Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Honey Mustard BBQ Chicken & Butter Bean Salad

I don't really know why so many people hate Rachael Ray. She can be a little obnoxious but she does have some mighty tasty recipes. I was a bit curious to see if I could actually accomplish a "30 Minute Meal" since I'm a bit of a tortoise when it comes to things in the kitchen. Mission accomplished!

Honey Mustard BBQ Chicken

Honey Mustard and Red Onion Barbecued Chicken
Courtesy Rachael Ray

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, a couple of handfuls (A couple of handfuls? I would've ended up with like 3 times the recommended amount this way!)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup prepared honey mustard (recommended: Honey Cup brand) (I did 1/4 cup mustard and 1/4 cup honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice, eyeball it
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, eyeball it
  • 4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Vegetable oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat grill pan or griddle over medium high heat (I cooked this in a skillet but I can see the merits of grilling it).

Pour 2 tablespoons vegetable oil into a small saucepan over moderate heat. Add red onions and saute 3 to 5 minutes. Add vinegar and reduce by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and cook 1 minute to incorporate. Whisk in broth and honey mustard, allspice and curry. Bring sauce to a bubble and reduce heat to lowest setting.

Coat chicken with a drizzle of oil and salt and pepper, to your taste. Place chicken on hot grill (or skillet of awesomeness) and cook 4 or 5 minutes, then turn. Baste chicken liberally with sauce and cook another 5 minutes. Turn once again and baste. Cook 2 or 3 minutes more to cook through and transfer chicken to a platter and serve.


Butter Bean Salad
Courtesy Rachael Ray

  • 2 cans butter beans, rinsed and drained, 15 ounces each
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced (I used yellow because that's what I had!)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/3 palm full
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Toss to coat beans and vegetables evenly in dressing.


The Verdict: Four thumbs up! I liked that I didn't have to make a lot of crazy modifications to either of these recipes. The only thing I'd really change about the chicken is I'd possibly use less brown sugar or cut it out completely. The bean salad is easy and FAST and is even better the second day.


Christi said...

I don't hate Rachel Ray but I get annoyed with how much she interrupts. One of my favorite of her regular guests is Jared the animal guy and he rarely gets to tell all the info he has to share because she is so busy interrupting to squeal or make some stupid comment.

I haven't tried any of her recipes though. This one looks good and I might try it.

4 Lettre Words said...

Looks delectable! I've always liked Rachel Ray and she grew up where Neil is from. I often kid him about dating her. :o)

brainella said...

Two things I detest about Rachael Ray:
- "delish" -- seriously, you can use the whole word.

She has great recipes and they are not difficult, but dang. She's obnoxious with the DELISH!

Grey said...

Personally, every time she says "ee-voo" I get the urge to stab her eyes with sharp objects. But then I have the same urge when anyone over the age of six tries to be cute. I'm very anti-cute, I suppose. :)

Wizardress said...

I love Rachel Ray and your right, she can make some great meals.

THis looks YUMMO haha.. *hugs*

Julie Schuler said...

That looks yummy. I'm neither for nor against Rachel Ray

Sarah said...

I love RR and evoo has become part of my vocabulary. Really, so much quicker to write on a recipe card! I have never tried to make one of her 30 minutes meals in 30 minutes....sounds like a good challenge :)

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