Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chicken, Potatoes, String Beans

I usually go to the market and just pick up whatever veggie look good and base the meal on that.  This night I found some really good looking string beans and I already had some potatoes at home.  I figured a little roasted chicken would work nicely to finish it out.

2 cups of new potatoes cut into bite size peices
2 chicken breasts
Hand full of green beans with the stems snapped off
1/4 cup pancetta diced
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Mix together the potatoes, pancetta and a little olive oil together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.   Transfer to a baking dish and pop it in the oven (20-30 minutes).  
Bring pot of water to boil for the string beans.  
While you are waiting for your water to boil, rub the chicken with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and thyme.  Heat up a frying pan on high and sear both sides of the chicken breasts.  Transfer the pan to the oven to finish the cooking (it doesn't take long).  
About 4 minutes before the potatoes and the chicken are done in the oven, cook the string beans.  Your water should be boiling at this point.  Salt the water and throw the beans in there for 3 minutes.  After the 3 minutes strain them and place in a bowl with a lump of butter and salt and pepper to taste.  
Pull the chicken and potatoes out of the oven and plate everything. 

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