Wednesday, 23 July 2014

In the Kitchen: Fried Chicken Dinner!

The hubby and I were invited to dinner at our close friends Alyssa and Austin's a few nights ago. It was a fried chicken dinner complete with mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn on the cob. Sometimes you just need a classic home cooked meal. It was even better since it was shared with great friends who's hospitality is never lacking. I brought a delicious salad with lots of goodies inside.

What you will need

4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast 
2 cups of panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
Tabasco sauce to taste
2 eggs cracked and whisks in a shallow bowl
garlic powder to taste
1 cup of all purpose flour 
4 tbsp olive oil
1 head of Cauliflower chopped rough
2 lbs. russet potatoes peeled and chopped
1/2 cup butter
4 ears of corn
1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Season flour with salt and pepper and place on a large shallow plate. Season panko bread crumbs with salt, pepper, and garlic and place on a large shallow plate. Place whisked eggs in a shallow bowl and season with salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce to taste.
  2. Dip each chicken breast in egg mixture, flour, and panko mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Place chicken breasts in skillet and cook until golden brown on each side. This will take around 5 minutes on each side, depending on your stove top. Place chicken on paper towels and set aside. 
  5. While the chicken is cooking place chopped cauliflower and potatoes in water and boil in a large pot for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Drain and place in a stand mixer. On low to medium low speed beat cauliflower and potatoes with 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and salt and pepper to taste. This recipe is healthier than using all potatoes. You can sub the heavy cream for 2% milk if desired as well. 
  6. Boil corn for 10 minutes or until tender. Serve with butter and salt.
  7. Enjoy all these home cooked classics! 

I made a salad to go with this meal. I used Arugula, cucumber, fresh basil, romaine lettuce, red onion, blue cheese, honey almond goat cheese, broccoli slaw, and Parmesan and pepper crusted nut clusters. The dressing was sweet onion and peppercorn dressing. Be creative with your salad. Get inspired by just browsing the grocery store or your local farmers market for interesting ingredients to make your salad anything but ordinary. This was one of the best combinations I have made so far. It had a savoury and sweet flavor with lots of crunch! Plus it went nicely with the delicious fried chicken, cauliflower and potato mash, and corn. 

From the Harvest Table,

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