Balsamic Chicken

I’m excited for this installment of the Barefoot Bloggers challenge because it’s an easy, delicious family friendly recipe. And if it couldn’t get any sweeter, it’s easy on the wallet, too! If you don’t remember, Barefoot Bloggers are all about the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten, and her terrific recipes. Some of her recipes are a bit much and they may make you snicker when she requests “good quality olive oil.” But, you can’t deny that her dishes turn out delicious. This week’s recipe is: Indonesian Ginger Chicken.

I admit I was put off but the name. At first glance I was thinking, Thai food? Peanuts and hot pepper? BLAH! But, as I read the ingredients (honey, soy sauce, lots of garlic and lots of ginger), I started thinking, “Hmmm… Teriyaki?”

Since I scored last week with my 67¢/lb whole chickens, I was excited to have an equally inexpensive recipe for it. I had all the ingredients in my refrigerator and pantry. The main work was remembering to thaw my frozen birds so I could marinate them. You do have to cut the chicken up into pieces. Easy to do. You could even use already cut up chicken, too.

Although the recipe tells you to marinate overnight, I started in the morning and marinated for about 6 hours. And let me tell you, the marinade smells amazing. When it was finally time to cook the birds, I was excited to watch them caramelize and turn this lovely auburn color. The crispy parts were in high demand and were picked first by my guests: my parents. And the sauce was fantastic. I served the chicken with brown rice and steamed broccoli. We used practically all of the sauce in the pan to drizzle over the side dishes. My dad couldn’t get enough of it. He kept drizzling it on his food and commenting on how great it smells and tastes. And it did. If you are not a fan of brown rice, this sauce will help you eat that golden fiber-rich rice. And it was great with the broccoli, too.

The dish isn’t so over-powering that kids won’t like it. Those who don’t like sauce, just ate the tastey chicken. My oldest, The Professor, liked a little sauce and he gobbled it all up. My baby, The Princess, adores broccoli and happily dipped the green crowns into the sauce.

Overall, I give this dish two big thumbs up. Everyone who ate it, loved it and there were no leftovers!! My hubby ate up the wings, which made me think this would be great for a Superbowl party with just chicken wings.


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