Friday, September 9, 2011

How NOT to cook chicken

I found this really awesome recipe where you bread chicken breasts with sour cream and onion chips and then pan fry it. It sounded really really good and I was feeling adventurous so I decided to try it.

As you can tell from the picture above, it ended poorly, with the smoke alarm going off, oil burns on my hand, and disgusting blackened chicken. This post will detail what I did so that you don't do the same thing.

Stuff you shouldn't obtain:
Chicken breasts (4)
1 Tablespoon parsley flakes
1 egg
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups sour cream and onion chips

Notes about ingredients:
Like an intelligent person, I didn't actually buy chicken breasts but chicken breast tenderloins, which are like chicken breasts cut up into slices. This might have contributed to the debacle that was this meal.

What you shouldn't do:
The plan was to crush the sour cream and onion chips and add parsley, dip the chicken breasts in the Worcester Sauce and egg combination, then in the chips and then pan fry the breasts for 10 minutes or so.

Everything was going well until I actually had to place the chicken in the pan. The potato chip covering blackened within about 30 seconds, the smoke alarm going off shortly afterwards. The conclusions my friends and I came up with was that one of the following went wrong:
- Too little oil in the pan
- Oil was too hot
- Cooked in the wrong kind of pan (how the heck you can cook something in a wrong kind of pan is beyond me, but my one friend was convinced of this)
- Chicken tenderloins is not the way to go

My conclusion? It's going to be a while before I try to pan fry anything. But the Zatarain's Rice Pilaf I made to accompany the chicken was amazingly tasty, even with forgetting to stir it while I was trying to salvage the chicken. Definitely recommended.

But What About My Money?:
This meal was the equivalent of taking the money I spent on the chicken and other parts and setting it on fire. It would have given me the same amount of food, and probably less smoke to fill up my apartment.

Final Grade: Incomplete
I think this could be a good recipe, if executed properly. Maybe I'll pull this out when I feel a little bit more comfortable with cooking with oil.

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