When I think of a dish that’s both comforting and delicious, my mind instantly goes to the “chicken cream chop”. It’s a delightful blend of creamy flavors and crispy textures, making it a favorite for many. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just looking for a hearty meal for your family, this dish is a perfect choice. Let me guide you through its wonders.
When to Serve Chicken Cream Chop
The beauty of the chicken cream chop is its versatility. It’s rich and flavorful enough to be the star of a festive dinner, yet simple enough for a weeknight meal. I often serve it during family gatherings or when I have friends over for a casual dinner. Its creamy texture and crispy exterior make it a hit every time.
Recommended Cooking Equipment
While there are various ways to prepare chicken cream chop, I personally love using a gas grill. The gas grill imparts a smoky flavor to the breaded chicken, elevating the dish to a whole new level. If you don’t have a gas grill, a regular frying pan will do just fine.
Tips for Using the Gas Grill Effectively:
- Preheat the grill for at least 10 minutes.
- Ensure the grates are clean to prevent sticking.
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon meat tenderizer
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Oil for frying
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Begin by tenderizing the chicken breasts using a meat tenderizer. This ensures even cooking and a softer texture.
- In a bowl, mix the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, meat tenderizer, salt, and pepper. Rub this mixture onto the chicken breasts and let them marinate for at least 10 minutes.
- Set up a breading station: one plate with flour, one bowl with beaten eggs, and another plate with bread crumbs.
- Dredge each chicken breast in flour, then dip into the eggs, and finally coat with bread crumbs.
- Heat oil in a pan or preheat your gas grill. If using a gas grill, ensure it's at a medium-high setting.
- Cook the chicken breasts for about 12 minutes on each side or until they're golden brown and have reached an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
- Once cooked, set them aside and let them rest for a few minutes.
- In the same pan or a separate one, add the heavy cream and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes until it thickens slightly. Pour this over the chicken cream chop before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 35g
Serving Suggestions and Suitable Side Dishes:
The creamy texture of the chicken cream chop pairs wonderfully with steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a light salad. For a more festive touch, consider serving it with roasted potatoes or a rich pasta dish.
Useful Cooking Tips:
- Always let the chicken rest after cooking. This helps in retaining its juices.
- If you’re using a gas grill, keep an eye on the chicken to prevent it from burning. The bread crumbs can char quickly.
- For an extra crispy exterior, you can double-dip the chicken in the egg and bread crumbs.
Common Mistakes to Avoid:
- Overcooking the chicken: This can make it dry. Always use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
- Skipping the marination: The spices and meat tenderizer help in flavoring and softening the chicken.
- Using low-fat cream: For the best creamy texture, always opt for full-fat heavy cream.
The chicken cream chop is more than just a dish; it’s an experience. Its creamy, crispy goodness is sure to win hearts at any meal. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is simple yet impressive. So, the next time you’re pondering over what to cook, remember the chicken cream chop. It’s a dish that promises comfort, flavor, and a whole lot of compliments!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What part of chicken is chicken chop?
The term “chicken chop” typically refers to a boneless chicken breast or thigh that’s been flattened for even cooking. It can also sometimes include bone-in cuts.
What is breaded chicken chop?
Breaded chicken chop is a chicken piece, usually a breast or thigh, that’s been coated in a mixture of flour, eggs, and bread crumbs. This gives it a crispy exterior when cooked.
How long does it take to velvet chicken?
Velveting chicken involves marinating it in a mixture of egg whites, cornstarch, and rice wine for about 30 minutes. This process ensures the chicken remains tender during cooking.
How to make a chick chop?
A chick chop is made by flattening a chicken piece, seasoning it, and then either grilling, frying, or baking. It can be breaded or left plain based on preference.
Can I use other parts of the chicken for a cream chop?
Absolutely! While chicken breasts are commonly used, thighs or even drumsticks can be utilized. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Is chicken cream chop a healthy dish?
Chicken cream chop can be part of a balanced diet when consumed in moderation. Opt for grilling over frying and pair with veggies for a healthier meal.
What can I use instead of bread crumbs for the coating?
Alternatives to bread crumbs include crushed cornflakes, panko, or even ground nuts for a different texture and flavor.
How do I store leftover chicken cream chop?
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in an oven or skillet for best results.
Can I freeze breaded chicken before cooking?
Yes, you can freeze breaded chicken. Lay the pieces on a tray, freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag. Cook directly from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
What’s the difference between fried chicken chop and chicken cream chop?
While both involve breaded chicken, fried chicken chop is primarily about the crispy exterior. Chicken cream chop, on the other hand, emphasizes the creamy sauce or texture accompanying the chicken.
I’m Calvin Lamb, an LA-based culinary enthusiast with a decade’s experience in five-star kitchens. My innovative dishes, inspired by seasonal flavors and sustainable practices, blend classic and modern cuisine. Besides crafting unique culinary experiences, I relish exploring new eateries and devising fresh recipes.