I mean, only five ingredients? You can’t go wrong. Ready in 45 minutes? It couldn’t be easier. Tastes so ridiculously good that you and your fiancé eat enough servings to feed a family of five, and still fight each other to lick the dish? It happened. Plus, it’s mega healthy.
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For once, I’m not even exaggerating when I say this is going on ultra-high rotation in the house of Cakes. One of the hardest things I find about blogging is that the demand for new content is so constant, I don’t really get to relive my favorite recipes, and this gives me a serious case of the sads.
To be fair, I’ve made almost all of my recipes at least twice, but sometimes twice just isn’t enough. So, with this latest creation, I’m determined to make it a regular thing. Because really, what excuse would I even have not to?
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Clearly, the five-ingredient thing is a major draw here, hence I gave that detail top billing. But, beyond the short shopping list, the entire gist of this recipe is as simple as: Make the sauce, marinate with the chicken, and toss in the oven.
The sauce reduces into a thick, almost jam-like consistency in the oven, tempting you to simply slurp it up with a spoon. And, while that first taste might smack you silly (in a good way) with fiery heat, slowly but surely, the mellow sweetness washes over your taste buds into a flavor bomb of perfection. Not too hot, not too sweet, just Goldilocks right.
Yield: 4 servings
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
1/2 cup ketchup
5 tbsp Sriracha
1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark is fine)
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp sea salt & coarse black peppercorn
Diced scallions to garnish (optional)
1. On cutting board, lay out chicken tenders, and amply salt and pepper on either side. Next, in large bowl, combine ketchup, sriracha, brown sugar, and honey, whisking until smooth. Add seasoned chicken to sauce and toss well to coat, then cover and allow to marinate in refrigerator for at least one hour.
2. When ready to cook, transfer chicken and sauce to oven-safe casserole dish. Bake at 425 degrees for 30-35 minutes until cooked through, then immediately plate and serve, garnishing with diced scallions if desired.
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Christine Fischer of Cooking with Cakes may not be a pro chef, but that doesn't mean she's a mere novice in the kitchen. The self-taught culinarian — who's all for healthy, accessible recipes — knows that succumbing to your five-day bacon craving does not make you weak. It just makes you human.