My refrigerator is looking a little bare, but I needed to make Dave dinner.  I didn’t cook last week, so he had to fend for himself, there was a lot of cereal eating as that is Dave’s go-to meal of choice.  I would have made the super yummy chicken with tomato and avocado, but only had the chicken for that.  So, I decide to make chicken with gravy, a baked potato, and steam fresh green beans.

butterfly-chicken-breastI trimmed and butterflied the chicken, then pounded it flat a little bit.  Then I seasoned the chicken breast with a mixture of ½ teaspoon of onion powder, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon of parsley, and a dash of oregano.  After seasoning both sides of the chicken, I cooked them in a medium size fry pan with about a ¾ Tablespoon of olive oil on medium high heat.  It took about 5-6 minutes per side.

 

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While the chicken was cooking I put two bouillon cubes in 1-1/2 cups of water, added a tablespoon of margarine, and through it in the microwave for about three minutes.  Once the bouillon was dissolved, I added 2 Tablespoons of heavy cream (because we were out of milk).  I set that aside and threw the steam fresh green beans in the microwave.  After flipping the chicken, I washed a couple of potatoes pierced them with a fork and wrapped them in paper towel.

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When the chicken reached 165 degrees, I pulled it out of the pan and set it aside on a plate.  I then turned down the heat on the fry pan and added the bouillon mix.  I whisked in about two Tablespoons of flour and let it heat up until it got bubbly.  I turned the heat down some more and let it cook while I put the potatoes in the microwave.  It generally takes about 4 minutes for each potato, it depends on how big they are (large potatoes take longer).  When they’re done I plate and add the gravy.  I don’t think gravy is generally considered “healthy” but I think it’s better than the ton of butter and sour cream that Dave would put on the potato otherwise.  It was pretty good for something I just threw together.

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