First of all, Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken just sounds good and makes my mouth water. We believe our pasture raised chicken products not only taste better but are better for your health too! Pastured meats are known to have Higher Omega-3 fatty acids, which are better for your body.

Let me start by saying I now love seasoning packets.

I did not realize how simple this makes cooking and meal planning. Seasoning packets can give me new meal ideas and new flavors every night, that I don’t even have to come up with? Yes, please!

Growing up, our family would never use these and when I was an adult and had to cook on my own, it generally consisted of something already pre-packaged and pre-seasoned in a box from the frozen section of the grocery store. Back then, I did not care about sodium or what too much of it did to my body.

Now that I know how bad processed food is, I aim to make as many meals “from scratch” as possible. I say “from scratch” in quotes because I’ve realized “from scratch” these days tends to mean home-made.

With home-made food, you will save time and money! Who doesn’t want to save time and money???

Think about the trip you make to a fast-food joint. How long does it take you to get there and how much do you spend? Do you end up with left-overs? Most importantly, how do you feel after you eat it? Satisfied or still hungry? What does it do to your body? I know after I eat junk food, or too much sugar (especially around Halloween time) My face will break out, gets acne, and I feel like a teenager again. To see my body directly react to what I am eating because of a poor choice I made, and continue to make does not make me feel good. The temptation of sugar is a problem for me and having sugar and junk food in moderation is the only way my body can handle it.

Now, I realize this world is full of fast food joints, candy, temptations on every corner and no one is perfect. Processed food, unfortunately, is what society and the media market toward. The vast majority of people tend to think about the NOW cravings and less about the long-term effects and what that type of “food” does to your body.

Your body is a temple, cherish it.

I should really take my own advice but during the holiday season, it gets harder and harder to eat clean.

I know many of you have full-time jobs, social lives, family members to care for and time is an issue when it comes to cooking, I can relate. With a baby on my hip, a husband that works an odd, irregular third shift schedule, and a business it is hard to plan, let alone think of what we are going to eat…and we have meat on-hand constantly!

With these recipes and a few cheater seasoning packets, you can feed your family healthy food that is affordable, and feel good about it!

Here is where I started.

I was at the grocery and (on a whim) bought a couple of these packets looking for a way to spice up some of our products. I love our Savory and Simple Crockpot Chicken, and Crockpot Cornish Hens recipes but sometimes I don’t feel like using the slow cooker and want something a little different. Fun Guy (Kenny) will eat anything and never complain, but I have a keener palet.

Yum!

How good does this look? The great thing about these packets is you can use it on pork too. Now, the fingerling potatoes are a little “plain Jane” but I usually add some freshly cracked salt and pepper and maybe splurge with some cheddar cheese. If I’m trying to stick to the paleo-ish diet and I have a left-over marinade that has been cooked in the pan, I’ll pour that on top.

Next time you’re at the store check out the seasoning packets and see what new stuff you can come up with!

 

Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken

A yummy, nearly paleo (minus the sugar/spices in the mix) lunch or dinner option with Non-GMO Pasture Raised Chicken Breasts. Plump, juicy, and tender, chicken never tasted so good! Add an easy side of veggies and bam, your meal is ready! Feed your family or feed a few and have some leftovers. 

2 pounds of Non-GMO Pasture-Raised chicken breasts

    1 package Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon Marinade

    • 1/4 cup oil
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider or white vinegar

    2 pounds of fingerling potatoes OR vegetables of your choice

      Mix Marinade Mix, oil, water and vinegar in small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons marinade for basting. Place meat in a large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add remaining marinade; turn to coat well.

      1. Refrigerate 15 minutes or longer for extra flavor. Remove from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade.
      2. Grill, broil, pan fry* my preferred method(on low to medium heat for approx. 15 min for each side, lid on until chicken reaches 165 degrees F) or bake(if you bake throw some fingerlings in the in with it until the desired doneness, basting with reserved marinade halfway through cooking. Discard any remaining marinade.

      Need a quick and easy side? While you are grilling, broiling, pan frying, or baking your chicken throw a pound or two of fingerling potatoes in a pot of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Test with fork for doneness. Strain, season with salt/pepper, and eat.