This tasted far better than it looked thanks to chicken from Mitchell's. Save On Foods and Safeway both sell the usual completely tasteless chicken. I never noticed till now. The chicken from Mitchell's tastes good without anything on it. Season it and it's like awakening in a new world.
I put a pinch of saffron on the bottom of my rice bowl. Half a cup of rice and a cup of water, teaspoon of olive oil, half teaspoon of salt and two teaspoons lemon juice. Put it in the microwave to cook. Mine has a moisture sensor so it does white rice perfectly every time. Brown rice, not so much.
I salted and shook the chicken in a bag with cajun spice mix. Then fried it in olive/canola oil to brown the breast top and turn it over and put it in the oven at 325F for 30 minutes.
I have an asparagus steamer so that's easy. Break the ends off and put them in the basket. 5 minutes before plating put them in the steamer.
A quarter cup of butter melted and whisked into an egg yolk in my sauce pot. I add a tablespoon of water and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Add a good pinch of salt. Taste for balance, adjust as necessary. It takes about 3 minutes to cook the sauce so a few minutes before plating set it on boiling water or an induction burner on 3 of 10. Keep whisking it and don't let it turn into scrambled egg.
1 tbsp olive/canola oil
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
Whisk and toss the salad in it.
This was one of those meals where every mouthful tasted incredible. It was entirely the quality of the chicken that made the difference. I guess going to a good butcher in your area will produce the same result. Save On had three breasts for $7 but I paid $8.80 for three breasts at Mitchell's. A tiny bit more expensive but it's the difference between hot water and soup.