I am on a forever quest to produce great meals with minimal effort. In that endeavor, I have found many shortcuts. One of my favorites is to prepare one starter and use it in multiple recipes and in different ways. I convince myself that it is just another form of sharing, true collaboration between recipes. I vehemently deny that it has anything to do with laziness.
On the most basic level, I use this sharing shortcut for sauteed onions and/or garlic. Sauteed vegetables add an important depth of flavor to most recipes but can be time-consuming. Therefore, I saute one large batch and then split the sauteed batch between the soup, side dishes and main dish within the same menu. Any leftover sauteed vegetables are then moved to a zipper bag and placed in the freezer for future sharing.
This recipe is the next step in batter-sharing. This recipe began as the batter for my Broccoli Kugel. I was planning to prepare Baked Chicken Cutlets later on in the day. While I was pulsing the Broccoli Kugel batter in my food processor, I thought, “why not use this batter to coat the baked chicken cutlets?” After all, the batter incorporated so many of the ingredients necessary for moist baked chicken. And, the addition of broccoli would add a moist barrier to the chicken while adding a new color and flavor profile!
And, so I applied the batter-sharing concept to my broccoli batter. In a moment of boldness, I split off some of the kugel batter for the coating of these chicken cutlets.
Wow! Sharing can be daring, and oh, so delicious!
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded or cut thin
1 cup cooked or thawed frozen broccoli (see kosher notes)
1 sauteed onion or 1/4 cup French Fried Onions
1 egg, beaten or 1/2 cup of your favorite dressing
1/2 teaspoon salt
Spicy Mayo (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
Pulse French Fried Onions soft broccoli, egg, salt and pepper.
Coat the thin chicken breasts in broccoli mixture.
Place chicken on parchment on prepared baking sheet. Optionally, drizzle with Spicy Mayo
Bake chicken for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
Kosher laws disallow the eating of any whole insects and therefore broccoli requires a process of soaking, rinsing and in some cases, pureeing, unless purchased with a reputable kosher hashgacha (certification). Kashrut authorities differ on the proper checking of broccoli. This blog was not designed to be your kosher authority, so please consult your local rabbinic authority regarding using and preparing broccoli.
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