For a deliciously flavorful and delightfully crunchy take on boneless skinless chicken breasts, check out this fun way to use boxed stuffing mix!
I pulled this out of Grandmama’s crate of recipes, which are currently residing at my house while I go through them and pull out recipes for my next book. My son is becoming a non enthusiastic meat eater as of late. He tends to gravitate more to veggies (cooked carrots are his favorite) and so when he ate two servings of this chicken, I knew I had a winner. Ricky is a diehard fan of Granny’s Oven Fried Chicken and declared this to be right up there with it. With even less work on my part that is another point in Crunchy Chicken’s favor. All in all, this is a wonderfully crunchy dish with a POP of flavor thanks to the non traditional use of stuffing mix. It comes together in a flash and cooks up while you do other things. All of that means this is a great dish that the whole family (including the cook!) will love!
I have a lot I want to talk about in this post. But I realize some of y’all just came for the recipe so if you want to jump right into that just scroll down until you see the photo of ingredients.
A few years ago, I didn’t understand e-readers. It just seemed like such an odd thing to curl up with a screen rather than a real book. I had a kindle but it was more a novelty that I eventually passed on to my son. Then, about two years ago I had to fly to California for two weeks. Two weeks! This type of packing required more than my usual carry on and the biggest problem I had was the amount of books I wanted to take. Suddenly, I was batting for the ereader team.
Since then I’ve found myself increasingly drawn to them. It is especially nice when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. I simply roll over on my side to block the light from the screen and dive into another world.
But lately, I find that I’m missing the feel of a good book in my hand. Just as old blue mason jars with zinc lids call out to me whenever I walk by, my chair with it’s blanket draped across seem to be yearning for me to sit down with a book. An actual book.
My kindle app has been growing more lonely with each passing day.
Just this past week, my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday (it was yesterday). I gotta give the man credit, that was the earliest he had ever thought ahead. Usually, birthday gifts are considered the day before. I had to think about it a while because that is one of the rare times where I can ask for something and not feel the least bit guilty about it, so I go for pure indulgence.
Oh my goodness, they are beautiful. Hardback, cloth covered versions of so many classics. I made out a wish list of the ones I haven’t read in hopes of getting those first. Eventually, though, I’d like to own them all. I just imagine that collection sitting on a shelf in my house and someone coming over and asking to borrow one for the evening and I dream of walking into the room and seeing my daughter with her nose pressed between the pages.
These are real books. Not pixels on a screen. You read them and then you can turn right back around and read them again. No rental fee. No pause or rewind, just me, them, and the lands and times they want to take me to.
While I was at browsing for myself, I ordered a set of children’s classics for Katy (I actually found them on eBay but that link will take you to see them on Amazon). One of these days, she’s going to be curiously looking through my bookcase and one of them will catch her eye. All she’s got to do is pull it out and crack open the cover and away she’ll go. And return as many times throughout her life as she likes.
So, I’m making a conscious decision to start reading actual books again, after having only left them off and on for the past two years. I miss ya, paper smell. I miss the dust. I miss the dog ears and pencil underlines – Yes, I do that. I make them mine. I talk to myself within the pages and make notes to read when I come back to pick up the conversation again.
Some of the best parts of my life have always been the tangible ones. And I’m staging a comeback of those.
If you like, you can follow the concentrated growth of my book collection on Instagram by following me (click here). Join me by tagging @southernplate on your instagram and using hashtag #yearofthebook. I’d love to see your favorites and finds.
In the meantime, I hope to talk a little more about this in a video I’m making after I finish this post and homeschool for the day. I had to take a little time off from videos until I had time to get in to see Daniel, as he was starting to leave messages on my instagram photos regarding the state of my hair :). I love ya, Daniel! You can “friend” the mastermind who has been doing my hair ever since I started doing tv by clicking here if you’re so inclined. He’s awesome and I’d surely look like a picked bird without him :).
And now for the recipe!
To begin with you’ll need: Cream of chicken soup, milk, boxed stuffing mix (flavor of choice), and boneless skinless chicken breasts.
If you prefer, you can use my recipe for homemade cream of chicken soup in Come Home To Supper in place of the canned soup and milk.
Start by placing the stuffing mix in a large zipper seal bag and beating the living mess out of it.
I highly recommend hammering out chicken or stuffing mix or cracker crumbs as often as possible as it helps work out the frustration with the craziness in the world around us – and keeps us sweet :).
Stir together the milk and cream soup until well blended.
Make a breading station by placing stuffing crumbs in one bowl and soup mixture in another.
Dip each chicken breast on both sides into the soup…
Then into the crushed stuffing mix, both sides.
Place these on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes.
Thicker chicken breasts will need closer to thirty minutes, thinner will be closer to twenty. To check for doneness, just cut in the center of one and pull it apart a bit to make sure there isn’t any pinkness.
Serve this hot and crispy chicken as soon as it’s done, with a side of your choice. Mine is featured with Creamy Cucumbers, recipe coming soon!
- 4 large or 6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 box Stovetop Stuffing Mix flavor of your choice (I use Chicken)
- 10 ounce can cream of chicken soup*
- 1/2 cup milk
- Place stuffing mix in large zipper seal bag and crush with a rolling pin or meat tenderizer (or your hands).
- In bowl or measuring cup, stir together soup and milk until well blended. Pour stuffing mix crumbs in one bowl and soup mixture into another.
- Dip each chicken breast, on both sides, first into soup mixture and then into crumbs. Place on greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes, or until chicken is lightly browned and no longer pink in the center.
As always, I’d just love to hear from you in the comments. You can talk about the weather where you are, this chicken recipe, the cucumber salad on the plate beside it (recipe coming soon!), my self declared Year Of The Book at the bottom, or, just drop a “hidy!” because it is always a joy getting to hear back from you.Yum