Like other families, we have a routine to most nights. I make our daughter dinner before my wife gets home from work. She then does our daughter’s bath & bedtime while I get our own dinner ready. On those evenings when my wife is working late or is away, I tend to make a joint dinner for myself and our daughter.
But sometimes on these occasions, I prefer to give the kid her dinner as normal, and after packing her off to bed I indulge in a treat dinner for myself. A day of parenting can be tough, so unwinding with a dinner completely of my choice – that I don’t need to select with either my wife or daughter in mind – is all I want for an evening. Ok, that and wine. And a movie.
Iceland’s chicken nuggets served with homemade BBQ sauce would be a typical dad’s night in dinner for me. It’s a slightly grown up version of a childhood comfort food favourite – only this time consisting of Iceland’s chicken nuggets and my zingy BBQ dipping sauce.
Iceland’s frozen chicken nuggets are pretty tasty, which isn’t surprising as they’re made from 100% chicken breast. Having them in the freezer is not only really convenient, it also means I can cook only as many as I need (well, ok – want) while the rest can be stored for longer. That’s all part of the #PowerOfFrozen.
While the nuggets only took 15 minutes from freezer to plate via the oven, prepared earlier was my BBQ dipping sauce. It has real oomph, but if you’re less of a garlic & chilli fan than me, you can dial those back – especially if serving to kids (this would even be too much for my chilli eating daughter).
Homemade BBQ Sauce
Most of the ingredients are available from Iceland, and are easy to find & purchase either in store or online. This makes a big batch, but it can be frozen to use at a later date – perhaps with some frozen chicken nuggets for a last minute dad’s night in dinner?
- 1 small onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 red chillies (or equivalent of chilli flakes)
- olive oil
- 1tsp fennel seeds (crushed)
- 1tsp english mustard
- 1tsp ground ginger
- salt and pepper to taste
- 50ml dark soy sauce
- 300ml tomato ketchup
- 250ml apple cider
- 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 55g brown sugar (can be light, dark, or a mix)
- Finely chop or blitz onion, garlic, chillies
- In a medium pan, fry on a medium heat for five minutes
- Add fennel seeds and ginger – stir in
- Add ketchup, soy, Worcestershire sauce, and cider – stir in
- Add sugar, stir in
- Bring to the boil, and simmer for 10-15 mins
- When thickened, remove from heat
- Stir in mustard, and allow to cool before serving
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Iceland Foods. Their 100% Chicken Breast Nuggets are available to purchase either online or in store.