This recipe is for a large batch of skinless chicken, approximately 4 pounds, which is great for a larger family. It is also great when you want to bring something you can enjoy to family gatherings or potluck suppers. Or, if you have a small family that enjoys left-overs.
I have also listed a conversion for a small meal for a couple, as in the case for my husband and I since we are now down to enjoying meals together since our youngest is away at college.
My preference is to purchase naturally fed poultry, without chemical additives or hormones, whenever possible. The reason is that I have found that my body disagrees with all protein sources that are hormone fed.
NOTE: I realize it is expensive to purchase the naturally fed meats, but what you will find when you convert to it is:
- You will not feel bloated
- You will not crave excess servings
- You will consciously (realizing the cost difference) actually serve a proper portion size
- When adding the needed vegetables to your dish, you will discover that you will be comfortably full after having your evening meal.
This meal is an inexpensive gluten and milk free meal that will find an entire family. Although I now only cook for two, sometimes three (when our daughter is home from college), I do occasionally cook for more when all the girls are home. So, for the writer who shared her desire to convert her family at a budget friendly price, this meal is a great start!!
Anyway, ingredients needed:
For a family/large crowd:
- 4 pounds chicken legs, breasts, or thighs. Personally I prefer chicken breast and chicken that is free from hormones and other unnatural additives, but use what you have or what you love most. Tonight I am using two chicken breasts from the freezer.
- ½ cup gluten free bread crumbs
- 1 tsp granulated garlic powder (not salt)
- 1 tbls Italian seasoning
- Salt (okay, I do not use any salt in my cooking, as I would rather season at the table IF it is necessary for flavoring – if used, I recommend sea salt)
For two: select two pieces of chicken breasts and reduce the bread crumbs to 1/8 c, ¼ tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix the bread crumbs, garlic powder and Italian seasoning together in a bowl
- If your chicken is not already skinned, now is the time to do this. I realize that some people enjoy this part of the chicken, but it really isn’t that great for you, but more importantly, the seasoning has a better chance of flavoring your chicken if the skin is removed. Go ahead, you can do it J
- Wash your chicken
- Coat your chicken with the gluten free, flavored bread crumb mix
- Place in oven proof cooking dish. I prefer my glass cooking dishes.
- Bake for 30-45 min. It really depends on how much you are cooking. For the two pieces, 30 minutes was sufficient.
- As we steamed broccoli on the stove, I turned the oven off and let the chicken remain in the oven until the broccoli was ready.
NOTE: The potatoes you see in the pictures are small cooking potatoes. You can start baking these ahead of time in your oven (about 30 min) or start the cooking process in your microwave by cooking them for 2-3 minutes then adding them to your pan with the chicken. They must be started ahead of time otherwise you will not get the full flavor of baked potatoes.
NOTE: We also start our vegetables about 5-10 minutes before the chicken is done. This way we do not have to reheat, causing the vegetables to lose their nutrients and flavor from being over-cooked.
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Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
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