Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I Got Your Recipe Right Here, Baby

You may not know it, but I am a pretty damn good cook. A better baker, but a good cook nonetheless. Although since the Munchkin was born, the cooking sort of got a bit lost, due to my hypothyroidism and the inability to muster a whole lot of energy to stand and cook a meal. Yes, it was that bad. No, I don't know why I didn't go to the doctor sooner.

Stupid life moves, the kind you look back at and smack your forehead with a big "D'oh!" aside, I have regained my enthusiasm for cooking as my thyroid levels have gotten back to normal. And the lovely, beautiful Ana, who just had one of the most chubbalicious, delicious-cheeked babies evah, is having a recipe swap. Head over there for more recipes! Since she is a talented, thoughtful writer and overall fabulous person, I am in!

The Munchkin and his preference for starches over all else has made cooking a dinner that every person will eat a tricky proposition. But with this recipe, which I also highly recommend browned in a skillet, (be sure to burn it just a wee bit, the carmelized coating that results is the bomb!) has been a big hit. I use chicken tenderloins, and fresh rosemary makes all the difference, but dried is fine too. It is healthy if you use low or fat-free ranch and you can even omit the sugar. This takes as little as a half hour to marinate, so it is fantastic for a last minute meal. Serve with Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice and a salad, and you have a feast!

Rosemary Ranch Chicken

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup ranch dressing
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon white sugar, or to taste (optional)
5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes

In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper, and sugar.

Let stand for 5 minutes. Place chicken in the bowl, and stir to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto skewers and discard marinade. (Again, you can brown this or BBQ, either way is good)

Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear.

And that's it! You can thank me later.


Atasha said...

This looks easy enough for me to do. I have gotten a bit lazy lately when it comes to cooking. I'll have to let you know how it comes out when I try it.

Awesome Mom said...

Wow that looks awesome!! I lost the piece pf paper that I wrote my menu on (shh don't tell my husband that I have been winging it all week)so that takes care of a meal. We also just pruned back our monster rosemary plant so we have plenty of fresh on hand.

Ana said...

That looks soooo yummo delish! Thanks for posting it! Now you really need to stop with all the nice words, but don't worry the check is in the mail! hehehe

boogiemum said...

This looks so yummy. My kids are suckers for ranch flavoring so I bet they will love this! Thanks for sharing :)

Family Adventure said...

It's getting close to dinner time right now, and I just got awfully hungry. Thank you. I'm printing out.


Autumn's Mom said...

YUM! Happy V-Day G.

Maternal Mirth said...

God, I wish I could cook ... I would exchange with you. But with me you just get mac'n'cheese and hamburger helper. You'd be better off exchanging with Dummy.

:) M&M

chichimama said...

YUMMM! That's going in the queue!

shell said...

that sounds delicious. i think i will try that this weekend! :)

Scout said...

Ooooo, cool! I love recipes! I'll try this one, and go check out the swap.

Steph said...

This looks good. We'll have to try it out soon.

Hope said...

I have fresh rosemary growing in the sunroom.... now I have to find some motivation

Mama Drama Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Anything with more than two ingredients is out of my league but damn, it sounds delish.

Amber said...

Love chicken. Check.

Love ranch. Check.

Looks yummmmmmy!