It seems like this day and age, any restaurant you go to offers some form of fried chicken on their menu. As a child, that was constantly my go-to meal of preference. It came in handy that I lived in the South because I had fried chicken at my disposal pretty much everywhere I turned.
When we would go to a local diner, I'd get the fried chicken. When we would go to the local Mexican restaurant, I'd get fried chicken. Are you starting to see the pattern here? I had a big obsession and I wasn't a bit ashamed.
Is it the healthiest option? Well, no, but for me, you just couldn't beat that juicy chicken wrapped in a delicious, golden, crunchy breading.
As an adult, I've certainly slacked off on my fried chicken consumption. I've broadened my palate and rarely ever order a dish of it anymore. On a rare occasion, I do cave and feel the need to order it for old time's sake. To this day, it never disappoints.
While I make conscious efforts to live a healthy lifestyle and consume healthy food options, you need to treat yourself every once in a while. I decided to try my hand at a healthier version of fried chicken for those times when the chicken desire was too strong to combat.
After spending a great deal of time scouring Pinterest, food magazines and my own cookbooks, I finally came across a recipe that allowed me to indulge in my favorite southern dish without having the large guilt of eating a greasy, fried meal.
In this particular recipe, you'll bake your chicken instead of fry it. While baking, you eliminate the added oils but still get the delicious outer crunch for which fried chicken is known. All it takes is ONE simple ingredient, and this one might really surprise you...
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