The meal that saved the day.

It was one of those days.

It had been raining for three days straight (whoever named Florida the Sunshine State was clearly not here during monsoon season) & we hadn’t been to the park or pool in at least that long. At one point I even heard The Munchkin talking in her sleep about wearing her “other swimsuit” at the swimming pool. In her sleep, people! Clearly this child needed to be outside.

But no. It was still raining. & Mommy was running out of ideas to keep both of us sane until Daddy got home after 7.

So Mommy put some chicken breasts in the sink to thaw for yet another humdrum dinner recipe, put on Mary Poppins (desperate times call for desperate measures), & sat down in front of the computer to look for a recipe for some tilapia I’d just bought on sale. I didn’t find one I loved the sound of (suggestions please!), but what I did find saved the day.

Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s Honey Glazed Chicken got me excited about cooking again! It got My Husband The Lawyer excited to eat it when he walked in the door & smelled it! & it got The Munchkin excited to eat chicken without being bribed with grapes for once!

It sounds silly now that I’m sitting here typing this, but sometimes all it takes is a new yummy recipe to shake things up a bit & pull you out of your it’s-been-pouring-for-3-days-&-I’m-going-crazy rut to keep you sane for just one more day.

Here’s how I made it; I increased the oven temp to shorten cooking time (this recipe was a last-minute decision) & doubled the sauce recipe for you so that you have enough for your rice too — when I made it I halved the amount of chicken (3 breasts was plenty for the 3 of us) but not the sauce, & it was deeeeeelicious. Check her blog to see the real way.

  • 2 lbs. chicken breast, diced
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste (I’ve been loving my Steakhouse Grinder lately & used it for this)
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Combine flour, garlic powder, & salt & pepper in a shallow dish.
  2. Melt 2 Tbsp. of your butter & pour into the bottom of a baking dish large enough to fit all of your chicken a single layer.
  3. Coat chicken pieces evenly in flour, then arrange in bottom of dish.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan on medium heat, combine remaining butter with honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, & ginger. Stir constantly until butter is melted & sauce is well blended.
  6. Remove chicken from oven & increase temperature to 375. Flip over each piece of chicken.
  7. Pour sauce evenly over chicken, then place back in the oven & bake another 20 minutes, basting with a spoon a few times (twice was fine for me) during that time. The chicken will be nice & glazed & delicious.
  8. Serve over rice.


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11 responses to “The meal that saved the day.

  1. That does look yummy! I am going to have to try it!

    ~JamieS

  2. This looks so good! Now you have me excited to make it. And I made this tilapia last night: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/08/crispy-honey-lime-tilapia/ — It was a hit!

    • Oooh, that does look good! I actually ended up frying the tilapia last night with some seasoned bread crumbs I made. It was pretty good, but I’m definitely thinking about this one next time it’s on sale!

  3. Mmmmm. Have never had a bad recipe from her blog. Love it! Sorry for all the rain…just send some our way!

  4. Thanks for the sweet thoughts on my blog about my experience last week! Yes, what a relief it was. Thanks for coming to the party :)

  5. I made this tonight and OMG it was delicious! It really did invigorate my desire to cook! I’ll definitely be making this again soon.

    • I’m so glad! I highly recommend her entire site. I just made her Chicken Tikka Masala last night, & just about died of “oh my gosh this is amazing.” We ate it so fast I didn’t get a chance to take a picture, so I guess we just need to make it again!

  6. So fun! This reminded me so much of the years I spent raising 3 children, I cooked from scratch, to save money, my own entertainment, and to create healthy meals for the family. I so relished the days my meals prevented a break down! Good meals often saved a bad day, loved the post!

  7. vblanchard

    I haven’t been cooking regularly (umm, at all) with moving and feeling yucky with pregnancy, so on Wednesday I decided to push myself and make a proper dinner, so I made this! Of course I started too early plus Ry ended up coming home late, but it held in the oven till we got to eat it and it was a hit! I made dinner last night and I’m going to make it tonight too—I think I’m officially back in business!

    • Good for you! I remember those days… We were a takeout & frozen meal family for a LONG time before I could bear to cook again. I’m glad this meal has been such a hit with everyone else too!

  8. Yum!!!! That sounds sooo good! You are so creative with your recipes! I hope the sun comes out soon for you and the Munchkin!

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