Some days can get so busy that, when they are over, opting for take-out or delivery in place of a home-cooked meal seems like such a great idea. These are the days that I am always hoping either my husband or I will take the role of the strong-willed and will be the devils advocate who pushes for a homemade meal over ‘the easy way out’.
One of my new favorite recipes is one that I have been working on, and will probably continue to play around with. Since I am happy with how it tastes now, I will post my recipe for you to try. But I reserve the right to keep on experimenting until I get it right, or I blow up my kitchen.
This is my healthy, crunchier version of a popular fast-food chicken recipe. I call it:
TBD Chicken (This Bird’s Day)
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon of seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon of thyme
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of basil
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
3/4 cup flour
6 – 8 pieces chicken (thighs, legs, wings, anything you want)
- Mix bread crumbs, seasoning salt, dry mustard, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, thyme, ground ginger, basil, celery salt, black pepper, Parmesan cheese in a bowl and set aside.
- Beat eggs in a separate bowl and set aside
- Put flour in a third bowl
- Dip chicken, piece by piece, in each of the bowls in this order: flour, egg, bread crumb mixture. Make sure to coat the chicken piece completely in each bowl. Then set them out on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes (oven times might vary, it is done when no longer pink in the middle).
- You can play around with the herbs you add to increase or decrease the flavour. Adding cayenne or chili powder will also give it a great kick. I omit these because our girls aren’t keen on spicy foods – yet!
The great part about this recipe is that you can make these ahead of time and freeze them before cooking. If you find a lot of chicken on sale, buy some extra and make these up. Store them away for another week when you are feeling too tired to cook at the end of the day (if you are cooking from frozen, you will need to adjust your cooking temperatures to reflect this).
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