I found this recipe in a Mr. Food cookbook a while back, tried it, and now it's a staple. It's easy, uses just a few ingredients, and is basically fool proof. Now, if you've never heard of Mr. Food, check out his website. Apparently he also has a TV show, but it's not on any of the few channels that we get here in no cable no satellite no paying for TV land, so I've obviously never seen it.
Anyway, back to the chicken recipe. This was originally for chicken with bones in it which I just don't do, I prefer my chicken in nice skinless boneless breast form. so...
Get your chicken breasteses and put them in a glass baking dish that has been sprayed with non stick spray (Pam or the generic equivalent).
Oh, heat up the oven to 400 first.
Then mix up the barbecue sauce. I have never been a big fan of most barbecue sauces because bottled ones just really don't taste all that good or they are too spicy or whatever, but this sauce is sweet with just a little tang.
I cut the original recipe in half because when you are only cooking 2 or 3 chicken breasts, you don't need quite so much sauce, so if you are cooking more, just double the ingredients. This recipe also called for chopped onion but I prefer the sauce with no onion, thank you very much.
1/2 cup ketchup
1/8 cup packed brown sugar. (Yes, I know there is no 1/8 cup measuring cup in your measuring cup set, so just kind of wing it by filling your 1/4 cup measuring cup half full.)
1 Tablespoon mustard (just plain old mustard like you'd put on a hot dog, no fancy dijon or whatever)
1 Tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon white vinegar.
Mix it up and cover the chicken breasts with it, spreading it to cover entire breasts.
Cover it all up with some tin foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Then take the tin foil off and bake for another 10 minutes or so.
This makes perfect juicy barbecuey breasts every time. If you are making bone in chicken just bake longer or whatever. Or just use the boneless breasts and then you don't have chicken bones to clean up.
I've tried this recipe with boneless pork chops and that comes out really good, too.
This picture really isn't all that appetizing, but this is what it looks like, just imagine some side dishes of your choice on the plate and there's dinner.