I have a new favorite dinner – it’s both SUPER easy and very delicious. Spicy Honey Chicken with a side of Lime-Cilantro Rice with Pineapple and some fresh fruit, like watermelon. I keep meaning to take a photo so I can blog about it, but I never remember or have the patience to get the camera out because all I want to do is dig in immediately. It’s that good! And that easy. So these pictures are from the site where I got the recipes (Our Best Bites), but don’t worry, mine turns out that awesome-looking every time, so yours will, too!
The thing that’s so great about this chicken is that it doesn’t take any marinating, so advance prep is next to nothing. It’s just a spice rub that you put on the chicken right before you grill it, and then a glaze of honey and apple cider vinegar that you add during the last few minutes of cooking. See? So fast and easy. And even EASIER if you make a giant batch of the spice rub so that you always have some handy. Yum. (Side note – I’ve actually never done this with thighs. All I’ve had around is chicken breasts, so I do about 3 or 4 breasts for one recipe.)
Once again, the thing that’s so great about this rice is that all the mix-ins are added AFTER the rice is done. So you don’t have to have everything all ready and chopped up before you even put it in the rice cooker. You can chop the cilantro while the rice is cooking and as soon as it’s done, you just throw in the butter, cilantro, lime juice, crushed pineapple (or tidbits) and salt and WAH-LA! Done and done. (The site also suggested a mango variation of this rice where you add a few pats of butter, a handful of both sliced green onions and cilantro, some diced mango and salt and pepper – I tried it and it’s so so good!) And. AND! And if you put your rice cooker in the garage while it’s cooking and do the chicken on the BBQ, you don’t heat up your house even one tiny bit. Like I’ve whined about before, I don’t have AC in my home, so that’s key.
And then just chop up some watermelon and you have a tasty, complete meal. Seriously, can you see the genius that is this dinner??? You can think of it one minute and have it completely ready in less than a half hour because there’s nothing you have to do ahead of time. And it’s seriously so delicious. Try it!
(No, Our Best Bites did NOT pay me or give me any sort of incentive to do this post – I just LOVE how easy and yummy this is so I couldn’t help but shout it from the proverbial rooftops. Excuse the cheesiness of that last statement. But my life needs more simple and delicious meals like this, so if you have a favorite, please share!)