Roasted Rosemary Chicken
Summer time is coming to an end quicker than normal here in Southern California. Last night I watched the Harvest Moon rise, and there was a chill in the air not often felt in September. With the colder weather comes something I have not used often in my cooking over the hot summer months - my oven. Heating the oven means my apartment gets hot quickly, but today I felt like roasting some chicken would be perfect. I picked up a couple of chicken breasts from the store the other day and decided to do some roasted chicken. I have a little herb box right outside my front door, so I grabbed a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary and some garlic. A simple, quick and Whole 30 compliant meal - sometimes the most simple of ingredients offer the best flavor combinations. I paired the chicken with green beans and had a wonderful meal I know I will make again in the future.
3 chicken breasts
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
3 sprigs of rosemary, leaves stripped off
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
salt and pepper to taste
20 green beans
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is heating, trim the fat off the chicken breasts. Take out a non-stick baking sheet and place the chicken on the pan. Coat the first side in olive oil, salt and pepper, then turn the chicken over and repeat.
On the second side of the chicken, rub the garlic into the meat and top with the rosemary, gently pressing the herbs into the meat. Make sure the chicken has enough of the olive oil, or you run the risk of the chicken drying out.
Once the oven is ready, put the pan in the oven and cook for 20 - 25 minutes. Since I decided to do green beans as a side dish, now is a good time to get a non-stick pan out, heat up some olive oil and put the green beans on over medium heat. I added salt, pepper and garlic and cooked for about 10 minutes.
Once the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the oven and allow the chicken to rest for about 5 minutes before you eat it. Once the meat is ready, plate it wit the green beans and enjoy!