Happy Labor Day from Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!
What I'm going to say might scare you -- I know what you're doing. You're hiding in a room with the door closed, wondering how long it will take for them to find you. They've already watched all the videos you rented -- four times. You've heard them so many times that you've memorized the lines. What's worse, it's raining. Buckets of rain. Because they're all bored, their friends came over. And now the arguing has commenced.
Going back to work is beginning to sound appealing. Quiet. Calm, blissful quiet!
So now what are you going to do with the chicken you were going to grill? You're contemplating grilling in the rain. It would be so quiet! You could take an umbrella and a glass of wine . . . a bottle of wine! You wouldn't even have to worry about sunscreen.
What's a little thunder and lightning anyway? Hmm, the grill is metallic, isn't it? Ouch! That one was close. The dog is now cowering under your legs. Maybe grilling isn't such a great idea, after all.
So here's how to "barbecue" your chicken in the oven. You can use your favorite barbecue sauce or a variation on the one below. You probably have what you need in your pantry and the fridge. If you like a kick, add a few drops of hot sauce.
Rainy Day Barbecued Chicken
based on a recipe by Judith Olney
1 chicken cut into pieces (or a couple of breasts on the bone or several legs or a mixture of thighs and legs)
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or other vinegar)
1 small onion, minced
1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350.
Mix together everything except the chicken in a small pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors meld.
Heat the oil in a pan and brown the chicken on both sides. Lay the browned pieces in a baking pan and pour the sauce over them. Cover lightly with aluminum foil and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
Remove the foil and raise the oven temperature to 375. Baste the chicken with the sauce. Cook another 25 minutes, basting now and then.
Cook until 165 degrees when tested with a food thermometer.
Enjoy your day off work! Commandeer the remote and watch 9 to 5!