Monday, June 14, 2010

Baked BBQ Chicken & Potatoes

After a hella long day, I still followed through on my plan to make dinner.  By the time I got home, I was famished.  I decided on Chicken & Potatoes because it's pretty easy and doesn't usually take too long. I picked up a packet of drumsticks and thighs. 8 pieces is ambitious and I probably should have made less, but I was so hungry that I went ahead.

BBQ Chicken
8 pieces of chicken (drumsticks & thighs)
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1 small onion
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 teaspoons powdered red pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Start by putting all the chicken into a gallon size freezer bag.  Add ingredients in the order they're listed.  Seal the bag then mix everything together making sure the chicken is well coated and the ingredients are blended.

You really should do this the night before so the chicken soaks in all the flavor.  I put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes and it still turned out good but not as juicy as it normally does.  After you remove it from the fridge, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Spray the baking dish with non-stick spray and arrange the chicken in the dish.  DO NOT DISCARD THE FREEZER BAG!

Depending on the power of your oven, you will cook this for between 40 minutes and an hour.  I usually set my timer for 20 minutes and check it then reset for another 20 minutes.

5-8 small to medium red potatoes
1 tablespoon sugar
Leftover BBQ sauce from the chicken

Peel the potatoes and cut into wedges.

Boil the potatoes with the sugar until tender, but not soft.  Once the potatoes are done, drain them and add into the freezer bag with the left over BBQ. *  Shake the bag until the potatoes are coated in the BBQ sauce.  The last 10 - 20 minutes that the chicken is in the oven, you should add the potatoes on top so all the flavors blend together.  Beautiful isn't it?!

Hungry yet?

* It may seem controversial to put potatoes in the same bag raw chicken was just in, but I assure you it's safe.  I've been making this for over 10 years and have yet to suffer any consequences.

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