Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fried Chicken

Yes, fried chicken!  

One of our family favorites is plain old fried, thin-sliced, boneless chicken breasts.  We eat this plain with a little BBQ sauce or I use them as my base for chicken parmesan.  Since going gluten free I had not found a good alternative to  seasoned bread crumbs for a fried chicken. Then I went to PF Changs, the Chinese restaurant chain, and looked over their pretty extensive gluten free menu.  One of the items said it was lightly dusted and fried.  What?  So I asked and the waiter said that the dusting was potato starch.  Hmmm. Got me thinking.

Tonight I decided to meld two different coating options to make my chicken.  Potato starch and instant potato flakes.  Why do I own potato flakes?  Normally I find them gross beyond belief since I am a boil then mash kind of gal, but there was a recipe I found in the beginning of my GF journey that required it.  After I bought the box, I could not find the damned recipe anywhere!  What was it even for?  NO freaking clue!

This is how I made my boneless chicken breast tonight.

Fried Boneless Chicken Breast

Boneless chicken breasts, sliced fairly thinly, the long way
Potato Starch
Potato Flakes - for instant mashed potatoes
Seasonings of your choice - I used Italian Style
Canola Oil

Slice the boneless chicken breasts the long way to make thin full sized pieces.  Mix the egg with the milk to make a mixture about the consistency of buttermilk.  Mix together about 1 part potato starch to 2 parts potato flakes.  Season liberally!  I did not use enough seasonings.  

Place the chicken in the bowl with the egg and milk mixture.  Heat the oil in a large frypan.  Take the chicken out of the egg and milk mixture, one at a time, and coat in the potato mix.  Place in heated oil and fry on each side until a nice golden brown.  I take the pieces out and place on paper towels to drain some of the grease.  Came out very well with a nice crunch.

Is this the same as gluten bread crumbs?  No.  But this is sure a close enough approximation for me!  Awesome!

                These were the only pieces left after dinner!

1 comment:

  1. Yummy. I have used the flakes, but could never get the consitancy right. I'm going to try again this week.

    I also use Ranch seasonings for the spices. that's the secret to KFC. :)