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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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Untraditional Potato Pancakes

There’s one thing my Grandma Ginny made well was latkes, also known as potato pancakes. It’s also one of my Dad’s favorites by his Mother, and out of the blue I decided to make them after talking with him one evening. They were a big success when I made them, and last night I wanted to try something a little different.

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I wanted to make breakfast for dinner. It’s kind of a staple in our house. Originally I was going to make eggs, potato pancakes and sausage patties. Then I thought, “why not put the sausage IN the pancakes?” Ding. Genius.

I, of course, did NOT make this decision until after I took my ingredients photo. HA!

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Brown and drain your pork sausage and set aside. While your sausage is browning, peel your potatoes and grate or finely chop your onions. {{Tip:I always use a plastic grocery bag in my mixing bowl that I’m going to be using to peel into and use for garbage!}}

Using a large bowl lined with a tea towel or cheese cloth, grate all of your peeled potatoes.

Wring out the potatoes over the sink until there’s no more liquid coming from the towel.

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Empty out the towel into the same bowl you were using before. Add your onions and sausage to the potatoes. Add in your beaten eggs, flour, milk, salt and pepper. You may need more salt and pepper, depending on your preferences. You may also need to add more flour to your mixture if it’s too wet. You’ll know it’s too wet if it won’t stick to itself, or if there’s excess liquid sitting in the bowl.

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In a large pan, heat 1/2 cup oil. Once the oil is hot, drop the mixture by heaping spoonfuls {I used two serving spoons to make it round and BIG} into the pan, pressing the spoonful down to flatten so it’s rather thin. This will help them cook evenly and faster.

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Fry each pancake until the edges are brown, this should only take a minute or two, and then flip them and do the same to the other side.

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Drain on paper towels and enjoy!

I think these are delicious with a little sour cream on top, yummy!

Also, if you’re doing a large batch or if you’d like to reheat them up later, heat your oven to 200° and bake for approximately 15 minutes. They might need a little longer, or if you have a toaster oven you could set it to the “Toast” setting and go for the same amount of time around 300°, and they’ll be just as tasty as the first time!

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Have you ever made potato pancakes before? If you have, what was your recipe? Share your thoughts! 🙂