It’s hard to find one meal to feed five people and have all five people like it. It almost never happens. Very rarely anyway. My goal is basically to find one meal that everyone at least likes one part of.
Last week though, I thought I had a winner. I was shooting for at least four out of five “likes” on this one. It was a recipe I’d first made years ago, out of the “Better Homes and Gardens New Dieter’s Cookbook” in 2003, and we loved it. I’m sure I’ve made it since then, but not recently and not since we’ve had all three of the girls. None of them remembered ever having it before.
Liz I was pretty sure on, and Caroline I was pretty sure wouldn’t like it. She hates apple juice, but I was hoping maybe the rest of it would win her over.
(I’ll give away the ending: It didn’t.)
Alex though, was a sure thing. I had considered the ingredients as always, when planning the meal: chicken, pasta, grapes and apple juice. She likes the pasta, the apple juice and the grapes. All those things, a lot.
I served the meal. I sat back. I waited.
“So?????” I asked them.
Don liked it, I liked it, Liz was fine with it, but I couldn’t wait to get Alex’s review. I was expecting two thumbs up.
She hated it.
And this is where the dash of karma comes in.
I said to her, “Alex, you love everything in this! You love grapes, you love apple juice and you love pasta! How could you not love this meal?”
She said, “Mommy, I do like all those things by themselves, I do. I just don’t like all of those things touching each other.”
I hate when my food touches. If you look back at all my recipe posts, you can always tell when the dish being photographed is mine because the food is all spread waaayyyyy apart on the plate.
She’s already a mini-me. This just seals the deal. Her food can’t touch. I’m so doomed.
In any case, the dish is really yummy, as unusual as it sounds. You can use any color grapes or a mix of more than one color. I had green so that’s what I used. Here is the recipe. Give it a try.
CHICKEN WITH GRAPES
4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (12 oz. total) *I used chicken tenders.
Nonstick Spray Coating
1/2 cup white grape juice, apple juice or apple cider (this time I used apple juice, the last time I used apple cider.)
1 tsp. instant chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 cup seedless green and/or red grapes, halved
Hot cooked linguine (optional)
1. Rinse chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Spray an unheated large skillet with nonstick coating.
2. Preheat skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender and no longer pink, turning to brown evenly. Remove from skillet, keep warm.
3. Meanwhile, combine grape or apple juice or cider, bouillon granules, and cornstarch. Add to skillet. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
4. Cook and stir two minutes more. Stir in grapes; heat through. Serve over chicken.
If desired, serve with linguine and garnish with herb. (I used wide egg noodles instead of linguine this time. No herbs.)