This week's cooking challenge was about pan frying. I'm not so good at this technique. I'm not precisely sure why, but it isn't my strength. For this challenge I went through my giant binder full of recipes I've ripped from magazines until I came across one that sounded good this week and fit the challenge. I decided on Spicy Chicken Sandwiches. It also had a recipe for lime mayo but as I believe mayo to be the devil, I ignored this part of the recipe.
A number of problems arose with this recipe. First of which was the direction to cut the chicken breast in half horizontally which I believed should look like this:
I only discovered how wrong I was when I was anxiously trying to make the chicken cook as fast as it said it should so I could go get my hair cut. It should have been the other horizontally, so that I had two very thin and identically shaped cutlets. Duh.
The second step was to marinate both halves in a marinade of one egg, 3 Tbsp. tabasco, and some oregano and salt. I did this for 8 hours. I discovered I'm not hugely fond of that much Tabasco flavor. I think I need to buy a different hot sauce, suggestions?
Then I had to crush up some tortilla chips. Which I should have done much finer. Why didn't I? I dunno. Just didn't. Cuz I suck I guess. So my breading did not stick well and I wound up having to just pour some crumbs on top of my sandwich when I went to eat it.
Then you pan fry it. If you cut your chicken right it should be three minutes on a side, but the way I cut it took much much longer. All in all it came out okay. My homemade hamburger buns helped to make up for what the chicken was lacking ( and the delicious roasted garlic potatoes I made!) but I would do it much differently next time.