Thursday, March 6, 2014

Recipe of the Week: National Frozen Food Day!

March 6th is National Frozen Food Day, which celebrates all those yummy foods and snacks in your freezer.  Sure, the invention of the freezer made this day possible, but the methods and techniques of preparing and freezing foods is what makes frozen foods taste great, look great and store in a frozen state until you need them.

Frozen foods first hit the store shelves in 1930 in Springfield, MA.  The process was developed by none other than....Clarance Birdseye.

I will be honest, we do not eat a lot of frozen foods in our house.  Oh sure....we have ice cream in the summer and we are huge fans of Bocca Burgers, but planning meals out of my freezer just isn't going to happen.

I searched long and hard to find a simple and easy frozen meal, so here is something to try out!



Lemon Artichoke Chicken


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (pick up a bag of frozen chicken)
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1 10oz. package of frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
2 tablespoons dry sherry
zest of one lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup sour cream (or Greek Yogurt)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs


Preheat oven to 350F.

Dice the chicken into 1/2 inch cubes and season with salt and pepper.

Melt the butter in a large skillet and over medium heat, brown the chicken.

Transfer the chicken to a 9 x 11 baking dish.  Add the artichoke hearts over the chicken.

In the skillet that you cooked the chicken in, add the sherry, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Stir over medium heat, until hot.   Remove pan from heat and add the sour cream, then pour the mixture over the chicken and artichokes.

Sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs.

Bake 20-25 minutes until hot.

Thanks to Mr. Birdseye!