Sunday, January 16, 2011

breaded chicken.

I love this dish because it is so versatile. You can serve this with pasta or salad or freshly buttered bread. Our favorite though is to cut it up and put it in sandwiches. Big rolls, lettuce torn up, a hint of salt and pepper on large sliced tomatoes. Mayo, swiss cheese, feta cheese. Bacon slices for variety. And a big dollop of Sriacha. Mmmm, I told ya, that shit goes with anything. Anyway, here's how you make my version of breaded chicken. Try it and let me know how it turned out.

Gather ingredients in an assembly line:

Flour mixed with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Two eggs. Or if you use four big pieces of chicken you might need an extra egg, like I did. Whisked, of course.

Chicken. I used four big pieces of thigh meat. We usually purchase breast pieces but this week they weren't on sale at Sunflower.

And a plateful of Japanese Panko bread-crumbs. Another solid investment.

Drench chicken piece in flour. Shake off excess. Dip it and cover it in egg.

Cover with bread-crumbs on both sides. If you want a heavier coating, press the bread crumbs onto the chicken with your fingers so that they stick. I prefer a light coating so I usually dust the bread crumbs on top of the meat.

Arrange said chicken on a greased baking sheet and bake the pieces in a 400F pre-heated oven for forty-five minutes.

Once thoroughly cooked, fry them in canola or vegetable oil for a couple of minutes on both sides till the coat turns golden brown for a not-so-healthy option.

PS: Plis to excuse the quality of the photographs. I took them with one hand on The Android.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

the guide to eating out in ABQ

I wanted to do a post on the best places to eat in Albuquerque, at least the ones we've tried so far.

Evergreen Chinese Buffet:

Our favorite go-to-place anytime hunger strikes. Excellent sushi, crab rangoons, breaded shrimps, dumplings, dim suns, wontons. You name it, they got it.

Village Inn.

Suzanne took me here one Monday evening and I fell in love with their breakfast items. Best sausage gravy ever! The fact that it is open till 2am on weekends is a definite plus.


This is located near the University. This is where we had our first staff-only-dinner. The calamari was perfect.

Elephant Bar Restaurant.

Chris made reservations for my birthday. Located in ABQ Uptown, this place has an amazing ambience, and perpetually crowded (at least on a Saturday) so make your reservations early! Loved, loved, loved my sushi. I think it was the sea-weed fried in batter that did the trick.


Great Irish pub in the neighborhood. We had an early dinner there once, I loved my shepherd pie. The portion was quite big so I had left-overs as well! Chris liked his beer and his ginormous burger. I ate his fries.

Krung Thai.

The pad-thai I ordered the first time was quite mediocre but I am glad we stuck with this place for a second, third and fourth tries in quick succession. I get the stir-fried basil with chicken and Mr. Sachinky sticks with the red curry chicken with rice. We split half-and-half.

India Palace.

Good buffet with a reasonable price-tag. Large variety and amazing desserts.

Viet Q.

Banh mi and spicy lemongrass noodles with pork. Big portions and extremely reasonable prices. 'Nuff said.