June 13, 2021

Potato Chip Chicken

I am full of walking contradictions this week, and I have no idea why. I get home from a run and while standing in my work out clothes I stuff my face with three cookies. (It might have been four). I made mac and cheese, but since I'm not exactly friends with dairy I used almond milk, but still used a cup of cheddar cheese. I make this healthy salad for dinner and then I put potato chip crusted chicken on top. Yepp, walking contradictions.

This week has been stressful already, and the highlight of my week has been a book. Does this make me sound sad and pathetic? What if I tell you it's a really really really funny memoir!? Have you ever heard of the bloggess? Monday was crappy for many reasons, which is not the point. Suddenly I knew that I had forgotten to share a paragraph of this book with my husband! Jenny tells this story about her duck that she loved named Daffodil, and how they had to let it go... and the story ended with "HOBOS.ATE.MY.DAFFODIL" I won't spoil it for you if you haven't read it, but seriously go buy it. As I'm trying to read the story to my husband I'm crying - hysterically crying - because I'm laughing so hard that I can't read the story through my tears. Anyway it totally lightened the mood and made him laugh too - now we both start laughing and just say "HOBOS.ATE.MY.DAFFODIL". (Does this paragraph even make any sense? Seriously, I don't think I bounced around enough - so sorry.)

I digress - You know that 5K I ran? At the end of the race they served up hot dogs, potato chips, and salted nut rolls. Go figure that I'm standing there eating the chips and thinking "these would be really good as a breading on chicken strips" so... a meal was born. Seriously inspiration always comes in the weirdest places.

Ingredients in the chicken:
1 boneless/skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup of flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 cup of crushed old dutch salt and cracked pepper chips

Pound the chicken breast until it's about 1/2 inch thick overall. I used a cutting board, then placed the chicken breast on it, covered it with parchment paper and used a mallet to pound it thin. If you don't have a mallet, just use a frying pan!

Set up the flour on one plate, the egg and water on the second plate and the crushed potato chips on a third plate. Put the thin chicken breast in the flour first - making sure to cover completely and on both sides. Then do the same with the egg mixture, and then with the potato chips.

Place on a cookie sheet, bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. While the chicken is baking - whip up the salad and dressing.

Ingredients for the salad:
1 bag of dark green salad
1 handful of peeled and shelled edamame - check the freezer section at your local grocery store
1 handful of matchstick carrots
1/3 red pepper, diced
1 handful of cilantro, minced
3 scallions, sliced thinly

Put all ingredients in a large bowl.

Ingredients for the dressing:
*Recipe adapted from RealSimple magazine
1/2 cup of plain Chobani yogurt - you can use your favorite brand, this is what I had in the fridge
3 tablespoons of mayonnaise - use the light stuff
1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon water
Salt and Pepper to taste

Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Top with the yummy and crusty chicken.

Enjoy your healthy/unhealthy salad. Anyone else a walking contradiction lately or is it just me?


Rachel Cooks said... [Reply to comment]

This looks so good and I love the contradiction. It's what keeps life interesting :)

Stephanie said... [Reply to comment]

I put potato chips in my sandwiches sometimes, but never on chicken! What a great idea!

Christina Main said... [Reply to comment]

This made me laugh so hard! (except for the part about not having a good day...that part gave me a super sad face)

Hoping you're feeling better!

Julie @ Table for Two said... [Reply to comment]

I'm a walking contradiction allll the time so we can walk and contradict together :) hope you're feeling better! potato chip chicken sounds awesome, crispy and light at the same time!

Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com said... [Reply to comment]

Jenny the Bloggess cracks me up, too, and I just about lost it when I read your Daffodil bit.

Like I said on Twitter, everything tastes better with potato chips on it. Why shouldn't chicken? Besides, they're a vegetable, aren't they? That's what I tell myself when I'm dipping them in that big jar of Tostitos Queso with Salsa. Queso's dairy, potato chips are veg, and if I wash it down with 7-Up I got my fruit in there, too. Right? Riiiiiight?

Don't judge me. ;)

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