Chicken on the Bone Two Ways

2015-07-09 18.33.57 RECIPE #26, DAY #22

2015-07-09 18.33.38ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Sticky Chicky,” and “Not Humdrumsticks,” from Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry, by Janet and Greta Podleski*

TIMING: About 1 hour for each, mostly baking time

DIFFICULTY: Not hard if you know how to tell meat is cooked through

TOOLS: Nothing special

COOK TYPE: Baking in the oven (and some simmering on the stove top)

HEALTH: If we believe all the hype about chicken (and we do), then these are healthy entrees for a weeknight supper. Serve them with a whole grain and a combination of vegetables, and you will be a shining example of busy weeknight family dinners, for everyone.

2015-07-20 19.42.35EXPERIENCE: I am often a little torn, standing at the meat counter at my local grocery store. There are the price tags on the bone-in chicken (drumsticks, thighs, wings, whole bird, etc) calling to me, and then there is the sound of my daughter whining and the image of my husband picking at his dinner. Because that’s what happens at my house when I serve the wonderfully priced bone-in chicken: whining and picking.

Still, sometimes, my budget calculator compels me to buy the bone-in chicken and let the whining and picking happen while I patiently (sic) explain, once again, the price difference between what I served and a chicken breast or steak or shrimp. Thus was the story for two weeks in a row, when I purchased chicken drumsticks and made these two suppers.

Now, if you are lucky enough to have a family of bone-loving individuals, I offer you two more recipes to add to your repertoire, but I am not making any big promises. These two almost didn’t make it on to the blog (even though I have only great things to say of this cook book), because they are only mild successes. Then when I had two of a feather, I decided to cram them together because–while not stellar–they are useful recipes. So if you have all these ingredients and it sounds good to you, go for it.

***

SWEET BARBEQUE CHICKEN

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and lightly oil a 9×9 inch baking pan.
  2. Arrange 1 to 1 1/2 pounds chicken pieces (with bones and skin) in the pan and lightly salt and pepper.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup barbeque sauce, 1/8 cup soy sauce, 1/8 cup red wine vinegar, 1/8 cup honey, 2 teaspoons brown mustard, 2 teaspoons grated ginger, and 1 clove pressed garlic.
  4. Pour sauce over the chicken and turn to coat. Bake for about 40 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink in the center.
  5. Remove chicken to a platter and cover (but don’t seal) to keep warm.
  6. Pour sauce from the bottom of the pan into a small sauce pan and whisk in 1/2 tablespoon corn starch with 1 tablespoon water. Heat over medium-high until sauce in thickened.
  7. Serve chicken with sauce.

***

HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and lightly oil a 9×9 inch baking pan.
  2. Arrange 1 to 1 1/2 pounds chicken pieces (with bones and skin) in the pan and lightly salt and pepper.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup honey, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons brown mustard, 1 clove pressed garlic, 1 teaspoon Herb de Provence, and 1 teaspoon salt.
  4. Pour sauce over the chicken and turn to coat. Bake for 20 minutes, then baste the chicken with the liquid in the bottom of the pan, and bake for 20 minutes more, until chicken is no longer pink in the center.
  5. Remove chicken to a platter and pour sauce over the top.
  6. Pour sauce from the bottom of the pan into a small sauce pan and whisk in 1/2 tablespoon corn starch with 1 tablespoon water. Heat over medium-high until sauce in thickened.
  7. Serve chicken with sauce.

***

Serve with a grain side dish and a veggie or two. Pictured in one photo with cheesy root vegetables and in another photo with steamed brown rice with tomatoes and roasted cauliflower.

*Recipe has been changed from the original.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s