Easy Chicken Dinner in 1…2…3

I know. This meal looks like sh*t. It’s kind of suppose to. Because a lot of the meals I just make for myself look like this. Kind of gross. Kind of plain. But still delicious.

Here’s the thing. You may think I eat fancy recipe made meals on a daily basis, but you’re completely wrong. I make meals to make you guys happy, but I don’t always make fancy meals for myself. I’d sometimes rather just have super simple stuff. Like shredded pork from the crockpot. Or eggs and bacon for breakfast…or dinner…like last night. The easier it is for me to make, the happier I am. So I wanted to share one of those ugly, easy meals that gets me by.

Don’t like it? Boring? Understandable. Ah well.

So yesterday I talked about my Contribution tab on my website. I am amazed with how generous people are. It’s so freaking cool. Not only did I get donations, but I got some emails along with the donations thanking me for the website. It’s crazy. I do this website because I love it and I want to make eating paleo easy, and people are thanking me for that. So awesome. Thank YOU for all your support.

Even Sergio was supportive from Afghanistan. He donated $0.25. And told me to put it to good use. But he also thought up the idea of putting up a kissing booth outside of my work. He thinks I would make more off of that. But here’s the thing. 85% of the people who walk down the street outside of my gym are homeless. And drunk. And usually passed out. So making money off of those people doesn’t seem quite right. And I have small lips. People would be disappointed. F*cking genetics.

So tomorrow I will be posting yet another post about what I eat and do during the day. I got some requests about posting the weights I use in my workouts, so I’ll be doing that. Don’t worry, it’s not that much. And my good friend Jessica asked if I’d post some of my songs from my playlist that I play in class. I’d say a good 65% of my athletes hate my music, but that means 35% like it! I rock at math! So I’ll at least share my music with the world wide web in hopes of increasing that percentage. Fingers crossed!

Oh and btw, I have been dreaming about chocolate. Dreaming, people. So I made these egg free blueberry brownies last night. And then melted 85% dark chocolate on top. It was stupid delicious. So not good for you, but so delicious. Just thought I would tell you. And don’t worry, I will share the recipe with you soon. As well as the brownie batter ice cream I made the other night while slightly intoxicated on wine. If I can remember it. Good ole Friday nights.


Easy Chicken Dinner in 1…2…3

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 34 chicken thighs or breasts
  • 56 heads of broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 45 tablespoons olive oil
  • 23 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place broccoli florets and chicken pieces into a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar over your chicken and broccoli. Then season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix around to help coat the broccoli and chicken.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Not sure if it’s totally cooked through? Cut it open and look. Duh.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


45 thoughts on “Easy Chicken Dinner in 1…2…3”

  1. On my phone screen I thought that was bacon-wrapped chicken. I bet that would work too, mixing the broccoli half way through to get the drippings… but yours is easier.

      1. HA! I thought it was bacon too! When I read through the recipe I was like….where’s the bacon in the ingredience list! HA!

  2. Looks great! I love the simplicity of this recipe since life is so busy. This is the stuff that needs to go in the cookbook.

    1. I made this last night and it turned out really good. It did take 35 minutes to cook. How did I know it needed more time? I cut it open and looked. Duh.

  3. I love simple recipes. All your other recipes are great – It just takes a lot more will power for me to get off my a$$ and make them. So feel free to post more simple ones 🙂

  4. I’m on day 11 of my first Whole30 which I totally jumped into without doing anything paleo beforehand. I am an AVID food blog followering (like 30 of them) and yours has now not only joined the list but moved to #1. Thanks for making things I want to smash my face in while being witty and entertaining.

  5. Ooooh, I want to hear the music choices! The person who chooses the music at my CF is a late-20s dude with TERRIBLE taste in rap music. *head meet wall* However, there was one time when I finished a grueling WOD, flopped onto the floor, and “Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangster” immediately came on. That was pretty epic.

  6. I kept thinking your chicken was wrapped in bacon and was confused why bacon wasn’t listed in the recipe. Ha, finally figured out it was balsamic vinegar! But there’s an idea for the next time you make this chicken 🙂

  7. I make something similar to this all the time. I also throw in some sliced onions to give it something extra. I love just throwing everything in a pan and letting it roast in the oven.

    Also I tell my coach I don’t like her music all the time. It’s not true but when she tells me I need better form I tell her she needs better music. I’m sure your music is also just fine.

  8. Sometimes simple is better and the tastes pop more. 🙂
    I totally had to Google the song you played during one of your vidoe posts you danced in. Then I purchased it on iTunes…share more please! 😉

  9. I totally thought it was wrapped in bacon too!!!

    Thank you for your website! A friend of mine recently told me about you and OMG! I’m in LOVE. I’ve made the Acorn Squash bacon patties THREE times in the past 2 weeks and I have a pork roast in my crock pot as we speak. Can’t wait to go home tonight and cook up my plaintains. =)

  10. Soooo glad I’m not the only person who spends the occasional Friday night havin’ a little wine and experimenting with food! Considering your cooking videos, I’m guessing that some dancing happens as well? (I love the easy peasy recipes, too–they are great to have on hand)

  11. This actually looks pretty good! I like that it’s easy and only contains a few basic ingredients. Does it naturally come out looking striped like that? “Tiger Chicken”?

  12. I’m a ditto for the easy recipes. There are nights when I drool over recipes you’ve posted, but then come back to reality and simpler recipes when I realize I am the one who has to make them and I don’t have the energy.

    I like reading your blog posts, Juli, and I also love reading through the comments. This is a fun blog and community of blog followers to be a part of … if such a thing as being part of a community of blog followers exists…

  13. Like the Chicken, simple is only ugly if its an ex BUT I L-O-V-E the T-shirt. Just got mine in the mail and it fits great and is a really good quality tank! I look forward to show this bad boy off!

  14. LOL at first I thought this was bacon wrapped chicken – then I read the ingredients and it wasn’t but it should be! I love bacon – just fyi! Love the idea even without bacon though BUT bacon bacon bacon would be nice…lol just saying! :o) Thanks for the idea – you rock as always!!

  15. quick dinner ideas

    This is definitely one of those recipes i need to keep. We’re all busy busy and this is a lifesaver! Wonderful quick dinner idea.

  16. Juli….I am SO happy that you have posted a way that people can contribute to your website. This website is INCREDIBLE and hilarious! Not only do you provide amazing recipes, you allow the world wide web the opportunity to laugh. Laughter is as important as a good WOD. Thanks for your coaching. It is so appreciated!

  17. I made this last night and everyone loved it. Even the chicken hater kid said it was good (she has been eating my rubber chicken for 5 years now) and wanted to know how I learned to cook chicken all of the sudden. Thanks!

  18. I thought it was wrapped in bacon too…way to hook and bait all of us, ugh. 😉 I guess this will be almost as delicious as having it wrapped in bacon, you tricky woman!

  19. I thought it was bacon too and had some on hand so I threw it on! It’s delish with bacon!! Also, I didn’t have broccoli so I made it with brussel sprouts and cauliflower…sooo good and easy! Thank you!!!

  20. Loved this recipe….. so yummy. Made enough for leftovers to take to work and still tastes really great. With all the bacon talk though, I decided to make mine with bacon on it as well. Will make this again!!!

  21. THANK YOU! I was specifically looking for a simple chicken dish to make tonight after workout and this will be it! I will probably wrap the chicken in bacon because, well…I heart bacon 🙂

  22. This is great! It is now a regular meal in our house. Thanks for putting together a really simple meal that can be tossed together without fuss. I am not creative, and I am not a natural cook- so being able to have a few simple go-to recipes really helps. This was delicious and flavorful, even broccoli haters in our family enjoyed it!

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