Monday, May 2, 2011

Easy barbecued chicken meal

In these economic times, we can all use some cheap and easy to make meals.  Well here is an easy one for you, that should be rather inexpensive to make.  I got this recipe from a bottle of barbecue sauce.  It is so simple, and so good! And it can be used with any barbecue sauce of your choosing. Also, you can use any cuts of chicken in it - all breasts, all legs, all thighs, or a whole chicken cut into pieces.   When we fix it, I like to use chicken breasts.  Plus, you don't have to break out the grill, and have nice weather outside to fix this barbecued chicken.  You don't have to watch it either. Just grease your pan, add the chicken and pour the barbecue sauce over it; then pop it in the oven, and set your kitchen timer, then go off and do other things. In an hour to a hour and a half, you will have delicious, barbecued chicken. 

When I have fixed this chicken, I most usually use a large, rectangular, Anchor ovenware glass baking dish that I have.  After the recipe, I have also included some suggestions for building a meal around this recipe. So, on to the recipe itself:

-- Oven Barbecued Chicken --

1 whole chicken, cut up and skin removed; or equivalent amount of your favorite chicken pieces
1 bottle of barbecue sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking dish that is large enough to hold the chicken pieces, and place chicken in it. Pour barbecue sauce over chicken, covering chicken pieces well. Bake in oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours till chicken is done.

-- serving suggestions --
To round this out and make a meal around this recipe:

-- add a couple of bowls of your favorite veggies, such as some green beans and corn or potatoes and carrots, or whatever veggies you like;
-- some biscuits or rolls;
-- and something for dessert - say your favorite candy bars or snack cakes would do. But if you want a bit more then buy some pound cake or creme cake or angel food cake or sponge cake from your local deli, and some frozen strawberries, and some whipped topping. You can have easy strawberry shortcake for dessert. All you have to do is slice the cake, spoon thawed strawberries over the cake, and add the whipped topping.

So there you have it.  A simple barbecued chicken meal.
-- jd --