Lazy Herb & Garlic Chicken

One of my favorite lazy tricks is using Tyson Grilled Chicken with a Lawry’s Marinade plus a couple of vegetables — my version of a homemade TV Dinner, but cheaper and healthier … and still lazy.

“Lazy or efficient?  It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”
~ So Says Sunny


Herb & Garlic Chicken

INGREDIENTS*:

  • a handful of Tyson Grilled & Ready Diced Chicken Breast
  • drizzle of Lawry’s Herb & Garlic Marinade
  • a handful of Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • a handful (or a little bag) of Fresh Baby Carrots
  • some Water
  • ~ 2 tbs. Butter (optional)

Makes 1-2 servings in less than 10 minutes.


* TIPS:

I keep Tyson Grilled & Ready Diced Chicken Breast on hand in the freezer.  The “Family Size” bags have a zip-lock so I just throw in a couple hands-full.  It’s sold in both the freezer and fridge sections.

There are more than 20 different Lawry’s Marinades.  They really dress up plain chicken to seem almost gourmet.  This recipe uses the Herb & Garlic variety but you can substitute any of the others (or even other brands).

I love Bird’s Eye Premium Steamfresh (Frozen) Broccoli Florets, which I always keep on hand.  The package is designed to cook all at once in the microwave … but I just use a little per meal, to throw in recipes or nuke for a side dish.

I like the little bags of Baby Carrots for snacks, salad garnishing, and cooking as a side dish.  They seem to keep fresh longer and get eaten faster than the less expensive bunches of carrots.

Lowry’s, Bird’s Eye, and Tyson occasionally offer coupons online (check Coupons.com and the brand websites).


PREPARE:

  1. Put the chicken, broccoli, and carrots into microwave-safe bowls.
  2. Pour some water over any frozen items to partially thaw them and provide the moisture necessary for the microwave to function*.
  3. After about a minute, drain the water.
  4. Top the chicken with the marinade and (optionally) put some butter on the veggies.
  5. Microwave until items are done to your liking*.
  6. Stir and serve.

* NOTE:  I tried cooking all of them at once for 5½ minutes but the carrots weren’t totally done and the chicken got cold too quickly.  The chicken alone normally takes 2-3 minutes.  I think the two vegetables would have taken 2-3 minutes, too.  So I recommend splitting the dinner up for microwaving (see next).

* FYI:  Microwaves operate by wiggling water molecules, so dry and frozen items can be difficult to heat up in a microwave.  And, if there’s too much volume of wet items, they can block the microwaves from reaching one another.


SERVE & EAT:

This meal used frozen broccoli and fresh carrots, but you could easily substitute canned vegetables or a side salad.  I tend to avoid white carbs, but you could also garnish with some garlic bread.

Herb & Garlic Chicken


LATER:

Herb & Garlic Chicken is moist so leftovers can refrigerate and microwave well but the key laziness of this meal is that the ingredients are on hand all the time … so just make one meal’s worth and skip the leftovers.  Besides, heating up the leftovers is almost as much work as starting with a different combo of items to avoid repetition.

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