Chicken/Turkey Barbecue Bake with Vegetables
Back from our vacation in the Dutch Antilles and back in my kitchen where I almost kissed every appliance. The kitchen in our Bonaire apartment was smaller than most bathrooms, not air-conditioned, and lacking basics, like an oven!
And as for gluten-free products? I found one natural food store with hardly anything to sell and sky-high prices. A small bag of red quinoa was $18.00!!!
I also took a shine to the name of the local supermarket—so much more interesting than “Safeway” (US) or “Metro” (Canada), don’t you think?
Once back home, I was determined to make the perfect gluten-free angel food cake. I had tried this three times already, and had gotten a fairly decent rise but was still working on the taste. This time, the dratted thing collapsed entirely. Blessings on the head of my sweet 13-year-old granddaughter and sous-chef, Adesia, who declared it still delicious and took it home for school lunches.
This photo is of last night’s dinner—a turkey breast, this time, baked with potatoes and vegetables to make a complete meal. The spicy sauce helps the meat stay moist during baking and provides a delicious grace note of taste to the entire meal.
For Weight Watchers: This point count of this dish can vary, depending on the amount of meat, potatoes, and vegetables you consume. I consider the sauce as negligible in terms of points.
Makes 3-4 servings
- 1 turkey breast, bone-in and skinless
- 1 lb. small red potatoes, halved
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 parsnips, peeled and sliced
- 2 leeks, chopped
- Cooking spray
Barbecue Sauce Ingredients (I doubled this for the turkey because the breast is large and my family loves the sauce.)
- 3 tbsp. ketchup
- 1 tbsp. diet apricot jam
- 1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- In a small bowl, whisk barbecue sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
- Spray a large, shallow pan with cooking spray. (My pan is 10″ x 13″.)
- Prepare and mix vegetables. Spread them out along the bottom of the pan.
- Place chicken or turkey pieces, bone-side up, on top of the vegetables.
- Sprinkle with salt if desired.
- Bake in 400° F oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and turn chicken or turkey pieces over, bone-side down.
- Brush barbecue sauce on meat. (You can also brush some on the vegetables if you wish.)
- Lightly spray vegetables with cooking spray so they don’t burn during the final baking.
- Bake in 400° F oven for another 30 minutes.
(Sauce is slightly adapted from “Devilishly Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken” at the Good Food, Great Fun, and Gluten-Free blog.)