Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Broccoli, and Lemon

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In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Okay, I didn’t quite fly over the sea, but I did fly a plane today. I had a lot of help from my instructor, but he let me take off and land the plane on my own. He even commented that most people don’t turn as quickly or as sharply as I did on their first flight. I think I’m a natural. He probably thought I was crazy.

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Either way, I’m hooked. I will get my pilot’s certificate. And then maybe my glider pilot license. I can see myself soaring through the air without the noise of an engine – just peaceful, serene, and practically weightless flight.

Heroes Reborn is premiering on television right now. I am so excited for this show! I watched the original and was practically heartbroken when it went off the air (mid-season too)! Seems good so far. I guess we’ll see.

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Save the cheerleader. Save the world.

Anywho, my grandparents are settled in their new home and my mom and I have been sorting through their things. We’ve found some pretty interesting stuff already. It’s amazing what Polacks in their 90’s have held onto over the years. For example, I found an opened Pillsbury crust mix box that read, “New! 6¢.”

Made me smile.

Lots of updates in one post. I’ll write again soon. For now, I leave you with this easy, one-pan meal. Chicken, tomatoes, broccoli and lemon. Shove it all into a cake pan, bake for 20-25 minutes, and inhale. Chewing is optional.

Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Broccoli, and Lemon

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, each about 5 oz.
  • 4 oz. cherry or whole tomatoes, halved or cut into small pieces
  • 8 oz. broccoli tops, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 thin slices

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a baking dish with 2 tsp. of the olive oil.
  2. Pound the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap until each piece of chicken is the same thickness, about 1/2-inch thick. Place the chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish. Arrange the tomatoes, and broccoli around the chicken. Drizzle everything with the vinegar and 2 1/2 tsp. of the olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  3. Top each chicken breast with 2 lemon slices. Drizzle the remaining 2 tsp. olive oil over everything.
  4. Bake until the chicken is opaque throughout, 20 to 25 minutes. Serves 4.
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