Southern Baked Chicken

I tend to cook with chicken a lot….stews, currys, stir fries! So when Im rooting in the freezer looking for ideas, its usually something to do with chicken. Today I wanted to try something different. Last night, we watched the most incredibly inspiring movie, “The Help”. It was fantastic, full of very strong women. Its tough, funny,feel-good and inspirational all rolled into one brilliant film. It also featured lots of southern fried chicken which got both me and my other half craving fried chicken. Unfortunately, fried chicken is not really known for its health benefits! So I thought Id attempt a baked version of my own! Here it is, accompanied with a fresh salad and some oven chips.

 

Southern Baked Chicken:

Nice fast midweek dinner.

Serves 2, 5PP per serving

  • 250g Chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 75ml low fat buttermilk (see tip below)
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tspn Garlic salt
  • 1/2 tspn celery salt
  • 1/2 tspn cumin
  • 1/4 tspn smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper

TIP: Butter milk is not as easy to get in the UK as in Ireland and its usually cultured. I prefer to make my own. I basically stir about a teaspoon of lemon juice into skimmed milk and leave to stand for 10 mins. It will look curdled, this is exactly what you want!

  1. Marinate the chicken in buttermilk for at least an hour.
  2. Meanwhile mix together breadcrumbs with all the spices and season well
  3. After an hour, take the chicken out of the milk piece by piece and dip quickly into the crumb mixture. Turn the chicken over in the mix to ensure they are well covered.
  4. Oil a baking tray and place the chicken pieces well spaced on the tray. Sprinkle the remaining breadcrumbs on top.
  5. Bake at 180 degrees for approx 20 mins, util the chicken is cooked but tender.
  6. Serve with what ever you feel like, I think salad is yum with this as its a nice summery dish.

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