Chicken breast
Fresh Rosemary
Fresh Thyme
2 tbsp White ground pepper
2 tbsp Ground garlic powder
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lemon

Loving to eat healthy meant learning to cook and be creative. Never one to be particularly confident in preparing chicken led to experimentation. Having a herb garden has certainly helped in the creativity department. Picking my own fresh herbs is a treat. Even when I lived in a small apartment there were herb plants on my balcony and in my kitchen window.

Next time you are shopping for fresh herbs I recommend taking a quick peek at any potted herbs, do a price comparison and see if buying a plant makes more sense than buying it cut and packaged. This is especially true when shopping at a store such as Trader Joe’s. At times I have purchased a plant, used it, and then planted it in my garden.

Start off with a handful of fresh rosemary and fresh thyme. Interestingly I have two different kinds of each growing in the yard so I use them all together. Wash and dry them well. I like using a vegetable wash on my fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables. It is shocking to see how dirty the water becomes. Pull the leaves away from the stems by holding one end and running your fingers down the stem. Most of the rosemary and oregano will come right off. Do this over a cutting board. Chop up the herbs as much as possible, then place them on a small dish. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil over the fresh chopped herbs and let it rest for a few minutes.

In the second dish mix the ground pepper and garlic powder. You can always use black pepper instead of white pepper. First, take your chicken breast using tongs and cover both sides with the fresh herb and olive oil mixture. Then, dredge the chicken in the dry mixture making sure that the entire surface is covered with fresh and dried herbs. The last step is to cut and squeeze one lemon into the pyrex dish you are using to bake the chicken. Put the lemon halves in too. Bake at 350 degrees covered for 45 minutes. Then uncover and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Portion: Usually I buy boneless skinless organic chicken that comes 3 in a pack.
I’ll be posting a creative use for the leftovers along with a new healthy original broccoli recipe on the way next week.