Wednesday, August 25, 2010

chicken strips x2 (two meals in one!)

Alright, now I am sure most of you can fix up some fried chicken strips with your eyes closed but I discovered a nice trick. Next time you make the chicken strips- make a BUNCH and use the left overs for a completely different meal the next day. Heres how it works:

Day1 make some chicken strips and while you're at it, make 2x as many as your family will eat.

Chicken Strips:

Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Strips
1-½ cup Flour
2 teaspoons Lawry's Seasoning Salt (or Spices Of Your Choosing)
Vegetable Oil

Preparation Instructions
Thaw the chicken breasts and cut into strips. Next, in a bowl soak the chicken strips in buttermilk for 15 to 20 minutes (or longer if you’d like).

In another bowl combine about 1 ½ cups flour and 2 teaspoons of Lawry’s Seasoning Salt (or other seasonings if you prefer). Mix this together well. Next, add about ¼ to ½ cup of buttermilk into the flour mixture and stir lightly with a fork as you add it.

Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-low to medium heat.

Remove a few of the buttermilk-soaked strips and place them in the flour mixture, turning them over to coat them thoroughly. Place them on a plate. Continue coating chicken strips until they are all ready to cook.

When the oil is sufficiently heated, begin cooking the strips a few at a time. Cook them for about a minute and a half or so on each side. When golden and crispy, remove them to a paper towel-lined plate.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Yum!
My favorite is honey mustard. (just mix some dijon mustand, honey and little paprika) yum!

now: serve the strips your family will eat and put the left overs in the fridge.

Day2 chicken Parmesan

Reheat the chicken strips (preferably not in the microwave-bake them in the oven to heat through)

Boil one package of penne pasta

Heat your favorite pasta sauce in a sauce pan- (i like to add a handful of brown sugar to store bought sauce)

when the penne pasta is al dente (almost done) drain it and put in the sauce pan with the pasta sauce. let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Serve the pasta with 2-3 chicken strips ontop. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

and now you have chicken Parmesan. Yumo!

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