Life Tastes So Good

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Bad to the Bone.

on October 20, 2011

I have another confession to make. I am an addict. The TV show Bones is my current TV must! Therefore my dinners and chores around the house have been lacking. See the new season of Bones, season 7, starts in a few weeks, two, if I’m not mistaken. I however, am on season 6, and I am rushing to finish the season before the new one begins. Thus leading my to my next topic. Easy Fast, Kid Friendly Dinners! Yay for all of the above!



First off my son is a, I will try everything kid, but I won’t eat everything kid; And I’m glad to say these were a hit! He even got to help me crush the pretzels which I loved; Any chance my two year old gets to help I’ll let him. Of course like always I didn’t make the recipe exactly as it calls for and I will tell you what I changed, don’t worry. I’m Southern. I mean deep Texas drawl, I talk slow and like my tea freezing cold with lots of sugar, Southern. Oh and add a side of biscuits please.


My son, Alex, avoiding taking a picture.


With all that being said. I know about frying food. I mean hello we fry just about everything. So when this recipe called for frying my chicken in Canola Oil I giggled and said to myself “Naw that just isn’t how I fry”. I used good ol’ Crisco. Now don’t get me wrong I’m more than positive that canola oil would work as well but in my experience frying several different foods Crisco seems to be the best for a crispy, yummy, fried chicken. I also cut my chicken down a lot. I made them more into strips for faster cooking and to make them more kid friendly. I had enough to coat about fourteen strips, it really went a long ways and I got my money’s worth. Between the coating and chicken this really was a great buy. Going easy on the wallet is always good! 


A few suggestions while making this….

First off try to make sure your chicken is all ready to go, coated in the pretzels and put to the side, I used a cookie sheet to line them up and have them ready. You need the oil/Crisco to be hot, very hot just to insure it cooks well, quickly and doesn’t stick. (I’ve done that before,….too eager and tried to jump the gun, my food got stuck to my pan and it was a disaster.) Also I let the chicken soak in the maple and egg for a sweeter taste. Lastly. Please, please, don’t diss your chicken and put them on paper towels after frying. Use a cooling rack or if you don’t have one use the bottom rack of your oven on your counter top. Flip it (so that it isn’t touching the counter top, you may not need to flip it), put a double layer of news paper underneath it to catch any oil that drips. Doing this keeps the chicken crunchy, crispy and amazing of course.



Maple Pretzel Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed pretzels (the more crushed the better coating it makes)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Directions


  • Flatten chicken breasts to 1/2-in. thickness. 
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and syrup.
  • Place pretzels in a separate shallow bowl.
  • Dip chicken in egg mixture and coat with pretzels.
  • In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 5-6
  • minutes on each side or until juices run clear.
  • (If you are doing strips like I did, the cooking time needs to be reduced significantly, 3-5 minutes)
  •  Yield: 4 servings.


Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

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