This is a meal designed specifically for my husband who seems to think that any dinner involving more than chopping things up and throwing them in a singular pan is too complicated.
“Why make things complicated? It all tastes the same in the end.” – Husband.
“Fork meals” are what he wants. Fork meals. Don’t ask me what it means. When asked the next day what it meant, he didn’t even remember saying it.
This came about after I recruited his help to make bacon wrapped cream cheese chicken. Yeah, I could have done it on my own, but why waste more time washing my hands between every step when I can just enlist another pair of hands.
While he’s usually more than willing to assist me in the kitchen, he professed to never want to wrap anything in bacon again. Too much effort for it all just to be masticated.
What he failed to realize is that you get maximum bacon when in wrap form. You need a minimum of three pieces to successfully wrap a chicken thigh with little leakage. Whereas with this “fork meal,” you only get one piece of bacon per serving.
I won’t tell him if you don’t. This is what he wants after all. 🙂
This dish still doesn’t meet the requirements of my husband’s “fork meals” but its about as close as we’re going to get. I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of making a meal and making them too simple sucks the enjoyment right out of it.
I mean, as much as I hate to admit it, he’s not completely wrong – it really does taste the same.
What you need:
- 4 chicken thighs
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 tsp lime juice
- 1 tsp lemon Juice
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup colby jack or cheddar cheese
- 4 slices bacon, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper and place in 9×9 casserole dish
- Cook for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F
- While chicken is cooking, peel your avocado and mix in small bowl with lime, lemon, salt and pepper, and garlic powder, set aside
- Cook bacon, crumble
- Remove chicken from oven, cover in avocado mixture, sprinkle with cheese and bacon
- Return chicken to oven for 3 minutes or until cheese has melted
If you would like to turn this dinner into a “fork meal” simply:
1. Cut chicken into cubes, pan fry until cooked through
2. Slice avocado in half, remove seed (Leaving it in the skin makes a convienient bowl!)
3. Cook bacon
4. Pile chicken cubes onto avocado halves
5. Top with cheese and bacon
Yes, it’s essentially the same meal just without the citrus flavors. But I can’t convince myself to do it. I LIKE MY LIFE COMPLICATED!
Have you turned any “complicated” dishes into “fork meals”?