Saturday, 19 October 2013

Favourite Recipes: Crumbed Chicken

"Nonna Ida makes the best crumbed chicken and it wasn't until recently that I discovered the exact reason why. My son absolutely loves this dish," says Tanya Bartolini. Read on for Nonna's secret ingredient...

What's Nonna Ida's secret ingredient for the best crumbed chicken?


Serves 4

  • 2 large chicken breasts (preferably free range)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup Scotch whisky
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 cups dried breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon powdered chicken stock
  • extra virgin olive oil

1. Thinly slice the chicken breasts (about 3-4 pieces per breast). Use a meat tenderiser to lightly hammer each piece thin.

2. Marinate the chicken: place in a bowl with eggs, scotch and garlic whisked together. Place the marinating chicken in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

3. Place breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and chicken stock in a bowl and combine. Remove a piece of chicken from the egg mixture and place in the breadcrumbs, thoroughly coating the chicken. Transfer to a plate and continue until all pieces of chicken are crumbed.

4. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the pan comes to temperature (breadcrumbs will bubble when dropped in), place chicken pieces in the pan. Cook on one side until golden brown, then turn and repeat. Once cooked, transfer chicken to a plate covered in paper towel. Repeat until all pieces of chicken are cooked.

This dish is best served warm and golden and crunchy. 

About Tanya Bartolini: Although Tanya Bartolini spent 14 years in accounting and finance, true satisfaction was always found in the kitchen. It wasn’t until the birth of her first son in 2012 that she realised what had seemed important before was no longer a priority and with that, Tanya decided to embrace her passion for food and family. In doing this, she has explored her family’s rich Italian history and written a book that shares her family’s precious recipes. Through her book, Blending The Cultures, featuring hearty recipes that blend the Italian and Australian way of living and eating, she hopes to encourage others to create memorable moments for themselves by cooking and sharing meals together. Tanya has also established a website – The Kitchen Bench – as a forum for everyday cooks just like herself to share wholesome, simple and healthy cooking.

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