When was the last time you thought about the seventh grade? For me personally, I think about it every time I make the recipe I'm going to share with you today.
When I was in the seventh grade, I was pretty shy...comfortable around friends but definitely not a "center-of-attention" type of person. So I have a hard time believing that the following story is about me. (But certain friends...Jayme--your brother-in-law, for one...teased me about this for a VERY long time.)
Apparently, when I was in seventh grade, during science class, our teacher had to leave the room for a moment. We had those big black science tables that seated four. Well, something possessed me to stand on a table and sing the "I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight!" advertising jingle while flapping my arms like a chicken. I know. Can you imagine? No clue what made me do that. Sometimes I think it may have been a dream. But there you go. I suppose that could make it into a "most embarrassing moment" list.
So, for some reason I associate that little jingle with Kraft Shake and Bake chicken coating. The two have absolutely NOTHING to do with one another (well, aside from chicken) but when I see Shake and Bake, I think of that jingle and then that story.
More than you wanted to know about seventh-grade me? Okay, how about the recipe then?
4 chicken breasts
1/4 cup orange marmalade, divided
1 envelope Shake and Bake crispy original coating mix
1/4 cup Italian dressing
6 cups baby spinach
1 medium orange, thinly sliced
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread chicken with 2 Tbsp. marmalade. Coat chicken with coating mix. (I prefer to do this in a dish or plate rather than the bags the coating comes with.)
2. Place chicken in a 13 x 9-inch dish. Bake for 25 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, mix dressing with 2 Tbsp. of marmalade. Add to spinach and toss to coat. Place evenly on four plates. Place chicken breast over spinach and add orange slices.
When I make this for our family, my children eat almost all the spinach. It's yummy and light...perfect for the end of summer. Speaking of which, it's 73 degrees right now and kind of misty. My kind of August.