Back in college, I could barely boil water. My go-to meal when I was home was a totino's party pizza.
When Lee and I met, I started to cook a little more. Fancy nights were always Stouffers Lasagna and the garlic bread that comes in the foil (still the best!).
There was this one meal I can remember making for us that I thought was just the best thing ever. BBQ chicken and mac-n-cheese. I basically would throw chicken tenders in a glass dish with barbecue sauce and bake them until they were cooked. Finish it off with the Blue Box mac and woohoo!
Friday, the snowpacalypse hit Houston - so all schools were closed and we were stuck in the house. I set out at dinner time to make something hearty and warm. I had chicken breasts in the freezer and decided to try and upscale some of our nostalgia from college while warming our bones.
I started out they way every meal should:
Then I added some sliced onions
I let these get soft and a little brown and then removed them back to the cutting board.
My chicken breasts were massive so they were not 100% thawed. I threw them in the skillet to get them browned on the outside.
I basted them with a little barbecue sauce and put the onions back in the pan and put them in a 375 degree oven, with the goal of about 25 more minutes cook time.
Now, don't forget our mac-n-cheese.
I dug really deep to upscale this portion of the meal...
My poor sauce pot has seen better days in the last 10 years, as you can see.
When the mac was about done, I checked on the chicken and added more sauce
In the end, my plate looked like this
I did NOT like college, or Nacogdoches. But Lee and I often look back at our lives in our 500 square foot apartment and think of how much fun we had there.