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Dinner in less than 30 minutes: Simple Honey Glazed Chicken

Posted Apr 04 2014 2:00pm

You know those times during the week when you have no clue what you are going to do for dinner and all you have in the house is chicken? You need a go-to recipe. A go-to recipe is one that is simple, quick, tastes good, and uses ingredients that you already have in your house so you don’t need to stop at the supermarket on your way home from work. Let’s face it, if I had the time, or remembered to stop at the grocery store after work, then I wouldn’t need a go-to recipe.  Some weekends I am a planning genius-I peruse through cookbooks, my Pinterest recipe board, and the recipes here on FMFP that Dani posted that I haven’t had a chance to try yet.  When I’m done picking out the menu I make a finely detailed grocery list, check for coupons, and then head out to at least 2 different stores to get everything. (I vary it up between Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, BJ’s, and Stop & Shop.) Needless to say this doesn’t happen every weekend, as much as I would like it to. I actually enjoy going grocery shopping. I like being in control over what gets brought into the house…shocker.  But some weekends are just too busy and none of that happens. We will go from having zero plans to everyone wanting us on the same weekend; it’s sink or swim.

I am very lucky that my mom watches my kids on Mondays so I can work later than I usually do. Not only does she drive an hour to spend time with her grandchildren, but she cooks us dinner too! There is no better feeling than to walk into my house and see my mom there with my kids while dinner is either already done or in the oven, and the dishes are clean in the sink. Wouldn’t this be great if it were every day? Since I don’t have my mom to cook and take care of my kids for me every day, we have to do it ourselves. This is why having a stocked freezer is important. Being able to go to the freezer and pull out a meal that only needs to be heated is the difference between a homemade meal and take out.

But if you don’t have a nicely stocked freezer then you need a few fool-proof recipes. That’s what this one is. My kids even like it. Any parent out there knows that when kids eat the meal, it has to be good. What’s even better about this recipe is that you can use chicken or pork. My kids don’t usually like pork. I serve it to them anyway because well, I have half a pig in my freezer and someone needs to eat it.  Sometimes I feel bad when my daughter says mommy, I don’t like this “chicken.” I giggle a little inside and think well baby, that’s because it’s pork and not chicken. But this recipe was different; both kids not only ate it (without ketchup I might add) but they liked it! Here is my guy in his first video appearance. We use a “thumbometer”  to rate meals in our house (see what I did there?) So check out my dude and his thumbs up rating on honey glazed pork. You can see his dinner consisted of the pork, sliced pears, and frozen peas. (Yup, my kids like to eat them frozen.) I think he’s pretty cute if I do say so myself :-)

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Simple Honey Glazed Chicken
Serves 4
A quick & simple recipe that uses ingredients you have in your panty. A recipe my whole family, especially my kids, loves.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup honey
  2. ¼ cup EVOO
  3. 2tbsp Dijon mustard
  4. ½ tsp ground ginger
  5. ¼ tsp cinnamon
  6. ¼ tsp nutmeg
  7. 2tbsp FOC (fat of choice: coconut oil, bacon fat, lard, tallow, etc.)
  8. 4 chicken breasts or thighs
  9. ½ tsp celery salt
  10. ¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine honey through nutmeg in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with celery salt & pepper; be sure to do both sides.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of FOC in a large skillet over a medium-high heat.
  4. Cook chicken about 2-3 on each side or until evenly browned.
  5. Add honey mixture to chicken and simmer 10-15 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Turn once half way through.
Notes
  1. Both my kids (ages 7 & 5) loved this recipe.
  2. Recipe works well for either chicken or pork.
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I hope your family likes it as  much as mine did. Enjoy!

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