Chicken Four Ways (Part 1)

One of the great things about summer as a student is having the time to experiment with new recipes. I am not a self-professed meat lover, and let’s face it, cooking grains or legumes is so much less pressure. That said I am happy to add these simple chicken recipes to my repertoire.

First I started with drumsticks. I made Shutterbean’s Honey Lime Drumsticks.  I marinated the chicken in a honey, lime and minced garlic for a couple hours. Next time I will marinate it for longer, at least overnight. I didn’t have a grill, so I roasted these in the oven at 400 F for about 45 minutes, until the chicken reached an internal temperature of 165F. Then I broiled them for a few minutes to get a grilled-look. These were quite tasty and the marinade was so easy to mix together. My goal for next summer is to learn how to grill (and become a grill master!).

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A couple weeks later, I made these chili chicken thighs with creamy cilantro sauce. This was also an easy marinade of honey, chili powder, amber beer, apple cider vinegar and olive oil. I was so excited that I already had all the ingredients. Instead of the called for sour cream in the cilantro sauce, I used Greek yogurt. I used cilantro from my sister’s herb garden on the balcony, which I have been watering all summer. So refreshing. This recipe is a keeper, though I will also try to marinate the chicken for longer if possible.

chicken-005Featured: a healthy bunch of lettuce leaves also from our balcony garden.

While I’ve made drumsticks and thighs before, I’ve never marinated meat and I can see its appeal because you can infuse great flavours. Also, I cleaned up before I actually set out to cook later on, and the actual cooking was a breeze. After these successful chicken adventures, I later set out to tackle two kitchen bucket list items: roasting a chicken and spatchcocking a chicken. To be continued…

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13 responses to “Chicken Four Ways (Part 1)

  1. Looks both yummy and healthy! Great recipes for students who are generally too busy to cook.

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  3. Reblogged this on OpallaOnTrails and commented:
    I have been following many adult bloggers who talk about sending their kids back to school at the end of the summer. This is one of the few blogs by a young person I’ve been following to reassure us parents that some students do pay attention to what they eat. Enjoy!

  4. Julian

    Up until recent months, I made roast chicken all the time. This is the method I use. A cooking thermometer makes it even easier.

  5. Amy

    Looks delicious. I will try the chicken thighs too. Thanks!

  6. Looks very yummy, I’ll try to make the chili chicken tonight!

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