Every Fall, I tend to throw myself into a major project. Ben thinks its to fill the void when the kids head back to school. (There may be some truth to that but I'll explore in another post on another day.) This year, I tackled some home improvement projects that were well beyond my capabilities.
I decided that the back deck needed to be restained, which meant that we had to do some pressure washing first. We literally went through 3 pressure washers and when we finally got one to work - it may (or may not) have taken a couple of pieces of siding right off the house. (oops) Those needed to be replaced of course and that was no easy task. We also ended up tearing a screen or two transferring furniture from one side of the porch to the other during the staining process which created yet another project. (You see where I'm going with this?) All I wanted to do was stain the deck.
We spent some long days working in the yard which made all of us REALLY hungry. Too bad that I didn't have a lot of time for dinner prep because I was spending all of my time outside. Grilled chicken to the rescue. This recipe came out of my Cook's Illustrated magazine and unlike some of their recipes, it was quick and simple. I would highly recommend it - even if you're not working in your yard all day.
Honey Mustard Glazed Chicken
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons dry milk powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 Tablespoons dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
Whisk in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir 1 minute until thickened.
Combine milk powder and pepper. Sprinkle half over chicken and spray lightly with cooking spray.
So there you have it - a delicious (and quick) meal. Great for a busy weeknight or a weekend meal when I'm just too darn tired to cook and elaborate dinner. Enjoy.
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