This week's Pinspiration in the Kitchen is actually a two for the price of one deal. ;) That's right, folks. Not one, but two pins inspired this week's blog post. Occasionally I crave good southern food. I mean, who doesn't?? But we all know that good 'ole southern food gets a bad rap for being greasy, laden with butter, and just well... bad for you. Not this week. This week I made Cat Cora's Crispy Baked "Fried" Chicken- http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cat-cora/crispy-baked-fried-chicken-recipe/index.html and from the 100 Days of Real Food blog, Super Easy Whole Wheat Biscuits- http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/04/08/super-easy-recipe-whole-wheat-biscuits/.
The Crispy Baked Fried Chicken recipe calls for a whole chicken cut up. I don't know about your family, but in mine they ALWAYS fight over the two drumsticks. I decided to head off this battle by making ALL drumsticks. :) You can pick up a pack of 6-8 drumsticks for way cheaper than you would buy a whole cut up chicken anyways- budget friendly! The chicken was nice and crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. If you like a little more spice to your "fried" chicken, I would suggest adding a few dashes of hot sauce to the buttermilk mixture before dunking the chicken into it.
The whole wheat biscuits were SUPER easy to make and delicious. I decided to use half whole wheat flour and half white flour. You could do all whole wheat or all white flour, whichever you prefer. I decided to go all southern and make my biscuits with buttermilk. It made sense anyways since I already had buttermilk leftover from making the chicken. (And pssssttt... Buttermilk is low fat! Despite it's name, it is actually a healthy alternative to whole milk.) I bought a 16oz container of buttermilk and that ended up being more than enough for both the chicken and the biscuits recipes.
All you need is to add a side and your healthy southern "fried" dinner is ready to go! I added corn on the cob. You could also do up a side of greens. Or baked beans.
Tip: To make fresh corn on the cob quick, leave the corn in their husks and microwave 3 minutes for each cob. Let cool for a few minutes and then remove the husks. The corn comes out perfect!
To go directly to these pins for repinning, click here:
http://pinterest.com/pin/203295370649552953/ - Crispy Baked "Fried" Chicken
http://pinterest.com/pin/203295370649552959/ - Whole Wheat Biscuits