Chefs constantly run down “fast food” restaurants (in the industry, they’re referred to as “Quick Food”). But here’s a secret: It’s something a lot of chefs won’t admit: but this ol’ cook does it — I like to recreate some of the meals we get at the top restaurant chains. It’s fun, it’s easy and (when you do it at home) it’s cheap. Of course, I only cook the more healthy recipes.
Some of my favourite restaurants include Kenny Rogers Roasters (yes, Kenny’s restaurant chain is still going, mostly overseas), Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, TGI Friday’s, The Cheesecake Factory and Chick-fil-A…
Chic-fil-A has a variety of chicken recipes such as nuggets, chicken salads and chicken sandwiches.
Chic-Fil-A is known for their famous chicken sandwich, but also has flavour-filled wraps, salads, soups and much more. And the Chic-fil-A Breakfast: they offer a delicious breakfast menu and the only restaurant “you get biscuits and sausage gravy at a drive-through window in your pajamas in the morning.” The chain (as of this writing) has over 1,800 locations in 40 American states and the District of Columbia, with it’s newest site opening at the Calgary Airport, Alberta, Canada. It’s distinct among quick-food chains in that its stores are closed on Sundays and it’s owners celebrate family values.
The company’s TV ads have featured cows parachuting on to a football field during a college football game, complete with “EAT MOR CHIKIN” banners, and attacking the hamburger vendor.
Just this month, Food News Media awarded its first time HALO award for 2014 to Chick-fil-A. “HALO stands for Healthy, Active Lifestyle (and if you need the O to stand for something, it’s Objective).” The award honours quick-food and full service restaurant chains that “have made meaningful contributions to a healthy, active lifestyle for consumers.”
Their most popular items include a new Chick-fil-A Chargrilled and Fruit Salad with Harvest Nut Granola topping, Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips that are 50% larger and are complemented by a new proprietary dipping sauce called Chick-fil-A Sauce, a Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich served on a new premium Wheatberry bread with green leaf lettuce, and Cool Wrap selections that come in a new multi-grain flatbread.
So — if you want to really impress someone — take them to Chick-fil-A’s!
But if you want to save money — and impress them too — here’s the recreated recipes — easily cooked right in your own kitchen… you can make their most popular items at home:
–Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich–
3 cups peanut oil
1 cup Milk
1 cup flour
2 1/2 Tb. powdered sugar
1/2 ts. pepper
2 teas. salt, 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved
4 plain hamburger buns
2 Tb. melted butter
8 dill pickle slices
Heat the peanut oil in a pressure cooker over medium heat to about 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, beat the egg and stir in the milk.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pepper, and salt. Dip each piece of chicken in milk until it is fully moistened.
Roll the moistened chicken in the flour mixture until completely coated. Drop all four chicken pieces into the hot oil and close the pressure cooker.
When steam starts shooting through the pressure release, set the times for 3 1/2 minutes. Important: Do NOT close the steam release!
While the chicken is cooking, spread a coating of melted butter on the face of each bun.
When the chicken is done, remove it from the oil and drain or blot on paper towels.
Place two pickles on each bottom bun; add a chicken breast, then the top bun. To make a deluxe chicken sandwich, simply add two tomato slices and a leaf of lettuce.
Mayonnaise or mustard also goes well on this sandwich.
6 cups shredded cabbage
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 – 1/2 cup milk
Mix & Chill 15 minutes.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. celery seed
2-3 drops hot sauce
3 Tbsp. dry minced onion
1/4 – 1/2 cup buttermilk
Mix well with cabbage.
Allow flavors to blend for several hours before serving.
–Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets Recipe–
2 Cups Chicken Breast (Boneless, Skinless, Cubed)
1 Cup Flour
1-1/2 Cups Cracker Meal
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
2 Cups Water
2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
2-1/4 teaspoons McCormick Season-all
Place cool water in bowl, add 1/4 teaspoon season-all and dissolve bouillon cubes in mixture.
Place cubed chicken in water, mix, cover and place in refrigerator for 12 hours or next day.
When ready to cook nuggets, mix flour, cracker meal, 2 teaspoons season-all and paprika in bowl.
Heat oil for deep frying. Drain chicken.
Coat nuggets in flour, cracker mixture and fry until golden.
Chicken will be flavourfilled and juicy.
–Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad–
2 Cups Cooked Chicken Breast
1/3 Cup Finely Diced Celery
1 hard boiled egg, minced
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1/3 Cup Sweet Pickle Relish
2/3 – 1 Cup Mayonnaise
Texas Toast or Thick Cut Sandwich Bread
Boil chicken until completely cooked.
Remove from water and cool meat.You can save the chicken broth, seal and refrigerate no more than a week. After chicken is cool, cut into tiny pieces.
Place in a mixing bowl with all other ingredients and mix well. Butter one side of sandwich bread and grill. Place salad in between grilled bread slices and serve.
And there you are!
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