Tuesday, January 8, 2013

PaleOMG's Easy Bacon Chicken Bowl

pretty? perhaps not... but definitely pretty tasty!
I love when simplicity works. I had asked my Facebook fans to share some of their favorite online or cookbook paleo recipes, the ones they turn to again and again (for me it's often Mark Sisson's Bison Chili, which I made that night).

Christina M. shared a PaleOMG dish called Easy Bacon Chicken Bowl. I have yet to make a recipe of Juli's that I haven't loved, and they've all been hits with the family too. Her snarkiness and honesty are added bonuses.

When I clicked through to the recipe, though, I found myself a bit skeptical. Bacon, chicken, sweet potato and salt and pepper. That's it. I'm all for believing in the magical properties of bacon, but how on earth could something so simply be so worthy of repeating?

With the caveman in Peru on business and my kids at their dad's tonight, I thought a solo dinner would be the perfect time to find out.

And of course it was divine. And easy. And I'll be making it again. My only tweak? To add a little garlic powder into the mix. Because EVERYTHING tastes better with garlic. Even already-perfect-on-its-own bacon.

(I actually doubled the recipe so I would have leftovers for tomorrow's lunch, but I'm writing it up as Juli has it portioned on her site).

Easy Bacon Chicken Bowl
from PaleOMG

1/2 sweet potato or yam, cut in half lengthwise
2 slices bacon
1 chicken thigh, trimmed
salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste

Preheat oven to 400. Place potato half on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes on until soft.

In last couple minutes of sweet potato cooking, place a skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and soon as it begins to render fat, push it to the side of the skillet.

Season chicken thigh and then add to bacon fat in skillet. Cook both on one side for 4-5 minutes, then flip.

Once sweet potato is done, but it in a bowl and top with bacon. To finish off chicken thigh, add a tbs. of water to skillet and cover, cooking for another 3-5 minutes or until done.

Add chicken thigh to bowl and add a hefty dash of salt, pepper and garlic.

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