Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lunchtime, Summer Style!

It's summer!

Well hello there!
I am currently roasting in this heat which has been bestowed upon us and shall pay no heed to the neighbour outside my window who is complaining over the hedge "Ah sure it's far too warm." With a heat wave about to start, he better get used to it.

Anyway, FOOD TIME.
Yesterday's weather was equally as fabulous, so I whipped out my incredibly handy Urban Cookbook which has really cool and handy recipes from around the world. So, to make the most of this sunshine, and to continue collecting my freckles, I made a wonderful lunch of chicken tenders, baby potatoes and a mixed salad. It's really quick and easy to make and can be mostly made with stuff you already have at home. YUM.
To make your own summer salad...
-Pre-heat your oven to 220C.
-Parboil your chopped (only into halves) baby potatoes. When they're finished, pop them onto a roasting tray and drizzle them with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Mushrooms also go well here too.
-Get a medium sized pan and fill it with about 3cm of sunflower oil. Heat the oil until it is quite hot.
-Get your chicken strips (Tesco handily sells chicken breasts already sliced perfectly for €4) and dip them in some beaten egg.
-Roll them in the batter mixture of 140g of plain flour, with a sprinkling of salt, pepper and the seasoning of your choice. I used smoked paprika and sesame seeds.
-Place the chicken strip into the pan and repeat with all the strips. The chicken will only take about 10 minutes, so make sure the potatoes are in the oven before you start this.
-Rotate the chicken strips and when they're golden brown, place them on a plate, ready to serve.

-I just got a bag of mixed leaves, cucumber (pre- E-Coli outbreak...) and tomatoes for the salad and gave it a drizzle of balsamic dressing.
-The potatoes will be done by the time you're finished making the chicken and the salad.

-Serve out the back in the sunshine with some lovely dips for the chicken. Tesco does a nice piri piri mayo.

Now, I know the frying of the chicken isn't the healthiest of options, but alternatively you could fry them quickly in a small amount of oil for a minute or two, then bake them in the oven too. I hope you enjoy it!
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Another post will follow soon! x

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