Someone else’s great idea: Sheet-Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken

I know that all the world is crazed for The Lazy Genius Collective’s Change-Your-Life-Chicken right now, which is absolutely fabulous, but the chicken dish we’ve been making over and over again in our house this winter is Taste of Home’s Sheet-Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken.

This is an easy meal to throw together on a foil-covered pan which makes it perfect for a work-night dinner…

…or on a night when you need to do something else while dinner cooks. Recently I realized that the laundry had gotten completely out of control. As many parents have experienced in 2020, it is just about impossible to do all the things all the time. Adding teacher to my list of different roles meant that laundry just didn’t make the cut one week. Or more specifically, my least favorite part of the laundry: folding it and putting it away.

It was a serious pile of laundry…

So one night, I got this dinner in the oven, poured a glass of wine, put a show on for the kids, and dumped all of the laundry in the middle of the living room for us to all fold together. We paused the show to take “put away” breaks and we all took care of our own laundry. By the time the meal was done cooking, the pile was gone and I was feeling much better. Now, was everything folded and put away exactly the way I would have done? Absolutely not. Were the drawers and closets organized the way I would have loved them to be? Again, absolutely not. But the anxiety-producing pile of laundry was gone and that was what I needed that night.

My kids and husband LOVE this dinner! I usually just throw the pan in the middle of the table and serve it with a loaf of sourdough made previously (or easily bought). We all wind up breaking off bread and dipping it in the lemony sauce on the pan.

Hopefully this recipe can help you put an easy meal on the table sometime soon!

Happy cooking!


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