Weeknight Dinner: Barbecue Chicken

25 Sep

I realize most of my dinner recipes recently have involved stuffing stuff with other stuff, and/or frying.  I do apologize…I just recently became obsessed with wonton wrappers and oil, and I know these recipes can take a while to prepare (and the fried ones are especially unhealthy).

This one is quick, cheap, reasonably healthy and totally from scratch! (minus like…butchering the chickens or growing the veggies.  I didn’t do that part).

In fact, this is my go-to dinner when I’m too lazy to cook something fancy!

Barbecue? Barbeque? I may or may not have spelling failed in that picture…either way, this is barbecue chicken with roasted broccoli (from frozen), and baked sweet potato fries.  So easy and SO good!

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First, preheat your oven to 425 F.  Then peel your potato(es) and cut into thin rounds.

Get your frozen broccoli!  Lay out a napkin on a plate, and spread your broccoli over it.  Microwave one minute, toss, then microwave a minute more.  They don’t need to be hot or totally unfrozen, just like…unfrozen enough that you will be able to dab off most of the excess moisture (careful, it may be slightly hot).

Then just pour on some oil, toss, sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper (I did this on the plate I used for microwaving) and pour onto a baking sheet.

Then toss your potato slices with oil (do it on the same plate, or in a Ziploc bag).

Lay out on a baking sheet (you can do it on the same one if you have room, but the broccoli will be done first) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  What was that? 10 minutes? Both go into the oven for 13 minutes.  Set a timer.

Now make your barbeque sauce.  Just pour everything into a small saucepan over low heat and give it a stir.  You may not have all these ingredients in your fridge, but you should!  Homemade barbeque sauce is awesome.  And I put molasses in like everything I bake…it’s severely underutilized.  Let it simmer while the fries cook.  Here it is before the stir:

Then get a sautee pan to medium-high heat while you slice your chicken into small pieces.  My timer went off by this point.

Broccoli was done!

Pull out your fries, flip them over, turn the oven up to 450 F and put them back in for 10 minutes.  Here they are after the flip, ready to go back into the oven.

10 minutes?  That’s enough time to cook your chicken!  Just throw those little pieces into the sautee pan with some salt and pepper and cook!  Also keep an eye on your sauce…give it a few stirs, and pull it from the heat when it reaches your desired thickness.  Mine simmered for about 10 minutes.

Depending on how small your nuggets are, it’ll take 2-4 minutes per side…about 4-8 minutes total to cook if you have some odd shaped pieces that need more rotating. Just toss with some sauce, or drizzle it over the chicken once they’re cooked!

And that’s all!  Broccoli’s done

Fries are done

And chicken and barbecue sauce are done!

All in just over a half hour you have yourself a tasty, well balanced and totally homemade weeknight dinner!

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There’s not much of a recipe for this one…you can find my baked fries recipe here (you can use it with either Yukon gold or sweet potatoes)

I used frozen broccoli tossed to coat with a thin coat of oil, a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper, and baked at 425 F for 13 minutes.

And then just sautee up some bite sized pieces of chicken until cooked!  I should do a tutorial on how to cook chicken, but it should be 4-8 minutes total depending on the size of your pieces.  Just pull the fattest one when you think it’s done and cut into it to check.

BUT, here’s my go-to recipe for easy homemade barbeque sauce:
Easy Barbecue Sauce
Makes ¾ or ½ cup depending on how thick you like it
1/8 cup worcestershire sauce
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar (balsamic is great too)
½ cup ketchup
1/8 cup molasses
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/8 – ¼ cup brown sugar or honey

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat.  Allow to simmer and reduce until desired thickness is reached.  Usually about 10-20 minutes.

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