Rule #165: The simplest things are usually the best ones.
Sometimes it’s best for us to just keep things simple. All you need for a delicious little dinner that’s healthy to boot is some chicken, goat cheese, lemon, and a little ole time (and maybe some thyme, too).
It’s amazing to me sometimes how wrapped up I can get in difficult recipes that need about 91 ingredients and 3 days to prepare. I love those challenges, but sometimes it’s so refreshing to just grab a few good ingredients and make something delicious happen.
All we need to do for this easy little dinner is to pour some EVOO in a baking dish. Then, make a ‘bed’ of thyme sprigs for the chicken to rest on.
Liberally season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Put them to sleep on their little thyme bed.
Sprinkle on a generous amount of goat cheese crumbles.
Then sandwich the goat cheese onto the chicken using lemon slices. I throw the extra slices around the chicken to enhance the flavor.
Roast at 375 for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Throw on the broiler for another 2-4 minutes until the lemons and goat cheese are browned. Voila! May I present to you your new favorite dinner: Roasted Chicken with Goat Cheese and Lemon.
Roasted Vegetables (toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper; roast at 400 until tender)
Simple Salad (toss leafy greens with olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper, and some balsamic glaze)
Roasted Chicken with Goat Cheese and Lemon
2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
Handful of thyme sprigs
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Freshly ground black pepper
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1 large lemon, sliced
Preheat oven to 375.
In a baking dish, pour in the olive oil, then place thyme sprigs on top, making a ‘bed’ for the chicken. Liberally season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place on top of thyme sprigs. Sprinkle goat cheese on top of chicken, trying your best to keep the cheese on the chicken. Sandwich the cheese onto the chicken using the lemon slices.
Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Turn on the broiler and cook an additional 2-4 minutes to brown the lemon and goat cheese.