Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Forget Simonized - It's Baconized!

When you've got something on your shelf called Molasses Bacon seasoning, you pretty much HAVE to baconize something, especially when two of the key ingredients are not bacon flavoring, or bacon like essence, but cooked bacon and bacon fat! 
Baconized Honey Mustard Chicken.

I can't really think of what else to call the recipe.  I'm not a fan of honey mustard (I just flat out hate the taste of mustard) but Partner loves it so I made some for him   It have to admit, it was good to the point that I ate a couple pieces as well.

It starts with a standard Honey Mustard recipe.  From there, it veers off the road, through the bushes, and down a whole other lane.

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2  cup plus 2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
a pinch or two of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon McCormick Grill Mates Molasses Bacon seasoning (if you don't have, finely chop 2 teaspoons of cooked, fatty, smoked bacon and a dash of onion and garlic powder and add to the other ingredients).

Line a 9 x 9 or 10 x 10 shallow pan with foil.  Place chicken pieces on top and pour sauce over the top and sprinkle with black pepper.  Bake in 450 F. for 30 minutes, basting sauce over the chicken at least once with a spoon.  When the 30 minutes is up, baste again and lower heat to 350 F. and cook another 8-10 minutes. My oven may cook warmer than yours, and chicken pieces can vary in size, so before you critique the cooking times, or burn your bird, I'd suggest getting a meat thermometer, that's the best method for perfect chicken. You're looking for 165 F., in the deep part of the meat near the bone, if it's not boneless)

I served it with pasta tossed with caramelized onion and garlic with broccoli, topped  with a little Parmesan plus a side of  Buttermilk Muffins.  


  1. And how many pounds has Partner gained since the official hitching? :)

  2. Jane of Virginia and Lois - OK, you both left comments and I have NO idea what I hit but they went "poof". Lois, enjoy the lack of cooking for 11 days and I look forward to all of your beautiful photos. Jane - I'll likely do another book if the Book of Barkley doesn't tank, but I can't write about work until I retire. Bacon however, doesn't have to get run past the ethics people. But you gave me an idea "Bacon. . a Love Story" :-)

    Rev Paul - Actually none, but he still has that 30 year old metabolism (or it's genetic as his parents are both enviably fit and healthy). But we eat quite light most meals, lots of fruit and veggies, lean meat and game, low sugar yogurt and homemade whole grain breads. The big bacon enhanced meals or waffle extravaganzas are just a couple of times a week, with the occasional "pie bomb" or "brownie grenade" dropping into the kitchen.

  3. My diet... my diet... sigh... :-)

  4. You watch out, Brigid, or Partner is going to gain 30 pounds ...


  5. Hey... do they make a Brownie-version of the M32 Grenade Launcher?

    Dann in Ohio


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