Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chicken Crunch

So if you're a regular visitor to Vittles and Bits, I'm sure you've noticed that I completely revamped the design of my blog.

In fact, I apologize if you came to the site at all yesterday, because you probably saw some cra-zazzle things. 

I'm unfortunately pretty inexperienced with blog 'design', so it took a lot of tweaking to get the site looking the way it does now.

I guess it would have been smarter to work on it late at night or on a weekday?  But once I get something in my brain, I can't rest until I do it.  (I have a similar problem with recipes, if I am struck by an idea I must make it immediately!)

In any case, you're not the only people to whom I owe an apology for yesterday's blog madness - poor Mr. Vittles would not stop complaining that I wasn't paying attention to him.

He sulked.  He pouted.  He sat on me.  He tickled me.  He threw things at me.  He put our bird's butt in my face.

Basically anything to distract me from the computer.

(FYI, despite how gross 'bird butt' sounds, it's really not.)

Now in my mind, I wasn't really ignoring him at all - but I will say I was quieter and more focused on my laptop than usual.  And as someone who rarely sits still, all this house time with me and my damaged tootsies is probably taking it's toll on him.  I'm surprised he's not climbing the walls yet.

Soooo.... in an effort to make up for my behavior yesterday, I decided to make one of Mr. V's favorite meals tonight - chicken crunch!

This is actually a dish that was introduced to me many years ago by an ex-boyfriend "old friend".  His version was made with cream of mushroom soup as the 'sauce' and he really didn't follow much of a recipe.

But I don't like mushrooms, and I eventually developed my own sauce to avoid using canned soup.

To be honest, I'm not sure where the idea for chicken crunch originated.  Maybe he made it up - today I googled it for kicks, and didn't come up with anything like it, so who knows.

But wherever the idea came from... I stole it, tweaked it to my taste, and made up this recipe.

And it helped me get out of the doghouse with Mr. Vittles.

Or, the 'bloghouse,' as it may be.  Whatever.  But that's the power of the chicken crunch.

Chicken Crunch
  • 1 - 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken (breasts or tenderloins)
  • 3 1/2 C. dry, crushed (not cubed) herb-seasoned stuffing (with 1/2 C. reserved separately)
  • 2 T. butter
  • 3 T. flour
  • 1/4 t. onion powder
  • 1/4 t. garlic power
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 t. ground mustard
  • 1 14-oz. can reduced sodium chicken broth (about 2 C.)
  • 1/2 t. dried parsley
  • 2 T. heavy cream
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 to 4 T. melted butter (optional)

Make the sauce*:  Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat just until foaming.  Meanwhile, mix flour, onion & garlic powder, cayenne, and ground mustard in small bowl until combined.  Add to melted butter, and whisk until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

Add can of chicken broth and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally.  Lower heat and simmer a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens to the consistency of heavy cream.

Remove from heat and add cream, parsley, and ground pepper.  Stir to combine.  Allow mixture to cool before coating chicken (you can cover loosely and refrigerate 1-2 hours until cooled.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and grease a medium casserole dish (I usually use an 8x8 glass pan).

Reserve 1/2 C. of sauce (for serving) then place 3 C. dry stuffing and remaining sauce in two separate, shallow containers.  Dip each piece of chicken in sauce, then coat with stuffing crumbs.  Place chicken in prepared casserole dish.

Once all pieces are coated, top with reserved 1/2 C. of dry crumbs.  Then pour melted butter over top (if using).  Bake in preheated oven until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, about 25-30 minutes for tenderloins and 35-40 minutes for breasts.

Warm remaining sauce and serve atop chicken, if desired.

*Time-Saving Tip:  You can either make the sauce a day in advance and refrigerate it, OR you can use a can of cream of chicken (or mushroom) soup sprinkled with ground pepper, onion powder, & parsley and thinned with milk until desired consistency is reached.

Original Recipe

 Hearth and Soul Hop-Volume 33!


  1. The new design looks great! I love it!

  2. Love Shabby Blogs!! Cute stuff - and great recipe! Buzzed it! :)

  3. I love the new blog design! This sounds and looks like a great recipe to try. I love crunchy faux fried recipes. Yummy!

  4. Yum, that sounds really good! And the new design looks AWESOME!

  5. The new blog looks fantastic!! And I like this recipe!! I do tend to make it with cream of chicken soup during the weeknights because it is simple and fast but I am definitely going to try it this way. It sounds so good (especially with the heavy cream!!). :)

  6. The new design is awesome! I just love it! And this recipe sounds delicious. Something both of my boys would like, which is always a plus for me! Buzzed!

  7. This looks really good! I bookmarked it to use soon. Thank you for sharing. (And I am visiting for the first time, but I think your design is cute!!)

  8. This looks really good. Thanks for sharing. We have a recipe up too.

  9. Great chicken recipe. In regards to doing things that get stuck in your head, I am the same way. It must be done now! :)

  10. Ooooh this looks so pretty! I love the boutique-ish look and feel...great job!!

    mmmmm! I'd love to have a crunch of that chicken.

  11. Great idea for another chicken dish.... thanks for posting:)

  12. I didn't see the blog yesterday, but what you have now looks great!
    And the chicken, well, that simply looks great too! Definitely a family pleaser! Nicely done...

  13. came over from blessed with grace...the blog looks great (although i didn't see the "old" look) and this recipe looks/sounds amazing!! thnx!! =)

  14. This looks super yummy and comforting. I like the sound of your sauce more then a mushroom soup too!

  15. I love your blog redo !You did a wonderful job. I hope the feet are better ASAP. I loved the story about the trip for ice cream. I would have been a wreck!

  16. This looks awesome! It's been bookmarked! I'm always looking for a new chicken recipe!

  17. okedoke! awesome, ready?
    1) love the new blog look
    2) this recipe looks amazing! holy cow, the levels of delicious!
    3) your ice cream story is hilarious

    thanks for posting :)

  18. First let me say "Wahooo!!" you didn't use the canned stuff!!This recipe sounds delicious, I can see how it got you out of the "bloghouse". I am late but thanks for linking this to the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  19. Awesome recipe and looks absolutley delish! First time on your blog and love it

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