Mar 20, 2008

Crispy Chicken

Oh. My. Goodness. This chicken was so, so, so yummy!! I pulled this recipe out of my Rachael Ray magazine (I know, I know...I haven't actually pulled one out in awhile).

It was a healthier take on fried chicken and french fries. I decided not to make the fries and made mashed potatoes and garlic green beans instead. I also made a pan sauce/gravy that was to die for!! It was such a good dinner!




Chicken:
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil I used 1 tbsp.
One 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces I used two boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
1 large egg white
1/2 cup bread crumbs I used a couple tbsp.
1/4 cup whole wheat flour I used white and about 1 tbsp.
2 tsp. Cajun seasoning I used Cayenne Pepper and garlic powder
1 tsp. sweet smoke paprika
I used regular paprika

1. Position 2 racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 425.
2. If using whole chicken, remove and discard the skin from the chicken, except the wings.
3. In a large bowl, beat the egg white until frothy. Add the chicken pieces and toss to coat.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. In a medium bowl, mix the bread crumbs, four, Cajun seasoning and paprika; season with salt.
6. Coat the chicken with the crumbs and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
7. In a large, heavy skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add 4 chicken pieces and cook, turning once, until golden, about 3 minutes.
8. Transfer to a clean baking sheet and repeat with the other chicken pieces.
9. One the bottom rack of the oven, bake the chicken until cooked through and crisp, about 22 minutes.
10.
I served this with the sauce, mashed potatoes and green beans!


Pan Sauce/Gravy:
Using the pan that the chicken was in, I added about 1/2 tbsp. butter and let it melt. Then I added about 1/2 tbsp. flour and let it cook for 1 minute. I whisked that all together. Salt and pepper. Then I added about 1/2 cup chicken stock and brought that to a boil. I let it bubble for about 5 minutes. It was the perfect consistency and so good on the chicken.


Mashed Potatoes:
I made mashed potatoes as I normally would and added 1/4 chopped sun-dried tomatoes. I always melt my butter and warm the milk when I make potatoes this way. My aunt Margaret told me to do it and my potatoes have been better ever since. Yum!


Garlic Green Beans:
I only made enough green beans for the two of us. I didn't want leftovers. So I had maybe 1 1/2 - 2 cups of fresh green beans. I wasn't really paying attention - sorry! I steamed those for about 4 minutes and then in a small saute pan over medium low heat, I melted 1/2 tbsp. butter. I added 1 small clove pressed garlic and then it cook for about a minute. Then I added the green beans and tossed it together. I also added a little salt and some pepper. This is my favorite way to eat green beans.



The chicken was crispy, tender, juicy and had wonderful flavor. I definitely make this again and again.

4 comments:

KinderDazed said...

Yum!
so.... when I come to see you in GA.......
(how do i add a link to your blog in my blog?)

Dish it Up said...

I found your blog yesterday off the nest and right away starred this recipe! It was great!

KinderDazed said...

Yum!
so.... when I come to see you in GA.......
(how do i add a link to your blog in my blog?)

Dish it Up said...

I found your blog yesterday off the nest and right away starred this recipe! It was great!

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