Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Adventures in Bachelor-ville

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.


Mys said...

Well, you've gotten farther than I have in cooking meals. My specialty is spaghetti with shrimp - I don't think I'll ever be prepared to handle chicken. Which ... is fine, seeing as I don't like chicken, but still.

Inky said...

You could always buy eggs, their high in protein and can be very affordable!
Plus all you can add countless of tasty seasonings, cheeses, and etc. to them and make omelette's.
Omelette's and simple toasted sandwiches was what I began cooking with when I was a tyke. Hope this helps!

Inky said...

*Sorry, I meant: *Creating, -not cooking with- Lol

Becki said...

PBJ is the way to go! :D

Good job, however! Edible meals are a good thing! :D

Hadley said...

the baking sheet is the pan that the chicken is on. and you don't have to have a sauce.

Invisible said...

You learn from you're mistakes.

Kerin said...

Ah well, the more you try, the more you learn.
I've done the same thing with several dishes I've tried to make.
But since then I'v managed to get them right on the second try and have turned into a decent cook, if I do say so myself.
I just finished making Manicotti as a matter of fact.

Diana said...

Just chalk it up to experience I guess! :D

Anonymous said...

Thank you for going to Trader Joe's and not McDonalds!

Anonymous said...

So funny man, I can totally relate.

no said...

lol better then me :3

Anonymous said...

Madness? THIS IS SPARTAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!