Day 4: A Southern-Inspired Chicken Dinner

September 22, 2011 | By | Comments (8)

Today’s recipe, Chicken with Potatoes, Bacon, and Cabbage, was prepared by Elinor Smith, Real Simple’s assistant fashion editor and fashion blogger.

I was excited to cook a recipe from Real Simple’s Month of Dinners for the second year in a row–especially one that seemed reminiscent of my childhood, which consisted of many hearty Southern meals.

I headed to the grocery on a Sunday night to pick up the ingredients for Chicken with Potatoes, Bacon, and Cabbage, and all of the items were easy to locate.

I planned to cook the meal later that week, using it as a way to decompress during Fashion Week, which was happening at the time. And, unlike last year, I was going to have the pleasure of playing chef in a friend’s roomy kitchen–making all the difference when slicing, dicing, and sautéing all at once.

I stuck very closely to the recipe at hand, except I did choose to cook a bit more cabbage than it called for. As a result, I added some extra cider vinegar and whole-grain mustard to balance it out.

But, without getting too ahead of myself, I’ll tell you about the chicken and the potatoes. I’ve never cooked more perfectly tender, perfectly juicy chicken in my life, and it was so simple. All you need is salt, pepper, a touch of olive oil, and a frying pan!

The same magical ingredients were used for the potatoes, too. They had to roast a little longer than 25 minutes to become tender in the middle, but the end product was just as tasty. It’s amazing how these three kitchen staples—salt, pepper, and olive oil—can make something so delicious!

The final dish as a whole ended up being a comforting combination of flavors, and everyone seemed totally content—and totally full.

I loved the way the savory chicken and bacon complemented the slightly sweeter taste of the cabbage. And, I plan on cooking the leftover head the exact same way later this week, pairing it with either pork chops or other vegetables (to make a tasty veggie plate).

All in all, my second test run with Month of Dinners went well, satisfying my appetite for good food, fellowship, and fun.

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