Friday, March 15, 2013

Insta-Friday with a Recipe!

This week I tried a great new recipe from my Martha Stewart Living magazine called Roasted Chicken Thighs with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta.

Since I always have my phone in the kitchen with me, the majority of my food pictures are on my phone, so I figured a recipe would be a great thing to share from the week here at Insta-Friday.  Now if you have been reading the blog for a while you know I never follow recipes exactly (you may have already noticed the broccoli above); here is the original recipe:

Here is how I changed it up:

  • I used only 6 thighs and they were boneless skinless
  • No switch on the olive oil or tomatoes
  • Instead of Spanish olives, I used kalamata
  • I had no shallots so I used an onion
  • I substituted dried thyme for fresh
  • I used garlic salt and pepper
  • I left out the mint; I am not a huge fan of mint in savory foods
  • Instead of feta cheese I used goat cheese (and loved the substitution by the way)
  • I added garlic, broccoli, and balsamic vinegar
  • I marinated the chicken thighs in a mixture of 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar,  3 tablespoons of olive oil and crushed garlic cloves for 5 hours (this could be done longer, even over night)
  • I sliced the onion in chunks and made florets from my broccoli
  • Spray a corning ware with cooking spray and put in the chicken thighs
  • Add all vegetables and garlic
  • Drizzle remaining marinade over top
  • Sprinkle with garlic salt
  • Cook according to directions above, then garnish with crumbed goat cheese
I served it with store bought sun dried tomato and garlic polenta.

And a side of steamed sugar snap peas.

It made for a tasty dinner.

Sammy also likes chicken, but hers was of the plastic squeaky variety.

If you wanted to follow me on Instagram, you can find me here: You will find lots of pictures of Sammy along with other random things like this quote I stole from a friend on Facebook and love.

So true.

life rearranged

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Have a fantastic weekend!


  1. I like how on the photo of the sugar snap peas there is the one olive that looks like it is trying to escape :)

  2. I like squeaky chickens best, but that salad does look pretty good.

    Hey guess what, you were nominated for a Liebster Award:


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