Monday, 30 June 2008

Chicken Licken

I'm always on the search for a recipe that will be a winner with my daughter. Whether it is tinkering with a tried and tested recipe or taking some inspiration from the ridiculous amount of food shows on the TV, my goal is always to work out a family friendly recipe.

Anybody that has children will know how hard it is to keep your kids happy when it comes to food. Surrounded by aggressive advertising from the fast food giants and our Western taste buds tainted with over-salting from such foods, it is always a challenge to make sure that they don’t slip down that slippery road of convenience food addiction.

My latest inspiration came from none other that Gordon Ramsay on his show a few weeks back. I'm not one for rushing for a pen and scribbling things down. If I like it, it stays in my head for approximately 3 days and then if I still haven't made it, it disappears from memory. This is a chicken and mozzarella dish which I'm sure is an Italian classic. I've no idea if it is how he made it, it certainly won't be as classy, but like all of the best things in life, it is simple and there to be experimented with.

The main point is it is another recipe I can add to the growing list of things that work with little Cerys. And there is nothing better that putting a winning smile on her face and seeing her clear her plate. And a well fed contented child means that life will continue to be sweet, another challenge that needs to be constantly worked on. Cheers Gordon.

Mozzarella and Tomato Chicken
Feeds 4

4 medium sized chicken breasts
2 eggs, beaten
Plain flour
4 tbsp olive oil
1 small punnet of cherry tomatoes, halved
2 shallots, sliced
1 clove of garlic, sliced
A handful of fresh thyme or rosemary, finely chopped
2 balls of mozzarella
Salt and pepper

1 - Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C, GM6.
2 - Take a sharp knife and 'butterfly' your chicken. Simply carefully cut centrally across but not right through, then open out so that you have a wider thinner piece of chicken.
3 - Put the eggs in a bowl and the flour in another bowl. Season the flour. Heat up the oil in a non-stick frying pan.
4 - Dip the chicken into the egg then into the seasoned flour. Place into the hot frying pan and cook for 1 minute each side or until beginning to brown. Remove and put into a baking tray.
5 - Heat a little more oil in a pan. Add the shallots, garlic and tomatoes and quickly cook down until softened. Stir in the herbs and a little seasoning.
6 - Place a small pile of the mixture onto the chicken. Then put slices of mozzarella over the chicken until covered. Place onto a high shelf and cook for 15 minutes until cooked through, bubbling and golden brown.
7 - Serve with sautéed potatoes and a fresh salad.


helen said...

mmm,, melty cheesy chicken! How could she not love that?!

I wanted to let you know that I had a taste of that food world snobbery you were telling me about. My latest post was meant to be a guest post for another blogger who also happens to be a chef. He was so rude to me throughout our communications - really abrupt e-mails, not a word of thanks, no clues as to what he wanted and then when I put loads of effort into something he said it didn't meet specifications (what specifications?!). I'm sorry but life's too short mate! Go be rude to someone else!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks great David! I am sure that your daughter loved it! It is what I like to think of as classy fast food. I think your dish is very classy, not to mention homemade, filled with good ingredients and love! A perfect combo in my book!

Beth said...

My daughter would love this, and hubby too. You can't go wrong with chicken and cheese!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

My 8 year old niece just spent the week with me. I was actually shocked that she loves so many "adult foods." Her favorite dinner was spaghetti with shrimp! As for this chicken and mozz dish, she'd have licked the plate.:)

Jeena said...

David, there is no better feeling in the world than when we cook a healthy balanced homemade meal for our kids ....and they love it! :-D

It is no wonder that this dish is a winner, as soon as I saw the picture I knew it looked totally appetizing to me. Great recipe. :-)

Bellini Valli said...

If Cery loves it so do we. Children can be finicky eaters changing their mind from day to day...can you believe that the one thing my daughter would always eat was spanakopita..spinach, feta cheese...go figure:D

Shelly said...

Wow, I was browsing the foodie blog roll tonight and came across your fantastic blog! This recipe looks delicous!

Alison said...

Hi! I just made a dish similar to this from EDF.
It sure was good -- melty cheese, bread crumbs, tomato sauce. All around great.
Nice blog, btw!

Foodies said...

I think my girlfriend will be happy If I make one for her...