Wednesday, July 28, 2010

faux fried chicken

I'm trying to be more creative in the kitchen. Cooking at home is so much cheaper than going out to eat but I've never really made much more than grilled chicken or spaghetti up until the past few weeks.

I had a goal today to make a meal using on what I had in my kitchen. Partially because I didn't feel like going anywhere and it was a cheap option because I already had the stuff!

I search the freezer and found chicken legs and I immediately knew I wanted to make some friend chicken! But I am watching what I eat to get rid of my baby fat so friend chicken wasn't the best choice for me to eat. So I did some research online to find healthier ways of getting the same satisfaction but with less calories. I saw a few recipes that involved using pancake mix and corn flakes. Checked the cabinets and I didn't have either one. So I got creative!

Here's my variation of "faux friend chicken":

This is what you need:

2 c. Total cereal
Seasoned salt
5 chicken legs
1/2 c. butter
Big plastic baggie
Rolling pin
Pie tin
Baking pan

This is how you make it:
Put Total cereal (or corn flakes) into plastic bag and crush them with the rolling pin. Then dump them in the pie tin. Wash the drumsticks (or chicken breasts) and pat dry with paper towels. Put the butter in frying pan and melt over medium heat. With tongs, roll each drumstick in the butter then in the corn flakes until covered. Put corn flake coated drumsticks in baking pan (they should not be touching each other) and sprinkle with paprika and seasoned salt.
Bake in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes (they are done when you can pull the meat off with a fork).

And here's what it looks like:


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