Now be honest…
Did you stare just a little too long at that picture and perhaps even go “Ohhhhhhhhhh!!!” either in your head or out loud? Did it make you bite your lower lip and almost make you give it those googly come to me eyes?
But as you have seen, Sriracha has been used pretty heavily in my recipes ranging from my Tropical Sriracha Aioli to my Sriracha Black Bean Sliders with Spicy Avocado Creme Sauce. Let’s not forget about my Thai Peanut Shrimp Summer Rolls that have a hefty dose of Sriracha in the sauce or my Thai Noodles with Chicken in a Spicy Peanut Sauce. But the Ultimate.. the ULTIMATE Sriracha recipe that put me on the map is my Sriracha Spiced Bacon – Man Candy II that has literally gone global. It’s been featured on countless websites as well as being given mad props by Nadia G of Bitchin’ Kitchin on The Cooking Channel!
As you all know I am a HUGE fan of pigs. I love pigs almost as much as I love Mr. Fantabulous (shhh… don’t let him know that). I love bacon (I firmly believe that should be its own food group) and I absolutely LOVE pork chops, loins and roasts. Pretty much most parts of the pig. So imagine just how excited I was when I was contacted by Circle B Ranch Pork to come up with a recipe featuring their Center Cut Pork Chops! Like seriously, I don’t think I could have been any more excited. Since I pretty much fell in love with Marina’s Italian Style Tomato Sauce and Marina’s Italian Style Meatballs, I was in hog heaven at the chance to create something awesome for them. And yes, I said hog heaven… LOL
So full disclosure this recipe evolved out of a need – a need to make more space in my pantry AND a need to make something different and new with chicken. Now when it comes to boneless chicken I only ever buy chicken breasts as I’m a white meat girl but my butcher had absolutely GORGEOUS boneless thighs. Now I try not to eat dark meat as it’s less healthy than the white meat as it has a higher fat percentage but the flavor is so much richer. Chicken breasts have about 5 grams of fat while thighs have about 15 grams with about ~60 calories less for the breasts. The first time I made this I made with the boneless breasts and the 2nd time I made with the thighs. They both are amazing but do have a slight variance in flavor.