I mentioned in this week’s menu that baked chicken is one of my children’s favorite entrees. I don’t have a “special” recipe that they prefer, they just love “chicken-on-the-bone” as we called it when they were younger.
We do have some favorite ways that I prepare it, and it is an easy meal that makes my family happy! Below are some “recipes” we like for tasty baked chicken:
1. All-Purpose Spice Rub from Everyday Food- we use it on lots of things like any meat and oven fries and grilled veggies. It’s really yummy and you can change up the spices if you feel like it. For example, I usually add some dry mustard for the flavor and extra zing.
– I just rub all sides of the chicken with it, put it in a pan and bake like normal. It tastes like you spent a lot more time on it.
2. Maple Mustard Chicken:
-Mix together 1/4 c. olive oil, 3 TB of Dijon mustard, 2TB of dry mustard, 2 TB of pure maple syrup, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a large resealable plastic bag. Add 8 pieces of chicken, toss to coat, and let marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
-Remove from bag, and toss in a bowl of 1c. bread crumbs combined with another 3TB. of dry mustard (don’t worry – it’s not too much!). Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 40-50 minutes. This is very flavorful.
3. Maple or Honey Baked Chicken:
-Mix 1/3-1/2 c. maple syrup or honey with 1TB olive oil and 2TB balsamic vinegar and pour over chicken pieces in a 13×9-in pan. Bake at 400 degrees 40-45 minutes, basting occasionally.
4. Buttermilk Baked Chicken (another Everyday Food recipe) : I don’t use white bread, and it turns out fine!
5. Oven Barbecued Chicken:
– I just bake the chicken with a little salt and pepper and in the last 10 minutes I take it out of the oven, drain most of the juices (a trick I learned from Auntie June- thank you!) so it doesn’t water down the sauce, and pour some home canned (or whatever I have) barbecue sauce over the top. Put it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes – super easy!
As you can see, these are flavorful and easy – two of the things I look for in recipes. Let me know if you try them!