Garlic Chicken and Potatoes For Men Who Need To Impress Women!
Quick and Easy but Tastes Great
This recipe is for men, men who need to impress women, especially men who spend much of their time writing and may be considered largely helpless and might be sadly written off by the fairer sex. You need another tool in your arsenal men. If you don't know, I hate to break this to you, but your writing skills, vast knowledge of arcane grammar rules, or immense trivia related to shows rerunning on Sci-Fi will not sweep the women in your life ... or the women you want in your life ... off their feet. You need to cook, man!
Guys, this recipe is a manly secret not to be passed on to spouses, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, etc. as doing so will blow the mystique. Whip up this dish, which tastes complex and suggest you are a true chef, and you will be on your way to impressing that woman that means the most to you ... NO not your favorite yeoman or councelor or borg from Star Trek or out of your favorite fantasy novel ... I mean that real live woman you asked over two days ago before you got wrapped up in writing the next chapter of your masterpiece and forgot was coming over until she called an hour ago ... or worse, your wife, whom you've promised to cook for and who has rolled her eyes dismissively at you as she long ago wrote you off as useless in the kitchen, despite your epic skills with a grill. Now is the time to cook and impress!
This is Garlic Chicken and Potatoes. It's fast, it's good, and it's easy. Best of all, it requires you bachelor types to purchase some really cool tools (see, it's getting better already). You'll need a garlic press and a large and manly butcher's knife (oh, sure, you could get some small mamby pamby knife, but come on, you're a guy).
Here's what you need in the way of ingredients (for you single guys that means fresh ingredients that you go out and buy NOW before you attempt to cook):
1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed through that newly purchased press
1/2 teaspoon rosemary, crumbled (surely you have at least a set of measuring spoons don't you?)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 medium baking potatoes, peeled and sliced thin but not potato chip thin (okay, you'll also need one of those potato peeler things ... not as impressive as the butcher's knife but you don't want to lose digits trying to peel potatoes with a butcher's knife)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup dry bread crumbs (no the old greenish bread way in the back of the fridge won't work, buy a can of bread crumbs)
1 teaspoon paprika
Okay, now that you've done some shopping and have all the stuff you need, here's what you do with these things. Don't panic now. It's really simple, trust me.
Ah crap, I forgot, if you're a bachelor you'll have to buy a shallow 10" round baking dish as well ... if you're married like me your wife will have one.
First: in a shallow dish (not the aforementioned baking dish), combine the olive oil, garlic (these two ingredients alone work magic and smell great cooking ... your status will start to rise as soon as this aroma wafts out of the kitchen), 1/4 teaspoon rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Roll the potato slices in the seasoned oil and place in a shallow 10" round baking dish. Cover this dish with a lid (you can buy them with lids you know) or cover the dish with plastic wrap (the microwave proof stuff, which most is these days so relax). If you don't have the lid and are using the plastic wrap, poke 2 or 3 holes in the plastic with a knife tip. Place this in the microwave and cook on high for five minutes (the good smell and your image now begin to rise).
Next: while this is going on, add the chicken to what's left of the seasoned oil in the shallow dish and turn it over to coat the chicken breasts. Place the bread crumbs on a plate and toss with the rest of the rosemary (1/4 teaspoon) and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Dredge (that means shove those chicken bits through the bread crumbs ... but not with malice or crumbs will fly everywhere and you'll look like a doofus) the chicken breasts in the crumbs to coat the oily, garlicy chicken; press the crumbs lightly on the chicken to help the crumbs stick to the chicken. Don't lick your fingers while you pat ... especially if the woman you're trying to impress can see you. You're doing good, so don't blow it now.
Finally, arrange the chicken in a circle in the round baking dish once the microwave is done with that first five minutes. The ends of the chicken should be touching each other as you put the chicken right over top of the now heated potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika for effect. Cover with wax paper this time. Return the round dish to the microwave and cook on high for eight to ten minutes, until the chicken is white through and through (you might like steak with pink running through the middle but you don't want that in your chicken). You can use the butcher's knife here to check if the middle of the chicken is white (see, more manly tool use). Check to make sure the potatoes are tender too. Let the now delicious dish (focus, I'm still talking about the chicken here) stand covered for another five minutes before serving.
Now serve and impress that important woman in your life.
Okay, as a matter of full disclosure, I have to admit I got this recipe from my wife so the bit about this being a deep, dark, manly secret recipe is bogus but all the rest is true. You really will be able to cook this quickly and impress people because it will taste great and seem like it took lots more effort and skill than it did. Just keep that last bit as your manly secret.
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