Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Honey Bunches of Chicken - Homemade Strips

So these chicken strips are the first of its kind, at least for me. These are some that I actually made and they were so good that I just had to share, not only them but the recipe too!

First off, here is a picture of the finished product! I paired them with green beans, and while they were great beans they came from a can so I'm not going into detail about them.
Nice and hot <3
 I bet you're wondering "Wow Ellen, those look so unique and delicious how did you make those???"

WELL.

Cereal.

I'm a firm believer that breading will make or break a chicken strip. It also brings the most flavor to the table and so many places just use flour and egg. For this recipe though, our breading is

Drum roll, please...


Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds! 



All you have to do is preheat your oven to 425. 
Then take some of the cereal and put it in a ziplock bag. Since I was making 8 strips I used about a cup and a half of cereal.
Seal the bag and lay it out flat.
Then take a rolling pin (or a can of Pam because you just moved and have nothing else to work with) and crush the cereal into delicious small breading for your chicken.

Now for the chicken strips (Mine were 'Once frozen now thawed' Great Value chicken strips, nothing fancy), you want to dip them in 2 whipped egg, making sure to really get all the crevices.
Throw them into your ziplock back 2 or 3 at a time and seal the bag- or scrunch up the top in your fist if you're really brave- and shake the devil out of that bag.
Take the strips out and put them on a cookie sheet or whatever will go in your oven. I used a cookie sheet with aluminum foil on it sprayed with non-stick spray.

They should come out looking like this!!
How delicious do those look??? 


Side Note: You could also fry these but I would recommend adding some flour to the chicken before putting it in the egg.

And let those cook for 20 minutes in the oven and you will have a great, healthy, honey sweet meal that will make you want more (and I definitely wanted more)

Cereal is my favorite coating to work with so you'll probably see some more reviews of cereal chicken coming your way.





Sunday, July 9, 2017

Compliments to the Sides - The Rock Restaurant and Bar; Homemade Chips

Being someone who enjoys the finer things in life (such as chicken strips) I feel like what compliments the dish is also something worth mentioning, and that is what brings us to this post.

That's right, Side Dishes. 



So I do need to preface this post saying that I did not get Chicken Strips from this Restaurant, I got a burger with a fried egg instead (what can I say, it was calling to me...) However, the chips were the first side listed as your choices to go along with your dish. The best part about these fries is that they are homemade, something I always enjoy hearing. 

THE LOOK:
So just by looking you can see that some were a bit burnt, but that happens with any sort of friend thing that gets made. The important part is that they weren't all burnt- the majority wasn't, actually. They also gave a few more than what is pictured, but I couldn't snap a picture before my fiance took a few. The had seasoning already on them, giving them a nice look. 

THE TASTE:
Man, I love crunchy chips, and let me tell you... 
These were crunchy chips. While there were some burnt ones, they weren't unbearable to eat. They already came pre-seasoned, so I didn't need to put any salt or pepper on them. There was also some green action going on (parsley is my guess) that made them feel fancier than just potato chips. They were slightly on the thicker side. If that's your action, you are going to love these. They also didn't taste or feel oily. I could eat a chip and not have to wipe my fingers before touching my phone or drink. 

The only other comment I have about these is that while they are homemade, any place else I go that has homemade chips all seem to taste just like this. Of course, I love how they taste, so a big thumbs up from me. 

The Rock Restaurant and Bar is located at 22934 E Smoky Hill Rd, Aurora, CO 80016

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Zip on these Strips - Chili's


For the longest time, I thought that Chili's had the best chicken strips. I mean, for years I loved them because of how they were battered. They were crispy, the chicken inside juicy, and they worked great with a strawberry lemonade. 

But after this trip, I wasn't so sure anymore. 

LOOK: The picture is right there and as you can see those strips were looking fresh. Just looking at the picture again my mouth is watering. They had a great mix of crunchy and not so crunchy coating from the difference in brown shades on the outside. 

TASTE: The first bite was great. It was warm and juicy yet still crunchy. However, after the initial taste, there was an almost rubbery aftertaste that was not great at all. One of them had chicken that was... crunchy? Like it hadn't been cooked all the way through. Since the meat wasn't pink or anything, that leads me to believe that it as frozen before being fried again, but that is purely speculation. 

I feel like my Fiance and I go to Chili's about once every two or three months, and I always get these. Maybe I was a naive chicken strip lover in a relationship that was going nowhere and it took moving to a different state to realize it, or maybe this batch was just cooked differently. 

Either way, I think next time we go I'll pick something else on the 2 for $22 menu.