simply great chicken

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” So says Edith Sitwell, British Poet, and I agree. I don’t know what Edith’s thoughts on summer were, but if you know me well, you know there is nowhere I’d rather be than at home, in my own bed, in my own kitchen, in my own garden, any time of year. Of course, a visit to the warm sunny beaches of the south east would not go amiss during the seemingly bleak days of January and February…but home is still my favorite. Three or four days away and I’m yearning to go home, counting down in my head…three more nights and I get to go home…two more nights and I get to go home…but I digress. Here’s a good recipe for a family dinner, chicken and cornbread warm from the oven and smelling, oh, so good, eaten at the kitchen table with the oven still warming the air. Especially if you forget to turn it off…

chicken for supper

I change recipes all the time. Substitute this, omit that, double the other thing… But here is one recipe I didn’t change at all. For one thing, there’s not much to change! For another, it has such rave reviews on the blogs on which I found it, that I wanted to give it an unadorned trial run.

Simply Great Chicken
(Source: Country Chicken cookbook)

3 1/2-4 lb. chicken, cut up and skin removed [I used six boneless, skinless thighs and two large boneless, skinless breasts cut into three pieces each.]
1 (.7 oz.) envelope dry Italian salad dressing mix
1/2 c. packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350*.

Place chicken in a single layer in a greased 9×13 baking dish. [I lined mine with non-stick aluminum foil and sprayed it with cooking spray.] In a small bowl, combine dry salad dressing mix and brown sugar; sprinkle over chicken.
Bake, uncovered, @ 350* for 55-60 minutes or until juices run clear. 4 servings.

chicken for supper

It was very good. Everyone liked it and wants to have it again. So there’s another recipe for my binder. Gonna need a new recipe binder any day now. I’ve already made two…one for general recipes and one for desserts. Wonder which way I should go with a new one. Maybe main dishes? And all the sides, beverages, snacks, etc. in the original one? I’ll have to ponder that.



  1. Posted January 29, 2010 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Rhonda! I know what’s for dinner tonight 😉

  2. Posted January 29, 2010 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    Yummm! Sounds and looks great! I’m going to make your chicken tortellini soup this weekend – have leftover chicken, just have to pick up some tortellini on the way home from work.
    Haven’t visited much lately …really must change that. You have WAY too many wonderful posts to miss any of them!

  3. Posted January 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Niche and Holly! Hope you enjoy the recipes! ~~Rhonda

  4. Posted January 30, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a yummy recipe Rhonda. Guess I’ll have to try it out. 🙂 I’m with you about being at home. We love to go camping in the summer… but 3 nights is about all I can handle away from home! lol

  5. Posted February 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Rhonda! We made the chicken this weekend and everyone loved it! (They even went back for more!) It will definitely be added to the rotation! Thanks for posting it!

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