Golden and crispy and dipped in gravy

8 Aug

So I took another couple days off but I swear I cooked. It’s just little Ava no longer naps like she used to. That makes it hard to blog about the yummy stuff I’ve made. My plan is to save those dishes and blog about them later. Good plan right? Right!

I’m excited about tonight’s meal because, while two items were found on pinterest, one is my own adapted recipe. I found it a couple years ago and have been making it since with little changes here and there. If I could only figure out how to pin it and link back here for the recipe. Technology still gets me every now and then.

Now I need to state for the record, I hardly EVER deep fry things. For obvious reasons mostly but also because I try to feed the kiddos stuff that won’t clog their arteries too terribly bad. This dish is deep fried. But since I serve this on rare occasion, I think it’s okay. In moderation of course. And also the fries are baked as you will soon see/read.

So you start out with chicken tenders, a sleeve of saltine crackers, 3 tablespoons instant mashed potato flakes and whatever seasonings you enjoy on/in your fried chicken. I use salt and pepper of course, seasoned salt and poultry seasoning. Sometimes I use cayenne pepper to give it a little kick, but not tonight. Put the crackers in a gallon size zip lock bag and crush them. You could use a food processor too I’m sure. I’m just too lazy to drag mine out for something like this. Once you have fine crumbs, add your instant potato flakes, seasonings and shake it up, baby. Dredge your tenders in flour, then 2 eggs beaten/whisked and then into your bag of cracker crumbs. I usually do two tenders at a time to speed things up. Once all your chicken is coated, you’re ready for the fryer. I used my large skillet and filled it with oil so it’s about a quarter inch deep. You don’t need them swimming in oil, just enough to get them going so you can flip them midway thru. I heat my oil on medium heat. They fry up fairly fast, about 7-8 minutes depending on how hot your oil is. When they are done they will be a lovely golden brown color and just yummy. We usually dip ours in BBQ sauce but today I made gravy.

I found a very easy cream gravy tutorial on pinterest. Its easy and sooo good. No complaints from the eaters and no gravy leftover either. So that should tell you something. This would be great with some sausage and over a nice flaky biscuit. But I’ll try that another day. Click here to see the pin and the original recipe.

No meal is complete without an appropriate side dish and Jordyn asked for fries. I found an oven baked recipe and thought I would give it a try. I seldom have luck with oven baked fries. They stick to the pan or burn on one or both sides, so I pretty much don’t even bother at all anymore. This recipe was more work than your typical recipe, so I thought it must be a good one. I followed all the directions. I soaked my fries in the hot water for about 10 minutes since the people this house were ‘starving mom!’. I baked them for the allotted time and sampled one. Very good oven baked fries. Everyone loved them. Click here to see the pin and the recipe.

The entire meal was a hit. Jordyn said it was better than Whataburger’s. If you have ordered chicken strips and fries from Whataburger, you know these have to be good. If you don’t have a Whataburger near you, first – my condolences, second – you need to find one and order the honey BBQ chicken strip sandwich. Trust me. (yes I know it has nothing to do with this post really but it’s a damn good sandwich and is made with chicken strips so it sort of fits) and third – make these. My 10 year old says they’re better anyway.

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