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Old 11-01-2006, 06:10 PM   #1
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A good dish to serve with chicken?

Hey folks,
I'm definitely not a gourmet chef. In fact, I avoid cooking whenever possible, haha. But, the time has come for me to cook supper for my boyfriend, and I'm not really sure what to do. I've decided to make parmesan chicken breasts, and got that recipe from my mom, but now I don't know what to serve with it. He's not big on salads, so I'm trying to avoid that if I can. Anyone know of anything I could make which is relatively simple, and would go good with a cheesy kind of chicken??
I'd really appreciate some suggestions! Thanks :)

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Old 11-01-2006, 06:23 PM   #2
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When I make my "Chicken Parisienne" (chicken breasts, sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms, dry sherry), I always serve it with plain boiled & buttered carrots sprinkled with a little parsley, & plain white rice.
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Old 11-01-2006, 06:29 PM   #3
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You could always make some pasta with a red sauce and garlic bread.
  • sautéed zucchini
  • fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cubes, fresh basil, tossed in some evoo and balsamic vinegar (or tomato slices and mozzarella slices with fresh basil in between the layers - make it stacked

Start making some simple salads with really good homemade dressings - that might change his mind.
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Old 11-01-2006, 06:36 PM   #4
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Braise some of favorite fresh vegetables (broccoli or asparagus, baby carrots, mushrooms, onions, sweet red peppers, whatever) in chicken broth with a bit of butter, salt & pepper until just crisp tender.
Cook your choice of pasta, drain, and dress with butter and olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper. Combine with cooked vegies for a pasta primavera, or serve separately.
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Old 11-01-2006, 06:37 PM   #5
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Rice pilaf and grilled zucchini.
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Old 11-01-2006, 06:55 PM   #6
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Mashed potatoes are always easy, and you can doctor them up a million and six different ways.

If doing the Parm Chicken, you could do parmesean and garlic mashed potatoes and finish it with a little chopped fresh parsley.

Of course pasta is a good stand by too...
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Braise some of favorite fresh vegetables (broccoli or asparagus, baby carrots, mushrooms, onions, sweet red peppers, whatever) in chicken broth with a bit of butter, salt & pepper until just crisp tender.
Cook your choice of pasta, drain, and dress with butter and olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper. Combine with cooked vegies for a pasta primavera, or serve separately.
This sounds wonderful! If your doing a parmesan chicken, I think pasta is a great choice. For super simple, I'd boil my choice of pasta, drain it, then add a little olive oil and fresh chopped basil.

Good luck!
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If you've got some kind of sauce with the chicken, then you'll never go wrong with a side of pasta....actually, the presentation will be nice if you put the pasta on the plate first, and the gently lay the chicken breast on top of the bed of pasta, spooning a bit of the sauce over that. Don't use spaghetti, too much work with the fork for a romantic dinner. I'd go with penne or radiatore.

You don't mention how he feels about vegetables...but broccoli rabe sauteed with garlic and olive oil would be nice, or green beans.

Good luck. I recall one of the first times I prepared a meal for a beau. I was probably 15 and everything was going well..until I served the chocolate mousse. At the time, I was unclear of the difference between semisweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate. The texture of the mousse was splendid. It just had the unfortunate taste of chalk...very unpleasant to the palate.
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Old 11-05-2006, 05:06 AM   #9
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Couscous from the box is very easy to make. I like to buy the plain kind and flavor it myself, but there are many versions which require little or no cooking and are delicious. It adds a little exotic touch to your cooking but not so exotic that people who like "plain" food don't like it. I particularly like it with a roasted bird that I rub with lemon or if whole, bake with a lemon inside. Yummmyummm
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Agree with the others that pasta would go very well. Also, either add a vegetable side dish or toss your pasta with a basic cream sauce and vegetables, such as broccoli florets or wilted spinach, then garnish with say, pine nuts or diced tomatoes for interest. You'll find lots of these recipes on the web. Good luck!
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:59 AM   #11
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Nice buttered whole green beans, or asparagus. Rice pilaf for a starch--or buttered egg noodles with any sauce that might come from your chicken.
I also like chopstix's suggestions above.
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I would do fettuccine... maybe spinach fettuccine, and plate it below the chicken to catck the parm sauce from it. For a veggie, I;m envisioning carrots -- steam the rounds, leaving them a bir crisp and finish in a sauté pan with some Balsamic vinegar for a glaze. delicious, familiar and pretty!
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Try this.
It's quite good...

http://www.mcgees.com/kitchen/recipe...h/md129804.htm
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.... that's all a metter of taste...
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Old 11-05-2006, 01:45 PM   #15
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roast some veggies

You can't get any easier than this:

Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Veggies

Cut into bitesize chunks any of the following veggies:

Potatoes
Carrots
Parsnips
Green or Red Peppers
Zucchini
Mushrooms
Sweet Potatoes

Put them in a large bowl. Add 6 peeled cloves of garlic (don't worry, it's gets mild as it bakes). Pour about 1/8 cup of olive oil over the veggies. Add salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of rosemary (dried or fresh) and toss it all together until the veggies are coated with the oil. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees about 20 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
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Old 11-06-2006, 10:37 PM   #16
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Wow! Thank you all so much for your advice, I really appreciate it. I've been testing out some of your ideas on my brother this week (I'm sure he says thank you as well, haha), and it is actually going fairly well.
I'll become a master chef yet! thanks a lot.
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Old 11-06-2006, 10:39 PM   #17
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any kinda pasta like fettachini (speeling?)
I also like mashed poatoes and scalloped poatoes to
with chicken.../and I also like dressing with chicken...'
far as veggies goes green beans or stewed squash are great choices...
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