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Skillet BBQ Chicken



Chicken . . .  I love it.  We don't eat quite as much of it as we used to, mostly because I only buy rspca approved free range organic chicken now.  With just two of us, it is quite within our budget, but still costs double the amount of regular chicken. I decided last year that if we were going to eat meat/chicken/fish . . .  it was going to satisfy my desire to do so as humanely and kindly to the environment/animal/fish that I could. I totally understand that if you have a large family however,  you need to buy other types.  I make no judgements . . . we each pick our own battles to fight  . . . and this is mine.


One of the ways I like chicken is when it is done with a delicious sauce.  Back in high school I participated in the Voyageur Program one summer and did an exchange visit with some other high school students.  We visited a place in Northern Quebec and also got to spend a few days in Ottawa.  While we were in Ottawa we ate at a restaurant called The Cascade Restaurant every night that we were there.  One of the things on the menu was this delicious BBQ Chicken.  It was so good that I chose it every single night . . .


And it lives on in my memory as one of the top 10 most delicious things I have eaten in my lifetime.  It is right up there within I would say the top five actually, which is saying a lot. 



This is not that chicken . . .  but it comes pretty close.  I don't think that anything can ever truly come up to match the deliciousness of  the memory of a special taste from your past.  I think these special tastes are destined to live forever as a memory . . .


Coming close however, doesn't mean that something isn't delicious and whilst this chicken might not equal the memory, it is still pretty darned tasty, if I don't say so myself!!


Tender juicy pieces of chicken . . .  I did chicken legs for this today, and I was lucky enough to find some really tasty looking large organic corn fed free-range chicken, that was perfect . . .


A sticky finger-licking, lip-smacking sauce that is filled with amazing flavour!


Both cooked together in a skillet on top of the stove . . . 



One of the tastiest things I have cooked this summer I would say  . . .


I served it simply with some boiled new potatoes (to help sop up that sauce) and some tasty fresh green beans.  It was a magnificent meal to say the least!


*Skillet BBQ Chicken*
Serves 4

A family favourite. Easy and delicious.  Every mouthful is finger licking, lip smacking good!

65g butter (1/4 cup)
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 (3 1/2 pound) chicken cut into 8 pieces
1 tsp salt
240g tomato passata (1 cup tomato sauce)
80g brown sauce (HP) (1/3 cup, steak sauce)
150g soft light brown sugar (3/4 cup, packed)
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 tsp mild chili powder, or to taste



Melt the butter in a deep skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until tender.  Scoop out to a bowl. Add the tomato passata, brown sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, hot pepper sauce and chili powder.  Set aside.

Sprinkle your chicken pieces with salt and brown them  in the drippings in the skillet, browning all sides.  Pour the tomato mixture over top, turning the chicken to coat.  Simmer over low heat for 35 to 40 minutes, turning the chicken frequently, until the chicken is tender and the juices run clear.  Serve with the sauce spooned over top.

These dishes don't really photograph well I find  . . . but that doesn't mean they are not delicious.  I really hope you will take a chance and cook this chicken for yourself. I don't think you will be sorry in the least! Your family is sure to love this!!  Bon Appetit!  





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