Unless you’re a man or you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you have heard of Pinterest (it’s definitely much more of a woman’s site, I think). Pinterest is essentially a virtual pin board. If you see a picture or something you like and want to remember for later, you can “pin” it and place it onto a specific pin board. The boards can be any category you want- like recipes, house ideas, wedding plans, fashion, workouts, etc.
This has been especially helpful for wedding planning. Instead of trying to remember site where I saw a gorgeous dress, I simply pin the picture and the dress is there along with the website I found it on for all eternity.
I also love pinning food and recipes. Food porn is one of my guilty pleasures. I may not be the best cook/baker in the world, but I can certainly appreciate good-looking and good-tasting food.
On Monday, I decided to try a recipe I pinned for fake fried chicken. I have a version that I make every now and then, but it’s always good to have a few go-to recipes up your sleeves. I was excited to try this one out that I found on Our Life Uncommon. The picture drew me in like immediately. How awesome does that chicken look?!
This recipe is not Paleo-friendly. But it is Taylor needs new ideas and is tired of cooking the same thing every week-friendly. I modified the recipe slightly based on what I had. And instead of measuring anything, I just kind of threw it all in. Remember what I said about not being the best cook…
4 chicken breast strips
*Sorry I don’t have exact measurements. Go to the original recipe if you’re not too lazy and impatient to measure like I am.
1) Place thawed chicken breast strips in a bowl of milk. Let soak for 20 minutes
2) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3) Cut 1/2 stick of butter into a few pieces and place in a deep skillet. Melt butter in oven while it is preheating.
4) Spread melted butter around the bottom of the skillet. Lightly spray the skillet, if needed, to ensure that there are no dry spots.
5) Shake excess milk off of chicken and completely coat each piece with the seasoning mix.
6)Place each piece of chicken in the skillet.
7) Cook for 15 minutes. Turn each piece of chicken and continue cooking for 15 more minutes, or until cooked through.
Talk about an easy recipe! I was able to prep everything else while the chicken baked. My chicken didn’t have the awesome crispy crust of the original recipe. But the crunch and flavor of fried chicken were there. I’m sure if I had actually followed the recipe, I would have had more KFC-like results. But I’m hard-headed. Marcus liked it though and that’s all that matters.
I paired the chicken with a baked sweet potato and kale chips.
Since I was craving a salad that night (Weird right? I mean who craves salads? Who am I to question it though?), I made a big one consisting of everything in the fridge – romaine lettuce, carrots, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, olives, leftover black beans, a mini baked potato, shredded cheese and hummus thinned with water as the dressing.
It was basically a fiber bomb. Just ask Marcus. 😉 But it satisfied my salad craving and my need to eat massive amounts of food (volume eaters, holla!) Mission accomplished.
And for all those wondering, the company Christmas party was actually ok last night. I was only awkward and uncomfortable in the beginning. I was told to smile like twice (bitch face
made a short appearance). I drank a glass of red, ate some food and didn’t win any of the drawings for prizes. So all in all, it wasn’t the dread-fest I made it out to be in my head.
Best of all, I got to wander the festively decorated streets of DC because I got turned around looking for the Metro. I was that girl limping in heels with the cell phone map held up to my face while jaywalking and trying to look like I knew where I was going. Such a rookie.
Have a fab one!