I have another family favorite to share today. This one was introduced to me about….15 years ago. It was coined “Utica Chicken” by my step-dad’s brother-in-law. I think. Over the years it has become a staple comfort meal, but one that is saved for special occasions. You know, the ones you only get when you go ‘home’. For me, it Utica Chicken has been a dish strictly reserved for when I go to my mom’s. That is all going to have to change soon, because it has turned into a favorite meal for my kids–especially Miss Moira, because she likes to prepare it herself. That is exactly what we did during our visit to CNY.
It is pretty easy to throw together, making it a totally kid-friendly dish and one that they can help with. I love having kids in the kitchen to help with the cooking often and they love contributing!
This crispy, baked chicken is traditionally we served this up with mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, and of course a green veggie of some sort. The combination is heavenly. And it is truly a special treat for us, considering I don’t usually do gravy unless it is Thanksgiving.
1 lb chicken breast, cut into strips, or 1 lb chicken tenderloins
1 sleeve Townhouse Crackers
1 cup mayonnaise
Put crackers in to a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Place in a shallow dish. Put mayonnaise in a separate shallow dish. Working one strip/tender at a time, coat the chicken in the mayonnaise and then the crushed crackers. Place in a baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° F for 40 minutes, until crispy. Best served with mashed potatoes and chicken gravy!
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
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