How to cook Breaded Baked Chicken
Hello! This is my first time trying this out, so bear with me. -_-
So, I decided to try out this Hub Page stuff. I originally was going to write articles about legal topics to help people out, but then I said to myself that maybe I should start with something easy and fun that I like. So, I'm going to be putting up hubs on how to cook all kinds of foods that I like. I figured this could help others out who may be looking for recipes or ideas, AND I can use Hub Pages as a place to keep all my recipes to refer to so that I may never lose them. My mom had all the recipes saved on her hard drive, and of course, a virus attacked and most were lost. So, I though that putting them online somewhere that is not stored directly onto my computer would be a big help in case of anything of the sort happening again. And, I'm from the South where we cook yumm food that makes your mouth go up and down, munch munch munch... Lawyer by day, Chef by night?
Sooo, let's get started! Today, I'm putting up something easy and simple; instructions on how to cook breaded baked chicken . (O.o)
First off, here is a list of ingredients/items that you need:
- Chicken Pieces :)
- Aluminum Foil
- Cooking Grill
- Mixing Utensil
- 2 Extra Large Eggs (If you use smaller eggs, then increase the number of eggs as appropriate)
- A few large bowls, or a dish with separate compartments (you'll see in the picture I put up)
- Bread Crumbs
- Meat/Chicken Thermometer
Yes, lo and behold, the ingredients are that simple, and the chicken will be amazing! Check out the picture to the top-right corner to see the ingredients I've listed in case you have any confusion as to what items I used.
Preparing the Chicken
- First, prepare the oven. Set the temperature to 350 degrees so that it will be warmed up and ready later.
- Now, I use a large grill over the rectangular pan that you see in the picture to cook the chicken on. I put a sheet of aluminum foil on top the pan in between the cooking grill where the chicken will sit and the pan. I do this because it allows the grease and fat that is still on the chicken to drip off the chicken and sit below it instead of having the chicken cook and bask in its own fat and grease while it's cooking. The grill that the chicken is cooked on sits about an inch above the pan. If you do not have these items, it is okay! Just find some kind of pan or cookie sheet to place your chicken on. Don't forget to spray Pam all over whatever it is that you are going to cook your chicken pieces on in order to keep the chicken from sticking to the pan.
- Next, crack the eggs open, and put them in one of your bowls. Or, if you have a tupperware item like mine, you can put them in one of the compartments. You can see in the picture to the right that my item has two compartments. One area, I put the eggs in and the other, I put the bread crumbs in. However, if you do not have this item, just use two bowls and put the eggs in one bowl and bread crumbs in the other.
- After cracking the eggs open, put salt and pepper in the eggs. I prefer to put about a good spoon full size of each in. Of course, put as much in as you desire. After doing so, beat the eggs until they are completely beaten into a mix of whitey/yellowey/salty/peppery goo. Yes, goo. The reason we put the salt and pepper in the eggs is because when we dip the chicken into the beaten egg mix, the salt and pepper will stick onto the chicken and will find its way into all the areas of the chicken via the egg mix.
- As I said before, you will need a bowl for bread crumbs, so dump out a few good scoops of bread crumbs into a bowl. You want enough so that when you put a piece of chicken into the bowl, it will sit on top a nothing but bread crumbs.
- Now, your kitchen is set. Take your chicken out, wash it, and cut off any large pieces of fat from it.
- Take one piece of chicken and put it in the egg mix. I'm using boneless chicken, so if you are too, then open the piece of chicken up and let the egg mix get in it. Let it sit for a few seconds, then flip the chicken over and let the other side soak. And then finally, flip it one last time.
- Next, take your piece of chicken soaked in egg goo, and put it in the bread crumb bowl/area/compartment/place/specified territory. =]
Push it down a little bit to make sure the chicken is pressing against the bread crumbs underneath it. Then, flip it and do the same thing, and flip one last time. The egg goo will cause the bread crumbs to stick to the chicken. If there are any visible areas that are still missing bread crumbs, then pick some up and sprinkle it directly onto that area of the chicken.
- Finally, put your piece of chicken, back in its chicken-like shape (remember I said that for boneless chicken you should spread out the piece of chicken so that all of it will absorb the goo? Now, put your chicken back together) onto the pan/grill/whatever it is that you are cooking your chicken on
- Repeat steps 7-9 for the rest of your chicken.
- When you are done, wash your hands and dump the goo down the kitchen sink and dump the bread crumbs in the trash. Clear up the area somewhat and wash your hands. They will be full of clumps of bread crumbs thanks to the goo getting underneath your fingernails.
- Finally, take the Pam spray, and give each piece of chicken a shot of Pam. The Pam helps keep all the bread crumbs on the chicken to stay moist and stuck together. It helps prevent the bread crumbs that are already on the chicken from falling off.
- Your oven should be set to 350 degress by now. So, slide the chicken in.
- Every 15 minutes, take the chicken out and flip it.
- In order to tell when the chicken is ready, I use a simple and cheap meat thermometer. The thermometers come with instructions and mine states that when the chicken is 160 degrees, the chicken is ready. So after about three cycles of flipping the chicken, I start to use my meat thermometer.
- Once the chicken is 160 degrees or extremely close to it, then I stop flipping the chicken and take it out. I let the chicken sit for a few minutes and then serve it! DONE.
- Finally, clean the area! Use some kind of cleaner, such as Lysol kitchen cleaner, to spray the area you were cooking and to wipe it down. Remember, you were fooling with raw chicken and you do not want any other foods touching the same spots that the raw chicken was being prepared until the area has been cleaned!
Last Final Steps
Now, stick the chicken on your plate. Take fork and knife in hand and proceed to eat. Or if you are brave enough to lower yourself to my standards, grab the chicken with your bare hands, prove that you did indeed evolve from the monkeys by beating your chest, and then chow down.
Your mouth needs to move in an up and down motion with the food inside of it to completely and fully taste the flavor. ;)
A few things that go great with the chicken are sauteed broccoli, macaroni and cheese, broccoli au gratin rice, and corn. Feel free to comment whether or not you liked it or if you did anything differently than I did in order to improve it for yourself! Hope you enjoyed it!