Friday, December 19, 2014

A "Cleaner" Twist on Chicken Parm

I'm not quite sure if anybody has ever used these combinations before. I even tried Googling the recipe for chicken thighs baked with fresh red bell peppers, garlic with mozzarella and I got nuttin'. (Much more to that concoction.) But I did promise you I would put up the recipe since I had a flood of emails with eager foodies demanding the "stuff". So here's the "stuff".

First, you have to get organic chicken thighs with the bone. None of this boneless, tasteless crap. Get the bone -- trust me. My advice (which goes against many) is to NOT poke holes in these beautiful thighs. By poking holes in them, you are releasing all the beautiful juice that goes along with the art of cooking thighs. Can you tell I love thighs?

Moving on.

Get a scotch glass -- a tumbler, whatever you call it. (No scotch.) Pour half of it with olive oil, dice and chop your garlic and parsley finely. Salt, pepper, garlic powder and pour the rest of the glass with an ale. Yes, beer. No fancy white wine -- we're doing it Deb style.

Mix.

I'm sure you knew that.

Before you pour this lovely potion onto your thighs...the chicken thighs, make sure you give your meat a dry rub first with the same seasonings mentioned above.

Then pour the potion equally onto your girls. Then sprinkle some parmesan on them. If you are not allergic to gluten or not on Paleo, you can add some breadcrumbs to the top of them as well.

Slice the bell pepper into thin slivers and mix it into the bunch.

Preheat your oven to 360 degrees. Place the bird parts into the sauna and let that sit for 2 entire hours. It should be 180 degrees on the thermometer if you want to check it. However! In the middle of those two hours -- make sure you flip the thighs over so that the bottoms can cook evenly. Let them stay that way for 30 minutes. Then flip them back and continue the rest of the time. At the end of the two hour mark, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of each thigh.

Then hit the broil to 500 degrees for about 2 minutes -- watch that the cheese doesn't burn.

You can pick whatever sidings you'd prefer. I picked fresh broccoli with a half a sweet potato. Perfect.

Get your favorite wine, your favorite person and enjoy a meal that'll leave a smile on your face. Bon appetit!

And if you are not sure about the measurements of the ingredients or you need more info, please just ask me in the comment section and I will get back to you ASAP. I know I can be all over the place with the recipe and instructions -- not your typical recipe giver, so ask ask ask and you shall receive!

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