Chicken Fried Chicken and a Date Night


Breyers Gelato Love

Now that school is just about out and evenings are getting longer we have a nightly ritual of going down to the beach and sitting to watch the sunset.  It is so peaceful and calming and a great way to end the night.

When I received my first Influenster box in the mail the other day inside was a coupon for me to try and then review Breyers Gelato Indulgences.  I received this product free from Influentster to test and review.  The thoughts and opinions on the product are entirely my own though.

I knew the best way to use this coupon was for one of our beach nights.  Sitting in the sand having a bit of gelato sounded heavenly to me.  But, first we have to feed everyone dinner!

Chicken Fried Chicken

I wanted to make something a bit special for the first day of finals.  Something delicious and comforting that would help us all get through the next two days of school.

Trolling through Pinterest I found a recipe for Chicken Fried Chicken from Deep South Dish.com that sounded amazing.  Of course I needed to change the recipe to make it my own.

Verdict:

I wish this picture came with a taste and smell option because it was amazing!  This picture does not do the dish justice.  I have NEVER made a “fried chicken” before.  My kids now think I am the Super Woman of Dinners.  It was much easier than I thought it would be and everyone loved the gravy!

It wasn’t super easy to make but it also was not as hard as I thought it was going to be.  The hardest part is dredging the chicken.  I hate yucky fingers and used forks and tongs but my fingers still ended up coated in egg and flour.

But, I would definitely make this dish again.  I served it with mashed potatoes, green beans and a spinach salad.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts, pounded flat
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 TBSP Morton’s Nature Seasoning Salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free half and half
  • canola oil

Gravy:

  • 1/4 cup of reserved oil
  • 1/4 cup of reserved seasoned flour
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fat-free half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Stir together the flour and Morton’s Seasoning.  Remove 1/4 cup of the seasoned flour and set aside for the gravy.
  2. Pour  the cup of half and half into a shallow bowl.   In a second shallow bowl beat the 2 large eggs.
  3. Dip the chicken into egg, then seasoned flour, then into the milk  and back in the flour, shaking to remove any excess flour.  Place chicken a clean plate and let rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  4. Heat the cooking oil in a wok or heavy bottomed skillet over a medium heat.
  5. Cook the chicken in batches to avoid overcrowding the skillet.  Cook until well browned on the bottom. Then  turn the breast over and finish cooking until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Place onto a clean plate in a 170 degree oven to keep warm until ready to serve.
  7. Once all chicken is cooked remove all of the oil from the skillet except for 1/4 cup, and over medium heat, sprinkle in the 1/4 cup of reserved seasoned flour over the oil.  Cook, stirring constantly until smooth and light tan in color.
  8. Slowly whisk in 1-1/2 cups of half and half until fully incorporated and until mixture begins to thicken. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let cook adding additional milk, if needed, to reach desired consistency.
  9. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  10. Serve over mashed potatoes with gravy on top.

Breyers Gelato Triple Chocolate

We went to the grocery store on the way to the beach tonight.  I LOVE chocolate and I chose the Breyers Gelato Indulgences Triple Chocolate to try.  It is milk and dark gelato with a white chocolate sauce and chocolate curls on top.  We brought two spoons with us and headed to our favorite spot on the beach.

Beach view

What a beautiful view tonight.

We sat in the sand and ate the gelato.  It was creamy and delicious.  The dark chocolate was incredibly smooth but I wish it had a bit more dark chocolate flavor.  It was chocolatey but I wanted more depth of flavor.  The milk chocolate with the little delicate curls on top was good too but I really liked the dark chocolate best.

We only had about 30 minutes before our gelato was melting and we decided to head home.  It was a great half hour of peace and quiet with a delicious treat for us.  The Breyers Gelato Indulgences are on sale this week at Meijer for $3.99 and I intend on stocking up on a few of each flavor.

 

 

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