i’m 25 years old and i still get homesick.
i just wake up and ache for the bed i grew up in, my room that held me as i cried when my first boyfriend dumped me and my house that loyally quieted its creaky wood floors as i snuck out to go to a senior’s party.
i miss hearing my mom clamor dishes around downstairs, and my dad shovel the snow outside. i miss my brother waking me up when he turns on that stupid hall light that’s as bright as the sun. i miss knowing that my sister, my biggest protector, is 20 steps away. i guess i just miss the most familiar place in the world, the place that envelopes me in love and makes me feel tucked away so safely.
i mean, don’t get me wrong – i love chicago and i think this is where i’m meant to be right now. plus, there’s not a ton of social life for me back in fort wayne. if i moved back now i might as well just buy nine cats and make reservations for 1 the next 70 valentine’s days.
but i miss my quaint hometown, and since cooking is my therapy i’m craving comforting, familiar food that makes me so nostalgic i know that if i just close my eyes, it will feel like i’m almost back there, in that kitchen with my mom, her feverishly trying to clean up after me as i cook and mess. my dad just outside the window filling his bird feeders that the deer keep eating, and pretending to be annoyed about it.
rice krispies chicken. no i’m not kidding. and i don’t care how hard you’re judging me right now. i wanted to eat it. so i made it. when we were little, my sister, brother and i LOVED this dish. it was just so crunchy and the flavor, umph. making it again was like falling back into that spot in the couch that fits you so well.
and it’s SO silly easy. easier than the foolproof chicken . if you screw this up, just call me and i’ll make you dinner every night.
try this dish sometime. not for a dinner party or when you’re in-laws are coming by for the first time but when you just want a simple recipe besides grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly (both of which i make embarrassingly often). it’s another go-to to add to your repetoire.
this is my grandma’s recipe and i couldn’t actually believe how good it turned out. it blew my mind. like heaven meet my stomach. i ate the whole chicken breast standing in my kitchen not breathing between bites. which explains this picture:
make it. go on. hurrryyyy.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1.5 cups rice krispies
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon fat free milk
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon mixed salt (recipe below if you don’t have) but i reco Jane’s Krazy mixed-up salt
- cooking spray
- mixed-up salt:
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon oregan
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- preheat oven to 350.
- whisk egg with water in small bowl.
- in a large ziploc bag, add rice krispies, paprika and mixed salt. then shake shake shake
- dip chicken breast in egg, cover thorough. then add to ziploc bag and roll it around so it’s well covered.
- repeat with second chicken breast
- place in baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray.
- top with more rice krispies. well i would, obviously. just look at the pictures.
- bake for 30 minutes or until cooked thoroughly