Crispy Chicken

A ribbon of Crispy Chicken on a skewer
Tender chicken with a crispy coating threaded on a skewer and broiled: Crispy Chicken is a dinner solution for nearly any occasion.  This simple everyday recipe has such versatility and range; it's been a champion in my kitchen for years.  For the young child begging for chicken fingers, his taste buds will be delighted.  For him, dress it down; serve it plain with a dab of ketchup.  For a quick dinner serve it casually over pasta or brown rice that cooks while the chicken takes a quick marinade - 20 minutes -  and broils - 18 minutes.   I often find myself reading the paper or helping with homework during this "downtime."  But if you are so motivated during these minutes to dress the dish up further; sauté onions and peppers to serve alongside.  As a company dish or when taking dinner to another, dress it up still further with the addition of a white wine sauce or drizzle of Parsley Pesto.  And, if there are leftovers, toss Crispy Chicken into a green salad with a little feta cheese, red onion and olives and then drizzle with honey balsamic vinaigrette.  

There are infinite possibilities for Crispy Chicken.  It's that kind of recipe that's so adaptable, once you know how to make it, you wonder what you ever did when you didn't know how to make it.  

crispy chicken 

6 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup grape seed*  oil
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
pinch of salt and pepper
2 cups bread crumbs

Start by placing the chicken breasts, if they are large, in a Ziploc bag and thinning them out by pounding with a rolling pin or kitchen mallet.  Whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Cut the chicken into 1-inch wide strips and place in the bowl.  Combine, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Preheat the broiler.  Coat each strip with bread crumbs and thread onto a skewer.   Metal skewers are easier to handle, but wooden work fine as well.  Six chicken breasts will  take between 4 and six skewers.  Place the skewers on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Broil for 18 minutes.  Use tongs to turn the skewers for even browning.

Related SimplyCooking® Recipe:

parsley pesto

*SimplyCooking® recipes are now using grape seed oil instead of vegetable oil.