Just BARE Chicken Announces Just Five Cooking Challenge Winners

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More than 250 cooks and nearly 11,000 people who voted for their favorite 5-ingredient chicken recipes in the 2012 Just BARE Just 5 Cooking Challenge, proving that more and more people nationwide are celebrating simple cooking and living. Just BARE Chicken—a brand of all-natural, American Humane Certified chicken that offers no antibiotics, no added hormones, no animal byproducts and no unwanted additives—announces the winner of its second annual Just 5 Cooking Challenge with the release of its first-ever digital cookbook.

From 20 finalists representing 16 states, Marsala Chicken with Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Burst Tomatoes received the most votes and stands alone as grand champion. Submitted by Lindsey Bjorge of Spring Lake Park, Minn., the recipe will be featured in the January/February issue of Whole Living magazine. Five voters were also randomly selected and named Just 5 Cooking Challenge sweepstakes winners, each receiving a free Apple iPad tablet.

Available now online from desktops, tablets and mobile devices at cookbook.JustBareChicken.com, the 2012 Just 5 Cookbook is a busy weeknight dinner saver and fancy weekend entertainment planner. Twenty recipes from the 2012 finalists are included. Each one offers a unique combination of simplicity and creativity. Just BARE Chicken, whose mission is to provide natural, healthy chicken like nature intended, congratulates everyone who participated in the 2012 Just 5 Cooking Challenge.

"What people can love about this recipe collection is how simple, diverse and unique it is, with plenty of ideas to please family and friends," said Just 5 Cooking Challenge culinary judge and Just BARE blogger Lisa Golden Schroeder . "The most effective 5-ingredient recipes are the ones that use ingredients more than once during the cooking process—like using the zest of an orange in a light crumb coating for the chicken, while the orange juice is used in a vinaigrette dressing or sauce," added Schroeder.

Of the 253 original 5-ingredient recipes submitted, 30 semi-finalist recipes were kitchen-tested by Lisa Golden Schroeder and her team of experts and assigned a score from 1-20 points for appearance, taste and overall ease of preparation. The 20 recipes with the highest scores advanced to online voting on Just BARE's Facebook page, which ran November 5 – December 5, 2012. After nearly 11,000 votes from Just BARE's Facebook fans, Bjorge's Marsala chicken recipe was chosen as the grand-prize winner.