Friday, April 24, 2015

Recipe Gone Wrong.

Sometimes things in the kitchen go (extremely) wrong. Like today's post was supposed to be Black Bean Burritos with a Creamy Cilantro-Jalepeno sauce. Last night I went to start the grill to grill the chicken that had to be in them. Well a few things went wrong and the gril may or may not have blew up in my face. My eyelashes, eyebrows, and the front of my hair got singed pretty good. I was so upset I just finished making the recipe but didn't take any pictures or feel like making the post. So today's post is just mostly going to be on kitchen safety.

Kitchen safety is something that you learn in middle school life skills class. Back then it was simple stuff like; make sure you wear oven mitts when grabbing stuff out of the oven, washing your hands, cover cuts, and put your hair up. Easy right? Well while those are very important to keep you and the people eating your food safe, there are more skills you should learn to make sure you don't get your eyebrows burnt off.

1.) Know your appliances.

I'm going to start with this one first, for my incident last night. Make sure you know how to use your ovens and stoves, and especially your grill. Make sure you're super careful with stoves that are open flame, and know how to light your grill; don't just guess.

2.) Don't cross contaminate.

This rule is very relevant for people with allergies, or when working with raw meat. When working with raw meat and when you have to use cutting boards, knives or any other mixing/cutting utensil, bowls, or plates to bring raw meat out to grill, switch objects out for new ones or make sure you thoroughly clean them with soap. Same thing applies with your guest when they have allergies you have to watch out for, clean or get new utensils. If you cross contaminate you can get people very sick or even threaten their lives.

3.) Sanitation is key.

Keep your space clean and tidy. Not only does it look bad when your guests come over for dinner but it can also be dangerous. Wash your hands continuously, cover open cuts with bandaids, wipe off counters, clean your stove, microwave, and oven often, and keep up with your dirty dishes.

Thanks for checking in, 
Don't burn your face off!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Baked Honey BBQ Chicken Fingers

Feeds: 3-4

Prep time: 30min  Total time: 50min


1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken tenders
3/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I just used all-purpose)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp smoked or regular paprika
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup Panko crumbs
Nonstick spray

Get all your ingredients together, it makes things go much faster!

Pour in your favorite BBQ sauce and add honey (optional) to the chicken tenders.

Stick your (clean) hands in there! Get the gooey honey and BBQ sauce all mixed together, and make sure it covers all the chicken. Put it in the fridge and let sit for (minimum) a half an hour. For more flavor, and if you have more time, let sit for 6 hours or so. The longer it marinates, the more flavor!

In a bowl, add flour, salt, pepper, and paprika. Mix together so all the seasonings are even within the flour and set to the side. Also get your pan ready by spraying it with a non-stick spray.

In another bowl, add your eggs and beat well.

Put the Panko crumbs on a plate, and set up your assembly line. Make sure your baking sheet is nearby. Start by taking a chicken tender out a covering it with flour, flipping it a few times for full coverage.

Transfer the chicken tender to the egg wash and flip a few times to completely cover it.

And lastly transfer it to the Panko crumbs. Flip 2-3 times and pat on crumbs. We want a crumbs to be thick on the chicken tender.

Put the complete chicken tender on the baking sheet and rinse off your fingers for the next round!

Repeat the process to all of the Chicken tenders. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees F. After 10ish minutes, take out and flip. Bake for about 10 more minutes or until chicken is golden brown.

Serve with ketchup or BBQ sauce!