Happy September and — coincidentally — National Chicken Month! With the number of healthy, baked and fried chicken recipes you probably make for dinner on a regular basis, it could feel like every month is National Chicken Month. Make September extra special with some fun and flavorful meals that go way beyond the ordinary — we’re talking truly decadent dinners. Here are (drumroll, please!) six ways to make this month something worth celebrating.
Whip up a homemade comfort food classic: Cajun Chicken and Waffles.
Think of a chicken breast as a blank canvas: it’s just begging for you to use ingredients and techniques to make it a flavorful work of art. You’ll never think of chicken as being boring again after learning these four fast and easy tricks to totally change up chicken.
1. Split It
Place the breast flat on a work surface and stabilize it with your palm. Using a chef’s knife, slice horizontally starting from the thicker side of the breast, creating two 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick pieces. Cook the cutlets quickly in EVOO and use them in sandwiches like this Chicken BLT.
2. Pocket It
Using a paring knife, make a horizontal cut, about an inch and a half long, in the thickets part of the breast. Sweep the tip of the blade laterally within the cut, being careful not to poke through the sides, to create a pocket. Now, you can stuff it with cheese, herbs, mushrooms and other tasty things like spinach and feta!
3. Pound It
Place the breast between two sheets of plastic wrap. Working with a meat pounder from the center of the breast outward, use firm, even blows to flatten the breast to the desired thickness. Thinner breasts roll up easily. Layer on meats and cheeses; then roll, bake and slice into cool spirals!
4. Process It
Cut chicken breasts into cubes and place in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground but not a paste, about four 1-second pulses. Keep ground meat refrigerated until ready to form into patties or use in chili.