Baked Chicken, Asparagus, & Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

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Thank goodness it’s Friday night and thank goodness I’m not going anywhere this weekend. For the past five weekends, I have been out of town. And after this weekend, I will be out of town for the next five weekends. I am going to take advantage of the night and blog as much as I can. We were supposed to be in Myrtle this weekend but plans changed which I’m secretively happy about. #notsomuchofasecretanymore On the piece of paper in front of me, I have seven blog posts on my checklist. I don’t know if I’ll get to all of them, but i’ll certainly try. So if you’re not doing anything tonight either, hit me up on Twitter or social media;) That’s where you’ll find me after I get home from the gym tonight.

For dinner last night, I made baked chicken, asparagus, and sweet potato fries. I wasn’t planning on baking any of it, but there was no propane left in the grill. We used it all up on Superbowl Sunday, and so everything got thrown into the oven, which I don’t mind. Sometimes I like the taste of the char on the chicken, but maybe tomorrow night!

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I headed to Whole Foods early morning to pick up some chicken and then prepared it to marinate all day.

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I also prepared the asparagus and sweet potatoes in advance so that all I had to do was pop it into the oven around dinnertime.

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In a ziplock baggy, I shook up the chicken, low sodium soy sauce, olive oil, italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, minced onion, salt, pepper, and ground mustard.

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I seasoned the asparagus with black pepper, sesame seed oil, garlic and herb seasoning. I wrapped it up in tin foil.

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I boiled the sweet potatoes until slightly soft and then cut them into fries. I laid them in a greased baking dish and seasoned them with rosemary, minced onion, chives, garlic powder, onion powder and sea salt.

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I bought some artisan multigrain bread for a side. I hadn’t had bread in a long time and was craving a piece.

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After letting the chicken marinade for eight hours in the refrigerator, I placed it in a greased baking sheet.

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I cooked the sweet potatoes in the oven for 20 minutes on 400 degrees and then placed the chicken in with the sweet potatoes for an additional twenty minutes. I took the chicken out, kept the sweet potatoes in and put the asparagus in.

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The asparagus cooked for fifteen minutes and the sweet potatoes cooked a total of 50 minutes.

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They were so crisp! They kind of tasted fried.

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I seasoned my bread with italian seasoning, garlic powder, minced onion, olive oil, and parmesan. I baked it in the toaster oven for ten minutes.

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I love baked asparagus, but burnt grilled asparagus is my favorite! I ended up reading a blog for one hour on why asparagus makes your pee smell. I’m weird, but you know you’ve wondered this too!

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I love well rounded dinners! I had about 1/4 cup of red wine with dinner last night. I bought a new bottle at whole foods and it was an excuse to get some antioxidants in ๐Ÿ˜‰

What did you have for dinner last night?

Comments

  • Shelby Parsonson

    I really want to make a marinade similar to what you used on the chicken, it looks delicious! Do you remember about how much of each ingredient you used?

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  • Hilary

    Those sweet potato fries look phenomenal ! I just made some similar last night, they really hit the spot ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Cassie

    Delicious meal, Taralynn! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz

    That right there is one of my go-to meals! I love asparagus! It is the best (and so easy) steamed in the microwave in a mic-safe bowl with water, granulated garlic, sea salt for 5 minutes!

    Last night’s dinner for me was a grilled chicken spinach salad with parmesan and home made lemon greek dressing.

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  • Lindsay

    Hey hun,

    Longtime reader here. I look up to you as a blogger and an inspiration to many people online. I just love this community. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was over at Blogger but took a leap 3 weeks ago and ventured out into my own domain and it’s been a blast/frustrating/and awesome all at the same time.

    I hope you have a great weekend. I also have several drafts going on that I’d like to work on this weekend. Have fun and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo

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  • Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out

    I loveeee sweet potatoes and asparagus–this whole meal looks delicious!

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  • Danielle L

    yesterday was one of the rare days when my sister and I cooked (mom still cooks everything and we honestly don’t know how to cook much). we made brown rice with black beans and chopped tomato, bell pepper, onion, and melted cheese. we also had grilled steak … it turned out great and tasted just like qdoba! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    Does one of the upcoming posts consist of a blog-enhancing sort of how-to post advice? I remember you said you were going to do a blogger series.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I am going to be doing those!:) haven’t forgotten. I’ve been working on one of those posts for the past week now! It should be ready soon. Had some crazy weekends, and now i get a weekend to myself !:)

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  • Natalie

    LOL I am literally laughing out loud at the pee part!
    That is so funny Taralynn! But it’s so true, is does get a little stinky but well worth it!

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