Winner-Winner, Chicken Dinner

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This is what I made for dinner last night –

Fried Chicken! Which I normally don’t make, because I hate frying stuff. It makes a mess and then the house smells like stale grease for two days. But Big decided he might like chicken, and I jump all over any idea that is not noodles. It was easy and it only has 4 ingredients. That’s how I like it. If I’m doing real cooking (not just thawing-and-serving one of my freezer meals), it had better not have a lot of ingredients.

It was rated “we should have this again tomorrow!” by my crew, which is very high praise indeed.

Panko-Crusted Fried Chicken

  • 1 package Tyson Trimmed and Ready Thin Chicken Breasts
  • 1 box panko
  • 2 eggs
  • flour
  • seasonings (salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, etc)

I like the Trimmed and Ready Chicken because I have Chicken Issues, and I don’t have to touch it too much. Feel free to do whatever you like if you are not similarly afflicted – chicken tenders would be great here. The thin chicken works well to accomodate my sub-disorder, Fear of Undercooked Poultry. Plus, I think the panko might burn in the time it would take to cook a thicker piece of chicken.

Get three paper plates and set out your dredging ingredients. Flour in the first one (season it with whatever you like); the two eggs (beaten) in the second one; and about 2/3 of the box of panko in the third. Season the panko really well, too. Dredge away – flour, then eggs, then panko. Have a hot skillet with a couple tablespoons of oil waiting, on about medium/medium low heat. I have a 10″ skillet and I fried two pieces at a time. Some of the panko fell off and got a little burn-y, so I wiped out the skillet with a paper towel in between batches and added fresh oil.

Fry till done, which is about 165 degrees for chicken. I have one of these, and I’ve never had undercooked chicken or overdone steak since.

Ta Da! Pretty quick and delish. The panko is the secret ingredient here. It makes super crisy chicken with very little effort. If you are one of Those People, you could probably make an oven-baked version of this easy-peasy. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!