Crunchy BBQ Chicken

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If your freezer is like ours, at any given time, you can find:
  • Two frozen pizzas
  • Frozen waffles that Avery will throw on the floor instead of eating
  • A quart of ice cream (usually chocolate)
  • Phineas and Ferb Gogurts with all of the Candice ones eaten (because apparently the "girl" ones taste different to Liv_
  • Several assorted bags of Steamfresh vegetables
  • Three pounds of chicken
Chicken is a required staple in the house when you've got hungry kids to feed.  It's easy, versatile and pretty much always on sale (read: cheap)

You may have seen the recipe on your French's Fried Onion container where the crushed crunches are used like breadcrumbs and baked on chicken.  This dish takes it step further and use one of my family's favorite summer time treats - BBQ sauce.

There is nothing wrong with the store-bought sauces, but we have become huge fans of Chef Earl.  He's the sweetest, funniest man who sells his jars at the Minneapolis Farmers market.  The first time we went this season, we bought 3 bottles (all different flavors) and are about ready to buy more.  We've even turned friends on to him (including a favorite preggo lady who made a stop by this table) What can I say - my family loves to dip!  And nothing says summer like grilled meat dipped in that spicy, sweet red goo.

I bring you my crunchy BBQ chicken.  And while this isn't my typical grilled summer fare, I assure you, it's amazing.


Set your oven to 375 and get your ingredients:
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • about 1 cup French's Fried Onions, crushed (handy for stress relief after a hard day)
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper
  • about 3/4 c of your favorite BBQ sauce (not gonna lie, this is totally estimated.  You'll see from my photos, I just squirted the chicken to coat, there was zero measuring going on)
Line your baking dish with foil.  You could skip this, but I am trying to save you grant you more time to read my fabulous blog, check out Pinterest, or watch Bravo TV in lieu of scrubbing dishes.  

Season your chicken well with salt and pepper.  Mix the flour into your crushed onions.  My photo shows them waiting patiently in a shallow pan, but then I realized I wanted to sprinkle the onions, rather than dredge them, but the technique you choose is up to you.  We're looking to coat them - the method you use to get this result is up to you.

Cover one side of the chicken with your BBQ sauce, then top with about half of your crunchy mixture. Flip over into your pan and repeat on the other side.  I apologize for the grodie, uncooked chicken photo.  Not my best work, but I'm trying to teach something here!

Bake for about 20-25 minutes until they are cooked through - we don't need any food poisoning on my watch thank you very much.

When you're done, you'll have a wonder main dish for your dinner!!

(Notice those Steamfresh veggies I mentioned before.  I have no issues with a bag of wonderful veggies over the fresh stuff that will most likely go bad in my fridge before I can cook it!)

P.S. Don't you think I need new plates??  These were a wonderful first purchase when Nate and I first moved in together.  They were cute and fun at the time, but I want some classy, white plates that are "grown up."  Who's with me on this??  Let's start a petition and get the hubs on board, what'd ya say!?



Living On Trees said...

Looks super yummy! Will be trying it out this week! Thanks!

Leah said...

yum this looks amazing! And yup, that's what's in my freezer too!

Christy said...

As my dinner plans fell through at the last minute yesterday evening, I decided to try these out as I had everything on hand. Oh YUM!!! Even my 2 year old ate it! Thanks for the great recipe, we will be making these again!

Alyssa Rivers said...

Wow this looks amazing! I am a new follower to your blog and I love it! I would love for you to visit mine sometime!


Heather Kinnaird said...

looks delicious! I cannot wait to try it

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