Food Post! Oven Fried Chicken

I was in the mood for chicken today, and I realized that oven fried chicken has not made an appearance in my kitchen in a long time. *looks around* And here we are. πŸ˜‰

There are a lot of different variations of this dish out there, but I tend to just do what feels right when it comes to this recipe. I have also been known to not use measurements, so this could be interesting!

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Ingredients (amounts are more like guidelines):

Chicken drumsticks, or thighs, or wings, basically whatever part you have a hankering for!

1/4 C butter (half of a stick)

1 C buttermilk – if you don’t have buttermilk, just add 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to the milk and stir. πŸ˜‰

I C flour

1/2 C Panko (optional)

1 tablespoon paprika

1/2 tablespoon ground rosemary

2 teaspoons thyme

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

And a baking dish!

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1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the butter in the baking dish and stick it in the oven so that it will melt completely. When butter is melted, take the dish out of the oven.

2) Put the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Make sure that they are blended thoroughly.

3) Add buttermilk to a separate bowl.

4) Clean and dry the chicken (obviously! lol), then dip/dunk each piece into the buttermilk, covering the chicken completely. Take the chicken and then dredge it in the dry mixture. After shaking off the excess, you can put the chicken into the dish from there, or you can put it back into the buttermilk and then through the dry mixture one more time.

5) Once each piece is in the dish, place it in the oven for 30 minutes, flip each piece over, and cook for another 30 minutes, or until the skin is brown and crispy and the chicken is cooked all the way through.

6) Enjoy!

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Also, feel free to play with the amounts (and types!) of seasonings. Find what works best for you and your tastes. πŸ˜‰

Chicken In Milk Recipe – Jamie Oliver

I know, I know. I cook a lot of chicken. Well guess what? Here’s another one. πŸ˜‰

Somewhat browned, and ready to go into the oven!

Finished! You see those sparse areas in the pan? That’s what happens when you are skimpy with the milk. Don’t be skimpy with the milk.

I came across this recipe for chicken in milk a few days ago, and thought that it might be…interesting. I would never have associated chicken…with milk. Baked. Together. But it is surprisingly good! I did tweak the recipe just a little bit – used less milk, omitted the cinnamon stick, used garlic powder instead of 12 cloves of garlic due to me not having it on hand, added a bit of fresh rosemary along with the sage, etc.

When you make this, please make sure that you use the full amount of milk listed, as this (and the lemon juice, sage, garlic, and whatever else you decide to throw in there!) is what makes up the bulk of the sauce. You want to have enough sauce to use on the chicken, because the taste is totally unexpected, and yet is a delightfully pleasant surprise for your tastebuds.

Read it here:Β Chicken In Milk

If you do try this, please let me know how you liked it, or feel free to share what you did if you tried a different variation of the recipe! πŸ™‚

Chicken Packages…Bundles…Yummies?

Tried an easy recipe today –Β Chicken Bundles! Original recipe can be found here:Β http://www.quick-and-easy-dinner.com/chicken-bundles.html

Tweaked version of the recipe:

2 cans of Crescent rolls

1 tbsp chopped or minced onions (I added a LOT more…but that’s because I love onions!)

1 13oz can of chicken, or cook and chop up a chicken breast (yum!)

1 tsp parsley (again, I added more – I have a lot of it that needs to be used up!)

4 oz cream cheese

1 tbsp sesame seeds (I left this out)

And I also added Cajun seasoning just to give it a little more umph!

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1) Mix all of the ingredients (except the crescent rolls!) together in a bowl.

2) Open the packages of crescent rolls, but do not divide them into triangles. Separate sections by twos (two triangles will make up a single bundle), and close the seams by pinching them together. Pat them out into a larger rectangle/square/whatever shape it happens to make!

3) Add a spoonful of the mixture to the center of each square, then fold them up towards the center. Press the ends together to seal. They will probably look ugly. This is okay. πŸ˜‰

4) Place the packages onto a greased baking sheet, and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Enjoy! πŸ™‚