Thursday, August 30, 2012

BBQ Chicken Bake

This evening's dinner was a little different than the meals we usually make. I like different.

Excuse the lack of pictures, none of them turned out very well. Plus, there really isn't much to the recipe, so I think the pictures would be a bit redundant.

I found the recipe on Now, this is not a sponsored post, I just decided to check their site when trying to plan tonight's dinner. I had some of their barbecue sauce leftover from a couple of weeks ago when they were BOGO at Publix.

So the recipe was submitted by a user. It's called "Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Chicken Bake." I chose it because it seemed to be the simplest and I had all of the ingredients on hand (minus a few chicken breasts).
Here is the recipe in its entirety:

- 1 C Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce
- 1/2 C Dijon Mustard
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 C broken pretzel pieces
- 1/2 C diced peppers and onions


1. Mix barbecue sauce with the mustard. Brush both sides of the chicken breasts with the mixture and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350°
3. Place each chicken breast on a sheet of foil, top with pretzels, onion, and pepper. Seal the foil around the chicken.
4. Bake for 20 minutes.

I was beyond amazed that the chicken was actually cooked after so short a time! I will be experimenting with this technique at length in the future. Why had I never heard of it before?? The chicken was so juicy, just like it had been baking for hours. I did put the little "cocoons" of chicken in a glass casserole pan at first. I was afraid they would leak or fall open and make a mess in my oven - - but they didn't cook at all in 20 minutes. so I took them out and put them right on the oven rack, just like baked potatoes. Voila!

I was a bit wary of the toppings; they aren't exactly conventional. The meal turned out pretty well, though, even if I wasn't the biggest fan of the pretzels. Joey said they added texture to the dish. It might turn out to be your thing, too! I crushed up the pieces with a fork to be pretty little, but I think this is a matter of personal preference.

Also, my diced pepper and onion were out of the freezer. To clarify: freezer burned from my mom's when her freezer broke almost a year ago. I know. Yuck. But they were what I had, and I'm trying to learn to be less wasteful! They tasted fine once they were cooked, I promise. (I would still recommend fresh veggies, or at least recently [and correctly] frozen.)

Buon Appetito!

-Christi Lee

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