“Now is a Good Time” and Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with Potatoes

This Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with Potatoes is ready to serve, or take to someone in need, in 45 minutes!

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“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.

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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 | ReluctantEntertainer.com

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!

Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with Potatoes | ReluctantEntertainer.com

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?

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Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with Potatoes
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Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with Potatoes

Adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine, September 2015. Delicious chicken and potato dish ready to serve in 45 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 4


  • 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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14 comments on ““Now is a Good Time” and Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Tenders with Potatoes”

  1. Sandy, I made this last night and it is definitely a keeper, Thanks!

  2. I am making it now, and have a question:
    It lpoms like there is red o ion in the photo, but does not call for it in the recipe?
    Am I mistaken?

  3. I’ll definitely be trying this! Looks like there are shallots too, how many would you use?

  4. This looks amazing! I love these kinds of dinners!

  5. What a yummy dinner! :)

  6. I usually make chicken soup or biscuit-topped stew (both from scratch) but they are time consuming. I’ll add this into my rotation for when I have less time. Another thing I do is take a few ziploc boxes in case the recipient wants to freeze some of the dish for later. Thanks for sharing.

  7. The two meals I bring often are a pot pie or a big pot of chicken soup. They’re easy, good and hearty.

  8. Looked but could not find recipe for your peach and avocado salad. Please share because it sounds so good.

  9. I actually love to make home-made soup or stew (usually in the crockpot while I am at work), and take to someone who is sick, or an elderly neighbor or friend at church. I usually buy some kind of bread at the bakery or grocery store (wheat, French, sourdough) to go along with the soup. It’s been a little too hot this summer for soup, but as soon as the weather changes and the fall breeze kicks in, I’ll be making soups, chili, and stews. It is something that I can put together in the mornings and let it cook in the crockpot while I am at work. It’s ready when I get home and provides a meal for my husband and myself, along with another family.

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