Breathe life into an old favorite, chicken breast, by quick-roasting it, then ladling a puréed sauce of tahini, lemon juice, and garlic over the top. The Mediterranean sesame paste not only adds body and weight to a quick sauce, but also a nutty, creamy flavor.
Hit two birds with one stone — no pun intended — by cooking some sweet Spring asparagus in the oven along with the chicken. Serve it alongside pasta, potatoes, or brown rice. To have dinner ready in no time, read more. 2 lb asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces Makes 4 servings.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (3 to 4 lb total)
1/3 cup well-stirred tahini (Middle Eastern sesame paste)
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 lb asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
Makes 4 servings.