Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fictitious fried chicken with creamed corn

oven fried chicken, creamed corn, sauteed broccoli 1
oven fried chicken, creamed corn, sauteed broccoli 2
Blustery wintry weather has been yielding a pattern of hearty, comforting meals at our dinner table. The husband has had a hankering for Southern comfort food this season, as evidenced by meals of the past few months: barbecued ribs, seared pork chops, and creamy mac n' cheese. We love comfort food, especially when I can ensure that its made up of way fewer calories and fat content than if we were to eat it at a restaurant. The Mister's been asking for fried chicken lately, and because exceedingly greasy, fried edibles are not welcome in our home, I ended up making fictitious fried chicken one evening with no oil and baked via the oven. It was marvelously yummy, and made our consciences happy. Our sides were simple sauteed veggies and creamed corn. Creamed corn became a family favorite over the holiday season, and I had leftover ingredients for another batch, so it was an insanely tasty complement to the fictitious fried chicken.oven fried chicken, creamed corn, sauteed broccoli 3
oven fried chicken, creamed corn, sauteed broccoli 4
Fictitious Fried Chicken with Creamed Corn (oven fried chicken recipe adapted from here)

3 lbs chicken
1/2 cup nonfat milk
4 tbsp garlic, minced
1 lemon
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup cornmeal
6 tbsp organic breadcrumbs
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup whipping cream
1 lb frozen kernel corn
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp fresh Parmesan cheese

1. In a large tupperware container, combine milk, garlic, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp oregano, sugar, and cayenne pepper. Whisk until mixed and sugar is dissolved. Pierce each piece of chicken with a fork several times and cover in marinade. Turn chicken pieces in marinade to coat well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a shallow dish, combine cornmeal, breadcrumbs, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp oregano, 2 tbsp Parmesan, 1 tsp lemon zest, and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Mix well.
3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and top with a wire rack. Spray rack with nonstick cooking spray.
4. Remove each piece of chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off. Press into breadcrumb mixture until well coated on both sides. Place on wire rack.
5. Bake until chicken is crisp, about 50-55 minutes.
6. While chicken is baking, make creamed corn, first by combining whipping cream, corn, 1/4 tsp salt, sugar, and 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper in a pot and bring to boil. Simmer 5 minutes.
7. Whisk extra virgin olive oil and flour in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until you have a roux. Add to corn, and mix well until corn mixture is thickened and creamy. Remove from heat.
8. Transfer corn mixture to a casserole dish, sprinkle with 3 tbsp fresh Parmesan, and brown under broiler for 5-8 minutes. Enjoy with fictitious fried chicken and sauteed veggies!


  1. Yummy! But the recipe seems hard for a cooking beginner like myself haha. The chicken looks good but my eyes are drawn towards the creamed corn.

  2. Broccoli is one of my favourite veggies! I just wish other people, read Flip, liked it as much so that we could it eat more often.

    Definitely passing the recipe for the chicken on to Flip {I can't/don't cook} so that he can try it out!

  3. Thanks for this recipe. Breaded chicken baked in the oven is my favorite like a cordon bleu but without the ham and cheese. This is a healthier alternative and must be very tasty because of the marinade.

  4. This looks so awesome. I haven't had fried chicken in forever. I love the fact that garlic is added to this.

  5. Sounds delicious. I would love to try it out one day. Anything to swap out greasiness gest my attention! I love the wear and tear of your table. It shows history and tells an old story~

  6. This looks soooo delicious right now. Even though I'm reading this in the morning, I would definitely eat that for breakfat right now.

  7. This looks too good. My husband would love something like this! I am just curious if you could use boneless?

  8. ok this looks delicious...trying it!!!

  9. Oh my that looks delicious. I need to add some new recipes to my rotation and this looks great! Creamed corn reminds me of being a kid, which is a good thing:)

  10. In love at first sight!! Will have to try this soon. Thanks for sharing such a warm recipe.

  11. This is my absolute favorite meal. delicious. Especially the corn. Incredible.

  12. Comfort food made healthy. Sounds good to me! Thanks for sharing this recipe Helen!

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  14. Yum! This is our kind of meal! I LOVE creamed corn. This looks perfect- as all of your meals do! The perfect winter comfort food!

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  17. Oh yum! No oil, you say? Sounds like a dream.

  18. Oh wow! That looks so delicious!
    I'm an absolute sucker for chicken, especially when it's fried!
    Thank you for the healthier option - I will definitely turn to this next time I crave fried chicken! ^^

  19. Wow this looks IN-CREDIBLE!

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  20. this looks so so good!!! corn and chicken for the win!! :D

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  21. This looks absolutely delicious. All the foods on this plate are some of my favorite.
    Win for you, ma'am. Definite win.

  22. This looks so good - I'm trying not to eat meat (only fish) but I could go for some of this right now ;)

  23. This looks SO SO yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

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  24. This whole meal looks so delicious. That corn!!!

  25. It looks wonderful, especially this corn :-) I love corn)))


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