Shannon Stacey

New recipe win that wasn’t

For a few brief, shining moments last night, I thought I’d found a new recipe all four of us would eat. As you may know, this is a pretty big deal because there are maybe a half-dozen dinners we’ll all eat. And it was so easy!

I took a cup of Italian bread crumbs. Like these:

And mixed the bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan. Like this:

Then I took a package of chicken tenders and moved on to my favorite part, which is smooshing them with the kitchen mallet. Not quite as stress-busting as smashing up a package of Ramen noodles because you don’t want chicken mush, but satisfying nonetheless.

Ran the tenders through some vegetable oil and then through the crumbs/parmesan mix, slapped them on a greased cookie sheet and baked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Voila!

They were so tender. And so flavorful. And, more importantly, my sons devoured this chicken. Nom nom nom… I was practically doing the happy dance in my seat because it was a recipe win!

Then I noticed my husband surreptitiously trying to scrape the breading off his chicken. Dammit. I was so close.

9 comments to “New recipe win that wasn’t”

  1. Julie
      · November 17th, 2011 at 11:05 am · Link

    I make those a lot with Bisquick. Hubby fits the same thing. Lol

  2. Julie
      · November 17th, 2011 at 11:07 am · Link

    *does the same thing. Apologize for the phone and lack of proof reading. :)

  3. library addict
      · November 17th, 2011 at 3:11 pm · Link

    That’s a shame. Maybe you could make it again and just leave the breading off his share.

    I come from a family of finicky eaters. My mom had trouble finding things all of us would eat, too.

  4. KristyJ
      · November 17th, 2011 at 8:33 pm · Link

    I do the same thing but toss in some Italian seasoning and then have spaghetti as the side dish. Typically, the picky eaters will eat either the chicken or the pasta. I figure if 3 of 5 of us eat it I’m good.

  5. azteclady
      · November 18th, 2011 at 12:28 am · Link

    I’m sorry, I know I should sympathize and commiserate, but I’m having a hard time trying to stop laughing.

  6. Jean
      · November 19th, 2011 at 3:19 pm · Link

    As library addict says, leave the breading off Mr. S’s next time. I think it’s still a win.

  7. Shannon
      · November 19th, 2011 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Trust me, nobody laughs at me as much as I do. I have to or I’d go mad. :lol:

    I was thinking I’d brush some Italian dressing on the husband’s next time because I’m definitely going to make it again. The boys loved it too much not to.

  8. Jewell
      · November 24th, 2011 at 2:12 am · Link

    It may not be the breading the hubby isn’t into, it may be the dipping oil and greased baking pan. My hubby normally doesn’t like chicken, but once I DIDN’T make it like his mom (lots of oil) he’s been coming around. LOL. My hubby even takes the breading off of deep fried mushies from fast food places. Can you imagine?

    I have a recipe for this meal somewhere in my trashed office. There is a milk dip involved in some manner but just as simple as the oil dip. And no greasing the baking sheet (as my overworked mind recalls.) You can also do a big batch and freeze for quick meals.

    I’ll shoot you the recipe when I find it.

  9. Jewell
      · November 24th, 2011 at 2:31 am · Link

    And as an aside and really showing my age here…

    Mickey D’s french fries used to be delectable. You absolutely could not make it home without digging into the bag and stealing an equal portion from each persons lode stone.

    Then we had to get all health crazy. No more beef fat in the french frying oil. Really? Are you kidding me? That’s what made them famous, their awesome fries.

    Now they are just cardboard cutouts (and often overcooked) you can get anywhere. Le sigh.

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