Dear SOS: I have never been thrilled about chicken as an entree. But I became a convert after trying the barbecued chicken at Happy Trails Catering & Cafe in Pasadena. The marinade is not to be believed. Can you investigate for me?
Dear Jenny: Believe it. The Happy Trails people say the chicken is simply basted with an orange-sesame dressing until it is fully cooked and beautifully glazed. The chicken is served sliced on a bed of baby greens, diced red bell pepper and pea pods and drizzled with the same sesame dressing. To use the dressing on the salad, here’s a word of advice from Linda Fay, the chef: Double the dressing recipe and use half for marinating the chicken, the other half for serving.