Buffalo Marinade Acclamation - Chicken & Pork Recipes

Being a spicy foods enthusiast, I jumped at the opportunity to test the new KC Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade. As luck would have it, the bottle arrived just as “the other brand” of buffalo sauce was empty. Don’t you just love it when fate works in your favor! Buffalo sauce is used in my kitchen quite frequently as a coating for chicken, pork, and occasionally even beef.

Hubby’s favorite chicken is fried and spicy. In my continued effort to provide the family more healthy meals, I no longer prepare traditional fried chicken. Instead I opt for baked variety, eliminate the egg but use legs and thighs as a compromise. The family unanimous enjoys dark meat portions.

I am pleased to announce hubby - aka the carnivore - says my spicy oven fried chicken is the real deal. Don’t tell him but this oven fried chicken is the easiest recipe ever! Buffalo sauce, Italian breadcrumbs, and chicken thighs.

Spicy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs

8 chicken thighs
1/2 cup KC Masterpiece Buffalo marinade
1/2 – 1-cup Progresso Italian style breadcrumbs

Wash chicken and pat dry with white paper towels. Place chicken thighs in a plastic bag add the buffalo marinade. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, longer marinating time will enhance both flavor and heat.

Preheat the oven to 375. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Pour breadcrumbs into a high-rimmed bowl. Remove one piece of chicken from the bag, push into breadcrumbs and shimmy the bowl until breadcrumbs coat over the sides of the chicken. Flip the chicken and repeat. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining chicken thighs, adding breadcrumbs as needed. Discard bag and any remaining breadcrumbs. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove and immediately turn chicken onto a serving platter.

The chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy inside with a spicy buffalo flavor throughout.

Sweet and spicy is an ideal combination with chicken, a combination along the lines of sweet and sour in my opinion. Will this marinade compliment pork too? I set out to find the answer. Thick and zesty, this marinade will perform well as a sauce or glaze. Pantry check- pineapple slices in natural juice, sweet Vidalia onions, white rice, smoked paprika, garlic powder, Adobo seasoning. Fridge check - Lean 3 lb pork loin, buffalo marinade, chicken broth.

Sweet and Spicy Pork Medallions
3 lb. pork loin sliced 3/4” to 1” thick
1/2 cup KC Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade
Adobo Seasoning
1-cup pineapples cut in chunks (about 1/2 20 oz can)
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 small Vidalia onion cut into small wedges
1/4 -1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Slice the pork loin and sprinkle liberally with Adobo seasoning. Place slices in a plastic bag and add the buffalo marinade. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible, and. refrigerate for 1.5 hours.

Spray a large frying pan or skillet with cooking spray. Place contents of bag, marinade, and pork loin medallions, in the pan. Cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes or until pork just begins to cook through. Add the pineapples, onions, and juice. Cover and continue cooking until pork is cooked through and tender, about 30 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending upon the thickness of the pork medallions. Sprinkle with garlic powder and smoked paprika and stir in chicken broth to increase liquid. Stir to blend, turn up the heat one or two notches, and allow cooking uncovered for about 5 minutes to incorporate spices and thicken the sauce. Serve on a bed of white rice topped with the pineapple buffalo sauce.

The pork was tender and spicy with the perfect level of heat; not burning the mouth but a zing to the tongue. The sweetness of the pineapple and onion blended well with the spicy, smoky heat creating a perfect sauce.

Overall, this dish was good however not up to my flavor expectation. The color was bland and perhaps set me off in a negative direction. In hindsight, I am thinking okra, zucchini, or perhaps even carrots would have made this spectacular. Any suggestions?

Saving the best for last, I grilled up our favorite Italian infused buffalo chicken breasts. All I can say is OMG was it ever good! Made with red pepper, garlic, and paprika, the robust flavor and thick texture of this marinade offers a wide range of culinary purpose. I highly recommend the new KC Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade for cooking, grilling, and creating recipes with a buffalo style kick!

I received one bottle of KC Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade as part of the Food Buzz Tastemaker program. Opinions and recipes herein are 100% mine.

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