I haven’t posted in awhile huh?! My kitchen hasn’t been too exciting recently. No oreo brownie ice cream cakes or chocolate layer cakes with peanut butter frosting here…We’ve been hiking our hiney’s off during the weekends and I have that thing that gets in the way but keeps me from becoming homeless called a full-time job…so there’s that.
Chicken doesn’t have to be blah! Because we are always burning the shit out of chicken on the grill, this is an easier alternative (I think) to making flavorful and amazing chicken with barbecue sauce. My muffin top screamed at me to soak that chicken in buttermilk and Frank’s red hot, dredge it in flour, and toss it into some oil for some perfect fried chicken…But I refrained and made this healthy, flavorful, juicy, saucy chicken instead!
This is the best baked chicken we have ever made and eaten. Here’s how I did it:
1. The spice blend: salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chile powder, and a little brown sugar. If you like a little spice, add some cayenne pepper. I didn’t add it this time.
2. Massage the spices evenly into each piece of chicken.
3. The spice rubbed chicken must sit for 15 minutes to take the chill off it from being in the fridge. This helps it cook evenly.
4. Each piece must be seared off/browned on the stove. Browned food=flavor and this helps the skin achieve it’s maximum crispiness!!!
5. Baked to perfection with the help of a roasting thermometer. THIS is the one I have. I don’t know how I was even baking meat without this thing. I like to take the meat out of the oven about 5 degrees before (160 degrees in this case) because it will go up an additional 5-10 degrees once you take it out the oven. Juicy and cooked perfectly every single time.
6. Use a good barbecue sauce. For this recipe I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Original. Actually, Sweet Baby Ray’s is the ONLY brand we use because it’s fkn delicious! I love the honey chipotle flavor too. The Vidalia Onion flavor is gross. That’s really the only flavor of that brand we haven’t liked.
7. The perfect sides. baked beans, corn bread, corn on the cob, potato salad, broccoli salad, or a garden salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and ranch dressing. Dammit I’m hungry again. Ughh.