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Sweet Chili Chicken

Updated on October 2, 2013
Chicken Leg Quarter with sweet chili seasoning, peas, and basmati rice
Chicken Leg Quarter with sweet chili seasoning, peas, and basmati rice | Source

No BBQ Sauce... Now What?!

Fairly often, I cook dinner for my 83 year old grandfather. The older he gets, the pickier he gets. Thank goodness I like leftovers or I would be tossing an awful lot of food.

I had it in mind to make one of my "lazy" dishes. Pop some chicken in the oven and cover it with BBQ sauce. Grandpa will eat that. One problem - no sauce.

How was I going to get the sweet yet spicy flavor that I was craving? I could have dressed up some ketchup. That is essentially the same thing. But Grandpa has recently been instructed to follow a very low sodium diet so I wanted to avoid any condiments with salt. I decided to do something different.

It also had to be "not too weird" or grandpa wont eat it. For example, cinnamon is strictly forbidden from dinner dishes. Personally, I like it in a nice savory meal. Not gramps. Too weird.

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Raiding the Cabinets For Yummy Flavors

Rummaging through cabinets is one of my favorite things to do when cooking. I like to experiment with different combinations of flavors. This was a great opportunity for that.

Garlic powder is one of my "go to" spices when I want to add flavor without adding salt. The Italian in me can hardly resist the urge to put it (or fresh garlic) on everything.

Black pepper is another staple. I tend to go light on this one. Just a personal preference.

Chili powder adds a little bit of a southwest spice and richness.

Now what to do about the "sweet?. I was sick of honey. Next to it was a neglected box of brown sugar. Not something I use much. I forget it is even there. This is one of those things I just said "why not" and threw on.

THIS IS THE RESLUT OF MY EXPERIMENT...

Chicken Breasts ready to go in the oven... these gals are in there a little snug but turned out yummy. Gramps insists on a meat thermometer. Don't tell him that I ignore it!
Chicken Breasts ready to go in the oven... these gals are in there a little snug but turned out yummy. Gramps insists on a meat thermometer. Don't tell him that I ignore it! | Source

Ingredients for Sweet Chili Seasoning

  • Chili Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Brown Sugar (light)

Preparation and Cooking

  1. Dust chicken on all sides with chili powder, garlic powder, and pepper.
  2. Place in baking dish or roasting pan
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar over chicken
  4. Bake at 350 degrees until juices run clear and skin begins to brown (generally 20 minutes per pound)

Tips

I never measure anything. That is a product of learning to cook in the kitchen with my Italian family. Amounts are always "some" and cooking time is "until it is done". Adjust the proportions of each spice to your liking. Not a fan of black pepper, go light. If you love the stuff, add a little more.

Keep in mind that the brown sugar is going to melt. Just it a good sprinkle. You don't need to bury it!

Chicken Breast with sweet chili seasoning and steamed broccoli
Chicken Breast with sweet chili seasoning and steamed broccoli | Source

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      From a writing standpoint I loved the introduction. Approaching a recipe from a personal story is very interesting and effective. From an eater's standpoint I love this recipe and will try it soon. Thanks Dana!

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      Lisa J Warner 3 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      AWESOME!!!!!

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      That was an interesting and easy recipe Dana with an interesting story behind. Thank you for sharing this with us. Will definitely try this when on a really lazy mood :-)

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hmmm, I will have to try this seasoning, especially since I have most of the ingredients. I'm always looking for new, simple twists to foods. Dana, this sounds great!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and awesome Dana. I love the way that chicken looks. Great tips all the way through, easy to use instructions, did I mention I'm hungry? Great work, will certainly add this to the bookmark.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It sound delicious. I got new recipe here. Thanks for sharing with us. VOTED UP and YUMMY :-)

      Prasetio

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Going to give brown sugar a go.....

      Thanks for the tip, Dana :)

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      frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America

      Delightful inventive recipe and thanks for doing it for Grandpa. :-) You did that deed of kindness and came up with a delicious recipe too. Thank you for sharing the story and the recipe.

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Bill! As a cook and an eater, I can't help but share this recipe. As a writer I can't help but insert something more....

      I am glad you appreciate it.

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      Lisa - thank you so much for sharing this around. I hope you try it.

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      livingsta - thank you for visiting. Happy to share this with you, story included.

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      Careermommy - I am a big fan of recipes with just a few simple ingredients. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a yummy recipe and then realizing you have to go buy half the ingredients. Enjoy!

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      thelyricwriter - wow! Thanks for the votes and the awesome comments. You have encouraged me to start sharing more of my simple cooking. Hope you try it and like it.

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      prasetio - Nice to see you here. Thank you!

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      Martie - hello! I am ashamed to admit that my brown sugar sits on the shelf unless I am cooking yams, baking, or eating oatmeal. I am really glad I gave this a try. I might see what else I can put it on.... :)

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      frogyfish - I am very glad you enjoyed the story behind my recipe. I always like to add personal touches to my work. Thank you so much for sharing!!! I hope people try it and enjoy it. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I do love spices, but try to keep to the basics when doing recipes. I love your idea for this with chicken. Your openin photo makes my mouth water!

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      teaches - thanks for the comment. I love spices! A lot of people are intimidated by them, or just like more simple flavors. I hope you try this.... Thanks for the photo compliment. Just this year I realized I love photography. I use my own photos as much as possible. That is also part of the for for me now.... see you around. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Sounds like a yummy rub for chicken and I was not sure what I was going to do for dinner tonight. Thanks!

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      Glimmer Twin Fan - if you did try this, I hope you liked it. I love experimenting in the kitchen. I have discovered a few more yumming things that I will hopefully be posting soon.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Loved the recipe and your method! I'll give this one a go. Thanks for sharing. UP/U/I/A and yummy. Sharing.

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      DENISE - sorry for the late reply. I hope you did try this, and liked it. I have made it a few more times and I think I like it better with dark brown sugar. still deciding.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Looks tasty!

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