Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Crispy Cheddar Chicken + Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup


I know you missed those photos showing what Michael ate and what I did. Above, is Michael's 1st helping. Below, mine. Pretty similar actually.


I'm tired. But like, in a great way. I am so wonderfully busy! Like I said before, the premiere this weekend was a great success! I had a lot of fun, and loved the movie (I'm pretty hilarious), and everyone else loved it too! We even won the award for "People's Choice". :) Also, I've got some auditions and stuff going on, and work, and later this week my high school is coming up to NY for a performing arts trip. Michael and I are going to meet up with them and do a few things (like see How to Succeed in Business and Spiderman After Dark--and, for Michael especially, hang out with his brother who is 17, and his best friend, who is one of the teachers). So yeah, exciting and busy stuff!
You want to know about this chicken? It's one of our favorites. Pictures do it no justice. It is so delicious. I can't even describe. Especially when you drizzle the "sauce" (AKA cream of chicken soup) over it. And, as a bonus recipe, you now know how to make homemade cream of chicken soup (sans preservatives)--and it's super easy and super tasty! Eat it up!
Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up! 

Ingredients:
  • 4 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1-1 1/2 sleeve(s) buttery (Ritz) crackers
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups grated/shredded cheddar cheese (approx.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • Sauce~Cream of Chicken Soup (recipe below)
Preparation:
  • Cut each chicken breast into 3 large chunks.
  • In a food processor, process crackers into fine crumbs.
  • Pour milk, cheese, and crackers in to 3 separate bowls. Mix salt and pepper into cracker crumbs.
  • Dip each chunk of chicken on the milk, then cheese, then the crumbs. (During this process, cheese will fall of the chicken, and end up all in the crumbs. Don't worry about it. It's all good.)
  • Put into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Once all the chicken is in the dish, sprinkle parsley over it. 
  • Cover with foil and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees, for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with cream of chicken soup. (I usually make the soup while the chicken bakes--the last 10 minutes of baking is just the right amount of time.)
Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup


Ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp. flour (+ more if needed)
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use SkimPlus)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
Preparation:
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. 
  • Once melted, whisk in flour until smooth and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the chicken broth and milk.
  • Return saucepan to heat and bring to a gentle boil, whisking constantly, until the soup thickens. (If after awhile, it seems to not be thickening enough, stir in a little more flour.)
  • Turn off heat, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Use immediately or store in refrigerator until later.

19 comments:

  1. Ommmnomnomnomnom...

    That's all I can say...

    Except have fun next week! And my family would absolutely adore this chicken!

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  2. I'm so glad the premier went well - and busy really is the best because then there's less time to fret ;)

    The chicken does look delicious and I suspect I could approximate this with some panko crumbs to avoid the crackers - and that creamy chicken sauce couldn't be simpler...

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    1. You could def. try that---although the crackers really make it. Maybe make some homemade crackers?

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    2. I have tried a version of this before, and you guys are correct. It is just wonderful. Thanks for the homemade cream of chicken foup recipe. You are also right about the crackers really making the difference here, however Ritz crackers contain partially hydorgenated oil, which is really bad stuff. Interestingly enough, Wal-Mart has it own version of these crackers. They are called Buttery Rounds; they do not contain this artery clogging subtance. Try these, but still ,,,,,we may all need to hit the gym the next day!

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  3. this chicken looks so good...i really wish i had some right now, it is almost lunchtime lol

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  4. Busy is not so bad when it is actually fun things that are occupying your time! Glad the premiere was a hit.
    Your chicken does look good. I mean- crunched up Ritz crackers, cheese and the homemade soup tells me all I need to know-delicious way to prepare chicken. Well done!

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  5. Looks very tasty. I'm glad things are going to well for you and that you have so many exciting things coming up.

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  6. Glad to hear that you are busy. I know what it is like for you. My husband and I are both in the business and the dry times can be worrying. Great recipe too! :-)

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  7. This chicken looks amazing. I love all of the cheese. It good to have one bigger dinner when you are busy so you have leftovers over the next few days and not have to worry about cooking as much.

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  8. I love cheese in/on anything. Well, almost, but this chicken looks SOO GOOD. Great recipe!

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  9. Two of my favorites, chicken and cheddar cheese ! awesome :)

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  10. Good to know the premier was a hit. Your chicken looks fantastic K!

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  11. Congrats on the premier :D
    And your chicken dishes are awesome!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Just ran across this recipe and it looks absolutly yummy!! I was planning on makin something else tomorrow but I'm bumping this one up for tomorrow. Thanks! :-)

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  13. What a comfort homey recipes,
    Oh my, the smells of baked cheese..
    remind me to my mom !

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