I may live in Canada but I'm an American girl through and through.
And that means I love me some Mickey D's.
Big Macs, Filets O' Fish, apple pies, vanilla shakes... and those fries. There are no words that can do those fries justice, only sounds. Sounds like mmmm, scarf, snarffle, yum, burp.
After particularly stressful days at work, I take my McDonald's to-go and enjoy it on the couch in my pjs. I guess I'd be more ashamed if it didn't taste so crazy good. But it does, damnit. It does.
I know it's wrong. It's just a lot of fat and salt with zero nutritional value. So I'm trying to be better and cook more dinners at home. Of course there's a certain comfort in breading and baking chicken breasts fresh from the grocer that I don't get from waiting in line at the drive-thru for McNuggets. It's not only healthier but a lot more filling.
I know I can't swear off Mickey D's forever - I have too many fond memories of Happy Meals from the Englewood Beach McDonald's to do that. But in the end wholesome, quality food trumps a questionable "Secret Sauce."
Sorry Ronald, but my arteries deserve a break today.
Parmesan Panko Chicken
Two all beef patties
on a sesame seed bun.
4 boneless skinless chicken fillets (about 1.5 - 2 pounds)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced or crushed in a garlic press
1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano cheese, grated
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the mayonnaise and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
Combine cheeses, spices, lemon zest and bread crumbs in a bowl, then mix so they're evenly distributed.
Using a rubber spatula, spread the mayonnaise over both sides of the chicken. Place each fillet in the bread crumb mixture and roll so both sides are evenly coated. Place on the baking sheet.
Cook until the outside is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees (15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of your fillets).
Once out of the oven, finish with salt and pepper to taste.
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