Lazy Writer Recipes: Chicken and Steamed Veggies


I like meals in a bowl. Pasta, salad, cereal, ice cream- so much good food happens in bowls. This is a meal in a bowl.

For this you will need:
A chicken breast (just buy a big bag of frozen ones if you haven’t already)
Frozen mixed veggies (I like the one with broccoli, carrots, snap peas and water chestnuts)
Creamy Italian salad dressing
A George Foreman Grill*

First, put the chicken breast on the grill. While it’s cooking, put some of the veggies in a bowl and microwave them. How long will depend on how much you’re making and your microwave. Usually between 1-2 minutes will do it. Many bags now come with big labels of how you can steam the veggies in the bag and isn’t it wonderful? I guess, but if you’re just making one serving at a time, it’s useless. But it is a good idea to find a mix you like and just keep some in the freezer. (You can toss a handful in with pretty much any pasta you make – just set your timer for a minute less than the directions call for and when it goes off, dump your veggies into the boiling water. When it comes to a boil again, you’re done. Hey, bonus recipe!)

By now it’s probably time to turn and rotate your chicken. You’ll know because there will be one burnt part on top of the piece and everything else will still be frozen. Leave it for a few minutes, then come back. If it looks appetizing, it’s time to take it off and cut it into strips. If you haven’t defrosted your chicken (I never do, which is why I didn’t tell you to), the inside will still be pretty frozen. Put the strips back on the grill so that the uncooked parts are touching the grill surface. Leave it for a few more minutes. When it looks done, cut the chicken into cubes. This is also a good chance to make sure it really is cooked thoroughly and put it back on the grill if it’s not. (True story: my cousin and her husband went to culinary school. They manned the grill at their graduation party, and when they announced it was time to see if the meat was done, some people ran to the grill to witness “how the professionals do it.” They gave an odd look and said, “you cut into it to check.” There is no magic answer, even for the professionals.)

Mix the chicken cubes in with the veggies and pour some creamy Italian salad dressing over the whole thing. I know Ranch is easier to find, but you’ve got to trust me on this one. It’s worth looking for creamy Italian. Done!

Quicky, tasty, and relatively healthy

You do have to actually pay attention to the chicken while you cook it

Absolutely not! Most of my recipes are deceptively simple, but this one’s not fooling anyone. If you serve this to someone else, they may start to doubt your ability to tie your own shoes.

*You can cook chicken in the microwave, but it will be grey and not quite as tasty. These grills are fantastic for single people anyway, so you might as well buy one if you don’t already have one.


About Generation Coax

I am an aspiring TV writer, amateur photographer, and craft hobbyist.
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6 Responses to Lazy Writer Recipes: Chicken and Steamed Veggies

  1. Love this recipe. You’re making me wish I didn’t give away my foreman grill, but since I’d just make it with veggies, having/not having a grill is probably a mute point. 🙂

    • Yeah, I debating adding in a “as long as you eat meat” disclaimer. Sure, you can cook veggies on a personal grill, but it strikes me as the type of thing you’d do instead of meat, which is not really how vegetarian recipes should be approached. It’s fine to do, but not ideal and not a great reason to keep extra appliances around.

      • This recipe is a great jumping off point. If one inclined, they could squeeze excess water out of tofu before putting it in a marinade and then onto the grill. I’d probably focus on veggies since I don’t eat soy. 🙂

  2. I don’t know if you cook squash in the microwave, but it is squash season, and there are so many things you can do… cooking spaghetti squash is also super simple. You look like a genius because it’s spaghetti squash and a little more decadent than butternut squash. You can toss it with spaghetti sauce (shocking) or a little garlic butter. (Trader Joe’s has great garlic powder.)

    Happy tuber time (whilst watching the tube)!

    hehe- Ok. better go. Need to start making unscripted TV. 😉

    Hugs, Sarah

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