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Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Recipe: Baked Chicken

I was looking for a recipe for baked chicken. Grilled chicken is delicious and perfect in the summertime when the grill is up and running. But baked is supposed to be healthier. Blah.

So I was looking for a recipe. And found this Sweet & Spicy one that is absolutely delicious! My only problem was finding hot pepper jelly. Had to go to a specialty store for that one, my local supermarket didn't carry it. Or if they did I didn't look hard enough!

Didn't use a whole chicken, but boneless, skinless breasts...fillets. What do you call that?

Anyway, used 3 of those, put them in my pyrex, still used the 1/2 cup of (melted) hot pepper jelly and marinated overnight (and well into the day for that matter because I knew I'd never have time in the morning!) so about 20 hours in all. Feel free to do less!

Baked on 375 until they were cooked through about 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven.

I served with corn on the cob and fresh string beans from my garden. Delicious!

Here's the original recipe:


  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup hot pepper jelly
  • 1 cup butter


  1. To Prepare Chicken: Remove giblets and set aside for another use. Rinse chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Pull front skin down over neck cavity and tuck under chicken. Fold wings under breast, and tie legs and tail together securely with kitchen twine or string.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Place chicken on rack in roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Melt jelly and 1/2 cup butter or margarine together in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup butter or margarine separately.
  4. Bake chicken in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and baste with melted plain butter or margarine. Bake for another 30 minutes, basting often with the plain butter or margarine. Then baste liberally with the melted jelly/butter mixture and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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