Monday, January 23, 2012

Chicken: Three Ways


On my tight budget last week, I purchased a large bag of frozen chicken breasts. I planned for chicken to be the star of three separate meals.

Meal 1: Cheddar Baked Chicken + Corn + Biscuits

Meal 2: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches + French Fries

Meal 3: Cajun Chicken Alfredo + Garlic Bread

For the Cheddar Baked Chicken, I coated my chicken breasts in flour, dipped them in a beaten egg, drenched 'em in shredded cheddar cheese, then plunged them into crushed Saltine crackers.
 

After that process, I placed the two large chicken breasts in a coated baking dish and baked at 415 degrees for 35 minutes. (Baking time will vary depending on the size of your chicken, so check to make sure it is completely cooked).


I thought the chicken was delicious, but it could have been improved had I used a baking rack instead. On a rack, the chicken would have cooked a bit crispier. Brian pushed all of the "mushy" breading off of the chicken, and I happily accepted it onto my plate. It was cheesy, and salty, and scrumptious. 


BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
A simple way to make BBQ chicken sandwiches: Put desired amount of raw chicken breasts (mine were still frozen) into the crockpot, adding lots of BBQ sauce. Cook on low heat for approximately 6 hours. Chicken will easily shred once cooked. 

Cajun Chicken Alfredo
Cooked pasta, a jar of your favorite sauce, and blackened chicken strips. Effortless.

There you have it. Three simple ways to use your chicken breasts.

I never claimed to be the Next Top Chef.
More like the Next-to-Last.

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