“Now is a Good Time” and Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with Potatoes
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This Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with Potatoes is ready to serve, or take to someone in need, in 45 minutes!
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” –Hugh Laurie
I love this quote. It reminds me of how many times I’ve waited to do something, and I should have just “jumped in” and done what I was supposed to do. Of course, being a blog about hospitality, I’ll share a simple story that happened a few weeks ago. I was out walking with a friend and we ran into another friend, who was having surgery. We chatted, and I promised I’d bring her a meal. Do you ever do that? Promise to do something, but then you either forget, or you just … procrastinate. Finally, two weeks later, I contacted her to bring her a meal. I wanted to keep my word!
Bringing a meal to others.
Each day didn’t feel like a “good day” to put my energy into it, so I kept putting it off. But on this day I sent a quick text, said I’d be there at 6 pm, and I did it.
What did I bring? Easy — rotisserie chicken, green salad in a bag (with fresh garden tomatoes), my peach and avocado salad, fresh bread, and of course, a chocolate candy bar.
How hard is that?
In the past, I’ve made the recipe I’m sharing today (so yummy!), but this week I didn’t have time to get this hot dish in the oven.
Rotisserie chicken and salad meal.
Here’s why I love to take the meal that I brought: You can heat up a rotisserie chicken and serve the other dishes on the side, OR, you can make one giant salad, with chicken on top! It’s a win-win meal. It’s been my go-to for many years.
(By the way, you may want to follow my Home | Hospitality & Connecting Pinterest board!)
People just appreciate the thought, the nourishment, that someone else is actually cooking for them, thinking about them, waiting on them (in a sense), and the chocolate candy bar? My rule: There has to be a bite of something sweet for dessert or later.
Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with potatoes.
I posted this Lemon Chicken dish on Instagram last week and everyone was asking for the recipe, so here it is, Friends! It’s another good meal to add to your “taking a meal to others” recipe file. There’s nothing spicy (for nursing moms) and everyone seems to love chicken, potatoes, and lemon!
Add a salad in a bag (buy it store-bought or make your own in a ziploc bag), some bread, and a bite of something yummy for dessert = the perfect hospitality meal.
Make it happen.
Reaching out to people with food is easy to think about, but actually doing means that you have to get in touch with the person you know could benefit from your hospitality, and go the extra mile to make the meal and bring it to them.
My advice: Just do it. You’ll be blessed!
What meal do you find easy to bring to those in need?
Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with Potatoes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 lemons–1 zested and juiced, about 1 1/2 tsp. zest, 4 tbsp. juice and 1 thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 pounds small baby potatoes, or larger cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 small red onion, cut into wedges
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon zest and juice, mustard and garlic; season the dressing with salt and pepper.
- On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes, onion, chicken, rosemary and sliced lemon with the dressing; season.
- Roast, turning the potatoes once, until the potatoes are golden-brown and tender and the chicken is cooked through, 35 to 40 minutes.
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