Easy Breaded Chicken 

Yesterday I posted my “recipe” for homemade bread crumbs. Since realizing that I could make a healthy, clean bread crumb filled with only ingredients I can pronounce- I have been on a quest for all things breaded! After months of setting aside some of my favorite recipes, the floodgates have opened. I have since breaded chicken multiple times, made my own fish sticks, and I am already trying to figure out how to get away with another day or two of breaded meals this week.

This recipe is insanely easy. It requires almost no prep time. I was able to do it all while Cupcake colored. If you know anything about 16 month old attention spans, you know that that is quite an accomplishment!

So without further ado..

Easy Breaded Chicken

Ingredients

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs

2 eggs

1 T mayonaise

1.5 cups bread crumbs (you can use a store bought kind, or use my “recipe” for clean and healthy bread crumbs!)

If using unseasoned bread crumbs- add 1 t garlic powder, 1 t Italian seasoning and salt/pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Trim any excess fat off your chicken. Set aside.
  2. Turn broiler to high.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the eggs and mayo.
  4. In a separate bowl, add bread crumbs (and optional seasoning)
  5. Dip chicken first into egg/mayo mixture and then into bread crumbs. Be sure to coat entire piece. Place on foil-lined pan.
  6. Put pan in oven. Cook for approx. 8 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove from oven and let rest for five minutes before serving.


 

    

Easy Crockpot Clean-Eating Thai Chicken

You know what seems really terrible? Teething.

My poor Cupcake is currently working on adding eight more teeth to her little mouth. She is in a ton of pain. She is drooling all over the place, not sleeping well, and barely eating. As a result, I have a very clingy little girl who just needs her mama!

You all know that I try to cook in a “clean” way.I try to not drive myself too crazy about it (I’m looking at you delicious Oreos), but overall I do attempt to make clean recipes. Often when I am looking online for some momming inspiration in the kitchen, I find what looks like a great recipe. That is, until I realize it is either labor or ingredient intensive. Mama ain’t got no time for that, especially with a sad Cupcake on my hands.

After searching for a little, I kept coming across a few recipes for Thai-inspired chicken. I noticed a theme and started pulling bits and pieces from different recipes. I decided I wanted something I could literally just dump in the crockpot without doing anything extra. That is the type of easy I wanted. Plus, with the crockpot doing all of the work for me, I had more time to hang out with my favorite little lady and cheer her up!

I was surprised with how simple prep was (approximately 5 minutes), how good this was! I have made it using chicken breast, thighs or drumsticks. Pick whichever is your favorite or on sale this week, depending on your needs!

This recipe can also be made as “clean” as you want. It does have soy sauce, which in my house we use, but it’s up to you if you’d prefer a substitute! All of our ingredients are from clean brands, but you’ll have to read the labels carefully if that’s your thing.

Little side note, store brand natural peanut butters tend to be made of only peanuts and salt. Brand name ones include sugar and added oils. So, I save money and get my clean pb? Works for us!

Onto the deliciousness…

Ingredients:
1 lb chicken
1/2 c salsa
1/4 c peanut butter
3 T soy sauce
3 T lime juice
3 T water
1 T ground ginger
1 T ground garlic

(Using freshly chopped ginger and minced garlic would probably be super yummy, but again, no time).

Directions:
1. Put all ingredients into ziplock bag. Shake, massage, etc. to spread ingredients all over chicken.
2. Dump bag and all contents into crockpot.
3. Cook on low 6-8 hours

I serve ours with rice and cooked veggies for a delightfully awesome dinner.

I apologize for the lack of pictures! Once my hubby got home last night, it was time to eat and then put Cupcake (and this Mama) to bed! I will try to get some for the next time we make this and update!

Crockpot Orange Chicken

Or maybe…
Why my Chicken Turned Into a Burger

Or even…
Stupid New Year’s Resolution

I made a New Year’s Resolution to try a new recipe each week and blog about it.

Let me start by saying that I don’t know if I have ever in my life ordered orange chicken off a menu. I have no idea what sparked the idea to make this meal and I was sincerely prepared to not even enjoy it much. But, go big or go home, right? Might as well stretch my comfort-zone a little.

It’s not like I stretched it that far – this is a crockpot recipe after all!

So today Cupcake did not want to nap. We managed a quick 15 minute nap this AM, though, which gave me just enough time to prep my masterpiece

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For six beautiful hours, this sat and cooked. The house smelled like beautiful oranges. It was lovely! I was excited!

So dinner time rolled around and my hubby and I took our first bite. He smiled, but I know that smile. It meant he hated it.

But I hated it even more. Horrid. Tasted like orange, all-right. Way too orangey. Way too… Off.

Darling Cupcake loves oranges and makes the cutest little face when the sourness hits her. Since this was a super clean recipe and I was just going to throw it out, I gave her a tiny piece of chicken. And.she.loved.it!

That girl ate more of that meal than I think I’ve ever seen her eat before. She ate up all the chicken, baked orange slices and veggies that I put down. I couldn’t get it to her fast enough.

So while I fed Cupcake a meal that was no longer a waste, my sweetie got me a most delicious burger from a local restaurant. So, even though this meal was technically a “fail,” it was a most glorious success as I now have a whole bunch of meals for Cupcake already prepared!

Anyone out there have a yummy recipe for orange chicken that is at least somewhat healthy?

Bueller?