Honey Barbeque Chicken

First off, I’d like to admit – I am not anywhere near a chef, nor do I plan to be, but when I find an amazing recipe that is a huge hit in my house I just have to share it with you all!

If any of you are like me, I have no time in a day or on the weekend to sit down and meal plan/prep for the entire week. We are constantly on the go, busy doing something around the house or outside (since it’s finally starting to get nice out here in Wisconsin), or planning for our upcoming wedding. We need easy things in our life and boy, was this a breeze! This meal took about 35 min. from start to finish but tasted like I slaved away all day on it and was made using ingredients that I’m sure everyone has in their kitchens already (BONUS!!). Besides the fact that it was super fast and easy to make – this dish was to die for! My five year old – who tends to be more on the picky side when it comes to food – was begging for seconds, and for once in my entire work career, I was actually excited to heat up my leftovers for lunch that I packed. And let me tell you, it was just as good today as it was last night for dinner.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 whole chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque Sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • vegetable oil
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • salt
You will also need two medium bowls, one small bowl, a frying pan, and a cookie sheet or oven pan.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In your frying pan, heat enough vegetable oil to fry all strips of chicken in (I used about 4 tablespoons).
Slice chicken into 1/2 inch strips.
Whisk together Worcestershire sauce and eggs in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In your second medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Add salt, garlic salt, and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Strip by strip, coat chicken in Worcestershire mixture first, then into the flour mixture to create a breading, then into the frying pan.
Once all pieces are coated and in the frying pan, fry them on medium/high heat until they are a golden brown.
While the breaded chicken strips are browning, mix the barbeque sauce and honey in the small bowl.
Place browned chicken on a greased cookie sheet or oven pan and brush on the barbeque sauce mixture.
Place uncovered in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Remove the chicken and baste again with the remaining barbeque sauce mixture and return to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Serve with a side of steamed brussel sprouts and cheesy scalloped potatoes (which creates an amazing dish in my opinion).
Enjoy!!
Please let me know what your families thought of this meal after you give it a try!
Ex’s and Oh’s,
Nicole

(PS…I will remember to take and add pictures next time I make this dish, which will probably be next week, LOL!)

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The day that made the “planning” all start!

Let’s flash back to May 22nd, 2015…

We were going to have a bonfire that night and had invited all of our closest friends over to grill out, roast s’mores, and enjoy each other’s company. I finished at work and ran to the grocery store to pick up food for our get together; steaks, potatoes, wine coolers, etc. The weather was a perfectly crisp 65 degree spring day, a perfect day for a bonfire, I thought to myself on the drive home. Little did I know at that moment, just how truly perfect this day was going to be.

I pulled in the driveway and was unloading the groceries, a lot of them at that, while wondering why Aaronn wasn’t coming outside to help me carry them inside like he usually does. I’ll be honest, I was getting pretty annoyed that I had no help to carry these in. It’s the little things that you truly appreciate when you think back on them now.

I shut my trunk and turned around to find my neighbor coming up my driveway to say hi, chat, and ask if he needed to bring anything to the cookout tonight – nope, I had it all covered (thanks to my stubbornness). He left and I realized I forgot to get the mail, like I always do when I come home, which is just down the road from my house so I walked down to get it.

Aaronn still had not come outside to help me, I knew he knew I was home. How couldn’t he? I pulled in the driveway about 10 minutes ago now! Very frustrated at this point, I grabbed as many of the groceries as I possibly could and made my way into the garage to get into my house. I fumbled with getting the door open, and when I finally got into the house – all my frustrations went out the door.

My beautiful son and my amazing now-fiance were side by side, down on one knee in the laundry room as I walked inside…holding this pose the entire time I was outside taking my sweet time getting into our house. My emotions were going crazy. Was this really happening? Was I ready for this next step? My son, my handsome little boy, had the biggest grin on his face ever and was so proud to be kneeling next to his soon-to-be stepfather. He knew what was happening – it was a good thing! I looked back at Aaronn who had nothing but love in his eyes, this was really happening.

Aaronn pulled out a piece of paper that he had written to make this perfect day even better. “I know I haven’t been the perfect guy, although I believe my intentions have always been to make you happy.” he said, with tears welling in his eyes. “It’s been almost four and a half years since I met the love of my life and I’m thankful for the day I was able to meet you” he continued.

My emotions got the best of me, they consumed me. I was overflowing with excitement, love, honor, and amazement that this was all happening. Then I heard the words I’d been dying to hear since the day I met him, as he held my hand tight…. “I love you with all my heart, will you marry me?”

I was crying tears of pure joy at this moment as I somehow managed to blurt out “Yes! I will marry you!”. He pulled out a box that contained the most beautiful ring I had ever seen and slipped it on my finger as my son stood there trying to grasp why we both were bawling. He laughed at us and called us cry babies. The moment couldn’t possibly have been any more perfect – chaotic, loud, loving, and beautiful like how it is every day in our house. Our friends arrived, we told them the news, they were overjoyed for us. We laughed, we ate, and we had an amazing night with the people we loved the most. I couldn’t possibly have dreamt this day up any better, I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Fast forward back to today….

Sometimes we get so caught up with day-to-day life that we forget to remember the days that started it all and marked the beginning of an eternity together. In four months and twenty-five days, I will be stealing the last name of the man I love. And back on that day, I didn’t think I could possibly be any happier…

Ex’s and Oh’s

Nicole

Here goes nothing!!

My name is Nicole. I currently live in a little town in Wisconsin, I am a full-time Mom to a beautiful 5-year-old little boy, a soon-to-be wife of an amazing man, and juggle a full-time job. For someone being 25 I’m sure that doesn’t really seem like a lot. But, as I’m sure will unravel eventually, attempting to co-parent with an ex while also planning a wedding and trying to stay sane in day-to-day life is nearly impossible.

I’d like to think I’m a pretty calm person, with a fairly good sense of humor – but I do tend to let stress get the best of me. That being said, the reason I created this blog is to hopefully ease some of my stress and potentially help others dealing with the same highlights and troubles in life as I am.

On my blog, you will be able to see the highlights of my life as well as the days that are more of a struggle. I will also try to post some fun tips and tricks I’ve come to learn over the years through my experiences in life so far, my thoughts on planning a wedding, and basically the good, the bad, and the ugly of life in itself.

I truly hope you enjoy reading my posts and blog as much as I do making it.

 

Ex’s and Oh’s,

Nicole