Thursday, January 8, 2009

One night off...and one rushed night

Yesterday was Wednesday. On Wednesday nights the weeone has dinner with her dad. My plan was to eat leftover soup from the other night out of the refrigerator. As things often do, they didn't go as planned. =) I ended up going out for a quick dinner with Staci. We hit up a little Mexican joint not far from home called Tecate. We split an order of beef fajita nachos and had a good time lifting each others' spirits after a long and tough day.

This is the time of year that the weeone and I start gearing up for softball season. She plays. I don't. =) However, I'm on the board at the club she plays with, so tonight was my turn to hang out and work at registration. That meant we needed a quick dinner. I mentioned that to the weeone and she said "Rachel Ray can make dinner in 30 minutes, Mom, so we can do it!" It was really cute.

So for our quick dinner we made Crispy Chicken Fingers from Ellie Krieger's The Food You Crave along with some frozen french cut green beans and lightly smashed red potatoes. The chicken fingers were quick, easy and fun to make with the weeone. They are coated in crushed Corn Chex which gives them a great crispness as well as good flavor. This will definitely be made again in our house!

Crispy Chicken Fingers
The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger

1 1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut across into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
Cooking spray
4 cups whole-grain corn cereal (recommeded: Corn Chex or cornflakes)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the chicken and buttermilk in a shallow dish. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Put the cereal in a sealed plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs to a shallow dish. Season the chicken with the salt and a few grinds of pepper. Dip each piece of chicken in the cereal to fully coat and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Leave the chicken on the baking sheet to cool slightly. It will become crispier.

4 Servings
Nutritional Analysis
Per Serving: Calories328,Total Fat:6 grams, Saturated Fat:1 gram, Protein: 36 grams, Carbohydrates:33 grams, Fiber:1 gram

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