Saturday, September 15, 2012

Easy Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

One unfortunate thing about cooking for yourself is that most meals are built for the family of 4.  Since I'm missing several of the components of that nuclear unit, it becomes cook one day and you're good to go for the week.

The presentation is never this good 4 days in a row.
In order not to get sick of the same meal, since my normal food exactness tolerance is tripped by anything other than salmon & hamburgers after 3 days, I've developed the Sidebartender's Shots methods.  Aka: cutting the portion size down to last 2 days and cook everything on the stove top.  Seriously, I don't have the patience to put things in the oven or to wash up after it's done.  The dishwasher was invented for a reason and that is so I don't have to go through the 24 pack of sponges as quickly.

Totally got some room there in the front.

After seeing this recipe I decided that the oven and 2 of the chicken breasts were unnecessary, and I shot it up!  So Pinteresting!  Based off Easy Garlic Chicken from

2 chicken breasts or 4 thin sliced chicken breasts
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp brown sugar

If you're using thin sliced chicken breasts, congrats on saving some time & you can skip down a couple pics to enjoy your deliciousness sooner.  If you're not, congrats of saving some money and we'll quickly play catchup.  Slice your breasts in half so you end up with 4 thin breasts.

If they're still a bit thick, whip out that mallet and hammer them thinner.  The thinner they are the faster they cook, and since we're on the stove top, it's really important to ensure that they cook all the way through.

Add the oil to a sauce pan over medium heat and cook the chicken until about cooked through.

We are not ready
Remove chicken from heat.

Lookin good!
To oil in the pan, add the garlic and saute the garlic.

Add the brown sugar and continue to saute until the garlic is browned.

Add the chicken back to the pan.  Spoon the mixture over the chicken.  Lower the heat, cover, and let cook for 5 minutes.

Dig in and enjoy minimal cleanup.  Seriously guys, the dishwasher can totally pull the weight on this one.  *high five*

Sidebar: this sauce is extraordinarily good and I can easily imagine it over salmon, mixed in with tuna, or a glaze on a hamburger.  Might even be enough to bump the tolerance up to 4 days.  Get creative!  That's over half of what cooking is in the first place.


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