2004-09-16 / Arts & Entertainment

The Creative Cook

Today’s recipe is Maple Barbecued Chicken. This easy dish tastes as delicious as any made on the grill, and it can be served in any weather. The Oven-Fried Potato Slices and a tossed salad complete the supper.

Some tips: If you’re cutting up po-tatoes in advance, always cover them with cold water to prevent them from browning. Pat them dry with paper towels before cooking. Let the kids tear the salad greens into small pieces. Peeled sweet potatoes can be substituted for white potatoes in re-cipes. The cooking times are the same.

Maple Barbecued Chicken

1/2 cup bottled chili sauce

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

3 tablespoons Crisco oil

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce

3 pounds bone-in chicken pieces

(with or without skin) or 1 1/2

pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts flattened

to even thickness

Heat oven to 375F. Line 13x9x2-inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Combine chili sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, oil, mustard, salt and hot red pepper sauce in small saucepan. Heat on medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 6 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Rinse chicken. Pat dry. Arrange in pan. (If using bone-in pieces, arrange with underside up). Brush generously with sauce. Bake at 375F. for 20 minutes for bone-in pieces and 15 minutes for boneless pieces. Remove from oven. Turn chicken with tongs. Brush generously with sauce. Return to oven. Bake 30 minutes for bone-in pieces or 15 minutes for boneless pieces, or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Serve immediately.

Note: The chicken can be cooked on gas or charcoal grill, and sauce can be prepared up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated, tightly covered.

Oven-Fried Potato Slices

Crisco No-Stick Cooking Spray

2 large Idaho or Russet potatoes, scrubbed

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black

pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Heat oven to 450F. Cover baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. Arrange potato slices on baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Combine salt, pepper and paprika. Sprinkle mixture on po-tato slices. Bake at 450F. for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Turn slices with spatula. Bake 5 to 7 minutes, or until potato slices are lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Timely Tips

DUSTPROOFING - To keep my windowsills and shutters relatively dust-free, I brushed them with a coat of clear polyurethane. Now they’re too slick for the dust to stick to. You can also use high-gloss paint, which works just as well. Amy M.

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DISH SAVER - Whenever I’m doing a stew or stir-fry, I take the browned meat and veggies I’ve done in stages and place them in the inverted pot lid. This way, I don’t use too many dishes in the process, making clean-up a lot easier. Jillian K.

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SPIN DRY - Whenever I have delicates to hand-wash, I cut down on drying time by giving them a good spin in my salad spinner. This removes excess moisture. I then place the items on a flat, mesh surface to dry, and it takes no time at all. Donna P.

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MAIL CALL - My husband had a terrible habit of leaving mail out on the dining room table. This was driving me to distraction, since I like things neat and uncluttered. I purchased a small, attractive basket at a crafts store. Now all the mail goes in there. To separate bills from other stuff, I paper clip like items together. Mae C.

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WRAP IT UP - I always remove meat I’ve bought from its original package and rewrap it well for freezing. However, I remove the label from the original wrapping, wipe it down, and tape it to what I’ve rewrapped. This way, I know how much the meat weighs, and when it was bought.

Carol A.

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