Making healthy meals is important to me, however, it is just as important, to find meals that are simple and easy to prepare and cook. This meal is one of them. Garlic Butter Chicken. It is a simple and savory recipe, as well as, one that has stuck around as a weekly staple in our house for many months. I just need to whip it together, throw it in the oven, and done.
First off, there’s garlic…and LOTS of it. I swear I could live off of garlic. It is one of my all time favorite vegetables. (Yes, garlic is a vegetable, not a spice!) Second, there’s butter…and LOTS of it. I LOVE butter too. When I was little, I used to sneak downstairs before my parents were awake, and just eat the butter. I’m not sure if I have ever told them that or not. I would just take a spoonful and eat it. The kinda funny thing is that my now 21 month old does the same thing. Not the sneaking down stairs part. But he loves to eat butter and coconut oil, right off the spoon. So when he is standing beside me when I am cooking, I let him. After all, butter is our friend.
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
8 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons chopped garlic
3 Tablespoons tamari (or Braggs)
1 Tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon real salt
dash of cracked pepper
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Rinse and place the chicken thighs in a shallow baking dish. To make the sauce, mix the rest of the ingredients in a small sauce pan and stir over medium heat until the butter is melted. Spoon half of the mixture over chicken thighs. Bake for 45 minutes, spooning the remainder of the sauce over top of the chicken every 15 minutes.
Simple enough, right?!
Lately I have been craving broccoli like a mad woman. And roasted broccoli makes a perfect SIMPLE accompaniment to this meal, as does a side of roasted sweet potatoes. Chop veggies. Toss with coconut oil. Sprinkle with salt. Good to go. Both simple things to throw together. As I was making this meal the other day, I may have spent a total of 15 minutes kitchen prep time. After that, everything was just thrown into the oven. At first I thought maybe that was weird. That was only until I realized just how perfect simple can actually be.