Since I'm trying to eat up things that have been kicking around my freezer for a while in an attempt to not spend as much money on food during this expensive month, I took out to thaw a boneless, skinless chicken breast yesterday. The plan was to make fajitas, but when the time came to make them, I found I wasn't in the mood. The question became What new and exciting thing can I do with a chicken breast? I also had some nugget potatoes hanging out in my fridge. The lightbulb went on, and the inspiration to make chicken strips was born!
My dad regularly makes chicken strips, and he bakes them in his toaster oven. They're always a hit, so I decided to replicate his recipe, though both the toaster oven and main oven were in use (the nugget potatoes were in the toaster oven and my roommate was making a veggie lasagne in the regular oven). So, I decided to pan fry mine. Here's what I did.
I cut my chicken into thin strips, and into a bag I chucked some cornmeal, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a bit of Jo-Jo Spice. I shook the chicken around in this bag of coating until it was all coated.
I heated some olive oil in a frying pan and cooked my strips until they were nice and crisp and done in the centre.
I served the strips with a salad and the roasted potatoes, which were done with the same Jo-Jo seasoning as I put in the chicken strips. My roommate donated some sweet & sour sauce to my cause so I could dip the chicken in it. All told, a fabulous meal that totally hit the spot!