Monday, November 18, 2013

City Chicken

A few nights ago I tried something new for dinner. City chicken has been around since the 1930s or so, but for some reason I hadn’t given it a try. I found it at the supermarket on sale, then looked online for ways people were preparing it. Here’s my version:

OVEN-BAKED CITY CHICKEN

1 pound city chicken (or 1 pound of pork, cubed with skewer inserted)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 to 1 1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
baby carrots
1/2” thick onion slices

Mix flour, salt and pepper in a flat bowl. Combine the egg and water in a second bowl. Pour the bread crumbs into a third bowl. Dredge the meat in flour, then egg wash, then in bread crumbs, coating well. 

Melt the butter and add olive oil in large nonstick skillet. Brown the city chicken on all sides. 

Place carrots and onions in baking dish, using them as support for the city chicken – to keep it off the bottom of the pan. Place city chicken on top of vegetables. Add about 1/2 cup water (I seasoned mine with rosemary and pepper for flavor) to the pan. Cover with foil and place in 350 degree oven. Bake for 1 hour.

This was very moist and tender. Fluffy mashed potatoes, green beans and buttermilk biscuits rounded out this comforting meal.
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When reading about city chicken and its history, I learned that in the Depression era chicken was hard to come by in cities and places far from rural areas. Pork and ground meats were much less expensive, so people started shaping the meats onto skewers in the shape of a drumstick. This was also called “mock chicken”. Apparently, it was more prevalent in areas like Pennsylvania, West Virginia and well into northern Ohio.

I think this is definitely something I will make in the future!
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"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
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Today is Mickey Mouse Day! Remember The Mickey Mouse Club? How we loved watching Annette and all her friends, as well as the songs and serial stories (Spin and Marty, etc.).

It's also Push Button Phone Day. A while back my grandson saw a rotary phone somewhere and was fascinated with how it worked. Things sure have changed, haven't they?

Tomorrow is Have A Bad Day Day - but I don't recommend it!
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