Friday, February 25, 2011

Evil Chicken Dinner (A Sweet Heat Chicken)

How do you feel about bacon? OK - dumb question, I know. But what about bacon grease? You good to cook with it? I'll be honest - it skeeves me out a little bit (Paula Deen would be so disappointed in me!) I'm not really sure why - it just does. But this recipe sounded so delicious that I had to get over it & give it a try! The honesty? It was really good. Had great flavor! However, I didn't love the slippery feel the bacon grease left in my mouth so I think next time we try this I'll drain off nearly all of the bacon grease - maybe leave 1 tablespoon in the pan. I might even just drain it all & compensate with a little water or something. We'll see! You can play with it & see what you like. Hubby & the kids didn't seem to mind it at all so if you're not weird like me you might just be fine to serve this as-is!

Here's what we're working with:

Super basic stuff - bacon, chicken, brown sugar & chili powder.

Cut your bacon & chicken up into bite-sized pieces.

Throw the bacon into a skillet & cook it until just about done.

Do not drain off the fat; add the chicken & chili powder.

Cook that, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through.
Add the brown sugar (& a little water, if necessary). Stir it around & cook until it is all incorporated & the sauce begins to thicken. Keep an eye on it, though - you don't want your sugar to burn or turn to toffee! Call it done after maybe 4-5 minutes.

Serve it up over some rice & enjoy!

Evil Chicken Dinner (A Sweet Heat Chicken):

1 pound bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 TBsp chili powder
1 cup brown sugar
up to 1/2 c. water as needed
cooked rice

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until nearly done. Don't drain. Stir in chicken & chili powder. Cook until cooked through. Add sugar & cook until dissolved & sauce begins to thicken, about 4-5 minutes. Be careful once the sugar is added not to let it turn to toffee. Add water to thin the sauce, but keep in mind the sauce is more of a coating. Serve over hot rice.

Source: Mandy's Recipe Box


  1. Made this tonight and it was good! Jared ate three bowls! Thanks for another great recipe.