Sometime in the mid 90's, my friend Angie introduced me to a...different....sounding chicken recipe. When she described it, I wrinkled up my nose and thought to myself, 'No WAY am I eating that!'
Which, of course, I did.
Hey, someone goes to the trouble of making you dinner, the least you can do is try it, right?
And, of course, I loved it. Angie has an awesome ability to find easy, quick, delicious recipes.
I'm sure she told me the name of the recipe, but it was henceforth referred to as 'salsa chicken'.
You need one bottle of honey mustard barbecue sauce, one bottle of salsa, and four to six chicken breasts. I use the boneless skinless ones because I'm lazy like that. You mix the sauces together, put the chicken breasts in, bake it at 375 until done (about 35-45 minutes depending on how thick the chicken breasts are). Serve it over rice.
Sooooooo good. I made this at least once a week for years.
And then they stopped selling/making honey mustard barbecue sauce.
It was a sad, sad day in menuville.
I tried a variety of combinations - honey barbecue sauce with Dijon mustard and salsa, barbecue sauce with honey, mustard, and salsa, tangy barbecue sauce with honey mustard salad dressing and salsa...you get the idea.
Some of them were okay, but none of them were as good as the original. After we moved to South Dakota, I stopped looking for a replacement combination.
Today, I was at the commissary and for some reason I walked up the sauce/condiment aisle. Something caught my eye. In the barbecue sauce section was a funny color of barbecue sauce. Could it be? Seriously? Could it be? I swooped in for a closer look and discovered that Bull's-eye now makes a sauce they call Carolina Style, but is described and looks just like the honey mustard stuff I've been missing. I bought a bottle, went to find some salsa and chicken and made it for dinner tonight.
So, so, so good.
And it wasn't just me...R asked me if we could have it for dinner again tomorrow night. And the answer is totally yes! I wish I'd thought to take a picture and post it. I'll do that when I make it again tomorrow.