To accompany our long-awaited salad, tonight we made Honey Nut Chicken Sticks [recipe]. This is an easy dish to make and the results are pretty impressive. This tasted like something you would order at a restaurant, which would probably have been deep fried; crispy on the outside, moist on the inside. Interestingly, I would guess that this recipe has the lowest fat intake of the meals that we have had so far- 1/8th of a cup of oil which I would guess is around two tablespoons worth. The chicken is coated in flour, dipped in egg, then coated in the topping and oven baked for 15 minutes. The topping consisted of honey nut cereal (we couldn’t find cornflakes so used Chex), grill seasonings, paprika and the oil. The only critique I would make is that the steak seasoning is a little salty and tended to overpower the flavours a little.
I halved the quantities and ran out of the crunchy topping, so I improvised with a couple of handfuls of crushed cereal. Interestingly, the chicken topped just in cereal was just as good as that mixed with seasonings, in a different sort of way. By different, I mean sweeter and less salty. This meal was good for the whole family; Baby A was quite excited by the dish which is great as she rarely eats chicken. We were ridiculously happy to have salad again, even on a cold night. One more thing worth repeating, this meal is really quick and super easy, which was perfect after another day with a slightly less grumpy, but still pretty grumpy, baby. Interestingly, on the Food Network website, the recipe is paired with two others from the same episode of 30 Minute Meals. In the recipe book, Rachael Ray simply says the chicken should be served with salad or sliced vegetables. This obviously helped contribute to the speediness and stress-free quality of the meal.
Tomorrow, back to the three-component mad dash, Turkey Saltimbocca Roll-Ups, Mushroom and White Bean Ragout, and Spinach with Pancetta and Onions. After one night off from the crazy cooking extravaganza, the thought of cooking tomorrow’s meal is stressing me out a little. However, in four days time we get chicken salad again. And then the macaroni cheese returns.