Let me describe to you how my first experience cooking in my new place went...
But first, a question: Have you ever wondered how loud a smoke detector can be at 9:30am on a quiet Sunday morning? Pretty loud, just so you know. My smoke detectors (plural!) come with a not-so-soothing robotic voice that screams "Fire Alert!" repeatedly. This is followed by shrieking beeping noise, also on repeat.
Cue a frantic search through the apartment for my smoke detectors (I had no idea where they were initially), followed by a search for a step stool so that I could reach them. Once I was able to access them, I quickly pushed the "Silence" button, which, mysteriously, DOESN'T WORK! Ugh. I finally pulled a fire detector down and realized it was hardwired. I immediately looked for the fuse box, crossing my fingers that by turning off the switch labeled "Smoke Detectors", the incessant beeping noises would stop. Nope. No such luck. The next stop was for me to actually pull the smoke detectors out of the ceiling. That'll fix this problem, right?
Wrong. Those suckers still kept screaming. Keep in mind that there are 2 smoke detectors, which means that there are two of them going off at the same time and I'm moving the step stool from one room to the next in order to reach them. I then realized there must be a battery in these things which needed to be removed. After quickly popping the batteries, out, there was blissful silence. Thankfully this ended up being the final step in this harrowing process.
Guess what I was doing when all of this went down - preheating my oven. That's right! I wasn't actually baking anything yet in my new kitchen. I was simply 2 minutes into preheating the oven in preparation for baking this Pecan & Goat Cheese Crusted Chicken dish. Suffice it to say that the smoke detectors have not been reattached after this debacle, as I'm still getting over my traumatic experience. However, this chicken dish was so delicious and worth all the trouble that I went through to make it. Pecans, goat cheese, mustard, and chicken are a few of my favorite things, so putting them all together is a winning combo for me!
Pecan & Goat Cheese Crusted Chicken
from Little Bit of Everything
makes 4 servings
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1-2 tablespoons grainy mustard
- 2 teaspoons clover honey
- 1 cup raw pecans, crushed
- 1/2 cup crumbed goat cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rub a baking sheet with a thin layer or oil, or line with a sheet of parchment paper.
2) In a small bowl, mix together the honey, pecans, goat cheese, salt & pepper. Set aside for later.
3) Place the chicken breasts onto the prepared baking sheet. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper on both sides.
4) Brush the chicken with a layer of mustard.
5) Press the prepared goat cheese mixture on top of the chicken breasts.
6) Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve warm.