Saturday, January 14, 2012

immediately following dinner.

The camera's back the camera's back the camera's back I'm dying
A box full of my Christmas presents + an array of shoes that I brought home for break but would somehow not fit in my suitcase for the return journey (True Life: I Accumulate ALL of the Things) arrived at my doorstep post-mealtime last night.  As a garlic-mustard-maple scent wafted through the apartment, I expressed equal excitement over the arrival of the lovely trinket that I gave myself this holiday season and THIS (except mine is hearts), which I immediately put on and may or may not still be wearing.  

True Life: Fancy Jewelry and Footie Pajamas at. The Same.  Time.
This is the beginning of the end.
Under no circumstances should you emulate my lifestyle choices.  

You should, however, make this chicken dish for dinner?  Because its so simple (I had all of the ingredients on hand save for cider vinegar, which an amigo kindly provided) and smells/tastes so good?  Yes.

Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken
from Cooking Light Magazine

2 teaspoons olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons thyme
2 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard

Preheat over to 400 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.  Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper, and then add the chicken to the pan.  Saute two minutes on each side or until slightly browned.  Its not gonna be cooked.  Don't tweak.  We're preheating the oven, remember?

Remove chicken from pan and add broth, syrup, thyme and garlic, scraping the pan to loosen the browned bits.  Bring mixture to a boil.  Cook for two minutes, stirring frequently, before adding the vinegar and mustard.  Cook for an additional minute.

Return the chicken to the pan, spooning some of the sauce over each piece.  Slide pan into the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until chicken is done.

Remove the chicken from the pan and let stand for five minutes.  Then, place pan over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce is syrupy.  Serve over the chicken.

After consuming said chicken, please step into and zip up your new footie pajamas.  Insist on showing them to everyone you know.  Run down and up the stairs of your apartment tower in them.  Marvel at the sticky little rabbits they have on the bottom of the feet so you don't slide around.  Overheat.  Think briefly that you're going to pass out.  Remove footie pajamas.  Wait ten minutes.  Put them on again.

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