Memories especially childhood memories, hopefully, are ones filled with laughter, happiness and love. Taking moments to reminisce, I often drift away and daydream about my memories with food. HA! Yes! Meals my mother prepared that are all surrounded by food. My palate remembers the taste of so many home cooked meals prepared with a few sprinkles of joy, a couple ounces of laughter and a whole lot of love.
My mother was and still is an amazing cook. I mean she is the matriarch of my family mainly because most, actually, all of my family gatherings were at our house growing up. Families gather around food. Think about it? Food is an integral part of sharing love with one another. I have the fondest memories of my mother preparing food days before holiday gatherings. Music like old school soul and the Temptations played in the background while adult beverages were consumed and kids were sent to the back room. Holidays weren't the only time my family sat around the table. Sunday's too! So this past Sunday, after thinking about how much I would love to eat my mom's Sunday dinner, I cooked one of my favorite recipes my mom would cook. It's simple. Yet the taste is embedded in my memory. Here's Angela's Zesty Baked Chicken with Field Peas & Snaps (recipe seperate lol)....
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse and pat dry chicken with a paper towel. Season chicken on both sides with seasoning mentioned. Sorry I learned from an "eyeball it" cook so I can't tell you exactly how many teaspoonsful. Just sprinkle each seasoning on both sides. Be a little light with the seasoned salt and meat tenderizer as they both have salt in them already.
Rinse bell peppers off. Slice both onions and bell peppers and place them in the baking dish with the chicken.
Pour enough water in the bottom of the baking dish with chicken and bell pepper & onions. Place just enough in the bottom, not covering, the chicken.
Place chicken in oven uncovered and bake on 375 for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, shake the Zesty Italian Dressing and pour half of the contents into the baking dish with the chicken.
Last step, continue baking chicken for about 30-45 minutes until the chicken is tender. Next, place the oven on broil to allow the chicken to brown a bit. Broil chicken for 10-15 minutes while you prepare your sides and set the table.
You are done! You now have experienced cooking with love from my mommy and now from me to my little princess. Zesty Baked Italian Chicken is one of my easy yet comforting meal I love to cook for Amira. Share your dish with someone special in your life. Excuse the little tiny piece of chicken on Amira lol.