Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pecan Chicken ~ and a farewell to Christmas


Christmas 2011 has come and gone. Already. Wow! Time is just zoomin on by, and if we don't get a fly swatter and knock it down for a while, it's just gonna keep on zoomin! ~ Inhale~ Exhale!~

As much as I was ready for Christmas to come, it was so nice to get the house undecorated and cleaned back up. The last few days, I have been doing some purging and deep cleaning and I have to say it feels lovely.

As 2011 is coming to an end, and 2012 is approaching, I have been getting more and more reflective. There is so much more I desire for my life, for our children, relationships, that 2012 is only a free clean slate for those changes.

One of my goals for 2012 (which I will go into more detail later) is to try one new recipe a week. This week, I have done two. I wanted to share one though ~ so I remember the steps because it is definitely a do over!

Pecan Chicken

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (Or about 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers (processed into crumbs)
1 tsp Garlic Salt w/ parsley
1 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder (yes.... I LOVE garlic!)
2 eggs
Splash of milk
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt w/ parsley

Pat dry chicken with paper towels. Combine ingredients (#2-6 in list above) on a plate. Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then press into pecan mixture (on both sides). Place on a foil lined baking sheet. Complete with all chicken pieces. Place in a preheated 375* oven for about 25 minutes. The outside will look crispy but not over done. (Watch carefully because you do not want the pecans to burn.)

We served this with some Cheesy French Onion Mashed potatoes and roasted Asparagus & Brussell sprouts.

It is my desire to create a sauce to put over this chicken to enhance the pecan flavor but yet not over power the simplicity of the dish. This will be something that will go in a regular rotation. It is devine for a family meal, AND good enough to serve to company!

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