What do you do when you have to make a quick, no-hands-on dinner? In my house, you make Onion Roasted Chicken Breasts. My son and his girlfriend were coming over for dinner and I didn’t want to spend a lot of time slaving over a stove top, so this was my way of making something that was tasty, low “tech”, and “guest-worthy”. I hope you enjoy it!
I started with two large chicken breasts. Since I was feeding three people (one of whom was my son), I decided to slice the breasts in half, width-wise, to extend the amount of food without having to wait for three thick chicken breasts to cook through. Once the breasts were cut into four separate cutlets, I put them into a bag with a sliced onion and a mixture of salad dressing (I used a lite sesame Asian vinaigrette), Chardonnay (a stainless steel Chardonnay works best here… just be sure to use what you like), and some salt/pepper. I let the chicken/onion mixture marinate for a half hour.
When my guests arrived, I preheated the oven to 400 degrees and covered a baking pan with foil for easy cleanup. I used tongs to remove the chicken and onions from the marinade and placed them in the baking sheet (as shown in the photo). I decided against pouring the small excess marinade over the chicken. I could have poured it into a pan to create a sauce, but this wasn’t that sort of a dinner… I wanted something more simple.
The chicken took about 20 minutes to roast. While the chicken and onions were roasting, I popped a bag of green beans into the microwave and cooked them for 6 minutes (until they were steamed thoroughly). I then pulled everything out of the oven/microwave and plated our dinner. Had I been feeding my husband, I would have added some garlic toasts or a “starch” of some sort, but this was the simple, easy dinner that my son preferred.
You can also make this dinner with fish, if you’d like. There are many options when it comes to a dinner recipe such as this… try your hand at using your own favorite ingredients and have fun. You’re feeding the ones that you love… enjoy!