Everyday Mom's Meals: Chicken Rut

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Chicken Rut

Do you find yourself falling into a rut with your food? More specifically do you suffer from a rut with one particular ingredient? I think for many of us, both of these are true. In fact, there is a rule in our house that was made almost 12 years ago, when we were still newlyweds, based on one such rut.

See,  I love chicken. I could eat it all the time, in a hundred different ways; and  unfortunately right after we were married when I was still finding my comfort level in the kitchen, I tested this theory. I made chicken all the time, and Mr. E got so incredibly tired of it, he flat out asked me to keep it to only once per week; and that rule still stands today. Sometimes it's not easy to abide by, but I really, really try.

To compensate, I try to come up with as many new ways to prepare my favorite poultry as I can. I guess I figure if it's served in a new way, maybe he won't notice it as much??!! Believe me, it doesn't work...but it makes me feel better, so I keep doing it.

This chicken dish is actually perfect for a busy weeknight when you want something delicious, but it needs to be quick and easy. It comes out with amazing flavor with only a few ingredients! Plus, I'm guessing you could use this same method for wings and get an amazing new party food for all those holiday gatherings right around the corner.

Try not to fall into ruts. Keep your meals new and exciting! But if you do fall down the dark hole of a rut, don't feel bad, I'm sure you'll find myself and many others down there with you!

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken
12 chicken drumsticks
1/2 c. honey
2 TBS minced garlic
1 TBS hot sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheet with wire racks. Spray with nonstick spray. Place drumsticks on wire racks. Season with salt and pepper. Bake 30 minutes. Meanwhile in a microwavable bowl combine honey, garlic and hot sauce. Microwave 30 seconds and mix well. Remove chicken from oven. Baste liberally with honey sauce. Bake 25 additional minutes or until juices run clear.

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