Backyard Brew and Roasted Parm Potatoes

Backyard Brew and Roasted Parm Potatoes

Aloha, again!

Well, Melissa is still on vacation (they’re in St. Lucia today!) but she’s due back Monday.

Who thinks she’ll just stay and never come back? *raises hand*

See, I know Melissa, and I also know her 2 week vacations have a way of turning into 3 month vacations!

But, no worries, she always comes back.


Seasoning Mixes, Marinades, and Backyard Brews! Oh, My!

Quite often I get asked questions about the seasonings and marinades I use for chicken. While I do have my go-to recipes and favorite seasonings, I love new finds!

McCormicks has two new seasoning packets out, Smokin’ Sweat Tea and Backyard Brew, so I thought I’d try one out and share my experience with you.

Along with it, I’m going to make a family favorite potato side; Oven Roasted Parmesan Potatoes.

Any time I try a new recipe, I pair it with something I know my family loves. That way, if the other is a flop, we can still eat.

Tonight we ate well!!

Let’s start with the chicken. I used boneless skinless thighs because, next to thin cut chicken breast, they are my favorite cut.


What I love about these handy dandy McCormick packets is that they come with a few different options to spruce up the marinade.

Right off the bat, I chose beer over water. Because, really, is it “Backyard Brew” without the brew? I don’t think so.

Next, I used Dijon mustard, oil, and, then, of course, the contents of the packet. Just mix that all together and toss in the chicken and set aside. (It immediately smelled wonderful!)


Then, while I finished off what was left of the beer, I started prepping my potatoes.

My friend, Felicia, sent me this recipe and I know she’ll love that I’m now sharing it with you. It’s one of our favorites, and I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve made it over the years!

Once I got my oven preheating to 400*, I gathered and prepped the few ingredients I needed for Oven Roasted Parmesan Potatoes.

9 Small russet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 Tbsp Olive or coconut oil
2 Tsp Paprika
2 Tsp Garlic powder
1 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Black pepper
1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese

Now all you do is toss the ingredients together and spread them out on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Be sure to flip them a couple of times during cooking just to make sure they’re browning evenly.


Okay, with that out of the way, let’s get back to the chicken.

I’ll admit I got a bit distracted with the kids tonight and the potatoes were already in the oven 10 minutes before I realized I hadn’t even turned the grill on yet!

That just means the chicken got to hang out in the delicious marinade longer, and that ain’t a bad thing, but you’ll want to get your grill preheating right after you put your potatoes in the oven.

Luckily, I’m using my little nonstick indoor grill tonight and it doesn’t take too long to heat up.


Cooking times will vary, but I grilled my thighs 10 minutes per side and they turned out perfectly.

The Backyard Brew Chicken was a huge hit with all of us, and I know I’ll definitely buy it again.



Now I can’t wait to try the Smokin’ Sweet Tea!

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One Response to “Backyard Brew and Roasted Parm Potatoes”

  1. September 10, 2013 at 7:55 am

    That looks finger licking good! Great post :)

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