Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sticky Chicken

I confess, I'm pretty lucky when it comes to feeding times at my house.  My kids are pretty open to trying new things (with the obvious exception of Mr. Picky), and they generally enjoy my cooking.  But it's not often that a new recipe gets a reaction like it did tonight.  My girls were practically fighting each other for more was the Hunger Games From Scratch style!

Am I glad they enjoyed a good healthy dinner?  Absolutely.  But I'm even more thrilled because it happens to be a super-easy dinner to make.  Just takes a little planning ahead, and a little under an hour in the oven, and boom: dinner.  I've had this recipe for Sticky Bourbon Chicken with Rice on my Pinterest for a couple of weeks, and I was really looking forward to trying it.  I changed it up a little, cutting back on the soy sauce and upping the ginger, but it's a keeper for sure!

Okay, so you start the night before...if you remember.  I have some issues with planning, so I started about 6 hours ahead of dinner.  Whisk together a third of a cup of soy sauce, and a quarter cup each of oil of your choice, apple cider vinegar, bourbon, and brown sugar.

I can that be bad, right?

Anyhow, place some boneless chicken thighs in a baking dish.  (I used 10 of them, but it looks like next time I should probably double that, the way my family dug into them.)  Then pour the sauce over the chicken.  Add 2 green onions, cut into large pieces, 4 crushed cloves of garlic, and a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, sliced into pieces.  Cover the dish, and stick it in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake.

About an hour before you want to eat, heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Remove the baking dish from the fridge and take off the cover.  Bake the chicken for 45 minutes, flipping the pieces of chicken occasionally along the way.

While the chicken is baking, cook up some white rice according to the package directions.  I just threw mine into my rice cooker to cook.

After the 45 minutes, turn the oven to broil, and pop the chicken under the broiler for about 7 minutes, until it browns up nicely.

Serve the chicken over the rice with a sprinkling of chopped green onions, and try to steer clear of the flying forks and gnashing teeth as your family digs in to their delicious meal!

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