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Every Great Day should end with Oven -fried Chicken

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Today has been a great day at my house. It has been one of those days where I am ecstatic to be a parent. My kids go to a Mommy’s Morning Out program on Fridays and I am usually the mom with the screaming child. My son has no problems with school, but my daughter has always thrown huge fits when I leave, but not today! Today my toddling little girl walked right into school, went directly into her classroom without her blanket, turned around and looked at me and said ” Bye Bye!” She waved, blew kisses, then walked off to go play. All of their teachers, the school director and I stared in disbelief. No one could believe it. I’m still in shock.
The rest of the day was just as good, they took a long nap, woke up happy. I had made some cookies earlier and so we painted our cookies and added some sprinkles too!.
Since they were so good all day, I thought they would love some oven fried chicken for dinner. Boy was I right! They ate all of it and cookies too. A mommy couldn’t ask for a better day.

To top it all off, I got a great comment from Ms. Green Tea on my How – to Butcher your own Chicken entry. Thanks Ms. Tea! I hope you stop by again!

Oven-fried Chicken

1 chicken cut into pieces and skin removed
1 sleeve of buttery crackers ( i.e. Ritz, Club, Town House, etc.), crushed
1 cup mayo ( light or fat free is fine)
1 Tbsp. dry mustard
1 Tbsp. dried minced onion flakes
a little water
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a shallow dish or a plastic bag mix together mayo, mustard and onion. Add a splash of water to thin mixture slightly. In another shallow dish or plastic bag add crushed crackers. Pat chicken dry with paper towels, then coat with mayo mixture, then coat with crackers. Transfer to a greased cookie sheet. Continue with the rest of the chicken. Bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking, until juices run clear.

This chicken is phenomenal. It’s crispy, juicy, and has lots of flavor. Feel free to use this on boneless breasts or strips as well. For even more kid friendly fun, serve with some honey mustard.

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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