Friday, April 29, 2011

Honey Mustard Barbecue Chicken

We have a special treat this week! We have a guest chef! And it's THEHUSBAND!! That's right, give it up for TheHusband!

At least once a week TheHusband takes over in the kitchen and whips up something delicious. It's usually some form of chicken and his Honey Mustard Barbecue chicken is one of my favorites.

I have to tell you, this is a recipe he's been using since before we met and was the first meal he cooked for me. I also have to be honest and tell you that his chicken is so tasty that I don't even like to make chicken anymore because my pales in comparison. I hope you enjoy his recipe as much as I do!

What He used:
boneless skinless chicken breasts (approx 2-3 lbs)
  (we use frozen because we never plan far enough
   ahead of time to have unthawed chicken when
   we want to make it).
1 cup Kraft Original Barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons yellow mustard

How He made it:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Combine barbecue sauce, honey, and mustard. Mix well.
    (adjust the quantities of each ingredient to suit your tastes,
     that's part of the magic).

3. Line pan with aluminum foil (makes for easier clean up).

4. Place chicken on pan then place in oven for 10-11 minutes.
    (If your chicken is already thawed out, you can skip this step.)

5. Lightly coat the chicken breasts with sauce, then flip over and
    put a heavier coating on the "top".

6. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes (depending on the
    thickness of the    chicken breasts you have).

7. Remove from oven, flip chicken over and put a fresh coating
    of sauce on.

8. Bake for another 20-25 minutes (again, this depends on the
    size of your chicken breasts).

9. Check for done-ness. (internal temp should be at least 165
    degrees F - or if you don't have a meat thermometer you can
    slice them open, which is what TheHusband does even though
    we have meat thermometer).

If not done after step 9, put them back in the oven for 5-10 minutes until they are done. DO NOT EAT UNDERCOOKED CHICKEN, PEOPLE! (hee hee, FYI, that last part is from me, not TheHusband, but he would definitely agree).

The Verdict: mmm mmm mmm delicious! The flavor is a little different each time he makes it, depending on his mood, but it's always tasty. We had this with a Caesar salad, also made by TheHusband, consisting of hearts of romaine, Parmesan cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing. A fabulous meal all around.

What I'd do different: Absolutely nothing. Like I said before, this chicken is so good I don't even try to make chicken anymore. Seriously.

Variations: You can use your favorite barbecue sauce or different amounts of each ingredient. This recipe is just a basic jumping off point. Go on, you can use a dijon mustard if you really want to zip things up!
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