The Awkward Chicken

If someone were to ask me, “Do you like chicken?” It would go right on a list of questions I find it awkward trying to answer.

You know the list.

It begins with, “What type of music to you like?”

Usually the this question is from the lips of an extraordinarily musical person.

A person who would guffaw if I told them the truth.

I haven’t updated my iPod in multiple years.

Sixty-one of the songs on said iPod are sung by someone whose last name starts with “J” and rhymes with “Bonus.”

I’m the least musically inclined person and can play 0 instruments and while I sing loud on occasion, it ain’t pretty.

But, I don’t say that.

I say something along the lines of, “Uhh, I like all kinds, ya know whatever is playing.”

The list ends with, “So what do you think you want to do in the future?”

Yes, there’s a 97% chance I’ll go to a certain university.

And there’s a good chance I’ll end up studying nutrition or communications at said university.

But, you don’t just want to know that do ya? You wanna know like career wise, after college?

Umm, I’m gonna be the next Rachel Ray, duh.

Either that or I’m going to travel the world exploring.

Or maybe I’ll find a wonderful husband and stay at home with the 9 children I’m going to have.

But, those answers don’t satisfy you.

You want to be all realistic and logical.

Well, you’re no fun.

But, to answer the chicken question.

No, I don’t like bland, dried out chicken.

Yes, I like moist, flavorful, well-prepared chicken.

I like this chicken.

 After eating it, I would give a loud and proud yes and declare, “I love chicken!”

Actually, it might just be the sauce that I like. I love balsamic.

Whatevs; it’s a good combo.

Balsamic Roasted Chicken

Adapted from this recipe. Serves 4.

Just a note to my vegetarian readers: this sauce would probably be really good on baked tofu.


1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2-3 garlic cloves, chopped

Kosher Salt

Black Pepper

11/2-2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs*

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon fresh parsley + extra for garnish

Lemon zest, for garnish (optional)

Whisk the vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Place chicken in a large sealable bag. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag and place in the fridge. Let marinade for at least one hour (the more the better!). Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange chicken on a large, greased baking dish. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Transfer chicken to a serve platter (you may want to cover with foil to keep it nice and hot). Pour pan dripping into a small saucepan, add chicken broth and parsley. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Pour sauce over chicken. Serve with roasted veggies and let the marinade totally engulf the veggies. Enjoy!

*chicken thighs are wayyy more flavorful and moist and delicious than breasts

Bonus if you serve the chicken with a platter of bruschetta. This is a Giada recipe, after all.


And yes I’m aware that the people who ask these questions are totally kind and well-meaning and my inability to answer a simple question is totally not their fault.
Which is why I’ll smile and reply, “I’m not sure,” and pray they don’t prod anymore.
And if they do, I’ll just invite them over.
For chicken.
And hope they are so captivated by the deliciousness that they don’t judge me when I break out into, “That’s Just the Way We Roll.

“I woke up on the roof with my brothers…..”

Or talk aloud as I cook, explaining everything I’m doing, even making sure I do the boring stuff during commercials so my viewers don’t get bored…when there’s no camera in sight.
Don’t mind me.
I’m planning for the future.

Just call me Rachel.

What questions do you find it awkward to be asked? Do you like chicken?


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14 thoughts on “The Awkward Chicken

  1. Chicken is good but I must admit, when I was dorming all I ate was chicken. Day in and day out. It got so bad to the point that I started dreaming about running chicken legs. Not exactly the kind of dream you want to fall asleep to.

    Awkward questions. Hmmm, there’s so much. Usually it’s “So what have you been up to lately?” “Same old same old.” “Oh, I see.” “… Yeahh.” “…” “…” Moments of silence and then walking away. My kind of scenario that happens day in and day out.

    Happy Blogging!<3

  2. balsamic makes everything delicious. i’m not a big fan of chicken, but if it’s doused in balsamic…

    awkward question: “So do you still do that healthy thing?” believe it or not my family loves that one. What do they expect me to say, “no, I got to mcdonalds for every meal now. vegetables suck. I look really unhealthy now don’t I?” it drives me craaazy.

  3. This seems like a mighty fine chicken dish :) I love balsamic vinegar on salads & such, so I can only imagine what it would be like cooked using my favorite method

    I think its awkward when people ask me how much money I make– haha
    I mean I usually tell them, but still! Mind your own beeswax!

  4. LOL at this post :D Awkward questions are the worst. But innocent questions can also turn into awkward moments.

    Me: What book are you reading?
    Coworker: [Proceeds to explain about something called schnitzel, some kind of meat that's breaded and fried I think.]
    Me: I meant what book are you reading, not eating.
    Coworker. [Pause] Oh. Well. Nothing. [grabs book and leaves.]

  5. Ha! This is too funny, Rachel ;) …. I love the chicken!!!!
    My new favorite question that I hate being asked; because I’m past the school, job, & getting married questions…. “when are you two going to have kids? Are you trying?” That should just shout, ‘Hello, I’m an awkward question on a million different levels. This person really shouldn’t be asking this.”

  6. Hahahaha! This post made me laugh for sure XD
    That is some GOOD lookin’ chicken Ms. Rachel Ray! And the bruschetta looks to die for too. One of the questions I hate answering is “What is your favorite band?” I mean, really? There’s gotta be better conversation starters! And yesssss, I do love mah chicken!

  7. hahahhaha. How about whats your favorite movie? Is there a good answer to this question? I feel like regardless of what you say …no ones going to be happy with the answer. Right now…the most irritating question is- Are you ready for the baby (umm I don’t know? Yes? We have the stuff we need…do I know how to take care of a newborn human being? No clue)? The chicken looks wonderful

  8. Hahahaha! Can I just say how much this post cracked me up?! I love the way you write – it makes me smile. :) And I hear – chicken is delicious if prepared properly and rather tragic if not (rubbery chicken – blech!).

    What’s great about those awkward questions is the way they change over the years. At the end of high school it’s always “where are you going to college? What are you going to study there? And what are you planning to be when you grow up?” (as you mentioned). Once you start dating someone it’s “When are you getting engaged?” (I had 3.5 years of that question). Then once you’re engaged it’s “When is the wedding?”. And once you return from the honeymoon it’s “When are you having babies?” I’ve been getting that last one for nearly 3 years now. I hear that next it’s “When are you having your second baby?” as soon as you give birth to the first and then after that people want to know what school your kids will go to and on and on… the cycle never ends. It’s like people don’t want you to just enjoy where you’re at in life right now. Always rushing you to the next thing. I’ll be honest, I’ve never minded the questions – I appreciate the interest someone is showing me when they ask, but at the same time – I’m not letting it pressure me into speeding up my life. Too much good stuff going on now! :)

    Erm… sorry to write a book in your comments, haha!

  9. Hahaha! You have such a wonderful writing style; it is thoroughly entertaining. The kind of writing where I dont just skim through the post, but really read every word.
    That said, Im right there with ya concerning the obnoxious questions about my future. If I tell you the truth (that Im not sure yet, maybe med school, maybe grad school, maybe….other?), I will SEE the judgement flash through you eyes. So what should I do? The truth or the answer that you want (or will respect). Truth always wins though.

    Obviously, that would be the question I get awkward about.

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