February 7, 2012

Gluten Free Cracker Crust "Fried" Chicken Fingers

This weekend I found myself out to brunch with a friend again. This time we stayed in the neighborhood to hit up a church rummage sale beforehand where I found the perfect little bell jar. Only I dropped it and watched it shatter into a million pieces along with my heart. I felt badly so I offered to pay for it anyways (25¢).

Despite that, I also found some interesting old books.

Parties and how to give them and Office Practices, super old (we're talkin' 1940 and 1917 respectively). I figured they'd either a) have some hilarious ideas or "practices" or b) might rake in some money a la Antiques Roadshow or Storage Wars style. (Oddly enough, when I moved back home a few years ago I threw everything in storage. I go there every so often to swap out holiday/seasonal stuff or give away/take in appliances/furniture people need/offer me. Every time I go there, as I open the door I imagine the SW guys all poking around with their flashlights and estimating how much my locker is worth...)  Here's just a few pages of what sold me on these books:

How could you not pass those up?!  Exactly.

After those great finds, we made our way over to the Original Pancake House which was always a favorite restaurant of mine back in the day. I would always order an omelet while my sister had a beautiful pile of pancakes placed in front of her. This time, however, there was gluten free pancakes on the menu and I got the beautiful pile of pancakes placed in front of me.

Gluten Free "Patriotic Pancakes"
They were mighty good.  Not the best gluten free pancakes I've ever had, but I think I was just so thrilled to be eating gluten free pancakes at the Pancake House with all the delicious fresh toppings they offer.  I especially enjoyed the strawberry puree. Tasty! 

When I returned home I was fueled for the rest of the day. I cleaned like a maniac, did 4 loads of laundry, AND watched a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie. Later in the evening I threw together a quick dinner from a few random things in the kitchen: an egg, a couple chicken breasts, and some crackers. Presenting:

Gluten Free Cracker Crust "Fried" Chicken Fingers

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced into 1" strips
1 egg
1/2 cup gluten free crackers
1/4 cup gluten free Seneca Crisp Onions
salt and pepper
1 tsp coconut or olive oil 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a blender or food processor, blend crackers, onions, salt and pepper to a crumb consistency.  Pour into a shallow bowl.

Scramble egg in a separate shallow bowl to make an egg wash.

Preheat a skillet and coat with 1 tsp oil. Coat chicken strips with egg and dredge in the crumbs, coating them completely.

Pan fry chicken for a 5 minutes on each side and then remove from skillet and place on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 - 15 minutes.

Serve with your favorite gluten free dipping sauces and enjoy!

Yum, yum, yum!

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