July 14, 2013: Crusted Chicken with Mango Balsamic Sauce

I haven’t done much cooking this summer, but I decided to try something out today!  I’m spending the summer doing research in Pittsburgh, but my meals have generally consisted of 1) eating out, 2) lunch leftovers, or 3) microwaveable/add water meals, and as such, I haven’t been updating the food blog that much. But that changes today!

Inspired by last year’s granola crusted chicken, I decided to do another crusted chicken dish. I decided to use Crispix cereal (mostly because that’s what I had), and crushed that into crumbs. Lacking spices, I decided to add some crushed pretzels to add some salt.

Cereal and pretzels about to be crushed

Cereal and pretzels about to be crushed

Crushed cereal and pretzels for breading

Crushed cereal and pretzels for breading

Then I prepared the chicken. I purchased three chicken breasts at the market this morning (one for tonight, two for later this week, but I cooked them all tonight).  I dredged them in an egg mixture and then covered them in the crumb mixture.  I then put them into a hot greased pan and let them cook.

Chicken covered in crumbs

Chicken covered in crumbs

Chicken in the pan

Chicken in the pan

Chicken cooking

Chicken cooking

I would have liked finer breadcrumbs to get better coverage of the chicken, but I think it ended up alright. While the chicken was going, I started boiling a pot of water to cook the asparagus. I also cut up a mango, to help make a sauce – one of the things that I wish I had during the first time I made something like this.

Steaming asparagus

Steaming asparagus

Cutting up a mango

Cutting up a mango

Soon the asparagus and chicken were done, and I pulled them out – along with all the little crispy bits of cereal and pretzel that had fallen off into the pan! The “sauce” was pretty simple. Again, multitasking my ingredients, I had a bottle of balsamic vinaigrette dressing, which I put into the pan with some butter and mango slices. It was already pretty reduced and I didn’t  have to wait too long.

Cereal crusted chicken on top of steamed asparagus

Cereal crusted chicken on top of steamed asparagus

Mango pieces in a balsamic "sauce"

Mango pieces in a balsamic “sauce”

Cereal crusted chicken with mango balsamic sauce

Cereal crusted chicken with mango balsamic sauce

In the end, it was quite delicious! The asparagus would cooked well, and the chicken was still juicy. The crust on the chicken was sweet, and the balsamic and mango sauce had a nice mix of flavors. The sauce helped add flavor to the chicken, since I lacked other spices, and the crust didn’t cover the whole chicken. I’m not sure if I will get to cook again this summer (hopefully though!), but this was a lot of fun to do!