So I wanted to share with you a recipe for Honey Ginger Soy Chicken today, instead that will have to wait until the next time I decide to make it. For now I will regal you with my tale of kitchen flops or as I like to call it the dinner that wasn’t. Now I could entertain you with The Tale of Blackened Mashed Potatoes or perhaps Catching Fire: Birthday Cake Edition. Instead this is The Tale of The Bloody Bird.
I plan my meals out in two-week intervals. The meals are set on my weekly calendar/ to-do list in my kitchen. One would assume that this arrangement lends itself to pre-planning and well executed preparations. Alas that is often not the case with me, especially in this instance.
If things had been well executed or even considered ahead of time I would have had the chicken marinating the night before. Or at the least I would have had the chicken thawed out ahead of time. Instead I was pulling frozen chicken out of the freeze at 2 pm today. I figured I had a couple of hours the it could sorta marinate, and then I could cook it low and slow in the oven.
Well my afternoon got away from. I put the chicken quarters in the oven much later than I would have wanted, 5 pm. A half hour into it I am struggling with the dinner time crankies. Those of both myself and the children. That is when things go sideways. I cut my time little short. I crank up the time on the oven and in rush to get to dinner on the table I forget to temp the bird all together. Needless to say it was not pretty.
Moral of the story: Plan. And if you find that it is day of for a chicken meal and the chicken is not thawed switch with another meal that is more forgiving. Well that and see no one has it all together all of the time.