Friday, June 5, 2009

Rice Crispy Chicken

A couple days ago I received a little 12 pack of recipe cards "starter kit" from The Great American Recipe company. Sort of along the lines of the 12 DVDs for .01¢ deals, where you sign up and then you keep getting all kinds of recipe cards, eventually a binder, and other goodies, until you've paid $42,000 and forgot to cancel so they keep automatically shipping.

Needless to say, I didn't buy into it, but 2 or 3 of the recipes sparked my interest. This rice crispy cereal chicken was one. The recipe called for 8 chicken thighs, but since it's just the two of us, I cut it in half and only cooked 4 tonight.

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup rice crispy cereal
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 packet of ranch mix (they all have whey so I omitted and added 1 tsp. each of onion and garlic powder, plus generous sprinklings of salt and pepper)
2 egg whites, beaten (I just used one whole egg)

First, wash and trim the meat. Next, dunk them in the beaten eggs, and then coat them with the cereal mixture. Place onto a greased baking dish (or sheet) and bake for 25 minutes in a 350° oven until juices run clear.

Verdict? Yum!!! I'm a huge fan of dark meat, and this did not disappoint. It was really juicy, with great flavor and a terrific crunch. The cereal was not overwhelming as a coating, either. In fact, it was spaced pretty far apart, so you didn't feel like you were eating 1/2 chicken and 1/2 breading. Here's the picture from the little recipe card:

I served it alongside leftover homemade rice-a-roni from last night*. I just put a sprinkling of water in the storage container and microwaved it. The water helps it from getting dried out and crunchy during the re-heat.

Also, a revisit with creamed cabbage from TLC's Take Home Chef. I can't get enough of cabbage, lately! This time around I omitted the bacon because we didn't have any on hand and just added about a teaspoon of salt to make up for the flavor and saltiness of the missing bacon.

*Post to come!


Laura said...

oh that looks so good. I love the 'roll in crispy stuff chicken' it always tastes so good.
I have a whey free recipe for ranch dressing somewhere on my blog, I believe under the smackdown tag.
And no those are not my kids real names on my blog it's kind of what they mean to me. :)

Justin said...

why is it that anything with rice crispies is awesome? I don't even eat rice crispies for breakfast, but this chicken looks great.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I am a chicken person and always on the lookout for good chicken recipes..This recipe looks yummy.

Cyndi said...

That actually looks really good! I'm not a dark meat fan so I'd have to try it with chicken breasts instead. YUM.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

What a great idea! this sounds excellent.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea - yours look even better than the picture!

Anonymous said...

rice cereal with chicken! that's the first time I've heard of it...and I'm thinking, "duh, of course! why didn't I think of that?"
looks real tasty!

Marta said...

This sounds like a crazy idea, but I can totally see it working. Crispy and delicios chicken!

Brandi said...

that chicken looks awesome! I've seen cereal recipes for chicken, but not rice krispies. yum!

Sweetie Pie said...

I've gotten little packs of recipe cards like that in the mail before, but it has been a long time. How funny! I had forgotten they even existed!

I think you put your cards to much better use than I ever did. That chicken looks yummy!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

I can honestly can say I have never used rice crispies for a coating on chicken! Your picture looks as good as the recipe card!

Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Brooke said...

YUM this looks amazing!! My aunt once made a rendition of this and I love it! I'm not into fried chicken at all but this is so healthy and delish! Your recipe seems so easypeasy too! yaaayyy! thanks doll!

Nowheymama said...

We make a much simpler version of this with mayo and rice krispies. Mmmm....