Chicken plays a big part in the diet at our house. I'm constantly clipping appealing chicken recipes to add to my repertoire. Many years ago I found in the July 1993 issue of Gourmet Magazine a recipe for maple- barbecued chicken. You have to make the barbecue sauce for this recipe, which is pretty straight forward. For me, I have all the items in house. The sauce requires Dijon mustard, chicken broth and pure maple syrup. You do have to allow time for the barbecue sauce to reduce for 50 minutes, so planning ahead is necessary.
If you read the recipe, it feeds eight people. In the recipe you'll see that there's quite a bit of cut chicken. Tonight I'm making this recipe with skinless, boneless breasts, but I have made it with split chicken breasts. Whole Foods has on special until August 1st Bell and Evans, skinless, boneless breasts for $4.99/lb. (saving $2/lb.). Also, I halved the barbecue sauce as it's just me and my husband. Any leftover sauce, I'll just keep in the refrigerator. I like the sauce, perhaps because you get the tang of the apple cider vinegar, but you'll also get the taste of the maple syrup at the back of your mouth.
I also recently made a flank steak in a marinade. I can't remember where I got this recipe from. I thought it came from a neighbor, but she said it wasn't hers. My husband was in charge of grilling this and I asked that he take a photo of the meat once it was sliced. However, he didn't, I had company and I didn't want to disrupt the meal with photos. You'll just have to take my word that it's a delicious recipe.
Although the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar, I have reduced it to 1/4 cup and this last time down to an 1/8 of a cup. In doing a bit of research on the purpose of sugar, epicurious.com says that adding sugar helps to tenderize cuts such as flank steak or skirt steak. I marinated it early in the morning and grilled it for about seven minutes per side. The meat came out tender and moist. You can purchase flank steak at Costco for about $7/lb. They usually come two to a pack.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.