Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Baked Chicken Thighs with Onions and Red Peppers

This recipe came from recipezaar.com

2 lbs fresh chicken thighs
seasoning salt (can use white salt)
3-6 tablespoons oil (or as needed)
1-2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1 onion (sliced or coarsley chopped)
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
1/4-1/3 cup french's yellow mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder (or to taste)
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (or to taste, this stuff is really hot!)
black pepper
salt (optional)

Grease a large casserole dish.

Sprinkle the onion slices and green pepper (if using) on the bottom of the baking dish.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then brown in oil on both sides.

Place into the casserole dish on top of the onion slices.

In a bowl whisk together the mustard, ketchup, cider vinegar, liquid smoke, brown sugar, chili powder, fresh garlic and ground red pepper (start with 1/8 teaspoon and increase, this stuff is really hot!) and black pepper; mix well to combine.

Pour over the chicken thighs.

Using hands turn the chicken to coat well in the sauce.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked through and tender.

*NOTE* If you do not pre-brown the chicken first then bake the chicken for 50-60 minutes or until cooked.

This looks like a lot of ingredients but it is very simple and it tastes great so it is worth it! One tip I can't stress enough is to get your ingredients out before you start cooking anything. Read the recipe, grab all the ingredients and make sure you have all the cooking tools you will need also!

So lets start gathering our stuff!

Shallot and Garlic, you can use onion also.

I used Red Pepper instead of green because that is what was on sale.

Your spices

everyone's favorite condiment duo

Delicious cider vinegar. If you don't have this you could substitute with red wine vinegar.

Get your onions and peppers chopped

Put them in a greased casserole dish.

I am again working with Chicken Thighs. I love them and they are just too cheap to not cook with all the time.

Brown them up in a nice and hot pan.

Now add all your sauce ingredients together into a bowl. that is the mustard, ketchup, cider vinegar, (I didn't have liquid smoke but if you do go ahead and add it), brown sugar, chili powder, garlic and ground red pepper.

Stir it up and you just made BBQ sauce!

keep an eye on those thighs!

once they are browned on both sides put them on their veggie bed and its time to drown them!

Pour the sauce over the top and pop it in the oven or the toaster oven. I have to say I am glad that some readers have commented that they have discovered the joys of the toaster oven. I seriously LOVE mine.

I served this up with those fabulous bagged mashed potatoes!!! The veggies that are under the chicken ended up being my favorite part of this meal.

If anyone has any requests for me please feel free to comment or email me, I may not be able to try EVERYTHING you request but I will give reasonable requests a try!!

1 comment:

  1. It was surprising to read on your instructions for the sauce(I was checking in mind the ingredients I yet need to buy) and then see that they make up BBQ sauce!(see if i were told to make BBQ sauce I would probably dismiss the idea because of laziness).In my country, Ukraine, BBQ sauce would be a bit hard to find(it's true!)and it would be quite expensive too. Thank you for the recipe!