Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Beach Street Lemon Chicken

As you know, I have 4 kids.  They are all wonderful, most of the time, and I love being a mom.  Some days we have quite the struggles and it's lately been centering about my 11 soon to be 12 year old.

My husband says it's a boy thing and not to worry about it but REALLY!

Why are boys so silly and weird, especially at this stage?  Why do they think they don't ever have to study for tests?  Why do they think that everything is really not a big deal and can be found two hours later with still no homework done?

I just don't understand-- probably mostly because I'm a girl.

Now don't get me wrong, my son is over all is a very good kid, but he is such a boy!  There is really no other way to describe it.

He starts junior high next year so we have been diligently working with him so that junior high is not such a kick your butt, horrible experience for him.  He is just so chillax about everything, which is good for life, but terrible for school.

I go in everyday after school (which we started because he usually always had his homework done but would never turn it in because he couldn't "find" it) to make sure his desk is clean and what homework he has for the week.

We were seeing quite the improvement and his teacher, bless her heart, said he was doing lots better, BUT then I got his semester grades yesterday.  Let's just say I might be going in after school for the rest of his school career (okay not really but sometimes I wonder if boys ever grow up).  The funny part is that there is usually 4-5 moms in the classroom everyday after school, and guess what...they all have boys!

So here's to my son who really is a good kid but has a mom that doesn't understand boys.  He loved this and thought it was absolutely fantastic.  And bless his heart, he loves my cooking and is always telling his friends how awesome my food is!

Beach Street Lemon Chicken

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3 tbsp olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp cajun seasoning
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
7 tbsp brown sugar
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 chicken breasts, sliced thinly

1 lb linguine or fettuccine
Zest from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lemon
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh parmesan cheese, grated

1. Combine the marinade ingredients together. Taste it before you put the chicken in so you can be sure it's not too spicy. Add a bit more Cajun seasoning if it doesn't have enough kick for you. When you have it just right, put your chicken in, cover and let it sit in the fridge for 1-12 hours.

2. Cook the chicken with the marinade in a large skillet over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through and the marinade has reduced a little bit.

3. While chicken is cooking, cook the pasta in boiling salted water.

4. Combine the juice and zest of the lemon, green onions, and fresh parsley together in a large bowl.  Add the hot pasta and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and marinade, toss everything in the bowl together and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Source: Jamie Cooks It Up

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