After a busy day of leaning in and having it all in heels or whatever, sometimes the obligation to produce one more deliverable – dinner – can feel like a breaking point. Especially when you have a picky eater and/or someone with dietary issues to take into consideration. You have to do something, because take-out requires going out one more time (impossible). Delivery is expensive. And you feel like maybe you probably shouldn’t serve grilled cheese sandwiches (and only grilled cheese sandwiches) for dinner more than twice in a given week.
But just because most of the rest of the day has been chaos doesn’t mean dinnertime has to be. With a few simple shortcuts, you can have a complete dinner for four cooked and served in about 40 minutes. If you’re like me, you’ll relish that time – just put on a couple of episodes of Octonauts for the little one, slump into the armchair that’s not heaped with unfolded laundry, and load up the day’s Instagrams on your phone. Then zone out as if your time is your own. Dinner will make itself.
You can do all your prep for this ahead of time; if you’ve got a partner at home who is reasonably competent with a set of measuring spoons and a can opener, they can do it in the morning before they head out the door. If you don’t do mornings or your partner can’t be trusted with basic math, with prep and marinating this will take a little over an hour from start to finish.
Recipe perks: gluten-free, soy-free, complex carbohydrate-rich, source of lean protein and good fats. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
4 pieces chicken, leg and thigh attached (or 8 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on)
3 tbsp. grainy Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. coarse salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
Whisk together mustard, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Place chicken pieces in a sturdy plastic bag (such as a large Ziploc bag), pour mustard mixture over, and squish the whole thing around in the bag to coat the chicken. Seal the bag. Set the whole thing aside, minimum 30 minutes (you can let it marinate in the fridge all day).