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Garlic Butter Chicken: A Simple and Savory Recipe

garlic butter chicken (1)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.

garlic butter chicken (2)garlic butter chicken (3)garlic butter chicken (4)garlic butter chicken (5)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.

garlic butter chicken (6)garlic butter chicken (7)garlic butter chicken (8)Garlic Butter Chicken

ingredients:
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

instructions:
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?!

garlic butter chicken (9)garlic butter chicken (10)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.

garlic butter chicken (11)garlic butter chicken (12) best chicken recipe (12)I usually double the recipe. This meal is great as leftovers the next day as well. Quick and healthy. Simple and savory. That’s how I like it. I know you’ll like it too!

At the Heart of the Homestead: The Browning Homestead

Today my ‘At the Heart of the Homestead’ guest is Ashley Browning, from The Browning Homestead at Red Fox Farm. The Browning Homestead is all about enjoying the good life of raising food, children, and trying to leave the Earth a better place! Please give a warm welcome to Ashley!!

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homestead guest (1)What is at the Heart of the Homestead?

I have always been a homebody. Ever since I left my childhood home at 18, I’ve wanted to feel settled. My parents were divorced and I grew up in two homes. Back and forth I went lugging along my cat Zephyr. At 20 I moved to Montana and brought her along too. Just seemed natural and normal because I loved her and she’d always been with me. She was the one constant thing in my life.

So at 25, when my husband and I bought our first house together she suddenly died that summer. At the ripe old age of 18. She knew I was finally settled. I had a house that I could make a home.

My husband and I both started our careers. We had our first child before we were married even a year. Our second child came as a surprise 2 years later and we decided I should stay home with the children. We found life to be really difficult when both parents worked outside the home. And our family suffered for it. There was constant changing of routines and our home became a place that we just passed through on our way to something else.

homestead guest (2) homestead guest (3) homestead guest (4)But that’s not what a home should be. A home is built and tended to out of love. A love for family and togetherness. The home is the center of a family. And we intended to make it so.

When we were pregnant with our first child, I planted a garden. This was nothing new to me as my father always had a garden. I had high hopes for this garden! But first trimester pregnancy hormones didn’t even allow me to look at the garden without feeling nauseated. So it grew, but nothing was harvested!

After our second child was born we decided to get a flock of backyard chickens and we attempted another garden. After we found our first eggs, some 6 months later, we were hooked. And we put away a lot of produce from our garden that year. I had lightened my workload at the hospital and out of necessity, we started homesteading. At the time we weren’t doing too much. But I was cooking from scratch more, canning tomatoes, baking bread (oh the first loaves were horrible!), using cloth diapers, and making our own cleaning products. We also cut out a lot of extra expenses. We went down to one car and let our cable bill go. And we no longer bought brand new items or clothing. We shop at thrift stores, garage sales, and auctions.

And then I just became somewhat obsessed with doing everything myself (I blame my husband who is the ultimate DIYer). If we were to do everything ourselves, then we needed some space….out of the city. Our dream was to raise our family in the country and produce most of our food.

homestead guest (5) homestead guest (6) homestead guest (7)We ended up, with a stroke of luck, buying 20 acres with a house and barns just 10 minutes from town. This was the beginning of expanding our homesteading dreams. We began to produce a bigger garden, bought a milk cow, expanded our laying hen flock, planted a fruit orchard, and raised chickens for meat.

Homesteading has been quite the journey for our family. At the heart of it has been love. A love for our home, family, food, and all things simple. While homesteading has been hard and hardly simple at times, it has given us a greater appreciation for all things.

Homesteading and farming have been very hard work. Emotionally and physically exhausting. However, the rewards have far outnumbered the exhausting moments. We have, quite literally, been able to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We don’t have money to show for it, but we do have a true sense of family togetherness, a roof over our heads, home grown food on the table, a warm fire to sit by, and fresh water to drink everyday.

And for that, I am very thankful.

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Ashley can be found writing about her adventures in homesteading, farming, and raising a family over at The Browning Homestead. Follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.