Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Baked Chicken Breasts & Green Beans

Do you ever wonder if people actually try what they pin on Pinterest?  Don't worry, I'm not going to say that I try everything I've pinned on Pinterest.  Given that I'm a serial pinner, that could take me years.  I do try some of them, though, and one of my favorites is Baked Chicken Breasts and Green Beans.  If you got to see my Menu for the Week yesterday, you know this is one of our go-to meals. Beans.  Seriously, we have it at least once every two weeks.  My super picky three year old even asks for it. Let's read that again.  Asks for it. This makes me feel like I'm in a parallel universe, all full of unicorns and swirly rainbows, but I digress.

Now, before I tell you exactly how I do it.  I need to give credit here.  I based this on a recipe I found on Pinterest.  I've found the original pin, but haven't been able to find a link, or the original pinner.  (the recipe was included in the description of the pin).  The link to the what I used is here.  Now, on to my adaptation of the recipe. 



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Place chicken breasts in baking dish and poke a few holes in them with a fork
  • Throw the green beans in on top (just keeping it real, folks)
  • Sprinkle with the packets of Italian Dressing Mix
  • Pour melted butter over all of it
  • Cover with aluminum foil
  • Bake at 400 degree F for 1 hour
In the original recipe, the temp was listed at 350.  It might just be my oven, or the gigantic chicken breasts I got from Whole Foods, but it wasn't done in an hour at 350.   Given that I'm a public health girl, I cannot eat undercooked chicken.  I need that stuff doneSo, I upped the temp to 400, and poked the holes in the chicken to let the butter get in, and, in my mind, keep it from drying out.   I also went from the original one packet of Italian Dressing Mix to two because we like a lot of flavor, but it is perfectly delicious with only one packet.
This is so delicious and so easy that we have it all the time.  And if you are having surgery or a baby, this is what you are getting from me.  Seriously.  Just ask my neighbors.  (I'll even put it in a pretty dish and layer the cooked chicken and green beans on top of the cooked rice to make it look a little extra awesome.)

Voila.  Dinner in an hour.  Minimal money spent.  Minimal clean-up.  And unless you are feeding a group of high school boys, or the Man from Montreal (who has the metabolism of a hummingbird), you might even have leftovers.   That is my kind of dinner.

I do not have any financial, or in-kind, relationship with the companies mentioned in this post.  Well, unless you count that I am convinced I keep them solvent by buying truckloads of their products.



  1. Love this recipe too! So glad I found your blog! Yum!

  2. Thanks! it is definitely our "go-to" meal.


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