Baked chicken often gets a bad rap, but it is fairly simple to spice it up. Though it isn’t a traditional bar food or an upscale food option, baked chicken can be the anchor in a delicious meal. Baked chicken is relatively inexpensive to purchase and can be accented with a variety of sauces and marinades to spice things up. No matter the theme of your meal, baked chicken can be introduced as the exciting main event. Choose from a range of simple ways to add zest to your baked chicken.
Add texture to your baked chicken with a hearty coating of honey and crushed pecans. The sweet, nutty flavor is a great complement to mixed greens salads and homemade breads. One of the major benefits of adding a coat of honey nuts to your chicken is that little prep time is required. Honey nut baked chicken can be prepped in less than 15 minutes.
To prepare, mix bread crumbs, salt, pepper and crushed pecans in a medium sized bowl. In a small bowl, beat one egg and ¼ cup of honey until well blended. Dip your chicken pieces in the honey egg mixture, then coat with the bread crumbs and nuts. Each piece should be coated thoroughly. Bake chicken for approximately 40 minutes at 375 degrees or until juices run clear when poked with a knife. This recipe can be used to make four drumsticks or three chicken breasts.
Creole food is a staple feature in Gulf Coast cuisine. From New Orleans, Louisiana to Biloxi, Mississippi, tourists can find authentic creole dishes inclusive of seafood gumbos and jambalaya. While these dishes can take hours to prep all the ingredients, you can create a flavorful creole chicken simply by putting seasoning on your chicken and letting it marinate overnight.
Creole seasoning adds a hint of spiciness to baked chicken. Several hours before dinner, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken pieces in a glass casserole dish with ¼ of water and melted butter. Cover chicken and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Increase temperature to 375 degrees and uncover for the last 15 minutes of baking to brown each piece.
When you have no specialty sauces or seasonings available, use a soup to spice up your baked chicken. Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Celery soups aren’t glamorous, but have the flavor you need to create a delicious comfort food. To prepare, lightly season your chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken pieces to a large casserole dish and cover in your canned soup. Add sliced fresh vegetables to your dish and cover with aluminum foil. Let the chicken cook for approximately 1 hour at 375 degrees. Soup basted chicken tastes great over steamed brown or white rice.
Not everyone likes the traditional flavor of baked chicken compromised with spicy seasonings or crunchy textures. When serving a table full of picky eaters, consider adding a spread of dipping sauces to the table with your baked chicken. Choose your sauces according to the theme of your meal. For example, a buffalo wing sauce consisting of melted butter and hot sauce or a cilantro paste from plain yogurt, avocado and fresh cilantro are both great options for traditional meals. Accent an Asian-themed meal with a soy glaze consisting of soy sauce and honey. Be creative in your sauce combinations. Guests will not like every option, but at least you can cover a variety of flavors without sacrificing a full serving of chicken.