Perpetual reinvention is no way to live, but I’ve found myself in the midst of another home renovation. Between the new house and the new baby – and the daily dramas of a three-year-old – my cooking routine has gone up in smoke. We’ve eaten more grilled cheeses and french fries than I care to recall, which is perfect for bathing suit season…
One rainy afternoon, when my mom took Manster out on a date to the drugstore and I was home with Baby Ice, I took it upon myself to prepare something that required more than a panini press. I always keep a cache of grape tomatoes and olives on hand, and thanks to an overzealous pot of basil, we have plenty of fresh herbs. Whole Foods had a sale on chicken breasts, so there was some actual protein waiting in the wings. Voila, the fixings for a delicious and easy meal.
This recipe uses precious few ingredients, necessitates very little prep and is ready in about an hour. Baby Ice happily bounced away in his Jumperoo while I made the whole meal and I even had a few minutes to spare to thumb through one of the 7,000 magazines that has piled up in the playroom since his arrival. A success by any measure.
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Roasted Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Fresh Herbs
- 1½ lbs chicken breasts, bone in, skin on – $5.39
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, whole – $3.99
- 3 cloves of garlic, whole – stock
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided