Thursday, July 17, 2008

Three Forks Up

Amanda has become quite opinionated about our dinners:

"Chicken, again? I don't really like chicken," (unless it's a nugget).

"I don't really want that for dinner. It's an okay dinner, but I just don't want it tonight."

Because of that, I dread the "What are we having for dinner?" question that comes sometime each afternoon. It seems I can't win, and it's not usually up for debate, so I give an answer similar to one that you might hear from any tween, "Food."

Recently I tried a recipe from a cookbook that I checked out from the library. I showed Amanda the recipe when she asked what was for dinner, and she turned up her nose.

Undeterred, I began preparations, and when Kyle came prowling and asked for eggs and biscuits for dinner, I told him that we were having chicken that had bacon in it (I'm sure that the "breakfast for dinner" idea came when he noticed the bacon purchase at the grocery store that day).

I left a few pieces of the bacon pretty large in the sauce, and served that to Kyle along with his chicken, rice, and broccoli. "I want normal bacon," he wailed. He ate a few bites of rice for dinner.

So, here's the dinner that received a "three forks up" rating from the family. I'm not really counting Kyle, since VBS this week has left him overly tired, and Dad's work schedule has resulted in later-than-normal dinners, which means he had done a good bit of snacking. So, it's a home run.

Bacon and Cheddar Chicken
from Family Suppers (there are several other recipes I plan to try as well)

1 Tbl vegetable oil
4 large skinless boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup crumbled bacon (I used 5 slices, I think)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup milk (I used half and half for half of the milk, and 1% for the rest)
6 oz shelf-stable cheese, sliced (I think that this means Velveeta, which I didn't have so I used some sliced American cheese, but also about 1/2 cup of real shredded cheddar)

1. Cook chicken over medium heat in the oil, until golden on both sides and cooked through, about 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

2. Add bacon to skillet and cook until crisp. Add the onions and cook, about 3 minutes (At this point I dumped out the onions, bacon and grease, which wasn't suggested in the recipe). Add milk and cheese and stir until smooth (I had removed the onions and bacon for better mixing, so then I added them back in). Return chicken and any juices that have accumulated to the pan and turn chicken in sauce to coat.


Code Yellow Mom said...

This sounds yummy. I think I'll give it a try sometime soon - We've been having the dinner bah-humbugs around here, too. Thanks for sharing!

katrina said...

Sounds good. Cheese helps just about any meal, in Camden's opinion.

Anonymous said...

I am right there with you about telling the kids what is for dinner. None of them like the same thing, so one person is always upset. We grilled at the neighbors last night (they have a pool) and everyone liked it!!! (A recipe off of regis and kelly) Sad to say I have no idea what to make for dinner tonight! Martha

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Susanne said...

Well it sounds good to me! :v)

Amydeanne said...

too funny.. my dd says (unless it's chicken nuggets) that she doesn't eat meat anymore lol.
I'll have to try that recipe though! everything tastes better with cheese!!

Beck said...

I always tell them we're having "Yuck, I hate it." That recipe sounds like it would work for my munchkins, though!

Vivian said...

My kids are getting rather particular about dinner lately. Seems they're dissatisfied with the overall dinner choices and would rather eat out, if they could. They end up eating a little of the dinner, after I offer them cereal, instead.

I'll have to try this recipe and see what they say. It sounds good. Thanks.

Busymama Karen said...

I know how you feel...most nights we just can't win. Even if you cook their favorite meal...suddenly, they don't like it! This sounds good and the fact that it has bacon and cheese should make it appealing to the kids. Thanks for the recipe.