I would make the meal that I made tonight. It's the kind of food that I feel like would impress a man. :) The Pioneer Woman is a genius. She really is. Marlboro man must eat amazing every night! I made the ranch style chicken and boy was it yummy! I was kind of impressed with myself actually...I mean it was just THAT good. I wish I had taken a picture of it when I finished making it, but of course I forgot. For dessert I made homemade blackberry cobbler. Yes, be jealous of the meal we had last night. Here are the recipes.
To begin, make the marinade. In a large bowl mix together ½ cup Dijon or country/grainy mustard with ½ cup honey, juice of ½ lemon, ½ teaspoon paprika, and ½ teaspoon salt and whisk until smooth. Sprinkle in some crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne if you like things a little spicy. Set aside.
Next, rinse the chicken breasts, place between two sheets of waxed paper and pound to around ½ to ¾ inch thick with a mallet. Next, add the chicken to the bowl with the marinade, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours.
While the chicken marinates, fry up some bacon. When finished cooking, reserve ¼ cup of the bacon grease and clean out the skillet.
When the chicken is done marinating, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the chicken from the fridge and pour off excess marinade. Heat half of the reserved bacon grease with an equal quantity of Canola Oil in the clean skillet over medium-high heat. When the grease is nice and hot add two or three pieces of chicken to it. Cook until brownish/blackish, about 1 to 1 ½ minutes per side. Remove chicken to a large baking sheet. If cooking many pieces of chicken, repeat skillet process and remove finished chicken to baking sheet. Place chicken in preheated oven and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from over.
Lay a few pieces of bacon over each chicken breast. Sprinkle shredded sharp cheddar cheese over the top of the chicken as generously as you like. Return pan to oven for an additional five minutes until cheese is melted and bacon is sizzling. Serve immediately.
Now, here is a pic of my yummy blackberry cobbler! We got these blackeberries from the backyard since we have wild ones that grow every year. Yum!
I used a Betty Crocker recipe for this and you can find that one RIGHT HERE. It was delicious and sweet and juicy and I could go on forever, but I won't. :)