chicken zucchini bake
Most families have a treasure trove of recipes, no matter how simple or complex. When you prepare a family recipe, you are not just making a meal, you are reliving your own memories, as well as creating new memories for your own family. The power of food – it nourishes our bodies as well as our souls.
When my father retired from the military, even though he began a new career in teaching, he started cooking more. This was one of his creations that would fall into the “simple” category. He used to type out the recipes on index cards, using his old manual typewriter. Over the years, I have transferred most of the recipes to the computer, but have saved the cards, with all the typos, mistakes and handwritten notes, just because. Cooking was his passion, and I always thought he would have been a natural at culinary school. He would have loved cooking blogs, cooking shows and the internet. He loved watching the pioneers of TV cooking shows – Galloping Gourmet and Julia Child.
Even though it is probably one of the easiest dinners you will ever prepare, it doesn’t make it any less special or delicious. To make it even more exceptional, I used BBQ sauce that my brother sent me from the mid-west after we visited for my niece’s wedding and tried some real Kansas City BBQ.
• 4 medium zucchinis
• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 cup bottled BBQ sauce
• 2 teaspoons dried oregano
• 1 1/2 tablespoons dried minced onions
Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Cut zucchini lengthwise and place in shallow baking pan.
Put chicken over zucchini and sprinkle with salt and pepper
Combine remaining ingredients in bowl or measuring cup and
pour over chicken
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 375, baste with sauce, and bake another 20 minutes
Serve over rice