Friday, October 28, 2011

Food | May your weekend be filled with tasty things. And I don't mean candy. Also, the best way to prepare baked chicken!

For some reason, all I can think about lately is food. I wish I had an endless food budget and loads of time to slave away in the kitchen, because there are just so many good things that I want to make. We had some new friends over last night and I made baked chicken, boiled potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie. I will be the first to admit that it wasn't terribly extravagant, but it was good. It was one of those homey, lovely sorts of meals. The most time-intensive-but-worth-it parts was the chicken. It took me what seemed like a millennium to fight this slightly frozen chicken into giving up it's "wholeness." And then there were several steps in the marination process. They go like so:

1. Brine your chicken pieces in a mixture of 1/2 c. salt + vinegar or water enough to cover, for one hour

2. After patting your chicken dry with paper towels, rub each piece in a mixture of:

1Tbsp. Poultry seasoning
2 tsp. Salt

3. With a pastry brush, marinate the chicken in this sauce:

1/2 c. Vinegar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1/2 c. Olive Oil

Re-brush chicken a couple times during baking.

4. Bake uncovered at 325F for 1 hour, and then 400F for 30 minutes. Bake time and temperature may vary depending on how close your chicken pieces are in the pan.

Cody and I both exclaimed several times today how tasty and flavorful this chicken was. My mom copied this recipe from a book, but can't remember the original source. If you know, please clue me in!

Some other recipes I'm dying to try:
Easy Mac & Cheese —Thanks, Sonya!
Beer Mac & Cheese — Oh my heavens
Baked Southwestern Eggrolls —Thanks, Alissa!

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