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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Chicken (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal

Looking for more vegetables on your dinner plate? How about this one-pan Chicken (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal, it is easy, delicious, only takes one pan, and you get vegetables!

Busy times require more focus on cooking up easy meals, yet keeping with my philosophy of whole foods with lots of vegetables. I have played around with a few dishes that we have enjoyed time and time again. Fortunately, the outcome for food that you enjoy regularly becomes a process and from that process, a new recipe is created. 


Chicken (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal is one of those! A lighter meal with a big emphasis on vegetables! I have made it with pork chops and with chicken thighs. And each time, dinner was wonderful. You can, of course, offer a side dish of potatoes, pasta or rice. But for just the two of us, dinner has become simple and this skillet dinner is just the ticket.


Chicken (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal is still open to interpretation, feel free to substitute your favorite seasoning. We have come to enjoy the simple flavors of garlic salt, fresh ground pepper, and smoked paprika for this meal. Just enough seasonings to taste delicious, not so much as to take away from the vegetables. This skillet meal will serve 2 or 3 folks, double if you have company coming!

Ingredients needed for this meal:
  • chicken or
  • pork chops
  • carrots
  • spinach
  • garlic salt
  • paprika or
  • smoked paprika
  • fresh ground pepper
You will also need the following:
  • cast-iron skillet
  • cutting board
  • carrot peeler
  • kitchen knife
  • measuring spoons
  • tongs
  • serving platter
Now we are ready to begin!

Chicken and (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal

Chicken and (or Pork) Vegetables Skillet Meal
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

4 chicken thighs
OR
2 large pork chops

2 t olive oil, butter, or bacon drippings
garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
smoked paprika or plain

4 large carrots - cut 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal

2 - 3 large handfuls of spinach leaves

In a medium-sized cast-iron skillet, brown the chicken or chops in the fat of choice. Season with garlic salt, fresh ground pepper, and smoked paprika. Turn, and season the second side. Let cook a moment or two to sear the second side.


Push the browned meat aside, add the prepared carrots and toss in the drippings that have accumulated in the pan. 

Arrange the meat to the outside edges of the pan and place the carrots in the center. Bake 35-45 minutes or until done in your oven.


Carefully remove skillet from oven, returning it to the stovetop. Turn the burner on to medium-high.


Remove the chicken or pork chops from the pan and place them on a serving platter.



Add the spinach to the pan along with the carrots and stir-fry the vegetables together just long enough to cook the spinach.


Place vegetables on the platter with the meat, and serve.

Storage options for Chicken (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal. You may refrigerate the cooked chicken and vegetables for up to three days. You may also freeze the cooked chicken and vegetables, reheating may result in a loss of texture quality.
 

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Chicken and (or Pork) Vegetables Skillet Meal
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

4 chicken thighs
OR
2 large pork chops

2 t olive oil, butter, or bacon drippings
garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
smoked paprika or plain

4 large carrots - cut 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal

2 - 3 large handfuls of spinach leaves

In a medium-sized cast-iron skillet, brown the chicken or chops in the fat of choice. Season with garlic salt, fresh ground pepper, and smoked paprika. Turn, and season the second side. Let cook a moment or two to sear the second side.

Push the browned meat aside, add the prepared carrots and toss in the drippings that have accumulated in the pan. 

Arrange the meat to the outside edges of the pan and place the carrots in the center. Bake 35-45 minutes or until done in your oven.

Carefully remove skillet from oven, returning it to the stovetop. Turn the burner on to medium-high.

Remove the chicken or pork chops from the pan and place them on a serving platter.

Add the spinach to the pan along with the carrots and stir-fry the vegetables together just long enough to cook the spinach.

Place vegetables on the platter with the meat, and serve.

Storage options for Chicken (or Pork) and Vegetables Skillet Meal. You may refrigerate the cooked chicken and vegetables for up to three days. You may also freeze the cooked chicken and vegetables, reheating may result in a loss of texture quality. 

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  1. This sounds delicious. Pinning so I can give it a try.

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  2. That's a versitile dish, I love the sound of it. Much of the meals I prepare allow for adaptions and whatever is on hand in the fride and pantry.

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