First, the giveaway...
My friend Monica, The Mennobrarian, is hosting a giveaway for a $40 gift certificate that can be used at any of CSN's 250+ online stores. FUN! Look at these sweet little samples she chose to show us:
I am very happy I didn't jump through the screen to try and grab that flower and butterfly plate! Close call, that was. Pop on over to visit Monica if you'd like to enter ~ she's adorable. You'll love her blog and pictures and recipes as well.
Speaking of recipes...
If you're watching your weight, or diet, or whatever, just zone out for a minute because this recipe is not gonna make you skinny. Just put on your stretchy clothes for the night - you'll be fine. I ran into one of the hot lunch ladies from our church/school at the grocery store and got the recipe for this FABULOUS chicken dish they serve the kiddos. They call it Sweet & Sour Chicken, but it's similar to some wing sauce at the grocery store that's called Spicy Glazed. Take your pick. All I know is that all five of us
Here's what you'll need:
Some chicken chunks (they use popcorn chicken at school). I bought these weird round chicken token-looking things that you could probably use in a slot machine. Hey, they were on sale - don't judge me, I overspent that day. With a little forethought I probably would've bought some breaded chicken tenders and cut them up. You can of course make them, but this is for a quick meal when you didn't thaw anything out that day.
1 cup of hot sauce (they use Frank's and so do I)
2 sticks of butter
1/2 a bag of brown suger (which is about 1 lb.)
Heat it all up (except the chicken) on the stove or in the microwave, stirring occasionally. Cook the chicken and then serve over rice*. At school they coat the chicken in the sauce first and serve it over rice. I let everybody put their own sauce on so I didn't have to listen to "there's too much" or "there's not enough". It was long day, what can I say?
*If you've never made rice in the microwave, it's beyond easy. I use 1-1/2 cups of rice (not Minute Rice) and 3 cups of water; put it in the microwave uncovered and cook it for 20 minutes. Poof - done. If your family is smaller, use 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water and cook it for 15 minutes. I use the microwave for about 3 different things and rice is one of them.