Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Chicken Tidbits

Chicken in all forms is delicious.  So many choices and so much time to give each kind of chicken a try in tens of thousands of different recipes with just as many different sides.  Chicken is popular.  It is a positive thing to say that I know few people who do not love chicken.  Chicken is a fantastic finger food.  We can cut it up anyway we want in any size we want.  The choices are limitless.  I have chosen to create Chicken Tidbits.  The tidbits are smaller than chicken fingers or tenders and yet bigger than chicken bites or chicken nuggets.  I think you will find Chicken Tidbits fun and quick to make and to eat!  Here is my Chicken Tidbits Recipe:

Chicken Tidbits:

2 chicken breasts [boneless & skinless] [cut in 1/2" wide & 2" long pieces]
1 c. cracker crumbs
salt & pepper to taste
canola oil [ 3" deep- heated to 325-350 degrees]
dipping sauce

Honey-mustard Dipping Sauce:

1/2 c. yellow mustard
1/4 c. honey
juice from 1/2 lemon
a pinch of cayenne [less or more depending on your preference]

Servings: 2
Recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled.......


1. Crush your favorite cracker or as I did use a bullet style blender....I tried both ways...putting crackers in a storage bag and smashing with rolling pin did not
get my favorite cracker in fine enough crumbs...bullet blender did the trick!

I love these crackers with sundried tomato and basil flavor, and that flavor was a perfect taste for my Chicken Tidbits.....

2. Soak your cut up chicken breasts in buttermilk for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
3. Dip your chicken tidbits in your cracker crumb mix.  Toss the chicken until well coated, and drop in heated canola oil.  Turn over half way through cooking time.  Tidbits take 5 minutes.  Adjust your oil temperature to keep tidbits from getting too dark on the outside.  Some cracker crumb mix can brown quickly before chicken is done on the inside.  It is rare to happen with tidbits.  It just depends on certain crackers.  Any crackers with high oil or butter content will brown too fast in 350 degree cooking oil.  If unsure of the oil/butter content in your cracker, take your favorite cracker and place in a clean paper towel.  Fold towel over the cracker and hold in your hand; fingers on bottom side of cracker/paper towel bundle and thumb on top of the cracker/paper towel bundle for one minute.  Look at paper towel after one minute.  If towel is oily, you have a high oil/butter cracker, which means your tidbits will need to cook in lower temperature cooking oil of 325 degrees.

4. Drain your Chicken Tidbits on paper towels.

5.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and favorite sides.  Enjoy!

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce! [my recipe above]  Stir mustard, honey, cayenne, and lemon juice slowly and allow more time for ingredients to mix thoroughly.

Rooney loves chicken too!  Once a week she gets baked chicken thighs cooked to safe temperature, cooled slightly and shredded and added to her traditional pup food.  Rooney gets so excited she dances through the kitchen, dining room, and living room multiple times until she stops knowing the chicken is ready and I am about to shred the chicken to put in her bowl for her dinner. Rooney watches and sits like a lady and waits with marvelous anticipation.  She enjoys every bite.  A slow and meticulous eater who likes to savor her bites of food.  Rooney appreciates her weekly chicken thighs and expresses her gratitude with a sweet kiss after her meal is finished. How could I ever ask for anything more?!

Enjoy Chicken Tidbits this week!

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