Baked fried chicken. Imagine southern style buttermilk fried chicken, without the additional serving of guilt!! Yes, I am talking about chicken that’s been crusted with cajun spiced cornflakes and baked till its perfectly
crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, just like KFC.Delicious doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs.”
I am finally on the mend..my arm’s out of the sling and my shoulder is a lot better. Even better I can sit at my laptop..and write a post without taking too many breaks(just took 2 for this!) Progress 🙂
Oh heavens… how much I missed talking to you wonderful people. Its so good to be back and I am so looking forward to seeing you all at SaucySaturdays this weekend… and being able to enjoy your Ah-mazing posts!! I feel like I let you all down , especially my co-hosts Jennifer and Dini who were absolute darlings about pulling the weight last week. With Christine away on vacation and me on bed rest, these two did the huge chunk of work by themselves…and all i want to say is “Thanks…and I love you guys!!”
Now lets come back to the topic at hand..shall we?
Guilt free snacking. Its my favorite kind. I often don’t necessarily give in to temptation…or go out of my way to try and make things healthy. I am a happy soul..a hungry soul who believes in eating what I want..I mean..you live only once,right? But then , the big bad green eyed monster called Guilt(jealousy doesn’t figure on my list, sorry!) creeps on me..stealthily. I usually forget about it and my “guilty as charged” meal soon, but then there are some that I want to eat on a regular basis,without making a big fuss about it..or feeling too guilty.
Enter…these knock your socks off amazing Baked Fried Chicken!
I always let my chicken wings/tenders soak in some buttermilk overnight before I get around to making them..Remind me to thank the good old Southern America for bringing this fool proof way of making tender and juicy fried chicken to the rest of the world. Seriously thank you 🙂
I like my chicken crispy(who doesn’t right?) and juicy…and if possible, not fried 😛
This is such an easy and quick recipe, something you can rustle up in ten mins flat. And whats more , its a favorite with kids and grown ups alike!!
I love recipes that the little human love as much as the grown up, supposed- to be mature adults. And this here is one such thing.
I soak the chicken in buttermilk overnight (absolutely non negotiable by the way), dunk it in egg wash, crumb coat it really well in a spiced cornflakes mix.. and bake it for just about 10 mins.
Result?? Extremely moist, perfectly spiced chicken tenders that you will happily gorge on,completely guilt free. Alone, with your best buds or with family is upto you. While watching your fave sitcom or reading your beloved book, is again upto you. And if you are anything like me, you will gorge on these when you are doing some rather boring work too (read post processing pics ..eww..hate THAT part of the job)
Needless to say I couldn’t stop myself just there..I went the whole hog and baked some french fries, and served it with a few choice condiments; ketchup, ranch dressing and mustard. And then, coz I am me , and coz I was ravenously hungry I went ahead and made myself some simple baked fried chicken sandwich!! Yay!!
Welcome to my perfect guilt free world 😀
As happy as these make me, it pains me to even mention this..and to write about her. Selma from Selma’s Table was a great gal..she often co-hosted at Fiesta Fridays ,and she never missed out on being kind to all of us, in spite of her personal pain and fight with cancer. We lost a precious friend in the food blogging world early this month when she lost her battle to cancer, leaving us shocked and sad at her untimely demise. Needless to say it pains me to even remember her comments, remember her kindness, her encouragement and her spirit of friendship. I just wish I had got to know her better. And I can just pray that her family gets the strength to get through these dark days. May God be with them.
“At the end of the day, people wont remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel”
That quote by Mary Angelou completely sums up my sentiments. Even though Selma isn’t with us today, she will forever be remembered by each one of us because of the way she made us feel. We will miss you..not for the food you created or your innovation in the kitchen,but for the amazing person that you were..for being there for us with your ever ready smile and kindness.
Here’s to friendship..and my two cents on the subject.
Don’t ever wait to get to know someone better..even the most banal of conversation with someone can pave way for a deep and long lasting friendship..even opposites can be the best of friends (my best friend and me have been like sisters since we were 5..and we are completely opposite).. and sometimes that one kind look, one honest encouragement can mean the world of difference to someone else..It can be the beginning of a life long friendship. Don’t wait .. seize the moment and make friends, wherever you go, coz friends are the family that we choose.
A happy happy,
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into 2.5 inch strips.
- Buttermilk 150 ml
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 cups crushed cornflakes (leave some texture)
- Cajun seasoning - 2 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
- 1½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- ¼ tsp garlic salt
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Start by cleaning and cutting the chicken breasts into desired sizes (1.5 -2.5 inch is good)
- Take buttermilk in a zip lock bag, add a little salt, some paprika and black pepper , add the chicken strips. Lock the bag and shake to make sure the chicken strips are completely coated or soaked in the buttermilk.
- Refrigerate it overnight. (I highly recommend this, if you are short on time, still give it a soak for 4-6 hrs)
- When ready for dinner, take the chicken out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature..Typically 20 minutes on the counter works.
- While the chicken is coming to room temperature start making the crumb coat.
- Start by crushing the cornflakes. I use a rolling pin, and make sure you leave some texture to the corn flakes. Add all the spices and the melted butter to the crumbs and mix well. Needless to say, adjust the spices acc to your personal preference. This is salty and spicy..and just perfect for us.
- Make an egg wash in a bowl by mixing an egg with 3 tbsp of milk . Use a fork to mix it well.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- For coating:
- Dip chicken pieces, one at a time, into egg mixture; coat with crumb mixture.
- You can double coat it if desired. (dip again in egg wash very lightly and crumb it)
- Set all aside in a greased baking pan.
- Arrange chicken, so the pieces aren't touching. Sprinkle chicken pieces with any remaining crumb mixture so they are generously coated.
- Bake, uncovered in a 400 degrees F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Do not turn tenders while baking.
- Remove and serve hot with condiments, fries or mash and a simple fresh salad for an easy meal.