I decided to start with a glass of wine for me :) so I poured some Smoking Loon Pinot Grigio. I also decided to "keep it simple stupid" as my dad would say. I noticed some lemon juice and thought that even if they didn't have lemon-pepper seasoning I could at least add pepper and the miracle whip to the juice and mimic the sauce for the lemon-pepper salmon recipe I have. Easily enough, they had even better lemon-pepper seasoning than I use, it was the kind you fresh grind...yum yum yum. So I eye-balled that sauce together (I will list it here so you don't have to search) and pulled out the chicken thighs they had. I had no idea chicken thighs were so fatty! I spent a lot of time trimming the fat off these things which was a frustrating task, I will definitely be sticking to organic chicken breasts like I normally buy.
While poking around for ideas for the salad I noticed they had Tomato-Basil Cabot Cheddar and I couldn't help but feel like I scored a big one. I cut off a few thinnish slices. I put one slice in the middle of each thigh (thighs come splayed open so you just have to fold it over). I covered a broiler pan in tinfoil and placed the folded-over chicken thighs on and then covered them with the lemon sauce.
Leaving the oven door cracked open I broiled the chicken thighs for 9minutes on high, flipped, and again for 9 minutes on high. The cheese definitely melts out a little but don't worry, there is plenty of flavor left inside. These came out very moist and very tasty and the cheese and sauce actually went quite excellently together. (Admittedly I was worried.)
With the chicken we had salads with greens, dried cranberries, sweet onion, cucumber, and carrots. Mom and Dad added a little feta to their salads (which I obviously couldn't do...sad face). Very delish. Left us satisfied and not stuffed and didn't feel heavy or greasy. Sorry, I didn't take pictures this time!
- Cabot Tomato-Basil Cheddar
- Lemon-pepper seasoning - add to taste
- lemon juice - eye ball amount
- miracle whip - add to desired consistency
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