I had some more bachelor adventures today, as I tried cooking chicken in the oven for the first time.
Cue ominous music
"This shouldn't be too difficult," I said to myself, putting the chicken in one of those pan-things that I don't know the name of. You put the chicken and the oven and you let it cook for fifteen minutes. Even a caveman can do it.
I put the chicken in the oven, then I went to my room and started messing around on my computer. When I checked the time, I was two minutes late for turning the chicken over, so both sides are cooked evenly. Whoops. The chicken wasn't burnt, though, so no harm done.
When the fifteen-turned-eighteen minutes were up, I took the chicken out of the oven, and I reread the instructions. The next step is "carefully remove baking sheet with chicken from oven".
What is going on here??? What is a baking sheet? Is that...the aluminum foil thing you sometimes put over pots for some reason? Why didn't they mention this in the instructions earlier? And how am I supposed to tell if the chicken is cooked if aluminum foil is over it?
Okay, so maybe I failed on that step. But I was sure I could solve the final step, "drizzle or toss sauce over heated chicken pieces and serve".
There is SAUCE involved??? Since when? I didn't make any sauce! The only sauce I have here is ketchup. No one told me that I was going to need sauce. And how do you toss sauce, anyway? Am I supposed to cover my hands in sauce and fling it onto the chicken? THIS IS MADNESS.
In conclusion, I failed at following Trader Joe's chicken cooking instructions. Joe and I are no longer on speaking terms now.
I guess you're supposed to cook the sauce while the chicken is cooking, because the sauce recipe requires you to heat water for five minutes. I didn't have time to cook the sauce, so I just used cold sauce. Fortunately, the fresh-from-the-oven chicken warmed up the sauce a bit, and the cold sauce cooled down the chicken a bit, so it didn't burn my mouth.
The verdict? A passable meal! I guess. I'm told that "real" meals consist of more than just a main dish, but I say that chicken plus sauce equals two different things to eat, so it's totally a real meal. Plus, I'm only cooking for one. Even cooking the small dish of chicken resulted in leftovers for tomorrow.