Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Fennel Countdown

Our credit card statement is in amazing shape this month, partially because of us not making a big grocery trip since early April. On the downside, we haven't made a big grocery trip since early April. This means dinners have been a bit random as of late, including more take out than we're used to having or rifling through the cupboards trying to come up with something of interest.

I forced myself to make a grocery list last weekend and to find a few new meals to focus on over these next couple weeks. Flipping through an insert that has been arriving with my Martha Stewart Living subscription the last two months, a recipe for prosciutto-wrapped chicken caught my eye. We have a good amount of chicken in the freezer, thanks to recent "buy one get one" offer so this seemed like a good one to take advantage of. Although, let's be honest, the recipe had me at "prosciutto-wrapped!" 

The recipe itself called for a whole chicken, but our chicken breasts would work just as well. 

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Fennel
1 whole chicken (or equivalent chicken breasts)
4 oz prosciutto
1 large Fuji apple, cored and cut into 8 slices
1 fennel bulb, cut into 1/2 inch wedges
1 bunch leeks (about 3), cut into 1/2 inch slices
salt and pepper
2 Tbs olive oil plus 1 tsp olive oil
10 Sage leaves

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Salt and pepper the chicken, then cover with overlapping prosciutto slices, tucking underneath. Toss apple slices, leeks and fennel with 2 Tbs olive oil and salt and pepper, line the pan alongside the chicken. Toss sage leaves with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and place atop the chicken. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is done.
We got everything set on the pan, and looked at each other like, "so that's it?" It was such an easy meal to pull together we had to re-check the recipe to make sure we weren't skipping a step!

I will admit to making a common Lydia Mistake: when I wrote out my grocery list, I wasn't as specific with some of the areas as I should have been, so ended up coming home with one leek instead of a bunch of three. Oops! I tend to do the same thing with dairy products - I'll write down heavy cream but then not know which size container to buy once I am staring at the options in the grocery store aisle. 
I love these "one pan" meals - the vegetables and apples made a great side for the chicken, and I think Bob and I have a newfound love of fennel. Who knew? Plus, did I mention "prosciutto-wrapped?"
*This blog post's title is a subtle ode to Arrested Development coming back to us! I hope the Netflix servers are prepared for the streaming overload sure to take place after May 26th!

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