Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cap'n Crunch Chicken

I'm a sucker for anything retro. I just bought a sack of Doritos just because they had a groovy 70's sombrero on the package. (Taco flavor and pretty darn delicioso, thank you very much.) Anyway, the sugar cereal companies must know this about me, because they keep reeling me in with quaint boxes of sweet cereal. I saw a circa 1975 box of old fashioned Lucky Charms and I felt like I'd found a pot of gold. Retro Trix turned me into a silly rabbit. Cap'n Crunch? I fought nine siblings every Sunday morning for a second bowl of Cap'n Crunch for a decade of my childhood. My mother bought ONE box of sugar cereal for Sunday breakfast for ten kids. ONE box. Only the early birds got the goods and some early birds were more like hogs than birds. I ought to know because I was one of them. Oh, don't worry. The late birds didn't starve; they got...Grape Nuts. So you can imagine how excited I was to bring home a whole box of Cap'n Crunch for my family of four. I would be the hero! Except that nobody understood how exciting it was to have a box of retro Cap'n Crunch in the house. My two sensible children exchanged bewildered expressions over their bowls of Grape Nuts. The Quiet Man would never deign to eat anything as nutritionally empty as sugar cereal for breakfast. So that left just me and my antiquated treasure. I had to get everybody as enthusiastic as I was about this cereal that caused greed, lust and sin all before Sunday school. I remembered hearing about Cap'n Crunch chicken from Planet Hollywood in the nineties, so I scoured the Internet, fiddled around a little bit and came up with this recipe. The chicken is delicious-slightly sweet and oh so crispy. Everybody perked up. Maybe I'll try and get everybody out of bed early on Sunday mornings with this Cap'n Crunch.
Cap'n Crunch Chicken
Estimated Cost: $6.00 for 4 servings
Notes: Serve your chicken with barbecue sauce, honey mustard, and ketchup-it's all good!
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 egg, beaten with 2 tablespoons milk
1 cup Cap'n Crunch cereal smashed to crumbs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs, or other plain bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Cut chicken into strips. In a shallow bowl, combine cereal, crumbs, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. Dip chicken in egg, then in crumbs. Let dry for five minutes on rack. Heat oil in 12 inch skillet over medium high heat. Cook chicken for about 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Enjoy.
PS To make it a meal, try it with the salad from my last post. Just scroll right down.

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11 comments:

Erin said...

YUM!

Seth and Julie said...

I admit to also being a sucker for anything retro, or cleverly packaged. My kids never appreciate the nostalgia that I try to thrust upon them either, but they would still eat the junky cereal. I am not a Cap'n Crunch fan because it gets so filmy in milk, but on chicken....that I better try.

Catherine said...

I just saw those Doritos and bought some too. I love the bag and they really are delicious. I loved them with the chili after Westy's baptism and I haven't been able to stop thinking about them since. =D

Katie and Mark said...

Looks like another tasty, family friendly meal! Thanks-

wendy said...

My mom used to withhold the "empty calorie" cereal for our monthly camping trips. My choice was always cap'n crunch with crunchberries. My poor children have never had any of the sugar cereals,they begged once for lucky charms but since I think that one is so not worth it, I did not get it. I will make this recipe this week!

Michal said...

I love that your kids didn't get it! Growing up with only the two of them, they won't have nearly the same concept that you had growing up with the scarcity of the good stuff:) My husband always teases me that my siblings and I all have "biggest piece" mentality-- each of us ALWAYS knows who got the biggest piece of anything. It comes from fighting over things like a lone box of Cap'n Crunch:)

Tightwad Mom said...

Your post brought back memories. My mom would hide the "good" cereal (for bribery and special occasions) behind the raisin bran and cheerios, growing up. I have 5 siblings and it was always a fight to see who got the cool prize out of the cereal box. I must confess that sometimes I sneak a bowl of Capt'n Crunch in the afternoons when I'm craving something sugary. Your chicken recipe is probably a healthier option!

The Japanese Redneck said...

2 products that I really luv. Doritos and Cap'n crunch!

lisa said...

We have Quaker Oats here in our town and they make the Captain Crunch Cereal and they announced last week they will not be making it any more.. Everyone in town was crushed to hear that..I am not sure when they will stop making it..They said it was because it was to sugary and going more healthier.. Just thought I would let you know...Sorry for the bad news..I would stock up on it.. Lisa

Prudy said...

Oh my gosh, Lisa! That makes this post pretty timely then. I'm keeping my boxes of CC and I'm going to sell them on the black market. Hee hee.

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