So, I first want to apologize for sharing two chicken recipes in a row (sorry, not sorry..) I was trying to think of some really easy and flavorful recipes for your weeknight rotation and Jim asked me to make this crispy onion chicken recently so I thought this would be a great one to share with you guys. One thing I will probably tell you more than once about my husband is that he isn’t afraid to be honest with me (which is good and bad, right?) He will tell me when he isn’t a big fan and then if he likes something he will ask me to make it quite a bit. Like this chicken for instance – it is actually one that we all love which believe me, doesn’t happen very often.
Before I get to the recipe I wanted to share some pics from a recent trip to one of my favorite places in the Triangle – Duke Gardens. This is the place I usually choose to go on Mother’s Day (although I think Duke graduation is on the same weekend.) This was my first time visiting in the fall and it was a perfect day – sunny and kind of cool. My brother and sister-in-law came down for the weekend and I knew my SIL would appreciate it here. She had been back in the day when she interned in Durham but hadn’t been back since. They took us to Longwood Gardens when we were up in Pennsylvania and Duke Gardens is our version of Longwood (minus the beautiful mansions of the Dupont family.) We kinda joked that one was funded by tobacco and the other was funded by chemicals…..sigh.
There are four different sections at Duke Gardens – the historic gardens, the garden of native plants, the Asiatic Arboretum and the Doris Duke Center and Gardens. Each garden has its own unique style and feel and I love them all. Was trying to think which one is my favorite but I couldn’t choose one. Seriously if you live in the Triangle and you haven’t been you need to go. Unless of course…you hate plants and nature…then maybe go to the mall….. Oh, plus its free!!! And if you go early parking is free, too:-).
I love the walkway as you enter the gardens. This path leads you to the rose garden which is a great place to take pictures.
The historic terraces are beautiful year round. I thought it wouldn’t be the same in the fall but it was just as beautiful as it is in the spring – just different. People take graduation and wedding pictures under the gazebo. I think it is covered with wisteria in the springtime.
At first the girls put up a little fuss about going, but then they asked if they could do tumbling and I said yes, so that helped change their minds. FYI…if you have girls that do cheer or gymnastics they will be upside down like this 50% of the time. In this pic we are on one of the terraces that overlooks the historic gardens.
Zig-Zag Bridge in the Asiatic Gardens. Every time we go we discover something new. I don’t think we have ever been on this bridge before but I thought it was super fun. No one fell in unbelievably.
Taylor on the stepping stones – I know someone is going to fall into the pond one day but so far we have been lucky! So many places to fall into water which makes it kind of fun:-).
Red Arched Bridge – on a beautiful day this is breathtaking! One of my favorite views at the gardens.
We also enticed the girls into going by promising ice cream (that always works) so we headed to The Parlour which is right in downtown Durham and only a few minutes away from Duke. They were featured in Southern Living as having the best ice cream in the south a few years ago and I have wanted to go there ever since. They do have really really good ice cream!
I had the Viennese Coffee and Ella had the Salted Caramel (which was my favorite) and Taylor had the Cookies and Cream. Hand crafted ice cream is definitely worth the calorie splurge so if you are in Durham I definitely recommend stopping by. You know when there is a line for ice cream on a cool Monday afternoon it must be good! Plus I always think its fun to go go to Downtown Durham – it is such a cool city with a great foodie scene!
After a day of exploring there is nothing better than having an easy peasy recipe on hand for dinner (except maybe getting takeout from my favorite Thai restaurant.) This Crispy Onion Chicken is a great one to keep in your back pocket for busy nights. The crispy onion coating is so good and the chicken is always extremely moist. You’re gonna love this one. Enjoy!
Source: Taste of Home Magazine
- ½ cup butter, melted (I sometimes do a little less or do half olive oil)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 can (6 ounces) frenchfried onions, crushed
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves pounded thin
- Melt butter in a shallow bowl and then add Worcestershire, mustard, garlic salt and pepper.
- In another bowl add ½ cup of the fried onions.
- Dip the chicken in the butter mixture and then the onions to give it a good coating.
- Place the chicken in a greased baking pan.
- Top with the remaining onions and drizzle with remaining butter mixture (optional.)
- Bake uncovered at 350 for 30-35 minutes.