Can someone else make dinner?

Can someone else make dinner? Please?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve asked myself that question so many times! Most of the time, I still have to make dinner and the next best thing to having someone else make dinner is having something that can be quickly and easily assembled so that I don’t have to spend a huge amount of time working on it, but still tastes like I spent hours on it. One of my favorite dishes is just called “Chicken, Green Beans, and Potatoes”, but what my husband and I call “The Three Row Dish.” I found it one day on the internet and it quickly rose to the top of my meal fix-it list because it is just so simple. It’s just five ingredients and comes together in a jiffy. Here’s the directions, along with some adaptations that I’ve tried.


Chicken, Green Beans, and Potatoes (a.k.a. The Three Row Dish)


  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I’ve seen other recipes call for up to 6 chicken breasts, but I’ve never been able to fit that many into my pan very easily.
  • 2 cans of green beans, drained OR one bag of frozen green beans OR the equivalent amount of fresh green beans
  • New, red potatoes, quartered (I usually use 8 – 10 potatoes, but it depends on how big your potatoes are. If they are really big potatoes, you may need to cut them into more than 4 pieces and you may not need as many. If they are really small, you may only need to cut them in half and you will probably need more.)
  • 1/2 stick of butter (This is one point where I differ from the original recipe because, let’s be honest, I love butter. I usually use a whole stick of butter because I love for my potatoes to absorb that buttery flavor, but I promise that the recipe still turns out okay and tastes just fine with only half a stick. Like I said, I just love butter.)
  • 1 packet of italian dressing seasoning (Please note that this is not italian seasoning like you would find in the spice aisle. This is italian dressing seasoning like you would find with the salad dressing.)


  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 X 13 pan.
  3. Melt your butter in the microwave using 15 second bursts at 50% power. (On most occasions, I’ve been able to melt butter at a high power for longer and everything was fine. However, I learned the hard way that if you try to melt the butter in the microwave at too high of a power for too long, the butter can explode and make a huge mess all over the inside of the microwave. It wasn’t pretty. So far, the microwaving in shorter bursts at a lower power seems to have fixed that problem.)
  4. Lay your chicken in a row down the middle of your pan, lengthwise.
  5. On one side of your chicken, lay down your green beans.
  6. On the other side, lay down your potatoes.
  7. Pour your melted butter over everything in the pan. Sprinkle the contents of your italian seasoning packet over all of the contents of your pan.
  8. Cover the pan with foil and cook in the oven for 1 hour.


If you would like to see the original recipe, you can find it here.

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Abigail Siemers

Abigail is a Public Service Specialist in the Bookmobile department. She loves to read, write, listen to music, crochet, watch DIY television, and eat pretty much anything that involves potatoes or chocolate. Some recent reads that she loved were "The Invisible Library" by Genevieve Cogman and "The Rose and the Dagger" by Renee Ahdieh.