Monday, May 10, 2010


this is inspired by yesterday's ~mother's day~ blog post. It's not fashion or music related, i just feel like sharing an easy, mom-inspired recipe that is good to make when you're an 'on a budget' college student (or anyone, really). It's easy, tastes good and is not costly. Are you into it yet?

now, this reminds me of my mom because this is her recipe. I remember thinking "HUH? APPLE JUICE? ONIONS? GROSS" but was soon converted to it. I've made it quite a few times since i've been down here (and even cooked it for my gracious hosts/friends in Ireland; abby & liza) It's for chicken kiev, except...well, this is not like chicken kiev at all. So i don't know why my Mom calls it that. Bear with me.

do you like chicken? good. do you like apple juice? sweet. do you like onions? nice. do you like butter? of course you do. are you kind of poor and want to cook something cool without putting in a ton of effort? yes. okay, then you'll like this recipe. i've modified it a bit to fit my needs and desires, so feel free to do the same.

This is what you need:
-boneless skinless chicken breasts (you decide how many your tiny heart desires)
-olive oil
-parmesan cheese
-apple juice
-chopped spinach
-one yellow onion
-assortment of herbs and spices (i use black pepper, garlic, parsley, and oregano)

Now, since I'm remaining ~true to myself~, I'm not going to give measurements here because a: i never use them and b: i don't know what your preferences are! maybe you want more onion than me? more chicken? less breadcrumb? whatever you want.

-Preheat oven to 450 degrees
-Dredge chicken breasts in a mixture of breadcrumbs, spices & parmesan cheese
-Lay each breast out in a glass cooking dish (sprayed with non stick spray stuff or whatever you want to use. don't use crisco or lard or something. you might as well just go inject pig fat into your eyeballs if you cook with that stuff)
-Cook JUST the chicken for about 20-30 mins, so it is cooked and somewhat ~cripsy~ looking.
-Now, chop an onion however you'd like, chop up some baby spinach (or the frozen kind. your call..)put in a bowl, throw in a bit (wow im vague) of olive oil, butter and apple juice in the bowl over the onions/spinach, add some herbs&spices. If you don't want to use that much butter or olive oil, throw some chicken broth in there to substitute it.
- Just eyeball how much to use. Have it be enough to coat the onion, spinach and chicken.
-Pour the mixture over the chicken, put back in the oven.
-Keep in oven for about 10 minutes or until it looks ready. You be the judge.

Is your mouth watering yet? Or are your arteries pounding? What are you thinking about? Hopefully you're going to try it. Don't get this confused with the real chicken kiev which looks something like this and is basically nothing like the chicken kiev i listed above. My Mom's recipe seems to be an impostor but it's delicious and easy. Plus, having a chicken ball filled with butter may get weird.