Citrus Crunch Chicken

This baked dish is warm and cozy, but not heavy in your tummy.  And a snap to make.  Perfect for supper after a day of making peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate (recipe not to be posted, because it turned out not to be kid-friendly to make!).

From Kraft’s Food and Family, winter 2006 (also here)

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 1 pouch Shake ‘N Bake, original chicken flavor
  • chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded as necessary

Preheat oven to 400.

While C was trying to open the Shake ‘N Bake box (after identifying all of the c‘s and a‘s), I washed the fruit and grated half the peeling of each into a small bowl.  I made sure to grate off just the colored part of the peel because that’s where the flavor is.  C finally got the box open, saying “Shakenbake!  Shakenbake!” the whole time.  I had him pull out one packet and one bag while I sliced the fruit into thin circles with a serrated knife.

He was in charge of laying out the fruit in a single layer on the bottom of the glass baking dish, and we talked about which circles were the biggest, smallest, etc.  I also had him follow directions for which slice to put in the middle, right and left.  (Always looking for opportunities to practice those directional words!)  He ate the leftover orange slices.We poured the packet’s contents into the supplied plastic bag and added the grated lemon, lime, and orange peels.  After securing the bag at the top with a twist tie, I let C shake shake shake to his heart’s content!  Once it was mixed, we added one chicken breast at a time, shaking until the whole thing was covered.  I removed the chicken and placed it flat on the fruit slices.

Bake for 30 minute or until chicken is cooked through.  Serve with the baked fruit, if you want.  C loved both the lime and orange slices, once they cooled off!

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