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Sweet Chili Chicken
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.
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...
Ingredients for Sweet Chili Seasoning
- Chili Powder
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Brown Sugar (light)
Preparation and Cooking
- Dust chicken on all sides with chili powder, garlic powder, and pepper.
- Place in baking dish or roasting pan
- Sprinkle brown sugar over chicken
- Bake at 350 degrees until juices run clear and skin begins to brown (generally 20 minutes per pound)
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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!