We’re re-posting one of our favorite Take to the Table Tuesday’s from last winter.
I share this because this is a great way to brighten these gloomy days and it would make one great Super Bowl meal!
I don’t know about you, but I’m craving the lazy days of summer. The gray and gloomy days of winter are weighing on my disposition and my caboose!
In our effort to add a little sunshine to a very gray winter, last Friday’s Family Friday we had an indoor picnic complete with a red checkered table cloth, faux (back to the caboose) fried Finger Lickin’ Chicken and pesky little ants.
Growing up, picnics with my grandmother always included a big bucket of KFC chicken. Oh how I loved their BBQ chicken. However, since my issue with commercially prepared chicken (more about how they are raised, than prepared) I set out to create my own version of the finger lickin’ (sans the finger lickin’) chicken! I must admit it was GOOD!
Finger Lickin’ Chicken
Using this recipe I gathered the following
Organic Bread crumbs
teaspoon black pepper
allspice - the SECRET ingredient
tablespoons vegetable oil (I use Olive Oil instead)
2 eggs, beaten
12 pieces of free range chicken drums and thighs
One thing I love about breaded chicken is the breading. However, I usually end-up removing the skin it to save a calorie or two. To have the best of both worlds we stripped the chicken down to its birthday suit…
and following the recipe’s directions applied the breading straight to the meat.
Baked for 15 minutes on each side in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees) and then transferred the little legs and thighs to hot slow cooker filled with two bottles of all natural BBQ sauce and let them cook on low for two hours.
20 minutes before dinner we put chicken back in the oven for 15 minutes on 350 degrees… it makes it a wee bit easier to handle. Since it was a picnic we ate it with our fingers. As you can see Maggie had her napkin waiting in the wings.
We served the chicken alongside an Asian slaw and baked sweet potato fries–we made our own fry cones out of cardstock that Maggie decorated with her favorite color. Dark purple.
When it was all over we used warm lemon towels to clean our hands.
Ahead of time, I soaked wash clothes in lemon water, wrung them out, rolled them up, put them on a plate that could go straight from a warm oven to the table…
and warmed in the oven (on warm) for 5 minutes. This is one of my favorite things to do for family and guests. Who doesn’t love a warm towel after dinner? However, nobody loves a burning hot towel. Ever. Be very careful of the temperature before handing them out.
We finished off the picnic with a yummy “Mommy Dropped the Ball“ orange popsicles!