Sometimes you just need some really good comforting food to ease the malaise of a never-ending winter and the pestilence of a bitter wind roaring outside.
Because your brain is convinced that winter will never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never end.
Therefore, warm, mozzarella-covered comfort food + Elle King's new album + a happy fire in the woodstove are the only things that can make a night like this one bearable.
(p.s. You can listen to Elle's entire new album for free on Spotify right now. Just saying.)
And even if the weather isn't a miserable beast where you are right now, this meal is still one of the best things that can happen to you. True story. One, because as I mentioned earlier, it's covered in a layer of melty, gooey mozzarella. Two, because it has marinated artichoke hearts, olives, tomatoes, mushrooms, and olives. And spinach. Let's not forget the spinach! Not sold yet? Well, it is also the easiest thing in the world.
Turn on your oven, throw everything into a baking dish, and POW...an hour and fifteen minutes later, you've got something special.
Oh, and please note that this is a pretty juicy little feast. If you're not so into that, you can always throw a little flour into the mixture prior to baking (drain the tomatoes, mix a tablespoon or so of flour in with them and the artichokes and you'll be all set). However, if you choose to go the saucy route, it would be excellent over pasta.
Italian Chicken Bake
*based on Our Story's recipe
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. Place into baking dish and coat with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Pour the can of diced tomatoes over the chicken, distributing evenly. Add the entire jar of artichoke hearts, distributing evenly. Add mushrooms and black olives.
4. Season liberally with oregano.
5. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake until chicken is cooked through, about one hour.
6. Carefully remove the dish from the oven. Turn heat to 425 degrees.
7. Layer spinach on top of chicken and sprinkle shredded mozzarella. Layer the sliced mozzarella on top until completely covered.
8. Place in heated oven, uncovered, and bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy warm.
Happy Monday, lovebirds. I hope it's warm and wonderful where you are.
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