“Mom……what’s for supper?”

27 Apr

I am sure that all us Moms have heard that more times than we’d care to remember! Every morning I wake up and start to plan the evening meal. Decisions, decisions!! Well, tonight I made what our family calls, Naked Chicken! Actually it is un-fried chicken, but when the kids were little, they’d call it naked chicken!  The secret to this recipe is to make sure both the chicken and the yogurt are very cold ( hence, soaking the chicken in ice water). The preliminary soaking will help the breading adhere and produce a crisp coating just like that of fried chicken.

unfried chickenRaw chicken may contain bacteria that can cause illness. While the bacteria is destroyed by thorough cooking, care should be taken to avoid contaminating your work area and other foods with raw poultry juices. And make sure your chicken is cooked to 170 degrees with an instant read thermometer, or until juices run clear and you can no longer see any pink or red flesh once the meat falls away from the bone.

Ok…..enough of Chicken 101! Are you ready to try un- fried chicken? Lets go!

To begin, you will need:

Light vegetable oil cooking spray

1 whole, deskinned frying chicken

3 1/2 cups ice water

1 cup plain nonfat yogurt

For the breading:

1 cup dried Italian bread crumbs

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Dash cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

First…..preheat Mister Oven to 400 degrees. A little warmer than usual! Coat your best baking sheet with 3 sprays of the cooking spray. Place that big, fat chicken in a large bowl with the ice water. It won’t hurt him or her, after all, we are going to EAT it!! Put your yogurt in a medium bowl. Set both bowls aside.

Second……toss all of the breading ingredients into a large, tightly sealing plastic bag. Seal that bag real good and shake it up to mix the ingredients.

Now….remove 2 pieces of chicken from the ice water. I am sure the chicken appreciates it! We are going to give the chicken some warmth by rolling it a coat of yogurt. Place the yogurt wearing chicken into the bag of seasoning and toss real well. Transfer that lovely breaded chicken to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this process until all the pieces are wearing matching yogurt breading. Spray the chicken lightly with the vegetable oil, like a mist of suntan oil! It is going to be very hot where they are going!!

Last…..place the baking sheet on the bottom shelf of the oven and bake for 1 hour, turning these lovelies over every 20 minutes so their golden brown. Make sure they reach 170 degrees before removing from Mister Oven to ensure doneness.

There you have it….the Santilli Family recipe for Naked Chicken!!


One Response to ““Mom……what’s for supper?””

  1. Randall April 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    This is great. Love the name of the recipe as well. Hey Kim here’s a new product I found for cleaning your chicken, fish, fruits or vegetables the natural way. It’s a food based cleaner…here’s the link; http://www.savorthefood.com . Check it out has a short video.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with Us!! 🙂


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