Good chicken recipe for a rainy day


Holy, cow…looks like we’re going to get spanked, weather-wise.  There’s wicked line of thunderstorms working its way up through the middle of my fair state of North Dakota.

What's for supper?

So, what do North Dakotans do when the weather gets bad? We hunker down, find something to keep ourselves entertained and we eat…and not necessarily in that order!

Tonight, we are having a nice hot chicken dish, just right for a cold rainy day. This is one of my favorite recipes from childhood, and it comes from a community cook book called S’more Good Cooking!, created by the Centurian Homemakers of Pembina, ND in 1975. My Mom used to make this dish all the time, and it definitely fits in the comfort food category. It makes me very happy that my kids love it as much as I do.

Here’s the recipe:

Sweet and Sour Chicken


  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c ketchup
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c white vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt (optional)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 parsley flakes
  • minced garlic – as much as you want. (really, is there ever enough garlic?!)
  • 1  3-pound chicken, cut into parts

“Mix all ingredients through garlic, and heat through to get flavors mixed. Put chicken pieces in cake pan and pour sauce over it. Bake at 325° for 1  1/2 hours. Turn chicken once during baking and spoon sauce over it. Serve small dishes of sauce to dip chicken bites in.”

Personally, I like to skip the dipping bowls and just serve the chicken with the sauce drizzled on white rice. Hmmmm…Hm! It’s great as leftovers too.

Enjoy!

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About Sparrow
I am a 47 years young and the mother of two amazing young men, who've grown up and left me mostly an Empty-Nester. I write about what's going on in my little corner of the High Plains, or what happens to be crawling across my brain on a given day. Thank you so much for stopping by. Make yourself at home...through the magic of the internet, the coffee's always free and the doughnuts are fresh!

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