According to a recent article in the New York Post, home cooked meals rank pretty high on the list of things that make us happy. Â It turns out we are most content when we experience the simple things in life, and managing to fit in time for a family meal is considered more exhilarating than cash.
Do you think this is also true for the maker of the family meal? Â I remember many a dinner when I wanted to pull all of the hair from my head for the sheer stress caused by dining with my family. Â Or with one particular person anyway (hint: he’s my youngest child). It didn’t matter which foods I fed him, he was determined to eat what he wanted and nothing else. Â And what he wanted was the chicken nugget. Â And this didn’t make me very happy.
At that time I didn’t consider making homemade versions of so-called “kid food”, but do I ever wish I had. Luckily, it didn’t take me long to discover a little trick known as “yogurt marinade” and my homemade chicken strip making days began. They still continue today, and this recipe has appeared on the table for more than a few years. Â And that, along with dining with my family, makes me really happy.
Baked Chicken Strips
- 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6-8 grinds of fresh ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (or more if you like)
- 1 box of crackers, smashed into crumbs
Rinse the chicken under cold water and pat dry. Slice each breast into strips andÂ Â set aside.
Combine the yogurt, salt, pepper and mustard in a bowl. Â Add the chicken and allow to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.While the chicken is resting, remove all of the crackers from the packaging, place them in a large resealable bag and pound with a rolling pin until a rough crumb remains.
Dredge the chicken into the crackers and coat all sides well. Â Place on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken. Â Bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through and crackers turn golden. Â Serve warm.