually full of salt and junk.  Ranch dressing I have down but I don’t normally cook a lot with Italian seasoning so I will have to experiment.  If you try this with a homemade seasoning mix before I update let me know.

Italian Chicken and SidesOne Dish Italian Chicken and Sides:

  • 2-3 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3-5 medium/large red or new potatoes, cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut in small cubes or slices
  • 1 package of Italian seasoning/dressing mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9×13″ pan line up green beans on one side lengthwise and potatoes on the other.

Place the chicken in the center row.

Arrange the butter cubes evenly over everything and then sprinkle all with the Italian seasoning.

Tightly cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Carefully remove foil (it is so so hot) and serve.
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Roasted Loaded Potatoes

After craving baked potatoes and Mr.Picky refusing to eat them I created a happy medium.  I made roasted loaded potatoes as I am calling them.  Roasted potatoes are one of Mr.Picky’s favorite ways to eat potatoes so I thought why not loaded it up like a baked potato.

Bacon, cheese, and potatoes can this combination even go wrong?  Of course the potatoes were well seasoned and roasted with some fresh garlic.  I will admit I ate two servings with sour cream atop.  The kids loved them “minus the green things”, as my daughter put it.  Although loaded with fat it was a wonderful change to the general roasted potato.

Roasted Loaded Potatoes

Roasted Loaded Potato Bites:

  • 8-10 red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 dry ranch seasoning package
  • 1 cup cheddar or cheese blend, grated
  • 4-6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • sour cream or ranch dressing to top your potatoes

In a large bowl toss together potatoes, oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and ranch seasoning until well coated.

Roasted Loaded Potatoes

Spread potatoes on a sheet pan and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, flipping at least once.

Once your potatoes are cooked to your liking, just tender or crispy.  Top with 1/2 the cheese, bacon, onions, and the other half of the cheese to hold it in.

Place back in the oven for about 5 minutes until cheese is nicely melted.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream or ranch dressing drizzled atop.

Italian Beans and Potatoes, Hot or Cold!

Italian Green Beans and PotatoesA while back my Grandma sent me home with a container of green beans and red potatoes prepared out of the garden.  That night for dinner I served it cold as a side and the kids went crazy.  Never before has my daughter even cared for green beans.  I am sure it is just because Grandma made it.  I told Grandma they were great and I needed a recipe to share.

She called a while later with four ingredients and I was amazed, it tastes so much better than this simple recipe.  We ate it both hot and cold.  At one point we ate it with meatballs and tomato sauce poured on top.  What a great healthy versatile dish.  Thanks Grandma.

Italian Green Beans and Potatoes:

  • 2 parts fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 part red potato, cubed into bite size pieces
  • 1-2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic,crushed
  • salt to taste

Steam beans until tender crisp and steam potatoes until fork tender in a separate pot.

Meanwhile in a bowl that has a fitted lid combine garlic and oil.  When vegetables are ready toss into bowl and season with salt to taste.  Replace lid on bowl and shake until evenly combined.

Serve warm or cold.

 

Pesto Roasted Potatoes

Pesto Roasted PotatoesRoasted Potatoes are often the way I prepare potatoes in our home, due to the fact that Mr.Picky dislikes mashed potatoes.  I usually switch the seasonings up and toss my potatoes in olive oil.  Pesto Potatoes – Favorite Family Recipes was a great change of pace.  Mr.Picky said it lacked flavor but he always adds more salt than the sea and usually likes extra heat on his potatoes.  The kids on the other hand left only a handful on the pan and had the rest for lunch the next day.

I used to think I disliked pesto.  Which really makes no sense because basil is my favorite herb, parmesan Reggiano is one of my favorite cheeses, and I use olive oil for everything.  I think it is the pine nuts which have never done anything for me.  After making my own pesto I realised it is as wonderful as I imagined.

Pesto Roasted Potatoes:

  • 5-6 red potatoes, cubed with the skin on
  • 1/2 cup pesto sauce (store-bought or my pesto recipe works great)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • salt to taste

 

In a bowl place olive oil, cubed potatoes, and 1/2 cup of pesto.  Toss to coat potatoes evenly.  Add more pesto to taste and  salt to taste.

Pesto Roasted Potatoes

Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until potatoes are golden.  Flip the potatoes about halfway through cooking.

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