Sometimes you just have to give in to it.
Give in to the pressure. You know the one, using the oven in summer? Yea, that pressure. The other night I came home late from work and I was dog tired. I did not want to stand over the stove or the grill cooking anything. Nope not today. So I gave in and cranked up the air conditioner and turned on the oven. Sometimes you need a break like that and it's okay. Truly, to save me some work in cooking dinner that night I would stand any extra heat the oven caused.
So with chicken breasts in the refrigerator I decided to make a sheet pan meal. Love them! You just throw everything on a large baking sheet pan and cook it all together. This meal was particularly easy with just chicken and tomatoes. Yum, golden chicken flavored with citrus and blistered cherry tomatoes bursting with flavor! You could easily substitute chicken thighs, or pork or fish with this dish as well as changing up the vegetables. It's all good and easy to put together.
For the chicken I used some help from my favorite store, Williams-Sonoma, by using the Williams-Sonoma Citrus Herb Rub.
The sweet-tart flavors of orange, lemon and lime mingle with jalapeño peppers for a Latin-inspired rub that brings gentle heat and mouthwatering flavor to everything from beef and pork to poultry and vegetables. The rub is blended with California garlic and Mexican oregano, and finished with pure citrus oils for an aromatic finish.
California garlic, kosher salt, jalapeno pepper, cane sugar, crystallized orange (evaporated cane juice, citric acid, orange juice, orange oil, ascorbic acid [vitamin C]), lemon peel, cilantro, crystallized lemon (citric acid, evaporated cane juice, lemon oil, lemon juice, ascorbic acid [vitamin C]), crystallized lime (citric acid, evaporated cane juice, lime oil, ascorbic acid [vitamin C]), orange peel, citric acid, Mexican oregano, orange oil.
I always feel confident using Williams-Sonoma's products because of the ingredients. You can read them...understand them, and they don't use all the chemical fillers/preservatives you find in most commercially produced spice blends. You can purchase this rub at your local Williams-Sonoma store or online here.
So dinner was a success. I mean look at this gorgeous meal. I really must say this was the perfect seasoning for our chicken dinner. It was light and citrusy and perfect for a light summer dish. Oh, and the heat from the oven was totally worth it!
Simple Citrus Herb Chicken and Tomatoes (a Sheet Pan Meal)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
citrus herb rub (Williams-Sonoma Brand)
salt and pepper to season
2 pints of multi colored cherry tomatoes
cooked rice (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
Drizzle olive oil on both sides of the chicken. Sprinkle both sides liberally with rub. Arrange the chicken breasts on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the sheet pan and add the tomatoes around chicken. Place back in the oven and cook another 15 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil meat and tomatoes to obtain a little char on it, about 4 minutes.
Serve each chicken breast with the tomatoes over cooked rice if desired.