Guest blogger: Larry =)
It’s good to be here. The other night Dev was at barre and asked me to whip up some dinner. It would have been easy to do take out, but I’m a fighter, a DIY’er, and a lover of croutons. A few weeks ago I found a dry rub chicken recipe on Pinterest (yea, yea I use Pinterest now and then). That recipe was for a bone in chicken slow cooked on the grill, and it came out amazing. Knowing how hard Dev pumps those long legs at barre, I knew she was going to have the appetite of that stoner kid I knew in high school who would smoke a joint and eat a bucket of KFC like it was his last meal.
Anyways, I decided to dry rub a couple of cutlets and pair it with a salad of baby greens. Let’s be honest, it really wasn’t too hard, but it’s the thought that counts. And sometimes simple is best. So here’s how it went down – I mixed the rub, covered all sides of the breast, and threw it in the convection toaster for 25 minutes. So easy.
Onto the salad… I hate it when my dressing isn’t evenly spread across the leafy greens, so while the breasts were cooking, I tossed a salad and dressing in a big bowl like that fancy salad place in South Norwalk. All pretty straightforward, right?
So, I really wanted to get Dev excited and show her that I can go the extra mile when challenged (I also wanted to get lucky), so I sliced up some strawberries, grabbed a handful blueberries and artfully laid them out on top of the salad. I delicately laid the chicken breast across the top of the salad like Goldilocks sleeping in the third bears bed.
Net, net was that I caught her off guard and succeeded – on all fronts – heyyyoooooo. The result was a perfectly cooked chicken breast with the slightest hint of sweetness and spice over a perfectly dressed salad.
So thats’ all I have to say about that. Thanks for having me and I hope Dev’s biggest fan, Tony is able to impress his baby mama with this meal.
FINAL VERDICT: 5 BOMBS ______________________________________________________________________________________
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (dark)
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp chile powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 pounds bone in chicken OR just chicken breasts
- Leafy greens
- Italian dressing
- Gorgonzola Cheese
Combine all spices
- Rub the rub on the chicken
- Cook for 25 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees
- While the chicken is cooking, dress the greens with Italian dressing
- Throw some blueberries, sliced strawberries and tomatoes in there
- Sprinkle Gorgonzola cheese on top
- Blast it with some croutons
- Place cooked chicken on top