Monday, September 19, 2011

Quick & Easy Meal - Buffalo Chicken

Today I am sharing one of our favorite quick and easy meals - Buffalo Chicken! Adam and I both love spicy foods, and this one is so easy to make, and you can control the amount of heat with how much sauce and how long you heat it up.

Buffalo Chicken
recipe from my mom, she's the best :)

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup all purpose flour
salt, pepper
canola or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot sauce

Directions:
Trim any visible fat from chicken breasts.
Cut the chicken breasts in 1 inch cubes, or big chunks. Really, you can cut these however you would like.
Heat the canola oil over medium high heat in a large skillet or cast iron pan. You need enough oil to do a shallow pan fry (not deep fry), so you want the oil to come up just slightly on the edge of the pan. Put the flour in a shallow bowl or plate next to the pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place next to flour - so you have an assembly line set up with chicken, flour, pan. Make sense?
Place some of the chicken in the flour.
Roll the chicken around until it is completely covered with the flour.
Once the oil is hot (you can test by placing the end of a wooden spoon into the oil and if it bubbles around it, the oil is ready), add a few pieces of the chicken. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until the outsides are crispy and the insides are cooked through.
Place cooked chicken on a brown paper bag (or paper towels) to drain the excess oil. Continue until all the chicken is cooked. If you have kids who do not like spicy foods, you can keep a few pieces of chicken to the side for them to eat plain.
Now the fun part. You HAVE to use Frank's Red Hot sauce. It is the best. Trust me. If you have any leftover oil in the pan from cooking the chicken, wipe it out with a paper towel. Melt the butter in the pan, and then add about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of hot sauce, depending how saucy and how hot you like it. Heat the sauce slightly over low heat (DO NOT BOIL). The longer the sauce heats, the hotter it will get. We just warm it slightly to give a little heat.
Add the cooked chicken to the pan with the hot sauce, and use a pair of tongs to rolls each piece of chicken in the sauce.
Serve while hot!
We enjoyed our buffalo chicken with Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake and rice.
If you have any leftover buffalo chicken, it tastes amazing warmed up with a little cheddar cheese in a tortilla toasted in skillet with a little butter.
My husband says the leftovers eaten in a buttery tortilla are worth making extra buffalo chicken. I think I'll second that. They are pretty tasty.
Enjoy!

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