Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oven fried chicken and a laser pointer

So the bf spent quite possibly the best $5 of his life today when he invested in a laser pointer to harass the cat with. Little did we know that the dog would be more entertained by the little beam of red light. We've already spent way to much time watching the dog and the cat run around the living room chasing it.. The funniest thing I've ever seen in my life.

All of the harassment aside, I decided to make a proper dinner last night. Since my dinners usually consist of some sort of one pot wonder, I decided to make something for dinner last night that used more than 2 pots. I originally wanted to bake a chicken, but didn't feel like going to the supermarket so I decided to make oven fried chicken instead, which is served with mac and cheese and green beans. Here are the recipes:

Oven fried chicken:
1 lb package of chicken (whatever kind you want, I used boneless skinless chicken breast)
1 cup skim milk + 1 cup skim milk
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup flour
1 tablespoons + 1 tablespoons + 1 tablespoons pepper
2 teaspoons + 2 teaspoons + 2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon + 1 teaspoon + 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon of the following:
Emeril's Essence
Granulated Garlic
1/4 cup cooking oil (whatever kind you've got will do)

Mix 1 tablespoon of pepper, essence, sage garlic plus 1 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons salt with 1 cup of the skim milk. Add the chicken and allow to marinate for a couple of hours.

Preheat oven to 400. In a shallow bowl, add the flour 1 tablespoon of pepper, essence, sage, garlic plus 1 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix. In another shallow bowl, add the bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon of the pepper, essence, sage and garlic, plus 1 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoons salt. Mix well. In another shallow bowl add 1 cup of the skim milk.

Place the bowls in the following order: Flour, Milk, Bread crumbs. Remove the chicken from the milk mixture. Place in the flour bowl. Coat well and shake off excess. Place in the milk bowl. Coat well. The place in the bread crumbs bowl. Coat well and Shake off excess. Place in a baking dish filled with the cooking oil. Bake for 30 to 45 min or until done turning once.

Green Beans:
1 large can green beans (I like the Italian cut)
2-3 potatoes sliced
1/2 onion chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
2-3 slices of bacon chopped OR 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Add all ingredients to a medium pot or dutch oven. Cook over med. low heat for 45 min or until the rest of dinner is prepared.

Mac and Cheese: note this recipe was previously posted in Jan. but this version is smaller.
1/2 box of short cut pasta
2 cans evaporated milk
2 cups cheese
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 handful fresh thyme finely chopped
2 teaspoons Emeril's Essence
Bread Crumbs
Parmesan cheese

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, heat a large dutch oven over med. low heat and add the oilive oil. Add the garlic and onions and saute until soft. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the flour. Stir well and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the pasta to the boiling water.

Add the milk, stirring constantly. Allow to thicken slightly and add the spices. Add the cheese stirring constantly until the cheese melts. Once the cheese has melted add the pasta. Top with the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Drizzle with some oilve oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the top is golden brown and bubbly.


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