Garden Herb-Roasted Chicken
Time Required: 20 (50 total)

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4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
5 tbsp fresh herbs -- chopped fine; rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley
3 lb(s) split chicken breast w/ bones
2-4 slice(s) turkey bacon -- or pork bacon if preferred
1 cup(s) red onion -- large, diced
1-2 bunch collard greens -- stemmed and chopped
1 cup(s) chicken broth
1 1/2 cup(s) wild rice mix -- or brown rice
3 cup(s) water


Prep Work: Chop herbs, red onion, and bacon.  Remove greens stems and tear in 1” pieces.  Do step 1 below in the morning if possible, or the night before.

1. Mix the olive oil, mustard, and fresh herbs in a marinating dish or large ziplock bag.  Run a finger under the chicken skin so that the marinade can touch the meat too.  Salt and pepper the chicken, then add to marinade. Cover and refrigerate at least 15 minutes, but longer is better.  Try to do this in the morning.

2. When ready to make dinner, heat oven to 450 degrees.

3.  Put rice in sauce pan with water.  With lid on, bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer; approx. 20 min. until done. Salt and pepper lightly to taste.

4.  Grease a baking sheet or pan with olive oil.  Place chicken on top and roast until chicken is no longer pink and the skin is crisp; 30-40 minutes.

5. While chicken is roasting, sauté bacon pieces and onion in large skillet over medium heat 6-7 min., or until onions are opaque. Add the greens one batch at a time and sauté until wilted; approx. 4 minutes.

6. Add chicken broth, cover, and simmer until tender, approx. until chicken is done.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Chicken breasts can be cut in half with your chopping knife in order to serve desired portion sizes.

  (adapted from “Presidential Garden Herb-Roasted Chicken)


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