Italian Chicken & Mash Potatoes Recipe
First things first! This hub has been voted down even though I I've always had my dinner guests coming back for seconds, even when they admit they are full, so at least please VOTE on why you're marking it down.
Is it too LONG? I needed these steps to make sure your dinner turns out great, so just remember, that this is a dinner, not a microwave meal. It's a sit down, say grace (even if it's to the cook lol) come back for seconds meal! So at least let me know why it's voted down if you're inclined to do such to someone else's hub!
Let's start by how many people you're going to be cooking for!
How about 2 for this recipe! (Although a 3rd can get a good taste, or 1 have great leftovers)
Also, this meal contains a lot of calories, so if you're counting them, please note, the butter and the cream cheese are the culprits of a high calorie meal!!) :) Maybe you can substitute but it will not taste as good as what I have written out! "ouch" :) Sorry! Some of us.. skip the part of calorie counting! :)
Just increase the amount of everything by how many more people will be eating.
Warning though, making more, you'll need more frying pans going at the same time!(For the more experienced cook!)
So you'll have to keep a close watch on them!
Ok to start with a two person Italian Chicken Dinner!
- You'll need too nicely skinned and deboned chicken breasts.
- Two large eggs.
- 1 container of Italian bread crums.
- 2 sticks of your favorite butter.
After you have your chicken sliced, just put it in a pan to soak it clean and swish it around for a minute or two. You don't have to, I'm just quirky about clean food lol!
An easy tip is to cut the chicken when it's still a bit frozen. That way you get nice perfect slices. A bit cold on your bare hands, so I suggest using something to hold onto them with. Plus they're a bit slippery! :)
Now you put two full sticks in a large frying pan, and just let it melt on medium, watch them, every stove is different so just keep watch until they're melting. While waiting you can chop up your onion into whatever slices you like. Diced, long slices (my personal fav for this dish) but get them all apart so each chicken chunk will be served with a crispy onion bit, which adds to both the chicken and the potatoes!
If you like, put a dash of milk into your eggs. Whisk them until they're mixed well.
You'll see your butter & onions need a bit of stirring, so keep them well stirred.
Then there are two methods, I like mine personally. I just pour the eggs into the cleaned chicken. But you can do them individually. I make a mess with the eggs if I don't just mix them up right away! :)
From the Pan to the Table!
By now, your butter should be melted and starting to sizzle with the onions!
Take each piece of chicken (either out of the egg mix or from your slices) and coat it in the Italian Bread Crumbs. I prefer Progresso, but you use what brand you like best!
As soon as you have it nicely breaded, move some of your onions out of the way and slide the chicken piece into the melted butter!
It will sizzle quick, so keep an eye on them, get all the pieces done in the same exact order, while moving your onions around so that you can get as many pieces of chicken to sizzle in the mixture.
Depending on your stove, try to keep them moved so that whatever ones cook first or fastest, get those to the edge and the thicker bigger pieces to the hottest area.
As soon as you think you see the edge of the first piece of chicken you put in, use a fork or tong to look at the other side. Remember a thin piece will cook faster than you think.
Turn it over if it looks at all like it's getting crispy. Keep those onions on the move as well! We want them crispy as well!
When you think it's time, then start turning the pieces of chicken over! Let them saute and fry while just arranging the onions around them so they all get that good onion flavor. You can add other things to taste (salt/pepper/garlic salts) but I don't. The Italian Bread Crumbs comes with a nice seasoned mix already! (what a timesaver).
You see that all the pieces are starting to be crispy on the outside of both sides, so you can start just piling them onto the serving dish for the table. Use a good size one, preferrably one with a bit of sides to it!
Not only will that help hold in heat, here is the best treat of them all!
After they're all in the dinner dish, take the onions, and if none of the butter has gone too overcooked, then just drizzle all over the chicken. Especially trying to get the onions evenly distributed!!
WARNING: KEEP FAMILY AWAY FROM KITCHEN UNTIL YOU'RE FINISHED OR THEY'LL EAT THE NUGGETS ONE BY ONE UNTIL DINNER BASICALLY DOESN'T EXIST! LOL!
ALSO, THIS IS A HIGH CHOLESTEROL MEAL!
IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE ANYTHING TO EAT WHILE ON A DIET, SO EVEN IF YOU ARE DIETING I HAVE A REMEDY FOR THE SAME MEAL, COOKED ON THE GRILL!
Your Potato Side!Click thumbnail to view full-size
So simple for the best potatoes!
Some people leave the skins on, and just wash them with the scrubby or some people peel them! Either way if fine! All salt & pepper is to taste! I say just a few sprinkles of each and I'm good to go, maybe even a spash of garlic poweder or even freshly crushed clove!
When they are boiled just so that you can put a fork through them, but are NOT TOO TENDER, then they are ready for the mixing bowl!
- Put the Cream Cheese (I use Philadelphia brand, but your choice will be fine) in the bottom!
- Put a whole stick of butter (I usually use Land O' Lakes) but your choice, in the bottom!
- I cannot stress putting it in the bottom enough. Doing so, will help melt the butter and cream cheese!
As your mixer, mixes or you mash :) (some of us still do it the old fashioned way, but don't get me wrong, I love the mixing machines of the day as well.. I was just brought up the southen way to do things lol) the potatoes in with the butter and cream cheese, also put a dash or two (slightly at a time) to get the potatoes to a good consistancy so they're not too runny or they're not too stiff!
Put the two things, and your choice of veggie or other side dish, and you've got a great Italian meal!
If you have any questions, let me know! I hope I've covered everything so you can make a great meal!
Low Cholesterol Grilled Chicken
And for the HEALTHY WAY....
After that chicken is breaded, just put it on a grill!
If you're looking for a low in cholesterol chicken, this is the way to get the same flavor, but without the calories or cholesterol! You can add some onions to it, just lay them over top!
Maybe skip the potato side or just put one in a foil ball in with the heat bricks and let it get cooking about a half hour before you put the chicken flanks on. That way you can have a baked potato along with your meal, and include the vegetable of your choice!
Or if you like, you can make a few foil balls with bits of skinless/boneless chicken, breaded of course, a few slices of butter, and onion bits and add a couple of ice cubes to keep things moist and grill 'em up! If you're watching that cholesterol, then substitute the butter for butter flavored spice or low fat butter! LASTLY, - ENJOY!