This week I found myself staring into the freezers at the grocery store. To what was my attention drawn? Chicken Nuggets. Stupid, processed, sodium-preservative-filled nuggets. I knew that there were cravings but this was the end all and be all for me. I cannot recall a moment in my life where I have ever hovered over these frozen balls of minced chicken and thought it was a good idea.
But you know what? This pregnant chick-a-dee walked away from the freezer and to the meat case and grabbed some real chicken tenders and came home and made her own. Officially this is not PCOS friendly, but when you are pregnant and want chicken tenders you might as well make them yourself.
Fried Chicken with Honey
For The Coating
- 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Prepare to fry the chicken: Fill a medium heavy pot halfway with oil (enough to cover chicken). Heat until a deep-fry thermometer reaches 340 degrees.
- Meanwhile, make the coating: Stir together buttermilk, eggs, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Whisk together flour, coarse salt, and cayenne in another bowl. Working in batches, dip each chicken piece into buttermilk mixture, coating completely (do not shake off any excess). Dredge in flour mixture, patting onto chicken to coat completely. Transfer to a plate.
- Working in batches, carefully place chicken in oil, and fry until deep golden brown, 6 to 7 minutes for small pieces
- Serve the chicken: Transfer chicken to paper-towel-lined plates, and let drain. Season with sea salt, and serve with honey for drizzling or dipping.
I have been having many ups and downs. Sometimes I feel like I am not pregnant at all and the tests must have been wrong, other times (like today) I feel worn out and tired. I don’t have any sickness to speak of. Occasionally I feel a bit sick, and I certainly am having a hard time at work. If it was stressful and overwhelming before, it seems almost unmanageable now.