Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Convenience foods

Since we started this journey 20 months ago (has it really been that long? Wow.), I have had to redefine a few things in my life. One of these is "convenience food". I'm not sure how many of you see breakfast cereal as a convenience food, but it is in this house. Breakfast cereal is a luxury. Same with pre-made bread and cookies. Incredibly expensive luxuries. Sometimes it's hard to believe that these products really are very new to our society. For many of us, it's only 2 generations ago that these products would not have existed. Some fewer, some more.
There are some other things which are obviously convenience foods which are further down the list but still incredibly nice to have on hand. Take Shake'n'Bake, for example. Seems like such a simple thing, right? Just some flour, salt and herbs mixed up. However, when you're dealing with kids and allergies, nothing is EVER simple.
I bring to you my recipe for fried (or oven fried) chicken breading. I also use it to make our chicken fingers.

Jacqueline's Chicken Breading:
2 cups white rice flour
1 cup potato starch
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
3 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon marjoram
1 tablespoon oregano
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon thyme

Place the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Place all of the other ingredients in a blender or coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder. Add the spice mixture to the flour mixture and whisk again. Stores well for up to 3 months.

To use for baked chicken:
Place 1 cup in a bag along with up to 8 pieces of chicken and shake well. Remove chicken from bag, place on a pan and bake at 180C (375 F) for 45 minutes or until juices run clear. Mmm mmm.

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