Balsamic and Honey Chicken with Taters and Green Beans… and Bacon

Done! Honey Balsamic Chicken with Taters and Green Beans

My better-half found this recipe from Tip Hero and said he wanted to give it a try in our camp Dutch oven.  Our first try was yummy, but…  the green beans were limp and lifeless, the skin on the chicken was approaching burned, and the chicken was way over due.  The chicken was yummy but the rest of the dish was over done.  So we went back to the grocery store for more chicken and veggies, picked up uncured bacon, and gave this easy one-pot meal another try.  Second time was a winner!

Honey Balsamic Chicken with Taters and Green Beans
Prep time:  30 minutes

Cook time:  30-40 minutes

Serves four hungry family and friends

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 pounds baby red potatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 bulbs garlic, peeled and minced and divided
  • 4 pieces of chicken, about 2 pounds (we love thighs)
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dried chipotle
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 8 tablespoons honey
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

Directions:

  1. Fire up a chimney of charcoal.  Make a solid pile of hot charcoal to fit beneath a 12-inch camp Dutch oven.  Place oven over hot charcoal to fry the bacon.  Remove bacon and place on a paper napkin.  After all bacon is crispy and brown, transfer bacon grease to a heat-resistant container.  Rough chop the bacon.Bacon
  2. Add onions, half of the minced garlic, and baby red potatoes to the 12-inch camp Dutch oven.  Pour several tablespoons of the bacon grease over the vegetables and toss.  Make a circle of 10 hot charcoal to fit underneath the oven, place lid on the oven, and add 21 hot charcoals around the lid of the oven to roast the potatoes and onions at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Red Taters and Onion in Bacon Grease
  3. In a large zip top bag, place remaining minced garlic, chicken, thyme, rosemary, ground chipotle, salt, pepper,  balsamic vinegar, and honey.  Press out the air in the bag then close the zip top bag.  Massage the liquid and spices and chicken until the marinade is completely integrated and the chicken is covered.  Place chicken in a cooler to keep chilled for at least 30 minutes, longer if possible.
  4. Remove the lid from the 12-inch camp Dutch oven and stir the potatoes and onions. Onions should be clear.  Red Taters and Onion in Bacon Grease after 30 Minutes
  5. Stir in fresh green beans.  Stir in Fresh Green Beans
  6. Stir in cherry tomatoes.  Stir in Tomatoes
  7. Add fresh rosemary around the outer edge of the oven.  Place marinated chicken skin side down in the oven and pour marinade over chicken and vegetables.  Add Marinated Chicken
  8. Replace charcoal if needed. Place lid on top of the oven and bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then turn chicken skin side up.  Bake for another 10 minutes.  Check internal temperature.  Replace lid and bake at least another 10 minutes until the interval temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Internal Temp over 165
  9. Remove oven from heat and sprinkle chopped bacon over the chicken.  Enjoy!
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Let’s Make Scrubbies

Title Page Scrubby

I love to make scrubbies, and after you’ve read this post, I hope you’ll love making them as well!  In this post, I will share a four-part video series to show you how to make the a scrubby, the perfect tool for cleaning cast iron and a great gift for friends and family.  This is an update on a post I wrote a while back.  I have added videos with more details on the difference between tulle, matte net, and mesh material, how to use a rotary cutter to cut the material into even strips, how to work with the cantankerous material,  how to tie strips together, how to hide the loose ends, and much more.

Scrubbies in Dutch Oven with Llid

Here are my big tips for success in crocheting a scrubby:

  • Use matte net – if you don’t know what this is, ask for help at the fabric counter.  Tulle is too soft and mesh is too tough.  Matte net is the perfect balance of toughness and workability.  Matte Net
  • Work as loosely as possible.  The pointy-crunchy-pokey quality of matte net is what makes a scrubby so wonderful, but it also makes it difficult to pull through the crochet loops.  By working loosely, the crochet loops have more room and the matte net strip is less likely to catch and hang on itself.
  • Be prepared to YANK, and pull, and tug hard to get the matte net strips to move through the crochet loops.  The muscles in your hands will get a work out!
  • To clean a grimy scrubby, put it in the top rack of the dishwasher.
  • Purchase three yards of matte net.  I found it on sale at Joann’s for $1.00 a yard.  Regular price was $1.49 a yard.  This should be enough material to make several scrubbies.  If you are like me, you will want several yards of every color available so that you can mix and match colors.  The combinations are endless!Bursting strips of matte net

In Part One (6 minutes), I show what an old scrubby looks and feels like, the difference between tulle, matte net, and mesh (I use matte net), and how to cut strips of matte net with a rotary cutter and mat.

Close Up of ScrubbiesIn Part Two (8 minutes), I show how to manage the unruly strips, how to crochet the base ring (chain 3), and how to double crochet around the ring to make the first (inner) round of the scrubby.  The first round has approximately 15 double crochets.

In Part Two A:  (8 minutes), I show how to attach a new color and crochet the second round.  There are twice the number of double crochets (30) in the second round as are in the first round.

In Part Three (10 minutes), I show how to crochet the third and fourth rounds and how to end it.  The third round has approximately 45 double crochets. The fourth round has 45 single crochets.  Close Up of Scrubbies in a Dutch Oven

Bonus!  Cleaning cast iron can be misunderstood.  Here are some excellent resources about care of cast iron.

I hope this video series inspires you to grab your crochet hook and start making scrubbies! If you do, please leave a comment telling me about your scrubby or share your favorite tip for cleaning up a dirty camp Dutch oven.  I love hearing from you!

 

 

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