French Dressing Chicken

I’m forever looking for recipes to accompany my salad, being that I’m trying to eat somewhat healthier. While browsing though one of my favorite new cookbooks I came across this recipe. Missy Robbins writes in her book Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner… Life about having had this on summer nights as a kid. It was grilled and served with a salad. So. It’s winter, I live in a second story Bronx apartment, therefore I have no grill. But the salad part is what caught my attention, and I made it work. And boy, was it yummy! Here’s my Urban version of this delicious dish, but obviously, if you can, do grill it on your BBQ!

What you’ll need:

  • 8 -10 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp hot paprika
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 15 grinds black pepper
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients (except the chicken) in a bowl. Whisk thoroughly. Add chicken and let marinade for at least 30 minutes.

At this point you would preheat your grill to medium, but since I pan fried, I placed the chicken in the pan instead of on the grill, skin side down. In the grill version you grill until the chicken chars, I chose to fry long enough for the meat to burn just a little bit to get that char. This requires a lot of attention, you don’t want your dish to actually burn.

Turn the grill or stove top to low, and turn the chicken over. Continue to cook until done, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with a good old salad, and lunch is served!

Bon Appétit!

For more info on Missy Robbins’ cookbook click here!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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