Best date night dinner; roasted chicken

Learn about what a “naked” chicken is here, click the picture above.

My husband and I have “date night” nearly every night because we just love being around each other and making the most of the time that we have together each day.  But when it comes to really spending some quality time and eating a special meal, we love to cook together at home as often as possible.  Saturday night has always been our night to either go out or make a delicious healthy dinner at home.  So I thought, why not share some of these healthy date night dinners with you?  This will be a new portion of Skinny Healthy Girl, date night dinner ideas that will add flavor and fun to your relationship in a very big way.

I truly believe that there is nothing sexier than a man who can cook, and I mean cook good, real food, not something out of box, can or freezer.  I am so lucky to have this in my life because my husband can make anything.  And because he loves to cook almost as much as I do, he has made some of the most delectable meals I have ever eaten, and you can’t get more romantic than that.

It’s also very true that there is no easier way to a man’s heart than through his stomach.  Cooking dinner or anything for that matter for the guy in your life will make him feel the love and attention he craves from you.  Turning on a little music, opening a nice bottle of wine and creating a delicious meal together is what you can truly call a date night.

This week I made one of the easiest, most healthful delicious dinners, roasted (naked) chicken with vegetables.  This is a recipe from Ina Garten on Food Network that I changed up a bit and it is a perfect date night dinner.  You don’t have to know how to cook or even like to cook to make this one.  You truly just pull it all together into an oven pan and roast for an hour and a 1/2 while your home fills up with enticing flavors and scents.  Pull it out, wrap the chicken in foil and let sit for 20 minutes while all of the juices redistribute  While that is happening, put the vegetables back into the oven and let them finish browning.  The recipe is here, but I changed it up by also adding 2-3 quartered yukon gold potatoes and 5-6 whole cloves of garlic to roast along with the carrots and onions.  I did not include the fennel.

The best part about this meal for us, other than it being fabulously flavorful, is that I pull the dish together and my husband slices up the chicken while I look on with my glass of white wine.  Ahhh, so nice and memories that will last forever.  Also, the next day you can use the leftovers to make chicken salad sandwiches; which are out of this world.

Date night can be whatever you want it to be, but the idea is that it’s about uninterruped quality time together.  On a sidenote, if you make this particular recipe, please make sure that your chicken is “naked”, you can read more about what that means here.…plus, it might add a little fun conversation to your date night:)

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