Sunday, June 24, 2012

Portable Dishes from The Mom 100 Cookbook for #SundaySupper...Featuring Honey Ginger Soy Chicken

One of the things I missed most during vacation was not being able to take part in last week’s #SundaySupper posting! This weekly blogging event is the idea of Isabel at Family Foodie. Her mission is to bring back Sunday Supper around the family table. That’s something I today’s fast-paced world, it’s nice to unplug and enjoy a meal together! This week, we're featuring a great new cookbook from Katie Workman called The Mom 100 Cookbook, which features 100 family-friendly recipes. I know...I’m not technically a mom: my only “kid” has four paws, orange fur, and whiskers! But...I work full time and have a blog to tend to, so I love her recipes! They're perfect for quick, flavorful weeknight dinners. The theme we're featuring is Portable Dishes for Getting Together with Friends. The recipe I chose is from the Potluck section of her book: Honey Ginger Soy Chicken.

The prep work for this dish was incredibly simple: make a flavorful marinade and pour it over chicken, then cover with foil and let it rest overnight in the fridge. The next day, pop the dish into the oven and let it do the rest of the work for you! To show how easily this chicken can be transported...I cooked it in a disposable foil pan that came with a lid. Talk about the ultimate in easy cleanup -- cook and toss!

This Asian-flavored chicken is Katie’s riff on an Ina Garten recipe, so that immediately caught my did the simple ingredients list that used foods I already had in my fridge and pantry. The only item I had to run out and buy was the fresh ginger. The only minor tweaks I made to the original recipe were to:  (1) divide the recipe in half since I was making it for two, and (2) use bone-in chicken breasts and thighs instead of a cut-up whole chicken since those are our favorite pieces.

Honey Ginger Soy Chicken 
(Half Batch -- Serves 2-3)
from The Mom 100 Cookbook

Step 1: Make the marinade by combining the following ingredients in a bowl or large measuring cup: 1/2 cup room-temperature honey, 3 ounces low-sodium soy sauce, 4-5 minced garlic cloves, and 1/4 cup grated peeled fresh ginger. Whisk well to combine and set aside while you prep the chicken.

Step 2: Arrange two large bone-in chicken breasts and four bone-in thighs in a single layer in a 13x9 pan, skin side down. You can also cut up one whole chicken into eight pieces per the original recipe. I used a disposable foil pan for our purposes this week, but you can line a regular pan with foil for easier cleanup. 

Scatter 2-3 scallions that have been cut into one-inch pieces on top of the chicken. Pour the honey-ginger marinade on top and move the chicken around so all sides are covered. I flipped my chicken around in the marinade on both sides, ending up skin-side-down again. Cover the pan tightly with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 350. Bake the chicken in the covered baking pan for 30 minutes. Then, uncover the chicken and flip skin side up. Increase oven temperature to 375 and bake until the chicken is golden-brown, the juices run clear, and the sauce is rich and dark brown...about 30-40 minutes. Serve the chicken with the flavorful pan sauce.

This chicken is so good...because it cooks in the sauce, it's incredibly moist. Hanging out in the marinade lets the savory-sweet flavor infuse really nicely. The pan sauce is totally delish, so make sure to spoon a bit over each piece as you serve. Because the prep work is done ahead of time, all you have to do is make a couple of quick-prep sides while the chicken bakes. Heck, this chicken even makes its own sauce! I served this Asian-inspired chicken with steamed jasmine rice...perfect for soaking up more of that yummy sauce...and an Asian-flavored salad kit I found at the grocery store. 

We want to share The Mom 100 Cookbook with you during #SundaySupper this week. Here's how you can connect with Katie Workman, the author of this fun...and funny...cookbook:
Be sure to join us for #SundaySupper on Twitter starting at 3:00 pm EST.  We're featuring Portable Recipes for getting together with friends. Katie will be answering questions, sharing tips, and chatting with us at 5:30 pm EST. In the meantime, check out the other fabulous recipes from the cookbook that my fellow #SundaySupper participants have cooked up this week. I'm betting you'll find something that you can't wait to cook up for your family this 

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