Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Oven Roasted Honey Mustard Chicken with Dill Potato Wedges

Hello, everyone! Happy hump day!

   I am so glad to be back up on my feet, even if I am a little slow! I've been back in the kitchen the last few days and it feels so good. I didn't really realize how much I love cooking until I wasn't doing it anymore! But it sure was nice to have someone else taking care of it for a while!

   This is a hot topic today. Anyone watch the Biggest Loser? I have always been a fan, and find it inspiring. Love to see the makeovers and the final results. In the last year I've changed my eating habits and thinking, and some of the show's ideas I don't agree with, but that's just my opinion. But at the live finale last night, the winner was totally shocking. And not in a Channing Tatum without a shirt, kinda way. Her name is Rachel, and she was incredibly thin. Her arms were picks and she didn't look right. I'm not saying this in a bitchy-girl kind of way. She was Skeletor. And here was the reaction of the trainers. 

This gal went from 260 pounds to a tiny 105 pounds. I am having a hard time finding her accurate height on line, but regardless.... That is a crazy loss, and in a short period of time. My point in all of this is, where is the line? Of course no one can determine another persons happiness, or their ideal/healthy weight. But if you've seen the pictures of her, I think most will agree she is scary thin. Is it adding more stress on society to have these shows that promote 1200 calorie days and all low fat food? I think so! When I tried to eat that way, I was hungry and miserable. And always gained any weight lost, right back. 

   The main thing is, you must find something that is realistic and sustainable for you. Otherwise you will always be back at the beginning. I have been there more than once, and it's miserable. I hope the Biggest Loser winner is healthy, and she has people around her to support her when she needs it.

Ok, ok. Enough about reality TV! Let's cook something! I have a ton of random things in the fridge and cupboards from when my family was shopping for me that needed to be used up. I needed a nice and easy meal to ease me back in to cooking and still remind my husband how wicked I am. Boom. Honey chicken and potatoes. I had a few Russett potatoes in the cupboard that were threatening to start growing those barfy looking "strings" off them like potatoes do, you know the ones? Sick. I had bone-in chicken thighs out and we usually like to BBQ those. But since it's still -475 here, oven roasted it is. These could easily be made with thighs without the bone or boobies. Adjust cooking time. Bone- in takes the longest. Enjoy!

Honey Mustard Garlic Roasted Chicken:
You need:

6-8 bone-in thighs
2-4 garlic cloves (to preference)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard (I like the spicy kind)
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tbsp olive oil
sea salt/fresh black pepper
2-4 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 tbsp dried ( I used dried)

pre-heat oven to 400

Grease a shallow casserole dish and place chicken, skin side up, into the pan.
Season to taste with sea salt. Mince garlic and place over the chicken, rubbing in a bit. Get in there and give a little sensual massage, don't be scared. Sprinkle the rosemary over top, or if using fresh, tuck in between the thighs. Tuck between the thighs? Ooooh, this just real up in here, didn't it???

Okeee dokeee, moving on...
 In a small mixing bowl mix up the honey, oil and the mustard. Whisk smooth. Spoon the mixture over the chicken evenly.

Into the oven for an hour or so. Now, everyone has a hotter or cooler oven, so start checking after about 45 min. They will brown on top when the sugar in the honey renders. That is good, you want that. If it seems too brown, lightly put on some foil for the end of baking. In the end, I think mine cooked an hour and 15 min. Adjust the temp too, if you think you know better than I do. :)

Dill Potato Wedges

You need:
2-4 medium sized potatoes, skin on
 1-2 tbsp olive, avocado or coconut oil
1-2 tbsp fresh dill or .5-1 tbsp dried 
1 tsp garlic salt (optional)
sea salt and pepper

Cut each potato in half, then cut that half into wedges.Following? Keep going...
Put the wedges in a bowl and toss in your choice of oil. ( I used the chili infused oil I bough from Costco).

Add on the dill, sea salt, pepper and garlic salt. Stir to coat. Place on parchment lined baking trays and cook for aprox 30-35 min, until desired texture is required. Flip at least once during baking.
I cooked these while the chicken was in, so I just cooked at 400, since the oven was at that already. You can sprinkle with parm cheese at the end and broil for a few seconds, too. Keep an eye out though, they will be black and on fire if you go about your business and forget!

 Chicken is out, let it rest 10 minutes or so and toss on your wedges- BOOM. Done. Enjoy!

Watch this week for zucchini fritters, jalapeno chicken burgers and strawberry muffins. 

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