ChikFilA Night

After a fantastic 4th of July visit from our favorite house guest, Michael, Jojo and I decided to have a lazy Sunday together.  This particular lazy Sunday included the season finale of Mad Men, a couple episodes of Big Love, and a monsoon!  I started to get a little restless (and hungry) as the day went on and decided to try a Pinterest recipe for dinner.  As luck would have it, our good friend Matt happened to be back in town after his Italian vacanza so he got to join in!

I would highly recommend this recipe IF you have plenty of time on your hands (and wine to give you patience).  So here it goes:

ChikFilA CopyCat Nuggets

Two warnings:  First, I do not have a cool fancy camera…I have my iPhone…so sorry about the low quality pics!  Second, I come from a family who refuses to follow recipes, and I am the same way!  I will link the original recipe for you, but I kind of did my own thing.

Step 1: Prepare the chicken.  I used five boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Season them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (my addition) and cut them into bite size pieces.  I usually cut my chicken way too big, so I consciously made them pretty small this time.  Who likes a big dry hunk of chicken?  No one!

Step 2:  Make the marinade.  In a big Ziplock bag or glass dish whisk together 3 eggs, and equal parts milk and dill pickle juice (I LOVE the taste of pickles, so although the recipe calls for half the amount of pickle juice, I upped it).  I think I used 2 cups of each.  Adjust the amount of marinade to how many chicken breasts you are using.  Place chicken cubes in marinade, cover, and put in fridge for 2-4 hours.

Hey Mom, can I come inside?

Step 3:  Brush off all the dirt that the puppy has rolled in while you were making the marinade. Thanks Alici!

Step 4:  Take a nap while the chicken marinates.

Step 5:  Forget that you are blogging this recipe and stop taking pictures!  Oh yeah, and heat a thin layer of oil in the biggest pan you have.

Step 6:  Mix together 1.5 cups flour, 2 tbsp powdered sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika in a big Ziplock bag (I made 2 bags since I had so much chicken).

Step 7:  Using a slotted spoon, place delightfully marinated chicken in flour bags and shake shake shake!

Step 8:  Test the oil by putting a little piece of chicken in.  If it sizzles, it’s ready.  If it pops, it’s too hot.  If it does nothing, it’s too cold.  Once the oil is ready, put a small batch of nuggets in and let them cook for about 4-5 mins or until they turn golden brown on the bottom.

Step 9:  Flip each nugget and cook about 4 mins longer, and enjoy your company (and wine…don’t forget about the wine).

Matt and Jojo anxiously awaiting the nuggets!

Thank you for helping my patience, Pinot!

Step Omg These Are Time-consuming: Keep on going until you run out of chicken!

I wanted everyone to eat at the same time, so I put my oven on 200 and kept the batches in there until I was finished with all of them!

Step 73:  While the nuggets are cooking, mix together some ChikFilA sauce (which turns out is just honey-mustard and bbq sauce!

Last step:  Serve with whatever delicious sides you crave (I made fontina and cheddar orrecchiette and green beans) and ENJOY!!!

Happy Hubby

Sooooo good!

Here is the link to the original recipe.

There ya have it!  Let me know how it turns out if you try it!  It did take forever to make but did NOT disappoint!

Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend!

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Blog Intro

This is my first foray into blogging, so please bear with me as I attempt to find my comfort zone in the blogosphere.

I wanted to name this blog something inspirational, like “My Quest for Self-Acceptance” or “Learning to Love the Real Me” but anyone who knows me at all knows that I am very sarcastic and hate overly-positive gibberish. It’s like the one eCard (I’m obsessed with eCards…which will become apparent very soon, I’m sure) that says “We all know you’re just one ‘I love my life’ Facebook status from having a mental breakdown.”  No bsing here, just truth!

I’m not here to write about how I’ve experienced some incredible come-to-Jesus moment about life, or how I know everything there is to know about my own gender and our eccentricities. I’m here to hopefully provide some levity and support about surviving as a woman in America. What’s so hard about being a woman in America? Well, truly and honestly in my case, nothing. I know I’m very blessed to have such love, health, and comfort in my life, and that not everyone is as fortunate. I am very grateful for all that God has given me. But again, this is not a serious blog–this is a funny, light blog. So I apologize if you find that my complaints are frivolous. I suggest you find a different blog!

The struggles that I will be discussing are issues that I believe many of my friends and family members and other women out there experience everyday. They are faults within ourselves that we wish we could overcome but we just can’t. What am I talking about? Well here are some faults that I can’t seem to get over.
I am:
– lazy
– overly critical of others
– overly critical of myself (ESPECIALLY of my body)
– always hungry and obsessed with cooking (not a good combo)
– addicted to TV
– impatient
– sarcastic
– …I could go on forever!
I hope I’m not alone in all of these, but maybe I am. Maybe you are awesome and don’t struggle with any of these things. If so, go to the gym or the soup kitchen or another great place where you will never find me (because I’m at home…on the couch…watching TV).

This blog is a way for me to say that I am trying, and I think that many women are trying too and we all need some support! What am I trying? Time for another list.
I am trying to:
– be more patient
– love the 15 (or 20) pounds that I’ve gained since meeting the man of my dreams and became truly happy
– watch less TV and read more books
– show my love for people more often
– accept the fact that diets do not work for me and that’s okay
– be the best wife/daughter/sister/friend that I can be
– stop letting others make me feel guilty about my imperfections
– create more
– …again, I could go on forever!

I must admit that even though it is shallow, this blog will deal with weight/body image frequently because it is something that occupies my brain more than many truly important things. It seems to be the only thing that I talk about with my female friends and family. Why?! We say the same damn things over and over again but does anything every really change?

So let’s see where this goes. When it all comes down to it I’m just the same girl you’ve always known. I’m probably very similar to the girl that lives in your head telling you that you’re fat but that you should also buy three boxes of PopTarts next time you go to the store.

What do you struggle with? What are you trying to do? How many hours a day do you spend on Pinterest pinning exercises that you will never do and smoothie recipes that you will never make (because dammit, toasting waffles requires so much less cleanup and tastes so much better!)?

Thanks for reading,
Grace