Monday, August 26, 2013

I'll (Bent)Go Anywhere for Chipotle BBQ

Yeah, it's a stupid title but I make no apologies because it makes me giggle. :)

Anyone who knows me really well knows I have an obsession with a few different things: office supplies, cookbooks, saving empty jars, and lunch boxes/lunch box systems, to name the top 4.  I have enough notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. hoarded that I could probably supply an entire grade for the school year.  Okay, it's maybe not quite that bad.  Maybe.  But... ahem... that's not what this post is about.

One of my favorite lunching systems that I've found is from BentGo (and no, I am not a professional blogger nor do I get sponsors nor do they even know I am writing about them).  It's like a bento box (which falls under the lunch box system category of my obsession and I *may* own more than one) but I feel it's a little more user-friendly for a Western diet.

And, of course, I have all 4 colors. :-D

This is what it looks like when I bring it to work:

The nestle together nicely and I can use the elastic as a handle if I don't want to bother with my lunch bag.

The elastic comes off and there are 2 lidded containers:

The translucent lid in the back has places for plastic cutlery that is also included.  I have silverware at work that use everyday so I just keep the BentGo silverware at home.  But they are perfect for when I pack picnic lunches for the guys and I on roadtrips!

Once opened, there are 3 compartments which house things like... oh, say... my Oven Chipotle Barbecue Chicken, mashed potatoes and corn perfectly for lunch:

I rarely heat my leftovers but these are microwave safe and BPA-free so I feel a little safer about heating in them if I choose to do so.

We had a potluck at work recently and I even used this for that!  I had dates in the bottom container and 2 kinds of cheese in the top.  I got a lot of comments on the containers!

The nicest thing about this system is that the little piece fits inside the big piece for transporting home and storing:

Now, let's go back to the chicken I showed up there.

Apparently, 17% of households in America don't have grills.  I am sad to say that I am part of that number.  However, I am not sad to say that I enjoy barbecued foods at home without any guilt, even if they are made in my kitchen. :)  This chicken is no exception!

Oven Chipotle Barbecue Chicken

by Sarrah "Sashi" Steiner
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Keywords: entree chicken bbq sauce
Ingredients (6-8 servings)
  • 4-5 lbs bone-in chicken, skin removed
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chipotle pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1.5 c water
  • 1 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 c tomato paste
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • ...Note: if you do not have chipotle powder, either use 1 tsp of Ancho chili powder OR 1 Tbsp chili powder mixed with 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line large baking sheet with foil; set aside. Heat oil in large skillet over med heat. Brown chicken in batches on both sides and arrange on baking sheet, bone side up. Bake 35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in med saucepan, melt butter over med-low. Add garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add paprika, chipotle powder, black pepper, water, vinegar, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil and whisk in tomato paste and molasses. Simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Turn chicken bone-side down. Put about 1 cup of sauce in a separate bowl and brush about half of that over the chicken. Bake 10 minutes then brush on remaining 1/2 cup of sauce. Bake another 10 minutes or until chicken is done (170 degree or juices run clear when poked. Serve with remaining sauce (but not the sauce used for basting).
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Want a recipe for just the sauce?  You can find it here.

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