Why did the chicken cross the road? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_did_the_chicken_cross_the_road%3F Which came first? The chicken or the egg?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_or_the_egg These are the proverbial chicken questions. People have been pondering the meaning behind the humble chicken ever since it was discovered. We think that when the days start getting shorter it is a good time to cozy up and ask such thought-provoking questions.
Chicken is universal. It is consumed all over the world. While trying to keep a check on one’s cholesterol levels, chicken has become a choice made more and more often. This is because it is lower in calories and in fat then many other kinds of protein such as steak, lamb or pork.
The versatility of cooking with chicken has no bounds. It can be prepared in endless combinations. It is often paired with fruit, as in Chinese Orange Chicken, or mixed with vegetables like peppers, onions and mushrooms. It can be sauced by tomato or even Pesto. The choices are endless!
As we get close to the holiday shopping season we usually find ourselves having less time for dinner preparations, yet we long for something warm and satisfying, and reasonably healthy. Chicken is a frequent entree option. It is made especially quickly when cooking with frozen chicken breast tenders. http://allrecipes.com/recipes/meat-and-poultry/chicken/chicken-tenders/ These are handy to have in one’s freezer. They are super quick to defrost and incredibly versatile. How many ways might we use chicken tenders? Let us count them. Here is the short list of ideas for using chicken breast tenders:
1. Sauteed, as in Chicken Picata, Chicken Fajitas, Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Pizziola, Chicken Chow Main, Chicken Pad Thai, Chicken and Broccoli, Chicken Stir-Fry, Chicken Tacos and Chicken Mole.
2. Poached, for Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Hash, Chicken Croquettes, Chicken Pie, and Chicken Nachos
3. Added to soup, rice, pasta, nachos, Tostados, casseroles, tamales, egg rolls, salads, chili, pizza, and in baked potatoes.
This is called the short list because the long list has so many possibilities that if we choose to consider that many, we might be taking a chance that it could possibly take until next summer to exhaust them all. By then, one would not only start clucking, but he just might have to cross the road again.
Before we digress, and switch from the subject of chicken, to what the road looks like on the other side, let’s look at a favorite recipe with which to enjoy those chicken tenders.
Chicken A La Suzy
4 chicken tenders (approximately 4 ounces), pounded thin
2 Tbsp. butter
11/2 C. mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 cloves minced garlic or 1 Tsp. Garlic powder
1/2 C. heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
2 slices bread
In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add mushrooms and garlic and sauté mushrooms until they are soft (about ten minutes). Meanwhile, toast the bread. Add cream, and simmer on low until mixture bubbles (about two minutes). Plunge the pounded chicken breast tenders into the mushroom cream. Continue to cook gently until chicken is cooked through (about eight minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste. Place one slice of toast onto each of two plates. Divide chicken, mushrooms and sauce onto toast.
Makes two servings.