I had to add this recipe to our family favorites for Todd, our oldest son. I have found out over the years how much he disliked much of my cooking when he was growing-up. What a polite boy not to tell me when he lived under our roof. He especially disliked having chicken as often as I served it. Weight Watchers was a big advocate for eating baked chicken. I was forever trying to get to 124 pounds like I was before I approached age 40.
Joanie Olafson McDonald gave me this recipe early in our marriage. I still bake it often as our meat course or to put in recipes that call for baked chicken. Joanie was our middle sister. She was killed in a car accident on June 1, 1989. She was only 50 years old. I remember playing Jacks with her with a golf ball when we were young. She was the most generous and caring person I have ever known. She also was very curious. How often I wish she could have been with me over the years. Gosh, I’ve missed her.
Easy Bake Chicken
4 boneless chicken breasts without skin
¼ cup butter
Juice of half of lime or lemon
Garlic powder or minced garlic
Wash chicken and drain on paper towel. Melt butter in baking dish in oven set at 350 degrees. Coat chicken on both sides with melted butter. Place meaty side up in dish. Sprinkle with juice. Generously shake lemon pepper and garlic on top. Put in oven for 30 minutes. Take out of oven. Turn over breasts and coat with more lemon pepper and garlic. Bake 20 more minutes. Turn chicken meaty side up again and bake 10 more minutes.
This picture was taken at a going-away party for me in 1982 at Great Expectations Quilts where I taught for many years. Karey Bresenhan, the owner of the shop, organized the surprise party for me plus the quilt of hearts hanging in the background. Each heart was made and signed by one of my students, family member, or friends. It was so special to have Joanie there at the party.
I hope you are having parties and fun this summer. Make each day count. They are so precious. Much love, Judy