Do you have a few dishes people always ask you to make? I get lots of requests for various baked goods (I love to bake), my mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese ~ and this chicken. I had a request for it the other day, so when I made it, I thought I'd take a couple photos and share the recipe with you.
The recipe is from an old cookbook I got maybe a dozen years ago called "Country Chicken." It's one of those spiral bound cookbooks full of recipes from people all over the country. Chicken is one of my favorite things to cook, partly because I find it to be so adaptable and reliable ~ I mean, you really have to work to mess up chicken, or maybe forget you left it on the grill... which I have never done. Ever. Really.
This chicken is a simple recipe, made with ingredients you very likely have on hand. The secret ingredient? Cola. Seriously. When the ingredients mix together, they form a sort of wonderful sauce and the chicken comes out moist and covered in this flavorful sauce. It's delicious.
Recipe by Jean Jarvis from Country Chicken
1 can (12 ounces) diet or regular cola
1/2 cup ketchup
2 to 4 tablespoons minced onion
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 chicken pieces, skin removed
In a large skillet, combine first five ingredients. Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute. Add chicken, stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Uncover and simmer for 45 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
Yield: 4 servings
Notes: I like to add a few flakes of red pepper to kick this up a notch. Also, I cook the onion first for a few minutes in the pan with a little salt and pepper before I add the other ingredients.
To make a smaller batch, for just a couple people, use one of those half-size cola cans and about a 1/4 cup ketchup. You should keep the spices about the same, just a little less than what the original recipe calls for. Thawed chicken tenderloin pieces will cook easily in a half hour.
I am linking to:
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
It's a Keeper Thursday at It's a Keeper
Fat Camp Friday at Mangoes and Chutney