Monday, July 14, 2014

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook: Sloppy Chicken Joes

I like making complicated meals.  Since I didn't start cooking, really cooking, until I was about 22, I feel like I'm kind of making up for it by learning how to make things like pork tenderloin and Russian Borscht and beer-glazed salmon and the like.  I like the effort that goes into making a meal that people say, "Wow, you made this yourself?  It must have taken forever.

That being said, using this cookbook was like a marathoner running a 5k Fun Run.  It was still cooking, but holy crap was my life easier.  All three recipes I made were good, and they took minimal time.  One of them, later in the week, was Dennis' new Best Thing I've Ever Made.  And most importantly, all three of them were eaten by a 10-year-old with no complaining.  I call that a successful cookbook.

The ingredient combination on this one is probably going to sound really weird, but, as I always say, you're going to have to trust me.

Sloppy Chicken Joes
Makes 4-6
From The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook


1 1/2 lb. package boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)  (I didn't use these, but would have if it would have been just D and me)
4 to 6 hamburger buns

Dice the chicken into 1/2 inch pieces.  (I diced mine a little too big, but it all tasted the same.)

In a large pan, whisk together the tomato sauce, mustard, brown sugar, vinegar, pepper, and salt.  Add the chicken and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

(A note here:  When I saw 8-10 minutes for cooking in the recipe, I thought there was no way the chicken would cook that fast, so I used my meat thermometer to measure, and sure enough, about 8 minutes in, the chicken was cooked through.  Weird.)

Dole out the mixture amongst your rolls and serve.


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