Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What's Cooking Wednesday! Pretzal Crusted Chicken

So this week I'm starting up a new feature with my friend Young from The Mrs. Diaries. Young and I are good friends from college who have recently reconnected through our love for blogging...and food! Each week we will be linking up on Wednesdays to share a favorite meal with our readers, and we are calling it "What's Cooking Wednesday!".

So for my What's Cooking meal, I'm sharing what I made for dinner last night: Pretzal crusted chicken with a Velveeta beer sauce and cheesy risotto. Yum, right??

So to start I defrosted about a pound and a half of chicken. It ended up being about three large boneless, skinless chicken breasts which I sliced into six halves. Now, normally I'd use freshly crushed pretzals (crush em first by hand, then into the mini-chop or food processor they go to make a finely crushed coating) but this week I cheated because I had a coupon and buying Shake n Bake's new pretzal coating was cheaper than a bag of pretzals. So I followed the directions on the box for coating the chicken and in the oven it went. Note: the box recommends that you cook the chicken at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Unless you have really thin chicken breasts, I recommend 25-30 minutes.

pretzal crusted chicken, hot out of the oven!

The Velveeta beer sauce is easy peasy and oh-so-yummy. Cut into cubes about a cup of Velveeta. In a small sauce pan, add about 3/4 cup of milk, 1/2 bottle of beer and the Velveeta. Simmer on the stove until cheese is completely melted, then sprinkle a little cracked black pepper and a touch of garlic powder and mix well. You're done! Now this will yield a good amount of sauce, but that's ok! Because it also serves a purpose for the risotto!

For the cheesy risotto, cook risotto as you normally would, though do not add any onion or garlic to the initial saute. Once the risotto is almost fully cooked, pour about half of the Velveeta sauce into the pan and about 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. Mix it together until the cheese is completely melted and top with additional black pepper. Serve hot!

With this meal I also cooked up some roasted veggies we grabbed at Costo...and viola! Yummy dinner :)

For those of you who are pinners, you'll notice my images are now pinnable! So if you're looking to share this yummy dinner on Pinterest, hoover over the image and pin away :)

If you want to join Young and I on our weekly link-up, please do! Grab our What's Cooking Wednesday! badge below, and please tag and link my blog and The Mrs. Diaries in your post. And don't forget to comment and share the link here for your own yummy meal idea!
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Until next time!

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