Thursday, October 22, 2015

Comfort Food: DIY Chicken Patties

Ah yes, the good 'ol comfort food. For some people its ice cream, for some it's chocolate, for others it's chips - for me it's a chicken patty. I don't know why but they are to me what chocolate is to some - heaven. Do you have a "normal" guilty pleasure/comfort food or do you have something unusual?

Lately I've been craving a lot of comfort food. I'm not really sure why, I'm slightly overwhelmed but not really in a bad way. If that makes any sense. Maybe it's because I have a lot going on or maybe it's because I'm barely home anymore or that I have a lot on my mind with everything going with life, planning for the future, etc...Maybe I've just lost my mind. Who knows!?  Whatever the case may be, I have a been having a serious craving for chicken patties and rather than load up on the unhealthy goodness I can find at any fast food chain or in the freezer section, I decided to make a healthier version of that I won't feel as guilty to indulge in. 

So if you share this awkward comfort food craving or you're just looking to make a nice quick weeknight meal for your family, I've got the recipe for you. 

Homemade Chicken Patties:

1 lb ground chicken
1/4 cup onion, chopped 
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 tsp parsley
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs 
1 cup milk
2 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet sauté onion and celery until tender. In a bowl combine 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1 egg, 2 tsp parsley, sautéed veggies, and ground chicken. Combine just until moist. Form into 6 equal patties.

In another bowl combine remaining milk and egg; place breadcrumbs in a shallow pan. Dip each patty in the egg mixture, then in the breadcrumbs. Repeat with rest of patties. Place on pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for 20 minutes flipping halfway through. 

These patties are freezer friendly. Make sure you cool them completely before freezing. When reheating wrap in foil and heat for about 20 minutes at 350.

So with this recipe,  I don't have to feel guilty about indulging and now you can too.

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