So I feel a little bad about this one:
Tonight I made a new recipe (I should stop referring to them as new, from here forward, I will only note an "old" recipe, should one come up) from the Pampered Chef 29 Minutes to Dinner 2 Cookbook. Usually I am enamored of the simple, quick-cooking, and flavorful recipes. Tonight's was just...ehhh. Not great, not inedible. So the middle ground is good. Everything I make does not have to be spectacular. Here's the rundown:
Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Lemon Basil Rice. I did a couple of modifications: switched the rice for orzo (I dressed it with a little extra-virgin olive oil and parmesan) because we have a lot of rice in our week and thought Drew would be a little burned out by week's end. I also cut the recipe almost in half (I had a teeny tiny chicken breast that probably came from a very sad, very young chicken + two normal sized chicken breasts). The process of making the recipe is very simple. The instructions easy to follow. I would throw a little pesto into this situation next time to fill out the flavor profile. Drew said, "I don't like the tomatoes."
Here's the problem I have with cooking chicken in the oven: I like my chicken to brown on the outside so that I know it is done. I need some feedback, chicken. When you do it in the oven (or in poaching liquid), it remains, sadly, just white enough to trick you into thinking it is done, but pink on the inside. My solution: cook it for at least 5 more minutes than it says to. I have never had a problem when doing this - the chicken is still moist, but it is cooked through. Not that you needed this tip: but this is what I was thinking whilst dining on said chicken.
So, maybe its me, but I don't think this one will make it around again (funny, because very often even the successes don't make it around again). Sorry Pampered Chef, you will have the opportunity to redeem yourself Thursday night (I know you can do it!).