This year I am trying new recipes that we could work into our monthly rotation of meals. I’ll share our favorites from the comparisons, as well as, ones our particularly picky kids choose. The first up is two chicken recipes that share one thing in common: one pot meals. The first, lemon butter chicken. You cook it in a oven safe skillet first on the stove and then finish it in the oven.
The result? Creamy, lemony chicken. My only issue was the sauce did not thicken as much as I would have liked. We ended up using a slotted spoon to dish it out and then pouring a little of the sauce over top. I also made a side of mashed potatoes to go with it.
Second, arroz con pollo (the recipe is from the Dinner: A Love Story cookbook). This time you use a dutch oven and first brown the chicken and vegetables on the stove and then finish it with rice in the oven.
I made cheese quesadillas to go on the side, but they are certainly not a requirement. The chicken, rice, and vegetables in the pot are enough for an entire meal. It is supposed to cook for 30 minutes, I would check it at 25 minutes and then let it go five more if the chicken isn’t quite done. I also made it with an orange bell pepper to substitute for the onion requirement. It’s really flavorful without being too spicy. B already asked that we add it to our monthly rotation!
The winner for the adults? Tie. I definitely would make both again, and I’m determined to re-try the lemon butter chicken sauce to get it thicker the next time. They also both take about the same amount of time from start to finish (about an hour).
The winner for the kids? The arroz con pollo. A ate both, but asked for a second helping of the rice. J at least tried the rice from the arroz con pollo, while our best persuasive efforts couldn’t convince him to even try the lemon chicken.