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Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

One of my favorite meals of all time has to be fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn. Hands down. Typically this type of meal is only served in the cooler months of the year as it is my true comfort food, but lately I COULD NOT RESIST MAKING IT. I’ll admit, I broke down and could no longer tolerate my craving for this meal. However instead of frying it in a cast iron skillet, I decided to take a spin on it and go for an crispy oven fried chicken. The name itself doesn’t really make much sense as there is no frying involved, however, the result is everything you would expect in an awesome fried chicken, without cooking it in oil, and a lot less cleanup as well.

Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

This is pretty much a classic way of preparing fried chicken and it’s super easy and pretty much hands off, which is great during a busy work week.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole fryer chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tbsp additional seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tbsp additional cracked black pepper
  • Cooking spray

Start by adding buttermilk to a large sealable bag, or large bowl. Add in 1/2 tablespoon of the cracked black pepper, along with 1 tablespoon of seasoned salt.  Stir. Add in the chicken pieces (breasts, wings, thighs, drummies), and make sure all is coated.

Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.

Next, add the flour, additional salt and pepper to a brown paper bag, or large sealble plastic bag. Shake well.

Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and place in the bag. Seal, and shake the crap out of it. Make sure all is coated.

Remove the chicken from the bag, shaking off any excess, and place on a rack, and let the flour mixture mellow a bit on the chicken.

How to make crispy oven fried chicken

During this time, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Lightly spray the cooking spray on each piece of chicken, and place the rack onto a baking sheet.

Cook in the oven, for about 45-60 minutes, or until golden and crispy and the chicken registers 165 degrees.

Plate and serve with your favorite sides, and well, in this case you know what I served mine with.

If you are looking for a no fuss, non-oil, crispy style fried chicken, this is the one. It’s crispy, it’s juicy, and well, it’s just darn delicious. Hope you enjoy!

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

It was not too long ago when some friends of ours said they were heading up north Wisconsin to visit some friends and that there was some cheese, the best cheese, in Wisconsin there. They had asked if I wanted some to bring back, and I said sure, get me twenty dollars worth of cheese, a mixture of a creamy blue, and some cheddar. I love soft blue cheese. I truly do. About a week later, I met up with them at our kids baseball game, and she forked over a bag of cheese, as promised, and she also threw in a blended cheese called Jamaican Jerk. They were not too pleased with the blend, however she said that I could probably make something out of it. I did. This pizza.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

At first bite, I really did not care for the cheese to be quiet honest with you, however I wasn’t going to let it go to waste. I figured I was going to make a queso fundido out of it, and then it sparked of how much I love Jamaican jerk chicken, that I would make a pizza out of it as I already had made a batch of pizza dough for the family.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of your favorite pizza dough, rolled or tossed to your desire
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 1/2 cups of Jamaican Jerk cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite pizza sauce

That’s it. Pretty simple. The Jamaican Jerk cheese is actually a blend of a mozzarella style jack cheese so it went perfect when melted.

Start  by preheating your oven to the highest temperature, mine only goes to 500. If you have a pizza stone, preheat that as well.

Next, get your dough tossed or rolled out to your desired thickness. I went a bit on the thinner side on this pizza.

Spread a thin amount of pizza sauce on the pizza. Top with the Jamaican jerk cheese, and then add the shredded chicken. If you have some cheese left over, sprinkle it onto the chicken.

How to make a Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza

Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the crust is nice and golden and the cheese is nice and melted.

I’ll admit, the result was pretty darn good. The cheese did still have some of the funk that it had when eaten by itself, but the pizza sauce, along with the chicken somewhat balanced it out.

Have you ever tried Jamaican jerk cheese? What are your thoughts? Hope you enjoy!

Indian Green Lentil Curry with Kidney Beans

I recently watched a show surrounding Indian culture, the northern part, and I was just amazed about the complexity, yet simplicity of their food. Much of the food on the show was focused on vegetarian dishes, and in all honesty, I was hooked. I’ve always been a fan of Indian food, and granted I am not eating it on a regular basis, probably once every few months, but when I do, I am in love. I love eating things like lentils, and butter chicken, scooping up the sauce with things like naan, or roti. The flavors are always complex. It is beyond a standard curry powder that you might pick up at th e store, and that’s what I really love about Indian cooking. Toasting spices, and building flavors as you progress in a dish. With that said, I set out to make a Sunday meal consisting of green lentils, and kidney beans. It was a dish that was so comforting, and made for great leftovers throughout the week.

Indian Green Lentil Curry with Kidney Beans

I began cooking this in the morning, and let it go throughout the early afternoon, tasting, and building along the way. This Indian green lentil curry with kidney beans rocked. My wife loved them, and well, sometimes that is all that matters.

Let’s get started.

  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 5 cups of water
  • 15 oz can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger, smashed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 whole roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 whole green chilies, smashed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder (reduce for less heat)
  • 1 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh cilantro, torn
  • Naan (optional)
  • Roasted Chicken (optional)
  • Indian Pickled Relish (optional, but recommended)

I’m a big believer in stocking up on spices and condiments for that matter. After all, when you have a hankering for a certain cuisine, you should have the arsenal to quickly get started. Well, as I had a handful of items, I needed to stock up on a few things as my masala dabba did not offer a few things I was looking for. This was good because it led me to a place in Milwaukee that I had never been, and I loved this place. It was called Best Food Store, located on 13th street in Milwaukee. It looked like a 7-Eleven from the outside, but was a really great grocery inside, and it was authentic. Let’s just say I was the only Caucasian browsing pickled relish in the store. They had everything though, from fresh vegetables, to flours, to an array of lentils, and frozen items. Let’s just say I’ll be back. I picked up my items, and quickly headed home to cook.

Indian Green Lentil Curry with Kidney Beans

Start by getting a saucepan on the stove. Combine the lentils, tumeric, and water. Stir, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat, and cover, and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. Check the lentils about 20 minutes in for tenderness. You don’t want them to be mushy, but you do want a little bite to them.

About 20 minutes in add the ginger, chilies, and the kidney beans. Stir.

During this time, heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Toss in garlic and onion, and let those sweat for about 5 minutes. Add in the cumin seeds, coriander, garam masala, chili powder, and salt. Mix and cook a couple of minutes, then add in the tomatoes. Give a good stir and set aside.

Remove the ginger and chilies from the lentil mixture and discard. Add in the onion mixture, and give a good stir. If you need to add a bit more water, feel free. Add in the cream, and stir again. Cover, turn off the heat, and prepare any other items you are going to serve, such as the roasted chicken, or naan.

Indian Green Lentil Curry with Kidney Beans

When you are ready to serve, Add the Indian green lentil curry with kidney beans, and serve alongside the pickled relish, roast chicken, and naan. The lentils pack the warmth and flavors that you would expect in an awesome curry, and when paired with the pickled relish (highly recommend), it almost cleanses the palette, along with some really great heat. Scooping up the curry with the chicken, and curry was just a hit. Hope you enjoy!

Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Chicken Wings

My family and I have been visiting a local restaurant in town known as Buffalo Wild Wings. You have probably heard of it, and it is basically bar grub such as wings, burgers, flatbreads, and the like. When it first opened we were pretty stoked as the food was half way decent, the service was good, and it was a place where the kids could agree on. Over the course of the past year, if not more, service has gone down hill, and in my opinion so has their food. Their wings are becoming rubbery, even somewhat cold on one occasion, and their nachos, which both my wife and I love, are never consistent. Point of the story is two things; we stopped going, and I figure out how to make their garlic and parmesan sauce, which is finger licking delicious, and I’m not one to lick my fingers if you know what I’m saying.

Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Chicken Wings

I’m a sucker for really good wings, dry or wet, so why not take a chance and make them your own, right? I’m also into baked chicken wings, and a bit on the drier side, but you make them any way you desire. This sauce has that perfect tang, with awesome roasted garlic flavor. They were hard to stop eating, let’s just put it that way.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, skin on
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • Generous pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Generous pinch of parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 24-36 Baked or Fried Chicken wings

Start by getting a sheet of aluminum foil out, and place the garlic cloves on top. Drizzle with the olive oil, and place in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Remove, and let cool.

During this time, add the remaining ingredients to a small mixing bowl.  Once the garlic is cooled, remove from the skins, and mash into small bowl, then mix well into the sauce. Set this sauce, covered, in the refrigerator for at least one hour to let the flavors merry.

How to make garlic parmesan chicken wings

Deep fry or bake your wings until the are fully cooked and crispy. I like to bake mine. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Use two baking sheets if you have to. place the chicken onto the baking sheet, and place in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Turn once around 60 minutes. After 1 1/2 hours, turn off the oven, and let them sit in there for another 15 minutes.

Once you are ready to eat and the wings are fully cooked, add them to a larger mixing bowl. Add in as much or as little sauce, and coat to your liking. Give them a nice toss and dig in.

The result is awesome. Perfectly crisp chicken wings with the roasted garlic and parmesan sauce just sold me that I no longer need to visit the longer Buffalo Wild Wings, plus I make better nachos to boot! Hope you enjoy!

Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Chicken Wings
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Serves: 2-4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, skin on
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • Generous pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Generous pinch of parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 24-36 Baked or Fried Chicken wings
Instructions
  1. Start by getting a sheet of aluminum foil out, and place the garlic cloves on top. Drizzle with the olive oil, and place in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Remove, and let cool.
  2. During this time, add the remaining ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Once the garlic is cooled, remove from the skins, and mash into small bowl, then mix well into the sauce. Set this sauce, covered, in the refrigerator for at least one hour to let the flavors merry.
  3. Once you are ready to eat, and the wings are fully cooked, add them to a larger mixing bowl, add in as much or as little sauce, and coat to your liking. Give them a nice toss and dig in.
  4. The result is awesome. Perfectly crisp chicken wings with the roasted garlic and parmesan sauce just sold me that I no longer need to visit the longer Buffalo Wild Wings, plus I make better nachos to boot! Hope you enjoy!