Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fried Chicken Steaks and other awesome stuff



This, for me, is comfort food at its best. This was my dinner plate Wednesday night. It is composed of herbed rice, buttered potatoes with parsley and fried chicken steaks with gravy.

If you are salivating already, here's what you need.

Herbed rice

olive oil
butter
cold rice
a combination of herbs you like
chopped garlic
salt and pepper

Heat some olive oil and butter in a pan. Saute the garlic. Add the cold rice, breaking them up as you go. Season with the combination of herbs of your choice and season with salt and pepper. Done!

Buttered baby potatoes with parsley

butter
cooked baby potatoes and sliced into halves
parsley
salt and pepper

Heat the butter in a pan. Add the baby potatoes and sprinkle with chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Done!

Fried chicken steaks

This won't be easy as the two dishes above but the effort is well worth it. 

chicken breast fillet, pounded to flatten
milk
salt and pepper
eggs
Spanish paprika
flour
oil 
butter

I marinated the chicken fillets in milk for about 8 hours. 

Prepare your dredging station. One bowl should contain some whisked eggs and milk. A plate should contain some flour, salt and pepper and Spanish paprika. You need a third plate to put your dredged chicken in. 

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge in the flour mixture. Dip in the egg mixture and then return to the flour mixture. 

In a pan, heat some oil and butter. Make sure that the oil is not too hot and not too cold for the perfect chicken steaks. Make sure to remove excess flour from the fillets before frying them. 

Drain the fillets on paper towels. 

Gravy

Save the grease in the pan and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Return 1/4 cup of it to the pan and add some flour to make a roux. Whisk constantly and make sure that the flour is evenly distributed. I made the mistake of putting too much flour. If the mixture is too greasy, add more flour but little by little. Add some milk and continue whisking until you reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. 

Your ultimate comfort dinner is done! Now all that's left is for you to enjoy all your hard work. 

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