Wednesday I made a chicken recipe I've been making for years. I assumed I had posted it already because we eat it rather frequently. It's an old family recipe. We used to raise chickens (thus explaining my dislike of the dirty, little beasts). My mom fed them so well they were as big as mini turkeys. And although I don't care for live chickens, they are very tasty when dead and cooked (I don't want to hear from any live chicken lovers; I understand your love of them, I just don't share it).
This recipe is an old Weight Watchers recipe my mom garnered while in Weight Watchers in the day when ketchup was considered a vegetable. Although I don't make it because it's Weight Watchers, rather because it's really good and one of my family's favorite meals.
Weight Watchers Shake and Bake
2/3 cup dry milk
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp paprika
2 tbs dry bouillon
2 lbs skinless chicken pieces (I use thighs and legs; usually I skin them myself)
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl or bag and shake until chicken is coated. Bake at 350° for an hour.
I like to couple it with some sort of potato side dish. I was out of potatoes, so I just baked up some French fries the other day, but it is especially good with garlic mashed potatoes or potato salad if it's summer. Don't coat the chicken then let it sit, though, because the coating soaks in instead of giving it a nice little crunch.
I was surprised I'd never posted it before, since we eat it so frequently. I even searched twice in my website because I couldn't believe it. But we don't eat it enough to always use up dry milk before it goes bad. I usually store it in a plastic container, but I still don't use it that fast.
I think old, dry milk gives the chicken a funky taste that only I seem to notice. I'm certainly not going to mention it to my family, because its' still good and edible. But when I was shopping yesterday, after making the recipe and deciding the dry milk needed to be refreshed, I found individual packets of store-brand, dry milk.
It will store much better than just the cardboard box it usually comes in and even putting open milk in a plastic storage container. They are individual packs that can be opened as needed and even a bit cheaper per unit than the small box of dry milk.
It's small findings like that that make me want to get out of bed in the morning. I should get out more.