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The time has come. Schedules are picking up, Convocation just ended and professors think it's totally cool to schedule all their tests on one day. (Really, what is this, a conspiracy or something?)

The realm of higher education is beginning to wear on all of us as we long for the easier days of high school. Or preschool. We definitely all miss preschool.

In the midst of this chaos, time to make food is all but nonexistent. We opt for something quick and on campus, or something cheap we can get without stepping out of the car. While this is completely understandable'and even necessary at times' it's important to continue (or create) good habits, even when you're running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Speaking of chicken' prepare yourselves (as the title suggests) for THE BEST CHICKEN YOU'VE EVER HAD IN YOUR LIFE.

Okay, that's probably an exaggeration.

It's a total exaggeration, but it is really great chicken.

This is my favorite way to quickly make lunch between classes, or dinner before a meeting.

What you need:


Garlic salt (or regular salt works too...garlic salt is just awesome)


Italian Seasoning

Olive Oil

What you do:

1. I've found that tenderizing chicken before you cook it tends to make it less dry. There are lots of fancy tools that tenderize meat, but quite honestly just poking the meat until you feel that it is generally less tough does the trick. Kinda weird, but it works.

2. Then take the aforementioned spices and pour them upon your now tender chicken. I generally use a few dashes of each, but dietary restrictions, or a certain affinity for a particular spice may cause you to use different amounts.

3. Make sure that you cover both sides of the chicken in the seasony goodness.

4. Then put two tablespoons of olive oil into the pan that you plan on cooking your chicken in.

5. Place the chicken on the olive oil, and once again make sure both sides get covered.

6. Put the oven on 350, and bake your chicken for 10-12 minutes, or until the juices run clear.

7. Dab the excess oil from the chicken, and place on a bed of pasta, or beside a potato, or just eat it alone. Boom bam. Meal in less than 15 minutes!

Enjoy your meal, and possibly your new favorite way of making chicken.

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