I have had a whirlwind couple of weeks. I have been traveling pretty much every weekend since the New Year started and it has been amazing. I have had the opportunity to reconnect with a group of people I haven’t seen in a few years and throw an amazing party for one of my favorite ladies. That being said, I cannot contain my excitement for the quiet week I have coming up and the opportunity to test out some of the recipes I have thought up on these trips.
This almost done with travel but not quite week was all about going back to basics. I did not want to have to think about what was in my fridge. I was looking for reliably good, flavor packed, great for lunch the next day meals. That must be why when I went grocery shopping I mysteriously grabbed chicken thighs. As a primarily vegetarian foodie this has not happened in a very long time. So what to do when you end up with a surprise stow away in your grocery basket? Merge your favorite flavors into one amazing dish of course!
I have been craving the sweet and spicy mix recently and this recipe was just perfect. The dry rub really has time to get into the meat before the sweet addition comes along and enables you to eat this without your mouth catching on fire. This meal reminded me of a healthier spicy chicken nugget with honey dipping sauce so you know I was on the right track here.
The crispy rice and simple bok choy are the ideal side items to the extreme one-two punch of the main event. They are light and delicious in their own right but do not overshadow or conflict with the great chicken flavor.
What foods do you gravitate towards when you just want to go back to basics? Let me know!