Frugal Foodie Mama: Pinspiration in the Kitchen- Southern Fried Healthy?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pinspiration in the Kitchen- Southern Fried Healthy?

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- and from the 100 Days of Real Food blog, Super Easy 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: - Crispy Baked "Fried" Chicken - Whole Wheat Biscuits