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by Baby Huey

caseykasem.jpgThis week's long distance dedication comes to us from Atlanta, Georgia, where a single mother who goes by the name DR is looking for quick meals for her and her two kids. She writes:

Dear Baby Huey,

I'm looking for quick chicken recipes for me and my two kids. We like bacon, but it makes our chicken so greasy. Please help!

Well, DR, you're in luck. I've got a recipe that is sweet, salty, smoky and spicy. Perfect for a night with you and your kids!

Maple-Glazed Bacon Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 slices bacon, cut in half
1/3 c maple syrup
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix the salt and pepper together, and rub the chicken with it. Place on a rack on a cookie sheet. Place 2 or 3 of the half-slices of bacon on top of the chicken -- the chicken should be covered. By placing the chicken on a rack on top of a cookie sheet, you're giving the fat somewhere to go that's not touching the chicken.

Put this in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, brush the top of the chicken with some of the maple syrup. Do this every 5 minutes after that until chicken is completely cooked, about 15 more minutes. Brush one last time after you pull it out.

Serve it with some garlicky mashed potatoes and you are set!

If you ever have any requests for something you'd like to help cooking, let me know. Makes my job easier!

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Thanks, this sounds great; would it still come out okay if I used less salt? I try and avoid salt... not always easy.


Sure, Dan. You can leave most of the salt out. But a tbsp among four chicken breasts isn't that much -- 3/4 tsp per.

And I should say this, faithful readers. When I say "salt" I mean "kosher salt." You may ask what the difference is, and the answer is simple:

a) it's not iodized, so it doesn't have that funny aftertaste

b) the crystal is much larger, so a tsp of kosher salt is much less salty than a tsp of table salt.

Kosher salt is about $2 for a 3 lb box here in the states. I never use anything else for cooking anymore. Highly recommended.

That being said, if you like lower salt, you could leave the salt out completely, because you'll get plenty from the bacon.


Dude you're the best.

Gots ta get me some kosher salt too.


It's not like you asked to leave out rooster sauce (which would taste AWESOME on this by the way).

I think we're alike in the salt realm, Dan. I don't like food to be super salty. I rarely used salt at all before I got turned onto kosher salt. I still don't use a lot, but I always use it now. Being a seasoning, appropriate usage of salt makes food taste more like food. It's what it does. It heightens flavor. You'll be shocked how much you like the flavor of kosher salt.


Add red, seedless, grapes to your maple chicken. Seriously, that's how my wife makes it and it just finishes it.


Like, serve them raw with it? I can see that. I don't know if I can get behind cooked grapes, though.


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The rack will solve a lot of those problems, by letting the fat drip away. The lower oven temp (you could even lower it to 325 and wait 30 minutes before starting to baste) will help the fat melt away by the time the chicken is cooked. If it's still too greasy for your taste, try using something like Taylor ham or Canadian bacon. I almost suggested using turkey bacon but I just couldn't. Turkey bacon is an abomination unto The Lord.


Cook 'em just long enough to split 'em.


If the constraint is effort rather than strictly cooking time, just roast a whole chicken.

Takes 90 minutes or so, but the only work is putting it in the oven and taking it out again.

(Plus maybe adding a tray of veggies to roast near the end.)

(The added bonus is that the per-pound is cheaper, and since you don't have to baste a whole bird, there's even less effort involved.)


Wait, kosher salt is used for something besides margaritas?


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