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Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Sheet Pan Dinner Fail ~ Well Sort of


I've made this twice now, and the second time remembered why the vegetables don't cook.  I even cooked the veggies for 20 minutes before adding the chicken.  The recipe is online, but seriously it has it's flaws.  I was in a hurry, so I just looked it up to check bake time on it.  

It's a balsamic/honey recipe, but it doesn't work, as the recipe states to coat the veggies with the mixture.  They will not cook with the vinegar (my duh moment).  Even if you cook the veggies 45 minutes.

So, to remember what not to do, I'm posting to remember on what to do.

Cook the chicken on a separate pan.  The mixture of the vinegar and honey makes the chicken so tender and delicious.  Cook the veggies on a different pan do do not coat in the vinegar sauce.

I personally, like rosemary on roasted potatoes, and a bit of parmesan or other herbs on the carrots.  

Sauce recipe states 1 cup balsamic vinegar with 1/3 cup honey, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and reduce by half.  I will cut the recipe in 1/2, maybe in 1/4 amount for just the chicken and season everything as I wish.  Bake time was 20 minutes for veggies at 400°, then add chicken, but next time the chicken will be on a different pan, but bake for 20-25 minutes or until you have checked internal temperature on the chicken.

We loved the chicken, just didn't like the almost raw carrots, and the potatoes were semi-soft.  Sometimes getting recipes online is great, and other times not so.  I think the seasoning for the chicken was garlic powder, basil, and thyme.  I'd have to double check, but that sounds about right.  You can season however you like.

The same goes for crochet patterns.  Sometimes it's great to get patterns free online, but sometimes not.  I will share on that later.


Katie C. said...

I think it’s the vinegar that makes the chicken so tender. Sometimes, when I’m being lazy, I dump some of my home canned salsa on chicken and just bake it. Super tender and it tastes great over rice too. I use the Ball’s Zesty Salsa recipe to can salsa.

-Katie C.

Kristina said...

Katie that is a great idea! I will have to check that recipe too. I did not can any salsa last year.

Leigh said...

I did not know that veggies won't cook if coated with vinegar. That's good to know! But I do like the idea of a one pan dinner. I'm always for fewer dishes to wash.

Kristina said...

Leigh, yes, after making this recipe two times, we both realized something was odd about the veggies not cooking. The vinegar does make a tender chicken though.