|Honey Bourbon Chicken & Sneaky Sweet Potatoes|
I have to confess, this is not a new recipe. In fact, this recipe is almost 9 months old, conceived last April for Families Connect, and I hope some cyber-users out there found it and enjoyed it in real time.
This does not, however, deter from its deliciousness! I loved the recipe when I made it in the early spring days of 2015, and I love it just as much today. It's everything Southern holiday comfort, but it won't leave you ready for a nap...or a jog. Plus, the combination of bourbon, honey and sweet potatoes is absolutely unbeatable.
I'm trying something different this year than in previous years, and it seems to be working beautifully. Instead of railing against winter, fortifying myself as if preparing for some evil onslaught, I am embracing it. Getting excited for the chilly, blue air each morning when I take the puppy out. Looking forward to cozy evenings when my husband makes a fire and we pile on our mis-matched throws. I'm even using the early darkness to bundle up in layers and gloves and take short, brisk walks in the moonlight. Everything about the cold and winter that I usually just 'wait out', I'm finding a way to enjoy. And so far, it has worked! I am loving this season in all of its breathless, barren glory.
And of course, it has always come naturally to apply this same tactic with food. Warming stews, soup cooked vegetables, baked goods are circulating their glorious smells around our kitchen...including this recipe. Not only are sweet potatoes seasonal, mashing and creaming them is like a mouth hug (trademark?). I lighten things up by adding mashed cauliflower, and the mixture is good enough to enjoy on its own. But why would you? This honey bourbon chicken takes a little bit of
leg thigh work, but it is so worth it! Packed with flavor and incredible as leftovers (pulled and toasted on a sandwich, just sayin'), this is a perfect family meal.
I hope the next time you wake up to a bleak and icy day, you'll brave the grocery for these ingredients, and use it as an excuse to create something delicious and warming from the inside out.