Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What's for dinner tonight?

Do you hate that question as much as I do?  I like to cook but sometimes I feel like I'm cooking (and we're eating) the same boring dinners over and over again.  Last week, I couldn't think of a single thing I felt like making for dinner.  What's a girl to do?  Easy, I made Pete plan the week's menu.

One of the things he requested was Lemon Pepper Chicken.  Which was fine, except that I've never made Lemon Pepper Chicken.  No problem . . . I turned to the dLife Recipe site and searched Lemon Pepper Chicken.  And I came up with this Lemon Chicken Packet. Score!! I tweeted about it and Landileigh requested I blog about it.  But first I  want to mention that since Pete and  I have started our quest to slim down I've been turning to the dLife recipes quite often.  They always include Nutrition Information, which makes it a snap to count my carbs, and also keep track of my calories and fat grams.

So on to dinner.

First, I gathered my ingredients.  This includes the noodles and asparagus I decided to serve as side dishes.

I used Perdue Perfect Portions Thin-Sliced Chicken Breasts.  I love these because each individual pack is the perfect size for a dinner for me and Pete.  I rinsed the chicken and divided it up between two large pieces of foil.  Then I topped it with the lemon juice, salt and pepper, rosemary and scallions / green onions.  I also threw on some lemon zest to give the chicken a stronger lemon flavor.  Then I added some crushed red pepper flakes to since Pete had asked for Lemon PEPPER Chicken.  This whole process probably took less than five minutes.

Now it's time to wrap the packets.  I had decided we'd cook these on the grill since it was too hot and humid to even consider turning the oven on.  So the most important thing was to make sure the packets were tightly sealed, otherwise they leak and make a mess (or maybe a fire) in the grill.  Go ahead, ask me how I know?  Anyway, first pull the two long sides together and roll over as many times as possible until you have a flat packet.  Then roll up each end tightly.

I like to do asparagus in grill packets also.  I drizzle it with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  This time I also threw on a little rosemary to compliment the chicken.

Out to the grill the packets went, while I cooked the noodles on the stove-top.  It made for an easy and delicious supper.  Although I must admit, the chicken was a little bland for my liking.  Next time I will use two or three scallions because I couldn't taste any onion flavor after using just one.  I'll also slice a second lemon and arrange the slices in the chicken packet for some extra flavor.

So, what are you cooking for dinner tonight?


  1. How do You know Karen? ;-)

    That looks SOOOOO yummy....wonder if I have the ingredients...

    Thanks for sharing!

    So, umm..what's for dinner tonight?
    kelly k

  3. Yum!!!! I need to search dlife for recipes.

  4. Wow Karen .... what a yummy dinner that looks like! Could you come to my house and cook for me too? lol Lucky for me, my hubby does most of the cooking since I get home late from work but sometimes I do feel like we eat the same things. I will have to turn to dlife recipe site for ideas. Thanks for the tip! :)


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