Archive for September 28th, 2011

September 28, 2011

A Sweet (and Spicy) Surprise

Last night I tried a totally new recipe. Generally speaking, this is either a really good thing or a really bad thing! While I don’t usually flop in the kitchen…brand new recipes don’t always go as planned.

When I saw this though, I knew we had to try it…and boy am I glad we did!

Honey Mint Glazed Chicken (with a zing)

Adapted from Simply Recipes

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (adaptation)

1/8 cup white vinegar

1/8 cup EVOO

1 tsp red pepper flakes (adaptation)

1/4 cup honey

1/8 cup chopped fresh mint

1 tsp cayenne pepper (adaptation)

2 Tbsp water

Marinade

  1. Combine EVOO, Vinegar and Red Pepper Flakes in a ziplock bag.
  2. Add Chicken Breasts, ensuring marinade covers all of the meat. Marinate for 30-60 minutes.

Glaze

While the chicken marinates, make your glaze.

   

Combine Honey, Mint, Cayenne Pepper and water in a small bowl and stir well.

When the chicken is done marinating, remove it from the ziplock bag, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place on a hot grill. Glaze the chicken each time you flip it.

Grill until internal temperature is at least 165 degrees. Remove and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

  

Yummy! Serve with your choice of side. We chose home-made garlic smashers.

H-e-a-v-e-n!

I’m a bit of a smashed potato addict. This was after smashing was done, I promise, the smasher went into the dishwasher right after this.

HINT: For amazing smashers, melt your butter first with a little garlic in the pan and then add to smashed potatoes. Crazy awesomeness!

This chicken was incredible. The spicy zing of the pepper really took the sweetness of the honey, and freshness of the mint off the chart! The original recipe called for chicken thighs, which would have been really great too. I can only imagine how amazing the glaze would be on salmon or pork chops. *sigh*

I love surprises like this! Who would have imagined this flavor combination?! Soo delicious!

Back to work now, lunch with Mom CYL later, and hopefully a run after work. I put off my timed 5K yesterday because it was 87 degrees when I left work. Crazy! I’m telling you, South Dakota weather is completely unpredictable!

What crazy flavor combinations do you love?

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