Sweet Fire Chicken and Vegetables
It's high time for a zesty chicken recipe! I admit that I am quite obsessed with the flavors of Mexican chorizo sausage, which I have featured in recipes here, here, and here, but I want to reassure you that I do eat chicken, too. In fact, roasted chicken drumsticks and thighs are my easy go-to meal when I need to quickly feed a household of boys (husband included). Enter, Sweet Fire Chicken and Vegetables!
Sometimes you just need a little sauce on that chicken though. Am I right? I've got you covered with my Sweet Fire Chicken and Vegetables sheet-pan dinner. Tender, petite red potatoes, green beans, mushrooms, and bell peppers get all sauced up at the bottom of a baking sheet. On top of those veggies rest some juicy chicken thighs. Finally, that crispy oven-baked skin gets all glazed up with lots of Sweet Fire Sauce!
What is Sweet Fire Sauce, you ask? Allow me to paint the picture: If you combined the sweetness of June Cleaver, the zest of Lucille Ball, and the spark of Peggy Bundy, you'd have a perfectly balanced bowl of delicious Sweet Fire Sauce. I can personally relate to each of these women. In fact, I strive to be as domestic as Mrs. Cleaver around the house, but I usually end up falling into the Lucille Ball disaster zone when I'm in the kitchen. And the Peg Bundy in me? Don't worry, I never fail to deliver a dish of sarcasm where it is needed most.
Although spice usually prevails over sugar in my realm, the sweet vs. hot flavors of my Sweet Fire Sauce can be adjusted to your preference in this delicious roasted chicken and vegetables recipe. For instance, the spice level can be tamed way down for an angelic, post-sermon Sunday luncheon or it can be lit on up for a bold and devilish Friday night dinner party. So if you're feeling sweet, go heavy on the honey, honey. Feeling naughty? Sneak in some extra hot chili sauce and pay homage to the fabulous Peg Bundy.
Sweet + Fire = My everyday internal battle as a woman.
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Here's how to make Sweet Fire Chicken and Vegetables:
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Add your vegetables to a baking sheet. You'll need green beans, mushrooms, petite red potatoes, and a red bell pepper.
Salt and pepper the vegetables and then drizzle on a few tablespoons of Sweet Fire Sauce.
Next, you'll want to season the underside of the chicken with salt and pepper. I like to debone my chicken thighs first so they are easier to eat later.
Then place the chicken on top of your vegetables, skin side up. Pat the skin dry with a paper towel and season the top of the chicken.
Bake the chicken in a 425 degree oven for about 35 minutes (check internal temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken has reached 165 degrees or higher).
Remove from oven and brush on lots of Sweet Fire Sauce. Go ahead and drizzle any remaining sauce over the vegetables. Because why not?
Return to the oven for about 5 minutes longer, or until the sauce begins to darken in some areas.
Your one-pan Sweet Fire Chicken and Vegetables dinner as served! Sweet!
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