Chicken with Herbalicious Yum Sauce

Here in Sugartown, moms take care of each other.

When we moved here almost two years ago, I joined the local mother’s club. I volunteered to work with another mom to schedule meals to be delivered to new moms, sick moms, moms with traveling dads, and moms who just plain need a break.

A few months later, I was on the receiving end of those meals. Every three weeks, moms delivered some homemade deliciousness to our doorstep while I recovered from a chemo session.

Now, little J and I deliver meals to moms once a month, in the spirit of thank you-ness and because we like to cook together.

The last few months, I’ve made my now-famous “Chicken with Herbalicious Yum Sauce” (the name is mine, can you tell?). The day after delivering this dish, I always get an email requesting the recipe, so I thought I’d post the secrets to this pure poultry alchemy here.

This is for all you home chefs looking for some inspiration from a humble bird called The Chicken. Lord knows we all need that from time to time.

Chicken with Herbalicious Yum Sauce:

Don fancy apron. Then, in a large, super-cute bowl, whisk:

  • 3/4 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (yes!)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

Take your sweet time whisking in order to combine the liquids well. I like to sing a few rounds of “Prince Ali” from Aladdin with Little J, to pass the time.

Submerge a pound of chicken thighs in the mixture and refrigerate for a least a few hours.

Place chicken in 13 x 9 rectangular baking dish, and pour sauce over.

Bake at 375 four one hour, turning every twenty minutes so that the parts that are peeking out of the sauce get a little crisp.

I serve this over brown rice, with veggie sides, and a salad. If you haven’t already, give Chef Jodi’s brilliant Pear & Citrus salad dressing recipe a try.

Bon Appetit!

*Recipe is an adaptation of one found in Spices of Life by Nina Simonds.

*Photo from FastEddiesRetroRags

  1. jo Reilly’s avatar

    mmmmm, sounds yummy indeed and i just happen to have some chicken thighs in the fridge…guess what we’re having for dinner tonight ?

  2. Jennifer’s avatar

    Oh goodie! You’ll have to let us know how it turned out and whether you made any adjustments.



  3. Jodi’s avatar

    The only improvement I can think of is to change the title to Yum-YUM sauce…it was delicious. The first night E BBQ’d the chicken and I had enough to marinade some pork chops! Yum-Yum!! Next time I am going to use thighs and cook them in the oven to enjoy the crispiness of the sauce! Thanks for sharing!!
    ~Jodi :)


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