Houston's BBQ Chicken
My parents lived in Memphis from when they got married until I was about one. A favorite meal they would get while living in Memphis was from Houston's. After moving to Mississippi, they started making it themselves at home. I grew up eating this meal with lots of onions, garlic, and mushrooms, all of which my husband can't eat. I've figured out how to make it so we both can enjoy!
I've given up dairy, temporarily while breastfeeding, so I used this awesome fake cheese, ha. It's the worst thing on it's own but cooked with other things and flavors, it actually fooled me.
Cheese, onions, garlic, and mushrooms are ALL low carb! If none of those bother you and low carb is your focus, you're golden to add these to this meal. You'll just add them in after the chicken is partially cooked. Caramelize the onions by not touching them but don't let them burn. Really let them sit there and then stir them around. They should turn a brownish color, not black. This is not the same as cooking them where they sweat and become transparent.
This recipe is:
✔ sugar free ✔ low carb ✔ grain & gluten free ✔ dairy free
✔ soy free
What you'll need:
Bacon - uncured and free range if possible
Dairy free cheese (or sharp cheddar)
Season to taste: Salt, Pepper, Dried Oregano
2 tablespoons of low carb bbq sauce
2 ice cubes... yep.
--- THAT'S IT! YAY!
Cook your bacon on the crispy side, remove, and save for later. Season your chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano and cook in the bacon drippings. Once both sides are browned (you could add onions, garlic, and mushrooms here) and the chicken is almost cooked all the way through, you will add your sliced cheese on top, a piece of bacon, and a drizzle of bbq sauce to each piece of chicken. Immediately after adding those goodies, you will place two ice cubes in the pan with your chicken, pop a top on the pan, and turn down the heat. Let it steam and melt the cheese for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Your chicken will be cooked, your cheese will be melted, and your bacon still crispy!
Growing up we always had this meal with mashed potatoes, so that's what Jeremy had. I had fork mashed cauliflower with butter, salt, and pepper -- didn't feel like I was missing out one bit. Pictured is the cauliflower. We both enjoyed some green beans with butter, salt, and pepper!