easy lemon garlic chicken

I did not cook a thing during my stay in Camillus.

Unless you count a Toaster Strudel for Kevin, and reheating leftover chili. I didn’t even go to Wegmans while I was home. WHAT?! I know. I feel like a failure. But I did stop at the one in Wilkes Barre on the way back. The beer selection, by the way, is unbelievable.

Anyway, even though I didn’t cook, I baked. I made my favorite chocolate chip cookies. Twice. Kevin made me! They always seem to turn out better at home than when I make them here. Maybe because at home I know what temperature my oven is at. That’s a thinker.

My mom also gave me a 5 lb bag of M&Ms as an early Easter basket. I was eyeing them in the pantry the entire time I was home, refusing to open them because I have no self control. With cookies, I can restrict myself and only eat 2 (or 4, size depending) but for whatever reason with bulk candy I just can’t stop. Now I’m about to stand in the streets of Baltimore, offering up handfuls to passerby just to get rid of them.

So with all the cookies and chocolate I’ve been ingesting, I figured it would be good to strike a balance with a nice healthy dinner. Plus, despite the fact that I had another snow day yesterday, I’m itching for spring and using lemons seemed seasonally appropriate.

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Easy Lemon Garlic Chicken

4 chicken breasts

3 lemons

3-4 garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Combine 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice with olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.

Pour over the chicken, making sure to cover it completely. Allow to marinate for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350. Place the chicken on a lined baking sheet or in a baking dish, and pour the remaining marinade over the top. Place lemon slices on each chicken breast. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.

I buy my chicken in bulk, slice it thin and freeze it in individual portions. If you use full-sized, thicker chicken breasts (especially if they have the skin on), I recommend searing each side for a few minutes to get a nice brown crust, and then finish them off in the oven. I think when chicken bakes too long it gets dry.

Chicken and broccoli, with a side of M&Ms. Dinner of champions.

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