Sunday, November 2, 2014

"Mountain Man Pleasing Chicken" with Peach Preserve-Honey Mustard Marinated Chicken, Colby Jack Cheese, Mushrooms, + Bacon

"Mountain Man Pleasing Chicken" with Peach Preserve-Honey Mustard Marinated Chicken,
Colby Jack Cheese, Mushrooms, + Bacon
This is one of those feel good meals... that the men in your life will thank you for. And on top of all of that it's something you marinate a day before or overnight and slop it all into a baking dish until it's cooked through + perfectly browned. After the chicken is done, you top it with some slices of Colby Jack cheese, browned mushrooms, & smoky bacon and bake it again, under the broiler, till the cheese is melty and beginning to crisp around the edges (a.k.a. the best part). If you're smart like us, you'll drizzle a little bit of that peach preserve-honey mustard marinade on the chicken before you start layering on the cheese, mushrooms, and bacon. It adds a little extra sweet + savory taste and boosts up that flavor profile just a tad bit more. First, you start by marinating the chicken in a homemade sauce; it is composed of different mixed mustards (or whatever you have on you), maple syrup, peach preserves, apple cider vinegar, worcestershire, garlic cloves, seasonings, and sprigs of fresh rosemary. I like the balance between the mustard + peach, it's like a fruity honey mustard... and who doesn't like that? Also, don't leave out the fresh rosemary, pretty pretty please? I love the aromatic element it brings to the whole dish. 

marinating the chicken thighs in garlic, rosemary, and peach preserve-honey mustard 
You can start this whenever you want, but the longer it marinates, the better it tastes. Marinate + bake the chicken thighs in the same pan, so you don't waste a bunch of different dishes. Less clean up=happy people, agreed? Agreed. Yes this dish is simple. But it packs a lot of flavor AND it has cheese + bacon on it, which automatically makes it, "man-pleasing chicken". Make it tomorrow, make it next weekend, or make it whenever you can. It's perfect for Autumn/Fall weather too!! Enjoy :)
after baking...
it looks perfectly brown + juicy
garnish it with chives and serve it with potatoes, and you're good to go
For the Marinated Chicken:
6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
2/3C Mixed Mustards (I used Dijon, honey mustard, and yellow mustard)
1/3C Maple Syrup
1 Jar of Peach Preserves
2T Apple Cider Vinegar
Couple Dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
4 Cloves of Garlic, Thinly Sliced
2-4 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
Salt, Fresh Cracked Pepper, & Red Pepper Flakes (for sprinkling the chicken)

For the Chicken Topping:
6 Slices of Colby Jack Cheese (one slice per chicken thigh)
Sautéed Mushrooms (I like a good golden brown color)
12 Slices of Cooked Bacon (two slices per chicken thigh)
Leftover Peach Preserve-Honey Mustard Marinade, For Drizzling
Fresh Minced Chives, For Garnishing

1. Preparing the Marinated Chicken: Spray a 13x9-baking dish with Pam and lay the chicken thighs into the pan. Season the tops of them with some salt & fresh cracked pepper. Thinly Slice 4 cloves of garlic and scatter them across the chicken.
2. Making the Marinade: Whisk together the mustards (of your choice), maple syrup, peach preserves, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce until thoroughly combined (this should make about 2C of marinade). Pour half of the mixture over the chicken, so that they are completely covered (save the remaining marinade for another batch or use all of it for a double batch). Top the entire dish with the fresh sprigs of rosemary. Cover and marinate for 4-6 hours.
3. Baking the Chicken: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Remove the tin foil from the baking dish and place the chicken in the hot oven. Cook them for roughly 30-40 minutes. Allow the chicken to rest in the pan for at least 5 minutes.
4. Finishing the Chicken: Increase the heat of the oven to broil and remove the chicken from the baking dish and place onto a silpat-line baking pan. Spoon a little of the extra marinade over each chicken thigh, and then top with two slices of cooked bacon, a slice of Colby jack cheese, and a pile of sautéed mushrooms. Drizzle a little more sauce on top. Broil in the oven (while keeping a close eye, so that nothing burns) for about 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has completely melted and everything looks gorgeously brown.
5. Spoon a little more marinade over the top if you wish and garnish with chives. Enjoy it while it’s still hot!

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