Figuring out what to make for Michael's birthday dessert was easy. The dinner was a bit more of a challenge. All he said was "Just, nothing that has any Italian seasonings". So...I sort of decided to wing it. He supplied that corn and rolls would be good, and when I suggested I try making roast chicken (like I've made previously from a Just Chicken Pot Pie recipe) with a brown sugar covering, he was up for it. It was a success! It was moist, and subtly sweet. Next time I'll probably put the brown sugar mixture on top and bottom because Michael said it was a bit too subtle. Overall, though, it was really tasty and a great departure from what I usually make. :)
Brown Sugar Roasted Chicken
- Chicken breasts (or probably whichever chicken parts you prefer)
- Softened butter (guesstimate how much)
- Brown sugar (again, guesstimate)
- Optional: pepper, to taste.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Pat chicken dry.
- Mix brown sugar and softened butter together in a bowl.
- Spread the brown sugar mixture on the chicken (I just did the top half this time, but Michael requested next time I spread it on the entire chicken piece)
- Season with pepper, if desired.
- Place in a roasting pan.
- Cook 35 minutes.
The pre-cooked chicken. The brown sugar mixture reminded me of chocolate chip cookie dough, it took everything I had to put it on the chicken instead of in my mouth.