There’s something about the end of the week that calls for sling-it-together dishes – make the marinade in the morning, pop it into the oven when you get home, and 30 minutes later … dinner!  It’s almost embarassing to call it cooking.  Not only is this a good recipe for when you’re feeling lazy, it’s also good for those nights when you’re making more than one dinner.  Whether your cooking for children or for someone who’s feeling a bit under the weather, there are times when you’re making one thing for yourself and another for someone else.  The last thing you need at those times is something that takes a lot of prep, a lot of work, a lot of effort.

The thing I like so much about this recipe is its flexibility.  Want it hotter?  Crank up the hot sauce or add some cayenne pepper.  Want it tangier?  Add a little more balsamic.  It works in the oven and it’ll be gorgeous on the grill this summer.  Slice some chicken breasts into strips or buy a load of wings and drumettes and you’re all set – it’s a great alternative to Buffalo wings or a traditional barbecue sauce.

Devilish Chicken Strips

  • 1-2 lbs chicken breasts, sliced on the diagonal into 1″ strips
  • 1/3 cup garlic-infused olive oil
  • 2 heaping Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika

Mix the marinade together and pour into a zippy bag with the chicken, then mush it all together to make sure all the surfaces of the chicken are covered.  Make it in the morning and let it sit in the fridge until dinner.  Then, when you’re ready, preheat the oven to 425 F if you’re cooking breasts, 350 F if you’re cooking wings and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Remove the chicken from the marinade and space the pieces on the sheet – you want the chicken to get nice and sticky from the sauce, so make sure there’s room for the air to circulate and the marinade will get all sticky.  If you’re cooking breasts at the higher temperature, they’ll be ready in 20 minutes.  If you’re cooking wings at the lower temperature, give them 30-40 minutes.