Wednesday, June 24, 2009

chicken strips and fries

This one is too pretty, too easy, too tasty to not cook while camping. Sure, you have to stand over the stove and fry, but it is so worth it. I know what you're thinking - "it's only chicken and french fries!" Seriously, I know, but there is something about this recipe that is just ridiculously good!

The best part of this meal just may be the chef - my pops. You see, growing up, if my dad had the day off, you pretty much knew you were getting the one thing that he knew how to cook: scrambled eggs, toast, OJ. It is literally the only time I can remember my dad making a meal. So imagine my shock when my family came back from camping last year (I was unable to make the trip) and everyone went on and on about Dad's chicken and french fries meal. I said exactly what you're saying right now - "it's only chicken and french fries!" - but everyone assured me that they would live up to the hype.

He made me laugh. This is my dad. My mom is fishing in the stream in the background. He wanted to make absolutely sure I got documentation that he was prepping dinner.

So when it came time for the meal, my expectations were high. My dad sat down on the old picnic bench, picked up his knife and went about his potato slicing. He was in the zone. If there is one thing my dad is, it's thorough. He is a masterful woodworker, mechanic, painter, handyman. You name it - if my dad does it - he does it well. The same is true for slicing potatoes. He slices those puppies up like a champ! No thick cut steak fries for his diners, these were pomme frites!

*chicken strips and fries*
1 cup Bisquick
1 cup flour
2 tbsp seasoned salt
chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 cup milk
3 eggs

potatoes, slice thinly into fries
onions, sliced into rings
lots of veg oil

pot for frying fries
pot for frying chicken
2 large plastic baggies

Put the milk and eggs into the plastic baggy. Mix it together and put in your chicken. Let it sit while you prep everything else.

Bread your chicken in the flour/salt/Bisquick combo. Fry to deep golden brown on each side. Fry your fries and onions at the same time.

Serve immediately.

Yes, *that* good.


zoe said...

Mmm..homemade fries are the best! I love homemade chicken strips too. I bet it smelled amazing!

Denise said...

My kids love chicken fingers and homemade ones at that and the fries look to die for...

Anonymous said...

looks like such a great trip:)

Heidi said...

Love this idea! It looks so yummy.

Anonymous said...

You know what? Just as I saw that GORGEOUS picture of the chicken strips, my stomach let out a HUGE rumble. Honest to God. I'm realy freaking hungry now.

Danielle said...

I love to camp and never thought about making those!! I'm gonna put a star next to this recipe so I can remember to make it! heck, I may not even wait until the next camping trip and just make them at home

Donna-FFW said...

Chicken fingers are a favorite here. These look perfect!

finsmom said...

Youve created some of the best camping food Ive ever seen!

Great blog! I will be following you!

~~louise~~ said...

I love these camping stories Cori. The meals are as memorable as the scenery.

More more...

teresa said...

Wow, I would make this at home any day! Looks delicious!