Oven “Fried” Chicken

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Growing up my Mom used to make chicken with Shake n’ Bake or cornflakes. It was one of my favorite meals and has now become a staple in my own household.

My Grandmother used to make fried chicken and it is toooo diiieeee for! But as much as any of us likes KFC or some homemade fried chicken, all that grease is definitely not good for you or your gut. To the rescue, oven fried chicken! You still get that crunch, without the grease. Personally, I think it tastes a little better than fried anyway.

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Oven Fried Chicken

Oven at 425F for 35 minutes

One package boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs or tenders
3 cups Cornflakes cereal, made into crumbs or crushed
1 cup flour
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup smoked paprika
2 TB Old Bay seasoning
1 TB Seasoned Salt
Salt & Pepper to taste

It might sound silly, but instead of buying the box of already pulverized cornflakes, I buy the big box from Walmart and crush it up myself. Just get yourself a gallon ziplock bag, pour in the cereal and get to squishing. If  you have little ones, this is definitely a job they would enjoy doing!

Find three deep dishes to use to bread the chicken. In the first place the flour, half the paprika, some salt and pepper. In the second, put the beaten eggs and milk. And in the last, place as much of the cornflakes and breadcrumbs in it and the rest of the seasonings.

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Roll the chicken into the flour mixture, then into the egg mixture and finally the cornflakes. I usually press the chicken down into the cornflake breading  on each side to make sure it’s completely coated. The flour and egg make like a glue to help the cornflakes stick.

Place your chicken on a foil lined baking sheet and sprinkle with more salt and pepper. It might take more than you think, considering the cornflakes are rather bland.

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Place in the oven and bake at 425 degrees for 35 minutes. Once done, let them sit for a couple minutes and then serve! We enjoy these with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce. 🙂

doneDo you serve baked or fried  chicken in your house?

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Bacon Cheddar Turkey Burgers

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Personally, I don’t have anything against ground turkey. I think it’s a tasty, healthy and cheaper alternative to ground beef. My husband, on the other hand, is not as sold on the ground turkey as I am. I usually have to mix beef and turkey or turkey and pork to make it more appetizing to his pallet.  I also have to concoct a delicious meal to use the ground turkey in, because nine times out of ten using it in spaghetti sauce doesn’t cut it.

In comes his favorite, hamburgers. I’ve made a turkey burger before, but they are almost always too dry and too bland. The store bought ones I’ve bought are dry, too and turn out to be reminiscent of a hockey puck. SO. My goal was to find a way to use the ground turkey I’ve been stocking up on and make him a delicious, moist burger. We enjoy bacon cheddar burgers, so I thought I would incorporate that into my turkey burger.

Bacon Cheddar Turkey Burgers

1 pound lean ground turkey (I used 93% lean)

6-8 Thick sliced bacon, cooked and roughly chopped

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 onion, finely diced

2 TB bread crumbs

1/4 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

3 tsp. Tabasco or other hot sauce

3 tsp. bacon fat/pan drippings

Salt & Pepper to taste

First, cook your bacon. I did mine in the grill pan that I was going to use to cook the burgers in so that I could keep some of that bacon-y goodness on the burgers themselves. Drain your bacon on paper towels and roughly chop the slices once they are cool.

Mix your ingredients in a bowl. If you find that your mixture is still too wet, you can add more breadcrumbs if necessary. Once thoroughly mixed, wet your hands with a little cooking oil to prevent the mixture from sticking. Shape the mixture into patties. I did 4 rather large ones. If you wanted to use these as sliders, this mixture could probably make 6.

pattiesPlace the patties on a place lined with wax paper. Then place the plate into your freezer for 20 minutes. This helps them set up so it’s easier to handle.

Spray your grill pan with some PAM or other non-stick spray or canola oil and set heat to medium high. Place patties in the pan and cook on the first side for about 3-4 minutes. Flipping once, cook for the same amount of time on the other side.

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Have a small jelly roll pan lined with foil or a broiler pan ready  once your patties have those nice grill marks on both sides. Transfer the patties to the foil lined or broiler pan and place in your oven for about 10-15 minutes. You will want to check for doneness after about 10, depending on your oven settings. I did mine on my broiler pan in my toaster oven. Mine were done after 12 minutes

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These burgers were SO juicy and flavorful! I served them on Texas toast with a slice of cheddar cheese and some sauteed onions. Even my husband was impressed and asked for seconds! I think what made the burgers was the onions and bacon, added extra moisture so they didn’t dry out, and broiling them to finish them off. YUM!

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Please give these burgers a try! I can honestly say, I’ve never had a tastier turkey burger! What do you think about turkey burgers? Have you ever had one?

Thanks so much for reading!

Coming up, Frozen Yogurt “Froyo” Bars! Stay tuned!!