Oh TV...how I missed you. Comcast finally showed up yesterday around 1:30 (30 minutes past the 11-1 time frame I was given, so I got a $20 credit...nice). They were here for almost 3 hours, but when they left I had home phone and cable. Glorious cable!! I proceeded to sit on the couch in a sitcom-induced coma for the rest of the evening.
It was wonderful.
Anyway, pecans are a staple of the south. Southerns just LOVE their pecans. I like them, but I can live without them. I learned in my 4 years of southern living that I like the thought of pecans more than the actual nut. I always think I like pecan pie until I take a bite, then I remember that I really don't care for it.
This though, this I could eat all day. Take some juicy chicken, cover it in pecans, and crushed saltines, and you've got yourself one tasty little dinner.
A word of advice though...be careful with the nutmeg. Even that little tiny amount of 1/4 teaspoon gives the chicken a definite nutmeg-y taste, so if you don't really care for the stuff, just leave it out. Or you can try cinnamon in it's place.
Ok everyone, have a great weekend! I will be joining my bestest bud Jenn at the Ledyard Fair tomorrow for a day of fatty fried foods and heckling annoying teenagers. We've been going to the Ledyard Fair since we were very young, and even though it's totally hokey, I've missed it. Now that we're all old and un-cool, we're gonna make fun of the same young whipper-snappers that are laughing at us, and throw things at people from the top of the ferris wheel.
It's cool....we've got our one phone call lined up should we find ourselves in jail ;)
'Pecan-Crusted Chicken Thighs'
Source: Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup crushed saltine or wheat crackers
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Pound chicken to slightly flatten; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. In shallow dish beat egg. In a second dish combine pecans, crackers, and nutmeg. Dip chicken first into the egg then into the nut mixture, pressing to coat.
3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken 5 to 6 minutes each side until crisp.