Great even late – part one: chicken-a-thon

This is a special Friday night Game Night. We stayed up late like the big kids that we are. It included two Game Night Food Competitions: chicken, and ice cream.

You almost can’t tell from the below picture, because I am having a really great hair day here, but I have embarrassed myself for a third time.

Photo credit: Alan Nudi

Game Night 06-19-15 (Part One): Chicken-a-Thon

Photo credit: Brian Senesac

The contenders:

The judges:

  • Kristi LaMonica
  • Jennifer Nudi
  • Ryan Nudi
  • Tara Nudi
  • Brian Senesac
  • Melissa Severson

Judged on:

  • Presentation (10%)
  • Mouthfeel (20%)
  • Texture (10%)
  • Moistness (5%)
  • Overall Flavor (50%)

Sarah’s chicken:

My chicken:

The major difference between the two is that Sarah’s was grilled and mine was baked.

Final score out of 300 points:

  • Sarah’s chicken: 236
  • Erin’s chicken 230

Comments from the judges:

  • “I might be biased because I have baked chicken all the time. . .grilled chicken tastes fresh/exotic to me.”
  • “Both need more seasoning.”
  • Three judges commented they wanted more filling in mine.
  • Two judges thought Sarah’s was grilled at too high a temperature.
  • Two judges couldn’t taste the bacon with Sarah’s.
  • Two judges thought mine needed a stronger flavor.

I think the judges as a whole are getting tougher! 

Sarah’s chicken is from PredominatelyPaleo.com, with the following alterations:

  • Worcestershire sauce was subbed in for coconut aminos.
  • After marinating overnight the chicken was wrapped in brown sugar bacon and secured with toothpicks.
  • She recommends medium grill heat. Not high! Cook so the bacon doesn’t burn.

My chicken comes from, well, this blog, but originally from AllRecipes.com.

Check out part two of Game Night: Great Even Late.