Sweet Italian Chicken

In my last post I informed you all about some changes I have been working on lately. One, having Dinner For Breakfast (DFB). I also included the top ten reasons it is working out for us. I have discovered an 11th reason: natural light to photograph my meals for Big Red Kitchen, an unexpected perk for sure. If I were to have dinner at our regular time of 6:30 pm the images would be yellowish and dark but here we have refreshing looking food shot in natural light.

I have been getting many great comments from you all about this little experiment and have enjoyed the banter. I have had breakfast in other countries, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, and Korea and it was always a nice surprise to see the variety each country brings to their breakfast table. Korea probably has the most amazing breakfasts I had ever seen in my life- seafood, rice, eggs, meats, noodle dishes, salads, fruits, sushi, kimbap, and so much more. So I brought a little of the world into our kitchen and said move over to our usual American-rush-out-of-the-house-cold-cereal-for-breakfast tradition. Right now, today, this week, this month, it works for us. In the summer, things may be different, like the cook sleeping in for a change.

I found this chicken recipe on Debbie’s site Mocha Me, you may recognize it as the base of my Harvest Chicken and Biscuits. This morning I made it like hers with a twist- I used my own seasoning mix. My family really liked this chicken dish served over fine buttered noodles, salad, and Karen’s Roasted Cocoa Smoked Paprika Cauliflower which has a deep smoky flavor enhanced by the cocoa but not tasting chocolaty.

Deven: “You put sugar in the chicken, mom?” Squishing his face into his wow-that’s-weird look.
Me: “Yes and I’ll never do it again, OK?”
Deven: “No! You can do it again.”

Sweet Italian Chicken
1 T. Italian Dressing Mix or 1 pkt. Good Season’s Italian Dressing Mix
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, excess fat removed

In a bowl mix all of the ingredients until chicken is coated evenly. Place in a single layer in a baking dish and bake in 375 degree oven for 40 minutes. Serves 4-5.

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  1. Karen
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    The chicken sounds wonderful with the brown sugar in it… such an easy meal! Glad you tried the cauliflower… I'll make that again!

  2. HoneyB
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    This looks absolutely delicious!!

  3. Mimi
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM | Permalink

    That couldn't be easier to make. Looks delicious, but I just don't think my kids would eat it at 6:30 AM.

  4. Robin Sue
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    Mimi- I'll let you eat it anytime you want!

  5. Alison
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 5:13 PM | Permalink

    I love you DFB idea. I will have to try it someday when Dan doesn't leave the house ridiculously early!

  6. Dawn
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM | Permalink

    the sugar with the salty dressing oh yeah! definitely going to give this a go.

  7. DailyChef
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM | Permalink

    What a GREAT looking recipe. I can't wait to try it!

  8. Rate This Recipe!!
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:21 PM | Permalink

    Another great dish from you! You do have good taste about food!

  9. to2sassy
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:41 PM | Permalink

    This sounds like a fabulous plan. I love breakfast foods like oatmeal and pancakes and such but I often do not want anything sweet in the morning. This definitely could work for me.

  10. Ingrid
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:41 PM | Permalink

    Ha-if you find a cure for the 7 going on 17 please let me know. 🙂

    Robin Sue how do you do it? I've tried really hard to see if that would be something I could manage but don't see it happening. I REALLY like the idea of a family meal. The kids and I have one pretty much every night but Joe's at work late 5 out of 7 nights. Are all three of your children big eaters in the morning? My youngest isn't. It takes her awhile to want to eat anything. It is a neat idea.

  11. Penny
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:15 AM | Permalink

    It all looks so good. The cauliflower has me intrigued. My four year old granddaughter is alread showing signs of "that thing that girls do". But I am loving every minute of it.

  12. michelle@thecdomestic mama
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    oh! I sooo agree with the lighting. I wish we could do DFB but, hubby leaves at 5:30 am, a bit early. The chicken looks scrumptious, I may have it in the evening, though! 😉 Oh yes- self publishing- People keep telling me to do it, too. You can get your books on amazon and keep 100% of the profit. It is, however a big chunk of loot to do. So until I'm rich… I will have to just wait! LOL! Have a great day Robin!

  13. Robin Sue
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 9:52 AM | Permalink

    Ingrid- I had no idea how this would go. She eats anything and everything in the am, one boy likes his oatmeal and the other nothing at all but does like regular food in the am. Surprisingly they all treat it like dinner and eat! It was getting harder to have regular dinners together as a family since I go to the gym at 5 pm and soon their spring activites will start.

    Michelle- yeah 5:30 is very early to do something like this, I wouldn't. We do not have to leave the house until 8:30 am so it is manageble. You will find a way to get published!

  14. Joan Nova
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    I'm really intrigued with this upside-down menu planning. I 'get' the better light for photos, but I'm not so sure on total dinner for breakfast. You're family seems to be adjusting and having fun with it.

  15. Maria
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

    Glad it's going well. Fabulous meal here!

  16. Kelly
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

    This sounds wonderful to me, but I have a feeling my husband would turn his nose up at the sugar. Hm. Maybe if I don't tell him… 😉

    Ooh! I just thought of something. I'll make this as an appetizer for Super Bowl, in bite-size chunks. That way I can have it and he won't have to if he doesn't like it. WOO!

  17. That Girl
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

    I love the idea in theory, but I have a hard time eating lunch foods if I don't have breakfast foods to begin with….but I can eat breakfast any hour of the day.

  18. Patsyk
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:40 PM | Permalink

    I am intrigued that your family is so willing to eat dinner for breakfast! This recipe looks wonderful, and I may have to try it (at dinnertime!)… not sure I could manage to get up any earlier to make a full dinner in the morning.

  19. Sabrina
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

    Well, this recipe looks simple enough for me. I like Kelly's idea doing it as an appetizer. I will definitely be trying this one. Thanks.

  20. grahamstravelblog
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:30 PM | Permalink

    That picture is amazing. It makes me want to eat ribs for some reason. It does sound like it could be a killer appetizer for yet another meat on a stick variant.

  21. noble pig
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:00 PM | Permalink

    I'm still amazed you are doing this in the morning!!!

  22. grace
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 6:19 PM | Permalink

    sugar in the chicken? say it ain't so! actually, i think it sounds positively delightful! also, i'm so glad you're seeing some advantages to have dinner for breakfast. 🙂

  23. Kathleen
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 8:00 PM | Permalink

    This recipe sounds de-lish and your photo is great! I'm struggling with whether or not buy some lighting cuz I have the same issue!

  24. The Blonde Duck
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 10:43 PM | Permalink

    That chicken sounds amazing!

  25. EAT!
    Posted January 23, 2010 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

    I have a similar recipe that subs a can of whole cranberries for the brown sugar. I will be giving this recipe a try for those busy nights.

    And so true about the photos. What a pain in the winter months and I have not fugured out the light tent I bought last year.

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