“Hey. It tastes like chicken.” (who knows?)
“A chicken in every pot.” 1928 republican campaign slogan
A chicken is an amazing animal. Just think where we would be without them. Whether it be soup, baked, broiled, stewed or fricassee, chicken has become such a staple that we even eat them before they are officially born! Fried, scrambled, soft or hard boiled. You name the rest. But what do we know about them, really. Until just a few years ago, all I ever knew about chickens was what I saw in the cartoons when they would lay piles and piles of eggs and then get chased around by an ax-wielding cat or Elmer Fudd, who wanted to eat them.
Years ago, I had a breeder explain to me the difference between brown and white eggs. He also told me about all the different colors eggs could be. Chickens, he explained, just walk around all day and lay eggs. Different color chickens and different breeds lay different colored eggs. OK. Enough history. If you’re still with me we can get to the gist of this column.
With our society today being what it is, time is our most valuable commodity. We never have enough so it becomes necessary to use what we have wisely. Caring for loved ones, work, socializing and even lazing have all become art forms and we really have to raise our game to use it wisely. When talking about family it becomes even more difficult because of the varied schedules involved between parents and children. Don’t get me wrong here though. Living alone also has its challenges, and nutrition, good nutrition often falls by the wayside as we tend to eat more and more fast or prepared foods. They may be tasty, but how much do you really know about ingredients?
A while ago my son was visiting and he likes to show off some of the culinary skills he has learned living in his NYC apartment. I do have to admit that he is a pretty good cook and he has gotten adventurous with his recipes. Most of the time though, he doesn’t have time to fuss so his meals are quick cooked yet highly nutritious to support his active lifestyle. This recipe you will see is quick and easy with minimal ingredients but big on flavor. So here you have it…JIMMY’S CHICKEN…
Prep time-about 10 minutes
Cook time-about 8 minutes
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 teaspoons EVOO
(Just a note from me. If you have thighs with the bone, skin and bone them yourself, then use the bones for a small pot of broth. Simply boil them down in plain water until ½ the liquid is gone. Use it as a broth or you can easily make a gravy out of it.)
Put the EVOO into a frying pan, cast iron is best, and let it heat up. Meanwhile, pound the thighs a bit so they will cook evenly. Salt and pepper both sides to taste, but don’t be too stingy with the salt.
When the oil is hot (hot, not warm) add the thighs. Cook them 4 minutes on one side and turn them over. Cook on that side about 3 more minutes or until browned making sure their juices run clear.
Remove the thighs and let them rest for five minutes so the juices can come together Then plate them over a bed of orzo, quinoa or some rice, or leave them plain with a tossed salad on the side.
There you have it. Simple, quick, easy but a lot of flavor. Low calorie, gluten free, very little oil. I know it doesn’t sound like much, a little too simple. But I can promise you this will become a favorite and a go-to recipe for those nights when everything is running late. My wife and I like to add a glass of a light chardonnay as a nice accompaniment.
It is a real nice feeling when you come to the realization that, even though our kids are grown, flown the coop so to speak, and out on their own, they can come up with some creative ways to take care of themselves. Oh sure, we are the parents so we never stop worrying about them, especially in these uncertain times. We will always want the best for them, always keep them in our thoughts and always wonder about their well-being. It goes with that parenting territory. In this case though, I think we did something right. Just wait til he finds out that I stole his recipe!