Easy Peasy Lemon Chicken

The rain was constant throughout the day today.  Fall is officially here, though it definitely felt a bit like winter today with the persistent rain and cold temps.  On days like today, hubby either asks me to make White Bean Chili (recipe for a different post) or Lemon Chicken for dinner.  As I had most of the ingredients for Lemon Chicken already, I decided to go with that for the night.  I posted a pic of the plate on Instagram and got some requests for the recipe, so here it goes!

Lemon Chicken Recipe, http://chicinacademia.com

The recipe is SUPER simple and doesn’t take a ton of time to make.  Maybe an hour perhaps?  Definitely something you want to make on the weekend.  I happened to have made the chicken a day before, so all I had to do was make the sauce today.  So, it maybe took me 30 minutes to make dinner tonight.  Btw, mashed potatoes were store bought and broccoli was frozen and heated in the microwave.  It’s the way of life these days, my friends.  Efficiency. 😉

Lemon Chicken Recipe, http://chicinacademia.com

Lemon Chicken Recipe, http://chicinacademia.com

Let me know if you make this recipe at home!  I taste as I go, but I think the proportions are pretty accurate.  Definitely taste as you go as well in case you need to modify any of the steps listed above.  Good luck and happy eating, friends!!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

The best peanut butter banana bread recipe

I am by no means a culinary expert of any sort.  In fact, my husband likes to tell people that when he first met me, I once burned water.  Yep.  That was me.  I was so enamored by my then to-be hubbles, that I completely forgot I was boiling water and it completely evaporated.  But that’s old news and I’ve come a long way since, haha.  At least I like to think so. 😉

Anyhow, I was working late last night and knew I would need a snack.  We had some very ripe bananas, so I decided to make some banana bread.  I have a super old recipe book (okay, it’s about 10 years old now so not SUPER old), and in it, is a banana bread recipe that I have made over and over again over the years.  Hubby loves it and now, so do the boys!  Anyhow, I posted a picture of the freshly baked loaf on Instagram last night and got some requests for the recipe, so here it is!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe, Chic in Academia, http://chicinacademia.com

The recipe comes from the cookbook ‘A Taste of Home.  I took elements of the recipe and to make my own version of The BEST Peanut Butter Banana Bread. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 small bananas (SUPER ripe…as in, the outside is nearly completely brown)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (add 3/4 cup for a stronger peanut butter taste)

*add 1/2 cup canola oil if you want to increase bread moisture.  Also, pictured – but not used – is the vanilla extract.  Add 1 teaspoon for sweeter taste.  Finally, you can also add in 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips for added amazingness. Yum!

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each one.
  2. Stir in bananas and sour cream.  Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, and peanut butter.
  3. Transfer to greased pan (I used a 8″x4″x2″ loaf pan).  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Cool in pan for about 10 minutes before transferring to rack to cool.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread, http://chicinacademia.com

Peanut Butter Banana Bread, http://chicinacademia.com

I’ve also read that some people use 1 cup and 1 teaspoon buttermilk instead of the sour cream.  Perhaps I’ll try that next time and let you know how it turns out!  For now, I hope you enjoy this version of the recipe.  Let me know if you make it and what you think of this version of peanut butter banana bread.  I’d love to hear from you!  Have a great rest of your week!

Until next time! Stay ‘Chic’!