Monday, June 8, 2015

Sweet Garlic Chicken

  Here's a quick and easy recipe that my friend, CJ, posted on Facebook (so he would be able to find it to try it later). I made it for a quick movie night with some friends and it was a big hit!
 Now, I know brown sugar and garlic don't seem like ingredients that you would normally put together (I was a little skeptical too!) But just go with it. It's REALLY tasty! Oh, also, the ingredients and cooking times aren't exactly clear, but just read my notes down at the bottom. I promise it'll work! Thanx for the suggestion, CJ! Maybe I'll cook this for you the next time I visit Florida!!

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
additional herbs and spices, as desired*
Preheat oven to 400°F  
Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil. In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Add additional herbs and spices as desired. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes, or until juices run clear. Cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of your chicken. Serve with rice or potatoes and a roasted or steamed vegetable.

I sliced the chicken breasts horizontally so I would have thinner pieces and twice as many of them. This serves two purposes. It doesn't take as long to cook, plus it makes the meal go further. I baked mine for 20-25 minutes. They were perfect!
*I know, I know. The recipe is VERY vague when it comes to herbs and spices. You can go in so many directions with it! I decided to go with fresh basil and fresh oregano, just because I have lots of fresh herbs growing, and I figured they'd go well with the garlic. Add as much as you like!
 I think next time I might try going in an Indian direction by adding onions, chopped fresh ginger, and garam masala. Mmm that sounds pretty fabulous to me! 


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