Sweet, sweet southern food.
M’m, M’m, good.
(No idea why the Campbell’s slogan just came out of my head – sorry, it’s been a long three days.)
Let’s talk about how I decide on a recipe, because for me it’s a hard task.
See, it all depends on my mood, that and if there happens to be someone I am feeding that day that I am trying to please.
More often than not, I go by my mood because I live in a family of picky, try nothing new, eaters. Except for little Asher, they are also all boys. So basically, beef and chicken are what’s frequently on their radar. They even had a little hissy fit over the pork from Monday.
Most of the time, I just make what I want and forget about the complainers. Well, I don’t forget about them, I will normally make sure they have something to eat. Pizza, chicken, steak or tacos typically do the trick.
But for some reason I was feeling like a simple classic dinner was in need.
That, and I really just wanted to stop my thoughts and decide on a recipe already!
I obviously make a ton of food and I try to make most of my dishes a little different, and hopefully something you haven’t seen too much of. You know just give it a little twist or something, but let me tell you a little secret.
My family? Sometimes they just want the normal stuff. Meaning cheese pizza, pasta with butter + salt (and nothing else), grilled cheese (you know with butter, bread and cheese). Basically nothing fancy, and I can’t blame them, sometimes the simplest foods are the very best.
I know this chicken has a fancy bourbon sauce, but aside from the sauce it’s your just basic, delicious, oven fried chicken. Oven fried because I have been frying too much this week, so I went with oven. It’s the bomb.
Oh and another thing, I really love making foods from different parts of the country, and the world (like my major exploitation of Mexico). It’s super fun to dive into different flavors. The flavors of the South are ones I do not touch on all that often.
I tend to sway towards Thai, Asian and (quite frequently) Mexican, flavors. But this southern food? Yea, it’s safe to say I am so on board with it. I have caught the southern food bug. I actually had another southern meal that I wanted make for today, but it’s heavy on the summer flavors, so I decided to hold off for a few weeks. I kind of can’t stop thinking of summer recipes. I am so ready (as it’s snowing outside my window right now – heck, I’ll even take spring!).
The sauce is honestly the best part. It’s this chicken’s better half. The two just need each other.
Kind of like bread and butter, fries and ketchup and milk and cookies. The honey sweet bourbon sauce with this chicken is one of those, “goes great together” kind of meals. They just work, and to me it screams southern comfort food.
Which is good just about any time.
PS. Not my hands. Just another dirty brother (no seriously they had just come in from dirt biking in the snow/mud) dying for some food. Oven-fried chicken was a good lunch. They all approved. AND they loved the sauce!