This is quite possibly the most important recipe you could ever know. Chicken. Who doesn’t love chicken?? And if you don’t love chicken, I’ll guarantee that someone you cook for at some point in your life loves chicken. So you should probably know how to cook it.
To start, you’ll need some nice chicken breast, a few eggs, and breadcrumbs. Cut the chicken to your desired size. If you’re putting it in pasta or rice, you might want it a bit smaller so it’s bite-sized. Otherwise keeping it large is fine, just remember the thicker it is the longer it will take to cook. Ha.
You can start with two eggs in a bowl, and if you end up needing more you can simply add them. Scramble them with a whisk or a fork and add a pinch of salt. Next, pour breadcrumbs into a separate bowl. I use pretty basic Italian breadcrumbs because they’re cheap and I’m able to add my own spices and such. I usually just add whatever I have in my cabinet, garlic, salt and pepper, and basil or rosemary if you have it! Don’t be afraid to try different spices here, just open the container and smell the spice, if you think it smells cohesive with the taste you’re going for, add it! I like to add grated or shredded parmesan cheese too.
If you’re feeling totally nuts, use shredded coconut along with breadcrumbs for a delicious summery meal. That with a nice fresh salad, wow.
Next, you want to pour enough oil into a frying pan so that it coats the bottom. Turn the stove on to medium heat and let the oil get nice and hot. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT walk away from your hot oil. I learned this lesson in 10th grade after burning my friend Emily’s kitchen down. My parents were away for the week so I was staying with her family, we tried to make a fried cheese snack, but also tried to go downstairs and pick out a movie to watch at the same time. We hear the fire alarm and run up the stairs only to find a smokey, fiery blaze. We ended up having to stay at a hotel for the remainder of the week. Let’s just say they have a very nicely remodeled kitchen now.
Anyways! Put a few pieces of chicken into the uncooked scrambled eggs and coat them, then one at a time, transfer the chicken into the breadcrumb bowl. Make sure to cover the chicken completely with breadcrumbs (the egg will make it stick), then put it into your pan of hot oil. My mom says this is frying the chicken, but I like to call it sautéing because it sounds fancier and less fattening.
Cook the chicken until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the chicken is white all the way through. Grab a plate and put a paper towel on it. Place the cooked chicken on top of the towel to let the oil come off and you’re ready to eat!
This recipe is so basic and you can go anywhere with it. Toss it with bbq sauce, put it in a salad, you can even marinade the chicken before you cook it for another flavor!
I guess you could probably bake this too, but I prefer to sauté it. Hehe