Well this one is actually mine. Well...mostly. I did afterall use a prepared seasoning packet, but still! ;)
So today I have for you...Baja Citrus Chicken with Buttered Noodles and Thymed Zucchini
A couple of years ago, when perusing the spice aisle in the store, I found McCormick's Grill Mates seasoning/marinade packets. We haven't had a grill in years (small apartment balconies) but I figured they'd be just as good sauteed or baked. And I was right! :) So I've used them many times over the last couple of years and always to great reviews (even from our foodie-studying-to-be-a-chef/restaurant owner-friend!). They make quite a few different flavors, for just about any taste. Check em out (NO-this is NOT a paid endorsement), I bet you'll find some you'll love. :) You can use them all on whatever meat/fish you like I'm sure although they have on the back which ones they recommend. All of the ones that we've tried I've used on chicken (I'm pretty sure). So-without further ado, I give you the "recipe". It's quite easy and certainly nothing spectacular or difficult but was quite delicious nonetheless. :)
Baja Citrus Chicken
1 packet McCormick's Grill Mates Baja Citrus Marinade
2 3/4 lbs chicken
Add seasoning packet and oil, vinegar, and water according to package directions to gallon size zippered bag along with chicken. Shake (or use hands to 'roll' meat within bag) well. Refrigerate minimum 1 hour (I usually do overnight). Cook as desired. I usually saute rather than bake so it doesn't dry out. (make sure to pour all marinade in pan [if baking/sauteeing] to prevent drying out)
Whatever noodles you prefer, I used a combo of egg noodles and macaroni
1/4 cup butter (4 tbsp or half stick)
Boil water and cook noodles as desired. (I personally think al dente is a little too tough) Drain water, add butter and mix well. I added a couple shakes of Garlic Salt for just a teeny bit of flavor.
3 medium zucchini quartered lengthwise and then chopped into approx 1/2" pieces (bitesize)
Place zucchini in pan with olive oil (3 tbsp or so, enough to coat the zucchini). Add Thyme to taste. I, while completely not paying any attention at all, added way more than I intended as my bottle did not have a shaker lid like I thought it did. Turned out to be the perfect amount. LOL Saute until zucchini softens as desired.
|(please excuse the spill on the stove!)|
That's it. You're done. Dish and enjoy! We did!
This one is easy and fairly quick. The noodles cook in the time it takes the chicken to cook and the zucchini can be started just after the other two. Easy Peasy! :) You can, of course, always add the chicken to the top of the noodles, but since most everyone in this house usually eats each food seperately, I figured "why bother?". LOL
Enjoy, and if you use any of the other McCormick marinades, let me know how it goes!