Posted by: literallydelicious | February 17, 2010

Chicken Soup

I’ve been sick the past few days — hacking-up-a-lung, taking-to-my-bed sick. Though I managed to get through my latest work project before the absolute worst of it hit, not even the prospect of seeing my grandbaby could drag me out of bed Monday. I spent much of Tuesday there, too, until evening came and I had to figure out what to fix for dinner.

You know all those people who don’t eat when they’re sick? I hate them. Give me a common cold, and I’ll gain two pounds. Bronchitis is good for at least five. I love comfort foods when my body’s turned against me, so the odds that I’ll just skip a meal are somewhere between slim and none.

I’ve been on a new-recipe kick this month, so for last night’s dinner I settled on two super-simple ones — Hot and Chili Chicken and Cheesy Corn — plus an old favorite, Creamy Cucumber Salad. I have some fairly complicated recipes, but I love the easy ones, too, especially when my ears and nose are so stopped up that standing makes me lightheaded. With the chicken, you have only three ingredients — chicken, orange marmalade and chili powder — and throw it in the oven for 40 minutes. What could be better?

And you know what? After eating, I really did feel better. I think I’m going to survive this thing after all!

Hot and Chili Chicken

1/2 cup orange marmalade

2 tablespoons chili powder (or to taste)

8 chicken drumsticks

1. Heat oven to 400 F. Line a jelly-roll pan with nonstick foil. (I swear, Reynolds’ Release Foil is the best stuff ever!)

2. Mix marmalade and chili powder.

3. Lay out chicken legs on foil-covered pan. Spoon marmalade mix over.

4. Bake 25-40 minutes, depending on size of drumsticks.


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