Meat scares me. I don't like touching it, I don't really like eating that much of it, I don't know how long to cook it for or at what temperature or if it really is done even though I've prodded and poked it and it looks done but I still don't know....
You get the picture. So in my (now-waning) free time, I decided to cook dinner. Of my own volition. Inspired by this pin.
We had most of the ingredients and I had the time (lots of it!) - so I went for it. Seemed easy enough.
Tony thought it was hilarious, so much so that he actually went to find my camera to take a picture to document that it really happened.
(Yes, I have been dressing up in my time off...)
So the recipe is Jamie Oliver's Crunchy Garlic Chicken. It's basically a lemon, garlic, and cracker coating on chicken - but it's baked. Very little oil used but it still tastes somewhat fried (ie: good). I had to do fancy things like zest and food process things. I had a very hands-on experience with raw chicken.
It was an adventure.
The best part - IT TURNED OUT GREAT! TONY LOVED IT! We had leftover chicken so he requested to have it again the next night - victory!!
|With wheat pasta with a light lemon butter|
I get it. It's not that challenging of a recipe for you chefs out there. But if you're like me and need an easy start - this one was it.
I did change a few things, based on what we had available:
- I used some Wheat Thin chip/cracker things we had on hand, instead of saltines. I imagine it gave it better flavor anyway.
- I also used chicken tenderloins, instead of breasts.
If you recall, The List of 2011 goals had me learning 5 new recipes that were edible. I'll chalk this up to #1!