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Thursday, September 21, 2006

I Think Paula Would Be Proud, Ya'll!

Looking in my recipe card box last night for something I haven't made in forever.. searching, searching.. there's a lot of cards to sift through. And then I came across this recipe that was given to me years ago by a friend's mother after they had invited me for dinner and I went bazonkers over her "fried chicken" dish. Which wasn't fried. I was amazed. It was baked - but it was so damn crispedy! And the coating? Like nothing I'd had before. So when I came across it last night I had to wonder if my friend's mom had somehow gotten this recipe from everyone's favorite butter guzzler (also known now as the Baroness of Butter har!), Paula Deen! If she didn't and Paula doesn't know about this recipe - I am so telling her about it when I see her in November (after I get her to sign my pound of butter, that is).

And yes.. did you see? On FoodTV she's got 2 new shows for the new season.. Paula's Party something or other AND The Baroness of Butter! I larfed out loud :D Oh, and btw, Kevin? I think I told you in an e-mail, but not positive.. Nigella is coming to FoodTV too - I can't wait!

Okay where was I? Ahh yes.. the best crispedy baked chicken ya'll have ever had. Your chicken pieces/parts are first dipped into a bath of Mmm Mmm good melty butter, ya'll. And then it's dredged in.. are ya ready? It's dredged in crushed saltine crackers!! Yes, I was amazed too. Saltine f'n crackers.. who woulda thunk it? Okay, so maybe it's not as shocking to some as it was to me. But hell, in my little world saltine crackers were for slathering butter (ya'll) on and dipping into your chili! Or for nibbling on with your raw oysters.. never as a coating for chicken. Up until that point in my life, I had obviously been sheltered, eh?

Okay.. well her recipe was just chicken, butter and saltines. It was delish, but when I made it myself I found it to be a lil bland that first time - so I've since tweaked it by adding different herbs and spices to the saltine coating and I think I hit upon the best combination a few years ago.. I add sage and thyme as well as a good seasoning with salt & pepper (sometimes garlic salt).

Give your arteries notice and then make this chicken - it's quick, easy and for little effort you definitely get a big payoff. Oh and one more thing.. you'll usually have a lil melty butter left over - try not to guzzle it, ya'll - just drizzle it over the already coated pieces. ;)

Crispedy Baked Chicken
Crispedy Baked Chicken

4 chicken thighs, skin on (Or whatever chicken pieces you so desire)
2 c. crushed saltine crackers
1 TBS. fresh or dried sage, chopped
1 TBS. fresh or dried thyme leaves
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2/3 c. melted butter

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F.

Dry your pieces/parts and then dip a piece into the melted butter. Season both sides with salt & pepper and then dredge in the saltine/herb mixture. Place in a baking dish. Repeat this process with all your pieces/parts.

Bake for 1 hour in pre-heated oven. I baked for 70 minutes because I used bone in thighs - darker meat takes a bit longer. For boneless breasts, I'd check them at 45 - 50 minutes.

*Note: For the herbs I used the sage and thyme that I had dried out in my dehydrator from my garden. If you are going to use dried, store bought, you might want to use a little less (especially if your sage is ground, then I'd suggest maybe just a teaspoon). If you are using fresh, then I'd go for even a little more - maybe an additional 1/2 - 1 tsp.

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Comments on "I Think Paula Would Be Proud, Ya'll!"

 

Blogger Meeta said ... (9/21/2006 8:53 AM) : 

OMG! I am in Butter shock.

When I was back in the US early this spring I was glued to the Food Network and I was always amazed how Paula Deen defied all laws about what we have been told for years NOT to eat. I loved her for that!!! LOL!
Lisa give her a huge hug from me.

This looks so good Lisa, and I am thinking - should I defy the laws and make this on the weekend???

 

Anonymous Ellie said ... (9/21/2006 8:59 AM) : 

This looks dangerously delicious - I've tried calling my arteries to give a warning but they weren't there so I had to leave a message.

Oh well, at least I tried ;)

 

Anonymous gilly said ... (9/21/2006 10:32 AM) : 

Hi Lisa! Given the beauty of all things butter-y, I can only imagine how utterly amazing this must have tasted!

 

Blogger Monisha said ... (9/21/2006 1:27 PM) : 

Hi Lis -

I think you were very brave to try out a Paula Deen recipe with all its buttery goodness, as much as I love Paula, she sometimes makes my eyes pop out with the sheer amount of buter she uses in several recipes, but this crispedy baked chicken looks so wicked - maybe for this recipe we won't think about the butter and will focus on the delicious looking chicken. :)

 

Anonymous Jennifer said ... (9/21/2006 5:26 PM) : 

Mmmm...butter. My mom used to make chicken like this, and she called it faux fried chicken. It can't be any different, nutrition-wise, but I do love the crunch. Yours looks delish!

 

Blogger Laura Rebecca said ... (9/21/2006 6:03 PM) : 

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! As to the amount of butter, all we need to do is drink a glass of heart-healthy red wine. Any suggestions? ;)

 

Blogger emily said ... (9/21/2006 8:07 PM) : 

Yum, Lisa . . . that looks, well, like it'll cause me to drown in butter, and also, really tasty.
I'm always on the lookout for baked-not fried chicken, not so much nutrition wise but because I have a fear of frying, and have yet to find one that is crispy - I am quite excited.
I can't believe you get to meet Paula Deen!

 

Anonymous aria said ... (9/21/2006 8:26 PM) : 

well hell! that looks awesome! all of it :)

 

Blogger christine said ... (9/22/2006 4:41 AM) : 

Dangerously delicious is right, Ellie! Wow, it reminds me of the Parmesan Chicken (without the tomato sauce) my friend makes. It was swimming in butter, but oh so good!

 

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