Thursday, August 6, 2009

SPEEDY WEEK NIGHT CHICKEN DINNER

This quick fix chicken dinner is one of my "go to" week night recipes. I always keep boneless, skinless chicken in the freezer, so I can whip this up in a hurry. It is one of those easy recipes that you can cook with your eyes closed and yet its sweet and (mildly) spicy flavor will please just about everyone. We don't care for super-spicy food, so the ingredients below were designed for us. If you like more spice, just increase the amount of crushed red pepper flakes. Leftovers reheat very well in the microwave and make a great hot sandwich the next day.


 Cut 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs into nugget size pieces. Roll them in flour, then in beaten eggs, then back in flour. Sprinkle them with black pepper and brown them in about 1/4 cup of canola oil.



 When they are nice and brown, remove them from the pan and drain on paper towels. Wipe the grease out of the pan and add the following:

1 cup of favorite barbecue sauce
1/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon honeyscant 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Return to heat and mix sauce thoroughly. When it is bubbly, put the chicken in the sauce and stir to coat all of the pieces (I use a wide flat spatula to turn the pieces in the sauce).


 Lower the heat and let the sauce sink into the chicken and caramelize a little in the pan. The chicken will be ready to serve when the sauce darkens (about five minutes).



 NOTE: I have used chicken breast in this recipe, but it is not as moist and tasty as chicken thighs.

NOTE: Once you have put the sauce on the chicken, keep the heat down and watch it because it can scorch easily.

NOTE: I don't add salt to the sauce because there is plenty of salt in the barbecue sauce.

15 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

My kids would be in heaven with this meal!

Katherine Aucoin said...

This looks incredible Colleen. I love finding new chicken recipes. This one is definitely getting bookmarked!

Finsmom said...

I love these kind of recipes - quick, easy, and tasty :)

Wandering Coyote said...

Looks gooooooood!!

Debbie said...

Looks delicious Coleen. I love these kind of quick and tasty recipes!

girlichef said...

I can just taste the sauce on my fingers! Great idea....and yup, kiddos would love it, too :D

Faiza Ali said...

That looks awesome and Yummy Coleen.

Katy ~ said...

The next time I make chicken I am making it like this. This looks so tasty. My mouth is watering in anticipation of this. Excellent share!!

Ingrid said...

I agree with Barbara Bakes my kiddos would love this!
~ingrid

Lara said...

Wow--that looks out of this world good!

Krista said...

Excellent! It's like honey-barbecue KFC, but in the comfort of your own home. I love it!

Monica H said...

I never thought to make anything like this, but it sounds delicious!

Carrie said...

There's so many sauce options with this recipe, I would love the BBQ sauce but my boys would love sweet and sour sauce! My hubby would love some hot sauce! You got my thinking wheels turning with this one Coleen :-)

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog today (Farm Town!)...this looks like a great recipe. THey're sort of like chicken poppers or boneless "wings" from thois fast food places. YUM! I'll have to give these a try.

sharonjo said...

I made this chicken this evening, using the recommended boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Our whole family loved it! The sticky, spicy-sweet glaze was perfect, and the chicken stayed nice and moist. Really a great technique, and one I'm sure to repeat. Thanks so much for sharing this.