Here we go with another weekly Thursday Minute Marty Meal. Let’s take a look at this week’s ingredients and then get cooking!
From left: Allegro Nashville Hot Chicken Marinade, Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet Golden Mustard Sauce, Chicken Breast Fillets, Ground Mustard, Grey Poupon Mustard, Corn Skewers, Bag of Seasoned Vegetables and Sugarfirst Some House White BBQ Sauce. (Plus I’ll be adding other spices and condiments already in the MBIP Kitchen Refrigerator and Pantry.)
All the ingredients were purchased at the Schnucks on University Street.
The Night Before
The first step in this meal actually happens the night before, in kind of a Beatlesque fashion! We’re going to make a marinade for the chicken breasts to soak in overnight and tenderize.
The marinade consists of the entire bottle of the Allegro Nashville Hot Chicken Marinade as a base. Then I’m adding the mustard powder, black pepper, onion flakes, Italian salad dressing and a few squirts of the Sandwich Pal mustard for extra taste and seasoning.
I’m happy to announce that the MBIP Kitchen is now stocked with actual metal forks! These were a gift from my sister Terry and her husband, Phil! Thanks, Terry and Phil!
I’ve put the chicken breasts in the marinade bath and poked holes in them to facilitate the marinading process. Now it’s into the fridge to soak up all of that goodness over night. Hmmm, what shall we do in the meantime?
One word: Beer!
The Next Day
Okay, it’s now the next day and I’ve uncovered our marinated chicken breasts. I’ve placed them in a pan with a dollop of margarine on each one, covered the pan with foil and now we’ll bake them at 400 degrees in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
I purchased a bag of seasoned vegetables and you can cook them in the microwave right in the bag. They take about six minutes, so in they go.
While the vegetables and chicken are cooking, we’ll mix up the Mean Mustard Dipping Sauce for today’s Marty Meal. There are four main components for the sauce, the white bbq sauce, the Grey Poupon Mustard, Sweet Baby Ray’s Mustard BBQ and Texas Pete hot sauce.
I mixed those four ingredients and then added some chili powder, ground mustard and the Texas Pete hot sauce for extra heat and seasoning. I took a taste and it’s really good. It’s got a strong and spicy mustard flavor. We’ll let that simmer on a low heat and let the flavors mingle inside the sauce pot.
The vegetables are out of the microwave and I’ve decided to cook them a little further on the stove while the chicken continues to bake and the sauce is simmering. Hmmm…what should we do now?
I have an idea…how about another beer?
Alright, the chicken is out of the oven and I sampled a piece and it tastes so good! It’s very tender and the flavor from the marinade is smoky and spicy. It would be good just like this, but now it’s time to put all the components together and plate this dish!
Eating should be fun, so I got these corn skewers to stab into the food like they’re Manson murder victims. And yes, I realize I’ve used this metaphor before. Leave me alone already.
Here’s a bird’s eye view of this week’s Thursday Minute Marty Meal. Let’s eat!
The mustard sauce compliments the chicken and vegetables perfectly! It adds a nice saucy zing and I love eating with these corn skewers! I’ve ended the last two Marty Meals with a beer for dessert and I think this week we should do something different…
How about vodka and fruit punch? Cheers!
And Now For Something Completely Different…To Do! A Night at the Ukraine!
Are you looking for something different and fun to do? I think we all are and let me suggest a little road trip that will take you to a place that’s probably completely different for you…The Engle Lane Theatre in Streator, Illinois.
This theatre puts on live productions and there’s one coming up that looks fun and intriguing! The name of the production is “A Night in the Ukraine” and below is the description of it.
Very loosely based on 19th century Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s “The Bear”, “A Night in the Ukraine” is re-imagined on stage as the wildest musical farce the three Marx Brothers never filmed for MGM studios. A triple threat cast of ten will transport you back to 1898 Russia via 1936 Hollywood and one of the craziest comedy musicals you’ll ever experience. Engle Lane is proud to present the Illinois Valley debut of this 1980 Tony Award winner!