That's right: I'm in Texas, the LAND OF BBQ and I am denied my own BBQ setup.
It's really quite a tragedy.
There's a communal one in the pool area, but then you must brave the hoards of little children to get to it. Or wait in line while someone else grills up burgers. I'm also pretty sure you have to supply your own charcoal and I don't think either of us is really into having to clean up after ourselves or clean out the leftovers from someone else.
So, friends, I give you this gift: BBQ Apartment Chicken. For those other poor souls who must make do with stovetops in lieu of a grill of their own. And if you're still in college and happen to have a forgiving fire alarm, perhaps you could even get away with making this in the common room of your dorm (be sure to thank me when the single males come to investigate the tantalizing smell though, okay?).
Feel free to sub store-bought BBQ for this homemade version, and I encourage you to experiment with other flavors you may just have hanging out in your pantry to really jazz this up.
I paired it with some browned butter green beans--I would have added bacon bits if I'd had them--and a quick carrot slaw using the Grimmway Farms carrots I got in the mail for the upcoming Brunch Week party. All in all, a pretty successful endeavor.
Quells a BBQ craving, if nothing else.
Easy Apartment BBQ Chicken
- 1 lb chicken tenders or breasts
- BBQ Sauce:
- 1 cup ketchup
- 3 heaping tbs brown sugar
- 4 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- 2 tbs cider vinegar
- 1 tbs hot sauce (I used homemade
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp orange extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
-Mix together all sauce ingredients. Toss chicken with 1/4 of the BBQ mixture, and let sit in fridge for about 10 minutes.
-Heat a skillet or grill pan to high heat. Cook chicken in batches of 4 pieces, and cook until slightly charred on both sides (about 5 minutes per side).
-Serve with more BBQ sauce poured on top.