Even if eating healthier is your main goal in the New Year, it can be hard to resist the convenience of your local drive thru at the end of a tiring day. But what if dinner provided enough stamina to get you through the day AND stick to your resolutions? Enter my newest recipe, 5-hour Energy® Chicken. It’s simple, really: a chicken cooked in 5-hour Energy® for 5 hours.
– 1 whole chicken
– 1 stick butter
– 9 bottles of regular 5-hour Energy®
– 1 bottle of 5-hour Energy®
– Salt & pepper to taste
STEP 1: Remove chicken giblets and wash both inside and outside of chicken. Pat dry. If you’re like me and it’s your first time preparing a chicken, feel free to express discomfort.
STEP 2: Put chicken in a large plastic bag – garbage bags work best! Pour nine bottles of 5-hour Energy® over chicken. Refrigerate for 5 hours.
I used a combination of the pomegranate and the berry flavored 5-hour Energy®. I used pomegranate 5-hour Energy® because pomegranate is an ancient Greek symbol for a fruitful new year, and I used berry 5-hour Energy® because the pharmacy ran out of pomegranate 5-hour Energy®.
STEP 3: Melt stick of butter. Combine with 5-hour Energy® EXTRA. Put melted butter back in the fridge to resolidify.
STEP 4: Preheat oven to 250° F/120° C. Remove chicken from garbage bag and coat in butter/5-hour Energy® mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
STEP 5: Cook chicken for 5 hours. Remove chicken from oven. Pour drippings into a pan and boil it until the 5-hour Energy®/butter/chicken juices thicken and turn dark brown.
**Note: If your dad won’t let you use the family gravy boat for your, as he calls it, “waste of oven space,” gravy can be served in a fun coffee mug!**
STEP 6: Let 5-hour Energy® chicken and gravy cool a bit, then serve!
**Note: 5-hour Energy® chicken was truly terrible. But the experience of nearly vomiting as a group will bring your family closer together for years to come! And if you think about it, getting closer to your family is a way better New Year’s resolution than eating healthy.
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