I found this recipe in a realtor's marketing magazine, and it had all the elements of a great camp meal. It's from the "Simply Julia" cookbook by Julia Turshen.
Pictured: The finished product did not disappoint!
I purchased chicken breast tenderloins, which were easy to chop at the camp kitchen table, but it would be great with thighs, as well. I'd do one or the other, for cooking evenness, not mixed. The chicken breasts went into one pan, some jasmine rice in a pot on the other. While I tended the chicken browning, I made the sauce, simple but tasty.
When the chicken was cooked through, I added the sauce, and let it cook down.
Pictured: Cook down, sauce! Slow down, rice! I'm hungry... lets gooooo.
I recalled that I lost my pot clamp for my camp pots last trip. I tried cloth potholders, but not grippy enough. I found a spoon was a handy substitute till I get back.
Pictured: Channeling my mom's resourcefulness, a spoon subs for the pot latch/clamp.
Julia Turshen's "Sticky Chicken" goes Solo Camping
I put the cornstarch I needed in a snack-sized ziplock - don't need to bring the box.
This is the way I like it - a full recipe of sauce, and a half amount of chicken. I like sauce.
3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breast tenderloins
2 T cooking oil (I favor avocado, but canola or olive will work fine)
Salt & pepper
2 T water
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 C ketchup
3 T honey
1 T chili sauce (I like Trader Joe's)
4 garlic cloves
Cilantro to top for serving
3/4 C dry Jasmine Rice (can precook at home and rewarm with some water, or cook outright according to box/bag instructions)
Cut chicken into bite-sized or 2-bite pieces.
Rewarm or cook rice in pot on second burner, cover and keep warm, watch that it doesn't burn! Very easy to do so on a camp stove.
Warm oil in pan over medium heat. When hot, add chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and brown until cooked through.
While chicken is cooking, combine sauce ingredients and set aside.
Once chicken ins cooked through, add sauce, and cook over medium flame until sauce is thickened, stirring frequently to keep chicken coated.
When sauce has thickened, plate rice, spoon chicken over and top with lots of sauce. If you love cilantro as I do, add a handful, it's the perfect final ingredient.
Take that plate over by the fire and fill your belly with goodness as you listen to the fire!