I make this kind of dinner when my brain is not working. I think of all the things I crave, and put them on 1 plate. It works no matter what oddball ingredients I throw together. This dinner always includes fries, and after that, it depends on what I have on hand. This could just as easily have been; fries with bacon, peas and onions!
My aim is to have everything I decide to cook, ready, by the time the fries come out of the oven. if I can cook something with the fries; even better! This time I threw the chicken in to roast at the same time. I have also cooked fish, sausages and chops when making this kind of slap-dash meal.
I dressed up each piece of chicken with a sprig of rosemary from the garden, and it really improved the flavor of the breast meat (which, in my opinion, can be a little boring-tasting if you don’t season it with something or other).
So, if you had a bit of this and that, and you can’t decide what to make for dinner, do what I did, and use it all!
You will need: 3 very large yellow potatoes (or 4 or 5 lesser in size), washed & dried, 4 chicken breasts, 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, 10 cups spinach leaves (or 1 big bunch), washed, 4+ large eggs (more, if needed), 1 or 2 Haas avocados, quartered & sliced (only if you have them on hand, don’t spend the money if they are crazy expensive, or make a special trip to the shop if you have everything else!), 5 or 6 tbs olive oil, sea-salt & freshly ground black pepper.
Preheat oven 425*
1 – First prepare the potatoes like the photo below. Cut into 1/2″ slices and then cut into fries. Put into a big bowl and add about 3 tbs of olive oil. Mix it to coat (I use my hands). Add lots of salt and pepper.
2 – Wash and dry chicken breasts and place on a board. Cut a deep slit in the middle, making sure not to go all the way through and insert a rosemary sprig in each slit. Sprinkle about 2 tbs of olive oil over then and rub it all over. Season with some salt and pepper.
3 – sprinkle about 2 tbs olive oil on a baking sheet and place in the preheating oven. Take it out when it is hot and starting to smoke (about 4 or so minutes). Add the fries and chicken to the pan in an even layer, (they will sizzle!). It will be tight, but try to avoid having chicken on top of fries, with everything having contact with the bottom of the pan.
4 – Place in oven and time for 25 minutes. Take out and remove chicken to a plate and tent with foil. Turn the fries and spread evenly. Place in oven for another 12 to 15 minutes. Check them once before time is up. If they start to look brown, test one by tasting. You will know when they are done (crunch on the outside, completely soft on the inside).
5 – While fries are in the last stages of cooking, put a pan on with a little extra-vrigin olive oil and saute the spinach for 2 minutes until wilted. Set aside. Slice the avocado, and fry the eggs.
Place all components on a warmed plate. You can serve it with fried eggs, or without (see two photo at beginning and end of blog)