(Un)Fried Chicken & Mimosas

Unfried Chicken

There are 2 things that get me to try something new: The Food Network Channel and boredom. Since I am currently job searching and at home all day, I get bored a lot (sigh). The other day I turned to Big Daddy’s House (I hate the name of that show) and saw Aaron McCargo Jr making crispy fried chicken. Fried chicken always looks good but I don’t make it for a few reasons:  

  1. It’s so not healthy. All that grease!
  2. Even if I wanted to make it I never have that much grease in my pantry and I’m not frying chicken in olive oil.  
  3. I feel like if you’re going to do chicken right you need a deep fryer and I do not have one.
  4. I also don’t have a digital timer to make sure my grease is the right temperature and I just don’t want to make the mess.

So since I have my 4 solid reasons for not making it, I tried to think of a way to make the fried chicken with what I did have. I used Aaron’s recipe as my starting point, but I didn’t use any measurements. I was doing this on the fly.

Dijon Mustard
Dried Rosemary
Olive Oil
Tortilla chips 

I took a glob of horseradish and added another glob of Dijon to my food processor and sprinkled in rosemary until it smelled good. Then I tossed in a dash of minced garlic and poured olive oil in until the mixture was silky enough to pour over my chicken. 

I used boneless chicken thighs and tenderloins and I put them in a shallow dish and sprinkled salt and pepper on them and then poured my the horseradish mix over them and let them chill out in the fridge for about an hour. While my chicken was chilling I put tortilla chips in my food processor so I could dip my chicken in them to give it that fried chicken crunch! 

I heated my oven to 400 degrees, rolled the chicken in the tortillas and then baked them for 30 minutes. I’d suggest you turn the chicken once halfway through or the bottom side can get a bit soggy.

So what do I pair with a rosemary horseradish unfried chicken? Biscuits and mimosas of course. I’m a fan of Bisquick biscuits, they’re easy and tasty (all you need is the mix and ice cold water instead of milk and you’ve got biscuits in 10 minutes) and I had a bottle of Korbels in my pantry that was asking to be opened. So I obliged.

Unfried Chicken

And all that’s left to say is, YUM! 

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